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January 26, 1997
A mention in Calendar, no matter how passing, certainly elicits a lot of response (Film Clips, by Denise Hamilton, Jan. 12). For the record, while I did work with Rodger Grossman in making the introductions to most of the key people, organizing the research, creating the story line and in the co-writing of a screenplay, I am in no way associated with Grossman's Darby Crash project, nor do I endorse it. BRENDAN MULLEN Former proprietor of...
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January 26, 1997
A mention in Calendar, no matter how passing, certainly elicits a lot of response (Film Clips, by Denise Hamilton, Jan. 12). For the record, while I did work with Rodger Grossman in making the introductions to most of the key people, organizing the research, creating the story line and in the co-writing of a screenplay, I am in no way associated with Grossman's Darby Crash project, nor do I endorse it. BRENDAN MULLEN Former proprietor of...
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June 22, 2007 | Fred Schruers, Special to The Times
The fast, furious and enigmatic career of late-'70s punk rocker Darby Crash, who died of a heroin overdose Dec. 7, 1980, at the age of 22, remains a half-buried L.A. legend. His demise was overshadowed by another rock death the next day -- the shooting of John Lennon 3,000 miles east. As explored by debuting director Rodger Grossman in "What We Do Is Secret" -- screening at 10 p.m.
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December 3, 2000 | ALLISON ADATO
Twenty years ago this week, Darby Crash, lead singer of the Germs, killed himself in a premeditated, drug-facilitated suicide that many believed was meant to ensure his own legend at age 22. Had it been a different week, the media might have run with a myth-making "American Sid Vicious" story. As a punk PR event, however, Darby's exit was poorly timed. About 24 hours later, a disturbed young man murdered John Lennon.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2008 | Michael Ordona; Kevin Thomas; Robert Abele; Mark Olsen
"Being a centerfold is the highest and most prestigious honor there is," uber-blond Shelley earnestly declares. "It says, 'I'm naked in the middle of a magazine. Unfold me!' " Such is the glazed-eyed charm of "The House Bunny," which is factory made, nothing new . . . and really funny. The familiar plot finds a misfit sorority about to lose its house unless it can suddenly become popular. Enter Shelley, a sweetly vacant exile from the paradise called the Playboy mansion, who is just spunky and sexy enough to solve everyone's problems.
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January 12, 1997 | Denise Hamilton, Denise Hamilton is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles
Long before Kurt Cobain, there was Darby Crash. Young, creative and doomed, Crash was a punk rocker whose band, the Germs, helped define the L.A. punk scene in the 1970s. Despite brief, euphoric fame, Crash--whose lyrics depicted the alienation of his generation--grew disillusioned with life, turned to heroin and died of an overdose that was possibly suicide at age 22 in 1980, on the same day John Lennon was murdered.
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January 18, 2009 | ANN POWERS, POP MUSIC CRITIC
There's method acting, and then there's what Brooklyn-born rapper Jamal Woolard endured to become Biggie Smalls for "Notorious," the recently released biopic detailing the life (and untimely death) of Christopher Wallace, also known to the hip-hop world as the Notorious B.I.G. Woolard's tales of "Biggie Bootcamp," his immersion into Biggie's predilections and physical tics, guided by the late rapper's friends and family, have earned admiration from both fans and cineastes.
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August 23, 2005 | Shana Ting Lipton, Special to The Times
On Dec. 8, 1980, the world mourned former Beatle John Lennon's tragic death at the hands of a deranged fan. Just a day earlier, an underground Los Angeles society numbering perhaps in the hundreds mourned the passing of its own idol, Darby Crash, the 22-year-old singer for the punk rock band the Germs.
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