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March 27, 2005
Unfortunately not all the Z-Boys are back ("The Z-Boys Are Back in Town," March 20). The charismatic leader and true hero of the Z-Boys was arbitrarily left out to dry. The creative force and most charismatic figure in the movement, Jeff Ho, felt that the whole story of the Zephyr Team was totally misrepresented by Hollywood. To see the true story one merely has to view the documentary. This oversight could be forgiven, but the other team members as well as the director have obfuscated the truth.
January 3, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - Bringing a long list of prepared questions to an interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson is a fool's errand. That's not to say a conversation with the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History isn't illuminating - quite the opposite. It's just that the gregarious astrophysicist can't help but find science lurking in every corner, turning even the most banal transaction into a teaching moment. An offer of bottled water, for instance, unexpectedly turns into a lengthy digression about the difficulty of freezing distilled water and the origins of Gatorade.
December 9, 2000
I have been a fan of horse racing for many years. On Belmont Stakes Day of 1999, Chris Antley became my favorite active jockey. I will retain in my mind's eye for as long as I live the picture of Antley leaping off Charismatic while retaining hold of the reins and then gently cradling the horse's injured leg in his arms. Chris was able to save Charismatic that day, but I fear we will find that he was unable to save himself from his personal demons. Rest in peace, Chris. You will be missed.
September 5, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
The earnest mash-up of spoken-word performance, domestic drama and soapy romance in "Things Never Said" is unwieldy, to be sure, and would have sunk a less charismatic cast. As two aspiring Los Angeles poets who fall in love while one of them is married, Shanola Hampton and Omari Hardwick have personality to spare. Their chemistry lends spark to TV writer Charles Murray's first feature, in which, the title notwithstanding, a multitude of things are said, loud and clear. Hampton plays Kalindra, a waitress whose marriage to high school sweetheart Ronnie (Elimu Nelson)
May 13, 1991
I am outraged and disturbed by all this negative sniping at Quayle. It's no wonder the world slides further into hell when its role models are disgustingly undermined and attacked for no reason. The territory is not easy. He's just not old, ugly or boring like his predecessors. He's young, attractive and charismatic enough to be heard and respected, not lambasted and bullied by a bunch of nihilistic fascists. ROBERT HYMAN, Beverly Hills
July 21, 2002
I would give a lot to have known the kind of loving closure experienced by the talented Joe Donnelly and his brave father ('Driving Vince Donnelly,' June 16). I was moved to tears by the author's deft prose and obvious respect for his complex, charismatic 'old man.' I lost my alcoholic Irish dad almost 20 years ago, four years before I got sober. What a wonderful, mystical trip the Donnellys shared together. We should all be so lucky. Harry Shannon Studio City
June 3, 1989 | JOHN DART
The 16th annual Los Angeles Mayor's Prayer Breakfast will be held next Saturday, renewing an event that tends to feature charismatic Protestants and, lately, a little political suspense. The breakfast drew its highest attendance last year--2,000--when the featured speaker was House Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.), who resigned that position Wednesday after defending his handling of personal finances against ethical violations charges by the House Ethics Committee. That panel voted to begin its investigation shortly before last year's prayer breakfast.
May 1, 1988 | JOHN JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
It's Friday night at the drive-in. As the pale-skinned hero of the season's hot new martial-arts flick snaps the bones of the Asian archvillain, the Winnetka 6 erupts in honking horns and flashing headlights. The movie that has the big-wheeled pickups beeping is "Bloodsport." Advertised as the true story of an American who defeated all comers 13 years ago in a no-holds-barred international tournament of warriors, the movie opened last month at 800 U.S.
It's been almost a year, but Benjamin Markowitz still has trouble believing his childhood friends could have kidnapped and killed his younger brother. "In my worst nightmares, I never would have thought that that would have happened," Markowitz, 23, said last week in an interview. It was a brazen crime that stunned the West Valley, where most of the young suspects had grown up. They'd played baseball together on the well-groomed fields of a private league.
Jovita Marquez and Virginia Villa were among the thousands of Southern California Latinos drawn to La Luz de Oro Corp., whose name means "The Light of Gold." At the company's festive sales rallies--marathon sessions mixing evangelism with secular promises of money, cars and homes--the two women were told they could realize their financial dreams if they invested in the telecommunications company, followed its rules and held on to their faith. But faith has given way to anger.
August 22, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
Shortly into the documentary "The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear," director Tinatin Gurchiani asks an interviewee: "If I come with you, will you show me your life?" It's an intriguing, grandly put question whose promise is never quite fulfilled in this thoughtful but slow and random snapshot of life in the former Soviet republic of Georgia. Wanting to make a film about growing up in her war-torn home country, Gurchiani posted a casting call for Georgians aged 15 to 23 with on-camera ambitions - or at least curiosity.
July 15, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
She's an American icon with her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But it has been four decades since she had her own prime-time TV show, on which her courage, loyalty and knack for saving the day endeared her to millions of baby boomers. Can Lassie really come home again? A Hollywood studio is hoping so. DreamWorks Animation, creator of the "Shrek" and "Kung Fu Panda" movies, plans to put the charismatic collie back in the public eye, along with Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Rocky and Bullwinkle, and other decades-old characters.
June 20, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Birds do it. Bees do it. Even educated fleas do it. And as it turns out, zombies do it as well. They swarm. And when they're done swarming, they swarm all over again. That unstoppably manic movement is the most unexpected part of "World War Z" as well as its most memorable. But while the rest of the film, directed by Marc Foster and featuring the irreplaceable charisma of Brad Pitt, is zombie business as usual, it's fun to see this kind of familiar material done with intelligence and skill.
May 17, 2013 | By Abby Sewell, Angel Jennings and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Marcel Melanson was a hero in Compton. The fire battalion chief led teams that raced to help victims of car crashes and street violence. Three years ago, he got national exposure as a star of a BET reality TV program that followed Compton firefighters on emergency calls. "We're constantly battling the perception of the city," he told the Los Angeles Times when the show premiered. "It's constantly thought of as this bad place. " On Friday, he was back in the public eye, but under very different circumstances.
May 13, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
John Gilbert was the golden boy at MGM during the final years of the silent era. He was the young studio's biggest male star, working with such top directors as King Vidor ("The Big Parade," 1925), Erich von Stroheim ("The Merry Widow," 1925) and Tod Browning ("The Show," 1927). Gilbert was breathtakingly handsome with curly black hair and dancing eyes, and women swooned over his passionate love scenes and followed his well-publicized love affair with "Flesh and the Devil" leading lady Greta Garbo in the movie magazines.
April 22, 2013
Hilary Koprowski, a Polish-born researcher who developed the first successful oral vaccine for polio, has died. He was 96. Koprowski died of pneumonia April 11 at his Philadelphia home, said his son, Dr. Christopher Koprowski, a radiation oncologist. In 1950, Hilary Koprowski showed that it was possible to use his live-virus oral vaccine against polio, which had plagued the United States and other countries for decades. Another researcher, Dr. Albert Sabin, would win the race to get an oral vaccine licensed in the U.S. while Jonas Salk would develop an injectable vaccine that eliminated much of the disease in the country.
Mitchell can't stop washing his hands. Philip has trouble keeping his clothes on--even in cold weather. And Luke goes everywhere with a pair of men's bikini underpants around his neck. Bizarre behavior? Maybe by adult standards, but not for little kids. For 4-year-old Philip, 2-year-old Luke and 3-year-old Mitchell, it's just a part of growing up. Parents may be worried when children's habits mimic frightening adult disorders, but the experts say: Relax.
April 27, 2010 | By Josh Gajewski, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Every time Luis Moncada blinks, he curses, thanks to the unprintable expletive tattooed onto his eyelids at age 18. A gang member at the time, he was convinced he wouldn't make it to 21 and wanted to deliver this angry message to the world when he was gone. Fourteen years later, Moncada is telling a different kind of story with his eyes. He and his brother Daniel have recurring roles on AMC's "Breaking Bad," where they've spent much of this third season playing silent-assassin types — cartel members from Mexico who've come to kill Walter White ( Bryan Cranston)
March 25, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - The head of a U.S.-backed Syrian opposition coalition resigned his post Sunday, a major blow to a group that the United States and other nations have lauded as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people and a potential interim government. The departure of the charismatic Moaz Khatib, a moderate Islamist who has championed national reconciliation, plunged the fractious Syrian dissident alliance into disarray as the escalating Syrian conflict showed fresh signs of spreading instability beyond its borders.
March 5, 2013 | By Chris Kraul and Mery Mogollon, Los Angeles Times
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the charismatic socialist whose Bolivarian Revolution reduced poverty and galvanized anti-American sentiment across Latin America but left his nation deeply polarized and ever more dependent on oil dollars, died Tuesday in Caracas after a nearly-two-year battle with cancer. He was 58. Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced the passing on national television, saying that Chavez had died at 4:25 p.m. His death followed repeated treatments for pelvic cancer in Cuba, the country of his idol Fidel Castro, where his condition was first diagnosed in June 2011.
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