August 22, 2010 |
Vincent Cassel finally got his Robert De Niro moment in the powerful two-part French gangster epic "Mesrine: Killer Instinct" and "Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1. " "I grew up watching 'Raging Bull,'" says the 43-year-old actor, referring to the 1980 film for which De Niro won the Oscar for packing on the pounds to play boxer Jake La Motta. "It was kind of a fantasy [to put on weight for a role]. I thought maybe once in my life I would have to do that kind of transformation. And now it's done.
September 20, 2011 |
Tuesday night, two actresses use their considerable talents to freshen up a pair of shows drawn from the "tried-and-true" pile of network programming, one with much more success than the other. Zooey Deschanel joins sister Emily ("Bones") on the Fox lot, starring in Elizabeth Meriwether's "New Girl," a roommate comedy with a surprisingly satisfying twist. After an ugly breakup, Jess (Deschanel) decides she's tired of being the dorky duckling in a bevy of swans — her roommate Cece (Hannah Simone)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1990
Re "Family-Therapy Participants Try to Shed Childhood Anguish" (July 14): I would like to offer another viewpoint concerning John Bradshaw and the workshops he gives. In 1988, I participated in one of John Bradshaw's inner child workshops. Already 18 years into a recovery process from childhood trauma, which included incest, alcoholic parents and severe physical and emotional abuse, there was still a missing puzzle piece. A few years before John's workshop, I had begun to search for my inner child.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1993
Some Mission Viejo parents appear to be lacking both a sense of humor and trust in their children at Mission Viejo High School. Surely a little devilishness on the part of young people raised in Christian homes is not going to condemn them to hell. It's the young people's school so let them choose how to present it. The parents are upset by a cartoonish depiction of an otherworldly figure. The situation might be different if there was an actual photo of Old Scratch. Who knows what the devil looks like?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1990 |
Police on Tuesday released a composite drawing of a man suspected of trying to strangle a woman with a nylon stocking in a public restroom. The 20-year-old victim was attacked July 5 as she went into a restroom on the third floor of an office building at 140 S. State College Blvd., police said. Authorities said the victim apparently went into the restroom every morning at about the same time to put on her makeup.
October 1, 1995
Attention Teen Beat editors: Uh, sorry, I meant L.A. Times. It was pretty difficult to tell the difference Sept. 17 with all the gushing going on ("Don't Call Him Sexy" by Bronwen Hruska and "Burning Bush" by Elysa Gardner). How many adjectives do we really need, I wonder? "Jutting jaw muscles and soulful blue eyes," "unkempt goatee . . . calm . . . his arm drapes easily over the back of the sofa," "lean, sinuous frame, high cheekbones and dark elegance" and my personal favorite, "While their appeal to teen-age girls would go without question to anyone who isn't blind.
March 18, 2012 |
On the awesomeness scale, the pairing of Alan Mandell and Barry McGovern in Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" is off the charts, a fantasy face-off in a league with George Washington versus Abe Lincoln or giant octopus versus giant squid — even though "Godot" is not the most action-packed of the existential classics. Mandell and McGovern are two of the most experienced and widely admired interpreters of Beckett's work, and beginning Wednesday at the Mark Taper Forum, they will perform together for the first time.
HOME & GARDEN
January 12, 2013 |
I pride myself on my instincts. I can tell my roommate is avoiding her chores by her walk. My predictions of early television cancellations are always on the money. My personal mantra is "I know," and when I'm sure, I'm sure. After my first date with Greg, I know that I've met the right person. I arrive early at the Dresden in Los Feliz and sit in my car watching the clock. I'm wearing my first-date outfit; everything is the same each time, down to my jewelry, undergarments and bobby pins.
October 31, 1996
It is indeed a shame that the facts about Shirley Frankel's adoption and birth family are shrouded in mystery ("An Adoptee's 30-Year Search for the Pieces of Her Past," Oct. 21). Open adoptions today are a far cry from the closed adoptions of the past. As someone who participated in a totally open adoption nearly six years ago, I feel fortunate that my daughter will not be denied access to information about her biological origins. My husband and I spent a lot of time with our daughter's birth mother and have met other members of the family, including our child's biological siblings.