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May 24, 1987
Kudos to Channel 5 for showing the artistic sensitivity to rerun "Ben-Hur" uncut for two nights. Such consideration for the artistic endeavors of film makers and the consciousness of viewers is rare on commercial TV. Jeanne Fuller, Rancho Palos Verdes
April 26, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Like most kids growing up in Brazil, Roberto Gurgel dreamed of being on the field for a World Cup. That never happened. So this summer, Gurgel is settling for the next-best thing by helping to build five of the fields that will be used for the first World Cup in his native country in 64 years. Gurgel is executive director of research for Sod Solutions, a South Carolina-based company that develops and licenses varieties of grass. One of those varieties, a deep blue-green Bermuda called Celebration, will be used in five of the 12 World Cup venues this summer.
March 25, 1991
Stanford President Donald Kennedy has elevated fraud to a new respectability ("Stanford's Kennedy Warns Against Cuts," March 13). He notes it was bad to defraud the government (taxpayer), but it would be worse to punish researchers because they won't be motivated or aggressive in their endeavors or so it seems to read. Is Stanford so prestigious that it can be so intimidating about its fraud? JOHN L. ROSS, Long Beach
December 18, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The Hollywood talent agency William Morris Endeavor and the private equity firm Silver Lake Partners announced a deal on Wednesday to acquire IMG Worldwide Inc., the sports and media entity that represents stars such as NFL quarterback Peyton Manning and singer Taylor Swift . Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but people familiar with the matter said WME is paying private equity firm Forstmann Little about $2.3 billion for the...
May 17, 1992
It should not be too hard to imagine that our competitive edge in scientific and intellectual endeavors would be enhanced greatly if children like Annabel Dostal would spend the time she spends practicing soccer studying and preparing for an academic scholarship. Not only would she come out with a usable degree, but her future would be much more assured and not dependent on staying uninjured and not fading too early. Does one really wonder why we are so far behind in the world race?
September 3, 2005
INTERESTING that a few readers have written to take umbrage (read: envy) that David Ellison should be cast in a film in which he is investing [Letters, Aug. 27]. The usual wisdom, of course, is to never use one's own money in such endeavors. However, that would have to exclude Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, Mel Gibson, John Cassavetes and John Sayles. And the same brush that tars Howard Hughes would also apply to Francis Coppola, Steven Spielberg, Saul Zaentz, Ed Pressman, George Harrison, Phil Anschutz and Stephen Bing -- and many, many others who have shared one goal: to risk their own money in their passion to make good movies.
July 18, 2004
Retirement--Bring It On Why is "That Seductive Walden Mirage" so appealing (by Marc Porter Zasada, Essay, June 6)? Most of us workers have our time controlled by someone else. We eat breakfast when we are not hungry to be on time and go hungry if we're too rushed to prepare lunch. We wear clothes not of our choosing that may be uncomfortable (ties, nylon stockings, high heels and uniforms). Five-sevenths of our days belong to someone else. We get two-sevenths to peruse hobbies, interests and creative endeavors.
March 6, 2001
What a refreshing ray of sunshine on a cloudy day it was to read Michael Kinsley's March 2 commentary, "It Takes a Snob to Know One," on [Fox News talk-show host] Bill O'Reilly. Finally some truth. O'Reilly exploits the anger and frustration in the country masterfully. He, like every other right-wing media personality, is nothing but a rabble-rouser and should be labeled such. Recently one rabble-rouser host was bemoaning our education system in this country, attributing all the ills to liberal policies.
July 9, 2000
Re "Consumers Duped by Insurance Industry" [Letters, June 11]. Not so! No one likes an insurance company. You pay premiums each year for automobile, fire, liability, and you never collect. The insurance companies are making an unconscionable amount of money. Reality: The insurance business is very competitive. Each company endeavors to write the greatest amount of "profitable insurance" and to write this business at a rate that will capture the market. The consumer is free to select and purchase from the most competitive company in the marketplace.
January 21, 1990
Hasn't Charles Knapp bashing been going on long enough ("Knapp Files Suit to Revoke Divorce Settlement," Jan. 4)? Will you be playing both prosecutor and judge indefinitely until you get the jury verdict you want to hear? Mr. Knapp was never charged with any wrongdoing. Case closed! If The Times would put as much effort into exposing all the corruption perpetrated by existing and former thrift and loan operators as it has into Charles Knapp, your business section could be highly regarded in the annals of journalistic endeavors.
June 27, 2013 | By Mary McNamara
"Siberia" -- It may not have the built-in fan base of "Under the Dome," but NBC's "Siberia" could be just as much fun. Sixteen contestants are dropped in the middle of a Siberian forest with a camera crew and not much else. The goal: to survive long enough to claim the $500,000 prize. The pilot sets up a convincing, if a tad unregulated (there are no rules save do you what you must to survive), reality show, except that's not what's happening here. Created by newcomer Matthew Arnold, "Siberia" is a horror-drama, with creepy-woods top notes of "Blair Witch Project" and the production value of the short-lived monster mess, "The River.
February 21, 2013 | By Philip Brandes
“That's not funny, that's sick!” was once a mission statement for National Lampoon's assaults on propriety and good taste. Some of that is-nothing-sacred irreverence still haunts the theatrical debut of “Sketches from the National Lampoon” at the Hayworth Theatre, though too often as a ghost of former greatness. Authenticity abounds under the auspices of producer Matty Simmons (who ran the business end of National Lampoon's various print, record, stage and film successes during its heyday in the 1970s and '80s)
February 9, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Not everyone here feels abandoned by Dwight Howard. A young mother has been able to remain in the United States with her two daughters because of legal assistance provided by the Lakers center since he left the Orlando Magic. A pregnant teen about to go into delivery received a ride to a hospital in a car that Howard donated. High school students who collected coats and socks through Howard's D12 Foundation continue to be inspired by his vision for improving the community.
December 14, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Watching the Golden Globe nominations in the darkness of Thursday morning, what struck me was the darkness of the year. It has been a season of discontent in film, not for the faint of heart. Instead, we've been asked to witness - and weather - a preponderance of thunderous artistic visions blowing through theaters like so many perfect storms. Last year's love affair with the ebullient "The Artist" seems a distant memory. Instead, retribution rules the day. Challenging, provoking, raising uncomfortable questions about life, love, faith, politics, integrity, infirmity and betrayal, the directors emerging as the ones to reckon with are proving to be a soul-searching and soul-searing bunch, not inclined to mince words.
December 12, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
When shortstop Barry Larkin was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July, Reds fans looking to defend his entry had mounds of measurable data at their disposal: 12-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove winner, league MVP, first shortstop to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in a single season. The truth of his talent was in the numbers. How does one gauge the worthiness of Donna Summer's entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, announced Tuesday along with five others?
November 17, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Ken Burns, public television's signature chronicler of great American moments, pastimes and inventions, has turned his Ken Burns Effect loose upon "The Dust Bowl. " One would say it was almost inevitable that two things so huge were bound to meet. The four-hour film premieres Sunday and Monday on PBS and tells the story of the great drought that befell the Southern plains in the 1930s and the poor farming practices that made it into something far worse. Though it has the pokey pace and flat affect of his other films - for Burns, history is elegy - it is also one of his best works: more tightly focused than usual in time and place, with a clear shape, dramatic arcs and a conclusion that is at once cautionary and moving, topical and timeless.
August 29, 2004
The story by Richard Cromelin, "Groove Remixers Spiked the Champagne" (Aug. 8), recalled an interview I once had with a man considered by many to be the laughing stock of the music industry. In the 25 years I was a newspaper reporter and writer in the public relations offices of Hollywood, I probably interviewed 500 figures in show business and other endeavors. I was not happy when assigned to interview Lawrence Welk because I was a card-carrying member of the hipster set. We spent two hours together -- more time than I had given any other subject.
April 8, 2000
Before the Coliseum Commission starts to seriously solicit proposals for an NFL team [April 6], it had better take a look at the management of this facility. Let me state first that I love the Coliseum with all my heart. I have attended football games there for more than 40 years. But when I arrived at the Coliseum last fall for the USC-San Diego State football game, the seats were covered with crud, the standards that held the seats in place were rusted, and the place was in a state of general disrepair.
October 6, 2012 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
It's not often that we get to compare Los Angeles to the Roman Empire, unless we're making fun of the kitschy copy-cat architecture of the Getty Villa. At least in popular stereotype, L.A. and Rome are polar opposites, each one the perfect foil for the other. One city - ours - is unfinished, amnesiac and forward-looking; the other city - theirs - is so obsessed with past glory, its streets piled so high with landmarks and layers of history, that its 21st century personality can be tough to make out. So when I began noticing similarities between an ancient Roman ritual and two huge public events in Los Angeles in 2012, I was tempted to dismiss them out of hand.
September 21, 2012 | By Scott Sandell and Noelene Clark
The space shuttle Endeavour arrived in Los Angeles on Friday, flying atop a modified 747 over landmarks such as Disneyland, the Getty Center and the Griffith Observatory before landing at Los Angeles International Airport. But that's nothing compared with previous shuttle missions, such as saving planet Earth from a doomsday asteroid. The latter, of course, refers to the shuttles deployed in the 1998 film "Armageddon," starring Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck. And it only hints at the history of the spacecraft's use in movies, which actually predates the first launch of Columbia on April 12, 1981.
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