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February 21, 1995 | MICHAEL ARKUSH
Thanks to Helen Harris, blind moviegoers may not stay in the dark much longer. Harris, head of Retinitis Pigmentosa International in Woodland Hills, has come up with the idea of TheatreVision, a process that allows the blind to receive film narration through a headset. The invention will officially debut tonight at a special showing of the smash movie "Forrest Gump" at Paramount Studios in Hollywood.
April 23, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
If CBS decides to order the pilot of "How I Met Your Dad" to series, fans will be hearing the voice of Meg Ryan narrating the adventures of her younger self, played by Greta Gerwig. Sources say Ryan, America's onetime rom-com sweetheart, will have the Bob Saget role in the spinoff of "How I Met Your Mother," the nine-season hit on CBS that recently concluded its run. In the original series, Saget voiced the future version of main character Ted, played by Josh Radnor, telling his children the long and meandering tale of how he met their mother.
July 29, 1990 | Jack Mathews \f7
After 16 years, one false start, a couple of shattered friendships, a rewritten script, a new ending and enough other rumors to keep a private eye busy full-time, Paramount Pictures' sequel to "Chinatown" is about to open. But with less than two weeks to its Aug. 10 release date, director-star and Jake Gittes alter-ego Jack Nicholson has been back in the studio recording eight pages of narrative dialogue for "The Two Jakes." "I always wanted to have a whack at (a narration)," Nicholson tells us.
April 12, 2014 | By Randall Roberts
Juxtapositions abounded on the first day of Coachella, reinforcing the idea of a pop culture splintered but joyously so. Competing narratives ruled the day, the most striking of which early on involved a New York versus Los Angeles battle between the self-described "Trap Lord," ASAP Ferg, and the spirited Los Angeles pop/rock band Grouplove. The former, Ferg, is part of New York's ASAP crew. He appeared masked on the outdoor stage, with half a dozen veiled compadres offering big crawling beats and sibilant high hats.
July 1, 2000
Don Heckman's review of the Hollywood Bowl's opening night made note of actor Jeff Goldblum's narration of the video history of the Bowl ("Bowl's Past Takes Spotlight in Summer Opener," June 26). While the personable Mr. Goldblum did provide commentary around the feature, it was my voice heard during the video presentation itself. RICH CAPPARELA Santa Monica
October 4, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Matana Roberts does not make easy listening music. Although in mainstream culture jazz is frequently relegated to an awards show backdrop or an oh-so-spooky bit of shading for pay-cable political dramas, the music remains a springboard into avant-garde expression for this Chicago-born saxophonist, who explores both personal and social history on "Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile. " A challenging, engrossing listen that follows her ambitious "Chapter One" from 2011, this 49-minute piece (broken into 18 seamless tracks)
You don't know the face, but you know the voice. As deep as a lion's roar, as rich with promise as a fresh pint of Haagen-Dazs, it turns a whisper into thunder and makes a timeworn cliche reverberate with the power of prophecy. It has summoned Americans to thousands of films, promised joy and terror, laughter and tears.
May 1, 2005 | Kristin Hohenadel, Special to The Times
French director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade's riveting eight-part documentary, "The Staircase" -- which debuted to rave reviews in April on the Sundance Channel, where it is airing in its entirety tonight -- follows the trial of novelist Michael Peterson, accused of murdering his wife, Kathleen, in North Carolina in 2001.
September 12, 1998
1995: Initial Sexual Encounters Monica Lewinsky began her White House employment as an intern in the Chief of Staff's office in July 1995. At White House functions in the following months, she made eye contact with the President. During the November 1995 government shutdown, the President invited her to his private study, where they kissed. Later that evening, they had a more intimate sexual encounter. They had another sexual encounter two days later, and a third one on New Year's Eve. A.
September 8, 2001
I was delighted to read Howard Rosenberg's column on narrators highlighting Will Lyman ("Sometimes, It's All in the Voice," Aug. 31). He is so good that I will watch a show he is narrating, regardless of what it is about, just to hear him. I think he is to our times what Alexander Scourby was to earlier times. What Rosenberg said about what the narrator adds reminded me of watching a program on Peru's Machu Picchu. It was narrated by Kathleen Turner and was not too interesting. Then I saw one on the same subject narrated by Leonard Nimoy that was much more involving.
April 3, 2014 | Susan King
Who knew lemurs were zen masters? The primates, whose ancestors came to Madagascar some 60 million years ago, love to play. They also enjoy a good siesta on a handy branch, and when they are happy, they emit a cute little noise akin to a piglet's snort. They also take press junkets in stride. Last week at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, Felix, a 10-year-old ring-tailed lemur, and Taj, a 7-year-old brown lemur, were chilling with their handlers, demonstrating a "don't worry, be happy" attitude as cameras flashed all around.
April 2, 2014 | By David Ng
Shakespeare's "Henry V" begins with a narrator called the Chorus bemoaning the theater as "an unworthy scaffold. " The description turns out to be an accurate one for the Pacific Resident Theatre production, which takes place in a cramped, 34-seat space where actors and audience can practically touch hands without much strain. The tiny theater turns out to be a major asset in this production, which has been earning critical praise since opening last month, and has extended its run to May 11. Featuring minimal sets and actors clad in contemporary clothes, this fast-paced staging was the brainchild of Guillermo Cienfuegos, a veteran L.A. theater director who has worked numerous times with the Venice-based PRT. PHOTOS: Shakespeare 2.0 The bard on the screen Cienfuegos is actually actor Alex Fernandez, who pulls double duty in this "Henry V" by playing the Chorus.
March 13, 2014 | By David Colker
Hal Douglas was a movie star, but only until the feature film started. Douglas, who was one of the most sought-after voice artists working in film and television, did the narration for so many movie trailers that he could not recall how many he recorded even in a given week. But some of the most prominent films for which he was the voice of the trailers were "Men in Black" (1 and 2), "Philadelphia," "Lethal Weapon," "Marley & Me" and "Forrest Gump. " Comedies, dramas, sci-fi blockbusters, documentaries - he did them all, not to mention thousands of TV show promotions and commercials.
February 22, 2014 | By Karen Wada
Elizabeth LeCompte was walking past a New York gallery window when sculptures by Dutch artist Folkert de Jong caught her eye. "They were so ugly and scary and beautiful at the same time," recalls the director of the Wooster Group. "It was what I always want for my work to be. " LeCompte invited De Jong to create pieces for her experimental troupe. His costumes, set elements and props will be seen in "CRY, TROJANS! (Troilus & Cressida)," a retelling of Shakespeare's Trojan War saga, which begins its world-premiere run Feb. 27 at REDCAT.
January 10, 2014 | By Jim Ruland
Throughout the history of boxing, the sport's appeal has been its undoing: A contest between equally matched opponents will always attract bettors, and betting begets corruption. With the rise of the National Football League, boxing has waned in popularity. Thanks to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which recently celebrated its 20th year of promoting mixed martial arts events, boxing is not even the most popular combat sport. While the sport may be in serious decline, the boxing novel is alive and well, thanks to Michael J. Seidlinger's audacious new book, "The Laughter of Strangers.
December 10, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
In the New Yorker this week, James Wood has a fascinating essay on the narrative implications of death. Inspired by the experience of attending a memorial service for a friend's younger brother, who died at 44 “suddenly, in the middle of things, leaving behind a wife and two young daughters,” it is a meditation on evanescence, serendipity and the way death offers a shape, a closure that life, with all its ongoing and overlapping turmoils, cannot....
November 24, 1985 | RICHARD EDER
"World's Fair" is E. L. Doctorow's portrait of the artist as a young child. The author's alter-ego, Edgar Altschuler, grows into an awareness that the world stretches far beyond the protective confines of a Bronx Jewish household. It was a quieter passage than Stephen Daedalus' vehement breakout from a constricted Dublin youth, and conducted with far greater cautiousness.
November 19, 1995 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For almost two weeks, jurors in the retrial of the Menendez brothers have been focusing on the bloody details of parricide, replayed shot by shot and larger than life. It has been grim work. They have heard the chilling, metallic clicks of a 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun similar to the alleged murder weapons; they have seen the blood-encrusted polo shirt Jose Menendez wore when he died. And countless autopsy photos have been projected on a courtroom screen.
December 6, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
For a short and breezy documentary narrated by Adam Sandler in which a group of famous comedians talk about themselves, "The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall" packs a surprisingly provocative punch. In these days of digital "stardom," when fame is tweet-fleeting and the goal too often seems more Simon Cowell-approved branding than original voice, the rigors of an old-fashioned comedy club seem historically artisanal, like candle-dipping at Colonial Williamsburg. In the post-"Seinfeld" years, stand-up comedy, once the province of the scruffy and outrageous, has become increasingly sleek and well fed. Ray Romano, Jay Leno, Bill Maher, Judd Apatow, Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David, the Wayans brothers, Sarah Silverman, Kathy Griffin, Jimmy Fallon - the people reminiscing here about the Improv are among the media elite, with studio deals and television shows, car collections and famous divorces.
November 11, 2013 | By Gen. James Jones and Dan Goldenberg
The country's newest generation of veterans - the 2 million Americans who served honorably in Iraq and Afghanistan - is eager for meaningful civilian work. But misconceptions about veterans often prevent them from getting a fair shake to put their skills to work, achieve their potential and contribute fully to the nation's economy. On this Veterans Day, we ask all Americans to make sure veterans get the consideration they deserve. According to September Bureau of Labor data analyzed by Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families, post-9/11 veterans ages 20 to 24 are 81% more likely to be unemployed than their non-veteran peers, and those ages 25 to 29 are 71% more likely to be out of a job. This situation is especially frustrating because veterans make great employees.
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