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December 18, 2002 | Lonnie White, Times Staff Writer
Players are suddenly in demand for television appearances and there are unfamiliar reporters and camera crews in their locker room, so apparently the Mighty Ducks are starting to command respect. And with every point they earn, an underrated player such as defenseman Keith Carney gets the type of exposure he has been lacking playing for the Ducks, who play St. Louis tonight at Arrowhead Pond. "Having more success helps," said Carney, who has 14 points in what has been an All-Star season for him.
March 17, 2007 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
It is a cherished perk of spring training: Veterans seldom make trips. But when the Angels' bus rolled into the Milwaukee Brewers' park Thursday, the Brewers were livid. The Angels' lineup featured one player expected to start on opening day, Howie Kendrick. The lineup also included reserves Maicer Izturis and Robb Quinlan and possible reserves Erick Aybar, Jeff Mathis and Kendry Morales.
August 15, 2003 | Darry Sragow, Darry Sragow, a Democratic campaign advisor, is a managing director of Public Strategies, a public affairs consulting firm.
If Arnold Schwarzenegger and Warren Buffett teamed up to produce a Hollywood project, that would make headlines. But when these two stars align to fix California's government, that's a double take. It's true that many Californians want a governor with a fresh perspective, someone not beholden to the special interests and political establishment.
March 2, 2004 | Patrick Goldstein, Times Staff Writer
Father Frank Desiderio is no fan of "The Passion of the Christ," and he makes no bones about it. "It didn't change my faith or give me a lift into the transcendent," he says. "It's superb from a technical point of view, but I walked out feeling sad and sick to my stomach because the violence made it too painful to stay involved in the story." But Desiderio admits to feeling a pang of envy for Mel Gibson's star power.
November 20, 2001 | Lonnie White
Sometimes, a coach has to stand his ground and stick with what he knows best, no matter how much his players complain. That's what is happening with one NHL team trying to turn things around after a poor start. Instead of compromising to please his players, and despite a rash of injuries, the hard-nosed coach has decided to get even tougher, questioning his players' heart and abilities. Andy Murray and the Kings? No, it's Ken Hitchcock and the Dallas Stars.
May 14, 1993 | DENNIS HUNT
"Hero" is a testament to the lure of star power in the rental market. Featuring Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis and Andy Garcia, it has one of the most star-studded casts of any movie in the past year. Though not a huge box-office hit--$18.2-million gross--this kind of cast would still attract renters who, for a relatively small fee, would check it out for its star power alone. Retailers in some markets report that it's doing strong business, accounting for its jump from No. 8 to No. 3.
November 22, 2000 | BRIAN LOWRY
Celebrity editions of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" padded ABC's vote count last week while lagging far behind the show's first star-laden stunt last spring, based on viewing estimates issued Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. Featuring such personalities as Drew Carey and Tyra Banks, "Millionaire's" celebrity installments (a fifth ran Nov. 12) averaged 23.
March 4, 2005 | Dana Parsons
It was a noontime like any other Thursday at the Red Robin in Santa Ana, except for the police, the TV crews, a contingent of men in black and the dozens of people chanting slogans outside the entrance. And, of course, the presence of the Terminator. In these parts, he's also known as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, looking more tanned and ready than Richard Nixon ever did and going table to table inside the restaurant to rally political support.
May 12, 2006 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
You would at a Laker game, but you won't find valet parking for Clipper games at Staples Center. Nor will you find Denzel, Dustin or Dyan. And you won't find Jack. What you will find are "regular people, as opposed to corporations," said filmmaker Penny Marshall, the only celebrity who regularly attends both Laker and Clipper games. "I like the Clipper audience better."
Phillip Walker rates as a delicacy among blues connoisseurs, but less rabid blues fans are likely to draw a blank if he's mentioned. * The veteran guitarist, who got his start in 1953 backing Louisiana zydeco king Clifton Chenier, began recording on his own in 1959.
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