January 17, 1997
The opening moments of the motion picture "Jerry Maguire" include a grinning high school basketball player deftly dribbling and making flashy shots, with the sports agent played by Tom Cruise talking about how he knows the potential of every kid in the country. The hoopster was played by Michael Johnson, a member of the Birmingham High junior varsity team. "I was sitting in the theater, saw Michael, and thought, 'No way,' " said Al Bennett, the Birmingham varsity coach.
August 31, 1986 |
In my younger days, my friends and I used to play "Big Screen/Little Screen." The idea of the game was to cast the TV series version of a major movie with the appropriately smaller-than-life stars. Example: "The Graduate," as a TV series, would star John Ritter as Benjamin (the Dustin Hoffman role) and Shelley Hack as Elaine Robinson (the film's Katharine Ross).
January 25, 1986 |
Superman made a hasty flight from the movie houses of Peking last week amid public criticism of his battle for "truth, justice and the American way." The 1978 American movie opened here late last month and was drawing large crowds. By Jan. 13, it was playing at 25 theaters throughout the city. Then, in almost as little time as it takes Clark Kent to change clothes in a phone booth, the movie disappeared. On Jan.
July 7, 1987 |
In 1984, when researchers first introduced a new fetal genetic screening test called chorionic villi sampling, which can be done earlier and more quickly than amniocentesis, advocates urged caution among women and doctors attracted to the new technique. Caution was suggested because, like any new procedure with significant potential public appeal, chorionic villi sampling had not been tested thoroughly enough to justify mass use.
March 24, 2003 |
The auditions came complete with replays, expert analysis and commercial breaks. All UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero had to do to evaluate the top candidates to become the next Bruin coach was tune in to NCAA tournament telecasts over the weekend. What impressed him the most? There was Gonzaga's persistence under Mark Few, Utah's ingenuity under Rick Majerus, Marquette's triple-digit firepower under Tom Crean. Pittsburgh's toughness under Ben Howland had to rank near the top.
December 10, 1987 |
Just in time for the holidays, a distribution company has unveiled a two-minute alcohol screening test that it said will allow revelers to determine their alcohol level by licking a test strip. TestAhol saliva tests--not usable as legal evidence--will be sold for 98 cents each in drugstores, department stores and supermarkets in the Northeast and Southwest starting next week, the company said.
April 5, 2009 |
Master conceptualist and founding father of modern celebrity culture, Andy Warhol was also, for a spell in the 1960s, the most prolific filmmaker in America. From 1963, when he acquired his first camera, to 1968, when he was shot and nearly killed by the radical feminist Valerie Solanas, Warhol made hundreds of films, home movies of a sort, the most elemental of which took the form of a so-called screen test.
April 3, 2006 |
Fans of Marlon Brando will be treated to a nearly 60-year-old screen test the actor took for the lead role in "Rebel Without a Cause" that is being included in a new DVD collection. The footage from the late 1940s shows a baby-faced Brando auditioning for the movie -- a few years before he made his big-screen debut in 1950's "The Men." The role called for Brando to play a young criminal who urges his girlfriend to join him in escaping from the law.
September 25, 1994 |
Almost invisibly, a group of students rose as early as 5 a.m. this summer to paint out graffiti before the spray-paint, in many cases, was dry. But their work has not gone unnoticed by residents and has even received the attention of a British production company that will return in November to film them for a documentary. Case Television contacted the Madres del Este de Los Angeles, Santa Isabel chapter, after reading about its 10-week program in a small article in a New York magazine.
August 11, 1998 |
California's political air war escalated Monday in the race for governor as Republican Dan Lungren began televising his first spots and Democrat Gray Davis expanded the reach of his weeklong advertising effort. Both candidates are limiting their initial forays to the Central Valley, which is strategically crucial and a relatively cheap place to buy ad time. As part of their regional focus, the contenders will meet in their second face-to-face debate next Tuesday in Fresno. Atty. Gen.