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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2009 | Randy Lewis
Stephen Bruton, a Texas musician long admired and much in demand as much for his astute guitar work as for his insights as a songwriter, died Saturday in Los Angeles of complications of cancer. He was 60.
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August 21, 2011
ATF: An article in the Aug. 16 LATExtra section reported that the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had promoted three field supervisors of a controversial gun-trafficking surveillance operation to management positions at ATF headquarters in Washington. The ATF said in a statement Aug. 17 that the three supervisors were "laterally transferred" from operational duties into administrative roles, and were not promoted. Eisa Davis: An article in the Aug. 14 Arts & Books section about actress-playwright Eisa Davis said her mother Fania worked as a civil rights lawyer ensuring such things as wheelchair-accessible bathrooms and public recycling bins.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2009 | By Randy Lewis
The story behind the hard-core country music at the center of "Crazy Heart," the buzzed-about new film for which Jeff Bridges is winning accolades for his portrayal of singer Bad Blake, would make a movie every bit as poignant as writer-director Scott Cooper's tale of a down-but-not-entirely-out musician in desperate need of redemption. The real-life tale would be a buddy movie about the friendship between two musicians whose lives charted divergent paths, one leading to multimillion-selling albums and multiple Grammy Awards, the other hewing closer to the hardscrabble life on the outskirts of fame as portrayed in "Crazy Heart."
NEWS
April 19, 2011 | Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
As an actor, Jeff Bridges followed his Oscar-winning turn as down-but-not-out country singer Bad Blake in "Crazy Heart" with an Oscar-nominated spin as down-but-not-out lawman Rooster Cogburn in "True Grit. " Now comes the news that Bridges will pick up a guitar once more, not for "Crazy Heart II," but for an album slated to be produced by his longtime friend, producer and "Crazy Heart" prime mover T Bone Burnett. Bridges has signed with Blue Note Records and is scheduled to release his major-label debut album late this summer, according to a statement released Tuesday by Blue Note.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 2009
Sometimes the appeal is the story, other times it's the effects. Consider "Crazy Heart" for the singular performance of Jeff Bridges as Bad Blake, an aging, alcoholic country singer in need of reclamation. The story won't surprise you -- it's the classic "love of a good woman" as the solution for all that ails you. But Bridges so embodies Bad you can smell the stink rising off his body as he rolls from car to bar to stage. Now if that doesn't sound appealing, stay with him on this one because if you can't feel the pain, you can't feel the gain (sorry, just got country on my mind)
NEWS
August 21, 2011
ATF: An article in the Aug. 16 LATExtra section reported that the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had promoted three field supervisors of a controversial gun-trafficking surveillance operation to management positions at ATF headquarters in Washington. The ATF said in a statement Aug. 17 that the three supervisors were "laterally transferred" from operational duties into administrative roles, and were not promoted. Eisa Davis: An article in the Aug. 14 Arts & Books section about actress-playwright Eisa Davis said her mother Fania worked as a civil rights lawyer ensuring such things as wheelchair-accessible bathrooms and public recycling bins.
NEWS
April 19, 2011 | Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
As an actor, Jeff Bridges followed his Oscar-winning turn as down-but-not-out country singer Bad Blake in "Crazy Heart" with an Oscar-nominated spin as down-but-not-out lawman Rooster Cogburn in "True Grit. " Now comes the news that Bridges will pick up a guitar once more, not for "Crazy Heart II," but for an album slated to be produced by his longtime friend, producer and "Crazy Heart" prime mover T Bone Burnett. Bridges has signed with Blue Note Records and is scheduled to release his major-label debut album late this summer, according to a statement released Tuesday by Blue Note.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2009 | Randy Lewis
"Closer to the Bone," the title track from Kris Kristofferson's latest album, made an ideal choice as the opening number at the esteemed singer and songwriter's solo show Sunday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall. It addresses the tendency as the years go by to home in on those things that truly matter most and dispense with anything else that can sap precious time and attention. Coming from the heartbeat Nothing but the truth now Everything is sweeter Closer to the bone The song also outlined Kristofferson's minimalist performance: just acoustic guitar with the occasional addition of harmonica mounted in the standard-issue folk singer's neck brace.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 2009 | By Susan King
Sunday was a big day for "The Hurt Locker," the gripping wartime drama about a bomb diffusion unit in Iraq. Within hours, the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. and the American Film Institute both named the independent production the year's best drama. L.A. critics bestowed the film's director, Kathryn Bigelow, with a best director prize as well. FOR THE RECORD: Movie awards: An article in Monday's Calendar about the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. and American Film Institute awards said "The Hurt Locker" is about a "bomb diffusion unit" in Iraq.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 1991 | JOHN D'AGOSTINO
Singer-guitarist Bonnie Raitt will perform Oct. 9 at San Diego's Starlight Bowl. Acclaimed folk-pop songwriter John Prine will open the show. Raitt last performed in San Diego in 1989. In 1990, she won three Grammy awards for her best-selling album "Nick of Time" (best album, best pop vocal performance female, best rock vocal performance female). Raitt shared a fourth Grammy (best traditional blues recording) with blues legend John Lee Hooker for their duet on "I'm in the Mood."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 2009
Sometimes the appeal is the story, other times it's the effects. Consider "Crazy Heart" for the singular performance of Jeff Bridges as Bad Blake, an aging, alcoholic country singer in need of reclamation. The story won't surprise you -- it's the classic "love of a good woman" as the solution for all that ails you. But Bridges so embodies Bad you can smell the stink rising off his body as he rolls from car to bar to stage. Now if that doesn't sound appealing, stay with him on this one because if you can't feel the pain, you can't feel the gain (sorry, just got country on my mind)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2009 | By Randy Lewis
The story behind the hard-core country music at the center of "Crazy Heart," the buzzed-about new film for which Jeff Bridges is winning accolades for his portrayal of singer Bad Blake, would make a movie every bit as poignant as writer-director Scott Cooper's tale of a down-but-not-entirely-out musician in desperate need of redemption. The real-life tale would be a buddy movie about the friendship between two musicians whose lives charted divergent paths, one leading to multimillion-selling albums and multiple Grammy Awards, the other hewing closer to the hardscrabble life on the outskirts of fame as portrayed in "Crazy Heart."
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2009 | Randy Lewis
"Closer to the Bone," the title track from Kris Kristofferson's latest album, made an ideal choice as the opening number at the esteemed singer and songwriter's solo show Sunday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall. It addresses the tendency as the years go by to home in on those things that truly matter most and dispense with anything else that can sap precious time and attention. Coming from the heartbeat Nothing but the truth now Everything is sweeter Closer to the bone The song also outlined Kristofferson's minimalist performance: just acoustic guitar with the occasional addition of harmonica mounted in the standard-issue folk singer's neck brace.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2009 | Randy Lewis
Stephen Bruton, a Texas musician long admired and much in demand as much for his astute guitar work as for his insights as a songwriter, died Saturday in Los Angeles of complications of cancer. He was 60.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 1996 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Taj Mahal thinks the blues-loving public's idea of him has become a little distorted lately, which is ironic considering that few stage performers project as vivid an image. Large and muscular under his trademark broad-brimmed hats, Mahal has long been one of the most accomplished and versatile performers on the acoustic blues circuit, switching between guitar and piano to deliver pumped-up solo concerts that reinvigorate venerable forms.
NEWS
February 17, 2010 | By Glenn Whipp
The 2010 Oscar nominations boast plenty of first-timers, ranging from 80-year-old veteran Christopher Plummer to Gabourey Sidibe making her acting debut. Most striking: Three of the four acting categories boast a nominee working with a first-time director -- Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal in Scott Cooper's "Crazy Heart," Woody Harrelson in Oren Moverman's "The Messenger" and Colin Firth in Tom Ford's "A Single Man." Each movie represented a personal mission for the filmmakers.
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