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December 20, 2009
Ten good (and mostly new) things in TV this year. " Food Party" (IFC). Puppet-filled, cardboard-and-glitter surrealist cooking show (sort of) lasted only six episodes, about 10 minutes each, but was easily the most exciting thing I saw this year -- poetic, goofy, beautiful, strange. "Bored to Death" (HBO). Brooklyn lit-scene bromantic faux-noir stoner comedy about the attitude of doing right. "Parks & Recreation" (NBC). Institutional small-town comedy mocks its characters but not their aspirations or optimism.
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December 20, 2009
Ten good (and mostly new) things in TV this year. " Food Party" (IFC). Puppet-filled, cardboard-and-glitter surrealist cooking show (sort of) lasted only six episodes, about 10 minutes each, but was easily the most exciting thing I saw this year -- poetic, goofy, beautiful, strange. "Bored to Death" (HBO). Brooklyn lit-scene bromantic faux-noir stoner comedy about the attitude of doing right. "Parks & Recreation" (NBC). Institutional small-town comedy mocks its characters but not their aspirations or optimism.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2001
Robert Rimmer, 84, author of a number of books preaching sex without guilt and exploring alternative models of intimacy in and out of marriage, died Aug. 1 at his home in Quincy, Mass. His books, which were popular with the free-love generation, included "The Harrad Experiment," which dealt with co-habitation in campus life. It was made into a movie--with a young Don Johnson as one of its stars--and a sequel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2002 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Mulholland Dr." and "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" won top picture honors Saturday as film awards were handed out on two coasts. In New York, "Mulholland Dr.," David Lynch's offbeat, enigmatic mystery, was named best picture of 2001 by the National Society of Film Critics. And in Beverly Hills, the American Film Institute gave top honors to Peter Jackson's fantasy epic "The Lord of the Rings" in a televised event--the AFI's first-ever awards ceremony. For "Mulholland Dr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 1992 | PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS, Paul Craig Roberts is the William E. Simon Professor of Political Economy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington
In November, 1988, after Jack Kemp lost the Republican nomination to George Bush, he was advised that his pro-growth policies had no future in the Republican Party. The reason was simple. The pro-business Republican Establishment draws the line at entrepreneurs--called "greedy hotshots" by Treasury Secretary Nicholas Brady--and dislikes economic booms, because a good economy raises interest rates and hurts the value of bond portfolios.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 1997 | KRISTINE McKENNA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
At a glance, artist Robert Graham seems an unlikely candidate to create permanent public works on a monumental scale. Best known for his ongoing series of sculpted miniature female nudes, Graham's work usually feels decidedly private, dealing as it does with issues of eroticism and connoisseurship.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2002 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Mulholland Dr." and "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" won top picture honors Saturday as film awards were handed out on two coasts. In New York, "Mulholland Dr.," David Lynch's offbeat, enigmatic mystery, was named best picture of 2001 by the National Society of Film Critics. And in Beverly Hills, the American Film Institute gave top honors to Peter Jackson's fantasy epic "The Lord of the Rings" in a televised event--the AFI's first-ever awards ceremony. For "Mulholland Dr.
MAGAZINE
September 13, 1992 | KENNETH TURAN, Kenneth Turan is The Times' film critic and former book-review editor
ELEGANT CARS GLIDING THROUGH A DECAYING infrastructure, the dispossessed huddling in the shadow of bright skyscrapers, the sensation of a dystopian, multiethnic civilization that has managed to simultaneously advance and regress--these are scenes of modern urban decline, and if they make you think of a movie, and chances are they will, it can have only one name: "Blade Runner." Few, if any, motion pictures have the gift of predicting the future as well as crystallizing an indelible image of it, but that is the key to "Blade Runner's" accomplishments.
BUSINESS
January 17, 1991
I see (Part A, Jan. 9) that Transportation Director Robert Best has signed contracts with the California Toll Road Co., an international consortium, to build several toll roads in California. What is going on? I read the papers and listen to the news, but this is the first I have heard about privatizing our roads to foreign investors. We can't be taken over by an invading foreign army but we are being taken over just as surely by foreign investors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2001
Robert Rimmer, 84, author of a number of books preaching sex without guilt and exploring alternative models of intimacy in and out of marriage, died Aug. 1 at his home in Quincy, Mass. His books, which were popular with the free-love generation, included "The Harrad Experiment," which dealt with co-habitation in campus life. It was made into a movie--with a young Don Johnson as one of its stars--and a sequel.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 1997 | KRISTINE McKENNA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
At a glance, artist Robert Graham seems an unlikely candidate to create permanent public works on a monumental scale. Best known for his ongoing series of sculpted miniature female nudes, Graham's work usually feels decidedly private, dealing as it does with issues of eroticism and connoisseurship.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 1992 | PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS, Paul Craig Roberts is the William E. Simon Professor of Political Economy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington
In November, 1988, after Jack Kemp lost the Republican nomination to George Bush, he was advised that his pro-growth policies had no future in the Republican Party. The reason was simple. The pro-business Republican Establishment draws the line at entrepreneurs--called "greedy hotshots" by Treasury Secretary Nicholas Brady--and dislikes economic booms, because a good economy raises interest rates and hurts the value of bond portfolios.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1989
South Pasadena officials have asked the state Department of Transportation to establish an independent task force to consider alternatives to building the last link of the Long Beach Freeway. The City Council, with the support of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, made the request in a letter sent this week to Robert Best, director of the department. A Caltrans spokesman said Friday that the letter had not yet arrived.
NEWS
May 31, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Caltrans Director Robert Best has threatened to simply close the highways on which construction workers are exposed to traffic. Best and California Highway Patrol Commissioner Maury Hannigan made a joint plea to drive safely and soberly through highway work zones and "end the slaughter of California highway workers." In less than two months, five Caltrans workers have been killed, including two early this month along Interstate 5 in Stockton who were struck by a suspected drunk driver.
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