CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2006 |
A special election will be held June 6 to replace City Councilman Dan Baker, who resigned last week amid questions about co-owning a Missouri apartment building with the police union president. The City Council could have appointed a replacement, but decided Tuesday night to call the election. Baker defended his investments with Steve James, saying they posed no conflict of interest despite his vote around the same time for a 21% union pay raise.
May 7, 2013 |
Prolific character actor James Whitmore appeared in countless films ("The Asphalt Jungle," "The Shawshank Redemption") and TV series ("The Twilight Zone") in his six -decade career, earning Oscar nominations for 1949's "Battleground" and 1975's "Give 'Em Hell, Harry!" and winning an Emmy in 2000 for his guest appearance on ABC's "The Practice. " But according to his son, James Whitmore Jr., an actor and TV director ("NCIS," "The Good Wife") in his own right, theater was his father's true passion right up until he died in 2009 at age 87 of lung cancer.
February 28, 1989 |
The karate genre is alive, if hardly kicking, in "American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt" (citywide). The silly fight scenes gave a few sound-effects experts a lot of work, even if the violent snaps, crackles and pops on the sound track don't precisely match the fights staged on screen. It's a cinch that the sound men still put far more care into their work than did writer-director Cedric Sundstrom, who has bothered neither with wit nor logic.
November 26, 1998 |
Elton Mashack scored 21 points to lead Loyola Marymount to an easy 83-63 victory Wednesday over Southern California College at Gersten Pavilion. Steve James led the Vanguards, who are coached by former UCLA point guard Cameron Dollar, with 19 points. Loyola (1-2) took control by scoring 10 consecutive points to break a 4-4 tie. The Lions led, 44-24, at halftime. Southern California College (2-3) got as close as 66-56 before the Lions scored 17 of the game's final 24 points.
February 18, 1990 |
Meanwhile, "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" gets the TV treatment--sort of. "Hammer and Slammer" will feature characters introduced in last year's feature-film send-up of '70s blaxploitation pics, produced, written and starring Keenan Ivory Wayans. Wayans won't star this time out, but is exec producing and scripting the hour pilot for MGM-TV and ABC. It reunites Isaac Hayes (Hammer), Jim Brown (Slammer), Steve James (Kung Fu Joe) and Ja'net Dubois (in a new role, Joanne).
September 2, 2005 |
There's a scene in Steve James' entertaining documentary "Reel Paradise" in which John Pierson, a pioneering independent film producer's rep, aptly compares himself to Allie Fox, Harrison Ford's bespectacled, slightly mad visionary in the Paul Schrader-Peter Weir adaptation of Paul Theroux's novel "Mosquito Coast." Both men uproot their families from the relative luxury of middle-class America to pursue a dream of tropical nirvana -- Honduras for the Foxes, Fiji for the Piersons.
January 24, 1994 |
"Mantis" is the kind of movie that can give an insect a bad name. It airs at 8 tonight on Fox (Channels 11 and 6), introducing a comic (unintentionally, it appears) super-hero who wears a mantis-like gizmo on his head and moves through the air spritzing criminals with a paralyzing chemical while suspended by a chain from a high-tech flying car called a chrysalid. The thankless job of playing this clunky lug has befallen Carl Lumbly.