December 30, 2007 |
Old friends. It's nothing new for Hollywood to resurrect some tried and true franchises to score big at the box office. They aren't always what we wished for ("Alvinnnnn!"), but sometimes they are better than we expected ("Rocky Balboa"). This year, fans eagerly await the return of Spock (Christmas 2008), Indiana Jones (May 2008) and the "Sex and the City" girls in all their frothy wonder (May 2008). -- Usher. If 2007 was Kanye West's year, we're going to call 2008 for Usher.
October 13, 2006 |
Usher, plagued by strep throat since last week, is out of "Chicago" for the final days of his two-month Broadway engagement in the long-running musical revival. The R&B star became ill last Friday and has not been in the show since, Jonnetta Patton, his manager, said Thursday. The show has done boffo business since Usher, playing conniving lawyer Billy Flynn, joined the Bob Fosse and Kander and Ebb musical. Christopher McDonald takes over the role of Flynn on Sunday.
October 21, 2004 |
George Strait's "50 Number Ones" held on to the No. 1 spot on the national pop album sales chart for the second consecutive week, topping a revised edition of Usher's "Confessions" last week by 14,000 copies. The Strait album, which features such country hits as "Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind" and "All My Ex's Live in Texas," sold 190,000 copies last week to bring its two-week total to 534,000. "Confessions" is the year's biggest seller, but it had been slipping in recent weeks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1997 |
The San Fernando Valley Chinese Cultural Assn. will ring in the Year of the Ox with a Chinese new year banquet Saturday. Last Friday kicked off the Chinese lunar year of 4695, the Year of the Ox. According to Chinese tradition, the ox brings "prosperity in business as a result of logical thought, resolute practicality and honest endurance."
March 7, 1985
National Football League Commissioner Pete Rozelle asked Congress to grant the National Fooball League limited protection from federal antitrust laws to allow the league to prevent teams from deserting cities. However, United States Football League Commissioner Harry Usher told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he opposes all proposed legislation that would allow professional sports leagues to control team movement.
August 2, 1986 |
Commissioner Harry Usher, whose eight-team United States Football League may be history by Monday, returned to Los Angeles Friday, taped a TV show, met with reporters and then planned to spend a restful weekend with his family at his home in Tarzana. During a taping of Channel 2's "Newsmakers" show, which will be shown at 10 a.m. Sunday, Usher said that USFL owners will decide Monday whether to play football or not. "The way we're set up now, with training camps scheduled to open Aug.
July 8, 2000
Harry Usher was at his best during the times leading up to the 1984 Olympics. For those of us who worked at the LAOOC, Harry was a firm but fair leader. His untimely death has left us all shaken. One of my most vivid memories of the LAOOC occurred about a month before the Games, when Harry asked me and several others to join him at the Coliseum for a demonstration by ABC. They were hoping to use a new "sky-camera" during the Games. The ABC executives introduced the engineer who had designed the gadget, and he explained how it was a computer-controlled and programmed to go anywhere in the space over the Coliseum's playing field.
December 22, 2002 |
Italy's conservative government has unveiled plans to crack down on prostitution, saying it wants to sweep streetwalkers out of public view. Under the bill, which has to be approved by Parliament, prostitutes caught soliciting in public would face on-the-spot fines for a first offense, and fines of up to $1,000 and three months in jail if caught again. Their clients also could be fined.
December 7, 1988 |
An off-duty usher exploring old rooms at Hollywood's landmark Egyptian Theater fell 40 feet to his death when a section of ceiling caved in, authorities said today. Erick Pineda, 22, of Los Angeles had gone to the auditorium Tuesday night, his day off, to get passes to other Hollywood Boulevard theaters, said Detective Glen Day of the Los Angeles Police Department. Apparently Pineda fell to his death as he and a friend were exploring the many rooms leading to the theater's roof, Day said.
May 15, 1994 |
Alaska The 22 hours of sunlight at the summer solstice is welcomed in Nome, Alaska with the Midnight Sun Festival, June 17-19. Downtown, there'll be street dances, barbecues, carnival booths and a staged bank robbery. The softball tournament takes advantage of daylight with games played almost around the clock. On June 19, homemade rafts compete in the Nome River Raft Race with the winner taking home the grand prize: a fur-lined honey bucket.