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ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
The uninvitingly titled "Chlorine" is a flat, undercooked suburban comedy. Or is it a drama? Or maybe a kind of satire? Regardless, it's short on style, substance or any clear raison d'ĂȘtre. Set in a vaguely upscale New England berg called Copper Canyon (but filmed in New Jersey), the story attempts to lay bare the desperate times and desperate measures - relatively speaking, that is - of a circle of locals caught in the orbit of a shady construction deal. The film's nominal protagonist, beleaguered banker Roger Lent (Vincent D'Onofrio, in a strangely sleepy performance)
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NEWS
March 27, 1997 | IRENE LACHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The woman onstage is a poofball of black, all silky long legs and fur trim. Her hair is bobbed in a spray of Easter chick yellow. When she talks to the hungry crowd at the Century Club, you can still hear her breathy bedroom voice. She is, as her press release would have it, a "sex kitten on the prowl again." "I'm Joey, I'm a girl and I'm on the cover of Playboy," she coos, before promoting her pictorial with an encore of "I Get a Kick Out of You."
NEWS
June 5, 1992 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The afternoon's first shark showed up like a silent marauder. Long, blue and sleek, it glided close to the boat for a look-see, made a swift pass near the bow, then swam off into open water. From the deck, we watched its sharp fin slicing through the sea. "All right," the dive master said cheerfully. "Everyone into the water." I don't know. You get to be 43 like me, wonder what life is about and start looking around for some spice.
HOME & GARDEN
November 20, 2010 | Chris Erskine
So I turned 50 the other day, and I've never felt better, though I seem to be driving over street curbs more and more, and once in a while I forget the turn signal is still on. "Dad, your turn signal," the little girl will say. "What?" "YOUR TURN SIGNAL!!!" "Thank you for your patience," I say. Yeah, I'm 50 in a town full of people notorious for fibbing about their ages. Actually, I'm 54, but when you hit 50, it's all pretty much the same. Age 4 is way different from age 8. Sixteen may be significantly different from 20. But the glorious 50s are sort of the same sitcom over and over.
NEWS
February 12, 1997 | ROBIN ABCARIAN
The aging actress sits alone onstage in a pool of light, holding a script. The audience watches from the darkness. Joan Hotchkis is reenacting a casting call for a commercial. Not exactly the pinnacle of her career aspirations, but hey, it's work. As she relives the scene, she muses about some of the actresses waiting their turn; they are competitors for the gig. Boy, she thinks, some of them are hardly recognizable these days. Skin so taut from face-lifts. Those perpetually surprised looks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1991 | MARY MURRAY, Murray is a free-lance writer based in New York
Picture a woman in her prime of life. She is healthy, lovely and young, poised to meet the challenges of motherhood and a brilliant career. Right? Not exactly. According to a survey of college-educated women, conducted by two Bay Area psychologists, many women are at their best when they are in their 50s.
NEWS
November 2, 1997 | BEVERLY BEYETTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At 79, Dr. James Birren likes to think of middle age and beyond as "the second 50." "This century has given us the gift of long life," he says, but, "we're still not used to the idea that mature people are the most populous group in our society." One result: "Lag effects in our institutions--businesses, schools, churches." Birren, associate director of the UCLA Center on Aging, will be a keynoter at a conference, "Lifespan: Exploring and Celebrating the New Longevity," Nov.
NEWS
September 29, 2005 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
RICHARD HELL sits on a shaded restaurant patio, the chaos of First Avenue muffled by a brick wall, and slurps at a midday bowl of chicken soup as he talks about the fringe benefits of tumbling into middle age. Getting there, of course, was no small victory. In the early 1970s, Hell's torn shirts and spiked hair gave American punk its look, and at age 55 the list of Hell's dead friends and former bandmates reads like a history of 1970s rock counterculture. Johnny Thunders. Dee Dee Ramone.
BOOKS
December 13, 1987 | Digby Diehl, Diehl is the president of the Los Angeles Center of P.E.N. International
"A World Too Wide" is a dexterous delight of deceptive ease. There is a magic and a wisdom in this 18th book by Gregory McDonald--who demonstrates brilliantly that a light touch does not preclude powerful material. Without ponderousness he enchants the reader in a tale rich with philosophical resonance. David MacFarlane, an internationally famous jazz pianist and composer, has retired with his devoted wife to the rustic quietude of Bass Clef Farm, a cattle ranch about 80 miles out of Nashville.
BOOKS
December 3, 2000
Editor's Note: This year, the Los Angeles Times considered more than 1,200 books. Of these, our contributors reserved their highest praise for 106 novels and short story collections, 26 children's books and 113 works of nonfiction. Their original reviews have been edited and condensed for reasons of space. ACTS OF MUTINY By Derek Beaven Picador USA: 280 pp., $24 Derek Beaven's debut novel, "Newton's Niece," won a Commonwealth Prize when it was published in Britain in 1994.
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