August 9, 2008 |
BEIJING -- Bantamweight Gary Russell Jr. is out of the boxing competition after collapsing Thursday night during a workout in a last-ditch effort to make the 119-pound weight limit ahead of today's seeding draw. Russell, 20, of Capitol Heights, Md., is a two-time national champion and was considered a likely contender for gold in Beijing. He lost consciousness in his dorm room after becoming dehydrated. A replacement athlete for that weight class cannot be named, according to the rules of the International Amateur Boxing Federation.
December 6, 2012 |
When "Silver Linings Playbook" began filming, the script clocked in at 110 pages, which made it barely manageable for the movie's scant 33-day shoot. But then writer-director David O. Russell and his actors worked on some things while rehearsing the film that Russell then incorporated into the script. And, throughout the shoot, they kept discovering things. So many things that when Russell tells Cooper in this excerpt from the Envelope Screening Series that the final script eventually ballooned to 154 pages, the actor can respond in only one possible fashion.
September 22, 1998 |
It's hard to remember the last time a funny, provocative comedy set primarily in L.A. premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse. Then again, memories play tricks--or so says the playwright who has finally ended the aforementioned drought. In Jonathan Tolins' "If Memory Serves," which opened Sunday with a bang, a mother and her newly adult son try to remember whether she abused him. Because she's a former TV star, this is no leisurely trip down memory lane.
March 15, 2006
Re "Democrat Plans to Ask Senate to Censure Bush," March 13 In this day and age, when our government is facing severe problems including the corruption, cronyism and complete disregard for the Constitution by our own president, it does my heart proud that a senator is courageous enough to stand up for old-fashioned common sense. I wish to show my support for Sen. Russell D. Feingold (D-Wis.) and wish him well in this important first step toward putting the president in his place and bringing sensibility back to our government.
October 22, 1987
J. Vernon Walker, 78, a resident of Lomita and chief financial officer for Bay Harbor Hospital from 1960 to 1977, died Oct. 8 at the hospital. He helped in fund-raising efforts to build the hospital, which opened in 1960, and was a member of its board of directors from 1957 to 1982. Walker moved to California from Missouri in 1917 and was active in numerous South Bay civic organizations. He is survived by his wife, Virginia, four sons, Robert, Darryl, Russell and Donald, and six grandchildren.
June 25, 1995
Roger Goulet was rather tactless and oblivious when he wrote attacking Russell Means (Letters, June 18). Yes, Mr. Means does go a bit far in his June 11 interview by claiming "the British came over here to kill Indians." That is a blanket statement and not entirely accurate. However, Mr. Goulet should remember that it was not his ancestors who died along the Trail of Tears after being forcibly removed from homes they had inhabited for 1,000 years, and neither have his "Eurocentric" brothers been corralled onto impoverished reservations of wasteland.
December 9, 1995
I recently took out the videotape of "Crimson Tide" and have this to say: I immensely appreciate the sensitivity with which the relationship between Gene Hackman's character in "Crimson Tide" and his Jack Russell terrier is portrayed. It is unusual. In most films where an animal has been introduced as a character, that animal is dropped and forgotten by the end of the film. Such was the case, for example, in "Outbreak," where Dustin Hoffman's character's two dogs were shown to be very important to him and were completely dropped from the script by the end of the film.
December 1, 2012 |
Before making "Silver Linings Playbook" together, writer-director David O. Russell and Bradley Cooper had planned to join forces and battle the undead in Regency-era England in an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's horror-lit mash-up "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. " The project died an unkind death, but the qualities that attracted Russell to Cooper for that remained fixed in the filmmaker's head. "He had really good bad-guy energy," in "The Wedding Crashers," Russell says in this clip from The Envelope Screening Series.
July 13, 1996
Why is it I think Hal Jepsen (Calendar Letters, July 6) would be a model producer on the order of a Jon "I don't need to read a script" Peters? His theory works great for the car dealer selling those beautiful sleek convertible sports cars that wind up in the shop more days than on the road. However, he would feel differently if he bought one of those lemons (I know several people that have). My guess is he doesn't attend many movies. But he's probably right--I mean "Pulp Fiction" would have been no different written by someone other than Quentin Tarantino.