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January 8, 2012 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
The quietest room in Hollywood may be the office where John Williams composes. In a bungalow on the Universal Studios lot, steps from the production company of his most frequent collaborator, director Steven Spielberg, Williams works alone at a 90-year-old Steinway grand piano, with fistfuls of pencils and stacks of composition paper nearby, and worn books of poetry by Robert Frost and William Wordsworth piled on the coffee table. "My relationship with Steven is the result of a lot of very compatible dissimilarities," Williams said in a late December interview during a week that saw the U.S. releases of both of the duo's latest joint efforts, the comic-book adaptation "The Adventures of Tintin" and the World War I epic "War Horse.
February 22, 1998
What a run. For the third year in a row, students from Alemany High School in Mission Hills beat other private schools in Southern California to win a spot at the state Academic Decathlon. And for the fifth time, students from El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills swept the Los Angeles Unified School District competition. Now, as they have over and over, the two teams will face off in March to battle once again for the state championship.
September 25, 1989 | MIKE BOEHM
Mix a little raunch with a bit of wit, as everybody from Cole Porter to Prince has done at some point, and you've got a formula for pop that's lively, and maybe even healthily, artfully shocking. Take away the wit, and turn the raunch into drooling pornography, and you've got the formula for the banal, embarrassing exercise that the 2 Live Crew perpetrated Saturday at the Celebrity Theatre in Anaheim.
November 26, 1990
In response to Julie Fine of Reseda's letter about the injuries and deaths that have occurred since the July start-up of the Blue Line light-rail system, I am appalled to learn that anyone as fuzzy-brained as she could have been on a panel for transportation solutions. She mentioned a Canadian rail consultant's projection that during the first year of operation, a light-rail line would experience no deaths, just injuries, and tries to take the consultant to task for what has happened along the BlueLine tracks.
May 20, 2006
Is J.A. Adande blind? He rips into Elton Brand but gives Sam Cassell and Mike Dunleavy a pass on the Game 5 debacle ("Success Just Doesn't Seem to Stick to This Team for Long")? How is Brand going to win games if Cassell doesn't pass him the ball? Like, with six seconds left in regulation and Sam hoists up one of his brainless threes instead of getting the ball to Brand down low. And Dunleavy? He has to scream every time his team is playing defense. His players must be real stupid, never to know what defense to play every possession.
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