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September 3, 2005
RE "Constant Intrigue," by Kenneth Turan, Aug. 31: To the producers and director of "The Constant Gardener": Don't be shocked if your film fails to find a major audience. Think "The Manchurian Candidate" remake, "The Insider" and all the other anti-corporate/anti-capitalist drivel Hollywood routinely tries to stuff down our throats. Believe it or not, there are millions of us who do not think multinational corporations are intrinsically evil and who do think that there is more good in the world than bad and that not all politicians and business people are cynical money-grabbers waging war on the world's oppressed to benefit Halliburton (or fill in the blank)
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SPORTS
April 25, 2009
Listening to the first Dodgers telecast of new TV partners Eric Collins and Steve Lyons got me confused. Is Eric Collins doing the imitation of Steve Lyons or is Steve Lyons doing the imitation of Eric Collins? Ron Tom Pasadena :: The new Dodgers announcer is quoted as saying that he knows what his life will be for "a while," being compared with Vin Scully. Just ask Joel Meyers and Paul Sunderland how many times the name Chick Hearn comes up in conversation regarding Lakers basketball.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2000
When I saw the article praising LACMA's debacle "The Healing Power of Art," I saw red ("Invoking the Spirit of Laughter," by Alex Halberstadt, Oct. 5). I was trapped by politeness in the first row at the worst evening I ever have spent at a performance or presentation, until my partner and I, not being able to stand it, rose just a moment before the performance was declared over. Not surprisingly, we saw that almost half the untrapped audience had left. The single presentations I have seen in each of the first three seasons of this LACMA lecture series have gone from bad to unwatchable.
OPINION
January 10, 2009
Re "A bleak picture for big studios, " Jan. 2 As someone who grew up watching "Mister Roberts," "On the Waterfront" and "To Kill a Mockingbird," I am amazed at Hollywood executives who approve inane and childish scripts, pay ungodly sums of money to adult actors who act like spoiled children, and then don't understand why people refuse to pay $20 to sit through 30 minutes of commercials and previews to watch the drivel they've produced. I may not be qualified to be chief executive of a major studio, but I guarantee that I can make better decisions than those who gave the green light to "Monkeybone" and "Osmosis Jones."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 1994
Tomorrow's weather, courtesy of local radio and TV : cloudy and cool, accompanied by our usual morning drivel. TED SHIREMAN El Monte
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 1989
KFI is dishonest in professing to serve the community while in reality providing the meaningless drivel portrayed in the recent film "Talk Radio." F. MARTIN HARRIS Beverly Hills
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1994
Your editorial "187: It Is A Risky Proposition" (Oct. 16) had one main ingredient: hogwash. I'll bet you printed the same doomsday drivel regarding Proposition 13 before its passage. ROBERT SENNETT Sylmar
ENTERTAINMENT
August 11, 1985
Omigod, gag me with a restaurant review ("La Serre--The Other Side of the Mountain," by Lois Dwan, Aug. 4). Did I read right? The Chef holds back because us country bumpkins are undemanding--but he does well in spite of those restrictions? Give me a break. Do you really pay people to write such drivel? If the answer is yes, then at least get some drivel from a Valley Girl who loves it out here in the boonies of Studio City, and let Dwan truffle herself into a coma over there on the other side of the hill.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 1991
No wonder Tartikoff is leaving NBC for Paramount Pictures. Imagine his being forced to view network TV for hours on end: "I was pretty much a captive of television, and it was amazing how little I looked forward to." What a revelation! The high-level honchos who foist this daily drivel on television audiences never actually watch the stuff. DIANE HOOVER, Hermosa Beach
NEWS
February 15, 1987
Bravo to KCET Channel 28 for airing "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years." It's a sad statement on America itself that black history wasn't routinely taught during the dozen or so years that I attended school, but sadder still if the majority of TV viewers instead turned the channel to some of the mindless sitcoms or cop-and-robbers drivel on network television. Connie Johnson, Riverside
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2005
TIM RUTTEN'S article "It's Hard to Feel Bad for Geraldo" [Sept. 17] opens with snide comments about Rupert Murdoch's "ceaseless schemes for global domination." I guess Ted Turner and CNN's liberal drivel to warp the minds of the world against America doesn't qualify? SCOTT THOMAS TRUNK La Mirada AS soon as Geraldo Rivera learns that a story is about a story and not about himself and his ego, the sooner he'll stop being the whipping boy. SCOT E. MCKONE Yucca Valley
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2005
RE "Constant Intrigue," by Kenneth Turan, Aug. 31: To the producers and director of "The Constant Gardener": Don't be shocked if your film fails to find a major audience. Think "The Manchurian Candidate" remake, "The Insider" and all the other anti-corporate/anti-capitalist drivel Hollywood routinely tries to stuff down our throats. Believe it or not, there are millions of us who do not think multinational corporations are intrinsically evil and who do think that there is more good in the world than bad and that not all politicians and business people are cynical money-grabbers waging war on the world's oppressed to benefit Halliburton (or fill in the blank)
OPINION
March 20, 2005
Every Sunday I open the Opinion section, hoping that the editorial department will have returned to sanity. Week after week I am disappointed. Opinion has become as toothless as an octogenarian. I am caught in a time warp as vapid as the '50s and as vitriolic as the McCarthy era, when questioning authority begs my patriotism and fear is the most powerful four-letter word. I have hardened myself to Michael Ramirez's pontificating cartoons, but the ego-drivel of Joel Stein belongs in the entertainment section.
OPINION
March 6, 2005 | Barry Gottlieb, Barry Gottlieb is a humor writer based in San Francisco.
Being a TV weatherperson has got to be the best job in the world. Sure, being an ice cream taster at Ben & Jerry's, Leonardo DiCaprio or the head of human resources for the Acme Porn Flick Co. are also good career choices, but they don't afford you the luxury of screwing up 365 days in a row while not only keeping your job but getting a raise. Think about it. If doctors, airline pilots and dry cleaners had the same success rate as TV weatherpeople, there would be a major uprising.
OPINION
December 19, 2004 | Gary Lawrence, Gary Lawrence is a Republican pollster in Orange County who celebrates Christmas with his Mormon congregation.
If some calamity punches holes in our records and books, and leaves in its wake only fragments, have you ever wondered what archeologists several centuries down the road will deduce about this holiday we call Christmas? I predict they will speak with certainty of a civilization that worshiped flying reindeer, bemoaned Grandma getting run over by them, and fretted about one with a red nose beset by sibling rivalry issues.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 2004
As a paying moviegoer, I found Deborah Nadoolman Landis' whines and woes more than a little irritating ("A Thread of Respect," Nov. 21). Whatever lack of respect she and others receive in the film industry is of no concern to me. I'm sure my local 7-Eleven clerk would like a little more respect too. Costume designers should deal with their concerns in the proper forum, not on the cover of the Sunday Los Angeles Times Calendar Section. I'm the one who pays 10 bucks, eats lousy popcorn and sits through way too much drivel.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 1987
A cringe of anxiety crept over my body as I read John Voland's indulgence , which masqueraded as a record review of Rush's new LP (Record Rack, Sept. 20). Incorporating such drivel as, "Oh, those lyrics!," "Oh, those orchestrations!" and "ought-to-be-illegal rhyme schemes," Voland's review of "Hold Your Fire"--the finest Rush album to date--was nothing more than an arena for a personal attack against the band. Shame on him. STEVE CANTOS West Hills
NEWS
May 4, 1986
After watching reruns of "Dynasty" in syndication, I was extremely surprised to discover that in its early years, the series was actually an intelligent, involving show with real people as characters and believable story lines. It is unfortunate that what was once a good show has become such high-gloss drivel. The show has gone from solid platinum to gold-plated slop. Alexander Bains, Brentwood
OPINION
September 10, 2002
Re "Who Killed Tupac Shakur?" Sept. 6: Why are you wasting so much newsprint and ink on this useless story? The Times has been trying unsuccessfully to make this event into news ever since it happened. With all the significant and newsworthy events happening elsewhere in the world, Chuck Philips has to write about this drivel? And to put it on the front page? Come on! Give me a break. Who really did kill Tupac six years ago? I say Lee Gardner Burbank
ENTERTAINMENT
June 9, 2002
I'm a 72-year-old retired white male without a lot of understanding or appreciation of rap music, much less any love for Eminem, based on previous accounts I had read about him and his work. But after reading Robert Hilburn's article ("Chilling Out--for Him," June 2), I think I can see the good side of a young man I'd just about written off as anyone I'd want to see, hear, meet or know. You have presented well some of his own substantial comments about the artistry and thought that goes into rap, which a lot of us old fogies have written off as frenzied drivel without taking the time to understand it. The next time that I come into contact with anything connected with this young man, I will look with interest, with an understanding of the personal life experience, depth and purpose underlying his words.
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