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September 16, 2010
Knowing Jesse A Mother's Story of Grief, Grace, and Everyday Bliss Marianne Leone Simon & Schuster: 256 pp., $25
April 14, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
It was an offhanded comment by singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester, but it stopped Elvis Costello cold when he was chatting with Winchester for his short-lived music-interview series “Spectacle” on the Sundance Channel a few years ago. In an aside, the inordinately gifted songwriter casually identified “The Brand New Tennessee Waltz” (one of the first songs for which he'd gained acclaim in the early 1970s) as the first song he'd ever written. Then he nonchalantly moved on to finish the main point he was making about the art of writing songs.
December 2, 2009
'Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura' Where: TruTV When: 10 tonight Rating: TV-14 (may be unsuitable for children younger than 14)
April 12, 2014
Jesse Winchester, 69, a U.S.-born singer who established himself in Canada after dodging the Vietnam War and who went on to write songs covered by Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett and Joan Baez, died of bladder cancer Friday at his home in Charlottesville, Va., according to his agent Keith Case. Winchester's best-known songs include "Yankee Lady," "Biloxi," "Say What" and "Mississippi, You're on My Mind. " Artists as diverse as Reba McEntire, Wilson Pickett, Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and the Everly Brothers have performed Winchester's pieces.
August 26, 2013 | By Todd VanDerWerff
There are two obvious chinks in Walter White's armor, two people who know everything he's done, more or less, and could bring him to his knees by confessing what they know to Hank. The first is Skyler, whom the show dealt with in last week's episode. In “Confessions,” the show turns its focus to Jesse to see if he will be the one to give Hank the ammunition he needs to begin building a case. Along the way, however, the episode reveals Walt's unlikely plan B and shows Hank just how thoroughly he's going to be hurt by Walt's crimes becoming public knowledge.
September 2, 2013 | By Todd VanDerWerff
Why does Walter keep Jesse alive? He insists to Skyler that Jesse is not some “rabid dog” to be taken out back and shot, playing off Saul's earlier suggestion that Jesse may be in an “Old Yeller situation.” And yet Jesse has just threatened to burn down Walt's house, once held a gun to Walter's head and threatened to pull the trigger, and has generally turned on his former mentor and father figure, to the degree that he's now working with...
July 23, 1988
The recent performance in Atlanta leads us to ask "What did Jesse get?" rather than "What does Jesse want?" If Dukakis wants the swing vote, he had better come clean on this. (Or at least convince us that he has done so!) RONALD BENKERT Marina Del Rey
September 8, 1990
There's good news and bad news from the gulf. The good: Saddam Hussein is releasing some hostages. The bad: He didn't keep Jesse-journalist?-Jackson! Brenda Hester Garden Grove
March 12, 1988
Aw, did poor wittle Kirkie get his feewings hurt when bad ol' Jesse pwayed a twick on him? Grow up, Gibson. ELLEN SCHRODER Oceanside
November 22, 1995
Surely Jesse Jackson has more sense than to join the fray complaining about the alleged "racism" in crack cocaine legislation (Column Left, Nov. 5). The penalties are harsher because of the violence involved in the trade. Period. A white defendant would get the same treatment as a black one. So please, Jesse, stop picking on dummy issues and start addressing the children who are killing each other on our streets. DAN J. CURTIS Los Angeles
April 10, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Wonderfully animated and well-voiced, "Rio 2" is nevertheless too much. Too much plot, too many issues, too many characters. But not too much music. Yes, the musical numbers reach saturation levels, but the Latin-influenced jamming and singing are absolutely fabulous. "Rio 2's" music might even save the 3-D animated action-adventure about endangered South American blue macaws from the terrible 2s that affect so many sequels. The eclectic animal and human cast and respective star voices that "Rio" introduced in 2011 have all reconvened to continue the party.
April 3, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
"10 Rules for Sleeping Around" is a dreadful sex farce with barely an authentic emotion, credible character or plausible plot point in its midst. This retrograde jumble from writer-director Leslie Greif is said to be inspired by the 1969 Ray Cooney-John Chapman play "Move Over, Mrs. Markham. " In updating that oft-performed door-slammer for the sexting era, Greif strains for raunchy hipness but ultimately can't mask the story's dated core. His portrayal of gay men alone is enough to brand this movie a relic.
December 3, 2013 | By David Wharton
Bidding for a Jesse Owens gold medal from the 1936 Berlin Olympics had reached $278,000 as of Tuesday afternoon, but had not met the reserve price. The whereabouts of the other three golds that Owens won that summer is not known. His performance was historically significant because the Games were overseen by Adolph Hitler, who hoped to use them as a showcase for the Nazi party. "Obviously, that's one of the most poignant moments in the history of the Olympic Games," Scott Blackmun, chief executive of the U.S. Olympic Committee, told reporters in a teleconference after a USOC board meeting Tuesday.
November 13, 2013 | By David Wharton
Reacting to concerns from the International Olympic Committee, an Orange County auction house said it checked with Jesse Owens' family before putting his gold medal from the 1936 Berlin Olympics on the block. Owens gave the medal to a friend, entertainer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, whose widow has now decided to sell it. “We reached out to the family of Jesse Owens as soon as we were first contacted about the medal,” said Dan Imler, vice president of SCP Auctions of Laguna Niguel.
November 8, 2013 | By David Wharton
One of the four gold medals won by Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics is to go up for auction later this month. The whereabouts of the other three remain unknown, so SCP Auctions, the Orange County auction house conducting the online sale, expects this one to go for as much as $1 million. Owens' victories in Berlin represent a memorable point in Olympic history, with the African American athlete performing brilliantly before a less-than-thrilled Adolf Hitler, who wanted the Games to serve as a showpiece for his resurgent Nazi Germany.
November 6, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Jesse Tyler Ferguson must not be too concerned about anyone discovering his recent purchase of a home in Los Feliz for $4.55 million. The “Modern Family” actor has already invited the neighbors over to get acquainted and show off the Spanish Colonial Revival house. Built in 1928, the renovated home features a two-story entry, 25-foot cathedral ceilings in the living room, four bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and nearly 5,000 square feet of living space. Period details include stained glass, wall nooks, interior arches and wrought-iron work.
January 21, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
A threequel for a scripted independent film is an anomaly. A threequel for a movie whose original premiered 18 years before is almost unheard of. Yet "Before Midnight," Richard Linklater's return to the romantic and other life travails of Julie Delpy's Celine and Ethan Hawke's Jesse is exactly that. And judging by its debut screening Sunday night at the Sundance Film Festival, the franchise has only gotten better with age. "I guess we're all...
April 6, 1997
Mmmmmm, good ol' New Orleans down home cookin'--a fantasia of taste. Food there is very much like a god. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a newspaper article as much as Jesse Katz's "Fat City" (March 24). MICHELE CAREY Los Angeles
October 31, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
While driving to Aliso Viejo on Tuesday to hear the Juilliard String Quartet play Bach, Schubert and a young American composer, Jesse Jones, at the Soka Performing Arts Center, I listened to a little early Bob Dylan. It seemed right. But so might have Leonard Bernstein, Glenn Gould, something from Stravinsky's Los Angeles years or Aaron Copland. Anything by Miles Davis or Thelonious Monk would have been equally suitable. All were artists on Columbia Records, and in the '40s, '50s and '60s, all were showing the extraordinary originality of North American music.
September 30, 2013 | By Todd VanDerWerff
The world of “Breaking Bad” is a moral one. I've said this over and over in these final reviews, and if there's one definitive point the series seems to want to underline and highlight in its final episode ever, “Felina,” it's that this is the kind of world where sin is ultimately punished, but altruism and doing the right thing are rewarded somehow. It's right there in the first scene: Walter is about to steal the car that will carry him back to New Mexico, but the police drive up.  He begs some power greater than himself (in what reads almost as a prayer)
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