October 27, 1990
Somebody tell Oakland, before you give somebody over $20 million: Make sure he can chew it and not choke on it like Jose Canseco. RUDY B. CASAREZ JR. Pico Rivera
January 24, 2010 |
It's supposed to be the phone call that changes your life. Your film has been accepted to the Sundance Film Festival and will be playing in the dramatic competition category. Bryan Poyser, writer and director of "Lovers of Hate," did receive just such a phone call last November, but then one week later he got another phone call that changed his life in a different way: His father had died. "It's been a very strange time for me, for sure," Poyser, 34, said recently on the phone from Austin, Texas.
April 9, 2009 |
"Money Walks," a serial novel by 16 Los Angeles writers who will be appearing at this year's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, runs Monday through Saturday until April 24. The festival takes place at UCLA on April 25 and 26. -- Angie believed nothing good ever happened in the Valley. She'd done her time there, like everyone else, working the day shift at Odd-Balls back in the '90s, stripping for CSUN frat boys who couldn't make it past Van Nuys, not even to see naked women.
April 17, 2009 |
"Money Walks," a serial novel by 16 Los Angeles writers who will be appearing at this year's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, runs Monday through Saturday until April 24. The festival takes place on April 25 and 26 at UCLA. -- "Find me, baby? You don't have to find me." Angie stepped from the dimmest corner of the room. She let her hands drop to Rudy's head, caressed his temples and the clenched line of his jaw. "I would never leave you, not like this."
May 21, 1989 |
"No Easy Place to Be," purporting to be the story of the 1919-29 Harlem Renaissance (as seen through the eyes of three Harlem sisters), is a major disappointment. Instead of illuminating this fascinating time and place, Steven Corbin's first novel reduces it to the level of absurdity. The lives of the three sisters--Velma, a writer; Miriam, a nurse (and Marcus Garvey follower), and Louise, a Cotton Club dancer who passes for white--are potentially interesting. And some important questions--race consciousness, black feminism, and white patronage of black arts--are raised.
February 27, 1994
In the Calendar piece on Michael Madsen ("He's Bad, but Not to the Bone," by Kristine McKenna, Feb. 6), there is a glaring oversight in reference to his work in the new version of "The Getaway." Although early in the story McKenna makes reference to the source material (the novel by Jim Thompson, as well as the original film, directed by Sam Peckinpah from a Walter Hill script), she blunders later in describing a bit of business in a scene. McKenna writes: "The most ingenious bit of shading Madsen brings to the part is that he cradles a kitten in his arms . . . a kitten . . . lounging about on the chest of the psychopathic Rudy."