January 7, 2014 |
Bradley Cooper, fresh off an Oscar nomination last year for "Silver Linings Playbook," reunited with director David O. Russell for "American Hustle," in which he plays another unhinged, comic character, an ambitious FBI agent trying to make a name for himself in a sting based on the real-life Abscam operation. We'll talk with Cooper about his second go-round with Russell in a live Web chat Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. PST. Topics under consideration: the challenges and rewards of playing flawed characters in Russell's universe, the time spent in curlers to achieve that perfect '70s permed hairstyle, and the proper mourning period after a Philadelphia Eagles playoff loss.
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April 6, 1986
Re the Commentary column on March 30: I urge all parents of the mentally disabled to obtain a book called "Alternatives", a Family Guide to Legal and Financial Planning for the Disabled. The author is L. Mark Russell. It can be obtained from First Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 1832, Evanston, Ill. 60204. This book will enable you to obtain the help you need. MRS. MARGARET CRINGLE Laguna Beach
July 28, 1999 |
WestWorks Mortgage, a unit of Irvine-based Western Financial Bank, said it is expanding into the state of Maryland. WestWorks specializes in loans to borrowers with poor credit. . . . Meanwhile, rival and neighbor New Century Financial Corp., also based in Irvine, said its stock has been added to the Russell 2000 index, a widely watched index of small companies.
April 14, 2007
SOMEONE needs to tell David O. Russell that we have laws in this country that prohibit employers from abusing their employees [" 'Huckabees' Tantrum Just Business as Usual?" by Gina Piccalo, April 11]. If any other employer acted like he did, he would be fired and/or sued for abuse. More shocking is the reaction of liberal Hollywood -- from George Clooney condemning the release of the tape as "sneaky" and messing with people's lives, to Russell's co-workers and friends justifying it by saying that "movie sets are pressure cookers."
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.
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.
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.