January 31, 2003
Documentaries, U.S. indies and foreign-language Oscar hopefuls figure prominently in the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's 2003 lineup of more than 100 films. The event runs Feb. 28-March 9. Documentaries include "Stevie," from "Hoop Dreams" director Steve James, and the world premiere of "The Day My God Died," directed by Andrew Levine. "Life and Times of Count Luchino Visconti," in the world cinema section, is a portrait of the Italian director.
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.
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.
December 24, 1999
A guest list of sports figures to be featured on TV and radio from today through Thursday: * Cowboys' Chad Hennings --"NFL on Fox" special, today, 11:30 a.m., Channel 11 * Lance Armstrong, Kurt Warner --"The Last Word," tonight, 6:30 and midnight, Fox Sports Net * Shaquille O'Neal (co-host) --"NBA Inside Stuff," Saturday, 10:30 a.m., Channel 4 * Ron Shelton --"Sportstalk Saturday Night," Saturday, 9-midnight, KRLA (1110) * Ricky Williams --"NFL This Morning," Sunday, 8 a.m.
May 5, 1987 |
In "American Ninja 2: The Confrontation" (citywide), two happy-go-lucky American soldiers, Joe Armstrong and Curtis Jackson--both karate experts and one a ninja master--are transferred to a corrupt tropical isle. There, megalomaniacal drug czar Leo "The Lion" has traduced the local government and is kidnaping Marines right and left, while embroiled in a fiendish conspiracy.
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February 17, 2006 |
The Long Beach city councilman who resigned last week after questions were raised about his property investment with the police union president inappropriately used his City Hall office to run his real estate business, the city attorney said Thursday. City Atty. Bob Shannon said he is continuing to investigate Dan Baker, who resigned during a televised City Council meeting Feb. 7.
February 18, 1999 |
What: "Passing Glory" When: Sunday, 8 p.m., TNT The backdrop for this made-for-TV movie is a high school basketball game in New Orleans in the mid-1960s. The game was the first in that city between a black school and a white school--the black city champions from St. Augustine High played the white city champions from Jesuit. But it is all the mini-plots and the social significance of what took place that carry the film.
November 16, 1986 |
Outtakes reported a few weeks ago that Cannon Films was shooting a small portion of "Ben, Bonzo and Big Bad Joe" (a.k.a. "My African Adventure") in South Africa, with black comic Jimmy Walker. That film is now shooting in Zimbabwe. We heard that Cannon was again shooting in South Africa. Cannon co-chairman Menahem Golan responded to our query: "We've already talked about this--haven't we? I stand by what I said the first time."