April 24, 1994 |
RUNS, HITS, AND AN ERA: The Pacific Coast League, 1903-58 by Paul J. Zingg and Mark D. Medeiros (University of Illinois Press: $19.95, paper; 170 pp.) I have yet to make it through a baseball season without harking back to the teams that thrilled me as a kid--teams that no longer exist, from a league whose geography later defied its name, populated by players now relegated to cult mythology.
September 19, 2012 |
The streets of South-Central Los Angeles that serve as the backdrop for the new police drama "End of Watch" are familiar turf for writer-director David Ayer. He grew up in the neighborhood, and over the last decade the 43-year-old filmmaker has specialized in telling gritty Southland cop tales. "I'm comfortable there," Ayer said in a recent interview at his house in the hills above Los Feliz, talking about his childhood home in a very different part of the city. "It's like my living room.
February 20, 1987 |
It may be cultural slippage that keeps us from being able to connect with the sexual tensions running riot in "The Good Wife" (selected theaters), but I doubt it. We've been able to empathize with Madame Bovary and weep for Anna Karenina, and their surroundings seem hardly less exotic than the remote New South Wales lumber town that nurtured this good wife, Marge Hill.
October 19, 2010
It worked with Mike Tyson in "The Hangover. " But can director Todd Phillips make a celebrity cameo uncomfortably funny with a much more recently controversial figure? The New York Post reported Monday that Mel Gibson will play a Bangkok tattoo artist in "The Hangover 2. " Two people close to the production confirmed to The Times that Gibson ? who's maintained public silence since recordings apparently capturing his violent rants against ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva surfaced last summer ?