April 30, 2013 |
This is one in a series of occasional articles about the careers and lives of character actors in Hollywood. Bill Smitrovich remembers the day when "everything exploded in my head" and he decided to become an actor. Smitrovich, 65, had worked at various odd jobs in his hometown of Bridgeport, Conn., until he decided he wanted a college education. So he saved enough money to go the University of Bridgeport, where he majored in business education and "dabbled in theater. " Acting became his primary focus when a friend recommended he audition for the role of the tragic Lenny in John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men. " PHOTOS: Celebrity portraits by The Times "I took the script down the hall to read," Smitrovich said.
April 26, 2013 |
USC receiver Robert Woods became the first Trojans player selected in the 2013 NFL draft when the Buffalo Bills chose him in the second round with the 41st overall pick. Woods, who grew up in Carson and played at Gardena Serra High, was an All-American and Biletnikoff Award finalist in 2011, when he caught a school-record 111 passes. Last season, Coach Lane Kiffin shifted the focus to receiver Marqise Lee -- the 2012 Biletnikoff Award winner -- and Woods caught 76 passes, 11 for touchdowns.
April 11, 2013 |
David Mamet's "American Buffalo" is set in a junk shop, but there are jewels to be found in the play and they are thrillingly laid out for us in the Geffen Playhouse's dynamically acted production directed by Randall Arney. What a pleasure to experience again the ferocious gusto of Mamet's language when it was still being composed for individual characters. Lately, Mamet seems to be writing for his own bullhorn, but this relatively early work, which had its Broadway premiere in 1977, reminds us of the reason his style set off a revolution in American playwriting.
April 1, 2013 |
The Kings acquired defenseman Robyn Regehr from the Buffalo Sabres on Monday for two second-round draft picks, hoping the brawny 32-year-old will fill the void created by injuries to defensemen Matt Greene and Willie Mitchell. The trade was first reported by Darren Drager of TSN. Regehr, who can become an unrestricted free agent after this season, played in Calgary for current Kings Coach Darryl Sutter. He was traded from the Flames to Buffalo in June 2011. The Kings have missed the physical presence of Mitchell, who has yet to play this season after experiencing post-surgical knee problems, and of Greene, who played only one game before undergoing back surgery.
April 1, 2013 |
Patrick Healy is executive chef and managing partner of the Buffalo Club in Santa Monica. After training under chefs such as Alain Ducasse, Jean and Pierre Troisgros, Michel Guerard and Roger Verge in France for several years, Healy worked in Los Angeles restaurants Le Saint Germain and Colette. He went on to open his own acclaimed restaurant, the erstwhile Champagne. At Buffalo Club he's credited with revitalizing American cuisine by injecting modern influences, whether chicken pot pie or lobster dumplings.
March 28, 2013 |
The gift shop at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Ky., has voluntarily recalled five condiment sauces due to mislabeling and undeclared allergens, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to wheat, soy, anchovy or milk risk serious or even life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. No adverse reactions or illnesses have been reported. The receall applies to the following products sold under the Buffalo Trace Distillery brand name: --Bourbon Flavored Caramel Sauce, 8-ounce jar, UPC 795436001058, best buy date 2/16/14.
March 26, 2013
Clippers tonight AT DALLAS When: 6:30 PDT. Where: American Airlines Center. On the air: TV: TNT; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 48-22, Mavericks 34-36. Record vs. Mavericks: 2-0. Update: The Clippers need one more victory to tie the franchise record for victories in a season, held by the 1974-75 Buffalo Braves. The Mavericks have won seven of their last 10 games and are back in the Western Conference playoff hunt for the eighth seeding. -Broderick Turner
March 12, 2013 |
Having already changed coaches this off-season, the Buffalo Bills are starting from scratch at quarterback too. In their first move once the NFL's free-agency period opened Tuesday, the Bills released quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick after two-plus inconsistent seasons as starter. The decision came after Fitzpatrick and the team were unable to reach an agreement to restructure the quarterback's contract, and a day before the he was due a $3-million bonus. Fitzpatrick's up-and-down performance and his expensive contract were factors in his release.
February 26, 2013 |
You think “beef” burgers with horse meat are bad? A new study out of South Africa shows that two-thirds of meat sold at supermarkets and butcheries contain unlabeled amounts of donkey, goat, water buffalo and other mystery ingredients. Researchers from the University of Stellenbosch found elements of surprise in up to 68% of 139 samples of minced meats, burger patties, deli and dried meats, and sausages from retail outlets and smaller meat outlets. About 28% of products didn't list on the packaging that they contained soy and gluten - both common allergens.
February 9, 2013 |
If you hail from the nation's snow country, wintry blizzards are like some bully you endured back in grade school: You never forget them, and their long-ago tortures grow in size and scope with each retelling. As a storm of possibly historic magnitude slams the East Coast this weekend, my thoughts are blown back to the worst winter tempest of my life, in upstate New York, with the strange, tragic and even funny memories it left behind for those who endured it. The recollections haven't become overblown with time.