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August 13, 2009 | Dennis McLellan
John Quade, a veteran character actor who specialized in playing heavies and appeared in several Clint Eastwood movies, including "Every Which Way But Loose" and its sequel "Any Which Way You Can," has died. He was 71. Quade died in his sleep of natural causes Sunday at his home in Rosamond, near Lancaster, said his wife, Gwen Saunders. In a more than two-decade career in films and television that began in the late 1960s, Quade played character roles in numerous TV series and in films such as "Papillon," "The Sting" and Eastwood's "High Plains Drifter" and "The Outlaw Josey Wales."
April 24, 2014 | By Robert Abele
A determined historical sweep masks a small-minded bid for easy outrage and heartstrings-pulling in the schematic World War II drama "Walking With the Enemy. " Set in 1944, when the war was essentially over for the Nazis but their reign of terror in occupied territories was still going strong, the movie focuses on the efforts of a young, displaced Hungarian Jew named Elek (Jonas Armstrong) to find his family after escaping from a camp, which turned into a concerted effort to save many Hungarian Jews.
July 31, 1989
President Bush has picked just the right man (Vice President Dan Quayle) for his "space" program! Even some heavies in his own Republican Party say the cadet is weightless. RON AVIET Laguna Hills
April 24, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
As in many a thriller, the helpful stranger in "The German Doctor" turns out to be a monster. In this case, he's no run-of-the-mill sadist but Josef Mengele, Auschwitz's Angel of Death, and he finds prime subjects for experimentation in an Argentine family. The drama by Lucía Puenzo, adapting her novel "Wakolda," is a credible imagining of a brief period in Mengele's South American exile. The what-if conceit is intriguing enough not to be undone by increasingly heavy-handed symbolism.
May 14, 1989
Can you imagine a Central Intelligence Agency chief, federal judges, Gov. George Deukmejian and other such heavies eyeing Laguna Beach? Not because of its exciting mountain views, inviting ocean and sandy beaches, salubrious weather or its being a place where one can interrupt a deer nibbling grass on one's lawn. There's something else these heavies we speak of might seek: salary. The proposed Laguna Beach city manager's annual salary has been projected at more than $93,000 plus extras.
May 27, 1989 | SUE MARTIN
Craig T. Nelson has been a very busy man this year. Though one of his more salient roles was as the beleaguered father in the original "Poltergeist," he has this year been seen in HBO's "Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story," the Shelley Long feature "Troop Beverly Hills" and the yet-to-be-released "Turner and Hooch" with Tom Hanks. Nelson is working on a six-hour miniseries called "Desperadoes," about a Drug Enforcement Agency agent who was kidnaped and killed in Guadalajara, based on the book of the same name by journalist Elaine Shannon.
July 9, 2000
I wonder if Marshall Fine has seen the same "Ocean's Eleven" the rest of us have seen, a funny, suspenseful, entertaining movie that still works and gives us a glimpse of the way Las Vegas was in the early days ("The Right Pack for a Remake," June 25). Hardly a "hokey, pokey" picture to anyone not deafened by the latest special-effects marvels, the sly humor displayed by Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin, in particular, make it as watchable now as ever! As for the so-called "long-forgotten bit players," Richard Conte was one of the best film noir actors ever; Norman Fell was a chameleon as everything from crooked businessman to "Mr. Roper" in "Three's Company," and Henry Silva was one of the scariest heavies ever in both movies and TV. Too bad Fine left his taste in the 20th century as well as his memory; fortunately, a good remake with George Clooney will showcase the original and remind us all what movies are about: to entertain.
July 10, 1986 | SHEILA BARNES, Barnes is a Los Angeles free-lance writer
In the 32 years since he and his father founded the first pawnshop in the San Fernando Valley, Paul Trietsch says they have made almost a million loans on everything from Super Bowl rings to Nazi swords. And with a million loans come a million tear-jerking sagas. "The customers always feel obligated to tell you why they need the money," he said. Trietsch, 53, has witnessed a diverse parade of characters in his shop, Traders Inc.
December 7, 1997 | Kevin Thomas
This is a small, quiet miracle of a movie in which tenderness, compassion and insight combine to create a tension that yields a quality of perception that's almost painful to experience. In his 1996 feature debut, writer-director John Mangold brings remarkably sensitive powers of observation to bear upon ordinary people living ordinary lives and draws superb ensemble performances from a cast headed by Pruitt Taylor Vince, Liv Tyler (both pictured), Shelley Winters and Deborah Harry.
August 30, 1988 | CATHY CURTIS, Times Staff Writer
More like light hors d'oeuvres than a true ethnic feast, the International Music and Dance Festival on Saturday was the first Orange County Centennial event at the Performing Arts Center. That may have been the reason for the cloying Disney-style garnishes (spotlighted dancers whirling to "Around the World in 80 Days" and a finale of "It's a Small World"). But there was no excuse for the inane and often shockingly ethnocentric commentary written by Thomas N. Moon and delivered by Carl Princi.
April 21, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
OutKast will headline the 2014 BET Experience, the three-day music festival scheduled for June in downtown Los Angeles. Black Entertainment Television is expected to make an official announcement Monday that the Atlanta duo will topline the festival's rap-heavy showcase, which includes Rick Ross, ASAP Rocky and DJ Khaled. When BET announced in March the first set of performers for the festival, which will be in its second year, the network teased a “very special hip-hop reunion you won't want to miss.” RELATED: The inside story on OutKast That reunion is OutKast, which recently ended a seven-year hiatus with a headlining slot at the Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival this month.
March 28, 2014 | By Chad Terhune and Soumya Karlamangla
Strong consumer interest in Obamacare coverage ahead of Monday's enrollment deadline was leading to long waits and website trouble for some Californians. The Covered California exchange said sign-ups have been building throughout the week with about 80,000 people picking a health plan Monday through Thursday. An additional 150,000 households created an online account and started the shopping process in the last three days, officials said. That heavy volume was creating havoc, confusion and delays for many consumers, enrollment counselors and insurance agents trying to use the exchange's website.
March 26, 2014 | By Noam N. Levey and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - As Monday's deadline approaches to sign up for insurance under President Obama's health law, more than 1 million people a day are visiting, Obama administration officials said Wednesday. The site - the main portal for insurance marketplaces in 36 states - drew 1.2 million visitors Tuesday and 1.1 million visitors Monday, according to the administration. Over the same period, call centers received more than 500,000 calls. California's state-run health insurance exchange reported a similar surge in interest, with nearly 40,000 people picking a health plan Monday and Tuesday.
March 25, 2014
Dave Brockie Frontman for heavy metal GWAR Dave Brockie, 50, who as "Oderus Urungus" fronted the alien-costumed heavy metal band GWAR during graphic and fake-blood-soaked stage shows for more than three decades, was found dead Sunday evening at his home in Richmond, Va. Detectives currently don't suspect foul play, according to Richmond police spokeswoman Dionne Waugh, and the medical examiner's office will determine cause of...
March 24, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON - Four out of five people who take out a short-term payday loan either roll it over or take out another one within two weeks, pushing them into a cycle of debt, according to a report to be released Tuesday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Nearly a quarter of borrowers - 22% - renewed the loan at least six times, causing them to end up paying more in fees than they originally borrowed, the bureau said in an analysis of 12 million loans made by storefront payday loan companies.
March 16, 2014 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - Supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin expect to savor victory as residents of Crimea vote Sunday on splitting from Ukraine. But Western officials and analysts increasingly feel that in the long run, Russians will come to see their nation's military and political move into Crimea as a mistake. Two weeks after Russian forces entered the peninsula en masse, Russia's stock market and economic data have started to signal trouble - the start of what could become a lasting pullback by foreign investors.
September 28, 1986 | Compiled by Jane Greenstein
Say so long to summer. Bid the daily salad adieu. It's time to put something a bit more substantial on your plate. If meat and potatoes seem appealing, why not try a traditional middle-European meal? Each of these recently reviewed restaurants offers Old Country food, decor or spirit. All prices exclude drinks. GORKY'S (536 East 8th St., Los Angeles, (213) 627-4060).
The school locker, long feared as a repository of drugs and weapons, is making a comeback. Some administrators are returning the metal boxes to campus, figuring it's better than creating a generation of students with back problems. In one Orange County school district, a board member who watched a student wobble and fall over from the weight of her backpack has proposed reinstalling lockers in middle schools.
March 15, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
The John Arnholt Smith Hacienda, with its classic walled courtyard design, an olive orchard and an aviary, sits on what was once part of an early ranch. Handcrafted masonry, heavy timbers and wide corridors evoke the look of the California missions. Location: 760 Via Miguel, La Habra Heights 90631 Asking price: $3 million Year built: 1936 Architect: Cliff May House size: Four bedrooms, five bathrooms, 4,664 square feet Lot size: 2.4 acres Features: Library/study, wine cellar, breakfast area, service entrance, detached four-car garage, lawn, gardens, patios, swimming pool, mountain, city and ocean views About the area: Last year, 554 single-family homes sold in the 90631 ZIP Code at a median price of $425,000, according to DataQuick.
March 5, 2014 | By Mike Hiserman
The rallying cry in West Coast Conference basketball? Same as usual: Break up Gonzaga. Gonzaga men's and women's teams swept the conference regular-season championships and are heavy favorites to repeat in the WCC postseason tournament as it begins Thursday at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The Bulldogs men are 25-6 overall and finished 15-3 in WCC play to win the regular-season title for the 13th time in 14 years. The Bulldogs women's team is 26-4 overall, 16-2 in conference play.
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