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May 6, 1996
Regarding "Remembering Arnold: This Pig Was a Trouper Long Before 'Babe,' " (Counterpunch, April 29): Margaret Hehman-Smith wrote a nice tribute to Arnold the Pig by comparing his talent with Babe, the Aussie porker whose acting skills were manufactured through special effects. Arnold had no such luxury; everything the script called for Arnold did, the hard way. I know, I was there for all 168 episodes. I was the director. In fact, I was known as the best pig director in town. Hehman-Smith stated that Sugar, the original pig, took an early retirement and from then on only previously filmed clips of Sugar were used to depict Arnold.
March 27, 2014 | By Robert Abele
"Sabotage" is an appropriate title for the new Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, since its many action and suspense elements are routinely undermined by a sloppy assemblage. A hyperviolent tale from complicated-cop chronicler David Ayer ("Training Day," "End of Watch"), the film is about a renegade DEA task force whose members are mysteriously eliminated one by one in the wake of a botched cartel takedown. "Sabotage" was designed to give the grizzled ex-governor, playing the group's veteran leader, a shoot'em-up vehicle bolstered by Ayer's patented macho realism.
April 29, 1996 | MARGARET HEHMAN-SMITH, Margaret Hehman-Smith, a freelance writer, was married to Donald Leon Smith, who died in 1985. He trained a wild bear to slam dunk and a koi fish to go through a hoop on cue. Hehman-Smith writes about animals and recently completed her first novel, "Mystories of the Savannah," about baboons in Africa
This is a story about a famous pig. Hold on, did you think it was about Babe, our most recent pig star? Or, perhaps the pugnacious puppet Miss Piggy? Heck, no. Babe wasn't even a twinkle in producer George Miller's eye when this proud porky was a star. Miss Piggy was still growing in the cotton fields somewhere before she and the felt frog Kermit rubbed noses and received a static shock. This story is about a famous porcine performer named Arnold. Now, I'm talking real pig actor.
March 23, 2014 | By Brian Schmitz
ORLANDO, Fla. - Matt Every's comeback was now as complete as Adam Scott's collapse. Winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday after being down as many as nine shots to Scott during the tournament was only part of his rally. Every had been down even further than that: The PGA Tour took away his playing privileges and, effectively, his livelihood with a 2010 suspension. No wonder he at last dropped his stoic shield and choked back tears. Every lightly pounded his fist on a table at his news conference, shaking his head, finally a tour winner.
October 1, 1989
In reference to the Sept. 17 letters headlined, "For Some, Schwarzenegger Comes Across as a Barbarian," I have a few comments. Arnold's moments of excess, arrogance and insensitivity are news; our "moments" aren't. During the 1960s and 1970s, I spent a lot of leisure time in Santa Monica. I often observed the massive figure of Arnold in Santa Monica gyms, restaurants and coffeeshops. He came across as a basically likeable, gentle, fun-loving and decent person. From others who knew him I learned that he's also shrewd, ambitious, very intelligent and generous.
September 18, 1985 | PENELOPE MOFFET
Florence (Flossie) Arnold and A.B. (Buck) Catlin worked the crowd like a longtime vaudeville comedy team, but their act was as new as their friendship is old. Catlin, the mayor of Fullerton, was at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center Sunday to present a key to the city to Arnold, whom he has known since 1947. The presentation was part of a birthday party that included clowns, a magic act and the opening of an Arnold retrospective: 25 paintings that span her 35-year artistic career.
August 7, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Hope Springs,"starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, is an unusually intelligent cut at the relationship game. And considering the age of its stars, it's a rarity for the movies, which tend to favor youth in all things. This well-considered look at a long marriage that has lost its spark proves that old love is as fraught as any teenage crush and sex never fades as a source of contention. Darker and coming nearly a decade after Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson's middle-age flirtation in "Something's Gotta Give," Kay (Streep)
September 23, 1998 | CHRISTINE CASTRO
After two years of commuting between Arizona and Orange County, Arnold and Barbara Kraus decided they'd had enough. The Krauses, both 50, had lived in Tucson for 35 years, but Arnold's job at a brokerage in Irvine had them flying back and forth, and renting an apartment in Laguna Beach. In January, Barbara began casually searching for a home here, flying into John Wayne Airport on Wednesdays to hit open houses. Soon, though, the pace of the search quickened.
August 8, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
Meryl Streep will be returning to the Oscars next year -- as a presenter, not as a nominee. And, yes, it's difficult to muster any measure of sympathy or outrage over a woman who has now won three Academy Awards and received 17 nominations. But the fact that Streep likely will be roundly ignored for her deeply felt turn in the domestic drama "Hope Springs" speaks volumes to the narrow range of movies and performances that academy members reward. In "Hope Springs," Streep plays Kay, a 60ish woman dissatisfied with her marriage after 31 years.
August 8, 1999 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Joe DiMaggio Jr., the only child of baseball great Joe DiMaggio, died late Friday at a hospital in the Northern California town of Antioch, apparently of natural causes, hospital officials said Saturday. He was 57. He was the only son of DiMaggio and Dorothy Arnold, an actress whom the sports legend married in 1939. The athlete had no children with his second wife, Marilyn Monroe. The younger DiMaggio was estranged from his father and had seen him infrequently over the last few years.
March 22, 2014 | By Brian Schmitz
ORLANDO, Fla.  - The third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational revealed there were actually other golfers in the field not named Adam Scott. Meet Chesson Hadley. Say hello to Jason Kokrak. Here's Matt Every, everybody. Ciao, Francesco Molinari of Italy. You remember Keegan Bradley, don't you? The tournament certainly took a different turn, although Scott had warned to hold off on his coronation. Upon seizing a seven-shot lead after the second round at Bay Hill, Scott said, rather prophetically, that his cushion "was not enough.
March 21, 2014 | By Brian Schmitz
ORLANDO, Fla. - On a day when news broke that Tiger Woods was diagnosed with a bulging disk, Adam Scott was diagnosed with a bulging lead. Scott will be under observation for the next two days as he tries to carry the Arnold Palmer Invitational on his back with the ease of a world-class weightlifter. The Aussie leads the tournament by seven shots and is 14 under at the midway point, following up his course-record-tying 62 with a solid 68 on Friday at Bay Hill. Scott set more tournament records, besting the previous largest lead here after 36 holes: Paul Azinger (1988)
March 20, 2014 | By Brian Schmitz
ORLANDO, Fla. - Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson weren't on the grounds, and then Bubba Watson exited in mid-sneeze with allergies. Short eight Masters green jackets and losing substantial star power by the hole, the Arnold Palmer Invitational needed a break. Adam Scott provided it Thursday with a resounding round of 62 to tie a course record, although the lowest score in 30 years at Bay Hill was in jeopardy of never happening, either. In keeping with the tournament theme, a sickly Scott also considered pulling out just before the event, not that he'd miss it all that much.
March 19, 2014 | By David Wharton
Arnold Palmer will miss having Tiger Woods at his Bay Hill tournament this week, but says he sympathizes with the ailing golfer. "He called me to tell me that his back was still giving him a lot of trouble and he didn't feel he should play," Palmer said in a statement. "I told him I understood and wished him well. " Back spasms have pestered Woods since the Barclays last summer. Pain recently forced him to withdraw from the Honda Classic, and he was visibly hurting during the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
January 22, 2014 | By Morgan Little
He's one of the most recognizable people on the planet, with an accent that has inspired a million imitations, but with a little bit of facial hair, Arnold Schwarzenegger was able to roam around a Venice, Calif., Gold's Gym largely undetected. Disguised as the innocuous Howard Kleiner, a trainer with a penchant for offering heavily-accented fitness advice, Schwarzenegger was filmed roaming around the gym offering the sort of wisdom one would expect from the former governor of California: “Remember, 75% of the body is water.
January 16, 2014 | by Greg Braxton
Smoke from the raging wildfires near Los Angeles posed a vivid backdrop for a session revolving around an ambitious Showtime documentary about climate change. Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggar, "Vampire Diaries" star Ian Somerhalder, veteran producer Jerry Weintraub and former "60 Minutes" producer David Gelber promoted "Years of Living Dangerously," a docu-series premiering  April 13, which is Earth Day. The project features a roster of celebrities and journalists traveling the globe to report about the hot-button topic of climate change.
In a year that has seen would-be action heroes Jeff Speakman and Brian Bosworth make well-orchestrated attempts to muscle their way into the action-adventure movie arena, Columbia Pictures is clearly betting that Jean-Claude Van Damme could be the next Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal--or even Arnold Schwarzenegger. "Double Impact," the $15-million action film in which Van Damme plays dual roles, opened well Aug. 9 and has grossed $15.
April 20, 2008 | Ann Brenoff, Times Staff Writer
Kenny Chesney must have gotten word about the Malibu dress code: It's baseball caps, dude, not cowboy hats. What other possible explanation is there for the country music legend to have bought a house in the Carbon Canyon neighborhood for $7.4 million in February and then promptly re-listed it for sale at $7.95 million? The home, which was listed at $7.5 million when Chesney bought it a nanosecond ago, has expansive ocean views.
October 31, 2013 | By Evan Halper
WASHINGTON -- Arnold Schwarzenegger met with a bunch of California Democrats and Republicans on Wednesday while on Capitol Hill to lobby for after-school programs. But it was notable that the one with whom he strode to the podium at a Capitol news conference was Sen. Barbara Boxer. The once strident opponents and ideological firebrands have mellowed over the years. Schwarzenegger's path to the political middle is well-documented. Activists in the state GOP were ready to ex-communicate the movie star who first ran for office as an antitax crusader, but who had raised taxes by the time he exited government in 2010.
October 30, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
The Obamacare rollout in California has been bumpy, but it's running much more smoothly here than in most of America. And for that, we can thank former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Gov. Jerry Brown deserves kudos, too. But it was Schwarzenegger who leapt in and became the nation's first governor to embrace the federal Affordable Care Act and begin planning to implement the ambitious program. "The Republican governor who preceded us jumped early and we accepted the baton that he tossed," says Diana Dooley, Brown's secretary of the Health and Human Services Agency.
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