September 23, 2004 |
It started innocently, my affair in the tropics. I wanted only to stroll down Sunset to redeem a fraction of good health -- an attack of conscience after a lard bomb of a Mexican meal. A few paces into the walk, it was all over, and all it took was an open door. The teeny-tiny hut radiated Polynesian charm like a sun setting along the beach. Oh, the Tiki-Ti, you say. Those killer drinks, those shrunken heads, the day-after curse of tropical concoctions that go down like liquid sugar.
November 30, 1985 |
Johnny (Blood) McNally, a halfback on four Green Bay Packer championship teams in pre-World War II years, combined dazzling gridiron performance with rambunctious off-field behavior to become a sports legend. "He was a hard-nosed player, all right," said fellow Hall of Fame member Don Hutson, 72, a teammate in 1935-36. Off the field, "he was the most affable guy anybody ever knew." McNally died Thursday at Desert Hospital in Palm Springs, Calif., the day after his 82nd birthday.
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September 12, 2011
Andy Whitfield Title actor in cable's 'Spartacus' series Andy Whitfield, 39, star of the cable series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," died Sunday of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in Sydney, Australia, according to his manager, Sam Maydew. Whitfield, who was born in Wales and lived in Australia, was a virtual unknown when he was cast as the title hero in "Spartacus," a hit original series for the Starz network that made headlines with its graphic violence and sexuality.
March 23, 2010 |
There's no confusing Starz's "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" with Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." In the pay TV channel's adaptation of the tale of the rebel Roman slave, the battle cries from the Classical Age have, well, a distinctly 21st century ring ("My boot will meet your ass in the afterlife!"). The sexual intrigue seems lifted right out of a VH1 dating show (when a socialite decides to buy one of the gladiators-in-training, the men are ordered to drop their loincloths so she can make an informed choice)
January 3, 2012 |
The pair of Golden Globe nominations for "Boss" — it got nods for top drama series and lead actor — is undoubtedly a shot in the arm for Starz, the pay-cable network on which the show appears. The network's motto is "the next big thing. " It has been striving to make headway with its original series, particularly since the arrival two years ago of Chief Executive Chris Albrecht, who was programming chief at HBO during the era of "The Sopranos," "Six Feet Under" and other landmark cable series.
April 21, 1994 |
An extraordinary tribute to film is now playing. Not in your local theater, but at a gallery near you. The Beverly Hills-based Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has brought together film costumes of yesterday and today, in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Costume Designers Guild. The exhibit, "Building Character: Costume Design for the Cinema," presents a colorful account of more than six decades of Hollywood.