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April 27, 1997 | Kevin Thomas
Drawing from a 1990 incident, Chilean filmmaker Gustavo Graef Marino makes this 1994 release a tart, timely political suspense film. It finds 17-year-old Johnny (Mexican super star Armando Araiza, pictured) entering a nondescript downtown Santiago apartment building and taking an elevator to the most unobtrusive video store imaginable--a front for an illegal currency exchange (Showtime Tuesday at 4:25 a.m.).
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April 25, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
Earl Morrall was the NFL's answer to a brilliant Broadway understudy. He left his mark on NFL history by stepping in for two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks - Johnny Unitas in Baltimore and Bob Griese in Miami - and turning in a string of masterful performances to keep his teams on track. "All Earl ever did was win games for me, whether it was as a starter or coming off the bench," said legendary Miami coach Don Shula, whose 1972 Dolphins finished with an unblemished 17-0 record - the only perfect season in the NFL's modern era - thanks in large part to Morrall.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2002
The opening image of "Johnny on the Spot," now at the Matrix, is a glowing joint, followed by the toker's radio-announcer intonations. Thus the title character of Neil Landau's new play about a Peter Pan-syndrome poster boy's journey to maturity is introduced. Johnny (Jason Brooks) fears conformity, as he directly informs us, but the box is closing in. Neither his long-suffering, pregnant girlfriend (Helen Cates) nor his pill-packing mother (Miriam Flynn) think Johnny is ready for fatherhood.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"Mortdecai," an upcoming action-comedy starring Johnny Depp as a roguish art dealer, will open Feb. 6, Lionsgate announced. Based on the the novels of Kyril Bonfiglioli, "Mortdecai" follows the globetrotting rake Charlie Mortdecai (Depp) as he races to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. Along the way, he has to deal with the Russian mob, British intelligence, an international terrorist and his "impossibly leggy wife.
NEWS
October 31, 1996 | Jackie Gonzalez
Once upon a time in a little house, this boy's mother said, "Johnny, here, take this money and go buy me some eggs, milk and liver." "OK, Mom," said Johnny. So he was walking and he ran up to a girl named Elaine. She said, "I bet I can win you in cards." "OK," said Johnny, "but it will cost you 35 cents." "OK," said Elaine. Elaine won so Johnny gave her the 35 cents.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 1986 | DONNA PERLMUTTER
The past may return to haunt him, but Ernst Krenek, the eminent Viennese-born composer whose "Johnny Strikes Up" lights the stage of the Long Beach Opera starting Saturday, neither resists nor embraces it. "I wrote the piece 60 years ago," says the sanguine, soft-spoken octogenarian, while sipping coffee in the green room of the Long Beach Convention Center, "so I can't help feeling somewhat detached from it. Yes, I would say it's good. But hardly on the level of my other, subsequent, operas.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2009 | Randy Lewis
Heidi Newfield sensed right away that she was on to something special when she wrote "Johnny and June," the song that doffs a Stetson to the long-standing love affair between the first couple of country music, Johnny and June Carter Cash. The challenge for her, says Newfield -- the leading female nominee heading into Sunday's Country Music Awards -- was to make sure the song resonated beyond what could have been merely a well-chosen bit of name-dropping.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2012 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
Three people were convicted last week for their roles in a high-profile child torture case that revealed breakdowns in Los Angeles County's troubled child protective services agency. A 5-year-old boy, known only as Johnny, was rescued from a dark closet in San Bernardino County in 2009. Much of his body had been burned by a glue gun and hot spoons. He had been starved and sodomized, taunted and punched, forced to eat soap and crouch motionless in corners. Martin Roland Morales, 35, and Juan Carlos Santos-Herrera, 22, were found guilty of torture, child abuse and sodomizing a child under 10 years of age. Crystal Rodriguez, 35, was convicted of child endangerment after failing to protect a 12-year-old victim from the perpetrators, according to the prosecutor, David Foy. Morales could be sentenced to more than 78 years in prison.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 1987
One would think that L.A. Times' Richard Cromelin would have caught on to Johnny Rotten's current hoax ("Johnny's Only Partly Rotten With Public Image Limited," Dec. 5). Knowing the sort of contempt Johnny has held for his audience in the past, one would be inclined to question any of his material. Cromelin too easily accepted Johnny's sincerity. PiL's presentation--a psychedelic stage enhanced by brightly colored clothes--was a complete contrast to the audience, which was filled with much of the late '70s punk imagery.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 2011 | By Gary Goldstein
After watching the leaden comedy "The Putt Putt Syndrome," you actually might understand less about marriage than you did going in. This dunderheaded look at a hapless appliance salesman's pre-midlife marital crisis feels so inauthentic that it comes off, at best, as a wan sex farce and, at worst, as a lost segment of the old TV show "Love, American Style" — and just as dated. The film's title refers to the nickname studly divorced dad Tony (David Chokachi) has given the dull complacency that sets in after the initial heat of marriage.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Though its plot and premise are pure science fiction, "Transcendence" goes pleasingly against the genre grain. A story of the possible perils and pleasures of artificial intelligence that stars Johnny Depp, "Transcendence's" ideas are at least as involving as its images, if not more so. And as written by Jack Paglen and directed by Wally Pfister, this film is intent on not limiting itself to simplistic questions of pure good and evil. As "Transcendence's" narrative of the battle between pro and anti-technology forces unfolds, justice is done to the complicated factors at play here.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
In the new sci-fi film "Transcendence," Johnny Depp plays a scientist who survives a brush with death, though he is forced to upload his consciousness onto a computer to do so. As a leading man, Depp has endured his own share of misfortunes in recent years - at the box office and with critics - and though he remains an international star, "Transcendence," opening Friday from Warner Bros., will test whether he can rise above a string of misfires....
SPORTS
April 11, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
Johnny Manziel got the highest score among top quarterbacks in the NFL draft on the Wonderlic test, according to multiple reports. The Wonderlic is an exam used by the NFL to test a player's problem-solving skills. Manziel's ranking and score were reported by former NFL scout and current San Francisco radio host John Middlekauff and the NFL Network's Albert Breer. I've been told Johnny Football had the highest wonderlic test of all the top QB's in this years draft - John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Shortly before he began shooting his new artificial-intelligence thriller "Transcendence" last year, filmmaker Wally Pfister flew Jose Carmena and Michel Maharbiz, a pair of UC Berkeley scientists, to his office in Los Angeles. Professional consultants are common on Hollywood movies, but they're not usually this advanced - Carmena studies neuroscience and Maharbiz is a nanotechnology specialist - and even fewer go deep into the weeds with directors. For ‎10 hours, the men pored over the script with the intensity of lab researchers on the verge of a major discovery.
SPORTS
April 5, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
What a difference a (pro) day makes. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel had a great one, consistently hitting his receivers in stride. Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater did not, struggling with his timing and accuracy in a choreographed on-campus workout that NFL scouts traditionally expect to be polished and seamless. Manziel is the top pick in this mock draft, and Bridgewater tumbles out of the first round. That's based not only on the players' pro day performances, but also on the seismic shift of free agency, in which teams such as Oakland and Tampa Bay addressed (at least for the time being)
SPORTS
April 4, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders said "people won't accept" Heisman Trophy winner and potential first-round draft pick Johnny Manziel because he has "ghetto tendencies. " Wanna know how I know that? Because Prime Time said so himself. That's why I put the words in between quotation marks. Because he actually said them. That's how it works. And since it's a real quote, there is actual audio of Sanders saying, "See, the reason people don't want to accept Johnny Football is because Johnny Football has ghetto tendencies," earlier this week on the Tom Joyner Morning Show.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 1994 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
So what's not to like about "Hula Hoop Sha-Boop," the toe-tapping musical at the Tamarind in which a high-energy cast sings and dances to pop music of the mid-'50s to early '60s? The narrative that hinges the show together may be slight, but the music is boppin' and the mood strictly escapist.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 2, 2001 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With "Tape," Richard Linklater moves from his venturesome but problematic recent work to a traditional but more rewarding chamber drama, a deft and engaging adaptation of Stephen Belber's three-character play set in a Lansing, Mich., motel room. Shrewdly, Linklater doesn't try to play against the inherent theatricality of the material, but trusts in its power and in the talent and skill of Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard and Uma Thurman to draw us into the drama.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Joan Rivers returned to "The Tonight Show" Thursday after being banned for nearly three decades. The 80-year-old comic was welcomed by host Jimmy Fallon for her first sit-down interview in 26 years since a feud with former host Johnny Carson made her persona non grata at the network. Carson is credited with discovering the sharp-tongued Rivers in the '60s. He made her a writer on his show, and she even dedicated her book "Enter Talking" to him. But when she got her own competing, late-night talker on Fox in 1986, the pair fell out and never spoke again.
SPORTS
March 27, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Johnny Manziel knows how to put on a show. He wore a helmet and shoulder pads for his pro day Thursday at Texas A&M, something not usually done. The former Aggies quarterback enacted a pistol shoot to celebrate a long completion. He had his personal training coach chase him around with a broom to imitate the long arms of a defender. But most of all, Johnny Football showed off his quarterbacking skills. "My main thing was, I am not scared of anything. I don't play that way on the field," Manziel told NFL Network after the workout.
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