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September 6, 1996 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tim Metcalfe's "Killer: A Journal of Murder" has much of the sentiments of "Dead Man Walking" and is far removed from the standard serial killer thriller. It's not as much a specific plea against the death penalty as it is against "the system"--our society and its administration of justice that tends to brutalize criminals rather than to rehabilitate them.
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January 16, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
The core of "Jamesy Boy" - a juvenile delinquent's inside-the-pen coming of age - follows a too-familiar trajectory: Due to the toxic mix of broken family and corruptive friends, James Burns (Spencer Lofranco) has already earned a tracking device on his ankle and an impressive rap sheet boasting robbery, vandalism, assault and firearm possession. Fresh-faced and all tatted up, James acts out as if emulous of the rapper MGK. Instead of being scared straight, he thrives in jail and fights anyone who gets in his way or menaces the defenseless Chris (Ben Rosenfield)
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August 16, 1992 | BILL STEIGERWALD
James Woods is stuck in fast-forward again. Wide-eyed, excited, involved and talking faster than most people should try to think, he is darting around in a movie gear-cluttered office inside this city's main Carnegie Library. Woods is rehearsing a scene from "Citizen Cohn," an HBO bio-movie about Roy Cohn, the surly chief counsel to Sen. Joseph McCarthy who became a national household name and baby-faced pariah of America's left wing during the televised Army-McCarthy hearings of 1953-54.
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December 10, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
In the New Yorker this week, James Wood has a fascinating essay on the narrative implications of death. Inspired by the experience of attending a memorial service for a friend's younger brother, who died at 44 “suddenly, in the middle of things, leaving behind a wife and two young daughters,” it is a meditation on evanescence, serendipity and the way death offers a shape, a closure that life, with all its ongoing and overlapping turmoils, cannot....
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September 2, 1990 | KARI GRANVILLE
A cop-buddy movie was not what producer Rob Cohen and his partner, director John Badham, had in mind in 1988, looking for their inaugural project as one of Hollywood's newest teams. The genre was overworked, they thought, and couldn't take much more spin beyond what it was then undergoing--stories about canines and cops ("K-9," "Turner and Hootch"). But there is always another twist, Cohen and Badham found, and they located it in a script called "The Hard Way."
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January 1, 1997 | MATTHEW GILBERT THE BOSTON GLOBE
James Woods has a wild craving for a cigar, and he has sent a publicist to the hotel suite of Alec Baldwin, his co-star in "Ghosts of Mississippi," with this message: "Tell Alec . . . if he doesn't have one I'll come down and beat the [expletive] out of him." Woods is, of course, playing. But few people play nasty and threatening as well as Woods, an actor who has forged a memorable career out of evil, sleaze and moral conflict.
BUSINESS
October 9, 2011
Sited on a ridge top with city-to-ocean views, this Craftsman-exterior home was designed for its previous owner, actor James Woods. Inside, architect Lise Claiborne Matthews created the element of surprise with light-filled, contemporary interiors and bands of inlaid mahogany on the walls that wrap around corners, climb, dip, narrow and broaden from room to room. Location: 1520 Gilcrest Drive, Beverly Hills 90210 Asking price: $9,995,000 Previously sold: In 2002 for $5 million Year built: 1996 House size: Three bedrooms, four bathrooms Lot size: Nearly an acre Features: Stone and oak floors, five fireplaces, media room, library, gym, swimming pool, ponds, mature sycamores and pines About the area: In the first half of the year, 131 single-family homes sold in the 90210 ZIP Code at a median price of $2,726,000, according to DataQuick.
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January 16, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
The core of "Jamesy Boy" - a juvenile delinquent's inside-the-pen coming of age - follows a too-familiar trajectory: Due to the toxic mix of broken family and corruptive friends, James Burns (Spencer Lofranco) has already earned a tracking device on his ankle and an impressive rap sheet boasting robbery, vandalism, assault and firearm possession. Fresh-faced and all tatted up, James acts out as if emulous of the rapper MGK. Instead of being scared straight, he thrives in jail and fights anyone who gets in his way or menaces the defenseless Chris (Ben Rosenfield)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2006
Renewed: The CW Network has picked up first-year comedy "The Game" and veteran drama "7th Heaven" for the full season. And CBS has done the same with its freshman drama "Shark," starring James Woods.
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August 13, 2012 | By Susan King
Hollywood tackled the 1963 kidnap and killing of Los Angeles police officer Ian James Campbell in the 1979 film "The Onion Field. " But the film ended up playing a role in ensuring that one of the two convicted killers, Gregory Ulas Powell, stayed behind bars until his death Sunday at age 79 . In "The Onion Field," Powell was portrayed by actor James Woods. In 1982, Powell and accomplice Jimmy Lee Smith were scheduled to be paroled, but only Smith got out. Powell's parole was revoked after a public outcry spurred in part by a television broadcast of the movie.
NATIONAL
August 24, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
Once again a crime has become a flash-point in the ongoing examination of the role of race and age in contemporary American society. The victim this time was Delbert Belton, an 88-year-old World War II veteran who police say was beaten to death by two teenagers as he sat in his car outside an Eagles Lodge in Spokane, Wash. On Thursday, news of Belton's death the day before had reached a few corners of the Internet. By Friday, the tragedy had struck a national chord. Drudge Report carried the the story at the top of its page.
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July 4, 2013
As sprawling and ambitiously conceived as the nation that inspired it, Sergio Leone's sprawling crime drama "Once Upon a Time in America" comes to the Cinefamily in its original European running time. Starring Robert De Niro and James Woods in an epic story of '30s mobsters, this 1984 film delivers cinematic fireworks in a way seldom seen in modern movies. 611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. Fri., 7:30 p.m. Sat., 6:30 p.m., Sun., 8 p.m. $12 http://www.cinefamily.org .
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August 13, 2012 | By Susan King
Hollywood tackled the 1963 kidnap and killing of Los Angeles police officer Ian James Campbell in the 1979 film "The Onion Field. " But the film ended up playing a role in ensuring that one of the two convicted killers, Gregory Ulas Powell, stayed behind bars until his death Sunday at age 79 . In "The Onion Field," Powell was portrayed by actor James Woods. In 1982, Powell and accomplice Jimmy Lee Smith were scheduled to be paroled, but only Smith got out. Powell's parole was revoked after a public outcry spurred in part by a television broadcast of the movie.
BUSINESS
October 9, 2011
Sited on a ridge top with city-to-ocean views, this Craftsman-exterior home was designed for its previous owner, actor James Woods. Inside, architect Lise Claiborne Matthews created the element of surprise with light-filled, contemporary interiors and bands of inlaid mahogany on the walls that wrap around corners, climb, dip, narrow and broaden from room to room. Location: 1520 Gilcrest Drive, Beverly Hills 90210 Asking price: $9,995,000 Previously sold: In 2002 for $5 million Year built: 1996 House size: Three bedrooms, four bathrooms Lot size: Nearly an acre Features: Stone and oak floors, five fireplaces, media room, library, gym, swimming pool, ponds, mature sycamores and pines About the area: In the first half of the year, 131 single-family homes sold in the 90210 ZIP Code at a median price of $2,726,000, according to DataQuick.
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May 19, 2011 | By Mike Boehm and Jason Felch, Los Angeles Times
In August, when James Cuno steps into the office with the magnificent eastward-looking panoramic view of L.A. that James Wood had occupied as president of the J. Paul Getty Trust, he'll also step into pretty much the same pay package, according to Getty spokesman Ron Hartwig. Had he lived, Wood, who was found dead of natural causes last June in his Brentwood home, was due to earn $728,000 a year in base pay for fiscal 2011-12, plus a $240,000 annual housing stipend; additionally, he would have received $500,000 in deferred payments this year that had been agreed to when he started in 2007.
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June 15, 2010 | By Jason Felch, Los Angeles Times
As the J. Paul Getty Trust grappled Monday with the void left by the sudden death of President and Chief Executive James Wood, current and former officials expressed both trepidation and hope about the future of the world's wealthiest visual art institution. Wood was found dead in the sauna of his Brentwood home late Friday evening after failing to appear at an appointment in Chicago, authorities said. The cause of death was a heart attack, said Lt. Fred Corral of the L.A. County Coroner's Investigation Division, adding that there were no signs of trauma or foul play.
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February 5, 1991 | CLAUDIA PUIG, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Rappers Go Hollywood: Rapper M.C. Hammer will make his acting debut on the ABC situation comedy "Amen," filming this week for airing later this month. Hammer will play a dual role as himself (in which he urges a cast member to stay in school) and as a flamboyant preacher who shows people the light with flashing neon . . . Also, Rap singer L.L. Cool J makes his movie debut in "The Hard Way," which will be released next month. It stars Michael J.
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June 13, 2010 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
James N. Wood, who helped the J. Paul Getty Trust regain its good name as its president and chief executive over the last three years and led the Art Institute of Chicago through 24 years of growth, died Friday, Getty officials announced. He was 69. Wood's body was found late Friday at his Brentwood home, Getty spokesman Ron Hartwig said. A statement by the Getty Trust said Wood died of natural causes. Wood had been expected to fly to Chicago on Friday morning for a meeting; when he failed to arrive, his wife, art historian and painter Emese Forizs, received a call in Rhode Island where she was with family, Hartwig said.
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July 20, 2008 | Gideon Lewis-Kraus, Gideon Lewis-Kraus is a writer and critic living in Berlin.
TO CALL James Wood the finest literary critic writing in English today, as is commonplace, is to treat him like some sort of fancy terrier at Westminster. It both exaggerates and diminishes his importance. It exaggerates in its specious assignment of rank, an insult to Frank Kermode, Daniel Mendelsohn, Helen Vendler, Louis Menand and other fine critics. It diminishes insofar as its trophy is a consolation prize for being not only a dog but an ornamental one.
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