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April 1, 1990 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Director Karel Reisz and writer Harold Pinter's dazzling 1981 The French Lieutenant's Woman (KTLA, Sunday at 8 p.m.) stars Meryl Streep as an enigmatic Victorian-era beauty who entrances Jeremy Irons' proper British gentleman. This ravishing, mesmerizing film becomes a wry comment on what has become of personal morality between 1867 and the present. In The Girl Who Came Between Them, a new TV movie (KNBC, Sunday at 9 p.m.), a vet and his wife bring over his Vietnamese daughter.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 1990 | TERRY ATKINSON
THIS WEEK'S MOVIES One of the most praised, successful and controversial films of last year, "Born on the Fourth of July" (MCA/Universal, priced for rental, R), leads off this week's videocassettes with a bang. Based on the real-life experiences of Ron Kovic (though with some stretching of the facts), "Born on the Fourth of July" is the dramatic story of a soldier who volunteered to fight in Vietnam but returned paralyzed below his chest.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2002 | RACHEL ABRAMOWITZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every year, as the Academy Award nominations are announced in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Samuel Goldwyn Theater, gasps are heard among the cell-phone-toting publicists and scribes. It's the sound of dashed expectations and unexpected anointments. Here are some of this year's biggest Oscar nomination surprises. 1. "Moulin Rouge"--Apparently, movies direct themselves. The film earned eight nominations, including best picture, but writer-director Baz Luhrmann was ignored.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2013 | By Joel Rubin
LAPD officials this week revised upward the number of former officers seeking to have the department reexamine their firings in the wake of the Christopher Dorner saga to 69. On Sunday, The Times reported that dozens of fired LAPD cops had expressed a desire to take Chief Charlie Beck up on his offer to review the cases of officers who believed they had been fired unfairly. At the time, the union representing rank and file officers placed the number of former officers who had come forward at 40. Department officials did not respond to a request for their tally.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1985 | STEVE HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
When Lewis Ellis signed up as a Los Angeles Police Department recruit last year, his 32-year-old son was surprised, not to mention his 14-year-old grandson. "They tried to talk me out of it," admitted Ellis, 53, a supervisor at the Southern California Rapid Transit District for 19 years. But Ellis figured his daily regimen of the last 25 years of 100 push-ups, 200 sit-ups and five miles of running had prepared him physically for the job. And he thought the time was right.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 1990 | SHEILA BENSON and JACK SMITH, TIMES FILM CRITIC
Director Kathryn Bigelow is a nifty visual stylist; she proved that with "Near Dark," her fearless vampire biker movie. Unfortunately, style needs a little substance to keep it from careening around looking empty, and the story of "Blue Steel" (citywide) is lofty, implausible twaddle that sinks whatever ideas Bigelow hoped to investigate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1988 | JOSEPH MENN, Times Staff Writer
The National City Police Officers Assn.--which says it's frustrated over inadequate staffing and dangerous equipment--began a work slowdown Friday night that includes responding to fewer calls for help. But National City Mayor George Waters, in a return salvo, declared that individual officers "will be held responsible for anything they do that hurts the community." He would not rule out firings as a last resort.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1996
The announcement that a suspect was arrested in Houston Wednesday in last weekend's fatal shooting of a California Highway Patrol officer in Fullerton followed days of tragic and bizarre developments. Don J. Burt, the rookie cop slain during a traffic stop, was the first CHP officer killed on duty in Orange County since the 1960s. The shooting underlines the hazards that officers face even on routine assignments. The murder of an officer always generates a heated investigation.
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