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December 2, 1990
In Lawrence Christon's Oct. 28 profile of Sylvester Stallone, Sly credited his first big break to a "$200 option" of "Paradise Alley" (a.k.a. "Hell's Kitchen") by producers Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler. Chartoff and Winkler never had anything to do with "Paradise Alley." "Paradise Alley" was optioned for $2,000, purchased for $25,000 and produced for Universal Pictures release by myself and my partner, John Roach, through our company, Force Ten Productions. Indeed it was Sly's first big break.
February 2, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu and Andrea Chang
Nordstrom is famously forgiving when shoppers change their minds about purchases. Customers love it - especially those whose motives may be questionable. The Seattle retailer has been known to take back well-worn clothing, shoes bought years earlier and jars of half-used moisturizer. When Elana Pruitt was a Nordstrom sales employee years ago, she recalled, shoppers would make purchases with gift cards and then quickly return the items for cash. Technically it's allowed, said Pruitt, 33, now a social media coordinator and fashion blogger in Eagle Rock.
January 21, 1991
Some say there'll be one such crisis after another: Iraqi I, Iraqi II, Iraqi III . . . What do you say, Sly? JACK W. CHAIKIN, Palm Desert
October 4, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - The film-world provocateur John Sloss wants to catch your attention with the marketing images for his new release. He just might succeed: The movie's poster features Disney's cheery cursive script on a blazing yellow background under the words "Bad Things Happen Everywhere," accompanied by what appears to be Mickey Mouse's giant outstretched hand covered in blood. "We're not trying to taunt Disney," Sloss said, pointing to the giant placards resting in a corner. "But it would be foolish commerce to pretend that Disney isn't a big part of this movie.
February 26, 2006
The new West magazine is going to have a long and successful life if you keep running stories like "Sly and Me," by Lynell George (Style, Feb. 5). With cultural and historical detail, lyrical and humorous descriptions of the man and the band, and a genuine sense of amazement about the music, George's article left me feeling the way I do when I hear a good Sly & the Family Stone song: soul-satisfied and looking for more! Gary Linquist Morro Bay
December 26, 1991
Thanks for Anne Mendelson's review (Dec. 19) of Jeff Smith's latest outrage. She has neatly placed him on a skewer and toasted him to a fare-thee-well. With his slovenly recipes, his sly product endorsements and his endless stream of irritating assertions, he has been getting away with the equivalent of mayhem for years. DAVID A. WILSON, Northridge
August 23, 2009
I enjoyed Randy Lewis' album review ("Groovy Sounds, Again," Aug. 9). In late June Sony/Legacy released a series of Woodstock recordings titled "The Woodstock Experience" featuring complete sets by Johnny Winter, Santana, Sly & the Family Stone, Jefferson Airplane and Janis Joplin. Joplin's set is a revelation. It's a shame the Who's set has not been released; I have the bootleg of their performance, and it's quite good. Greg Stanford Sherman Oaks
April 17, 2003
What America does Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) think he's protecting by his proposal to delete the sunset provisions of the USA Patriot Act and extend forever the hollowing of our nation's constitutional protections of individual civil liberties ("A Sly Move by Sen. Hatch," editorial, April 14)? Perhaps he's protecting the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy's vision of America -- but certainly not that of our founding fathers Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, or the millions who came to America to escape tyranny and seek freedom.
August 13, 1989
Travolta's implication that Barbra Streisand and Sylvester Stallone "like the fight" in Hollywood is revolting. Perhaps Streisand and Stallone find their strong personalities challenged during the so-called "fight," but I have a feeling they do battle more out of necessity than any pleasure. Streisand has not had a real financial success since 1979's "The Main Event." Stallone failed notoriously in "Rambo Part 3." John, wake up. Barbra and Sly fight because they "like" to survive in a "survival of the fittest" business.
February 8, 1987
I was amazed at the ad touting Sylvester Stallone's affiliation with the pro-literacy movement (Calendar, Jan. 25, Page 28). I don't think that one appearance at Grauman's Chinese can counteract an entire career as poster boy for stupidity, but it's nice to see him finally come around. CARLO PANNO Burbank
August 8, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"In a World…" Sitting on a page staring at you, the words feel flat. Now imagine, if you will, one of those deep baritone voices pouring drama and jeopardy into each syllable, rich tones that resonate to the very marrow. Now pull back and see headphones, the mike and the man, because it usually is a man, with a scarf warming that million-dollar instrument. The one that keeps him at the top of the cutthroat Hollywood subculture of movie trailer voice-overs. That is the world that 30-year-old Carol Solomon (Lake Bell)
August 2, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Though not credited as a remake, "Breaking the Girls" takes the basic premise of "Strangers on a Train," the Patricia Highsmith novel famously adapted to the screen by Alfred Hitchcock - I'll kill for you if you'll kill for me - and transports it to the modern day. Law student Sara (Agnes Bruckner) has had a run of misfortune brought on in no small way by a jealous classmate, costing her a job, a scholarship and a place to live. She also meets the rich, troubled Alex (Madeline Zima), setting in motion a series of events to solve all their problems.
June 19, 2013 | By Leah Ollman
The dozen ceramic anvils on sawhorse and plywood tables at Acme are signature Matthias Merkel Hess: at once subversive and reverential, sly but earnest, gently comical, surprisingly beautiful and unexpectedly poetic. Merkel Hess has transformed a range of functional objects into clay, in the process generally canceling out their functionality. His buckets and other containers can still serve as vessels, but heavy and fragile ones compared with their lightweight, indestructible plastic models.
April 19, 2013 | By Victoria Looseleaf
If Edward Hopper's painting "Nighthawks" had been set in a splashy speak-easy, it might have come to life as Kyle Abraham's ebullient work "Another Night. " One of four pieces performed by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on Thursday during its five-day run at the Music Center, this study in controlled freneticism was a mashing of sexual energy, amped-up Lindy Hopping and jitterbugging, and rampant athleticism. Set to Dizzy Gillespie's enticing "A Night In Tunisia," this 2012 work for 10 dancers - Abraham's first Ailey commission - was led by the powerhouse duo of Jacqueline Green and Jamar Roberts.
March 18, 2013 | By Chris Pasles
Even if you want to avoid the word “diva,” the word inevitably attaches itself to Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu. True, she began her recital Sunday at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica with dainty, demure 18 th -century warm-ups. But soon enough, the dark-toned singing-actress came into her theatrical own, and toward the end of the two-part program she was revelatory both in introducing songs from her homeland and releasing inner fire, with occasional sly hip-swags, witty laughter and even a slink-around the onstage Steinway grand.
January 31, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Yefim Bronfman's recital at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday night was bookended by monumental Brahms and Prokofiev sonatas that the popular Uzbek pianist with a massive technique made much of. The occasion will gladly be remembered as the example of a prodigious performer in action, increasingly willing to plumb music's soul. There were also two little pieces in the middle. One was Schumann's "Arabeske," which flew by as if on gossamer wings, Bronfman's brawny fingers seeming somehow to barely brush the keys, as though there were nothing to it. The other six-minute piece was Esa-Pekka Salonen's "Sisar," written for Bronfman and receiving its world premiere.
In a year that has seen would-be action heroes Jeff Speakman and Brian Bosworth make well-orchestrated attempts to muscle their way into the action-adventure movie arena, Columbia Pictures is clearly betting that Jean-Claude Van Damme could be the next Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal--or even Arnold Schwarzenegger. "Double Impact," the $15-million action film in which Van Damme plays dual roles, opened well Aug. 9 and has grossed $15.
April 27, 2008
RE "Sly," [April 20]: I have been making music for 52 years and it's very difficult to say anything or anyone is the best (except for Art Tatum), but I can say without any hesitation that Sly Stone is the greatest talent in pop music history. David Axelrod North Hollywood -- Axelrod is a composer, arranger and producer who has worked with Stan Kenton, Lou Rawls and Cannonball Adderley and whose early solo work has been used as samples in the recordings of DJ Shadow and Lauryn Hill.
January 20, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
"Focus on Eötvös," as the Los Angeles Philharmonic titled its concerts last week, wasn't exactly a festival. The focus was, in fact, tight. Only two works by the Hungarian composer were played at Walt Disney Concert Hall, although they were significant. The opera, "Angels in America," was presented at the Green Umbrella concert on Tuesday. The world premiere of a violin concerto commissioned by the orchestra for Midori was the centerpiece of the L.A. Phil's weekend subscription series.
November 4, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
Set in the deep recesses of the San Fernando Valley, the film "Starlet" explores an unlikely friendship between a twentysomething girl and an eightysomething woman. After young Jane (Dree Hemingway) buys an old thermos at a yard sale - she thinks it will make a nice vase - she discovers a large amount of cash inside it. Rather than return the money, she begins to insert herself into the life of the woman who sold it to her, offering the elderly Sadie (Besedka Johnson) rides to the market or going with her to bingo.
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