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May 11, 2010 | By Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times
Frank Frazetta, the fantasy painter and illustrator whose images of sinewy warriors and lush vixens graced paperback novels, album covers and comic books for decades and became something close to the contemporary visual definition of the sword-and-sorcery genres, died Monday after suffering a stroke the night before. He was 82. Frazetta had gone out to dinner with his daughters Sunday and then had a stroke at his home in Boca Grande, Fla. He died at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, Fla., his manager Rob Pistella told the Associated Press.
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November 20, 2011 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Super 8 Paramount, $29.99; Blu-ray, $44.99 There hasn't been a Hollywood movie yet this year with a better first hour than "Super 8. " J.J. Abrams' sci-fi/actioner about teenage filmmakers in late-'70s Ohio understands how kids relate to each other and how much fun it can be to gather with friends and make something. All of this comes through in the early scenes of likable young folks shooting a zombie movie in and around their small town. "Super 8" loses some of its specialness in its second hour — when the amateur Spielbergs discover that an alien has been abducting their neighbors — but the spirit of camaraderie and youthful adventure never dims.
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April 24, 2010
A former teacher who founded the Dead Poets Society of America and traveled 15,000 miles to document the graves of poets has a new mission: to create a Dead Poets Remembrance Day on Oct. 7, the date that Edgar Allan Poe died. Amateur poet Walter Skold of Freeport, Maine, launched his new endeavor Friday, beginning a 22-state tour of the graves of fallen bards. He's enlisted 13 current and former state poets laureate to help drum up support. "Of course, it takes a little chutzpah to say we're starting a holiday," said Skold, who left his job as a public school technology teacher to pursue his passions of poetry and photography.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2010 | By Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times
Frank Frazetta, the fantasy painter and illustrator whose images of sinewy warriors and lush vixens graced paperback novels, album covers and comic books for decades and became something close to the contemporary visual definition of the sword-and-sorcery genres, died Monday after suffering a stroke the night before. He was 82. Frazetta had gone out to dinner with his daughters Sunday and then had a stroke at his home in Boca Grande, Fla. He died at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, Fla., his manager Rob Pistella told the Associated Press.
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May 8, 2003 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
The American Cinematheque's Alternative Screen independent film showcase presents Lance Laspina's "Frazetta: Painting With Fire," a splendid example of a documentary that makes full use of the rich potentials of the form. It is a comprehensive survey of the life and work of Frank Frazetta, the fantasy illustrator and painter perhaps most widely known for his covers for the "Conan the Barbarian" novels that inspired the look of the 1982 Arnold Schwarzenegger movie.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2011 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Super 8 Paramount, $29.99; Blu-ray, $44.99 There hasn't been a Hollywood movie yet this year with a better first hour than "Super 8. " J.J. Abrams' sci-fi/actioner about teenage filmmakers in late-'70s Ohio understands how kids relate to each other and how much fun it can be to gather with friends and make something. All of this comes through in the early scenes of likable young folks shooting a zombie movie in and around their small town. "Super 8" loses some of its specialness in its second hour — when the amateur Spielbergs discover that an alien has been abducting their neighbors — but the spirit of camaraderie and youthful adventure never dims.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 1987 | JOHN VOLAND
At 71, the nation's premier collector and fan of science fiction and fantasy memorabilia says he can't wait another eight years for the City of Los Angeles to make up its mind. So Forrest (Forry) Ackerman sold a small part of his legendary 300,000-item cache at auction in New York, even as officials from Mayor Tom Bradley's office, yet again, were saying that they hope to house the rest of his collection in a city museum.
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August 2, 1988 | JOHN VOLAND, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Beecham Cosmetics will reissue a 10-year-old commercial by Richard Williams, animation director of the Touchstone-Amblin Entertainment hit "Who Framed Roger Rabbit." Drawn by Williams himself, the 30-second spot for Jovan Musk Oil Cologne features a muscular hero based on the drawings of legendary fantasy illustrator Frank Frazetta.
NEWS
December 19, 1992 | From Associated Press
Leave it to Alfred E. Neuman to turn a venerable auction house into a Mad-house. Dozens of bidders from around the country jammed Christie's on Friday and others bid by phone to claim their own twisted piece of Mad magazine memorabilia as the anything-for-a-laugh journal put its archives up for sale. Those laughs may have been cheap, but the prices weren't.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 2009
'Wicked' challenge is met An understudy who was getting a chance to play the green witch Elphaba in a touring production of "Wicked" didn't let screaming and swearing in the audience ruin her performance in Cleveland this week. The show's tour manager, Steve Quinn, said a drunken brawl broke out at the performance Tuesday night. Understudy Kaye Clark was on stage during one of the show's quietest moments when the scuffle started. Clark broke into the song "I'm Not That Girl" and kept on singing even as police handcuffed and removed a screaming woman.
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April 24, 2010
A former teacher who founded the Dead Poets Society of America and traveled 15,000 miles to document the graves of poets has a new mission: to create a Dead Poets Remembrance Day on Oct. 7, the date that Edgar Allan Poe died. Amateur poet Walter Skold of Freeport, Maine, launched his new endeavor Friday, beginning a 22-state tour of the graves of fallen bards. He's enlisted 13 current and former state poets laureate to help drum up support. "Of course, it takes a little chutzpah to say we're starting a holiday," said Skold, who left his job as a public school technology teacher to pursue his passions of poetry and photography.
NEWS
May 8, 2003 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
The American Cinematheque's Alternative Screen independent film showcase presents Lance Laspina's "Frazetta: Painting With Fire," a splendid example of a documentary that makes full use of the rich potentials of the form. It is a comprehensive survey of the life and work of Frank Frazetta, the fantasy illustrator and painter perhaps most widely known for his covers for the "Conan the Barbarian" novels that inspired the look of the 1982 Arnold Schwarzenegger movie.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 1987 | JOHN VOLAND
At 71, the nation's premier collector and fan of science fiction and fantasy memorabilia says he can't wait another eight years for the City of Los Angeles to make up its mind. So Forrest (Forry) Ackerman sold a small part of his legendary 300,000-item cache at auction in New York, even as officials from Mayor Tom Bradley's office, yet again, were saying that they hope to house the rest of his collection in a city museum.
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April 27, 1999 | LEAH OLLMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Kandinsky did it, Barnett Newman did it. To some extent, every artist since the first charcoal-wielding cave painter has probed the ineffable relationship between matter and spirit. Few have done it as garishly and theatrically as Alex Grey, whose work of the last 20 years is on view in an embarrassment of a show at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. "Sacred Mirrors: The Visionary Art of Alex Grey" takes itself so seriously that it precludes anyone else doing so.
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