April 11, 2013 |
Actor Peter Robbins, who provided the voice of Charlie Brown in eight "Peanuts" TV specials between 1965 and 1969, has pleaded guilty to threatening and stalking his ex-girlfriend and a plastic surgeon who gave her a breast enhancement. Robbins, 56, entered his plea in a San Diego court Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. He could face up to three years in prison when he's sentenced next month. According to prosecutors, Robbins called his ex-girlfriend multiple times a day and threatened to kill her and her son if she didn't give back his car and his dog, whose name is Snoopy.
April 4, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Let the record show that on April 4, 2013, the night that "Kinky Boots" opened on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, drag officially became a commodity of the tourist masses. Female impersonation has long had mainstream appeal, but now even the campier tradition has been co-opted. "La Cage Aux Folles" proved that a man in a dress belting "I Am What I Am" could move straight theatergoers to tears. "Priscilla Queen of the Desert" showed that sparkly attired male disco divas traveling the outback on a bus could bring in audiences by the busload.
March 30, 2013 |
With his 1947 provocation "Monsieur Verdoux," Charlie Chaplin completed a remarkable transformation from the universally beloved Little Tramp to a vilified monster both on-screen and off. In the most polarizing film of his career, just issued on DVD by the Criterion Collection, Chaplin plays the title character, a bank clerk who loses his job and finds a new business in murder - "liquidating members of the opposite sex," as he puts it. ...
March 28, 2013
The bassist Charlie Haden is a living legend of jazz, and because of health reasons he hasn't performed often. But on the occasion of his lifetime achievement Grammy, several whip-smart L.A. jazz musicians including Bob Sheppard, Billy Childs, Peter Erskine and Darek Oles will pay him tribute by performing from his catalog. Vitello's, 4349 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City. 8 p.m. Sat., $25-$50. Vitellosjazz.com .
March 27, 2013 |
PARIS - Stephane Charbonnier, known as Charb, sits calmly behind a desk in a large, messy office with no sign outside indicating the name of his publication. True, there is a riot police car stationed in the street, but basically, he says, he doesn't see what all the fuss is about. "It just so happens I'm more likely to get run over by a bicycle in Paris than get assassinated," says Charb, the soft-spoken editor of Charlie Hebdo, a left-leaning French satirical weekly, which since 2006 has been sued, threatened and firebombed for its sporadic publication of cartoons mocking the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
March 18, 2013 |
The spectacle of Charlie digging into a family-size bucket of fried chicken is one of the sadder sights in "The Whale," Samuel D. Hunter's mordantly funny, bitterly angry and ultimately deeply moving portrait of a morbidly obese man stuffing himself to death after his lover's death. As played by Matthew Arkin (with fleshy prosthetics and makeup wizardry adding elephantine girth to the actor's medium build), Charlie is willfully drowning in his own flab - nearly 600 pounds of it. But please don't get the idea that this play, having its West Coast premiere at South Coast Repertory under the direction of Martin Benson, is setting up a situation that could be resolved by the dictatorial intervention of celebrity fitness trainer Jillian Michaels.
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March 15, 2013 |
LAPD's 'Southland' cameo is a different police shooting Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck took his place behind the lectern. Cameras flashed. Reporters stood at the ready. But Beck's news conference in front of Parker Center, the old LAPD headquarters, wasn't a typical meeting with the media. For one, it wasn't real. The chief and other officials with the Los Angeles Police Department filmed a cameo Friday for the season finale of TNT's L.A.-based police drama, "Southland.
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March 11, 2013 |
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck hasn't come through on a promise to provide a new truck for two women injured by officers in pursuit of fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner, an attorney for the women said Monday. Beck pledged to provide the truck to Margie Carranza, 47, and her mother, Emma Hernandez, 71, who were delivering newspapers in Torrance last month when LAPD officers riddled their blue Toyota Tacoma with bullets. Dorner was believed to be driving a gray Nissan Titan.
March 7, 2013 |
If anyone had lingering doubts that the male contenders on "American Idol" this season pale in comparison to the women, this week should put them to rest. On Tuesday night, after the top 10 women performed, it seemed like all but two of them would have been solid picks for the top 5, and several already appeared to be strong competitors for the win. But on Wednesday night when the top 10 guys performed it was another matter entirely. After the final uneven note had been sung, we were left with only two performers who definitely deserved to be among the five guys to make it into the overall top 10 on Thursday night, plus a mixed bag of maybes.
March 5, 2013 |
Charlie Pasarell has long been tennis' answer to baseball's Field of Dreams. Pasarell built it, and they came. Actually, Pasarell kept building, and the players kept coming. No singular sensation for this visionary of the sport. Monday in New York, the inductees to the International Tennis Hall of Fame were announced. They were Martina Hingis, 32, a women's star long before she was a woman; Thelma Coyne Long, 94, legendary Australian player; Cliff Drysdale, 71, a good player who achieved as much stature in the broadcast booth as on the court; Ion Tiriac, 73, the Romanian player and powerful European event promoter; and Pasarell, 69. It is difficult to determine what drove Pasarell's selection.