October 29, 1998 |
"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."
July 10, 2008 |
THE CROWD at the Echoplex is cheerful and chatty, but as they sip an elegant French Gewurztraminer infused with "subtle tones of honey, grapefruit and tropical fruit" (or so says Wine Spectator), their ersatz sommelier, Julian Davies, slugs down a distinctly pedestrian bottle of Red Stripe Jamaican ale. This curated eclecticism is par for the course at Irregular Wine Tasting, where an Italian Cabernet Sauvignon might be followed by a milky junmai sake.
January 12, 2005 |
One actor and one movie dominated Tuesday's nominations for Screen Actors Guild Awards: Jamie Foxx and "Sideways," with four apiece. Foxx, a former stand-up comic, was nominated for lead male actor for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the movie "Ray" and as a member of its ensemble cast. He was also nominated for supporting male actor for the film "Collateral" and for lead male actor in a TV movie or miniseries for "Redemption."
February 4, 2005 |
The Pinot Noir repartee between the characters Miles and Maya -- played by Paul Giamatti and Virginia Madsen -- in the Oscar-nominated film "Sideways" has helped spur dizzying sales of the red wine during a lingering U.S. glut, according to wine experts. U.S. filmgoers are salivating over the scene in which Giamatti's character -- a neurotic, failing author -- evangelizes Pinot Noir's subtle delicacy to Madsen's character in an attempt to wow her with his wine knowledge.
August 27, 1995 |
Terry Labonte, trying to hold off hard-charging Dale Earnhardt in heavy traffic, won the rain-delayed Goody's 500 on Saturday night while sliding sideways across the finish line at Bristol International Raceway in Tennessee. Earnhardt, who had several other run-ins during the long night, slammed into the rear of Labonte's car, sending the leader sliding at the end of Lap 500. "Dale caught me and gave me a little shot in the back," Labonte said.
March 13, 2001 |
Bobby Livingston was a bullpen catcher for Chaminade High last season, appearing in only one game. In December, he sensed his days as a baseball player were coming to an end. "I didn't have anything that impressive to offer the team," he said. "There's no doubt I would have been cut. I was hoping for a miracle." Sid Lopez became Livingston's "miracle." The Chaminade assistant coach taught Livingston how to pitch with a sidearm delivery. "It was a lot of work," Livingston said.
August 27, 2004 |
Drifting, the motor-racing craze imported from Japan, will determine its first American champion Sunday at Irwindale Speedway. Formula D, as drifting sanctioned by the Sports Club of America is known, has run three previous events, and the one at Irwindale will conclude the inaugural series. Drifting has attracted sellout crowds at Irwindale since it was introduced locally in 2002.
December 13, 2012 |
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.
May 24, 2012 |
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)
April 12, 1987 |
ACROSS THE PACIFIC OCEAN, a never-ending war of maneuver is under way. It is a three-dimensional struggle--under sea, on the water and in the air--that pits the U.S. Navy against a Soviet fleet three times its size. The prize is control over half the world's surface. The weapons are multimillion-dollar ships and planes, as well as a vast array of sophisticated electronics that could provide the winning advantage if a conflict between the superpowers ever erupts.