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April 14, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
Iggy Pop was living in an efficiency apartment near the Whisky a Go Go when a gangly Brit visited him, seeking a theme song for his first movie. The filmmaker was Alex Cox, a graduate of UCLA film school, and the movie was "Repo Man," which would, after a brief initial release, achieve cult status for its punk bona fides and its comic sci-fi vision of Ronald Reagan-era Los Angeles. In an interview that's one of the welcome extras in a new, high-definition restoration of the feature (available Tuesday from Criterion Collection)
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September 19, 2013 | By Robert Abele
Part "Days of Wine and Roses," part early-funny Spike Lee, writer-director Shaka King's intriguing, slippery-witted stoner love story "Newlyweeds" zeros in on a young Brooklyn couple - downcast-looking repo man Lyle (Amari Cheatom) and hippie-ish museum worker Nina (Trae Harris) - in the languorous ecstasy of a romantic pot haze. That is, when they're not scrambling to make ends meet, arguing or making terrible decisions with lasting consequences. Lyle's time outside the pair's den of weed-fueled intimacy is taken up with the perpetual hangover of a grim job (not always done well)
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2000 | STEVE HARVEY
In the Culver City News, Jack Nelson spotted a police log item about a resident who saw a repo man attempting to drive his car out of his driveway. The resident lay "in the driveway in front of the vehicle from 4:30 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. to block the repo man." Then the cops arrived to postpone the action.
AUTOS
May 20, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Delinquent auto loans and vehicle repossessions rose in the U.S. by double-digit percentages in the first quarter of the year, Experian Automotive reported. The number of auto loans delinquent at least 60 days climbed 12.4% in the first quarter compared with the same period in 2012. Repossessions, meanwhile, surged 16.9% from a year earlier. Loans made by finance companies accounted for the increase in repossessions, Experian said. Repossession rates fell on loans from both banks and credit unions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A man who made a living repossessing property was shot to death while two of his daughters slept in the next room. Police have no suspects in Friday's killing of Billy Allmon, 43, of Stockton, a professional "collateral recovery agent" and the single father of daughters, 8, 16 and 18 years old. It's not clear whether Allmon's job as a repo man for Accurate Adjustments had anything to do with the shooting, police spokesman Sean Fenner said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1992 | ROXANA KOPETMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Stanley Scarlett's camper truck vanished with his two young children sleeping in the back, he assumed that it was stolen. But it was not a thief who took the truck, authorities said Friday--it was the repo man. Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said it was John J. Quinn of Long Beach who drove away with the truck early Wednesday without realizing that Joshua, 8, and Dustin, 10, were sleeping in the back.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1993 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former security contractor known for using vigilante-style tactics to frighten drug dealers out of apartment buildings in the northeast San Fernando Valley faces misdemeanor charges of repossessing automobiles without a license. David Roybal, 34, of Los Angeles, has been charged with 15 misdemeanor counts of violating the state's Business and Profession's Code for working as a repo man without a required state license.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2000 | STEVE HARVEY
In the Culver City News, Jack Nelson spotted a police log item about a resident who saw a repo man attempting to drive his car out of his driveway. The resident lay "in the driveway in front of the vehicle from 4:30 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. to block the repo man." Then the cops arrived to postpone the repo.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 2000 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The DVD of "The Tigger Movie" (Disney, $30) is perfect for the small fry. The disc includes a wide-screen transfer of the charming little animated musical, in which Tigger goes in search of his family. When it appears that the bouncy, trouncy Tigger is lost, Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Roo, Kanga, Eeyore and Christopher Robin launch a search. Richard and Robert Sherman ("Mary Poppins") penned several new songs for the film.
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August 26, 2005 | Scott Sandell, Times Staff Writer
Drive in for a movie, drive away with a 1964 four-door Chevy Malibu? That's the idea behind an unusual screening of "Repo Man" in L.A.'s warehouse district Saturday. Alamo Drafthouse, an Austin, Texas-based theater, is in the midst of its first Rolling Roadshow, a three-week, 11-film tour of the western U.S., screening movies at their original shooting sites.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
Iggy Pop was living in an efficiency apartment near the Whisky a Go Go when a gangly Brit visited him, seeking a theme song for his first movie. The filmmaker was Alex Cox, a graduate of UCLA film school, and the movie was "Repo Man," which would, after a brief initial release, achieve cult status for its punk bona fides and its comic sci-fi vision of Ronald Reagan-era Los Angeles. In an interview that's one of the welcome extras in a new, high-definition restoration of the feature (available Tuesday from Criterion Collection)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2011
ART L.A. Art Show The 16th annual show returns to the Convention Center with multimedia works from more than 100 galleries around the globe, plus guided tours, discussions and afterparties. This year's focus is on contemporary Chinese art, highlighting the avant-garde collections of Guangzhou's 53 Art Museum. L.A. Convention Center. 1201 S. Figueroa St. $20 per day, $40 for a four-day pass. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. (310) 822-9145. http://www.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2011
More than a quarter-century after the release of the Emilio Estevez vehicle "Repo Man," the cult classic's director, Alex Cox, reprises familiar themes with "Repo Chick. " The Downtown Independent hosts a rooftop premiere party to celebrate the release of Cox's return to the realm of repo people, this time chronicling the valiant efforts of a spoiled brat turned repo girl named Pixxi de la Chase who stumbles on and must thwart a terrorist plot to destroy downtown Los Angeles. Downtown Independent, 251 S. Main St., L.A. 7 p.m. Fri. $10. http://www.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2011 | By Mark Olsen
Decidedly not a sequel to "Repo Man," that 1984 landmark of punk and paranoia in Los Angeles, "Repo Chick" is nevertheless written and directed by that earlier film's creator, Alex Cox. This time out, an entitled party girl (Jaclyn Jonet) is disinherited but soon finds she has a talent for repo work; she also stumbles into a government conspiracy involving terrorists and nuclear weapons that could lead to armageddon. Cox at his best has a freewheeling insight into the construction (and dismantling)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2008 | Steve Appleford, Special to The Times
A true "radical" filmmaker is not satisfied to merely bloviate from the red carpet or screening room. One must turn art into action. Alex Cox is ready with a personal manifesto: He calls feature filmmaking a dying art form in the Digital Age, has open contempt for corporate Hollywood and feels kinship mainly with hackers, who have "replaced filmmakers and investigative journalists as our best cultural revolutionaries." From the man who began his career with the 1980s cult classics "Repo Man" and "Sid & Nancy," none of this should be surprising.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2007 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
IF repossessing a used Chevrolet can be tricky, consider retrieving the Aztec Express, a 700-foot cargo ship under guard in Haiti as civil unrest spread through the country. Only a few repo men possess the guile and resourcefulness for such a job. One of them is F. Max Hardberger, of Lacombe, La. Since 1991, the 58-year-old attorney and ship captain has surreptitiously sailed away about a dozen freighters from ports around the world.
TRAVEL
June 12, 2005 | Shermakaye Bass, Special to The Times
Remember those long-ago summer nights at the drive-in movie? There was something fresh and pure about being outdoors watching the big screen. This summer, the nostalgia and weirdness of drive-in viewing return when the cross-country Rolling Roadshow cinematic tour stops in Los Angeles and elsewhere in California.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2006 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
Writer-director Eric Fleming wistfully pays homage to films of the 1970s in his rambling comedy "The Almost Guys," but the result is more along the lines of an abandoned sitcom pilot. Shot in just 24 days, the film staggers under the weight of stale gags and a meandering plot.
BUSINESS
June 13, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Rashida Redd punched in a six-digit code in her Pontiac Grand Prix and got a new lease on life. The 34-year-old Pottstown, Pa., mother of five had to file for bankruptcy protection about a year ago in the face of mounting medical bills from her husband's open-heart surgery. Despite her poor credit history, Redd was able to lease the 3-year-old car from Williams Pre-Owned of Limerick on the condition that it have a starter-interrupt device. "At least I was able to save the house," Redd said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2006 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
Writer-director Eric Fleming wistfully pays homage to films of the 1970s in his rambling comedy "The Almost Guys," but the result is more along the lines of an abandoned sitcom pilot. Shot in just 24 days, the film staggers under the weight of stale gags and a meandering plot.
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