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February 3, 1991
After 10 years of reading the Calendar Sneaks, I've learned not to take it too seriously. Films that you think are going to be big turn out to be bombs ("The Bonfire of the Vanities") and some films that nobody ever heard of until release ("GoodFellas," "The Grifters") turn out to be near-masterpieces. Only a few pictures fulfill their expectations, no more and no less ("Godfather III"). Reading Sneaks is like reading the astrology column--it's fun but usually the information does you no good at all. MATTHEW OKADA Pasadena
March 14, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
Who knew the sound of insanity could be so beautiful? We had the opportunity to sit in on a rehearsal of Los Angeles Opera's production of Gaetano Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor," which opens Saturday. The afternoon was the very first time cast or crew would be rehearsing with the rare, treasured instrument -- the glass harmonica -- that Donizetti intended for his tragic opera of love and madness. French musician Thomas Bloch had arrived from Paris only the night before, with the glass harmonica in tow. The scene being rehearsed was the climax of the Italian opera, in which the fragile, young Lucia -- played by Russian coloratura soprano Albina Shagimuratova -- goes crazy after being forced by her family to break ties with her lover and marry another man. Because of the range of sounds it makes, from hollow and deep to eerie and shrill, the glass harmonica was key to Donizetti's vision for the scene; in the 1700s, the instrument was even reputed to invoke insanity among listeners.
January 25, 1998
At whom do I snivel regarding the photograph used for the upcoming movie "U.S. Marshals" (Sneaks '98, Jan. 18)? Why did you use a shot that makes one of the more attractive men in Hollywood look like he's picking his nose? Once I stopped howling, I decided to assume there's a phone in Tommy Lee Jones' hand. SHIRLEY ALEXANDER Sherman Oaks I read all through Sneaks '98 and found no mention of a new Cameron Crowe (writer-director "Jerry McGuire") project. Would you know if Crowe is working on a new property and what that might be?
February 18, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia  - Youth was not served Tuesday. Instead, age was served on a rain-soaked platter. The four women who ruined 18-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin's red-carpet debut had a 33-year total age advantage on the young American. The top three finishers in the giant slalom were Olympic champions before they slid out of the start gate. The winner, Tina Maze of Slovenia, hadn't won a gold medal since … the women's downhill Feb. 12. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi Maze, 30, probably has ski socks older than Shiffrin.
May 2, 2010 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
Steve Carell and Paul Rudd want to make one thing clear: They're not the second-coming of Laurel and Hardy. "For one thing, I look horrible in a top hat," Rudd deadpanned. "I'm so glad you said something," Carell joined in. "I didn't want to tell you." Be that as it may, there's no denying that anything this modern-day tag-team touches turns to slapstick gold. After they helped propel such films as "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" into box-office hits, Carell and Rudd are teaming up again in Paramount's "Dinner for Schmucks," which hits theaters July 23. A loose remake of the 1998 French comedy "Le dîner de Cons," the film is about a group of colleagues vying for a career boost who gather for a monthly dinner hosted by their ruthless boss and compete to see who can bring the most pathetic and idiotic guest.
September 22, 2009 | Alex Renderos and Tracy Wilkinson
Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, ousted in a military coup nearly three months ago, pulled a fast one on his enemies today, sneaking back into the country in an effort to reclaim his office and taking refuge at the Brazilian Embassy. "I am urging the people who participated in the coup: Together, we can attempt to open dialogue," Zelaya said in one of a number of interviews he gave from inside the Brazilian mission in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa. Journalists in the city confirmed seeing Zelaya in the embassy, as supporters rallied outside.
February 2, 1992
Silly me! How foolish I was to actually have hopes that Hollywood could produce a movie that would simply follow the original book. I am referring to James Fenimore Cooper's "The Last of the Mohicans" and the upcoming film described in "Sneaks '92." Unfortunately, anyone who sees the movie (not having read the story) will not know that it was actually about the French and Indian War--not the Revolutionary War--and that the English general's daughter, Cora, was in love with a Mohican Indian, not Hawkeye.
January 20, 1991 | Information for this issue was compiled by David Pecchia and Kirk Honeycutt
SNEAKS HIGHLIGHTS The people you see on this page are featured in some of the movies we think will be the year's highlights. You'll find more throughout Sneaks '91. Opening soon (see pages 4-6) are Steve Martin's "L.A. Story" and "King Ralph," with John Goodman. Come spring, (page 7-10) we'll see a restored version of Stanley Kubrick's 1960 epic "Spartacus" and "Defending Your Life," with Albert Brooks and Meryl Streep. Robert DeNiro stars with Annette Bening in "Guilty By Suspicion."
February 7, 1993
"SNEAKS '93" looked at the future with one eye shut. In virtually every case, the listing of films to come in 1993 ignored the storyteller (Jan. 24). No one asks "SNEAKS" to promote writers. We ask only that the truth be told. Stories are written, and their one- or two-sentence descriptions as in "SNEAKS" are pitched to stars and directors, and later, when filmed, marketed to the public. Their writers should be named. DEL REISMAN President Writers Guild of America West West Hollywood
January 19, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Robert De Niro wasn't technically nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award this year, but leave it to Bobby D. to find a way into the winner's circle regardless. At the SAG Awards ceremony on Saturday night, De Niro was on hand to present the award for best actress, which went to Cate Blanchett for her role in "Blue Jasmine. " After delivering the statuette and a peck on the cheek to Blanchett, De Niro, who last year was nominated for his supporting role in "Silver Linings Playbook" and as part of that film's ensemble, was presumably done for the night.
December 3, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Pope Francis, well-known do-gooder, may be doing even more good under a secret guise. Super Pope. No, he's not really a superhero, although his fans -- Catholic and non-Catholic among them -- find much to admire. But the pope may be dressing as a regular ol' priest at night to sneak out of the Vatican with a sidekick to mingle with the poor -- giving them money or just hanging out to let them know he's there for them. When he was an archbishop, his nighttime visits to the poor, the elderly and the sick of Buenos Aires were documented.
December 2, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
Sneaking Nick Brody (Damian Lewis) into Iran was supposed to be a quiet, bloodless mission. But the CIA operation quickly deteriorates into a loud, bloody fiasco on “Good Night,” Episode 310 of Showtime's “Homeland.” The scheme calls for Navy SEALs to drop off Brody at the Iraq-Iran border so he can seek asylum in Tehran by falsely claiming responsibility for the CIA headquarters bombing. While being exploited for his propaganda value, Brody would kill the leader of Iran's spy agency.
November 6, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Sounds like "American Idol" is humming a new tune: "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive. " Fox on Wednesday released a 4½-minute sneak preview of highlights from Season 13 of the singing contest, which premieres Jan. 15. Included is the first real look at new judge Harry Connick Jr., who is joining Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez at the judging table. Lopez, who spent two seasons on the show previously, is returning to the program after a year away. 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October 24, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Though still several months from its official world debut, Mercedes this week gave fans a sneak peak at the interior and key safety features of its next-generation C-Class sedan. The compact sports sedan -- Mercedes' biggest seller -- is a perennial rival to the BMW 3-Series and Audi A4, as well as others in the segment such as the Lexus IS, Cadillac ATS and Infiniti Q50. The current generation of C-Class has been with us since 2008, and is one of the oldest cars in the segment.
October 9, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- The father of a 9-year-old Minneapolis boy who last week sneaked onto a Las Vegas-bound flight said Wednesday that he had struggled unsuccessfully to discipline his son before the incident. The man appeared before reporters Wednesday but asked not to be identified, obscuring his face with a dark cap and a hooded sweat shirt from the anti-violence group MAD DADs (Men Against Destruction, Defending Against Drugs and Social Disorder). Beside him was the president of the group's Minneapolis chapter, V.J. Smith, who also read a statement from the boy's mother, who did not attend: "I love my son. I miss my son. I want my son home.
October 6, 2013 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Unlikeliest Vegas trip ever. A 9-year-old Minneapolis boy slipped through a wall of post-Sept. 11 airport security and onto a Delta Airlines flight to Las Vegas last week, officials said.  He was alone and had no ticket. The boy's successful venture Thursday appeared to be his second attempt in two days to bluff his way into the airport. A day earlier, on Wednesday, he had taken the light rail to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, stole a stranger's bag off the baggage carousel, ordered a meal at a pre-security airport restaurant, and then ran away without paying after telling the wait staff he was going to the bathroom, airport spokesman Patrick Hogan told the Los Angeles Times.
September 18, 2013 | By David Ng
Plácido Domingo, the conductor -- as opposed to Plácido Domingo, the world-renowned tenor -- will appear Saturday evening for Los Angeles Opera's season-opening production of Bizet's "Carmen" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. For the city's arts patrons in attendance on Saturday, one can also assume that Plácido Domingo, the world-class fundraiser, also will be present for the exclusive after-party, where he will likely be working hard to drum up support for the company, for which he serves as general director.
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