August 25, 2004 |
The National Rifle Assn. is right when it says guns don't kill people. Bullets kill people, and really big bullets traveling at four times the speed of sound kill people with excellent and resounding authority. Welcome to the fascinating world of rifle-grade ballistics. Please keep your brains inside your skull during the ride.
April 12, 2001 |
Dan Barreiro of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, asking Laker rookie Mark Madsen what it's like to guard Shaquille O'Neal in practice: "Well, I get beaten up, bruised and battered," Madsen said. "Totally and completely. It's a joke. I can't stop him. You can't stop him. Nobody can stop him. "But the good thing for me is that after he punishes me, he always talks to me and tells me what I'm doing right and where I can improve." There is a perk for the beating.
November 18, 1999
Pasadena's spoof-laden Doo Dah Parade returns for an end-of-the-millennium celebration. This year the parade will mobilize the largest participation in the event's 23-year history as more than 1,500 irreverent revelers march down Colorado Boulevard. Entries will include the Blair Witches' Brigade, Y2K-Why Not 2K?, the South Park Kids and Mr. Hankey and the BBQ & Hibachi Marching Grill Team.
February 3, 1993 |
Gustav Hasford, the novelist nominated for an Academy Award for co-writing the screenplay for "Full Metal Jacket," has died in Greece. He was 45. Hasford died Friday in Aegina, apparently of complications from untreated diabetes, a San Diego friend said Monday. The 1987 film by director Stanley Kubrick was based on Hasford's partly autobiographical novel "The Short-Timers."
March 11, 1990
. . . Fast-rising actor Vincent D'Onofrio ("Full Metal Jacket," "Mystic Pizza," "Fires Within" upcoming) just finished his latest role, "Hey Caruso!"--without pay. He honored a 4-year-old promise to boyhood chum Elio Medina, a CalArts student who directed the $25,000, 25-minute film, which was shot with SAG waivers. Brian Hall (producer) and Andrew Tsao (writer) were also in on the casting coup. . . . Title just registered with the MPAA: "My Mother-in-Law Is Hitler."
January 7, 1990 |
When William Hurt dropped out of "Naked Tango" last year, it left the plum role of Cholo--a dangerous, seductive Argentine gangster/Tango dancer, circa 1924--waiting to be plucked by the right actor. At the time, Hurt's agent, Gene Parseghian, suggested the producers consider Vincent D'Onofrio, who was not a Parseghian client.