February 16, 1998 |
President Clinton's national security advisor dismissed suggestions that the administration got involved in the Church of Scientology's disputes with Germany to influence Scientologist John Travolta's film portrayal of a Clintonesque president. "The only thing I was trying to get was an autograph for one of my kids, but other than that I had no ulterior motive," Samuel R.
November 17, 2002 |
The lyrics: "Starting something new, you make an anxious face. WOW WOW WOW Everybody lonely boys and girls. WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW Here is wonderland!" The song: "Kokoni Iruzee!" (I'm Here!). Where it's charting: No. 15 on the Japanese pop Top 40. The artists: Morning Musume. The concept: Japanese schoolgirl clones playing dress-up. The back story: In 1997, five girls lose on a Japanese TV talent contest in which the winner gets a record deal.
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March 26, 1998 |
I've covered some unusual pet stories, ranging from a woman who performed mouth-to-beak resuscitation on her drowned parakeet to an iguana who could eat popcorn while standing on its hind feet. But when a lost flamingos poster arrived in my mail (see photo), I was suspicious. And it turned out to be a hoax, as I learned when I called the Manhattan Beach number on the flier. Resident (or victim) Dave Leahy wanted it made clear that he had nothing to do with the notices.
July 19, 1996 |
It wasn't enough that Mike Nichols had pledged $1.5 million of his own money in a bidding war for the film rights to the best-selling "Primary Colors," a roman a clef based on Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign. The Oscar-winning director also had to "audition"--that is, present his vision of the film to "Anonymous," the phantom author of the book.
July 18, 1996 |
Ending a mystery but opening a new set of questions that roiled the worlds of publishing and journalism, Joe Klein, the Newsweek political writer and CBS commentator, confessed Wednesday that he was the anonymous author of the best-selling novel "Primary Colors" and that he had publicly lied about it. "There were times when I've had to lie to protect a source, and I put this in that category," Klein said at a Manhattan news conference in which he admitted having written the book.
August 27, 1996 |
The Southland's Danza Floricanto/USA turned the norms of folklorico programming inside out during its cheerfully subversive 20th anniversary performance at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on Sunday afternoon. Where nearly every other company uses Jalisco fiesta dancing as its finale, Floricanto's "El Encanto de Jalisco" opened the program.
March 30, 1998 |
The young, singing John Travolta proved more popular than the older, political one this weekend, when the re-release of the 1978 musical "Grease" soundly beat "Primary Colors" in its second weekend at the box office. Neither the young nor the older Travolta could stop "Titanic," however. Buoyed by 11 Academy Awards, it steamed through its 15th consecutive weekend in the No. 1 box office berth, taking in $16 million for Paramount and 20th Century Fox.