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December 22, 2012 |
Larry L. King, a writer and playwright whose magazine article about a campaign to close down a popular bordello became the hit Broadway musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" and a 1982 movie starring Burt Reynolds, died Thursday. He was 83. King, who had emphysema, died at a retirement home in Washington, D.C., where he had lived for six months, said his wife, Barbara Blaine. He wrote his most famous piece, about the demise of the Chicken Ranch brothel in Texas, in 1974 for Playboy magazine.
September 15, 2012 |
Boot camps before meetings? Yoga classes at lunch? Workouts near or at work are convenient and efficient. But if you happen to be employed at Warner Bros. in Burbank, there's more to it than accessibility. On Fridays when the sitcom "Mike & Molly" isn't shooting, actor Reno Wilson teaches a 45-minute spinning class to anyone on the lot who shows up; many of his students are staff and crew from his show. Wilson leads spinning classes for love. Yes, he has a love of spinning, but it's more about his love for the student who was front and center at one recent class: his wife, Coco Fausone-Wilson, a yoga and spinning instructor at YAS Fitness Centers.
July 19, 2010
MONDAY'S HIGHLIGHTS SERIES Lie to Me: Torres' half sister is incarcerated in a juvenile corrections facility in this new episode (8 p.m. Fox). Behind the Music: Usher is profiled in this new episode (8 p.m. VH1). True Beauty: Judges Vanessa Minnillo, Carson Kressley and Beth Ostrosky Stern let the remaining contestants in on the secret of the competition and reveal which one of them is the most beautiful on the outside and inside in the season finale (10 p.m. ABC)
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May 6, 2009 |
Dom DeLuise, the mirthful, moon-faced comic actor who provided frequent comedic support in television variety shows of the 1960s and '70s and in movies starring Mel Brooks and Burt Reynolds, has died. He was 75. DeLuise died Monday evening at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, said DeLuise's agent, Robert Malcolm. DeLuise's wife and three sons were with him when he died. The family did not release the cause of death.
February 8, 2009
Your list of the best football movies ever made featured a lot of classics ("First and 10," Feb. 1), but you left off the greatest of them all: Michael Ritchie's 1977 comedy "Semi-Tough". This charming triangle about two football players (Burt Reynolds and Kris Kristofferson) and the woman they love (Jill Clayburgh) is filled with fascinating insider details about the game, and it combines romantic comedy and sports action in a manner that wouldn't be topped until Ron Shelton made "Bull Durham" 11 years later.
February 1, 2009 |
Prison films and sports movies define guy cinema, and "The Longest Yard," directed by Robert Aldrich, is the sinewy synthesis of the two, like "Cool Hand Luke" but with Joe Namath on the chain gang. This movie found the perfect star in Burt Reynolds under center (in comparison, Adam Sandler in the 2005 remake seemed like, well, a waterboy). Reynolds was at the height of his good ol' boy cinema, following up on "Deliverance" and "White Lighting" and still in possession of that virile menace that he would later trade for Southern slapstick.