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April 26, 1992
I am a fan of Danielle Steel and have read all her books and watched when they were made into TV movies. "Secrets" (April 6, NBC) was difficult to follow because the music was played during the dialogue. The musical background did nothing to enhance the program and was a hindrance while viewing. Joseph S. Buxton, Los Angeles
November 15, 1987
We don't understand how your reviewer could have not liked "Buck James," a good show with above-average dialogue, interesting stories and a realistic look. It is good entertainment and we hope to have it around for the entire year. J. Lewis, Van Nuys
October 22, 2009 | Richard Schickel
It appears that from the beginning of his career until almost its end (when illness slowed him), Robert Altman never passed an entirely sober day in his life. When he was not drinking heavily, he was smoking dope -- often doing both simultaneously. When he screened dailies on location, he insisted the cast and crew gather to view them in a party atmosphere, with the merriment rolling on into the night. His ability to ingest industrial-strength quantities of stuff that was bad for him fills one with shock, awe and questions.
September 13, 1987 | RUSSELL CHANDLER, Times Religion Writer
When the future Pope John Paul II visited Los Angeles 11 years ago, he got to do a little leisurely sightseeing, going to Marineland, Griffith Park and Forest Lawn. But then, he was only a Polish cardinal. No time for any of that on Tuesday and Wednesday: The Southland schedule of the supreme head of the Roman Catholic Church has been laid out to the last minute as he segues from event to event in a whirlwind of meticulously planned appearances.
September 13, 1997
Robert Pinget, 78, a Swiss-born writer who became a leading figure in France's Nouveau Roman movement. A prolific author, Pinget published more than a score of novels, plays, essays and collections of short stories after his first book appeared in 1951. He was known for rich use of dialogue and exploration of gossip. In reviewing Pinget's 1983 book "That Voice," a Times reviewer noted: "The work is rich in images that, like snatches of overheard conversation, stick to the linings of memory."
January 1, 1995
Oh, please God, no ! Tell me it ain't so! Soundtrack albums are for listening to film scores, not extracts of dialogue (Pop Eye, Dec. 18). For that, you can readily rent or buy the video. I can just see it now, sumptuous tracks of John Barry or Jerry Goldsmith being mixed with annoying dialogue bites. C'mon, give us film music lovers a break. It's tough enough to find a soundtrack these days that isn't overloaded with tacked-on songs heard for all of two seconds in the film.
September 28, 1986
So, Martin Bernheimer writes a "dialogue" of the critic and his critic ("The Critic and His Critic: A Long-Preying Dialogue," Calendar, Sept. 21). At last a little self-parody, some humility from the throne, a drop of humor in the cup of vitriol? Fat chance! The same wearying self-righteousness, the humorless wit and witless arrogance. And the revelation that those who sometimes disagree with Bernheimer are cherry-pitting buffoons (did I say "wit"?). C'mon, Marty. Did the other boys tease you incessantly in grammar school?
August 28, 1986
Lebanese Christian and Muslim leaders agreed to a national reconciliation dialogue in a new bid to end Lebanon's 11-year-old civil war. All 10 members of Premier Rashid Karami's half-Christian, half-Muslim Cabinet, which has not met in a year, agreed to hold the opening session of the peace talks next Tuesday at the closed Beirut race track in the no-man's land of the Green Line dividing the capital into Muslim and Christian sectors.
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