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January 23, 2008 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
  Blue Velvet's goat cheese ice cream Total time: 20 minutes, plus freezing time Our recipes, your kitchen: If you try this or any other recipe from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen, please share it with us: Click here to upload pictures of the finished dish. Servings: Makes about 1 quart Note: From Blue Velvet 4 ounces goat cheese 3 tablespoons corn syrup 2 cups heavy cream 1/2 cup milk 4 egg yolks 1 cup sugar 1. In a small bowl, whisk together the goat cheese and corn syrup until combined and smooth.
March 14, 2013 | By Sean Howe
"I was a beatnik, and then I was a hippie, and before that I was a bohemian," a sky-high Dennis Hopper confided to Merv Griffin on television one night in 1971, in a clip you can see on YouTube. On the opposite couch, Willie Mays uncomfortably refilled his glass of water and James Brolin sneered - Hopper certainly didn't belong to their worlds. But "San Francisco Giants legends" and "future husbands of Barbra Streisand" might be among the few groups in which Dennis Hopper could not claim membership.
October 12, 1986
In response to Pat Yoder Garrity's letter condemning "Blue Velvet" as a film only to be appreciated by every "pervert, sadist, masochist" et al. (Calendar Letters, Oct. 5), it might interest Garrity to know that director David Lynch was aiming at the "decent unsuspecting folk" in all of us. To think otherwise is to miss the point of the film. Garrity has focused on merely one of the extremes of the film, the violent underside of a small town, while ignoring the interplay of absurd opposites that lead more than one character to declare, "It sure is a strange world."
January 17, 2013 | By Susan King
The American Cinematheque shines the spotlight on Oscar-winning director Michael Cimino with a three-day retrospective at the Egyptian in Hollywood. Cimino worked in advertising before turning to filmmaking. He co-wrote "Magnum Force," the 1973 "Dirty Harry" sequel, then made the move to directing with 1974's well-received "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. " His next film was the Oscar-winning 1978 Vietnam War epic "The Deer Hunter," followed by the ill-fated 1980 western "Heaven's Gate.
October 4, 1990 | Associated Press
Singer Bobby Vinton, best-known for his 1960s song "Blue Velvet," enjoyed renewed popularity in the late 1980s with release of the quirky David Lynch movie named after the song. Now, in the 1990s, the song "Blue Velvet" is being used overseas in commercials promoting Nivea skin cream, which is in a blue bottle. The movie "Blue Velvet" was immensely popular in Great Britain, elevating the popularity of the song. Now, with the 30-second Nivea commercials, it has landed in the No.
December 15, 2002 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
Music has been nearly as important as the scripts and visuals in such influential David Lynch film and TV projects as "Twin Peaks" and "Blue Velvet." And Lynch has been active as a producer and collaborator with composer Angelo Badalamenti and singers Julee Cruise and Jocelyn Montgomery. So his opinion probably is worth noting in a discussion about the music and marketing strategies of a new act called BlueBob.
February 12, 1987 | JACK MATHEWS
Leave it to the directors branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to add a dash of spice, or bitters, to the otherwise predictable stew of Oscar nominations. Last year, they surprised most of us by excluding Steven Spielberg from the final five on the best director ballot, while "The Color Purple" itself was receiving 11 other nominations.
January 6, 1987 | SHEILA BENSON, Times Film Critic
David Lynch's "Blue Velvet" won four of the nine 1986 film awards, including those for best picture and best director, voted Sunday by the National Society of Film Critics. "Blue Velvet," a dark and occasionally comic look at the underbelly of a seemingly calm American lumber town, also won awards for cinematographer Frederick Elmes and Dennis Hopper, whose turn as a gas-sniffing sexual psychopath led the critics' balloting for best supporting actor.
September 23, 1986 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, Times Arts Editor
"I can't believe that he/she/they saw the same movie/play/TV show that I did" is the official chant of the Critic Doubters Club. The club exists only in the minds of those who suspect, in varying degrees of outrage, that they have been led down the garden path by reviews of a particular item.
September 28, 1986 | Pearl Sheffy Gefen
Isabella Rossellini looks flawless in those Lancome commercials--and a mess as a victimized club singer in "Blue Velvet." But the role--which shows her horribly bruised and battered body in numerous crude and unglamorous nude scenes--doesn't seem to have jeopardized her $2-million, five-year cosmetic contract.
April 27, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Time magazine once dubbed it one of the 1 0 most memorable state-dinner moments : Princess Diana in a "midnight blue velvet gown and sapphire and diamond choker" dancing with John Travolta at a gala dinner at the White House in 1985. For the first time, Diana fans can have their photo taken with the stunning halter-top gown dubbed the "Travolta dress" at the Southern Women's Show in Raleigh, N.C., through Sunday. It's part of "Diana, the People's Princess," a touring exhibition that includes five gowns and other memorabilia about the royal who died in 1997.
March 26, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Someone once asked the late, award-winning film producer Dino De Laurentiis to describe his job. The answer, he told them, was simple: "to create a dream. " And for some seven decades, De Laurentiis, who died in November 2010, at 91, created countless dreams — including Federico Fellini's 1954 Oscar-winner "La Strada," which he co-produced with his then-partner Carlo Ponti; Sidney Lumet's 1973 police drama "Serpico"; David Lynch's 1986 surreal thriller, "Blue Velvet," through his production company; and Jonathan Mostow's 2000 World War II thriller "U-571.
November 12, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Dino De Laurentiis, the flamboyant Italian movie producer who helped resurrect his nation's film industry after World War II and for more than six decades produced films as diverse as the 1954 Federico Fellini classic "La Strada" and the 1976 remake of "King Kong," has died. He was 91. De Laurentiis, who moved to the United States in the 1970s and continued to produce films until 2007, died Wednesday night at his Beverly Hills home, his daughter Raffaella De Laurentiis, said in a statement Thursday.
August 25, 2010
Katie Couric and the "CBS Evening News" team did some striking work during a two-day trip to Afghanistan last week, only to see some record-setting low ratings in return. The CBS newscast averaged 4.89 million viewers last week, the lowest for evening newscasts in the nearly 20 years in which compatible Nielsen Co. records exist and most likely the lowest for at least a couple of decades before that into the early days of television. CBS also dipped below 5 million for one week in late July, during the normally slow summer months.
March 27, 2010 | By Amy Kaufman
Months after revealing that he was battling prostate cancer, Dennis Hopper was back in front of the cameras on Friday when he received the 2,403rd star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. The 73-year-old actor, who disclosed his cancer last October, appeared to be in good spirits as he arrived for the ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Egyptian Theatre. Nevertheless, the actor has lost a significant amount of weight; his face, shaded partly by a newsboy cap, was gaunt and a heavy jacket hung off his body.
January 22, 2010 | By CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT, Art Critic
In a 1506 drawing made as a study for an altarpiece in Venice, German artist Albrecht Dürer placed the dark pupil of an angel's right eye smack in the compositional center of the sheet. The eye of a mystical, mythological creature is the visual and conceptual pivot around which everything else turns, and it corresponds with the human instrument of visual perception. Tom LaDuke is up to something similar in "A Gothic Plot," one of seven paintings and five sculptures, all recent, in a terrific show that inaugurates Angles Gallery's new home.
May 20, 2009 | Betty Hallock
Ten stories above downtown, standing in relief against the sky and a mural of the Statue of Liberty painted on the side of a nearby building, chef Jonathan McDowell is picking culinary lavender for creme brulee and ice cream. From the roof of Blue Velvet restaurant, there's a panoramic view of the city, all towers and cranes and white clouds, and traffic on the 10 and 110 freeways almost sounds like a rushing river -- almost.
May 22, 2008 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
Hoosiers have it in Hopper Indianapolis landed the 2012 Super Bowl this week, and may have raised the bar for how a city goes after that cash-cow game by using Dennis Hopper, of "Hoosiers" fame, in the 15-minute video pitch. Jack Swarbrick, vice president of the city's bid, explained the choice to the Indianapolis Star: "He's a little in your face. He talks about the idea of celebration that we are promoting, and he's a guy who knows fun." Sure, nothing says good times like Frank Booth (Hopper)
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