February 23, 2011 |
"Shedding for the Wedding," which premieres Wednesday on CW, or "the CW" as it wants to be called but which always seems silly to write, combines the popular weight-loss competition reality genre with the popular planning-for-the-nuptials reality genre ? a chocolate-meets-peanut-butter moment that seems both brilliantly inevitable and somewhat recycled. Although I don't have the evidence at hand, surely these topics have met somewhere before, even if just for the space of an episode of "The Jenny Jones Show" or "The Oprah Winfrey Show.
August 31, 1997
Just one request: Would you please, in the name of God, stop calling it the "Rach 3" ("In Defense of Rach 3," by Greg Sandow, Aug. 24)? To all but the most heartless of souls, Rachmaninoff's Third Concerto is indubitably a masterwork, and the fact that its beautiful melodies lend themselves to a popular, if unsophisticated, appreciation of the piece should not detract from its merits. However, this does not mean we need to encourage people to adopt airs of breezy, unearned familiarity with the piece.
May 16, 2004 |
Never mind that she's more grandmother than grande dame: Sue Johanson can talk dirty with the best of them. During her weekly television show --"Talk Sex with Sue Johanson," now completing its second season on the Oxygen network -- the registered nurse and "70-ish" mother of three doles out bedroom tips with such poker-faced candor she might as well be serving up cooking counsel. Attribute her clinical frankness to three decades as a sex guru: In 1970 Johanson founded a birth control clinic at a high school in her native Toronto, and in 1984 she launched a popular Canadian radio show that was soon picked up for cable TV. Nowadays Johanson, recently appointed to the prestigious Order of Canada, talks sex on television, in bookstores and at colleges across the country.
August 25, 2011 |
A survivor of Hurricane Katrina is drawing big crowds at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia. The Road Runner Express roller coaster was moved to the Southern California amusement park from Six Flags New Orleans, where it operated for more than 10 years until the 2005 hurricane inundated the now-closed park. Reclaimed roller coasters are not new to the theme park industry. But more rides have been recycled in the last decade with the closure of several parks that have been victims of the economic recession or natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina.
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March 17, 2004 |
A teenage girl was found guilty Tuesday of helping two men kill popular young actor Merlin Santana, making a clean sweep for prosecutors, who earlier won convictions against her two codefendants. Monique King lied to her two accomplices by saying the actor had made sexual advances toward her; she also helped them get away after they shot Santana, said Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Larry P. Fidler.
July 9, 2008 |
Medical castration to treat localized prostate tumors does not prolong survival and its side effects far outweigh any potential benefit for most patients, researchers reported today. The technique, which involves using drugs to block the body's production of the male hormone androgen, is a powerful tool when used in conjunction with surgery or radiation for treating aggressive prostate tumors.
July 3, 1993 |
Fred Gwynne, a dour but lovable stage, film and television actor for four decades who was best remembered for his leading roles in the 1960s cult television series "The Munsters" and "Car 54 Where Are You?" died Friday. He was 66. Gwynne died in his home near Baltimore of pancreatic cancer, his New York legal representatives at Kraditor, Haber & Bienstock announced.
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.