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March 10, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan
Corey Haim was in full teen-idol mode in 1988, swamped with letters from adoring young female fans and his face on the covers of teen magazines. But it was acting that was foremost on the mind of the Canadian-born 16-year-old, whose growing list of credits included "Lucas" and the teenage vampire movie "The Lost Boys." Haim, observed a visiting Times writer, "actually believes he is the next James Dean." "I know I can do it," Haim said. "Dean made only three movies, and he's such a legend.
March 6, 1988 | Muhammad Siddiq
To Palestine or Israel or . . . the United States. The United States counts for more than any other third nation in this protracted struggle, not just because of American Jews who have become Israelis but also because of Palestinians and Israelis who have become Americans. "If I forget thee, O Jerusalem. . . ." We need not insist on how nationality is gained or lost or changed or doubled. People who began there are now living here, and vice versa.
November 22, 2003 | Jeff Leeds, Times Staff Writer
How's this for a music business turnabout? Two guys, one credited with writing a pop ballad for Celine Dion and the other with penning the cartoon theme song for "Inspector Gadget," could take over stewardship of the master recordings of Neil Young, Prince, Led Zeppelin and R.E.M. Edgar Bronfman Jr., the Seagram Co. heir, billionaire TV mogul Haim Saban and their investment team could close a deal to purchase Time Warner Inc.'s vast global music operations this weekend.
In some rarefied circles, Haim Saban was already well-known as one of Southern California's political scene-stealers. A parade of senators--and even a couple of presidents--have made their way to the door of Saban's neo-French chateau in gated Beverly Park. Saban is a member of a small but potent coterie of Hollywood rainmakers the Democratic Party counts on to raise millions for candidates and campaigns.
Under a glass dome in Haim Saban's office sits a gold-plated Power Rangers toy figure--a symbol of how fortunes can be mined from just one TV show. Saban is the producer of "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers," the mega-hit children's TV show that has spawned the hottest-selling toy in the country and thrust Saban's small, Burbank-based production company to the forefront of independent Hollywood producers.
December 30, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Beyoncé's stealth midnight release - a self-titled collection of new music and videos - may have arrived in near silence earlier this month, but it now rules the charts and The Times' Consensus Top Albums of 2013. The list, which stretches to a dozen albums this year because of voting ties, pools the Top 10 lists from pop music critic Randall Roberts and seven other pop music staff writers, assigning 10 points for a No. 1 album, 9 points for a No. 2, 8 points for No. 3 and so on. Beyoncé's "visual album" was named album of the year by two Times writers - August Brown and Gerrick Kennedy - and picked up additional points with its fifth place finish on Times pop music editor Lorraine Ali's list.
April 8, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
First, the good news: 166 acts are slated to perform at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio. Now the bad: 166 acts are appearing at this year's Coachella. No one can see them all. Here are 10 acts that deserve consideration in planning your weekend viewing. Courtney Barnett To describe this Australian artist's new release, "The Double EP: A Split of Peas," as the product of a "singer and songwriter" is to suggest something less menacing than she is. Barnett's got a great way with lyrics and hooks, packing a lot of information, for example, into "Canned Tomatoes (Whole)
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