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December 17, 1995
There was an important omission in Jan Stuart's excellent article "Emma Thompson, Sensibly" (Dec. 10). After she did her bit as a stand-up comedian she went on to the West End in London to do leads in British musicals. She was splendid in "Me and My Gal" with Robert Lindsay. It was years later that I realized that she was the same Emma that I saw in "Remains of the Day" and "Howards End." What a talent and a trouper! WILLIAM ADAMS Venice Ms. Thompson doesn't appear sufficiently "fiercely protective of her personal domain" if she allows Mr. Stuart to pound her collarbone within moments of her arrival at her hotel room after being "plied with a brimming plate of cookies."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Has feminism made women miserable? Oh God, are we really having this discussion? Yes, we are. That, in fact, was the gist of an all-female panel discussion at the conservative Heritage Foundation which chose to "celebrate" Women's History Month last week by inviting a trio of professional women to trash the very movement to which they most assuredly owe their status in the workplace. Not to mention the respect they are accorded by formerly male-dominated political bastions like the, um, Heritage Foundation.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 1989 | JIM CARLTON, Times Staff Writer
A Beverly Hills private investigator hired to trail John Wayne's daughter in a custody dispute acted as a "free agent" in orchestrating a brutal attack against her, defense attorney F. Lee Bailey argued in court Wednesday. Bailey, representing Dr. Thomas A. Gionis on charges of masterminding the Oct. 3 assault on Aissa Wayne and her then-boyfriend, Roger W. Luby, portrayed private investigator O. Daniel Gal as "easily offended" and having "a red hot temper." Hearing in Third Day Gionis had retained Gal to monitor the activities of Wayne, his ex-wife, during a 7-month period last year when their battle for custody of an infant daughter, Anastasia, was proceeding through Orange County Superior Court.
AUTOS
January 28, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Attention single guys: do not buy that mail truck. Aside from wonky steering wheel placement and the mistrust of dogs everywhere, no vehicle on the road today is less likely to be driven by an attractive man than a mail truck, according to a recent survey by Insure.com. The online survey polled 2,000 licensed drivers 18 and older, and asked them the reality show-caliber question: What qualities in a vehicle were most likely to be driven by attractive members of the opposite sex?
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2013 | By Amy Nicholson
Take the sex out of "Sex and the City" and transplant the action to Shanghai, and you'll have Guo Jinming's squeaky-clean "Tiny Times," in which four friends with a love of fur dresses and impossible heels swoon over boys. In deference to its teenybopper audience (or is it the censors?), these girls don't get naked - they barely even get kissed - but their pop star-handsome male co-stars are happy to strip off their shirts and pose like they've just wandered in from a cologne ad. Which they kinda have.
NEWS
April 14, 1989
A Beverly Hills private investigator who allegedly hired two men to assault John Wayne's daughter and her companion has been arrested in Switzerland. O. Daniel Gal, 32, was arrested by Swiss police earlier this week on a provisional warrant issued by Interpol, the international police agency. Newport Beach authorities said Gal would be brought back to California within 60 days to face local charges of criminal conspiracy. Gal is the fourth and final person to be arrested in the Oct. 3 assault on Aissa Wayne and financier Roger Luby at Luby's Newport Beach estate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1986
I just read Fiedler's own account of the Davis affair. I understand that she was just being a good sport, trying to give him $100,000 to help him, the front-runner, get out of debt. What a gal. I'm sure everyone believes her. P.S. About that land in the Florida Everglades that you're selling . . . ALLAN HIMES Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1989 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, Times Staff Writer
A Beverly Hills private detective suspected of hiring two men to assault John Wayne's daughter was flown into the country from Switzerland and taken into custody by Newport Beach police, authorities said Saturday. Police maintain that O. Daniel Gal, 32, acted as a point man for Pomona surgeon Thomas A. Gionis in directing the Oct. 3, 1988, attack on Aissa Wayne, who was engaged in a protracted legal battle with Gionis over custody of their young daughter. Gal, arrested by police in Switzerland in April on a $1-million arrest warrant, waived extradition proceedings, officials said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
If you're a hit man by trade, then you've already made a deal with the devil, even if those you eliminate fall into the category of human waste of the drug-dealing, kidnapping, warmongering sort. So really, it should come as no surprise that Jay and Gal, the murdering blokes in the twisted horror-thriller "Kill List," have gotten themselves into a bizarre fix, though having to seal a contract in blood should have been a tip-off. The provocative if not exactly pleasurable darkness that creeps into every corner of this latest British import from filmmaker Ben Wheatley takes its time getting to the serious evildoing that the director and his co-writer, Amy Jump, have in mind, however.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1989 | JIM CARLTON, Times Staff Writer
Lawyers delivered closing arguments Thursday in a preliminary hearing to determine whether Pomona surgeon Thomas A. Gionis should be bound over for trial on charges he masterminded an attack on his former wife, Aissa Wayne, and her then-boyfriend. Harbor Municipal Judge Susanne S. Shaw, who is presiding over the case, is expected to make a decision today after hearing renewed arguments from Gionis' lawyers that he be freed on bail in the event he is bound over for trial in Orange County Superior Court.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2013 | By Amy Nicholson
Take the sex out of "Sex and the City" and transplant the action to Shanghai, and you'll have Guo Jinming's squeaky-clean "Tiny Times," in which four friends with a love of fur dresses and impossible heels swoon over boys. In deference to its teenybopper audience (or is it the censors?), these girls don't get naked - they barely even get kissed - but their pop star-handsome male co-stars are happy to strip off their shirts and pose like they've just wandered in from a cologne ad. Which they kinda have.
IMAGE
February 10, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Beyond the sappy cards and seemingly endless rows of heart-shaped chocolate boxes, there are, indeed, some stylish ways to celebrate the woman in your life this Valentine's Day. Win points in the romance department by moving beyond grocery store floral bouquets to heartfelt gifts that match her personality. For the trendsetter The girl who is passionate about fashion and fuschia is sure to love this haute pink frock. Local designer Jenni Kayne's silk tunic dress picks up on the 1960s vibe that is all the rage for spring-summer.
BUSINESS
December 23, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
Fast-growing e-commerce company Nasty Gal will quintuple the size of its headquarters in a historic downtown Los Angeles office complex. Nasty Gal, which sells women's clothes and accessories online, has agreed to expand its offices to 50,300 square feet in the PacMutual Building complex near Pershing Square. It will occupy the third and fourth floors of the “Carriage House,” a Beaux Arts-style building that housed a garage, ballroom and dining facility when it was finished in 1926.
BUSINESS
August 26, 2012 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Sophia Amoruso doesn't care if you're offended by the name of her company. "If it's a big shock when you hear it," she says, "you're probably not our customer anyway. " She's earned the right to be dismissive. Amoruso, 28, is the founder and chief executive of Nasty Gal, a fast-rising e-commerce site that has managed to keep a low profile despite a cult following of young women who can't get enough of the company's edgy and provocative clothing. Sales rocketed 10,160% from 2008 to 2011, making Nasty Gal the fastest-growing company in Los Angeles and the fastest-growing retail company period, at least according to the Inc. 5000 list released this month.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
If you're a hit man by trade, then you've already made a deal with the devil, even if those you eliminate fall into the category of human waste of the drug-dealing, kidnapping, warmongering sort. So really, it should come as no surprise that Jay and Gal, the murdering blokes in the twisted horror-thriller "Kill List," have gotten themselves into a bizarre fix, though having to seal a contract in blood should have been a tip-off. The provocative if not exactly pleasurable darkness that creeps into every corner of this latest British import from filmmaker Ben Wheatley takes its time getting to the serious evildoing that the director and his co-writer, Amy Jump, have in mind, however.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2011 | By Dan Levin, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The green fields on the western outskirts of this vast metropolis are dotted with ripening ears of corn, trash and the skeletons of half-built villas abandoned by bankrupt developers. But Dvir Bar-Gal, an Israeli expatriate and photojournalist, saw none of these as he trudged toward a putrid creek, his eyes scouring the ground. Rather, he was looking for something far older: gravestones buried in the mud — the lost relics of this city's vanished Jews "When I go out to these villages filled with peasants it's almost like I've gone back to another era," he said.
NEWS
May 31, 1987
Enjoyed Alan Citron's piece today on "A Wounded Community"--Venice (The Times, May 24). For a postscript, I recall the day some years back when I was a reporter for the late L.A. Daily News and covered a gathering of nuts at Giant Rock Airport, a desert landing strip on the Mojave--the "World's First Interplanetary Spacecraft Convention" in 1954. No UFO landed, but near midnight a brilliant ball of fire exploded overhead and by morning there were 2,500 different versions of what happened . . . little green men had parachuted down and run for cover, and a lovely lady from Venus appeared in their midst.
NEWS
October 21, 2004 | Howard Leff, Special to The Times
My three favorite weddings of 2004 (so far): First, Nicolas Cage, 40, marries ex-sushi waitress Alice Kim, 20. A few months later, Kevin Costner, 49, weds fiancee Christine Baumgartner, 30. At which point Billy Joel raises the stakes by marrying girlfriend Katie Lee. He's a whopping 55. She's (hang on to your garters) a mere 23. Notice a trend? Honestly, I'm 43 and can't remember my last conversation with a gal in her 20s that didn't involve ordering appetizers at the Olive Garden.
NEWS
June 16, 2011 | By Randee Dawn, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Sasha Alexander had suspicions about her character from the start. But it wasn't until Maura Isles obsessed over a date's skin condition that Alexander got it: She was playing a geek. "She held his hand and said, 'You have very dry hands.' And she couldn't get it out of her head," recalls Alexander, whose Isles character is a medical examiner on TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles. " "He was so weirded out, he left dinner. That moment solidified it for me. That's when I realized she was a geek — she can't control herself around the things she knows so much about.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2011 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
From the first overheated moments of "Bridesmaids," with its Kama Sutra-plus-six-positions sex ? so satisfying for him, so exhausting for her ? it's clear we're in for that rarest of treats: an R-rated romantic comedy from the Venus point of view. For the Mars crowd, that means real people in real relationships, real raunchy, real funny. Thank you, Kristen Wiig for every single one of those old-school Rs. In fact, so unusual is this sort of humor in testosterone-driven ha-ha-Hollywood these days, it almost makes me ha-ha-happy that producer Judd Apatow is currently the industry-anointed 800-pound clown prince, since it probably took all 800 pounds of his princely powers to get this film made.
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