June 29, 2012 |
"The Matchmaker" is a surprise. It sounds like a throwback to an earlier, more traditional style of Israeli filmmaking but it instead provides a view of that country that's as satisfyingly eccentric and unexpected as anything we've seen. Written and directed by the veteran Avi Nesher, nominated for seven Israeli academy awards and winner of the lead actor and actress prize, "The Matchmaker" is set largely in 1968 and presents itself as the familiar coming-of-age story of a 16-year-old boy. But, as it turns out, the boy's story is only a part of a larger, more compelling dramatic mosaic and what he learns about the vagaries and perplexities of the human heart is only interesting because of the complex, unusual adults he learns it from.
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September 23, 2011 |
The one-line email that greeted Mohammad Mertaban came straight to the point. "Mertaban, find me a husband, k? I await your list of potential suitors," wrote a woman who lives on the East Coast. Mertaban was not surprised, although he knew the woman only slightly. "If it comes from a brother or sister whom I don't know very well, I know that she would do it out of frustration, desperation or a strong desire to get married," he explained later. An information technology project manager who lives in Fullerton, Mertaban, 30, has grown accustomed to urgent requests — by phone, email and in person — since he began dabbling in matchmaking for friends and acquaintances about eight years ago. Those he helps are observant young Muslims searching for a modern path to marriage that stays true to Islam.
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April 24, 1985 |
Clara Lane, the whiskey-voiced matchmaker who reigned as Cupid's queen for nearly 50 years, has died in a Glendale hospital, it was learned Tuesday. The self-styled "merchant of loneliness," who once estimated that she had brought together more than 25,000 couples, was 85 when she died Monday. At one time, her ads (usually accompanied by her photo) ran in hundreds of newspapers across the country. They trumpeted, "You Don't Have to Spend Another Weekend Alone!"
June 2, 2013 |
Mike Low, a mixed martial arts matchmaker, remembers when he had trouble finding enough talent for his local fight cards. Not anymore. "Four years ago, I'd have to look for fighters, gym to gym. Now I get 50 emails a day from people pitching their fighters from here. And they're usually pretty good fighters," he said. The Ultimate Fighting Championship has taken hold across the country and the sport's boom has spawned about a dozen second-tier MMA pro circuits in Southern California.
February 14, 1986
Mickey Davies, a longtime fight promoter and matchmaker in Los Angeles, died of cancer Thursday. Davies, 67, had worked as a matchmaker for the Forum until his death. He had also made matches for the Olympic Auditorium and had promoted fights here and across the country.
December 6, 1987
"A Grand Tour of L.A.'s Kingdom of Rock," by Robert Hilburn (Oct. 25), overlooked business managers, who can act as the support system for personal managers, the reporting entity for agents, a sounding board for the attorneys and the matchmaker for new management when the old isn't working. It may very well be the manager, attorney and agent who lead an artist to fame, but it is the business manager who leads the artist to retain his fortune. Lisa Fremer Beverly Hills