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February 6, 1991 | BURT A. FOLKART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
James Macdonald, for 40 years the Disney organization's one-man band of sound effects who also became the voice of Mickey Mouse when Walt Disney no longer had time to breathe life into his creation, has died. Macdonald blew through gas lamp chambers to emulate the roaring of bears, made galloping hoofbeats with coconut half-shells and fashioned a note on a mouth harp that sounded like an arrow hitting a target. He was 84 and died Friday at his home in Glendale of heart failure.
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February 16, 2014 | By Susan King
"Gravity," "Captain Phillips" and "Frozen" are among the winners of the 61st Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards Sunday evening at the Bonaventure Hotel. The Golden Reels recognize outstanding achievement in sound editing in feature films, long-form and short-form TV, animation, documentaries and other media. "Gravity," which earned six BAFTA Awards earlier in the day in London, won the award for sound editing in a feature film-sound effects and foley. "Captain Phillips" received the Golden Reel for best sound editing in a feature film-dialogue and ADR, while "Frozen" earned the trophy in the sound editing in a feature film-music, musical feature category.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 14, 1990 | ROBERT HILBURN, TIMES POP MUSIC CRITIC
Ready for something different? A Canadian company, Distribution Madacy, has released a dozen sound-effects albums in compact disc that prove surprisingly entertaining--especially if you make a game out of them. Simply play one of the records with a friend--without looking at the liner notes--and see who can first correctly identify each of the 80 or so sounds per disc. "Fun With Sound Effects, Vol.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2013 | By Cristy Lytal
Supervising sound editors Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns put their sea legs to the test on the open-water thriller "All Is Lost. " Directed by J.C. Chandor and starring Robert Redford, the nearly dialogue-free film tells the story of a man whose 39-foot yacht collides with a shipping container on the high seas. As sound editors, Boeddeker, Hymns and their colleague Brandon Proctor collected and created sounds heard in the film - a symphony of flapping sails, creaking decks and pounding waves.
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November 20, 2003
Fred J. Brown, 68, Emmy-winning sound effects editor for the television presentation "The Red Pony," died Nov. 9 in Northridge of unspecified causes. In addition to his Emmy, Brown earned a career achievement award from the Motion Picture Sound Editors in 2002. He worked for several studios during his career, beginning at Technicolor and then apprenticing at Columbia.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 1996 | TOM STEMPEL, Tom Stempel is a professor of cinema at Los Angeles City College. A paperback edition of his latest book, "Storytellers to the Nation: A History of American Television Writing," was recently published by the Syracuse University Press
Times staff writer Robert W. Welkos described nicely the different movie theater sound systems, even managing to mention the volume being too loud ("Creating the Roar for the Crowd," Calendar, June 1). What Welkos did not mention is an even bigger problem than overbearing volume: how obnoxiously bad many of the final sound mixes are in today's films.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 1987 | STEVE WEINSTEIN
When he was 16, Ray Erlenborn earned $20 a week playing one of the page boys in the original West Coast production of George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's 1927 classic spoof of the Hollywood movie studios, "Once in a Lifetime."
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March 17, 1991 | DANIEL CERONE, Times Staff Writer
Inside a dubbing stage on the Columbia Pictures lot, silhouetted against a monolithic video screen the size of a freeway billboard, Clyde Phillips stares up at the 10-foot-high, fish-eye image of a sexy high school principal in a fire-engine red business suit. The principal (Melanie Chartoff) has just fired her "special obedience helper" (Taj Johnson), a student who finds pleasure in his classmates' pain. "We need a whimper here," one of three engineers seated behind a sound board calls out.
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March 17, 1999 | ROCHELLE O'GORMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Radio dramas, an entertainment mainstay of the 1930s and 1940s, have been co-opted and even modernized by several companies. These are full cast recordings, replete with sound effects and music. "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari," adapted and produced by Yuri Rasovsky, is a throwback to the golden age of radio, though the story was inspired by the silent German Expressionist film of 1919. (Tangled Web Audio; original audio material; one cassette; 70 minutes; $9.95.
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September 12, 2011
Andy Whitfield Title actor in cable's 'Spartacus' series Andy Whitfield, 39, star of the cable series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," died Sunday of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in Sydney, Australia, according to his manager, Sam Maydew. Whitfield, who was born in Wales and lived in Australia, was a virtual unknown when he was cast as the title hero in "Spartacus," a hit original series for the Starz network that made headlines with its graphic violence and sexuality.
SPORTS
October 28, 2013 | By Gary Klein
A nearby swim stadium is under construction, so USC players and coaches are accustomed to hearing heavy machinery during practice at Brian Kennedy-Howard Jones Field. But on Monday, interim Coach Ed Orgeron introduced the Trojans to something new. Technicians repeatedly blared the recorded sound of a chainsaw to prepare players for the trademark sound effect that rumbles through Oregon State's Reser Stadium on third downs, energizing Beavers fans and players. USC offensive lineman John Martinez remembers what it was like in 2010, when Oregon State defeated the Trojans, 36-7.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2013 | By Susan King
"Life of Pi" won two awards Sunday evening at the 60th Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards. The adventure fable, which is nominated for 11 Academy Awards, won for sound editing: music in a feature film and sound editing: dialogue and ADR in a feature film. Academy Award-winning Ang Lee, who is nominated again for directing  "Life of Pi,"  was also the recipient of the 2013 MPSE Filmmaker Award. COMPLETE LIST: MPSE winners and nominees Oscar nominee "Les Miserables" won the Golden Reel for sound editing: music in a musical feature film and "Skyfall" earned the honor for sound editing: sound effects and Foley in a feature film.
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January 17, 2013 | By Susan King
"Argo," "Life of Pi," "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"; "Skyfall" and "Lincoln" earned multiple nominations Friday morning for the Motion Picture Sound Editors 60th annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards. Nominations were announced for 22 categories in feature film, TV, animation, computer entertainment and student work. Nominees for best sound editing: sound effects and foley in a feature film are "Argo"; "Django Unchained"; "Life of Pi"; "The Avengers"; "Prometheus"; "Skyfall"; "The Dark Knight Rises"; and "The Hobbit.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
Comedian Tig Notaro's downtown Los Angeles loft is oddly intact considering she is moving across the country in the morning. She's about to start a new job with Comedy Central, she has a new book deal with Ecco, her debut comedy album, "Good One," is now No. 2 in its category on iTunes, and reporters from Vanity Fair and the New Yorker are calling later about a new comedy recording of hers on Louis C.K.'s website. Still, as she relaxes on the taupe couch that divides her industrial-modern kitchen and airy, sun-lit living room, Notaro seems utterly unflustered.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2012 | By Todd Martens
When the score to "The Dark Knight Rises"  was released last week, it was missing something: a significant portion of the music created for the film.  "I wanted to make an exciting CD, but what's on the CD is not even half the music," said composer Hans Zimmer. The 52-minute score, released by Warner Bros. imprint WaterTower Music, follows the chronological order of the film, a direct audio companion to what's on the screen. Yet for listeners to hear four of the film's original suites (musical compositions recorded by Zimmer in the early stages of the filmmaking process)
SPORTS
June 5, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
OKLAHOMA CITY -- On a volume scale of 1 to 10, this might go to 11. Some of the noisiest fans in the NBA could unleash their inner Nigel Tufnel, the guitarist from Spinal Tap, and crank up the decibels to another level for Game 6 of the Western Conference finals. "I can't imagine it being much louder than it has been," Oklahoma City Coach Scott Brooks said Tuesday, "but if it is, that would be great. " The Thunder has given its supporters ample reason to roar. Three consecutive victories over the San Antonio Spurs have given Oklahoma City a 3-2 lead in a wildly vacillating best-of-seven series, which resumes Wednesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
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August 7, 1992 | RUTH STROUD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On a ladder, Batman is dangling precariously from a helicopter piloted by Robin. A shark with big teeth has attached itself to Batman's foot, but the caped super-hero manages to get rid of the creature. "How'd you kill the shark?" Robin inquires. "It was easy," Batman says. "It was made of rubber." The scene is from "Batman," the 1966 camp film classic based on the original Batman TV series. The movie that will appear on the screen at L.A.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 1994 | JON MATSUMOTO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Imagine a version of the film "The Blob" where the amorphous alien comes to Earth not as a hostile invader, but as a Henny Youngman-type comedian looking for a gig on "The Tonight Show." Or, how about a movie featuring Cyrano de Bergerac as a hard-luck fellow whose limited job skills reduce him to punching out the holes in doughnuts with his oversized schnoz. No, these aren't old Mel Brooks screenplays that never reached fruition. Rather, they are multimedia presentations by the L.A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2011 | By Paul Walsh and Pamela Miller, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Tom Keith, who created an astounding array of captivating, hilarious, bawdy sounds and voices as longtime master of radio sound effects for Garrison Keillor's nationally syndicated "A Prairie Home Companion," has died. He was 64. Keith, who also co-hosted a weekday morning program on Minnesota Public Radio, died Sunday after having a heart attack at his home in Woodbury, Minn., a St. Paul suburb. Keith last performed Oct. 22 at St. Paul's Fitzgerald Theater with the cast of "A Prairie Home Companion" and guest John Lithgow, playing "a zombie and a beery Elizabethan bartender, [doing]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2011
Andy Whitfield Title actor in cable's 'Spartacus' series Andy Whitfield, 39, star of the cable series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," died Sunday of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in Sydney, Australia, according to his manager, Sam Maydew. Whitfield, who was born in Wales and lived in Australia, was a virtual unknown when he was cast as the title hero in "Spartacus," a hit original series for the Starz network that made headlines with its graphic violence and sexuality.
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