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August 12, 1989 | DAVID PECCHIA
John Amos, whom we all know via his work on "Good Times" and as Kunta Kinte in "Roots," speaks unabashedly about his recent stretch in prison. No, Amos hasn't been misbehaving. It's just that playing Meissner, the menacing captain of correctional officers in "Lock Up," necessitated his being in New Jersey's dreaded Rahway Prison for a portion of the shoot.
April 15, 1999 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jean Vander Pyl, the voice who brought the animated character Wilma Flintstone to life in the groundbreaking cartoon series "The Flintstones," has died. Vander Pyl, the last surviving member of the show's original cast, died Saturday at her home in Dana Point of lung cancer, said her son, Michael O'Meara. She was 79. Wilma was the harried wife of Fred Flintstone in the series which depicted the life and comic times of a family in the Stone Age town of Bedrock.
December 15, 2011
MUSIC Using a technique taken from classical music, Tori Amos has created a cycle of repeating musical themes with her latest solo work, "Night of Hunters," a beautiful kaleidoscope of remembering and letting go. Her fans will be delighted to find that "Hunters" marks the return of Amos' piano, which has taken a back seat to the electronically produced fanciness she's favored in the recent past. Here her voice is a crystal bell with only the ivory guiding her. The Orpheum, 842 S. Broadway, L.A. 8 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
August 4, 1987 | Associated Press
Amos and Andy apparently won't be moving to Broadway following a federal judge's ruling today that CBS has not abandoned its trademark on the characters. U.S. District Judge Gerard Goettel, ruling in a case pressed by Stephen Silverman, who planned to produce a show based on the characters, said decisions by CBS not to revive the "Amos 'n' Andy" series were influenced by racial sensitivity and should not result in the company's loss of trademark rights.
Tori Amos is searching for new standards, a shared song list for endless reinterpretation. She's had great success as a songwriter, making music both confessional and confrontational while wrapped in the guise of piano balladeer. But she's also turned to outside material, as far back as a 1992 cover of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Amos not only recast that rock landmark with a strange new clarity, but also brought definition to her role as tender provocateur.
March 18, 1989
It is most regrettable that Stephen Silverman has nothing better to do with his time than to resurrect racial stereotypes by producing a musical based on the old radio and television shows, "Amos 'n' Andy" (re Daniel Cerone's article "Another Amos 'n' Andy?"). Sensing the outrage of African-Americans over the demeaning series, CBS had the good sense to withdraw the show from syndication over 20 years ago.
May 7, 1994
Tori Amos' performance did not appeal to Steve Hochman ("Tori Amos: Too Much Drama, Not Enough Song," March 24). He claims she made us count every one of the stars. I wasn't counting any stars. I felt I was welcomed by a warm individual who is very open about her feelings. Very little music can stand up to the test of being performed by a solo vocalist with an instrument. It is a very exposed place. At no point did she "spoil" the effect. She is gifted as a songwriter and a performer.
May 25, 1986
Making an intelligent decision in a judicial race is a difficult proposition for most voters, but the current race for a single Superior Court seat at least features two candidates who would make excellent judges. S. Charles Wickersham is a 20-year veteran of the San Diego County district attorney's office who admits that he was propelled into the race by the publicity surrounding his successful prosecution of former San Diego Mayor Roger Hedgecock.
October 12, 1997 | Donald Liebenson, Donald Liebenson is an occasional contributor to Calendar
The controversy surrounding the reemergence of "Amos 'n' Andy" was rendered moot recently when CBS, which owns the 1950s TV comedy series, blocked its video distribution. Meanwhile, Shanachie Home Video has released "Birmingham Black Bottom," a compilation of the first all-black-cast sound films that feature the man who would portray Andy Brown on TV, Spencer Williams.
June 25, 2012
John Amos has demonstrated his versatility over the last four decades. Here are just three of his memorable roles: Gordon Howard Amos played Gordy the Weatherman at WJM on the classic CBS comedy series "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" for three seasons. Kunta Kinte Amos portrayed the adult slave in ABC's seminal 1977 miniseries "Roots," earning an Emmy nomination. Pastor Nelson Amos lends a dramatic element to the new comedy "Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection" as a minister who is about to retire.
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