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August 4, 1996 | ERIKA TAYLOR
THE VIPERS' CLUB by John H. Richardson (Morrow: $24, 293 pp.). When Peter James, a young college professor, accepts a job as glorified secretary to one of Hollywood's biggest producers, he never dreams how quickly it will all turn sour. His boss, Max Fischer, is given to histrionic fits of rage, and Peter is often the chosen recipient. But when Peter begins a clandestine relationship with Tracy Rose, the daughter of Max's worst enemy, the trouble really starts.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 1987 | Pat H. Broeske
Dum-de-dum-dum Dum-de-dumb!-dumb!-dumb! The critics took their clubs to "Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol." Note the headlines: "THE BADGE OF SHAME"--USA Today. "ARE YOU 10? YOU'LL PROBABLY LAUGH"--Orange County Register. "HALT! ARREST THAT MOVIE"--S.F. Chronicle. Plus these comments: "The screenplay got rejected by a garbage disposal and they couldn't figure out anything to do with it except make a movie--quick"--Peter Stack, Chronicle.
BOOKS
March 24, 1996
The first Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will be held April 20 and 21 at UCLA's Dickson Plaza. Admission is free; parking at UCLA is $5.
NEWS
August 8, 1993 | THE SOCIAL CLIMES STAFF
Material girls and boys from all over the country arrive at the Hyatt Hotel on Sunset this weekend for "Justify My Life!," L.A.'s first exposition devoted solely to Madonna. Organizer Marc Trippany estimates that between 500 and 1,000 hard-core fans will be there to network and experience mass Madonna mania.
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September 25, 1994
Prince Charles won't be the only royal Brit popping into Los Angeles next month. The Duchess of York, better known as Sarah (Fergie) Ferguson, is coming to the Carousel Ball on Oct. 28. "She's going to be duchess of the ball," said Barbara Davis, who's chairing the fund-raiser for the Children's Diabetes Foundation. "I'm thrilled she's joining our community in the fight against diabetes."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 1987 | From Pat H. Broeske \f7
Turns out that Gary Franklin--who lambasted "Adventures in Babysitting" for its treatment of blacks--wasn't alone. "Babysitting," from Disney's Touchstone Pictures, is all about a batch of white-bread kids (led by babysitter Elisabeth Shue) who have a wild night in inner-city Chicago where they encounter lots of stereotypical black characters. Among the critical responses: L.A.
NEWS
May 4, 2004 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
Eco-RADICALS often use sabotage in the name of what they call environmental protection. When an Earth First! activist slipped into a restricted desert canyon near Tucson in March to foil a cougar hunt, author and journalist John H. Richardson accompanied him. Richardson says he went along to witness radical environmentalism in action for an article for Esquire. State authorities say he crossed the line.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2007 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
Its stars were ruthless agents and powerful moguls, temperamental actors and megalomaniacal directors. It told stories of troubled productions and exploding box office to a readership of industry insiders, cineastes and a general public that seemed riveted by it all. In its glory years -- from the late '80s to the mid-'90s -- nobody got Hollywood better than Premiere magazine.
NEWS
August 28, 1996 | BILL HIGGINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In Los Angeles there are two stellar reduction techniques, one for the body, the other for the mind. If you're fat, there's UCLA's Obesity Center, where they'll hand you a prescription for fen-phen. For those with overweight egos, there's a job as a Hollywood assistant, where they'll hand you your head if you can't find a phone number immediately, have the walnut gearshift knob for the Ferrari delivered instantly, and the dry-cleaning back quicker than an agent can flick a Rolodex.
MAGAZINE
September 15, 1996 | Verlyn Klinkenborg, Verlyn Klinkenborg is the author of "Making Hay" and "The Last Fine Time." His last poece for the magazine was a profile of Martha Stewart. He lives in Housatonic, Mass., and considers himself a consummate Hollywood outsider
The following letter was found several weeks ago in a Federal Express box placed on the desk of a New York publicist who had gone out to lunch and who has asked to remain unidentified. (The air bill was missing). Besides this letter, which is written on paper of mid-19th century manufacture, the box also contained decrepit galleys of three books: "Hello, He Lied--and Other Truths From the Hollywood Trenches," by Lynda Obst; "The Vipers' Club," by John H.
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