January 28, 2014
Re "Homeboy Industries is a struggling success story," Column, Jan. 26 While Steve Lopez was interviewing the inimitable Father Gregory Boyle last Wednesday, two of his Homeboy Industries success stories were guiding 50 kids from Venice High School's POPS club around the premises, telling us the stories of their rebuilt lives. In two hours, our students - whose lives are touched by prison, with a parent or another loved one inside - were changed forever. The moment we stepped off the bus and the kids recognized rival gang members and saw them shaking hands, working side by side, their eyes, ears and hearts expanded.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 1988 |
A city task force studying ways to stem the tide of "runaway" film and television production is recommending creation of a film commission to sell Los Angeles as an ideal location for shooting movies.
February 24, 1993 |
One bright morning in 1938, a young Italian newspaper reporter, a shy and gawkish lad who might have had a pimple on his nose, caught a blue tram from downtown Rome and rode it to a new world. Cinecitta, the Italian government's cinema studio-city, is just one more subway stop today, but it lay deep in the countryside then.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1986 |
Several years ago at a party, Prof. Tony Delap, an amateur magician who is a professional sculptor and member of UC Irvine's fine arts faculty, momentarily astonished patrons by levitating a woman outside Newport Harbor Art Museum. In the darkness, with a spotlight trained upon the "floating" woman, the wires extending down from an overhead crane were not visible. But seconds later, party-goers could glimpse the glitter of metal--exposing Delap's secret.
May 30, 2013 |
When most filmmakers in Los Angeles feel frustrated by the movie business, they pick up a pen to write out their anxiety - or pick up the phone and call their therapist. Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij took a different approach. Upset by a series of Hollywood rejections four years ago, the then-aspiring actress and would-be director decided to spend the summer train-hopping with a group of idealistic drifters they'd never met. For nearly two months, they criss-crossed America, encountering strangers, diving into dumpsters and eating what they gathered, sans money.
December 9, 1990 |
This was supposed to be the Christmas season when adult films took center stage. But along came Kevin, an 8-year-old who screams "Holy cow!" and karate chops his way across movie screens shouting "Yes!" Suddenly everything changed. Kevin is the kid in 20th Century Fox's raging hit, "Home Alone," which has taken the movie industry by surprise and upstaged some of the season's biggest pictures, starting with "Rocky V."