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April 13, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
A yearlong investigation examining the business dealings of film financier David Bergstein has been unsealed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, painting a devastating picture of a web of companies he allegedly co-owned with construction magnate Ron Tutor. The report was written by Ronald Durkin, a forensic accountant appointed in April 2010 by the Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles to examine five companies run by Bergstein, a controversial figure in Hollywood who has been involved in numerous lawsuits related to his business affairs.
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March 6, 2012 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
When director George Lucas hired illustrator Ralph McQuarrie in 1974 to do a series of paintings visualizing scenes from his script for an intergalactic war movie he was trying to sell, McQuarrie liked the concept for the space fantasy. He just didn't think it would ever get made. "My impression was it was too expensive. There wouldn't be enough of an audience. It's just too complicated," he recalled in a 1999 interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune. "But George knew a lot of things that I didn't know.
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FOOD
June 14, 2006 | Charles Perry, Times Staff Writer
SUMMER'S here, the lazy days of summer, so what do we want to do? Speed up the barbecue, of course. Vacation time and long bright evenings are terrible things to waste. And that's why some companies want us to buy vacuum marinators. The idea sounds good. The most time-consuming part of barbecue is the marinating. Having to put your meat in aromatic liquid hours before firing up the grill just throws a cold blanket on the spontaneity of the whole thing.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
A yearlong investigation examining the business dealings of film financier David Bergstein has been unsealed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, painting a devastating picture of a web of companies he allegedly co-owned with construction magnate Ron Tutor. The report was written by Ronald Durkin, a forensic accountant appointed in April 2010 by the Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles to examine five companies run by Bergstein, a controversial figure in Hollywood who has been involved in numerous lawsuits related to his business affairs.
NEWS
July 5, 1999 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Stears, the dean of motion picture special effects and a two-time Academy Award winner who created such memorable icons as the R2-D2 robot of "Star Wars," James Bond's deadly 1960s era Aston Martin and the flying car of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," has died. He was 64. Stears died April 28 in UCLA Medical Center after a stroke, said Eric Simmel on Sunday.
BUSINESS
March 5, 1989 | From Associated Press
Scientists in the 1950s proclaimed the robot the wave of the future. It would free housewives of drudgery and fill factories with a tireless steel-collar work force. But in many ways, the wave has been a washout. Robots can paint cars, salvage nuclear fuel and even assist in brain surgery, but they're still pretty dumb. And they are far from the science-fiction promise of comic books and movies.
NEWS
September 13, 2005 | Scott Doggett, Times Staff Writer
IT wasn't long ago that telescope manufacturers thought amateur astronomers were millionaires or majored in astrophysics. Telescopes were too expensive and complicated, and offering a product that was simple to use and easy on the pocketbook was an engineering challenge. Until now. Meade's new ETX Premier Edition proved heaven sent during a test gaze last week -- and just in time for amateurs to home in on Mars, which on Oct. 29 will pass closest to Earth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1988 | JANE FRITSCH, Times Staff Writer
Robots whir quietly along invisible tracks while their human colleagues hang pictures of daffodils and lilies, adding finishing touches to the new, high-tech, state-of-the-art Navy Hospital set to open this month in Balboa Park. With 760 beds, a main corridor the length of three football fields and a total of 1.2 million square feet of space, it is billed as the largest military hospital in the world and one of the largest hospitals in the country. To Rear Adm. H. James T.
NEWS
March 29, 1998 | MALCOLM RITTER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
It looks like a giant bionic fly that has found work as a tailor. It looms over a small table, moving its black metal arms and silver pincers quickly and silently. Elbows spread wide and camera-lens eyes unblinking, it deftly sews two rubber hoses together. About 12 feet away, Army Lt. Col. Christoph Kaufmann leans forward in his chair, peering down into a large black box. Below, he holds scissorlike handles at the end of two mechanical arms. He too makes sewing motions.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 30, 2008 | Tom Russo, Special to The Times
IT'S A RISKY MOVE by anyone's standards. Pixar's delightfully adventurous robot-in-love story "Wall-E" boldly unspools without any human dialogue for the first hour or so. This trick seems akin to having R2-D2 carry half of a "Star Wars" film, speaking only in his emotive whistles, beeps and boops. In fact, Wall-E's "voice" comes from the same source as R2's idiosyncratic technobabble: Oscar-winning sound designer Ben Burtt.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 30, 2008 | Tom Russo, Special to The Times
IT'S A RISKY MOVE by anyone's standards. Pixar's delightfully adventurous robot-in-love story "Wall-E" boldly unspools without any human dialogue for the first hour or so. This trick seems akin to having R2-D2 carry half of a "Star Wars" film, speaking only in his emotive whistles, beeps and boops. In fact, Wall-E's "voice" comes from the same source as R2's idiosyncratic technobabble: Oscar-winning sound designer Ben Burtt.
FOOD
June 14, 2006 | Charles Perry, Times Staff Writer
SUMMER'S here, the lazy days of summer, so what do we want to do? Speed up the barbecue, of course. Vacation time and long bright evenings are terrible things to waste. And that's why some companies want us to buy vacuum marinators. The idea sounds good. The most time-consuming part of barbecue is the marinating. Having to put your meat in aromatic liquid hours before firing up the grill just throws a cold blanket on the spontaneity of the whole thing.
NEWS
September 13, 2005 | Scott Doggett, Times Staff Writer
IT wasn't long ago that telescope manufacturers thought amateur astronomers were millionaires or majored in astrophysics. Telescopes were too expensive and complicated, and offering a product that was simple to use and easy on the pocketbook was an engineering challenge. Until now. Meade's new ETX Premier Edition proved heaven sent during a test gaze last week -- and just in time for amateurs to home in on Mars, which on Oct. 29 will pass closest to Earth.
NEWS
July 5, 1999 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Stears, the dean of motion picture special effects and a two-time Academy Award winner who created such memorable icons as the R2-D2 robot of "Star Wars," James Bond's deadly 1960s era Aston Martin and the flying car of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," has died. He was 64. Stears died April 28 in UCLA Medical Center after a stroke, said Eric Simmel on Sunday.
NEWS
March 29, 1998 | MALCOLM RITTER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
It looks like a giant bionic fly that has found work as a tailor. It looms over a small table, moving its black metal arms and silver pincers quickly and silently. Elbows spread wide and camera-lens eyes unblinking, it deftly sews two rubber hoses together. About 12 feet away, Army Lt. Col. Christoph Kaufmann leans forward in his chair, peering down into a large black box. Below, he holds scissorlike handles at the end of two mechanical arms. He too makes sewing motions.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 1997 | LYNN SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Not every member of the Star Wars generation has seen all three movies in the trilogy. In explaining what to expect, some young parents sound less like they are talking about a movie and more like they are inculcating a beloved and exalted fairy tale. "You'll see Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia and Han Solo. This is the first one that has them all in it," one mother was overheard telling her young son before the curtain went up. "Will it have the big sluggy one?" he asked.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2012 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
When director George Lucas hired illustrator Ralph McQuarrie in 1974 to do a series of paintings visualizing scenes from his script for an intergalactic war movie he was trying to sell, McQuarrie liked the concept for the space fantasy. He just didn't think it would ever get made. "My impression was it was too expensive. There wouldn't be enough of an audience. It's just too complicated," he recalled in a 1999 interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune. "But George knew a lot of things that I didn't know.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 1997 | LYNN SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Not every member of the Star Wars generation has seen all three movies in the trilogy. In explaining what to expect, some young parents sound less like they are talking about a movie and more like they are inculcating a beloved and exalted fairy tale. "You'll see Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia and Han Solo. This is the first one that has them all in it," one mother was overheard telling her young son before the curtain went up. "Will it have the big sluggy one?" he asked.
BUSINESS
March 5, 1989 | From Associated Press
Scientists in the 1950s proclaimed the robot the wave of the future. It would free housewives of drudgery and fill factories with a tireless steel-collar work force. But in many ways, the wave has been a washout. Robots can paint cars, salvage nuclear fuel and even assist in brain surgery, but they're still pretty dumb. And they are far from the science-fiction promise of comic books and movies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1988 | JANE FRITSCH, Times Staff Writer
Robots whir quietly along invisible tracks while their human colleagues hang pictures of daffodils and lilies, adding finishing touches to the new, high-tech, state-of-the-art Navy Hospital set to open this month in Balboa Park. With 760 beds, a main corridor the length of three football fields and a total of 1.2 million square feet of space, it is billed as the largest military hospital in the world and one of the largest hospitals in the country. To Rear Adm. H. James T.
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