March 18, 2007 |
LIKE the stages of grief, there are four steps to accepting one's fate as a top screenwriter. 1. Excitement: You get your first movie made. 2. Validation: You get your movie made by a top director. 3. Frustration-cum-rage: You get a movie made badly and are cut out of the process. 4. Liberation: You opt to direct your own movie. That's how one of the town's top literary agents dryly describes the writer's typical evolution.
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September 20, 2002 |
Army veteran William L. Bruce, a survivor of Corregidor, the Bataan death march and three years in a Japanese prisoner of war camp, couldn't believe his eyes as he shopped with his bride one autumn day in 1946 at the Sears department store in Boyle Heights. Standing a few aisles away amid the crush of shoppers in that quintessentially American setting was the man responsible for brutalizing Bruce and scores of other GIs held captive in Japan's Oeyama prison camp on Honshu Island.
March 17, 1999 |
Irish music may be the hottest commodity in world music these days. Just look at the enormous success of "Riverdance" and its progeny and the ubiquitous impact of the "Titanic" soundtrack. If those represent the most far-reaching, popularizing aspects of Celtic musical culture, the group Solas may be the most persuasively fascinating new Irish band of the last few years. It is, wrote the Wall Street Journal, "an Irish traditional band bearing all the marks of greatness."
October 20, 2004 |
Gunmen Tuesday kidnapped the head of the CARE humanitarian group in Iraq, a British-born woman in her 60s who has been critical of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and worked for three decades to improve living conditions here. The kidnapping of Margaret Hassan triggered appeals for her release from British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Muslim humanitarian groups.
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February 18, 2009 |
As a child growing up in Houston, Isaiah Washington said, his first impressions of Africans were discomfiting TV images of "natives running around in raffia with bones in their noses . . . trying to put Tarzan in a pot." The 45-year-old African American actor, formerly of "Grey's Anatomy," said his mother never talked of Africa. School never taught him much about his ancestral continent and news stories, he said, projected a place of poverty and pestilence, corruption and war.
June 28, 2003 |
Fearful Russians are lining up at Moscow's embassy in Turkmenistan, apartment prices in that country's capital are plunging and a war of words has broken out as politicians here denounce Turkmen President Saparmurad A. Niyazov. Steadily worsening conditions for the ethnic Russian minority living in Turkmenistan since Soviet times deteriorated further in April when Niyazov gave dual citizens two months to choose which country's passport to hold.
April 3, 1999 |
Between 3,000 and 4,000 American civilians are believed to be stranded in Yugoslavia with little hope of assistance from the U.S. government if President Slobodan Milosevic decides to vent his anger at them, Clinton administration officials said Friday. The U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, the Yugoslav capital, was closed and all American diplomats were evacuated last week after Washington and Belgrade broke diplomatic relations on the first day of the NATO air campaign against Yugoslavia.
September 4, 1985 |
Rupert Murdoch, Australian-born publishing magnate, became a U.S. citizen today, removing an obstacle to his acquisition of a network of independent American television stations. Murdoch, 54, has been living in the United States since 1973. He was joined in the courtroom ceremony by 185 other aliens. By becoming an American citizen, Murdoch gave up his Australian citizenship since neither government recognizes dual citizenship. Murdoch recently purchased 50% of 20th Century Fox Film Corp.
December 4, 1986
Months after agreeing to let more than 90 people leave the country to join family members in the West, the Soviet Union has granted only half the necessary exit visas, the State Department charged. "Despite assurances through diplomatic channels in December, 1985, and January, 1986, that several dual-citizenship (cases) and a larger number of family reunification cases would be resolved, the individuals involved still face bureaucratic hurdles to their emigration," the department said.