May 14, 1999 |
Randolph Kret's raw, explosive "Pariah" plunges us into the paranoid and brutal world of skinheads. Kret presents them as severely damaged young people so lacking in self-esteem that they're drawn to white supremacy, bolstered by neo-Nazi slogans and random attacks not only on blacks but also gays and Jews (and no doubt other minorities as well). Kret views them as ultimately self-destructive, but in the process he's created a volatile, edgy picture of strong visceral impact.
September 15, 1997 |
Michael Richards, who plays the kooky, frizzy-haired neighbor Kramer in "Seinfeld," and Kristen Johnston, who plays an alien on another NBC show, "3rd Rock From the Sun," won the first Emmys on Sunday for supporting roles in a comedy. It was the third time in five nominations that Richards has won the Emmy, again prevailing over fellow cast member Jason Alexander, who plays the insecure, neurotic George Costanza on the hit show and who has never won the Emmy despite seven nominations.
June 28, 1996 |
Rock fans were stunned by the announcement Wednesday that Van Halen had reunited with singer David Lee Roth--who left the band acrimoniously in 1985--and had fired his replacement, Sammy Hagar. But not as stunned as Hagar. "[Eddie Van Halen] just wanted me to change one lyric in a new song, and I didn't want to," said Hagar, recalling the incident that precipitated the upheaval. "I thought [the song] was great," Hagar said.
October 22, 1995 |
Three shows and two Emmys later, the executive producers of "Frasier," "Wings" and the new NBC sitcom "The Pursuit of Happiness" have earned the liberty to do just about anything they want for their next project--from the most conventional family sitcom to something crazily original.
November 12, 1994 |
By the spring of 1981, the question of what to do with David Lee Nagel suggested a grim but unequivocal answer. Nagel had spent his adolescence bouncing among jails, youth camps and mental hospitals. He had racked up what the psychologists called a "long history of antisocial behavior," meaning fights, breaking and entering, auto theft, fleeing the police and attacking a counselor.
June 30, 1994 |
You had to feel sorry for David Lee Roth at the House of Blues on Tuesday--not because in the six years since his last Los Angeles appearance he's gone from filling the Forum to playing a 1,000-capacity club, but because he's gone from being perhaps the most entertaining figure in hard rock to perhaps the most irrelevant man in music. The former Van Halen singer has traded in his old long-haired, leering, party-boy image for that of a short-haired, natty lounge lizard.
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June 5, 1993 |
An Alaskan pastor who said he upheld biblical standards on sexuality was elected Thursday to lead the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The Rev. David Lee Dobler, 43, was elected moderator of the 2.8-million-member church on the second ballot, narrowly defeating Margaret Wentz, a church elder from Kansas. Dobler received 293 votes to 283 for Wentz, 57, who served as vice chairwoman of the committee that developed a moderate abortion policy approved by the church last year.
November 1, 1992 |
He could be the toughest college football player in the country. He is 25 years old. He left his home in Virginia when he was 16, mainly because his father kicked him out of the house. He has been stabbed, clubbed with a baseball bat, shot at and chased through the streets and alleys of South Central L.A., and now, living in Texas, thinks of himself as "a recluse and a hermit." Yes, Ed Bunn is one tough football player. And don't think NFL scouts haven't been keeping tabs on him.
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July 24, 1991 |
The county public defender told jurors Tuesday that David Lee Schoenecker was suffering from a rare mental illness last year when he killed his schoolteacher wife. "He suffers from a major mental disorder . . . an obsessive-compulsive psychosis that causes gross impairment in regulation of both mood and rationale," public defender Ronald Y. Butler said, quoting a psychiatrist who is expected to become a key defense witness.
January 27, 1991 |
Roth's fourth solo release serves up his usual ham on wry with a wide stylistic spread that suggests he's out to appeal to every hard-rock taste.