November 17, 2011 |
A small-town boy from Washington state, Jason James Murphy has spent much of the last decade working his way up in the world of Hollywood movie casting. He's helped place actors, including children, on a variety of movies, from small independent films to last summer's science fiction hit "Super 8. " But few of the power players he encountered knew his secret: He is a registered sex offender who was convicted of kidnapping and molesting an 8-year-old boy in suburban Seattle 15 years ago. This week, J.J. Abrams, the director and co-producer of "Super 8," one of the most prized titles on Murphy's resume, found out. On Thursday, Los Angeles police began looking into whether Murphy was in compliance with state registration requirements for sex offenders.
September 9, 2013 |
By now we've come to expect interactive Web videos from Arcade Fire, and the woozy user-controlled effects on the Vincent Morisset-directed "Reflektor" don't disappoint. Go watch it at the band's new dedicated site , if you like. What's new is that Arcade Fire made a straight-up disco single that Larry Levan might have dropped at Paradise Garage in a different era. (A limited-edition 12" single version of the track will also be available at Amoeba Records in Hollywood at 9 tonight.)
November 8, 2012 |
Rick Alverson's "The Comedy" is part of a recent spate of indie films that might be loosely referred to as the Cinema of Annoyance, movies that often dare audiences to continue to watch as increasingly uncomfortable situations unfold. Opening on the drunken high jinks of a group of Brooklyn friends, the film focuses on the character of Swanson, who seems a tad too old for his layabout lifestyle. Projecting an obnoxious exterior, Tim Heidecker gives a self-lacerating edge to Swanson's passive-aggressive contrarianism.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1987
A San Diego man died Friday night at Sharp Memorial Hospital of head and internal injuries suffered when his motorcycle collided with another vehicle, the county coroner said Saturday. James Kelly Murphy, 21, of the 2300 block of Manzana Way, was northbound Thursday night on 70th Street in La Mesa when he collided with a vehicle making a left turn onto Stanford Avenue from a southbound lane of 70th Street, Lt. John Oleksow of the La Mesa Police Department said.
May 23, 1988 |
Although his fanciful modern-dance abstractions demand a high degree of technical sophistication from his company, Alwin Nikolais has never exactly been known for choreographing celebrations of prowess. Never say never. Nikolais' "Arc en Ciel" is the exception proving the rule: a dancer-as-gladiator showpiece that just may be the thinking person's "Canto Vital."
November 4, 1991 |
Allen Pitts, the former Cal State Fullerton standout twice cut by the Rams during training camp, set the Canadian Football League's single-season receiving record Sunday by catching seven passes in the Calgary Stampeders' 39-27 regular-season ending victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Calgary. Pitts finished with 118 catches, bettering by two the record set by Winnipeg's James Murphy in 1986.
May 15, 1997
Dana Hills' Brandon Fallon defeated Mission Viejo's Eric Bachelor, 6-4, 6-3, to win his second consecutive South Coast League title in the league boys' tennis finals Wednesday at the Laguna Niguel Racquet Club. Brian Kent placed third for second-ranked Dana Hills with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 victory. The doubles team of Scott Merryman and Michael Nguyen captured the doubles' championship, defeating Rob Hall and Chad Widtfeldt, 6-1, 6-2, for Capistrano Valley.