CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1999 |
Bill Thompson of Green Valley Lake swears it happened: "While driving late on the 405, I was passed by a van towing a small children's carousel, doing about 80 mph. The rig was whipping back and forth, very close to jackknifing. I decided to catch up with the van and try to alert this clown to the danger. As I carefully pulled alongside and was about to tap the horn, the driver looked my way with a huge smile and a crazy wave.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1999 |
The moment Carol Huang's name was announced Monday outside the Pasadena Tournament of Roses headquarters, a throng of teenagers let out a shriek of joy that could probably be heard a few miles away at her San Marino home. They weren't celebrating because she's the next Britney Spears. And this wasn't an MTV beach party. Rather, Huang had learned she was one of the lucky seven chosen to be members of the royal court for the 111th Rose Parade.
August 17, 2005 |
Vroom. Vroom vroom. Vrrroooooomvrrrroooooommm. VRRRROOOOOOOOOOOOM. Hey, keep it down, willya? I can't hear the heavy-metal music. Imagine a motorcycle movie scored by Vivaldi. Now erase it from your mind. The motorcycle movie, needless to say, is a package deal: screaming engines, shredded guitars, super-slo-mo action and kidney-jarring landings. And, in the case of "Supercross," a cast made up almost entirely of sitcom stars.
May 13, 2007 |
WITH Jack Black jamming out in the audience and a bunch of kids playing instruments onstage, the third annual Hullabaloo benefit at the Henry Fonda Theater on May 5 looked a lot like a "School of Rock" sequel. But this time, it was Flea, the bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who ran the show to raise funds for the school he co-founded, Silverlake Conservatory of Music. 1. Black, right, went chest to chest with emcee Woody Harrelson, while 2. Robert Downey Jr.
July 28, 2006 |
The vengeance in the bloodthirsty title for "John Tucker Must Die" refers to social "death," or extreme embarrassment, rather than physical demise. In high school, of course, they can feel essentially the same. As the antihero, the aforementioned John Tucker (played by Jesse Metcalfe, the underage gardener from "Desperate Housewives") is targeted for social annihilation after each of his three girlfriends discovers she's not alone in falling for the basketball star's considerable charms.
January 15, 2006
The Covenant A secret society of teenage boys, descended from the original settlers of a New England colony, plagues an elite boarding school. With Steven Strait, Laura Ramsey, Sebastian Stan, Taylor Kitsch, Toby Hemingway, Chace Crawford, Jessica Lucas and Wendy Crewson. Directed by Renny Harlin. Screen Gems, fall * The Grudge 2 Japanese director Takashi Shimizu takes a sixth pass at the deadly curse that will not die. Columbia Pictures, Oct.
January 20, 2007 |
Platinum Dunes, a production company overseen by director Michael Bay, has previously been responsible for newfangled takes on "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" and a remake of "The Amityville Horror." The company now bring its just-add-water (and cleavage) philosophy to a new version of "The Hitcher." Initially released in 1986, "The Hitcher" starred C. Thomas Howell and Rutger Hauer as, respectively, a young man driving alone across the country and the maniacal killer who settles in beside him.
September 24, 2012 |
"Partners," which premieres Monday on CBS, is impossible to review without comparing it to other shows. It's "Will & Grace," except the best friends are men. It's "The Odd Couple," except this Felix is gay. In fact, another show, by the same name and sharing, at least for the pilot, director James Burrows and the same time slot, aired in 1995. Yet despite, or perhaps because of, its derivative nature "Partners" is, if not revolutionary, then a monument to the fight: It proves, more than "The New Normal" or even "Modern Family," that being a gay man on TV is no longer a big deal.
January 3, 2000 |
Two thousand was the magic number at Disney's sellout black-tie gala on New Year's Eve, held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and Exhibition Hall. Two thousand guests braved the rain to get an early peek at "Fantasia/2000," and those who sprang for Joachim Splichal's beef Wellington dinner in addition to the screening and party paid a hefty $2,000 for the package.