March 20, 2006 |
Has Tracy Letts, the author of such floridly violent plays as "Killer Joe" and "Bug," gone soft? His latest work, "Man From Nebraska," which opened Friday at South Coast Repertory in a production directed by Oscar winner William Friedkin, is totally devoid of bloodshed. What's more, there isn't a single sexual attack with a Kentucky Fried Chicken drumstick or an unanesthetized tooth extraction to make us squirm in our seats.
September 16, 1994 |
It's nearly impossible to put together a picture about ennui without dramatically succumbing to it in a big way. Michael Tolkin, talent that he is, isn't yet the movie maker to meet the feat. "The New Age," his second feature as a director, is an audacious attempt at taking a snapshot of a whole culture's moral torpor--that is, L.A.'s--in the midst of an overweening spiritual narcissism.
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May 11, 1997 |
Among the gifts Helen Quackenbush received on her birthday before last was a memory book bearing messages from family and friends who gathered for the occasion. Some are addressed, "Dear Gigi." Gigi? "When Shauna was little, she had trouble saying Great Grandma Quackenbush," Gary Stapley explains. Shauna, now 17, could manage the first letters, and the nickname stuck. Helen Quackenbush's most recent birthday, on May 2, was her 101st. She took it in stride.
March 23, 2010 |
In the tense hours Sunday leading up to the House vote on a historic healthcare bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took time to call the former president of Notre Dame, Father Theodore Hesburgh. The House Democrats' leader was not seeking spiritual guidance. What she wanted was Hesburgh to help lock up the vote of Rep. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat from South Bend, Ind., who was wavering over the abortion issue. Donnelly ultimately pressed the "yes" button late Sunday night. The incident, one of scores on the road to the Democrats' healthcare victory, illustrates that Pelosi -- long the target of Republican attacks -- is beginning to play the game as well as powerful former speakers such as legendary Masters of the House "Tip" O'Neill and "Mr. Sam" Rayburn.
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June 7, 1999 |
For Drew Birtness, the last straw came when he realized he was arresting the grandchildren of suspects he had picked up years ago. The Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy had been working the streets of East Los Angeles for 21 years, long enough to be hardened by the shootings and deaths and gangs--but also long enough to try something new. "I was tired of picking up kids' bodies off the street," he said.
September 16, 2013 |
HENDERSON, Nev. - In 2009, Samantha Geimer was watching the daytime talk show "The View" from her then-home in Hawaii when the panel took up the topic of her encounter at age 13 with director Roman Polanski. Polanski had just been arrested in Switzerland, more than three decades after the day in 1977 that changed both their lives. "It wasn't rape-rape," co-host Whoopi Goldberg said, setting off a firestorm of criticism. In fact, it was "rape-rape" by nearly any definition except the charge to which Polanski pleaded guilty (unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor)
August 30, 1999 |
Home Box Office collected the most honors at Saturday's nighttime Emmy Awards presentation in Pasadena, including multiple statuettes for dramatic series "The Sopranos" and its movies "The Rat Pack" and "Winchell." Saturday's nontelevised event encompassed more than 50 categories, primarily in technical areas such as cinematography, editing and sound. An additional 27 awards, recognizing programs and performers, will be presented Sept. 12 and televised on Fox.
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July 19, 1997 |
A famous family's grief spilled over in court Friday as Carroll O'Connor's daughter-in-law recalled the last days of her husband Hugh's tormented life and visits to the man she believes supplied him with cocaine. Angela O'Connor, struggling for composure, finally burst into tears as she told jurors in the slander trial of Carroll O'Connor about her husband's drug-induced suicide on the day of their third wedding anniversary.
October 17, 1991 |
In the deadliest shooting spree in U.S. history, a man crashed his pickup truck into a cafeteria crowded with lunchtime patrons here Wednesday afternoon and began firing rapidly and indiscriminately with a semiautomatic pistol, killing 22 people. The gunman later was found dead of a gunshot wound in a restaurant restroom, police said. The massacre resulted in injuries to 20 others, many of them listed in "very critical condition."
October 28, 1992 |
"I know you heard it before, but it works," Dinah Shore said in response to the laughter that greeted her telling of an old joke. It was that sort of an evening: The old jokes still seemed funny, the old melodies still sounded romantic and everyone was happy to admit just how long they'd all known each other. Shore was emcee Friday night as the Society of Singers honored Tony Martin with its third "Ella Lifetime Achievement Award."