CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.