July 21, 2012 |
The man who has it all, millions and millions and at least 40 more coming, is crying. He's sitting in the lobby of a fancy hotel here, his hands curled into fists to fight away the relentless tears. He cares so much he cannot speak. You know him, of course: "WELLS" across his back when he's playing and you might be booing. To everyone else in baseball, he's "Vernon Wells, the guy with the big contract who sucks. " And he understands. "That's my name," Wells concedes in acknowledging how it all runs together these days, seven years, $126million and he cannot hit. This year was going to be different, slow to start but coming on, he says, when he injured his thumb.
October 13, 1996
Steven Smith's article on movie character names (Film Clips, Oct. 6) caused a verbal riot at my Sunday brunch. Everyone weighed in. My personal favorite is "Ball of Fire." As Billy Wilder's biggest fan, I still delight in the fact that he and Charles Brackett dared to name Barbara Stanwyck's character Sugarpuss O'Shea--and two of the dumb thugs Asthma and Pastrami. How did these names get past the studio brass? When my first screenplay went into production (the mind-numbing "Gnaw: Food of the Gods II")
June 18, 2003 |
One great thing about baseball is that it can forge lasting bonds. Just ask Cal State Fullerton's P.J. Pilittere and Kurt Suzuki. They are catchers for the Titans. In essence, though, they are one. Each is the other's biggest booster, and where others provide the quiet leadership for this College World Series title contender, Pilittere and Suzuki provide the fire. "Those guys do not stop the whole game," freshman shortstop Justin Turner said. "They won't let us get down."
June 19, 1991 |
Enough of football, basketball and badminton. Let's play a real game, sports fans, one that'll really scatter that gray matter. It's time for Name That Newsmaker! Read each selection carefully, then choose one of the multiple choice answers below. Use a No. 2 pencil, please, and no scribbling in the margins. And hey, cheat all you want! If prep sports were a game show, As they often seem to be. This man would be the host, He's the Blue Book Referee.
December 15, 2006 |
An obsessive fan worms her way into the life of a pop star in "Backstage," which could be characterized as a contemporary take on "All About Eve," only French, and with a more self-sacrificing ingenue. Emmanuelle Bercot's film features a platinum-blond Emmanuelle Seigner as the mercurial Lauren Waks, a diva who looks like Deborah Harry, sings like Vanessa Paradis and inspires fans to gather on the street in front of her hotel and yowl like a late-'80s Madonna.
March 7, 1999 |
The bad news is that the Oscars are just around the corner, and once again you have failed to be nominated. The good news is that if you are tired of waiting for those 15 minutes of fame, you can simulate the experience with a "fanning." For a fee, the women who run L.A.'s Rent-a-Fanclub will swoon. They will scream. They will cry, faint, photograph and paw at you. Unfortunately, they will also leave when it's over. But, hey, you can't have everything.