August 22, 2010
Dr. Luke isn't Dr. Death Despite the fact that his songs are superficial, soulless and sorely lacking in actual songcraft, Dr. Luke is nevertheless not "ruining music" ["Doctoring the Charts," Aug. 15]. I am pleased he has created a canon that my two tween kids can claim, generation-wise, as their own. That being said, in 10, 20, 30 years — when my son and daughter will be living in college dorms, getting married and throwing their own dinner parties — I can almost guarantee they will be cueing up Jimi Hendrix and Frank Sinatra, not Katy Perry and Kelly Clarkson, and Dr. Luke will have long since taken his rightful place a small footnote in pop music history.
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April 5, 2004 |
Bernard "Buddy" Arnold, 88, a key writer for Milton Berle for half a century, died Wednesday at Indian River Memorial Hospital in Vero Beach, Fla., of unspecified causes. He had suffered from Parkinson's disease. Arnold moved to Florida from Los Angeles three years ago. Born in New York City where he attended what was then City College of New York, he served in the Army during World War II. He began writing for variety shows in New York after the war, and soon was introduced to Berle.
August 12, 2000 |
PEOPLE Reiner's Night: A funny thing is happening to writer-director Carl Reiner: He'll be honored next Saturday by the Friars Club in Beverly Hills. Larry King will serve as master of ceremonies for the tribute featuring Hal Linden, Dick Van Dyke, Larry Gelbart, Hal Kanter, Sid Caesar and Fyvush Finkel. "Carl has had an extensive and impressive history in the entertainment industry, and he deserves a very special night of his own.
April 30, 1999 |
Aren't you staying for the orgy? --Lot to Noah in NBC's "Noah's Ark" Noah and his ark have been a hot ticket for ages, from the Old Testament to John Huston in "The Bible" to a CBS special in 1993 that was exposed as hoax when a piece of wood identified on the program as a chunk of the famous boat turned out to be contemporary pine treated to look like the real thing.
July 22, 1998 |
It won't be any fun breaking bread around the Friars' Club for a while. They'll be missing Harry Ornest, who died Tuesday. The Friars was Ornest's front porch; the world of sports was his living room. He was a man who grew up in Edmonton, started a vending machine business in Western Canada while he worked as a referee in the NHL, and eventually gathered the wherewithal to own one of the teams he once officiated and the building it played in when he bought the St. Louis Blues.
March 22, 1998 |
In a counter top in Mike De Luca's office, a toy Darth Vader stands sentry. Push a button at Darth's feet and an imperial fanfare blasts, followed by the whoosh of light sabers in flight. Finally, Vader issues a harsh judgment. "Most impressive--but you are not a Jedi yet." What do you have to do to get respect in this town? For Hollywood's junior Jedis, young men in their late 20s and early 30s, these are complicated times.