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January 8, 2005
Thanks to Burt Prelutsky for the courage to point out the emperor's nakedness in regard to the movie "Sideways" ["Oscar, Don't Give This One Even a 'Sideways' Glance," Counterpunch, Jan. 3]. My only disagreement is that it is not the most overhyped movie of the year, simply the most overpraised. If "Sideways" is an Academy Award contender, my Uncle Ben should have been a movie star. He got just as drunk as the characters in "Sideways" but was far more entertaining and insightful. Steven Schwartz Marina del Rey Long after Prelutsky and the usual backlash ilk are forgotten, Alexander Payne's "Sideways" will continue to be remembered as a beloved American classic.
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SPORTS
March 27, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
DALLAS  -- Danny Granger was the latest of the Clippers to go down, suffering a strained left hamstring in the fourth quarter that forced him from the game against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night. Granger said he will be reevaluated Friday and is listed as day to day. Granger was injured when Vince Carter came under him and forced the Clippers forward to twist his body. "He hit me and spun me sideways," Granger said. "I walked in the [locker room] and we tested it. It was strong, just some pain.
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BUSINESS
September 3, 2009 | Hugo Martin
In the wine country north of Santa Barbara, the global economic crisis has drained wine sales, tapped tourist spending and siphoned away hotel profits. But five years after the Santa Ynez Valley was featured in an Oscar-winning film, the region is still feeling the upside of "Sideways." The offbeat comedy about the wine-soaked adventures of two hapless buddies drew crowds of connoisseurs to the region's wineries, vineyards and restaurants. And to the delight of merchants and wine makers, the continued popularity of the 2004 film has helped soften the blow of the worst recession in a generation.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Toward the end of "American Hustle," the new film from comedy-drama laureate David O. Russell, a man describes his hard-won epiphany. "The art of survival," says the character, a con man played with toupee-ish shiftiness by Christian Bale, "is a story that never ends. " The line articulates one of the central motifs of the film - the need for self-narrative - while offering a telling peek into the mind of the man responsible for it. For the last two decades, Russell, 55, has had one of the movie business' wildest careers, donning guises like most people put on shirts: edgy wunderkind, hothead flameout and, lately, Oscar-nominated auteur with an unlikely box-office touch.
SPORTS
January 8, 1986
Professional golfer Bob Toski, widely regarded as one of the best teachers of the game, has withdrawn from the PGA Senior Tour after admitting that he may have violated the rules of golf. In a prepared statement released by the PGA, Toski said: "In the late fall of 1985, one of my fellow players brought to my attention that I may have been violating the rules of golf by mismarking my ball.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2001 | MARTIN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Al Greenwood, known to Southern Californians as "the Bedspread King," has died. He was 93. Greenwood, a longtime Long Beach resident, died of congestive heart failure Wednesday night at his daughter's and son-in-law's home in Seal Beach. A Massachusetts native who made his way west during the Great Depression, Greenwood became known in his later years for his kitschy late-night TV advertisements.
FOOD
May 21, 2008
  Total time: 15 minutes Servings: 4 Note: Adapted from Baccarat Bar, Bellagio Las Vegas. The sweet and sour will keep for 1 week, refrigerated. Sweet and sour 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice In a small saucepan, stir the sugar with one-fourth cup water over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Cool. Combine the cooled simple syrup and lemon juice. Makes 1 cup (8 ounces). Cocktail assembly 8 ounces pisco 3 ounces Cointreau liqueur 6 ounces white grape juice 6 ounces sweet and sour 3 ounces California Pinot Noir 4 slices lemon 3 grapes In a large pitcher filled with ice, add the pisco, Cointreau, grape juice and sweet and sour and stir to combine.
NEWS
June 17, 2004 | Valli Herman, Times Staff Writer
It's a book signing, excerpt reading, film teasing and wine tasting. Tonight's special edition of the Echo's Extreme Wine Tasting celebrates the release of local author Rex Pickett's "Sideways" (St. Martin's Griffin, New York), a wine-centric road-trip story based on his adventures with pals Julian Davies and Roy Gittens.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2003 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
Santa Ynez Valley A failed 40-year-old writer is spending a week here in the wine country, celebrating his best friend's last days of freedom before he plunges into a marriage that looks doomed before it's started. Just before he walks into a posh tasting room, his agent phones with the news that his novel didn't sell, ensuring that he'll spend the rest of his life grading English papers for pimply middle-school brats. Will he take the news lying down?
SPORTS
March 18, 2003 | From Wire Reports
Todd Bodine won the rain-delayed Busch series race Monday at Darlington, S.C., when his car bounced off Jamie McMurray's on the final lap and slid sideways across the finish line. It was the second consecutive dramatic finish at the track. Ricky Craven on Sunday beat Kurt Busch by a few inches -- officially .002 seconds -- in the closest finish since Winston Cup went to its electronic scoring system in 1993.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
LA JOLLA -- The theater can do just about anything in my book, as long as it doesn't take place in a car. Driving always looks so ludicrous onstage, never more so than in the recent Pasadena Playhouse dud, "Sleepless in Seattle," in which a brief scene behind the wheel exhumed for me the buried memory of a cardboard cutout sedan shuffling across the stage of a school assembly. Such an aesthetically traumatic incident can send a theater critic back into therapy for an entire season.
AUTOS
April 19, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
The tires on Vaughn Gittin Jr.'s Ford Mustang are shrieking as he jerks his car sideways at nearly 90 mph on this serpentine race track in Long Beach. Walls are closing in on either side, leaving no room for mistakes. As the next turn nears, Gittin pumps the clutch and yanks a neon green hand brake. The rear wheels lose traction, sending the car into a power slide and unleashing a torrent of smoke into the packed grandstands. The move brings nearly 15,000 spectators to their feet.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2012 | By David Ng
The recent stage adaptation of the bestselling novel "Sideways" that debuted in May in Santa Monica is moving up in the world. The La Jolla Playhouse said it will produce the play starting in July, with former artistic director Des McAnuff at the helm. Rex Pickett adapted his own novel for the stage. The plot follows two middle-aged male friends as they make their way through California wine country and meet two women who become possible romantic interests. The 2004 movie version of the novel, directed by Alexander Payne, was a critical and commercial success.
SPORTS
July 18, 2012 | By Jeff Shain
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England — They don't come with any whimsical names like those found at other British Open venues: the Coffin Bunker, the Spectacles, the Principal's Nose or simply Hell. Taken as a collection, though, the bunkers at Royal Lytham & St. Annes might take the trophy for mass intimidation. Many are deep. The sand is heavy. And there are 206 of them scattered about the property. "You do feel a little bit claustrophobic on a lot of the holes," said Luke Donald, No.1 in the world rankings.
SPORTS
May 31, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
David Berg appeared in the last 18 baseball games of UCLA's regular season. That kind of streak is nothing special if you're a position player, or filling in as a defensive replacement. But Berg is a relief pitcher — and is a freshman who isn't even on scholarship. "The 18 in a row is staggering to me," he said. Coach John Savage, whose team will play Creighton on Friday night in an NCAA regional opener, calls Berg "a savior. " How Berg became such an invaluable player for a team that was co-champion of the Pac-12 Conference and is seeded No. 2 nationally stems from his decision to change his pitching delivery.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2012
STAGE Long before "Sideways" was a hit Alexander Payne movie, it was an adored novel by Rex Pickett. Now it gets a stage treatment in this adaptation of the story of two guys cruising through wine country as they confront the rest of their adulthood. Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. Fri.-July 8. $25. ruskingrouptheatre.com.
SPORTS
October 29, 1998 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"I don't know if you can see the scar," Ryan Nece says. Barely. "It goes from here to here." He stretches his right hand over to his left ear, extending the thumb inside the closely cropped dark hair as a pointer, then drags it over the bend of the skull to the other side. "I had an operation," he says. "They cut me open from ear to ear." For the reconstruction. "They pull down your skin, they cut underneath my eyes. I have titanium plates all through here."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2012
STAGE Long before "Sideways" was a hit Alexander Payne movie, it was an adored novel by Rex Pickett. Now it gets a stage treatment in this adaptation of the story of two guys cruising through wine country as they confront the rest of their adulthood. Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. Fri.-July 8. $25. ruskingrouptheatre.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2012 | By Philip Brandes
A weeklong road trip through the Santa Ynez Valley wine country drives two middle-aged buddies to unexpected tests of both their varietal and moral palates in “Sideways: The Play.” Adapted by Rex Pickett from his novel (which also spawned the 2004 hit movie), their oenophilial odyssey makes an enjoyable if at times leisurely debut in its stage incarnation at Ruskin Group Theatre. In the comic misadventures of his narrative stand-in, the perpetually unpublished author Miles (John Colella)
BUSINESS
May 20, 2010 | By Claudia Eller, Los Angeles Times
Four years ago, independent producer Michael London, whose credits include the acclaimed films "Sideways," "Thirteen" and "The Family Stone," had no problem raising more than $200 million in financing to make low-cost movies at his newly formed company, Groundswell Productions. At the time, independent movies were all the rage. Investors were hungry to cash in on a trend in which such unconventional pictures as Oscar-winner "Crash" and "Brokeback Mountain" not only win over critics but also mainstream audiences.
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