September 13, 1993 |
Both of the new animated children's shows that premiere today play off earlier cartoons. The suave, rose-colored feline who made his debut in 1964 in the titles for Blake Edwards' live-action comedy, "The Pink Panther," and later starred in 140 theatrical shorts and a television series, returns in new adventures at 8:30 a.m. (KCOP, Channel 13). For the first time in his 29-year career, the Panther talks: Matt Frewer (Max Headroom) provides a voice that suggests Dudley Do-Right turned yuppie.
August 28, 1993 |
The Pink Panther series, particularly in its early years, gave us all some classic comic set-pieces, and a great world-class bumbler in Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau, so perhaps the errant ineptitude of "Son of the Pink Panther" (countywide) can be forgiven--and quickly forgotten. Actually, this series ran out of steam long ago, and director Blake Edwards hasn't exactly rung in a new era by casting Italian superstar comic Roberto Benigni in the title role.
December 19, 1990 |
For the last four years, the Pink Panther has been the hangout for hip local rock 'n' roll types, but management will be shutting it down for good at the end of this month because of dwindling attendance and problems with the lease. Since 1986, the seedy little bar on Morena Boulevard in Bay Park has been a direct link to the oh-so-trendy post-punk underground. The informal dress code called for lots of black and lots of leather.
August 8, 1986 |
Wickes Chairman Sanford C. Sigoloff became a household face in Southern California by appearing as the awe-inspiring boss in TV commercials for the company's Builders Emporium stores, in which a chorus of employees shouted: "We got the message, Mr. Sigoloff!" His spotlight-capturing style is in stark contrast to that of William W. Boeschenstein, chairman of Owens-Corning Fiberglas, the building products manufacturer for which Wickes made an unsolicited $2-billion bid two days ago.
November 9, 1989 |
He sells fiberglass and Brazilian yogurt, eats lunch with Japanese office ladies, brings silent cheer to sick children and hovers above Macy's Thanksgiving parade. One look at him, and you start mouthing his song. He's hot--hot pink--and today the Pink Panther turns 25. This week, which his creators have dubbed "Paint the Town Pink" week, he is celebrating with a slew of visits to hospitals, cheerleading contests at malls and a celebrity-studded charity fund-raiser.
June 21, 2009 |
Confessions of a Shopaholic Touchstone, $29.99/$32.99; Blu-ray, $39.99 The first novel in Sophie Kinsella's "Shopaholic" series was published in 2001, when the economy was booming and consumption was more happily conspicuous. The movie adaptation "Confessions of a Shopaholic," starring Isla Fisher as a free-spender who becomes involved with a frugal magazine editor, was released in early 2009, as a global recession neared its trough.