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March 27, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Forget the tree that fell in the forest with no one around to hear it. What if someone took more than 100,000 photographs over decades of shooting and absolutely no one was around to see them? And what if they turned out to be really, really good? That in a nutshell is the stranger-than-fiction tale behind the gripping documentary "Finding Vivian Maier," a film that asks a pair of equally involving questions: Exactly who was this hidden master and how did her work and her life finally come to light?
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July 18, 1995 | STEVE EMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As he was flying to California to assume his teaching job at UC Irvine, poet Michael Ryan, then 44, wrote down some resolutions. No sex with students. No teen-agers. No anonymous sex. No secret touching. He made these resolutions for a less-than-noble reason. Propositioning and sleeping with his students had cost him his job at Princeton nine years earlier. In the intervening years, the award-winning poet had part-time and temporary teaching jobs, received some grants and wrote.
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November 13, 1992 | Dana Parsons
I can't presume to understand the pain that Alberto and Cynthia Mones must be feeling this week. They got the kind of news from Huntington Beach police about their 17-year-old son, Ryan, that no parent can be prepared for. The information must have come in the form of successive jolts of electricity to their souls. Your son is dead. Your son killed himself. Your son was in a gang.
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January 4, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Susan Bergman, 48, an author and writing teacher, whose 1994 book "Anonymity" dealt with her father's death from AIDS, died of brain cancer Sunday at her home in Barrington, Ill., according to her husband, Judson. "Anonymity," which she began as her doctoral dissertation, reflected on her past after learning in 1983 that her dying father, Don Heche, had a secret life as a gay man.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 2009 | Jon Caramanica
"Teen pregnancy is 100% preventable," Ken Baumann says in the public-service spot that airs after each episode of "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," which began its second season last week. On the show (ABC Family, 8 p.m. Mondays), Baumann plays Ben, the faithful, hypersympathetic, hard-up boyfriend of Amy (Shailene Woodley), who at the end of last season, at age 15, gave birth to a son.
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December 22, 2006 | Lael Loewenstein, Special to The Times
There may be no young actress today better at embodying a blend of wounded innocence and stoic pride than Sarah Polley. In "The Secret Life of Words," she has a part worthy of her gifts. Polley drew international acclaim as an accident victim in Atom Egoyan's 1997 "The Sweet Hereafter." Since then, she has resolutely refused big-budget films -- and, despite her beauty, magazine covers -- instead choosing the hard-core indie path.
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April 14, 2002 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
CBS originally planned to show its TV movie "The Pilot's Wife" on Sept. 30 last year. But after the tragedy of Sept. 11, the network pulled the drama based on Anita Shreve's bestseller because it deals with a woman whose husband dies in a plane crash. Seven months after the terrorist attacks, "The Pilot's Wife" is finally ready to take flight. Executive producer Stephanie Germain never worried that the film would be grounded permanently.
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October 4, 2002 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Turkish filmmaker Ferzan Ozpetek, long based in Italy, follows up his beautiful, seductive debut feature "Steam: The Turkish Bath" with the equally impressive "His Secret Life," another perceptive probe into the complexities and ambiguities of sexual identity. Margherita Buy stars as Antonia, an attractive woman of perhaps 40. For 15 years she has been married to Massimo (Andrea Renzi), an archetypal virile and dashing Latin lover type.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 2006 | Geoff Pingree, Special to The Times
Nearly a decade ago, Isabel Coixet found herself on an oil rig off the southern coast of Chile. An aspiring if impecunious filmmaker, she was there to shoot an industrial film for Shell Oil. The job was neither glamorous nor idyllic, but in the weeks she spent aboard the isolated platform, she was struck by something extraordinary, even beautiful. "Alone in the middle of the ocean, men open up to each other more and talk about what really matters to them."
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August 3, 2008 | Jon Caramanica, Special to The Times
In THE first few scenes of the 1994 pilot episode of "My So-Called Life," the short-lived series against which all subsequent teen shows will forever be judged, Angela Chase (Claire Danes) stares down her future as a sexual being. Her father sees her in a towel and can't come to terms with her coming of age. In school, she regards her crush, Jordan Catalano (Jared Leto), mutely. "School," she notes, "is a battlefield for your heart."
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