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Jay Ward, who sired a collection of characters dominated by a squirrel named Rocky and a simple-minded moose he called Bullwinkle, and then put them in a TV series that featured primitive animation and sophisticated dialogue, died Thursday. The creator of Boris Badenov, Natasha Fatale, Dudley Do-Right, Snidely Whiplash and, of course, Bullwinkle and Rocky was 69 and died at his home in the West Hollywood area.
April 28, 2011 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
On his business cards, Marvin Eisenman called himself a "film detective," but to the unofficial Hollywood network that benefited from his unusually large personal collection of videos and DVDs, he was simply Marvin of the Movies. Over the last quarter-century, the retired grocery store manager had amassed about 42,000 titles while indulging in a hobby that had grown "far past" an addiction, he often said. Movie stars, producers and scholars searching for a rare or obscure film often came calling.
Four decades after he was last paid to say them, George Walsh still rattles off thewords in the steady, measured tone once familiar to listeners nationwide: "Around Dodge City and in the territory out West, there's just one way to handle the killers and the spoilers, and that's with a U.S. marshal and the smell of 'Gunsmoke.' " At that point the music swelled, a shot rang out and ricocheted, and the radio show that gained even more fame later on TV was on the air for another week.
July 11, 2010 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
After years of excavating their alien habits on talk shows, and of turning weight loss into the sort of blood sport last seen in ancient Rome, television has discovered, or remembered, that fat people are human after all, with a panoply of dreams, desires, foibles and stories that often have nothing to do with their weight. Just like all those crazy-thin people we've been watching for years. Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva" broke the ice last year. Lit up by newcomer Brooke Elliott, the show wrangled its iffy conceit — an afterlife mix-up leaves a thin girl trapped in a fat girl's body — into a surprisingly edgy comedy.
February 27, 1990 | RICK DU BROW
TV or not TV. . . . INSIDE MOVES: On NBC, a shark finishes off a star of "Baywatch" this Friday. At ABC, the signing of Victoria Principal for two series robs CBS of a top headliner. At CBS, Valerie Bertinelli tries a comedy series to get the network back on track. Separate moves, but all part of midseason network strategy to win the upper hand. So was NBC's Saturday "Hunter" episode in which the police partners played by Fred Dryer and Stepfanie Kramer finally went to bed with each other.
August 15, 1997 | SHAUNA SNOW
MOVIES Back to Square One: Looks like Madonna might not get to play Tina Modotti after all. The singer-actress had signed a deal in February to follow up her big-screen turn as "Evita" by portraying Modotti--the Italian-born actress and photographer who became well-known in the 1930s for her political activism in Mexico.
September 19, 1992 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Critics of a proposed CBS sitcom version of "Driving Miss Daisy" saw nothing funny about its attempt to find humor in the segregated South of the early 1950s, where whites treated African-Americans largely like chattel. Four decades later, is there anything funny about African-American life in a New York ghetto where a drug dealer gets away with menacing an earnest counselor at a youth center because the young man disciplined the criminal's little brother? We're about to find out.
January 25, 1995 | PETE THOMAS
Anglers aboard the Royal Polaris probably didn't sleep much the last two days. And they probably won't get much rest in the next few. Tuna the size of buffalo will see to that. The long-range fishing boat from Fisherman's Landing in San Diego was the first out of the gate after Mexico announced last Friday that it would issue permits to fish the Revillagigedo Islands, after all.
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