January 22, 1987 |
Doesn't anyone on TV live alone anymore? In NBC's new sitcom "The Tortellis," Loretta Tortelli (Jean Kasem) relocates to Las Vegas and moves in with her divorced sister, Charlotte (Carlene Watkins), and Charlotte's toddler son, Mark, (Aaron Moffatt). Then Loretta's estranged husband, Nick (Dan Hedaya) moves in with them. Then Nick's teen-age son, Anthony (Timothy Williams), moves in, and brings his bride, Annie (Mandy Ingber). It could be much worse. "The Tortellis" could be unfunny.
March 14, 2013 |
In "Language of a Broken Heart," we are asked to believe that romance novelist Nick (played by the film's screenwriter, Juddy Talt) knows how to write with authority about love without any firsthand knowledge of its real-life workings. It's a bit of a leap to think that an obsessive guy whose idea of courtship involves repeating "marry me, marry me, marry me" on the first date would be able to win enough women's hearts to climb the bestseller lists. But then, we're also told that Nick's own heart is just too big for most women.
August 12, 1987 |
"Happy New Year" (at the Beverly Center Cineplex), like its movie protagonists, appears to have so many strikes against it, success would seem remote. Inspired by Claude Lelouch's charming, complex 1973 vintage romantic-thriller "La Bonne Annee"--and filmed more than two years ago in Florida--it subscribes to old-fashioned movie ideals and shaggy-dog storytelling.
April 7, 1988 |
During one of the nastier scenes in Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" George tells wife Martha to prepare for all-out war--let the bodies fall where they may, he warns, the evening is bound to have marital atrocities aplenty. He doesn't let her down. The Garden Grove Community Theatre doesn't let down its audience, either.
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December 10, 2000 |
Hours before he was killed, Nick Markowitz thought he was finally going home. It had been a strange, often scary two-day odyssey since a group of young men had snatched him off the street in his West Hills neighborhood and carted him up the coast to Santa Barbara, according to testimony before a Santa Barbara County grand jury released last week.
April 24, 2011 |
The San Fernando Valley is 260 square miles of suburbia. Actually, make that suburbia on nutritional supplements. And antidepressants. With perhaps a little cosmetic surgery south of Ventura Boulevard, where the big money is. Or maybe - now that it's grown to more than 1.7 million people in nearly three dozen cities and neighborhoods rich and poor - the Valley isn't even a suburb anymore. It begins just 10 miles northwest of Los Angeles City Hall, sprawling west to the Simi Hills, north to the Santa Susana Mountains, and east to the Verdugo and San Gabriel mountains.