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A minister told mourners who gathered Tuesday for the funeral of Christopher Golly that the Northridge teen-ager should not be remembered solely for "the last chapter" of his life--the shooting rampage in which he killed his father, a policewoman and himself. "A person's life cannot be summed up in the events of one day," Rev. Craige Le Breton told about 300 people crowded into a chapel for the private funeral for Christopher and his father, Steven, at Conejo Mountain Memorial Park.
April 24, 2014 | By John Horn
NEW YORK - As parents of young girls and as two of Hollywood's most prolific producers, Kathy Kennedy and Frank Marshall believed that "Columbine," journalist Dave Cullen's exhaustive investigation of the 1999 school massacre, contained compelling and often untold stories that needed to be shared with a larger audience. So when the book was published five years ago, the producers of "Lincoln" and "The Bourne Identity" purchased its rights, hoping to turn "Columbine" into a feature directed by "The Social Network's" David Fincher.
December 20, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times
When Steven Spielberg asked Sally Field to play Mary Todd Lincoln in 2005, deep down, the two-time Oscar-winning actress knew the road to playing the contentious first lady wasn't going to be easy. Writers on the film project came and went, as eventually did Liam Neeson, the actor originally cast to play Abraham Lincoln. When Daniel Day-Lewis agreed to come on board, Spielberg wasn't sure Field still fit, owing largely to their age difference. Lincoln was nearly 10 years older than his wife, but Field had more than a decade on Day-Lewis.
April 24, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
It sounds contrived, and it is. It sounds like a bit of a stunt, and it is that too. It may even sound boring, but that it is not. In fact, whip-smart filmmaking by writer-director Steven Knight and his team combined with Tom Hardy's mesmerizing acting make the micro-budgeted British independent "Locke" more minute-to-minute involving than this year's more costly extravaganzas. Though a dozen actors are listed in "Locke's" credits, Hardy is the only one who appears on screen in this real-time drama that unfolds inside a moving BMW during the 85 minutes it takes construction foreman Ivan Locke to make a nighttime drive from Birmingham to London.
November 21, 1986
Russel Glasgal, acquitted of killing his wealthy parents two years ago, reached a settlement with his brother, Steven, 20, and sister, Lauren, 23, of the civil suit in which they sought to deny him his share of the slain couple's $4-million estate. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but it was approved by San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Allan Bollhoffer. Glasgal, 25, was acquitted in the bludgeon murders of his parents, whose bodies were found in the family's San Mateo home Sept.
"Men in Love" (at the New Beverly Cinema, Art Theater in Long Beach and the UA South Coast Village), a film of exceptional tenderness, tells of a young man's coming to terms with the loss of his lover to AIDS. Occasionally awkward, sometimes silly, but always heartfelt, it develops considerable substance as well as poignance.
September 12, 2003 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Since Adrien Brody took off for Europe in the summer of 2001 to begin work on "The Pianist" a day after completing "Dummy," it seems safe to say that the Oscar the Roman Polanski film brought him had a lot to do with today's at-long-last release of the earlier film. If that is the case, then all the more power to the Oscar, for writer-director Greg Pritikin's small-scale debut feature is a romantic comedy of considerable charm and humor.
July 11, 2003 | Shane Nelson, Times Staff Writer
When Steven and Stephanie's mom grabbed her kids and fled her physically abusive husband last year, she thought it would teach him a lesson. But when he didn't ask her to bring the family back, she and the kids ended up homeless, sleeping at three battered-women's shelters during a nine-month period. Despite losing his stepfather, the only father figure he'd known and the one who used to take him fishing and to Angels games, Steven said he is happier now that his mom is single.
December 31, 1987 | DAVID LARSEN
"We like to listen to the oldies and the goodies on the radio," Muriel Koch said. "When Steven and I were married in the '40s, we didn't even have a radio." The Koches were reflecting on their new life. Late in June, after divorcing almost 40 years ago, they once again became husband and wife. Their reunion came about after their daughter, Lynette of Gilman Hot Springs in Riverside County, and son, Bob of Cypress, had searched many years for their father.
March 8, 2012 | By David Karp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Located in a narrow canyon four miles north of Santa Paula, Mud Creek Ranch combines a historic family homestead, a commercial organic citrus and avocado orchard and a mystery zone where the usual rules of farming do not apply. It is a one-family experiment station where Steven and Robin Smith grow all manner of fruits, from apples to wampees, in some 400 varieties, very likely the most of any vendor at farmers markets. It's a mixed bag, but many are delicious and exotic, like the Tahitian pummelo, now in season, one of the most underappreciated forms of citrus in California.
April 22, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Another day, another potential Steven Spielberg movie. As a number of competing projects and producers vie for the director's attention to be his next film, Spielberg has added a Cold War thriller starring Tom Hanks to his ever-expanding list of candidates, according to the Hollywood Reporter . The yet untitled film written by Matt Charman would tell the true story of James Donovan (Hanks), an American attorney who was enlisted by the CIA to slip behind the Iron Curtain and negotiate the release of downed U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers.
April 18, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
As Steven Spielberg continues to take his time pondering his follow-up to 2012's "Lincoln," the director has added another movie project to his plate, the religious drama "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara," according to a Variety report. Spielberg plans to produce and may direct "Edgardo Mortara," which would be a co-production between DreamWorks and the Weinstein Co., but it will not be his next project, the report says . Based on David Kertzer's nonfiction book, the film will tell the true story of an Italian Jewish boy who in 1858 was taken from his parents by authorities in the Papal States and raised as a Catholic; he later became an Augustinian priest.  Tony Kushner, who wrote the screenplays for Spielberg's previous historical dramas "Lincoln" and "Munich," is in the early stages of adapting the book.  BEST MOVIES OF 2013: Turan  |  Sharkey  |  Olsen News of the project once again raises the question of when Spielberg will get back behind the camera, and for which film.
April 16, 2014 | By David Ng
Steven Soderbergh made his New York debut as a stage director on Tuesday with the official opening of "The Library," a school-shooting drama starring Chloe Grace Moretz, at the Public Theater in New York. Penned by frequent Soderbergh collaborator Scott Z. Burns, "The Library" had been in previews since March 25. The play is scheduled to run at the Public through April 27. Moretz plays a student who survives a deadly shooting at her high school and then struggles to tell her story to her parents and the authorities.
April 14, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 At tiny Multnomah University in Portland, Ore., former Valencia guard Steven Sansone has been firing away from three-point range in large numbers. He made 157 threes in his junior season out of 423 attempts. He averaged 21.2 points. At Valencia in 2010, he averaged five points a game as a backup to now Boston College guard Lonnie Jackson. Here's the link to a story on Sansone.  
April 12, 2014 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Gregory White Smith, a Harvard-trained lawyer, businessman, philanthropist and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer who raised hackles in the art world with an intensely psychological examination of the life and work of Jackson Pollock, has died. He was 62. Smith died Thursday at his home in Aiken, S.C., of a rare brain tumor diagnosed nearly 40 years ago, said his spouse and co-author Steven Naifeh. Naifeh and Smith won the Pulitzer Prize in biography for "Jackson Pollock: An American Saga," which was published in 1990 and spurred the 2000 movie "Pollock" starring Ed Harris.
April 11, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - The man formerly known as Cat Stevens quietly walked on stage at the Barclays Center arena to be honored at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2014 induction ceremony. Now known as Yusuf, the singer-songwriter of 1970s folk-rock hits such as "Wild World" and "Moonshadow" converted to Islam and turned his back on pop music stardom at the end of the decade. Thursday during the ceremony, Yusuf re-entered that fray after being introduced by Art Garfunkel. PHOTOS: Rock Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2014 The 65-year-old, dressed in a crisp gray suit over a yellow T-shirt, drew surprised laughs from the crowd when he thanked Rock Hall voters for electing "someone who doesn't drink, doesn't do drugs, doesn't throw television sets out of hotel rooms and only sleeps with his wife....
November 22, 1987 | Scott Ostler
The railbirds. They arrive early at Hollywood Park on Breeders' Cup day, staking out their favorite positions near the rail, getting into the rhythm of the day, sniffing the air and the tout sheets for winners. They pay $2.75 to get in, and if they're lucky, they get a free Breeders' Cup sweater-vest before the supply mysteriously runs out. They have come to bet the big one, but they don't often win. Somebody has to pay the jocks and horses and program vendors and winners.
Peter Mehlman, executive producer of the new ABC series "It's like, you know . . . ," had an especially difficult time trying to cast the role of Robbie Graham, a Lutheran who made untold riches after creating a pay-per-view telecast of a Yom Kippur service. He envisioned John Cusack, an actor who can pull off being simultaneously glib and likable. None of the nearly 50 actors who auditioned--an unusually high number, he said--were able to manage it to Mehlman's liking.
March 24, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Steven Seagal has listed his ranch in Northern California for sale at $12 million. Called Lava Lakes Nature Preserve, the 4,400-acre working cattle ranch sits in Shasta Valley with views of Mt. Shasta. The acreage includes seven lakes, meadowland, a 14,000-square-foot log home, a 4,200-square-foot house, a guesthouse, barns and corrals. The main house has high ceilings, 11 bathrooms, 12 bathrooms and off-the-grid capability. The smaller home has five bedrooms and three bathrooms.
March 2, 2014 | By Todd Martens
Steven Price, who brought an experimental edge to the sound of "Gravity," Alfonso Cuarón's 3-D outer space disaster film, won the Oscar for original score. Full of tension and a mixture of orchestral and digital sounds, Price's score serve as one of the film's characters -- the never-ending galaxy that is the film's setting.  "Every element was manipulated through a synthesizer so that you're never sure what's organic and what's electronic," Price recently told The Times . "We were very keen to avoid the conventions of a typical action score.
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