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March 21, 1998
I feel compelled to comment on the use of the adjective "silly" in Christopher Knight's review of the Yayoi Kusama retrospective ("Abstraction as Illusion," March 11). I wonder if Knight has ever used the word "silly" to describe the work of a male artist. To me, it gave off a strong whiff of male chauvinism. It also made me question Knight's ability to accurately judge the work of this extraordinary and unique artist. I had hoped, probably foolishly, as we come to the end of the 20th century that art criticism would have progressed beyond the limitations of gender.
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SPORTS
February 15, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
NEW ORLEANS - The reporter made her way through the throng of media surrounding Chris Paul inside a hotel ballroom, thrusting her microphone close to the Clippers star so that she could pick up the answer to the question she just had to know: Bojangles' or Popeyes? "Bojangles'," Paul said. "No question. Not even close. They've got Popeyes here in New Orleans. Their biscuits are good, but Bojangles' over Popeyes. " The reporter wasn't done with the hard-hitting inquiries.
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NEWS
January 18, 2014 | By a Times staff writer
Times reporter Christopher Reynolds and photographer Mark Boster spent a chunk of 2013 creating “Postcards From the West,” a series of stories, photos and videos exploring seven Western icons, including Yosemite's Half Dome, the Lone Cypress of Pebble Beach, the cable cars of San Francisco and the San Diego Zoo. Rough duty, we know. But for our readers, nothing is too much. Our guys were able to alleviate the stress of the " Postcards From the West " series by throwing together a little video revealing their fact-finding methods on the road.
NEWS
January 18, 2014 | By a Times staff writer
Times reporter Christopher Reynolds and photographer Mark Boster spent a chunk of 2013 creating “Postcards From the West,” a series of stories, photos and videos exploring seven Western icons, including Yosemite's Half Dome, the Lone Cypress of Pebble Beach, the cable cars of San Francisco and the San Diego Zoo. Rough duty, we know. But for our readers, nothing is too much. Our guys were able to alleviate the stress of the " Postcards From the West " series by throwing together a little video revealing their fact-finding methods on the road.
SPORTS
January 28, 2009
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 1992 | JEAN ROSENBLUTH
They did all 16 dances--in the aisles as well as on stage--at the Universal Amphitheatre Thursday as the B-52's brought their endlessly silly but infinitely lovable show to town in support of their latest album, "Good Stuff." Though the flavor of a B-52's show has changed little since the band's beginnings 15 years ago in Athens, Ga., its dynamics have shifted perceptibly.
OPINION
November 19, 2002
What a waste! The Army's Defense Language Institute booted out nine language trainees merely because they were gay (Nov. 16). Many of those kicked out were studying Arabic and were doing quite well with this difficult language at a time when their talents are badly needed in our interfacing with Arabic peoples, whether they be enemies or friends. It's high time Congress got rid of this silly "don't ask, don't tell" policy. After all, many foreign militaries (including Britain and Israel)
NEWS
August 31, 1986
If it's silly, superfluous and stupid, Channel 4 News will show it to you. Jonathan R. Ceniceroz, Arcadia
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1991
Leave it to Madonna: While other actresses are resorting to silicone, she is resorting to silly cones. A. JACINTO FLORES Venice
SPORTS
June 3, 1989
What a race on ABC! Teresa Fittipaldi took a big lead, but Shelley Unser battled back. Then it was Teresa, then Shelley. Teresa. Shelley. Then a split-screen of both! Too bad they kept interrupting the race with pictures of silly cars. PAUL SCHOWALTER Ontario
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
Robin Williams cried when he found out that his new show, "The Crazy Ones," which premiered this fall on CBS, got picked up for a second season. At least that's the way his co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar tells it. Sitting in her trailer late last year behind the 20th Century Fox Studio soundstage where the half-hour-long comedy films, Gellar scrolls through her smartphone to find a picture of her co-star. FOR THE RECORD: “The Crazy Ones”: A Jan. 2 Calendar article and headline about the new Robin Williams TV show, “The Crazy Ones,” said the show had been picked up by CBS for a second season.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Every time I see Ron Burgundy, a.k.a. Will Ferrell, hawking Dodge Durangos on TV - which seems like a million times a day - what strikes me is how brilliant the "Anchorman" conceit is in small bits. The carefully manicured hair, the flashy suits, all just window dressing for that marvelously bloated ego, the absurd made irresistible in 60-second increments. That, I'd suggest, should be the recommended dosage. At nearly two hours, the nonsense of Ron and the news game, which Ferrell and co-writer and director Adam McKay skewered so effectively in 2004, is harder to sustain the second time around.
SPORTS
September 18, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Only in boxing could we emerge from a Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight with a bigger villain than Floyd Mayweather Jr. And only in boxing could that villain be a 64-year-old named Cynthia, who never threw a punch and who most fans thought was a man because she goes by the initials C.J., as in C.J. Ross. That's our usual male default. Plus you assume gender bias in a sport that oozes testosterone and turns most women's stomachs. TV announcer: "Let's cut to Sluggo's corner now and see how much blood they can get out of his broken nose with that cotton swab.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2013 | By Robert Abele
Horror spoofs have become something of a spawning menace these days, especially when horror movies themselves are often ridiculous enough to warrant laughter. At least "Hell Baby" has the distinction of coming from two funny parents - writers-directors-stars Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon ("Reno 911!") - and emphasizes a gallery of amusingly offbeat characters brandishing shtick over ripped-off-from-classic-movies sight gags. The simple set-up has eager parents-to-be Jack (Rob Corddry)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2013 | By Robert Abele
There are pockets of bad-cinema fans who might conceivably be excited at what Roger Christian, director of the notoriously awful L. Ron Hubbard adaptation "Battlefield Earth," might have in store. The wait is over with the low-budget space horror flick "Stranded," co-written by Christian. It's about a four-person military moon station - led by a barking Christian Slater - that suffers "Alien"-like consequences after a crippling meteor shower brings a visit from a strange life form.
NEWS
July 20, 2013 | By Paul Thornton
Reading the 250-plus reader letters so far on the George Zimmerman trial hasn't exactly been an uplifting experience. This isn't to say the letters lacked insight; on the contrary, most were earnest and well reasoned. The problem was the subject matter: Not even the most talented of writers could put a positive spin on the needless death of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager who was shot and killed by Zimmerman last year in Florida following a brief altercation between the two. But even among this depressing lot was a subset of letters that especially stung.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 1993
When smoking advertisements were banned from the airwaves, I thought I had finally heard the last of the "silly millimeter longer." Then along comes Sergei Bubka. MICHAEL HANNIN, Woodland Hills
MAGAZINE
November 23, 1986
What a roomful of phonies. Intellect, indeed. These people are almost a tragedy, if they weren't so silly. Jeanne Blandi Huntington Beach
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2013 | By Robert Abele
Like one long viral video, Taiwanese pop star (and movie multi-hyphenate) Jay Chou's "The Rooftop" is a bullet train to bananasville, its tonal eccentricities sure to wear out even the most dedicated connoisseur of silly cinema. Writer-director Chou's ambitious Luhrmann-esque merging of musical numbers, kung fu, vaudeville and dippy romance is set in a candy-colored world with a deliberately retro vibe. (Think afros, polyester, vintage cars and bowling.) Chou plays - poses as, would be more accurate - Wax, a sensitive, headband-sporting tough from a cheery, artificially designed rooftop ghetto of happy-go-lucky stragglers who eat, laugh and sing together.
NEWS
April 26, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
So that's how you get this Congress to spend money: You cramp their vacation plans. The House on Friday passed legislation that will end the furloughing of air traffic controllers. And what got these famously contentious representatives off their duffs? Here's a hint from my colleague Lisa Mascaro's story : Final passage of the quickly arranged stopgap measure came as lawmakers were boarding their own flights out of Washington for a weeklong recess. Yes indeed: Step right this way to board, congressman, for another on-time flight to get you home.
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