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August 12, 1990
I just wanted to say how I enjoy all the "true life" informative programs now on TV--most of all "Rescue 911"--and the rest, i.e., "Cops," "Unsolved Mysteries," "PrimeTime Live," "48 Hours," "America's Most Wanted," "20/20." I loathe the myriad of moronic sitcoms and unfortunately realize I'm in the minority since the networks base popularity on the inaccurate A.C. Nielsen ratings, which is wrong! Anyway, I'm afraid "911" will be canceled since it seems to me the repeats began very early.
April 13, 2014 | By Margaret Gray
A Sunday morning Los Angeles Times Festival of Books panel brought together four bestselling female novelists to discuss "Fiction: Choices and Consequences," a topic that (perhaps unsurprisingly, given its general applicability) is relevant to all of their work. Warmly and humorously moderated by Leslie Schwartz, herself a novelist ("Angels Crest"), writers Lacy Crawford, Lian Dolan, Jane Green and Gigi Levangie began by summarizing their most recent books, all of which feature female protagonists and treat life crises that, to judge from the audience's rapt absorption, nods and tearful bursts of laughter, are far from inaccessible.
June 8, 1991 | CHRIS WILLMAN
** 1/2 Simple Minds, "Real Life," A&M. The group's first halfway-compelling album in six years shows there's some life left in the old Scots yet. The production, for starters, strikes a happy compromise between the dense impressionism of early efforts and the clear literalism of Jimmy Iovine's commercial breakthrough work: The influence of Pink Floyd and '70s soul ballads is felt throughout.
March 27, 2014 | By Debra Kamin
What do stuffed turnips have to do with Middle East peace? Practically everything, if you ask Elisa Moed and Cristina Samara Moed, an Israeli Jew, and Samara, a Palestinian Christian, are the co-founders of Breaking Bread Journeys , which describes itself as a "cooperative Israeli-Palestinian tour program providing travelers with the opportunity to tour Israel and the Palestinian Territories. "  At its heart, Breaking Bread employs food - from those who cook it and sell it to those who love it - to provide visitors a taste of life from both sides of the borders.
April 1, 1991 | ANN CONWAY
In the old days, he boozed with the best of them--William Holden, Robert Preston, Alan Ladd. And Macdonald Carey kept right on drinking through 17 years of portraying Dr. Tom Horton on television's "The Days of Our Lives," he confessed last week at the Balboa Bay Club. Then, nine years ago, it happened. "I discovered I had to drink to go on stage," he said. "And then I would drink while I was on. I knew that was it." So he joined a "little club" (Alcoholics Anonymous).
February 21, 2008
Crenshaw Boulevard's been cast as bullet-riddled territory before, but director Dan Wozniak and producer Christopher Molony wanted to tell another story. "There are regular people who live on Crenshaw, aspiring, achieving and accomplishing every day," Wozniak says. So they made the doc "Crenshaw Boulevard," 12 vignettes about those who live and work on the 24-mile stretch, including roadside vendors Victor and Lucia (pictured). 8 p.m. Fri., Warner Grand Theatre, San Pedro, $15,
March 11, 1990
When I saw the pictures of people on the beach sunbathing next to large piles of trash (Times, Feb. 25), I thought I was the only one who thought it was odd and/or sad. I thought, "Am I crazy or are people being too tolerant of the destruction of our environment?" For the past two months, I have been temporarily living on Ocean Boulevard at 13th Street and this is the second time the trash has piled up on the beach after a storm. The city is good about raking up the piles, but it takes them more than a week to pick up the piles.
Mel Gibson, the star of a string of blockbuster movies and one of Hollywood's top box-office draws, is going home to Australia "to lead my own life instead of someone else's." The star of the "Lethal Weapon" and "Road Warrior" series says he is so tired after years of nonstop work that he is incapable of making another movie. "I'm going to take off 10 months or a year, if for no other reason than people must be getting sick of the sight of me," he told Reuters in a recent interview.
July 24, 1990 | RICK DU BROW
TV or not TV. . . . GOAL TO GO: Round Two tonight for NBC's "Real Life With Jane Pauley." If the featurish newsmagazine keeps scoring as well in the ratings as in last week's premiere, it seems sure to crack the network's regular lineup this season. NBC News President Michael Gartner, eating crow since Pauley was forced off "Today," told TV columnists here on their summer tour: "I wish she were on 'Nightly News' every night with Tom (Brokaw).
October 6, 1989 | MARIA NEWMAN and BOB SCHWARTZ, Times Staff Writer
When 15-year-old Cory Robb entered Kenneth Tuttle's second-period class at Loara High School in Anaheim toting two weapons, his classmates thought it was an act--after all, this was a drama class. But one hour later, after the blood from a wounded classmate stained the floor and Robb, a freshman described as quiet by his friends, had been led away in handcuffs by police, the students knew that this had been real life.
March 1, 2014 | Jessica Q. Ogilvie
Chandra Wilson, who stars as Dr. Miranda Bailey on the ABC series "Grey's Anatomy," knows what it's like on the other side of the prescription pad. And she knows what it's like to advocate for an ill child. Her 20-year-old daughter has long struggled with mitochondrial disease, disorders caused by problems with the mitochondria, which generate energy for the cells. -- How did you first know that something was wrong? The first manifestations were cyclical vomiting syndrome.
February 23, 2014
Re "Paradise seeks a parking lot," Feb. 20 The wit of your headline with the story on parking problems in Long Beach's Belmont Shore may be lost on younger readers. While a Belmont Shores neighborhood commission ponders how to expand parking while preserving its piece of paradise, the ploy of paving over residences recalls the 1970 hit song "Big Yellow Taxi," recorded appropriately enough by the Neighborhood, a one-hit-wonder pop vocal group. Written by Joni Mitchell, the song's lyrics have served as an anthem for environmentalists: "Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you've got till it's gone; they paved paradise and put up a parking lot. " The song garnered a lot of airplay in our environmentally conscious state.
February 8, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Toni Braxton and Kenny Edmonds have history together as soul-music hit makers, which in the record industry is usually reason enough to rejoin forces. In the 1990s he wrote and produced large chunks of her first two albums, both blockbusters with combined sales of more than 16 million copies; the discs spawned five top 10 singles, including "You're Makin' Me High" and "Breathe Again," and earned three Grammy Awards for female R&B vocal performance. So although their careers later diverged - Braxton took up with other collaborators and began acting, while Edmonds (known as Babyface)
January 9, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev graciously accepted the "favorite on-screen chemistry" People's Choice Award with a high-five, a kiss and a laugh despite having broken up off-screen.  "The Vampire Diaries" costars, who play star-crossed vampires Damon Salvatore and Elena Gilbert on the CW series, announced their split in May after three years of dating, thus dashing the hopes of Team Delena. The pair took their relationship public in 2011 and are said to be "consummate professionals" who "will continue to work together and remain best friends, which is where the relationship started," a source told Us Magazine at the time.
December 24, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Think you already hate those Wall Street high rollers who took so many investors for a ride in the '90s? Just wait until Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and "The Wolf of Wall Street" are through with you. Man, does this movie have a savage bite. Yet it is such a kick to watch the filmmaker and the star in their fifth collaboration. They go at the black-hearted comedy full throttle, fully tanked and, for DiCaprio, full monty - almost. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV The script by Terence Winter stays close to Jordan Belfort's audacious 2007 memoir of his highly leveraged life.
December 6, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
A lot of viewers and critics were not fond of Carrie Underwood's performance in NBC's live production of "The Sound of Music" on Thursday night. Now, it turns out members of the real-life Von Trapp family weren't thrilled about her even before cameras rolled. Speaking to ABC News, Myles von Trapp Derbyshire, the great-grandson of the real-life Maria (played by Underwood in the musical), stated that his family was not thrilled with Underwood's casting. "Although her voice is amazing, she doesn't have acting experience," Derbyshire said.
March 31, 1995 | Dana Parsons
The Pope speaks, and the struggling continues. For the people in the largely Mexican-immigrant parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Santa Ana, no Pope's words are taken lightly, for this is a parish that reveres not only the Pope but the Catholic Church, says Father Anthony Palos. His is a working-class and low-income parish, where family heritages include large numbers of children.
August 8, 2003 | Doug Gamble, Doug Gamble has written speech material for Republicans, including presidents Reagan and Bush.
Leave it to a movie star to come up with a stunning plot twist. Arnold Schwarzenegger has to be credited with pulling off one of the biggest surprises in state political history by throwing his headband into the ring. It appears he deliberately misled some of his own political advisors, who had been saying that the actor was unlikely to run.
November 21, 2013 | By Lisa Rosen
Octavia Spencer worked as an actress for 15 years before becoming an overnight success. Her performance as the forceful maid Minny in Tate Taylor's "The Help" won her the Academy Award for supporting actress in 2012, along with just about every other accolade out there. She's been busy ever since, with roles in several movies, including Taylor's James Brown biopic, "Get On Up. " She has also written the first in a series of children's novels, "Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit," which she first started working on a decade ago; it came out in October.
November 8, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Among a fleet of documentaries launched on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy comes "Killing Kennedy," a dramatic take with Rob Lowe as the president and Will Rothhaar as Lee Harvey Oswald. Premiering Sunday on National Geographic Channel, it's based on a book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, one in a told-in-present-tense series that also includes "Killing Lincoln," already made into a National Geographic TV movie, and "Killing Jesus" - literary docudramas, if you will.
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