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July 21, 2012 | By Christopher Smith, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Mel Brooks brimmed with brio recently, chatting up next weekend's three-day mounting of "The Producers" at the Hollywood Bowl. Firing quips and shtick in lethal arcs at most questions, Brooks pivoted to incisiveness when talking about casting Jesse Tyler Ferguson in the musical's co-lead role of nervous/nerdy accountant Leo Bloom. "Now Jesse, he has a lot of Leo in him, I think," said Brooks. "Jesse is fragile. He is a good trembler. You get from him that life is a big struggle. " Ferguson is an established TV presence, a comic mainstay and two-time Emmy nominee playing a gay parent on"Modern Family.
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SPORTS
July 19, 2012 | By Jack Cavanaugh
GREENWICH, Conn. — Three months shy of his 97th birthday, Mike Sandlock, the Dodgers' oldest living former player — and baseball's oldest living former catcher — can still hit a tee shot almost 200 yards and is fit enough to drive himself about four miles to the 7 a.m. Sunday Mass at the Holy Name Roman Catholic Church in nearby Stamford. His father did the same with the Sandlock family of five in the 1920s — in a horse and wagon. "We'd all pile in for the 10-minute ride," Sandlock said recently.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Break out the Champagne: The first trailer for Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" has arrived, and Leonardo DiCaprio is serving up some major swagger. Early glimpses at the 3-D epic showed off Luhrmann's usual visual flare, and some chic period costumes to boot, but now we've got a full trailer (watch below) where title character DiCaprio and company shine. Some immediate thoughts from the Ministry include... The Shirts! : We're not sure what your high school English takeaways were from F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, but Daisy Buchanan, played by the perfectly cast Carey Mulligan, has a material obsession that would dwarf any "Real Housewives" franchise.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2012
Panel: History — City of Angels When: 11:30 a.m. Sunday Where: Seeley G. Mudd building at USC Who: Leo Braudy, John Buntin, Steve J. Ross, D.J. Waldie, moderated by Richard Rayner
SPORTS
March 15, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
Stanley Gold and Leo Hindery, the leaders of the two Dodgers bid groups rejected by Major League Baseball, will appeal to a court-appointed mediator, two people familiar with the process said Thursday. Joseph Farnan, the mediator overseeing the sale of the Dodgers for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, is scheduled to hear from Gold and Hindery on Monday, the people said. Farnan is expected to rule Tuesday. The 30 major league owners are expected to vote to approve or reject all remaining bidders next Thursday or Friday.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2012 | BETSY SHARKEY, FILM CRITIC
When a movie calls itself "The Vow," you know it takes its love and its relationships seriously. And that's certainly the case with the new romantically and medically challenged weepie starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum. Despite the sweet story -- lovely couple, car wreck, brain injury, she forgets him, he loves her anyway -- and the beautiful scenery -- cool converted warehouse spaces, snowy Chicago streets, Lake Michigan in the moonlight, and of course Tatum and McAdams -- this is a movie that leaves you wanting more.
SPORTS
January 29, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
Tom Barrack has partnered with Leo Hindery on a bid for the Dodgers, bringing together a prominent Los Angeles billionaire with the founder of the New York Yankees' cable channel. The alliance was disclosed Sunday by a person familiar with the Dodgers sale process but not authorized to discuss it. Hindery and fellow New York financier Marc Utay lead one of at least eight groups that survived Friday's first cut among the bidders. That group had been one of the two prospective buyers known to remain in the bidding without a significant tie to Los Angeles.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2011 | By Greg Burk, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Composer Wadada Leo Smith will unleash his magnum opus — a three-night abstract investigation of American racial struggle — at REDCAT next weekend. As an African American born in Mississippi in 1941, he's qualified. "When you live in the South, you're constantly part of the civil rights movement," he says. Although he's talking on the phone from Connecticut, where he's visiting family, his physicality and quiet insistence permeate the conversation as he tells an illustrative story from his time as a teenage musician in Leland, Miss., in the 1950s.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2011
Wadada Leo Smith What: "Ten Freedom Summers: Defining Moments in the History of the United States of America," performed by the Golden Quartet and Southwest Chamber Music Where: REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles When: The three distinct parts will be performed 8:30 p.m. Friday, 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Oct. 30 Tickets: $38 Information: http://www.redcat.org (213) 237-2800
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2011 | By Kevin Thomas
"Daylight" takes a standard kidnapping plot and turns it inside out. Director David Barker and his formidable stars, Alexandra Meierhans and Michael Godere, have written a script that concentrates on fleshed-out characterizations, leaves audiences to connect the dots and demolishes genre clichés. Replete with superior acting and visual splendor, the film is a fine instance of the overly familiar made fresh. Meierhans' Irene is in the late stages of pregnancy, yet her husband, Daniel (Aidan Redmond)
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