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May 20, 1990
David Lynch has been quoted as saying that "Twin Peaks" is like "Peyton Place" meets "Blue Velvet." On that, I have to agree, for like its apparent progenitors, "Twin Peaks" is long, ponderous and pretentious. But adventurous or unprecedented? Hardly. "Quantum Leap" already handled a similar murder mystery--complete with the clues-in-the-home-movie gimmick--and told a much more interesting story along the way. Of course, Lynch has always seemed more impressed with the sizzle than the steak, which explains the showUs quirky photography, gratuitous morbidity and music that sounds like cowboy junkies on Valium.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
On its penultimate night of Season 13 auditions Wednesday, "American Idol" searched for stars in Salt Lake City, where it found nine locals who made the grade and supplemented with out-of-state talent from the "Idol" audition bus tour. Thirty singers made it through in all, over what we were told were two days of auditions, bringing the Hollywood-bound total to 193 ahead of the season's final audition stop in Omaha on Thursday. Yes, friends. We've almost made it to Hollywood -- and not a moment too soon.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 1992
Coppola, like Robert Altman before him, is a man of considerable talent and vociferous appetites, with a wealth of peaks and valleys to mark a notable career. Still, a man with skin this thin might well be struck dead by the common cold. Or perhaps a glass of wine not quite properly chilled (Letters, Nov. 8). If his product were always equal to his prodigious pre-release hyperbole, perhaps he would be less inclined to rage against journalists who are simply trying to create heat where there might eventually be no fire.
SPORTS
March 27, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
So now what? The Ducks had won 13 consecutive home games, topped by a gritty third-period rally to beat NHL points leader Chicago last week, only to lose their last three at home. They gave up five goals on Friday against Detroit and Monday against San Jose and fell behind 2-0 in the first 10 minutes of Sunday's game against Detroit and in the San Jose game. Now they start a four-game trip on Wednesday in San Jose. "One thing we have that others don't is the track record," Ducks veteran defenseman Sheldon Souray said Tuesday from the airport.
SPORTS
June 30, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
BALTIMORE -- It's easy to forget that Mike Trout, for all his otherworldly talent, was still living with his parents six months ago. His dad hasn't forgotten. Last Monday, when White Sox slugger Paul Konerko went hitless and Trout moved past him to take over the batting lead in the American League, Jeff Trout turned to his son and offered some fatherly advice: "Now get to bed. You've got a game tomorrow," he told his youngest boy, who was spending a rare off-day at home.
NEWS
February 21, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Space shuttle Endeavour's astronauts squeezed in one last day of Earth mapping, giving scientists at Kennedy Space Center in Florida more radar data than they had expected a week ago. By the time the astronauts pull in their 197-foot radar mast today, they will have surveyed three-quarters of the world's terrain. That equates to 43.5 million square miles mapped at least twice. Double imaging is needed to create ultraprecise three-dimensional maps of the planet's peaks and valleys.
MAGAZINE
August 31, 1986
I was particularly affected by Dr. Richard Champlin's story ("With the Chernobyl Victims," July 6) because of my personal contact with him by phone during the last two years. In 1984, my father's Midwest specialists diagnosed "aplastic anemia," a rare bone-marrow disease, but they were stumped and noncommittal. I was determined to find doctors and a facility familiar with the illness and ran up astronomical phone bills calling medical centers and teaching hospitals around the country.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 1992 | CHARLES SOLOMON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For much of the 20th Century, Switzerland has been a neutral ground for cross-pollination of the various arts. A three-part program of 51 short films made there during the last two decades, now under way at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, suggests that the same process is taking place on a microcosmic scale in animation. Many of these films have a experimental quality, reminiscent of student work.
SPORTS
January 7, 2012 | Barry Stavro
Memphis opened the New Year by getting walloped last Sunday by Chicago, 104-64, in the Bulls' home opener. Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo didn't help, missing seven of nine shots. "The crazy thing about [Chicago], we didn't even do any partying or anything the night before to celebrate the New Year," Mayo said. "We tried to keep it professional, and still came out and got beat by 40. " San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich was asked about Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Ricky Rubio , who was born in Spain, and his adjustment to American culture.
TRAVEL
June 7, 1992 | Jerry Hulse
It comes to each of us that life is an adventure, a mystery--with hopes and joys, peaks and valleys that follow a constantly changing pattern. And so, after visiting for 32 years with an audience I have yet to meet, the time has come to take my leave-to surrender this space to others with fresh dreams and young ideas. Although it is my hope to appear occasionally with a story from Paris or Pago Pago--or some other beguiling dateline--these weekly visits end today.
SPORTS
June 30, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
BALTIMORE -- It's easy to forget that Mike Trout, for all his otherworldly talent, was still living with his parents six months ago. His dad hasn't forgotten. Last Monday, when White Sox slugger Paul Konerko went hitless and Trout moved past him to take over the batting lead in the American League, Jeff Trout turned to his son and offered some fatherly advice: "Now get to bed. You've got a game tomorrow," he told his youngest boy, who was spending a rare off-day at home.
SPORTS
January 7, 2012 | Barry Stavro
Memphis opened the New Year by getting walloped last Sunday by Chicago, 104-64, in the Bulls' home opener. Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo didn't help, missing seven of nine shots. "The crazy thing about [Chicago], we didn't even do any partying or anything the night before to celebrate the New Year," Mayo said. "We tried to keep it professional, and still came out and got beat by 40. " San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich was asked about Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Ricky Rubio , who was born in Spain, and his adjustment to American culture.
SPORTS
February 4, 2010 | Robyn Norwood
The Ducks' Jonas Hiller is playing like a million bucks. Make that $18 million. Four days after receiving a rich four-year contract extension, Hiller made 46 saves in a 3-1 victory over Detroit on Wednesday at the Honda Center. The win pulled the Ducks to three points out of a tie for the final Western Conference playoff spot as they prepare to play the Kings on Thursday night at Staples Center. "I think he has the confidence that he can play, and he's proven it to us," Coach Randy Carlyle said.
SPORTS
June 11, 2009 | Mark Heisler
Kobe or not Kobe . . . I've covered Kobe Bryant for 13 years and I may have used that line for 10 of them. I only hope I thought it up -- or, actually, adapted it from "Hamlet" -- as opposed to copping it from someone who got it from "Hamlet." With Kobe, that always was the question, too, and it hasn't been answered to this day: Is this his time, and if it isn't, will it ever come? Actually, it came in Game 3 of the Lakers-Magic NBA Finals, like a bolt of lightning . . .
OPINION
March 23, 2005 | PATT MORRISON, Patt Morrison's e-mail address is patt.morrison@latimes.com.
Could there be a bigger story under the great big California sun than the trial of Michael Jackson? Could anything top the topsy-turvy fortunes and misfortunes of a brilliant pop star who has sold about as many albums as there are people living in this country? A black man with moon-white skin? A former child star accused of child molesting? A multimillionaire with penury said to be snapping at his heels? Yes, absolutely.
OPINION
March 2, 2005
Re "Last Gas Before Honolulu," Feb. 24: There's a problem with your proposed motto for Los Angeles, "Silicon Implant Valley." "Silicone" is not a fancy spelling of "silicon," but a distinct substance. Silicon made the Valley; silicone makes the peaks. Judith B. Herman Rancho Palos Verdes On a recent visit, while on a sightseeing drive, a friend who has loved Los Angeles for many years spontaneously declared that, for him, Los Angeles is the "Capital of Now." Not bad. Tom Gossard Los Angeles
SPORTS
March 27, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
So now what? The Ducks had won 13 consecutive home games, topped by a gritty third-period rally to beat NHL points leader Chicago last week, only to lose their last three at home. They gave up five goals on Friday against Detroit and Monday against San Jose and fell behind 2-0 in the first 10 minutes of Sunday's game against Detroit and in the San Jose game. Now they start a four-game trip on Wednesday in San Jose. "One thing we have that others don't is the track record," Ducks veteran defenseman Sheldon Souray said Tuesday from the airport.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 30, 2003 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
As if for a red-eye flight, we were advised to arrive at Temple Church an hour early Friday night for the premiere of John Tavener's "The Veil of the Temple." Takeoff was at 10 p.m.; arrival was set for 5:30 the next morning. Within this numinous jumbo jet, some 150 singers and musicians and an audience of about 300 would take an all-night journey of the soul.
HEALTH
July 24, 2000 | JANE E. ALLEN
In this intriguing but academic volume, Dr. James Le Fanu reviews the moments in modern medicine that gave us longer, healthier lives, then argues that the engine driving medical innovation is slowing down. The pattern, says this British practitioner, is classic: In every field of human knowledge, there is a Golden Age, "followed by a decline in creativity and new ideas." His Top 10 moments are, indeed, definitive and their stories exciting.
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