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September 15, 1991
Congratulations on Lawrence Christon's study of actor-filmmaker and Latino spokesman Edward James Olmos ("Breaking the Chains," Sept 1). We had a chance to read about the single-minded dedication it takes to make a difference, to encourage change, to get the word across and to convince others to go along with you. And why not Olmos for governor? He's got my vote and thousands of others from those who believe he places principle before politics. CASEY KASEM Los Angeles
October 10, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
When the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival canceled its annual showcase last fall, some local cinephiles feared that its 15th edition in 2011 might've been its last. But the festival , one of the country's largest for Spanish- and Portuguese-language films, has rebounded this year, albeit in a more condensed version than inĀ  times past. Its 16th edition will open a five-day run tonight with a screening at the El Capitan in Hollywood of Brazilian director Richard Goldgewicht's partially animated documentary "Pablo," about the visionary Cuban American graphic designer Pablo Ferro.
November 25, 1993
Edward James Olmos, who played a demanding calculus teacher in the film "Stand and Deliver," is now in a position to make a real-life contribution to education. Olmos is the newest member of the Whittier College board of trustees. He was elected at last month's board meeting. "We are honored to welcome Mr. Olmos to our board, a gentleman who has earned international prominence through his artistic work in television, films and on stage," said Rayburn S. Dezember, the board's chairman.
April 22, 2013 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
A few minutes before a screening of "Filly Brown" last week, Oscar-nominated actor Edward James Olmos tried to explain why the new family drama about a female Los Angeles street poet "is the most hopeful film I've ever worked on in my life. " Olmos, 66, had gathered in a backroom at Universal CityWalk's AMC theaters with his costar and longtime friend Lou Diamond Phillips, 51, and Gina Rodriguez, 28, whose performance as an aspiring rap star helped land "Filly Brown" a spot at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
May 1, 1993
Actor Edward James Olmos has been nominated to the Los Angeles Human Relations Commission, lending a higher profile to a little-known group seeking to ease the city's racial strife. Mayor Tom Bradley's nomination, which has been languishing in committee for months, will become effective if it is approved by the City Council this month. The next mayor, who will take office July 1, will have to decide whether to keep Olmos in the post.
The Sikh man in the purple turban and gray beard smiled broadly and rushed to shake the hand of Edward James Olmos. "We saw you on TV!" he said. "We were so impressed!" He had driven from Orange County with 20 other Sikhs to join in sweeping rubble from the streets of Los Angeles. A Latino youth, his face covered with soot from a burned-out mini-mall that he was helping clean, sidled up to Olmos. "Man," he whispered into the actor's ear, "I was praying someone would speak to us.
October 15, 2006 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
A big booth near the entrance of the 2006 Los Angeles Latino Book and Family Festival gave fabled bookman Rueben Martinez a bully pulpit Saturday from which to promote the value of reading. "If you read 20 minutes a day, you'll read a million words a year -- and learn as many as 3,000 new words in the process," said Martinez, a recent winner of the prestigious MacArthur Foundation grant and a keen student of the Latino literary scene.
January 1, 2006
EXCUSE me if I don't get the premise of Eddie Olmos' film "Walkout" ["Reborn in East L.A.," Dec. 25]. The Chicano protests are over, as of 37 years ago, and now Olmos wants to restart them in hopes "that the kids will walk out again." For what purpose, Eddie? Hang on a second! Please! Give us the records of 50 to 100 kids who have been denied applications to universities as of this fall. Please let the facts be known! Just because a student is of Latino heritage (Mexican, Salvadoran, Honduran, Peruvian, you name it)
December 25, 2005 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
MOVIE producers don't show up every day on Cesar Chavez Boulevard in Boyle Heights. So it's surprising how little fuss the locals make when actor-director Edward James Olmos and his production team arrive one recent morning to scout locations for the upcoming HBO film "Walkout," a dramatization of the seminal 1968 Chicano student protests at high schools on L.A.'s Eastside.
July 25, 2001
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (9 p.m.) may be moving to UPN, but at least it left the WB with a bang, a sensational season finale from creator Joss Whedon in which the Buffed one (Sarah Michelle Gellar) sacrificed her life to save sister Dawn. Can Tommy win back his ex-girlfriend (Nicole Sullivan) on "Titus" (9 p.m. Fox)? A little thing called a restraining order could hamper his efforts. Sam and Toby work overtime on "The West Wing" (9 p.m.
November 9, 2000 | PAMELA DIAMOND
The event: The seventh annual Noche de Gala benefiting the Door of Faith Foundation--which raises funds for orphanages in Baja California--and the Marconi Foundation for Kids, a supporter of nonprofit youth organizations in Orange County.
March 30, 2000 | ROBIN RAUZI
* The actor and activist is the voice of the Chief in the animated "The Road to El Dorado," opening Friday. License to Drive: I love to drive. It's one of the most pleasurable things to me. I have a 1986 Porsche--it's got over 100,000 miles on it. Most people don't drive their Porches at all, but I drive mine like most people drive their Volkswagen. Starry Night: Friday I would drive to Joshua Tree and spend the night there in my sleeping bag.
One dozen filmmakers, half of them based in California, received grants this week totaling nearly $600,000 for their projects examining Latino life. The themes range from the determination of a Los Angeles Chicano policeman to build a relationship with his daughter to the tensions in the northern Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, which has been terrorized by a serial killer for six years. "We had young Latino producers, veteran producers.
John Hall didn't come looking for the fountain of youth Sunday. The 83-year-old, who has been plagued with eye problems and bronchitis, just wanted to find out what he could do to stop what he calls "the decline." "My health is going downhill. I have no question about that," said the Covina resident. "I'm not going to live to 150, but I just want to see what I could do to improve my quality of life." Hall was not alone.
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