| Feb 13, 2011
| 8:41 PM
I thought I died and went to Indiana on Tuesday night.
This isn’t so much a conversation about my final resting place. If I went in the wrong direction it would be like living in Gary, though.
This is more of a cinematic reference. It was the...
| Mar 1, 2011
| 9:04 PM
Greg Goossen, a former Dodgers catcher who played six seasons in the major leagues, then dabbled as a boxing trainer and was a stand-in for actor Gene Hackman in more than a dozen films, was found dead Saturday at his home in Sherman Oaks. He was 65.
| Jul 2, 2011
No man forgets his first love.
My first love was considerably older, and cost me $25. My father paid the bill in an effort to make a man of me.
It was a 1949 Olds coupe. What did you think I was talking about? Get your mind out of the gutter.
| Jul 8, 2011
| 10:16 AM
Prize-winning author Ann Patchett ("Bel Canto," "Truth and Beauty," "The Magician's Assistant") once confessed that the single most important artistic influence on her work is "The Poseidon Adventure," the 1933 Paul Gallico potboiler that was made into...
| Mar 6, 2011
| 2:54 PM
All those Charlie Sheen TV appearances paid off for "Saturday Night Live," which mercilessly skewered the "Two and a Half Men" star this weekend. Host Miley Cyrus good-naturedly spoofed her life and career. The Sheen-Cyrus combo inspired the "SNL" writers...
| Mar 19, 2011
| 11:24 AM
Another 85 degree day in the offing, do you suppose they ever get tired of the weather here? Probably in the summer, when it never gets below three digits.
Jacob Pullen went through a full practice yesterday and should be near full speed today for his...
| Aug 5, 2011
When the comedy "Any Wednesday" opened on Broadway in 1964 Walter Kerr reviewed a then-unknown Gene Hackman and noted, memorably, the actor's "wonderfully light-footed habit of stepping off a joke before it begins to complain." Isn't that an exquisite...
| Nov 2, 2011
Gil Cates, the Hollywood showman who transformed the annual Academy Awards telecast from a tired and predictable affair into a polished entertainment extravaganza with hosts such as Billy Crystal and Steve Martin, has died. He was 77.
Cates may have been...
| Nov 22, 2011
| 12:28 PM
When a quarterback feels like he's starring in a movie, odds are, something good is happening.
But Aaron Edwards wasn't part of a feel-good film this past Saturday.
Edwards, who'd thrown for 537 yards, seven touchdowns and just one interception in two...
| Oct 13, 2011
| 5:00 PM
Brigitte Bardot, Sean Connery, Frank Sinatra, Steve McQueen, George Harrison, Gene Hackman, James Garner, Eminem, Peter Jennings, Jerry Lewis and Wayne Turner.
Wayne Turner grew up and still lives in Shannondale in the mountainous area...
| Jun 19, 2011
From "King Lear" to "Leave it to Beaver," works of fiction have featured memorable dads. Here's a Father's Day sampler:
1. Chevy Chase plays Clark Griswold in four "Vacation" feature films, but Clark's two kids are played by different actors in each....
| Aug 2, 2011
| 12:19 PM
With the NCAA Division I record for consecutive victories tucked away, the UConn women headed to California for a quick trip that would eventually alter history.
It began in Stockton, of all places.
By JOHN ALTAVILLA