April 28, 2011 |
Let me just say there's no reason to keep reminding bill.plaschke @latimes.com that he was so misguided, so wrong, and if you will, a Lakers saboteur. If you want to email him, go ahead. But not me. But I would like to know why firstname.lastname@example.org didn't want the Lakers to win the championship this season. There's no way the Lakers can win it without Andrew Bynum. "I'm sure (email@example.com) wasn't the only one who thought Andrew should be traded," said Derek Fisher.
April 17, 2011 |
After a hand-stitched title card announces the year and place as 1845 Oregon, "Meek's Cutoff" shows the slow, laborious process of a small wagon train moving across open country. A river is crossed, water gathered, clothes wrung out, cookware scrubbed. Then, as one shot dissolves slowly into another, one barren landscape fading in from the last, the wagons and their guide seem to roll right across an expanse of open sky, an image at once rustic, fragile and mystical. "Meek's Cutoff" is by all technical definitions a western but also clearly something more.
January 14, 2011 |
In 1953, singer India Adams was living with her first husband in New York when the beloved Vincente Minnelli musical "The Band Wagon" with Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse opened at Radio City Music Hall. " Dorothy Kilgallen had in her column, 'the biggest news around Radio City Music Hall is who is singing for Cyd Charisse in "The Band Wagon"?' I wanted to phone her and say, 'I did it.' But I was afraid. So I didn't. " Back in the day of the big movie musicals, ghost singers were hired to supply the singing voices of many of the top stars, especially musical comedy stars whose specialty was dancing (including Rita Hayworth, Eleanor Powell, Vera-Ellen, Leslie Caron and Charisse)
January 13, 2011
2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon Base price: $30,960 Price as tested: $34,610 Powertrain: 2.4-liter, DOHC, 16-valve, inline four-cylinder with variable valve timing, five-speed automatic with paddle shifters, front-wheel drive Maximum horsepower: 201 at 7,000 rpm Maximum torque: 170 pound-feet at 4,300-4,500 rpm Wheelbase: 106.4 inches Overall length: 189.2 inches Curb weight: ...
January 13, 2011 |
Wagons are typically a practical purchase — an investment often dictated by a change in life circumstance. In other words, babies. As a whole, wagons represent a settling down, a resignation of youth, a reluctant embrace of responsibility as the disposable income once spent on Lady Gaga downloads and sushi dinners yields to collapsible strollers and difficult-to-install car seats, sippy cups and their inevitable spills. FOR THE RECORD: Acura car review: A review of the 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon in the Jan. 13 Business section said that the car's retuned engine incorporates new technologies such as plateau honing of the cylinders to reduce fuel economy.
January 11, 2011 |
Toyota Motor Corp. is rolling out a line of Prius vehicles, hoping to capitalize on the world's most popular hybrid nameplate and one of its more successful models. The Japanese automaker used the North American International Auto Show here to unveil the Prius v, a station wagon hybrid with 50% more cargo space than the regular Prius, which Toyota will continue to sell. The new model is scheduled to go on sale this summer. "This gives customers options," said Ed LaRocque, Toyota's manager for advanced technology vehicle marketing.
May 26, 2010 |
Magic. The word itself is thrilling. It promises surprises (good ones). Mystery. And if you're lucky, a little humor. Everyone knows the good stuff centers around optical illusions. Attractive blonds are cut in half, yet they maintain their game-show bright, five-out-of-five-dentists-recommend-your-teeth-look-like-this smile. Pull your annoying nephew out of the crowd and lay him on a table. Good magic will levitate him a dozen feet above the stage with the aid of little more than some opportune puffs of smoke.
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March 4, 2010 |
Nathan Scott, a film and television composer, arranger and conductor whose credits include composing music for the TV classics "Dragnet" and "Lassie," has died. He was 94. Scott, the father of jazz saxophonist and composer-arranger Tom Scott, died Saturday of age-related causes at his home in Sherman Oaks , said his daughter, Linda Colley. In a four-decade career that began on radio in the early 1940s, Scott launched a six-year post-World War II stint at Republic Pictures as a composer, arranger and conductor on films starring actors such as Gene Autry, Rocky Lane, Roy Rogers and Bob Steele.
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January 12, 2010 |
Dale Rickards, a self-styled cowboy who wrangled horses for Hollywood and turned his Malibu ranch into a faux western town for location photography, has died. He was 88. Rickards, who was a retired mounted officer for the LAPD, died of emphysema Dec. 29 at his home in the hills above Malibu, said his son Ron. After Rickards bought 11 acres off Mulholland Highway in the Santa Monica Mountains in 1957, he built a home. By the early 1980s, he had opened a business there selling and renting western props such as steers' heads, wagon wheels and horse troughs.
November 6, 2009 |
When Italian car-making giant Fiat announced it would be taking over bankrupted, bailed-out Chrysler, I was skeptical. Indeed, I thought the whole plan had ingested powerful hallucinogens. Yet I continue to hope that somehow, one day, I might be able to go down to my local Fiat/Chrysler dealer and purchase an Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon. This is a gorgeous Roman lyre of a car, a sleek transporter that -- when painted gloss black and kitted with 19-inch turbine alloy wheels -- will stop traffic like an overturned big rig. Until that day, the Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon will have to do. I know, "sport sedan" and "station wagon": The terms might seem as notionally dissonant as "Rhodes Scholar" and "Wasilla, Alaska."