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October 4, 2011 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times staff writer
As you know all too well, readers, we need guidance. Your guidance. In this case, it's your L.A. book picks we need - not just great books but books that will clue a newcomer in to this place, physically and socially, past, present and future.  As part of our ever-growing Southern California Close-Ups project, we're pulling together a list of volumes that speak volumes about Los Angeles - maybe 50 books, maybe more, fiction and nonfiction. So here are the beginnings of our list, in no particular order.
March 1, 1992
Times film critic Kenneth Turan invites you to match the movie with the city in which it took place. Answers are below.
August 20, 1995 | Kevin Thomas
Ryan and Tatum O'Neal (pictured) are one of the most charming couples-on-the-run ever to hit the screen in Peter Bogdanovich's black-and-white 1973 Depression-era comedy. Set in the Midwest, the film offers O'Neal as a con man who latches on to a smart-alecky--and Oscar-winning--Tatum, his real-life daughter (Bravo Saturday at 6 p.m., again at midnight). Other four-star films airing this week: Jules and Jim / Bravo, Monday, 8 p.m.; Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. Double Indemnity / Disney, Monday, 9 p.m.
January 5, 1997
"Read Any Good Movies, Lately" by Joseph Hanania (Dec. 18) portrays Scenario, the Magazine of the Screenwriting Art, as the really only game in town for publishing multiple screenplays (four in each quarterly issue). Let me correct the record. I am Sam Thomas, a member of the Writer's Guild for almost 30 years, and editor of the ongoing series "Best American Screenplays," published in hardcover by Crown (Random House), now three collections, with a fourth planned. All of these anthologies--the first with a foreword by Frank Capra--are still happily in print since the initial work was published in 1986.
June 20, 2011
The Hollywood Bowl has long been a favorite place to shoot movie and TV scenes. One of the first major films to shoot at the Bowl was 1937's iconic tale of Hollywood, "A Star Is Born" — that's where fledgling actress Janet Gaynor encounters drunk superstar Norman Maine (Fredric March). Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly sneak into the Bowl in 1945's "Anchors Aweigh. " Other films using the Cahuenga Pass landmark are 1944's "Double Indemnity" and 1980's "Xanadu. " TV series that have filmed there include "The Beverly Hillbillies," "Seinfeld" and "Melrose Place.
February 19, 1995 | Kevin Thomas
Bob Rafelson's film from a script by Adrien Joyce (Carole Eastman) is one of the key films of the '70s. It stars Jack Nicholson as a feckless drifter who has forsaken his highly refined family of gifted musicians to work as an oil-field roughneck. Still, he yearns to return home, and this 1970 film becomes an odyssey of self-discovery, touching upon the rootlessness and dissatisfaction of contemporary life. It's sad but often outrageously funny (KCOP Saturday at 2:30 a.m.).
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