February 11, 2014 |
News of Shirley Temple Black's death Monday night brought back wonderful memories for me, of my childhood and my early love of Hollywood. Shirley Temple was one of my early obsessions. From the age of 5, I would watch and watch her movies from "Bright Eyes" to "Poor Little Rich Girl" to my favorite "The Little Princess. " My mother was my Temple enabler so to speak. She had turned on the television one Saturday afternoon when we were living in Miami to "Shirley Temple Theater," a weekly showcase of her classic films.
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February 11, 2014 |
Shirley Temple Black, who as the most popular child movie star of all time lifted a filmgoing nation's spirits during the Depression and then grew up to be a diplomat, has died. She was 85. Black died late Monday at her home in Woodside, Calif., according to publicist Cheryl J. Kagan. No cause was given. From 1935 through 1938, the curly-haired moppet billed as Shirley Temple was the top box-office draw in the nation. She saved what became 20th Century Fox studios from bankruptcy and made more than 40 movies before she turned 12. PHOTOS: Shirley Temple Black Hollywood recognized the enchanting, dimpled scene-stealer's importance to the industry with a “special award” -- a miniature Oscar -- at the Academy Awards for 1934, the year she sang and danced her way into America's collective heart.
January 23, 2014 |
A jury in Phoenix on Thursday convicted a man charged in the 1991 killings of nine people, including six Buddhist monks, bringing an end to a bizarre decades-long case that involved multiple trials and evidence of overzealous police interview tactics. Johnathan A. Doody sat impassively in Maricopa County Superior Court as a clerk read guilty verdicts in a robbery gone bad nearly a quarter-century ago: nine counts of first-degree murder, nine counts of armed robbery and single counts of burglary and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
November 16, 2013 |
No one, it seemed, was going to match the “catch of the year” in college football this season: Kodi Whitfield's remarkable grab in Stanford's 24-10 win over UCLA on Oct. 19. Well, Whitfield may have to share the honor with Central Florida receiver J.J. Worton after his remarkable catch against Temple. Watch the video and judge for yourself Now, compare it with Whitfield's catch: Worton's catch tied the score at 36-36 with 1:06 left and proved critical when Central Florida won on Shawn Moffitt's 23-yard field goal as time expired.
October 13, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - India breathed a sigh of relief Sunday as assessment teams fanned out across the eastern part of the country in the wake of the biggest storm in 14 years and found extensive property damage but relatively little loss of life. The state news service, Press Trust of India, reported that 23 people died as a result of Cyclone Phailin, most from falling trees or flying debris. Many had predicted a far higher death toll from the storm in this country of 1.2 billion people, where crisis management, regulation, planning and execution are often inadequate and thousands lose their lives each year to natural disasters, building collapses, train accidents and poor crowd control.
September 16, 2013 |
WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas - To Kristi Suthamtewakul, Aaron Alexis was a gentle young man who taught himself to speak Thai for his waiter's job and chanted Thai prayers at a Buddhist temple. Alexis wore a golden amulet of Buddha around his neck, she recalled, yet also carried a concealed .45-caliber handgun. To a Fort Worth neighbor and a Seattle construction worker, Alexis - accused of gunning down workers at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday - was a brooding, menacing figure quick to brandish and fire a gun. Alexis, 34, a former Navy electrician's mate working as a government subcontractor, was shot and killed by police after he gunned down 12 people, authorities said.
September 14, 2013 |
Chalk up another upset for an upstart. This one was in Philadelphia. Fordham pulled off its first win over a 1-A team since it reinstated football in 1970 when it defeated Temple, 30-29, on a 29-yard pass from Michael Nebrich to Sam Ajala with four seconds left. Temple challenged the play, saying Ajala stepped out of bounds before making the catch. The officials, though, ruled Ajala had been forced out and upheld the play. The color analyst summed up by saying, "Somewhere Vince Lombardi's smiling down.
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September 6, 2013 |
Rabbi Steven Z. Leder implored his Wilshire Boulevard Temple congregants to "look up, just look up" at the now-gleaming, 100-foot-high dome of their historic sanctuary, and they did, mindless of the white kippot slipping off their heads. He urged them to look down at the new cooling vents under the pews. On such a warm September evening in years past, the hundreds gathered for Rosh Hashana would have been schvitzing. "Air conditioning at last. Air conditioning at last. Thank God almighty, air conditioning at last," he said.
September 3, 2013 |
Shirley Temple Black's early childhood home in Santa Monica sold for its asking price of $2.489 million in less than two weeks of coming on the market. The Spanish style-house, built in 1926, features vaulted wood beam ceilings, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and 1,966 square feet of living space. The yard is planted with apricot, apple and plum trees. Black, 85, starred in such hit films as “Bright Eyes,” “Curly Top” and “Heidi” during the 1930s and won an honorary Juvenile Academy Award.
August 29, 2013 |
The darkish comedy "Afternoon Delight" gives the talented Kathryn Hahn her first movie lead, and for a while it looks like an opportunity to dig in deep. Hahn's vanity-free performance as a bored Los Angeles housewife who befriends a stripper goes a considerable way to humanize a film of occasional insight and underdeveloped provocations. Ultimately, though, her character is as thinly conceived and hard to root for as everyone else in filmmaker Jill Soloway's erratic blend of not-quite satire and halfhearted soul searching.