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June 27, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS -- It was a weekly portrait of Americana about the adventures of the fictional Cartwright family, and it became a fixture for tube-addicted baby boomers, and the second-longest-running TV Western behind "Gunsmoke. " Starring Lorne Green as rancher and father Ben Cartwright, "Bonanza" ran 14 seasons from 1959 to 1973 -- 430 episodes in all -- and is still in regular syndication out there in the wilds of TV Land. Now fans of the show are being treated to a bonus episode of sorts -- a real bonanza, if you will: Several pieces of memorabilia from the beloved Western will be auctioned off this weekend in Reno.
June 26, 2013 | By Celine Wright
The revitalization of the western could be the biggest trend of the summer, especially with the release of “The Lone Ranger.” Perfectly timed with this, memorabilia from the hit western show “Bonanza” is going up for auction in Reno. “Bonanza,” which ran from 1959 to 1973 on NBC and spent several seasons as America's favorite TV series, chronicled the adventures of the Cartwrights, who lived on a huge ranch, the Ponderosa, in Nevada. The family of Lorne Greene, who played patriarch Ben Cartwright, will be auctioning off memorabilia from the show and some of his own personal items on Saturday at Anchor Auctions and Appraisals.
June 5, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
The digital era has been good for old books, an expert in rare books said earlier this week. Matthew Haley, head of rare books and manuscripts at the Bonhams auction house in London, said that news of rare books moves faster and wider than ever before and that this is driving up prices at the high end of the book market, while Internet shopping was helping the lower end. When a new treasure is discovered, "More people can find it and there is...
April 29, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
It's been fun reading the qualifiers and questions about Jason Collins' place in history this morning, after the NBA player came out of the closet. And boy, what a closet he was in. Even his twin brother didn't know he was gay. “So much for twin telepathy,” wrote Collins, 34, in a long, poignant Sports Illustrated essay about the “unbearable strain” of being a closeted professional athlete. He chose the number 98 as a private homage to gay rights icon Matthew Shepard, tortured and murdered in Wyoming in 1998.
June 10, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Summer is when Hollywood takes out those big-budget, big-event films dubbed tent poles because their job is to prop up everything from studio profits and acting careers to producers' fortunes (someone's got to pay for the summer place in Barbados). Moviegoers, of course, are the main target for these multimillion-dollar attractions. And who doesn't love a tasty popcorn extravaganza? We do tend to turn out in droves for the "Potters" and "Pirates," the "Transformers," the "Treks" and "Shreks" of the world.
March 23, 2012 | By Gary Goldstein
"The Raid: Redemption" is a slam-bang, knock-your-socks-off action bonanza with some of the most peerlessly shot, performed and choreographed fight sequences you're likely to see on screen. Welsh-born writer-director-editor Gareth Evans ("Merantau") proves a visionary force, grabbing hold of the audience with a barrage of virtuoso set pieces that are both hide-your-eyes violent and mind-bogglingly stunning. The Jakarta-set film lays out its do-or-die mission in a few brief, well chosen sentences and never looks back.
March 9, 2012 | Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
As a set illustrator for Hollywood studios, Robert Temple Ayres created his most famous work at Paramount in 1959. Officially called "Map to Illustrate the Ponderosa in Nevada," it was conjured up just so it could burst into flames on television screens during the opening of the long-running show "Bonanza. " While the memorable "Bonanza" theme music played, Ayres' map appeared, then dissolved in flames , revealing the Ponderosa ranch's inhabitants on horseback — the Cartwright clan played by Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker and Pernell Roberts.
February 13, 2012 | Helene Elliott
Once upon a time, a new TV network needed sports programming and made a deal to broadcast NHL games. The relationship benefited both parties. Over time the network dropped its gimmicky events, gaining major league sports and major credibility. It came to need the NHL much less than the NHL needed the network, and their relationship deteriorated. That network — ESPN — parted ways with the NHL after the 2004-05 lockout, and as much as hockey fans long for ESPN's mainstream cachet, that ship isn't coming back.
February 9, 2012
Whether you're in love or not, you're sure to cry your heart out at the American Cinematheque's Valentine's Day weekend romantic film bonanza, featuring such classics as "City Lights," "His Girl Friday," "Gone With the Wind" and "Breakfast at Tiffany's. " Egyptian and Aero Theaters, Hollywood and Santa Monica. Fri. to Tue. Schedule varies. $11.
October 21, 2011 | By Robert Adele
The WWE's campaign to turn its brutes into box office deals another tepid hand with "The Reunion. " Following his monolithic turn in the generically solemn "Legendary," muscleman John Cena gets to try his hand at cynical wisecracks as the oldest of four heirs — along with Amy Smart, Ethan Embry and Boyd Holbrook — to a despised father's fortune. The catch in the will is that the brothers, who hate one another, have to go into business together as bail bondsmen, a venture that immediately sends the trio to Mexico to find a billionaire kidnapped by a vengeful businessman (Michael Rispoli)
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