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NEWS
August 18, 1987
Clarence Brown, one of Hollywood's most prolific directors, who enhanced the careers of such diverse stars as Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Norma Shearer and Elizabeth Taylor, has died at age 97, it was learned today. Brown died late Monday night at St. John's Medical Center of kidney failure. He had been retired since the early 1950s.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2012 | Patrick Pacheco, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In "Look Back in Anger," playwright John Osborne's brutal 1956 drama, the working-class antihero Jimmy Porter attacks his wife Alison, by accusing her of being "pusillanimous. " In their garbage-strewn Midlands flat, the disaffected young man cruelly barks out its meaning: "Wanting of firmness of mind, of small courage … cowardly. " "Pusillanimous" is a word one would hardly associate with Sam Gold, the ambitious 33-year-old director of the Roundabout Theater's revival of the British classic, which stars Matthew Rhys, most recently of the TV drama "Brothers & Sisters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2000 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Costa Mesa preschool where two students were killed and five others injured after a man intentionally drove his Cadillac into a crowded playground in 1999 has quietly closed its doors. The Southcoast Early Childhood Learning Center, which survived that tragedy as well as a bruising battle with neighbors opposed to a security fence installed in the wake of the killings, closed Sept. 1.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2005 | Robert Abele, Special to The Times
When screenwriter Don Roos ("Boys on the Side," "Single White Female") cast "Friends" star Lisa Kudrow in a key role for his 1998 filmmaking debut, "The Opposite of Sex," an exciting new director-actress collaboration emerged. Roos' bitingly funny take on love, sex and responsibility took flight when Kudrow's Lucia -- a tart-tongued, opinionated, spinsterish teacher with unexpected reserves of pained optimism -- was on screen.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
I have so many questions after seeing "After Earth," the new sci-fi action-adventure starring Will Smith and his 14-year-old son, Jaden. First, just how much blinding power is in that famous smile of his? On the day Will Smith floated the idea - "sci-fi flick, father-son friction, me and the kid will star" - did its sheer warmth and radiance make everyone in the room believe that anything, including "After Earth" as an actual, viable movie, was possible? Someone wrote the checks.
NEWS
February 3, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
In the long, photo-decorated hallway that leads to the terrace garden dining area at Soho House, producer Michael Barnathan paused to point out a black-and-white snapshot of him and his wife grinning broadly as they celebrated their three Critics' Choice Awards for "The Help. " Barnathan and co-producer Chris Columbus are unabashedly, pinch-me-to-be-sure-this-is-real giddy about the gathering awards momentum behind the film, which focuses on the lives of black maids in Mississippi at the start of the civil rights movement.
REAL ESTATE
December 8, 1985
Roy G. Schmidt has been named chairman of Pereira Associates, succeeding founder William L. Pereira who died Nov. 13. Schmidt will remain president and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles-based architectural firm. Four executive vice presidents have been named, all senior partners of the Pereira firm. They are: Neil W. Birnbrauer, William H. Fain Jr., R. Scott Johnson and Alistair A. Laws.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 1988 | JANICE ARKATOV
Why set "Much Ado About Nothing" in 1930s Cuba? Why not, asks Gerald Gutierrez, whose staging of it for John Houseman's the Acting Company opens Wednesday at the Doolittle. (It follows the touring company's production of Karen Sunde's "Kabuki Macbeth," closing tonight.) "First of all, 'Much Ado' is one of Shakespeare's plays that time-travels best," noted the New York-based director. "It's a crowd-pleaser, it's his best romantic comedy and it's the one that's most often (re-interpreted).
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2014 | By David Ng
Following a 20-year run, conductor Jeffrey Kahane will step down from his position as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, the group announced on Wednesday. Kahane will be named music director laureate at the end of his tenure, which will be the longest of any music director in the ensemble's history. No successor has been announced. Leaders said that the board of directors will be launching a search to find a new music director.
BUSINESS
April 30, 1987
El Monte-based Birtcher Corp. named Ronald McAdams chairman and CEO, succeeding Ernest V. Jarvis, who was reelected a director. Four new elected directors include David B. Jones, Birtcher President Richard E. Maya, CEO McAdams and James R. Weersing.
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