March 13, 2011 |
The fact that Jason was out of school Wednesday was not the surprising thing. The surprise was that when he came back on Thursday, he didn't make a single bad joke. He didn't even smile. "What's wrong?" I asked him at lunch. "Do you remember me talking about my great-grandpa?" he said. "He died. " "Oh. " "He was 95, so it wasn't exactly a shock, but still... " "I'm sorry, Jason. I know you liked him a lot. If there's anything I can do, let me know. " I had no idea what I could do, exactly, but I've heard people say that in situations like this.
September 5, 2013 |
A talented quartet of young actors can't surmount the wall-to-wall clichés that comprise "Mission Park," an earnest, not terribly convincing action thriller as generic as its title. Though writer-director Bryan Anthony Ramirez keeps things moving apace, he trots out so many familiar tropes that it's often like watching a highlights reel from a lifetime's worth of urban crime dramas. The movie, set in San Antonio, finds four childhood friends, who as kids were jointly involved in a botched restaurant robbery, reuniting as 20ish adults on opposite sides of the law: Brothers Bobby (a strong Jeremy Ray Valdez)
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November 29, 1989 |
We are sitting in the park, the very private park of Michael and Pat DeAngelo in the Tustin Hills, and the video camera of "The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" is rolling. Bruce Nelson, real estate agent to the rich and famous, is sitting on a bench with his back to the 36,000-square-foot DeAngelo manse. There's a slight breeze, just enough to make the palm fronds shimmer a little, and Bruce is talking about the difference between a major and a minor estate.
January 15, 2014 |
The apocalypse is a hot topic these days. "The Walking Dead" proved that big ratings can come from horrific end-of-the-world-style chaos. Now HBO is jumping into the fray with a new Rapture-based show called "The Leftovers," and the CW is banking on a new series called "The 100. " "The 100" takes place nearly a century after a nuclear war destroyed planet Earth. The only survivors were 400 inhabitants of 12 international space stations. The series, which is based on the book of the same name by Kass Morgan, picks up when the mothership is in desperate trouble.
April 15, 1993 |
Kelly Jackson decided to keep it a secret. Rather than spoil the surprise, he would let his mother, who lives in Kansas City, see the Coke commercial herself. "So she called," Jackson said, "and she asked me, 'Were you on television?' and I was like, 'Well, yeah, I was.' And she said, 'Were you drinking a Coke?' And I said, 'Yeah, I was.' And she was just so happy."
February 24, 1993 |
Mitchell can't stop washing his hands. Philip has trouble keeping his clothes on--even in cold weather. And Luke goes everywhere with a pair of men's bikini underpants around his neck. Bizarre behavior? Maybe by adult standards, but not for little kids. For 4-year-old Philip, 2-year-old Luke and 3-year-old Mitchell, it's just a part of growing up. Parents may be worried when children's habits mimic frightening adult disorders, but the experts say: Relax.
May 27, 2004 |
Tracy McGrady will not play for the U.S. basketball team at the Olympics, U.S. Coach Larry Brown said Wednesday. "Tracy dropped out," Brown said, breaking the news of yet another superstar's withdrawal from the roster. McGrady joins Ray Allen, Jason Kidd, Kevin Garnett, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter, Elton Brand and Kenyon Martin among players who have withdrawn from the team or have told the selection committee they would not accept invitations.
August 31, 2008 |
The 25 best L.A. films of the last 25 years "Los ANGELES isn't a real city," people have said, "it just plays one on camera." It was a clever line once upon a time, but all that has changed. Los Angeles is the most complicated community in America -- make no mistake, it is a community -- and over the last 25 years, it has been both celebrated and savaged on the big screen with amazing efficacy. Damaged souls and flawless weather, canyon love and beach city menace, homeboys and credit card girls, freeways and fedoras, power lines and palm trees . . . again and again, moviegoers all over the world have sat in the dark and stared up at our Los Angeles, even if it was one populated by corrupt cops or a jabbering cartoon rabbit.
September 15, 2000
Some were born and raised here. Others--such as the U.S. Olympic water polo teams--took up residence in Orange County while training for the 2000 Olympics.