March 22, 2009 |
You have to wonder whether it's a setup when you're in a Muslim country and someone asks, point-blank, "Are you lot drinkers?" Despite the hooded djellaba he was wearing, John Horne, who was doing the asking, looked as though he had guzzled a few in his time, so I took a calculated risk and confirmed that yes, we lot were drinkers. John is a Brit, a bespectacled, erudite, eccentric and highly amusing Yorkshireman who has spent the last 40 years circumnavigating the globe.
April 15, 2007 |
ON an old studio lot outside London, a production crew began work on the movie "Sahara" in November 2003 by staging the crash of a vintage airplane. But when the film opened in theaters in April 2005, the sequence had been deleted. "In the context of the movie, it didn't work," said director Breck Eisner. The cost of the 46-second clip: more than $2 million. This kind of spending, according to accounting records, helped turn "Sahara" into one of the biggest financial flops in Hollywood history.
May 24, 2001 |
When Armando Melendez was a 5-year-old boy growing up in El Salvador, he fell under the sway of a crazy uncle who had futbol on the brain. Instead of taking Armando to school in the mornings, Uncle Oscar would secretly spirit the boy off to a park for soccer practice. Long before he could read or write much, Armando knew how to caress a leather ball with his instep, how to make the bouncing sphere obey his will.
April 15, 2011
'Atlas Shrugged' MPAA rating: PG-13 for some sexuality Running time: 1 hour, 36 minutes Playing: At Landmark Regent, L.A.; AMC Rolling Hills 20, Torrance
November 24, 1995 |
NASA scrubbed Thursday's launch of a rocket that was to carry a U.S.-European observatory on a $1-billion mission to study the sun. The unmanned Atlas rocket had a bad fuel regulator, causing a delay of at least two days while it is repaired, officials said. A new launch date was not set.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1990
NASA's throwing barium, lithium and "other chemicals" into space from an Atlas rocket is taking air pollution to new heights. I hope the aurora borealis visible to the naked eye will be prettier than smog. DONALD HOTTON Hollywood
May 19, 1996
Thomas Bros. Maps has updated its "California Road Atlas and Driver's Guide," featuring the 25-page Discover California section that outlines driving tours through 12 tourism regions in the state. The 300-page guide also includes 2,000 points of interest and detailed maps of more than 100 cities and metropolitan areas. The guide sells for $19.95.
September 25, 1994
Consumer Reports recently road tested six U.S. road atlases, rating Rand McNally the highest, based on accuracy, portability, completeness and ease of use. Next came AAA, Mobil, Gousha, American Map Corp. and Hammond, in that order. Some tips on road atlas buying: Look for the newest edition, and don't expect perfection--all the atlases tested had some errors, alas.
October 8, 1990 |
Benn Clatworthy, the Los Angeles-based tenor saxophonist from London who has been earning good airplay with his recent album, led his quartet Saturday at the Atlas Bar & Grill on Wilshire Boulevard. Although Clatworthy and pianist Cecilia Coleman are capable composers, the presence of substitute bass player Ralph Alessi confined them to standard tunes.
November 8, 2012 |
Halle Berry looks a lot different without her makeup. Just ask Daniel Parker and Jeremy Woodhead, the makeup and hair designers who transformed her into everything from a young German Jewish wife to an old Asian doctor for "Cloud Atlas. " For the epic film set in six time periods, Parker worked with director Tom Tykwer, who handled three of the segments, and Woodhead collaborated with directors Lana and Andy Wachowski on the other three to create multiple looks for each actor. -- What was in your bag of tricks for "Cloud Atlas"?