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Posts Tagged ‘Duke Helfand’

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40058221-16150820.jpgMo’bit: A quick blog post yesterday told LAT readers about Stan Winston‘s demise, giving the paper more time to complete a longer, more thoughtful obituary for the legendary special effects wizard filled with deeper insights and information — like quotes from the Orange County Register.

40060171-16161318.jpgCalifornia Adventure? According to Dawn Chmielewski, “Walt Disney Imagineering melded the interactive elements of a video game with the kind of immersive 3-D experience of an amusement park to create Toy Story Midway Mania, a ride opening today at Disney’s California Adventure park in Anaheim.” We can see it now, frazzled parents screaming at their kids to put down their damn Game Boys so they can, um, play a video game.

40050784-16114244-200118.jpgGay-A-Palooza: The first gay marriages in the state inspire SWAT-team like coverage, with Tony Perry And Tami Abdollah covering a Marine’s wedding in San Diego, Carla Hall reporting from Beverly Hills, John Glionna filing from San Francisco, Bruce Wallace reporting from Tokyo, Duke Helfand, Jessica Garrison, Jean-Paul Renaud, Rich Connell, Sandy Banks, Dana Parsons reporting from L..A and Orange County. (Former LAT reporter Jean Pasco even got into the act, being quoted as the current Orange County recorder spokeswoman.)

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LAT In 90 Seconds

39436848-30162456.jpgSticking To His Story: Good on Duke Helfand for following up on the story he wrote in 2004 about a group of L.A. kids who were sent to college in Iowa on a special scholarship. Today’s story was damn well poignant, and if we weren’t hardened cynics, we’d admit that we teared up a bit reading it.

universsnap.jpgReady For Its Close Up: Universal Studios is still giving tours. And Hollywood being Hollywood, the still-smoking ruins of movie sets and still-working firefighters have now become just another part of the attraction.

39548714-02185627.jpgA True ‘Hit’: We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Katy Newton‘s ICU feature is a stroke of genius. Part reality show, part journeyman journalist piece, ICU is breaking ground (and entertaining us to boot!).

LAT in 90 Seconds

bigger.jpgBoy Gets Theater: Columnist Patrick Goldstein waxes poetic about two new Westside movie theaters.

potterh.jpgWhat Scares Harry Potter? Thousands of screaming teenagers. Describing a Beatles-esque scene, Gina Piccalo reports that the crowd that formed in Hollywood to catch a glimpse of the Potter cast were so deafening, “the actors were barely audible to reporters standing just inches away.”

vial.jpgSizzlin’ Journalism: The normally reserved political press gets all hot and bothered at two press conferences with Villaraigosa — peppering the mayor with questions about his affair with Telemundo newscaster Mirthala Salinas. Reporter Duke Helfand sets the scene:

The news conference devolved into a chaotic free-for-all with reporters shoving their microphones in his face and shouting questions in English and Spanish.

It was the kind of persistent media coverage usually reserved for Hollywood royalty hunted by paparazzi in search of a money shot.

At a separate downtown news conference earlier in the day to announce a $7.8-million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for Green Dot Public Schools, nearly two dozen journalists turned a frenzied question-and-answer session into a near-National Enquirer moment.

Ignoring teachers and parents standing a few feet away, journalists zeroed in on Villaraigosa, with one wanting to know what kind of example he had set for “thousands of people of color.”

Villaraigosa Faces the Cameras

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Poor Mayor Tony–those pesky questions just keep coming and coming. The LA Times gets back in the news game, as Duke Helfand reports on the Mayor’s first press conference since the story of his affair with Mirthala Salinas broke. Who’s the journo who asked this:

And as the 15-minute question-and-answer session ended, one reporter asked something that got a chuckle from a few in the group: Are you going to change your name to Tony Villar?

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