CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 2011 |
Bert Schneider, the iconoclastic producer behind a trio of influential movies — "Easy Rider," "Five Easy Pieces" and "The Last Picture Show" — that captured the rootlessness and discontent of the late 1960s and '70s and became symbols of a new era in Hollywood, has died. He was 78. Schneider had been in failing health and died of natural causes Monday at Olympia Medical Center in Los Angeles, said his daughter, Audrey Simon. The son of a Hollywood power broker — his father, Abraham, ran Columbia Pictures in the late 1960s — Schneider helped revitalize moviemaking in the "New Hollywood" movement in which directors, not studios, held the creative reins and made movies that embraced the sensibilities of the emerging counterculture.
November 14, 2011 |
My grandmothers always called me Jamie. Everyone did, until I insisted that we switch to the name on my birth certificate. This happened around the same time I attempted to grow my first mustache. Regardless, there is a history of me using the name Jamie. I tell you this because I want you to join Jamie Fell's Fitness Rebellion. Sound familiar? Of course, there are a few differences between me and chef-activist Jamie Oliver (beyond the fact that I don't have an Emmy-winning reality show on TV)
February 10, 2011 |
Valentine's Day is a high-pressure holiday, no matter what your relationship status says. Venerated or vilified, the date is packed with events; L.A. seems to be overflowing with innovative ways to make the entire weekend a lovefest. Whether you're spending this Valentine's Day indulging a loved one or being self-indulgent, there's a meal, mixer, dance, date night or gondola ride for you. Dig in, it's time to feel the love. Thursday Lucha Va Voom: My Kinky Valentine . Valentine's Day threatens to overwhelm us all with a gooey mess of lovey-dovey, but Lucha Va Voom will wipe your eyeballs clean of all that.
August 17, 2010 |
"So, did you have your three cups of tea?" a U.S. infantryman, bulky in body armor, asked another soldier as he emerged from the mud-brick home of an Afghan village elder. In this case, it wasn't tea but slices of cool melon, served to the sweating troops who spent an hour crouched on a plastic tarp covering the dirt floor of the house in this hamlet in northern Afghanistan. But the phrase "three cups of tea" has entered the American troop lexicon as shorthand for any leisurely, trust-building chat with locals.
June 29, 2010 |
Stricken with severe chest pains recently, a village elder named Shabarat Sageed made his way to a U.S. Special Forces base near this remote settlement in southern Afghanistan. Soldiers there radioed a U.S. medical helicopter unit at a bigger compound 55 miles south. Within minutes, crews climbed aboard two Black Hawk helicopters for a 38-minute flight to pick up the ailing man. Sageed, hobbling on a hand-carved wooden cane, was then flown to a U.S. military clinic. The extraordinary effort to treat a single villager is one way the U.S. military is trying to woo Afghans away from the Taliban in parts of southern Afghanistan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2010 |
Memo to Meg Whitman, Steve Poizner and Jerry Brown: I've been talking to independent voters, the fastest-growing political force in California and a group that could decide this year's race for governor, and they are not impressed. With any of you. On the up side, they haven't counted you out yet. So, with next month's primary and the November general election, you've got time to win them over. But it won't be easy. This little project of mine began a few weeks ago when I put out a call to independents, asking for volunteers who'd let me check in with them over the next several months as they endure millions of dollars worth of vapid TV advertising, distortions, generalizations and name-calling by candidates.