January 20, 2011 |
No sooner are sitcoms pronounced dead, again, than they begin popping up all over, like Whac-a-Moles. This year we have been and will be getting a passel of relationship comedies built around interrelated contrasting sets of couples (and sometimes singles), usually packaged in groups of three, à la "Modern Family," whose success surely helped turn these lights green. There are perhaps more of them than the market can bear, but if any have to go, I would rather it not be "Perfect Couples.
July 24, 2010 |
There's no official queen of San Diego's Comic-Con International, but if there were such a coronation, Olivia Munn might be wearing the crown. The 30-year-old actor and television personality — and recent Playboy and Maxim magazine cover girl — has drawn convention floor crowds so outsized that she's become a walking fire hazard. Her pull is poised to grow even stronger during this weekend's convention. In addition to being a co-host of the nerd-nirvana TV series "Attack of the Show!"
January 23, 2001 |
It was the height of Newport Beach's yachting season, the last day of a long Fourth of July weekend, and eight passengers on the Greene Machine were pursuing a school of playful dolphins off the Orange County coast. Then they heard the screams. "My wife! My wife! My wife!" They spotted a shirtless man floating on a body board behind an empty power boat spinning circles in the surf. Quickly, they tossed him a life jacket and summoned the Coast Guard via radio.
March 11, 1997 |
Are there two high-profile playing partners in all of pop music who have been at it longer than Willie Nelson and his sister, Bobbie? "I doubt it very seriously," Willie Nelson said last week from his tour bus as it rolled into San Francisco, on a trek that brings them, along with the rest of Nelson's band, to the Bren Events Center in Irvine on Thursday for a benefit concert.
August 10, 1993 |
"The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happy married life." --from Oscar Wilde's 1892 play, "Lady Windermere's Fan" It's hard to listen to the "ordinary" people who tell all on television talk shows without getting cynical about the institution of marriage.
December 19, 1990 |
When visitors leave Pitcairn Island, the natives--all descendants of the mutineers from the Bounty--sing a song called "The Bye and Bye." "It's a tear-jerker," says Gene Carapetyan, who went out in a longboat one day to see a passing freighter off. "I was sitting behind Betty Christian, Tom's wife, and I was crying . . . really sad, because we would be leaving the next day. If you can get to Pitcairn, they know you won't be coming back."