August 1, 2011 |
The literary leviathan known as "Moby-Dick" swims once again into the dangerous waters of dramatic adaptation Monday night. The last sighting, some 13 years ago, found Patrick Stewart donning the peg leg to play crazy Capt. Ahab for the USA Network; this time William Hurt steers the Pequod in search of the white whale, under the flag of the premium movie-rerun channel Encore, which is edging into original programming. Both miniseries were produced by companies run by producers Robert Halmi and/or son Robert Halmi Jr., who have never met a work of classic literature they didn't want to adapt for television.
September 25, 2013 |
Director Michael Campus vividly recalls the reaction to his film "The Mack" from the opening-night audience 40 years ago in Oakland. The film, starring Max Julien as the charismatic pimp Goldie and Richard Pryor as his friend Slim, had shot in the Bay Area city. "The first scene came on with Richie and Max and - I am not exaggerating - the whole audience stood up and started screaming back at the screen," Campus said. "They never sat down. No one had shown that world - no one had portrayed the black underworld.
December 3, 1985
The San Diego Padres fired third base coach Ozzie Virgil, but waited 17 days to make the announcement and didn't consult Manager Dick Williams before taking the action.
September 2, 1990 |
Joan Kroc was unavailable for comment this week regarding former Padre Manager Dick Williams' comments in his book, "No More Mr. Nice Guy." But in an interview with The Times several weeks ago, when asked about the book's derogatory comments and controversial recollections concerning the team under the Krocs' ownership, Kroc replied, "Anyone can write a book." Pressed for a further explanation of exactly what she meant, Kroc repeated: "Anyone can write a book."
June 2, 1991 |
The Boston Red Sox extended Manager Joe Morgan's contract through the 1992 season. Morgan succeeded John McNamara on July 14, 1988. He has a 243-205 record with the team. Under Morgan, the Red Sox appeared in the American League playoffs in 1988 and 1990. Morgan is the 37th Red Sox manager and the 10th winningest for the team, behind Dick Williams with 260 victories.
November 1, 1985
Manager Dick Williams of the San Diego Padres will return to manage the team next season, despite not getting the contract extension he wanted. Williams' five-year contract expires at the end of next season. Williams met with club President Ballard Smith and General Manager Jack McKeon on Wednesday, and Thursday said he is still talking with the club about a contract extension.
December 4, 1986
The Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education has chosen board member Mary Kay Kamath to serve as board president. Peggy Lyons was named vice president. Both will serve until November, 1988. Kamath, who was elected to the board in 1981 and reelected in 1984, replaces President Dick Williams, who retired from the board. Lyons was appointed to the board in 1982 and elected in 1984.
April 4, 1987
Your Morning Briefing trivia question (March 25) regarding Dick Williams and John McNamara unwittingly points out a very salient issue. These two men between them have managed or will have managed more than eight major league teams. Is baseball trying to tell me that, currently, there are no qualified blacks capable of managing a major league club? RODNEY K. BOSWELL Los Angeles
August 2, 1985 |
San Diego Padre relief pitcher Rich Gossage will be lost to the team for at least three weeks following arthroscopic surgery Thursday to remove torn cartilage from his right knee. Gossage, a hard-throwing right-hander whose 21 saves in 26 appearances this season are third best in the National League, was sent back to San Diego from Atlanta on Wednesday after he awoke with a badly swollen knee.