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February 4, 1990
The inclusion of a scene in "Roger & Me" in which a rabbit is clubbed to death is not only offensive and unnecessary, it is also "desensitizing" to the audience. How quickly our youth have come to accept torture, gore and a lack of respect for life. One can still understand the hardships of unemployed auto workers without having to view this unacceptable and inhumane treatment of an animal. Moore has not created a work of art; instead, he has proven himself to be a purveyor of sensationalism.
April 12, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Juan Pablo Montoya leaned his back against a wall, adjusted his sunglasses and waited for the next reporter to put a camera or voice recorder in front of him. It was media day for drivers in Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. And though it's been 14 years since Montoya raced in the event, he was the center of attention. Montoya is the prodigal son who has returned with fanfare to the Verizon IndyCar Series after stints in Formula One and, for the last seven years, NASCAR stock car racing.
July 31, 1988
Although the animation is a triumph of technique, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" is an abrasive, noisy nightmare that says violence is OK because "they're just Toons." If this PG-rated movie is supposed to be satire, it should get an adult rating. If it is a "family movie," then our culture better take a good look at itself. RITA REGNIER-YVARRA Santa Maraia
April 3, 2014 | By Gary Klein
As USC reached the midway point of spring workouts Thursday, Coach Steve Sarkisian decided to shake things up. About an hour into the Trojans' eighth practice, players gathered in an end zone at Brian Kennedy-Howard Jones Field for a competitive one-on-one drill. A dance contest. Players whooped and hollered as teammates squared off in the surprise competition as music blared from sideline speakers. "Guys have some moves and some guys don't," Sarkisian said. "I think some guys might listen to country music.
May 13, 2009
Ellen Revelle: The obituary of La Jolla philanthropist Ellen Revelle in Tuesday's Section A said her husband, Roger, died in 1981. He died in 1991.
April 15, 2008
FANS were given the power to decide whether Mark or Roger will join Ali and Kelly in the race for the title of "The Biggest Loser" and a $250,000 prize. The finale airs tonight on NBC. Here's what readers had to say online: -- I find that permitting the "audience," at this late stage of the game, to decide whether it will be Mark or Roger is definitely male chauvinistic. -- Phyllis I hope you leave Roger on. . . . I like Mark. . . . but I think [he] came to the show with an attitude.
May 21, 2006
I enjoyed Jane Engle's May 14 article, "Special Airfares, When Available, May Not Be Bargains" [Travel Insider, May 14]. There is an alternative. Although it's not practical for everybody, we do have a national rail passenger system called Amtrak. Obviously, if a funeral is across the country tomorrow, you can't spend days on a train getting there. But with time on your side, you can save a bundle. ROGER WHITE Santa Monica
My first experience of "going steady" with someone was spent in complete silence. This offered a wholly different perspective on "worrying about what to say." My friend Roger was the intermediary for a slender, freckle-faced boy I'll call Joe. Joe moved into our neighborhood about the same time spring weather ushered in cherry blossoms, warmer winds and a wave of new feelings that unexpectedly hit the sixth- and seventh-graders of our school.
March 23, 2013 | Janet Mitsui Brown, Janet Mitsui Brown is a feng shui practitioner in Los Angeles
In feng shui, there's discussion about destiny. I never understood what it was until I truly got to know Roger. We were in our 30s that summer. I was working with actors at a small theater in East Hollywood, and he was an actor on "Days of Our Lives. " I'm Japanese American, and he is African American. But the bigger difference was where we lived: I was in an apartment above a garage in Los Feliz, and Roger lived in Venice, a few blocks from the beach. That summer it was hot -- so hot that I needed to be out of Los Feliz and its oppressive heat.
July 25, 1994 | By the editors of Ladies' Home Journal
"Roger would do anything for someone he loves," says Sharon, 35, a tearful woman who works as a fund-raiser for a nonprofit community group. "That's why I fell in love with him. And it's why I'm so heartbroken now." According to Sharon, Roger, a real-estate salesman with a firm known for its toughness, says he's going out with clients after work but doesn't tell her where and never calls to say he'll be late.
March 26, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
ORLANDO, Fla. - There is a good chance the NFL will expand the playoff field from 12 to 14 teams, and the change could come as early as the upcoming season. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, speaking Wednesday at the conclusion of the league's annual meetings, said there was a "full discussion" on the topic among team owners and executives this week. "I think there's a tremendous amount of interest in this, possibly even to the point of support, but there are also things we still want to make sure we do it right," Goodell said.
March 16, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Novak Djokovic proved Sunday at Indian Wells, in the men's final of the BNP Paribas Open, that Roger Federer does not walk on water. But then, Djokovic would be the first to admit that his older tennis rival does pretty well on hard courts amid the desert sand. The grand finale of this grand tournament ended up with Djokovic winning and, somehow, Federer not losing. Yes, the score went the way of the smooth-moving Serb, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3), and so did the winner's trophy and $1-million first prize.
March 13, 2014 | By Susan King
Director Roger Michell and writer Hanif Kureishi were on a worldwide promotional tour for "Venus," the 2006 film that earned Peter O'Toole his last Oscar nomination, when the two collaborators' seemingly nonstop travel schedule hatched the concept for a new film. "We had lots of airplane flights and came up with this idea of a couple going to Paris for 48 hours as a very easy and beautiful structure," Michell said. He and Kureishi decided to take their own 48-hour trip to Paris to outline the characters and the plot.
March 13, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
A strange desert wind blew through Indian Wells and its Taj Mahal tennis facility in late afternoon Thursday, turning a women's quarterfinal into Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey. But it disappeared in time for the appearance of the evening's royalty, the Swiss king, Roger Federer. He was the feature of the day, the 7 p.m. match, the one where the ticket scalpers made their hay for the day. His name is legendary in tennis. Most legends build with time, after retirement, when history can be embellished a bit and reality can be retouched.
March 13, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film critic
"Le Week-End" is a sour and misanthropic film masquerading as an honest and sensitive romance. A painful and unremittingly bleak look at a difficult marriage, it wants us to sit through a range of domestic horrors without offering much of anything as a reward. This is especially disheartening because on an abstract level the film's participants on both sides of the camera are talented individuals with strong resumes. Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan, who star as the unhappy couple, are two of Britain's top actors.
March 10, 2014 | By Kurt Streeter
Wait, wasn't this supposed to be a walk in the park? Roger Federer -- greatest male tennis player of all time not named Rafael Nadal or Rod Laver -- versus Dmitry Tursonov, a curly haired Russian with a high-octane game nobody outside of tennis has ever heard of? It all was looking very easy for the Swiss maestro at the start of the match. A couple of Tursonov double-faults and some sweet and easy backcourt play from Federer brought an early break, Fed up 1-0, then 2-0, then very nearly 3-0. But anyone who has been watching Federer as he's sputtered through his early 30s has seen this before.
November 23, 1988 | DON SHIRLEY
When Adam and Eve tasted the forbidden fruit, they had to leave the Garden of Eden. But at least their world expanded. That wouldn't happen nowadays, suggests David Michael Erickson in his "Appetite," at the Cast-at-the-Circle. If we continue catering to our basest hungers and impulses, the world will shrink. The world of the three characters in "Appetite" has already shrunk to one room in an abandoned cafe, somewhere in the Southwestern desert.
June 25, 2010 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Adult animated films are extremely hard to pull off. You either go X-rated like Ralph Bakshi's smartly provocative "Fritz the Cat" did so many years ago, or unexpectedly insightful as 2008's brilliant war story " Waltz With Bashir" did, earning an Oscar nod. Despite grand ambitions, "Metropia" doesn't quite manage either though it makes a high-minded grab at a bit of both. From Swedish documentary filmmaker Tarik Saleh, a one-time graffiti artist with a long interest in animation, "Metropia" was conceived as a dark futuristic conspiracy thriller about mind control, big business and a nefarious subway system.
March 9, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
The Swiss are represented in men's tennis at this year's BNP Paribas Open by Stanislas Wawrinka and that other guy. Wawrinka won the recent Australian Open and is now No. 3 in the world rankings. The other guy becomes Mr. Avis in Switzerland now, and as he tries harder, he holds on to No. 8 in the world. We jest, of course. Even Wawrinka knows it will take more than one Grand Slam title to displace Roger Federer as the king of Swiss celebrity. Maybe even as the king of tennis, period.
March 8, 2014 | By Art Spander
The old guy, Father Time, will triumph in the end. He always does. But for the moment Roger Federer is holding serve against him, which in a sport primarily of the young is no small achievement. Federer has come to terms with reality. "If I can't play for No. 1," he said three days ago, "I'll play for winning titles. " He won his 78th, third best all-time behind Jimmy Connors' 109 and Ivan Lendl's 94, a week ago at Dubai. And Saturday on an 83-degree afternoon at Indian Wells he made a start toward another, defeating Paul-Henri Mathieu, 6-2, 7-6 (3)
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