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October 23, 1998 | JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Olympic sprint champion Florence Griffith Joyner died after suffering an epileptic seizure, according to autopsy results released Thursday, and her family and friends say they hope the findings will put to rest rumors that drug use contributed to her death. Griffith Joyner died last month in her sleep at age 38. Her husband, Al Joyner, bitterly criticized those who suggested that she took performance-enhancing drugs.
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April 27, 2014 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 27 - May 3, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES Outnumbered A panel of commentators - one man, four women - discusses the issues of the day in this new series. 9 a.m. Fox News Channel Dancing With the Stars "Livin' La Vida Loca" singer Ricky Martin serves as a guest judge on the reality competition. 8 p.m. ABC Mike & Molly Susan Sarandon reprises her role as Molly's (Melissa McCarthy)
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 9, 1996
Kenneth Turan's review of Al Pacino's "Looking for Richard" is gratuitously mean-spirited (" 'Looking for Richard' but Finding Only Pacino," Oct. 25). It plays on the oldest prejudice in show business--"all actors are children." This is demeaning to the members of that profession and one wonders why Turan has chosen to work in a field where he apparently has nothing but scorn for those who toil there. First and foremost, "Looking for Richard" is not a film about deconstructing "Richard III."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
In a summer filled with CGI-driven tent pole movies, writer-director Richard Linklater's coming-of-age drama "Boyhood" makes use of a unique special effect: Time. To tell the story of a 6-year-old boy and his journey into young adulthood, Linklater and his cast shot the movie over the course of a dozen years, and the results can be glimpsed in the newly released trailer. Ellar Coltrane, who was 7 when filming began, plays Mason, a dreamy grade-schooler dealing with his single mother's (Patricia Arquette)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2012 | By Robert Abele
A captivity entree with a side order of grisly, "Serving Up Richard" puts a Wall Street investment banker through the wringer in the hidden dark heart of the suburbs, but the experience is hardly cathartic as either vicarious payback or grindhouse exploitation. Transplanted to L.A. by his firm under iffy circumstances, Richard (Ross McCall) answers an ad for a vintage Mustang, only to wind up the housebound prisoner of anthropologist Everett (Jude Ciccolella) and his sallow-faced, agoraphobic wife Glory (Susan Priver)
NEWS
June 14, 1992
Don't know Richard but of course heard lots about him and his antics--I'm Caucasian but color-blind. (Richard and reporter Ed Newton) both delight me! I salute you both! JULIA P. TORKARPasadena
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 1985 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
In the 1950s, when young rock fans first discovered "Tutti-Frutti" and "Long Tall Sally," odds are they heard "sanitized" cover versions by saddle-shoed crooners like Pat Boone, not the wild original R&B hits by Little Richard, who was considered too--ahem--unruly for white pop audiences. But times have changed--this is 1985, right? Not at first glance, especially when MTV addicts got a look this week at the video from Paramount's much-ballyhooed summer movie, "Explorers."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 1995 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"The beauty is still on duty!" declared Little Richard early in his performance Saturday at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. He and fellow co-headliners the Temptations (they closed, but Richard got his name printed larger on the tickets) both showed that, decades removed from their heyday, they can still get the job done.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 1993 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Weekend at Bernie's II" (citywide) picks up the day after the 1989 original left off--and that's just the first of the problems with this misfired comedy, the kind of movie that give sequels a bad name. Its filmmakers seem to assume that everyone has seen the first film and, four years later, remember its every detail. Without a recap, even those of us who saw it are likely to be confused and stay in that state, since the sequel is as incoherent as it is uninspired.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1994
Why is it that Republicans never seem to be happy unless they're miserable? RICHARD V. GROGAN Oceanside
SPORTS
April 24, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
There's a substantial difference of opinion between the man who runs Golden Boy Promotions and the former world-champion boxer the Los Angeles-based company is named after. A day after Golden Boy President Oscar De La Hoya said he wanted to re-start business with his former promoter and rival, Top Rank promotions Chairman Bob Arum, Golden Boy's Chief Executive Richard Schaefer said he doesn't. In a lengthy telephone conversation with The Times on Tuesday, De La Hoya said, “If anyone with Golden Boy has any differences with Bob, it's on them.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
The documentary "Cesar's Last Fast" covers much the same ground as the dramatized "Cesar Chavez" released last month. Both center on the labor leader who in the 1960s helped to form the United Farm Workers union, organize the California grape workers' strike and foment a nationwide boycott of table grapes. Although "Cesar's Last Fast" extends the coverage by two decades, the same criticisms lodged against "Cesar Chavez" are applicable here: Richard Ray Perez's documentary concerns the myth more than the man. Perez has made a commendable effort rounding up archival footage, photographs and interviewees.
SPORTS
April 23, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
The Kings are the only team in the Western Conference to be mired in a 3-0 playoff hole, which is why there was more talk Wednesday about 2010 than their 2012 Stanley Cup championship resume. There is something special about rallying from an 3-0 series deficit, so extraordinary that it has happened only three times in NHL history. Current Kings Mike Richards and Jeff Carter are members of that select club, having accomplished the feat when they were with the Philadelphia Flyers, who pulled off the trick against the Boston Bruins in 2010.
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April 23, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Were they grasping at straws or coaxing small embers into becoming flames when the Kings repeatedly pointed out that their best players played better in the team's third straight playoff loss to San Jose than in the first two defeats? Better, in this case, is a relative term. And despite a more intense and effective effort by the top players who must carry the load, the Kings still lost, 4-3, in overtime. Now, they must defeat the Sharks on Thursday at Staples Center to avoid being swept - and to prolong a season that only a few weeks ago held great promise for another long postseason run. "It's a good opportunity for us to show - everybody's kind of writing us off right now - a good opportunity to show how resilient we are right now as a group," forward Mike Richards said Wednesday after the Kings' optional practice in El Segundo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
In the latest sign that business interests are coalescing around his candidacy, Los Angeles County supervisorial candidate Bobby Shriver was endorsed Friday by former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan. Riordan cited Shriver's time on the Santa Monica City Council and his business and nonprofit backgrounds in announcing his support for the candidate. Shriver is seeking to replace Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky on the five-member Board of Supervisors. "The job of Los Angeles County supervisor is a challenging and important one," Riordan said in a prepared statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2014 | Hailey Branson-Potts
In so many ways, the paths of Dr. A. Richard Grossman and firefighters crossed. When firefighters pulled badly burned people out of the flames, they took them straight to Grossman, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who pioneered the comprehensive care of burn patients. When the firefighters themselves were burned on the job, they went to him too. On Sunday, hundreds of uniformed firefighters, nurses and former patients gathered beneath the burning flame of the Los Angeles Fire Department's Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Hollywood to honor the doctor's life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1995
If we take all the fools out of Congress, it wouldn't be a representative body anymore. RICHARD V. GROGAN Oceanside
OPINION
March 31, 2005
I don't know which we need more, freedom of religion or freedom from religion. Maybe both. Richard and Karen Powell Manhattan Beach
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
"How you doin', baby?" Marlon Wayans said, leaning down to kiss a doll on the lips. The toy, a prop from Wayans' latest movie, "A Haunted House 2," was propped up in a chair across the table from the actor at a stuffy Beverly Hills restaurant. The doll, named Abigail, was meant to resemble a creepy figurine from 2013's "The Conjuring": Both shared the same dead green eyes, sooty peasant dress and pigtail braids. Wayans, 41, has long been known for his outrageous comic taste. He dressed as a Caucasian female FBI agent in "White Chicks" and has been poking fun at the horror genre for years, launching the hit "Scary Movie" parody franchise in 2000.
OPINION
April 12, 2014 | Scott Martelle
Reading is such an improbable idea -- a miracle, really. Yet simple squiggles on a page, arranged just so, can convey ideas that change the way we think or introduce to us characters we love for a lifetime. In celebration of reading -- and of this weekend's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books -- we asked four readers (who also happen to be writers) to celebrate books that mattered in their lives. The book was called "The Royal Road to Romance," and to a pre-adolescent boy with a fear of anything girlish, it sounded an awful lot like a bodice-ripper.
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