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August 16, 1994 | CHARLES SOLOMON
Despite an impressive vocal cast that includes Ruby Dee and Linda Lavin, "Whitewash," an animated special on HBO dealing with the issue of racism among children, is more notable for its good intentions than its effectiveness. Based on a real incident, "Whitewash" focuses on Helene Angel (Serena Henry), an African American fourth-grader who is attacked by a street gang on the way home from school. The gang members spray her face with white shoe polish to "make her white for a day."
December 26, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Donna Reed was more than just a TV mom to actress Shelley Fabares. Fabares played Reed's teenage daughter, Mary Stone, on the well-loved 1958-66 ABC family sitcom "The Donna Reed Show," which revolved around Donna Stone (Reed), the wife of handsome pediatrician Dr. Alex Stone (Carl Betz), and mother to Mary and energetic younger son Jeff (Paul Petersen) "She definitely became my second mother," said Fabares, 67, who left the series in 1963. "She was a role model and remains so to this day. I still periodically hear her voice in my head when I am making a decision about doing something, I hear her urging me on to make the stronger decision of the two. I just adored her. " Petersen echoes her sentiments.
October 13, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - Over a two-decade directing career, Spike Jonze has often been about the big hook, visually and conceptually. In his videos and films, he's offered up plenty of ideas, and made them look sharp to boot. But could he square all that with a gently told romance? That's the question posed by “Her,”  Jonze's future-set, Joaquin Phoenix-starring story of love and technology - and answered with a resounding yes. The new movie lands on multiple levels and, not surprisingly, received a rapturous response Saturday night at the New York Film Festival, where it made its world premiere.
October 25, 2007 | Rachel Abramowitz, Times Staff Writer
Hear the screaming? That's the cri de coeur coming out of Indiewood this fall as multiple films emerge to good critical reviews only to find scant audiences waiting for them. After years of scooping up awards and having micro-budgeted films go on to mainstream success, the specialty divisions en masse are having a down cycle. So far, 2007 has not borne any breakouts like "Little Miss Sunshine," "Brokeback Mountain" or "The Queen." "We're all suffering.
October 14, 2007
RYAN GOSLING'S feelings for Bianca, a lifelike/life-sized silicone doll in "Lars and the Real Girl" brings to my mind a play, "KRZY" by Bruce Reisman, that we did at the Second Stage in Hollywood in the late '80s. My character, Arthur, was in love with a life-sized doll named Mary Ann. I experienced the same sort of bond with her as Gosling did with Bianca. I wonder if "Real Girl's" writer, Nancy Oliver, saw our play or has/had some sort of symbiotic relationship with Reisman?
August 16, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
METAIRIE, La. - In the summer of 1992, an aspiring filmmaker named Craig Borten drove from Los Angeles to Dallas to see a man named Ron Woodroof. Borten was just a few years out of Syracuse University and didn't know what kind of movies he wanted to make, or if he wanted to make them at all. But he'd read about Woodroof, a fast-living - and, as it happened, deeply homophobic - straight electrician and rodeo habitue who had been diagnosed with AIDS in 1986. First out of self-preservation and then as a grudging crusade, Woodroof began smuggling unapproved drugs from Mexico and other countries, prolonging his life and the lives of thousands of others.
February 18, 1988 | DAN MORAIN and MARK A. STEIN, Times Staff Writers
Laura Black came home to find a letter wedged in her door. Hand-lettered across the front was a warning, "You'd better read this." She knew who it was from, an unwanted suitor named Richard Farley. Black had told him she did not want to see him, but he pursued her, confronted her, harassed her--at work and at home. She moved and he found her. She got an unlisted telephone number so he called her at work. She asked her employer to stop him from loitering near her car and he moved across the street.
March 27, 1994 | RICHARD EDER
In 1930 a young Romanian came to Calcutta to live and study with a renowned Indian philosopher. He fell passionately in love with the philosopher's 16-year-old daughter, Maitreyi, herself a poet and disciple of Rabindranath Tagore. Eventually their love was discovered and the young man was thrown out of the house. Three years later Mircea Eliade--who was to become widely known as a writer, philosopher and historian of religions--published a highly charged novel about his experience.
August 10, 2005 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
Abe Hirschfeld, the irascible, eccentric multimillionaire who grabbed headlines by launching quixotic political campaigns and trying to buy a New York newspaper but who was also imprisoned for trying to have a partner killed, has died. He was 85. Hirschfeld, who had cancer, died Tuesday of cardiac arrest at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital.. The immigrant, who made his fortune building parking garages, was as controversial as he was colorful.
May 11, 2010
Dadetown 1995 IFC 9:10 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. The Sixth Sense 1999 Starz 10:30 a.m. Bowfinger 1999 Comedy Central 11 a.m. Bram Stoker's Dracula 1992 AMC 12:15 p.m. The River Wild 1994 Cinemax 12:30 p.m. Lemon Tree 2008 Sundance 1 p.m. My Cousin Vinny 1992 Encore 2:15 p.m. The Great Debaters 2007 TMC 2:50 p.m. Medicine for Melancholy 2008 Showtime 3 p.m. Murder, My Sweet 1944 TCM 3:15 p.m. Marley &...
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