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May 9, 2011
Dick Van Dyke My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business A Memoir Crown Archetype: 287 pp., $25
February 14, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
The parrot wasn't talking. "I'm teaching her to say, 'I miss Mace,"' said Mace Neufeld, who at 85 reckons the bird, whose name is Margie, will outlast him. With no words of affection forthcoming, Neufeld, a New Yorker who landed in Beverly Hills back when you could grab a sandwich at the Ontra Cafeteria and rent a house with a pool for $300 a month, headed toward the sitting room. He once wrote music for Dorothy Loudon, managed Dusty Springfield, produced "The Omen. " But Neufeld moves with the fervor of a man less concerned with his legacy than the spread sheet of his latest film.
July 9, 1991 | DANIEL AKST
You've probably never heard of Frank DiElsi. Chances are, after this, that you never will. But those are just odds, and Frank isn't discouraged by odds. That's why he and the army of indefatigables he represents are so remarkable. Frank DiElsi has been trying to make it in Hollywood for a long, long time. Like countless others, he comes from somewhere else, auditions for parts unworthy of his talent, and struggles. He acts, and he writes. He clings to life. People even recognize that he's good.
February 9, 2014 | Cary Schneider
Today, the Beatles hold an exalted place in the history of rock 'n' roll. But 50 years ago, when they first crossed the Atlantic to perform in the United States, the reaction was decidedly mixed. Here is a sampling of what the critics were saying. Los Angeles Times Feb. 11, 1964 With their bizarre shrubbery, the Beatles are obviously a press agent's dream combo. Not even their mothers would claim that they sing well. But the hirsute thickets they affect make them rememberable, and they project a certain kittenish charm which drives the immature, shall we say, ape. - William F. Buckley Jr. Boston Globe Sept.
October 30, 2010 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
On the Thursday before the Academy Awards last March, Morgan Freeman, Eva Longoria Parker and Ryan Seacrest mixed with well-known show business executives such as former NBC co-Chairman Ben Silverman at the home of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The occasion was a party thrown by the Hollywood Reporter, an 80-year-old trade newspaper that covers insider entertainment news for industry professionals. One attendee was distinctly unimpressed by the event: Richard Beckman, the new chief executive of the Reporter's parent company, derided the party in front of staffers because it lacked the glamour and A-list attendees he expected.
August 12, 1985 | DEBORAH CAULFIELD, Times Staff Writer
Only a week remained before Sis was to get married. She looked pretty calm, her older brothers commented, then proceeded to tease their future brother-in-law about last-minute escapes. As the four lounged in the living room of the comfortable family home in Brentwood, Dad sat down and joined in on the good-natured teasing. Mom made coffee and discussed details about the wedding--including the arrival of Sis' twin sister from New York.
I have read too many women's magazines. "Follow your muse," they say. Do I even have a muse? I am 35. I am a divorce lawyer. I am stressed out. I live in a world where people fight over Beanie Baby collections and 10-year-old furniture. Yet, inexplicably, I'm convinced I have a muse, so I quit my job and move to California. I will work in the Entertainment Industry, I say. I'm not sure what this means, but it sounds very much like I'm following my muse. I attack my job search with zeal.
July 3, 1993
Why is it that baseball players compare themselves to other "entertainers" to justify their excessive salaries, yet cry and complain when the audience boos them for a bad performance? JIM TROMBELLA Santa Barbara
December 28, 1992
Lee Graham, 69, a show business columnist for many years and a film actor who had small parts in such epics as "The Robe" and "Titanic." Graham began his lengthy media career as an assistant to society columnist Cobina Wright Sr. His column appeared over the years in several suburban papers, among them the Beverly Hills Post, the Tolucan, Jewish Voice, Hollywood Studio Magazine and Sand to Sea in Palm Springs. In Hollywood on Tuesday of the complications of diabetes.
August 9, 1995 | FRANK MESSINA
While applauding the entrepreneurship of a vendor trying to start a mobile oil-change business, the Planning Commission has declined to allow the city to be a test case. At least for now. Laguna Hills resident Joseph Hekiman wanted to offer oil changing services to workers in city business parks. Although they praised the concept, commissioners rejected the plan Monday because they were concerned about possible oil spillage and creating havoc in parking lots.
February 1, 2014 | By Scott Collins
The sign advertising his show still looms over the NBC parking lot, and for a few more days throngs of fans will crowd the studio gates in Burbank before tapings. But Jay Leno says he's ready to leave - and this time, he says he really means it. After more than 40 years, "The Tonight Show" is leaving Southern California and heading back to New York, with the 63-year-old Leno, who first became host in 1992, handing off the show to Jimmy Fallon, just 39. Four years have passed since NBC botched a similar passing of the torch to Conan O'Brien.
December 1, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
FOR THE RECORD: Michael Richards: The Sunday Conversation with actor Michael Richards in the Dec. 1 Calendar section misidentified his wife as Ann Talman. He is married to Beth Skipp. Talman is an ex-girlfriend. - Three-time Emmy winner and "Seinfeld" star Michael Richards talks about his return to network television as eccentric chauffeur Frank Baxter in TV Land's "Kirstie" (premiering Wednesday), his first series since his infamous N-word rant at a black heckler at the Laugh Factory in 2006.
October 16, 2013 | By David Colker
Before Wes Anderson directed his first feature film, he'd hang out at an eclectic coffee shop in Dallas where he met a 70-something yoga teacher - Kumar Pallana - who was like a one-man Ed Sullivan variety show. To entertain customers in the cafe owned by his son, Pallana would juggle, do magic tricks and perform a vaudeville staple: plate spinning. Anderson and his buddy, actor-writer Owen Wilson, made Pallana an offer. "They said they were shooting a movie and 'Are you interested in being in it?
September 3, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Free, old-style variety shows will return to Las Vegas in September as longtime entertainer Tony Sacca celebrates 50 years in show business. Sacca , a singer and TV host who has been on the Las Vegas circuit for three decades, will emcee three free shows on consecutive Fridays starting Sept. 13. The 2 p.m. performances will be in the Railhead at Boulder Station , a hotel-casino five miles east of the Strip. The lineups feature some familiar names. On Sept. 13 Sacca will be joined by comedian Louie Anderson , impressionist Rich Natole , singer Kat Ray and tribute band Yellow Brick Road . On Sept.
August 7, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins
Margaret Pellegrini, one of the last of the 124 little people who played Munchkins in the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz," died Wednesday at her Glendale, Ariz., home. She was 89. The 4-foot-tall Pellegrini, a frequent guest of honor at "Oz" festivals around the U.S., had been in declining health since a stroke in March, said Colleen Zimmer, an organizer of the annual Oz-Stravaganza festival in Chittenango, N.Y., birthplace of "Oz" author L. Frank Baum. Illness kept Pellegrini from serving as grand marshal at this year's event.
April 23, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Amazon, the online bookseller turned online department store, turned e-book-reader manufacturer, turned publisher, turned video streaming service, turning movie-and-TV studio, has posted its first 14 "TV pilots" -- six kids' shows and eight grown-up comedies -- online for your ratings and comments. (That is the Amazon way.) What is a studio? Once it meant a physical place, with soundstages and a back lot and departments full of craftspeople with crazy skills. Now it requires only a name and money.
August 25, 1985 | MARY LOU LOPER, Times Staff Writer
Fashion entrepreneur Joanna Carson and Johnny Grant, vice president of public affairs and special projects for Golden West Television, head the honorary dinner committee for the Women in Show Business Silver Anniversary Celebrity Benefit Ball on Oct. 19 at the Century Plaza. In fact, the entire evening is star-studded. Charlton Heston is honorary chairman. Gregory Peck will receive the Angel of the Year Award.
September 14, 1990 | MARY COREY, BALTIMORE SUN
By 11 a.m., George Burns is sitting in his Hollywood office, schmoozing on the phone and finishing off cigar No. 3. He's just nixed an offer to work with Bob Hope in Australia for five weeks. "Too tough," he explains. "I'm 94. I faint twice a day, sometimes three times a day." A long pause, then the gravelly, smoke-filled voice breaks into laughter. Although he lacks a stage and a large audience, the elder statesman of comedy can't help but turn a phone conversation into a joke fest.
March 6, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
The new documentary “Family Band: The Cowsills Story,” premiering tonight on Showtime, opens with a compelling scene showing musician Bob Cowsill setting up single-handed for another thankless gig in the corner of a restaurant-bar of an Indian casino. As patrons chat, eat and drink, barely paying attention, he says, “I had four hit records between the ages of 17 and 21… I did!” As is obvious in that scene, the Cowsills long ago fell off the radar of most pop music fans, and are remembered today primarily for their hit recording of the title song from the musical “Hair,” which spent two weeks at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1969.
January 24, 2013 | By Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
Carleton Ralston of Eagle Rock is a man of letters. Not a famous man of letters. Rather, a man of many letters. Since 1990, the Los Angeles Times has published 19 of his letters to the editor, an impressive record given the huge volume of correspondence the paper receives, most of which is never published. Times letters editor Paul Thornton said he wished all writers "would exhibit his humility and wit. " Ralston also writes to the president, whoever he may be (Bush, Carter, Obama)
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