December 18, 2009 |
One of life's oddities is how often a series of genuinely comedic incidents congeals into, if not tragedy, then tragic loss. Robert Sellers certainly has no intention of turning readers' thoughts in that moody direction, but "Hellraisers: The Life and Inebriated Times of Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole and Oliver Reed" probably will, though there's a tremendous amount of unapologetic, unself-conscious fun to be had on the way to...
July 8, 2007 |
AS the embodiment of Harry Potter from the time of the first film's release in 2001, Daniel Radcliffe has grown up with his character and, as he approaches his 18th birthday, has signed on for the final two films. On the eve of the release of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," Radcliffe reflects on his personal and professional growth as well as the darker nature of the later story lines. You were 11 when you took on the part of Harry Potter, having had just one small film role.
May 31, 2007
For the most part, My Favorite Weekend is a big snore. Could these celebrities possibly be more mundane in their taste? If one took all the references to chain restaurants and stores, one could reconstitute an entire mall. However, every so often you score. For instance, Belinda Carlisle's weekend had nothing cookie-cutter about it. And this week Michelle Lee saves us. Ranch 99, Rage and MacArthur Park too! Though it would have been nice if the opening paragraph had included some of the fabulous Asian movies she has been a part of. Her career is not beginning with "Pirates of the Caribbean."
December 10, 2006
Thanks for the page on Downtown Culver City ("Downtown Culver City Buzz," by Jessica Gelt, A Day In, Nov. 19), but how could you omit 1) the Museum of Jurassic Technology, which exemplifies the word "unique" and draws discerning people from around the globe, and 2) the apartment complex at 3819-25 Dunn Drive, which, to quote David Gebhard and Robert Winter, is "a Medieval fairy-tale world of Hansel and Gretel cottages in a witch-infested jungle with pools of water." Experiencing these places converts a trip to Culver City from being merely invigorating to being truly inspirational.
February 19, 2006
Some readers may vehemently disagree with Mike Males and his "Boomergeddon" conclusions ("The Boomer Buster," by Shawn Hubler, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Jan. 22). The suggestion of this 50-year-old? Simply attend any Southern California public education graduation ceremony and observe the behavior of the majority of "grown-up" boomers. If most of the older parents and younger grandparents show up to the ceremony in beachwear from the day before--and can't seem to control the urge to clap, whistle, yell, blow an air horn or simply talk their way through the whole thing until their kid walks to the platform--then it's game, set and match to Mr. Males!
December 29, 2005
I enjoyed reading about the restaurants in "Comfort and Joy" [Dec. 22] and have eaten in many of them. But how in the world could Charles Perry not have included Philippe the Original? It's a real Los Angeles institution with French dip sandwiches, delicious side dishes and scrumptious desserts. I frequently take out-of-town guests there, and they all have enjoyed it. The wine is good and reasonable, and coffee for 10 cents is always a surprise. BETTY A. KEEL Hawthorne Charles!