December 6, 2010 |
Dick Van Dyke's most popular movie role is that of Bert, the Cockney jack-of-all-trades and best bud with the practically perfect nanny ( Julie Andrews) in Walt Disney's beloved 1964 musical " Mary Poppins. " It was Van Dyke who introduced the Oscar-winning best song "Chim Chim Cher-ee" by Richard and Robert Sherman. But Van Dyke is quick to point out that the "British people have never left me off the hook" about his less-than-picture-perfect Cockney accent. "They just tease me to death," he says, laughing.
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.
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.
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.
March 13, 1994 |
From Frank to Elvis? That might be Bono's next salute to a personal hero. No one is confirming, but the word is that U2's singer--fresh from his passionate tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes on the recent Grammy show--is set to participate in a Graceland-sponsored Presley tribute scheduled for Oct. 8 at the 14,000-seat Pyramid arena in Memphis. The affair will be telecast worldwide and later released on home video and CD.
August 28, 1986
Patty Perrin's "Encountering the Deaths of Innocence" (Other Views, Aug. 15) for me was a delightful and nostalgic voyage. I lived in the northeastern corner of Oregon where the hobos from the east part of the United States hopped off the freight trains so they could search for at least a meal in exchange for some work before they continued their journey. Since we lived close to a major rail yard we had many hobos knock on our door. My mother, always a soft touch for a downtrodden person, said she was sure there was a mark on our front tree for other hobos to see. I, like Perrin, was about 5 (in 1930)