After the San Diego Chargers acquired moody receiver Keenan McCardell, James Fay chanced upon an Internet fan site where someone complained of "pre madonna" athletes. Material guys?
She's b-a-a-a-ck: When the Southland's storm of the century hit the other night -- well, it was also the Southland's first storm of the century, wasn't it? -- I felt in the mood to rent "The Day After Tomorrow."
That's the latest disaster film to leave L.A. in ruins, and I noticed what I hope will become a tradition in such epics: a cameo role for a billboard of Angelyne.
Angelyne is, of course, the mysterious character known chiefly for her voluptuous likenesses posted all over town; no one knows what else she does in life.
In the movie "Volcano," a lava flow down Wilshire Boulevard beheaded her billboard.
In "The Day After Tomorrow," her sign is ripped loose by some nasty tornadoes that have struck Hollywood and flies down a street. However, her image wasn't in the original script, which initially called for a TV newsman to be sucked into a tornado in the scene.
But director Roland Emmerich and producer Mark Gordon wanted "something bigger," co-writer Jeffrey Nachmanoff recalled on the movie's DVD. "I said, 'What? You want him [the TV newsman] to be, like, crushed by the Angelyne sign?' And they said, 'Yes.' " And the poor chap is run over by Angelyne.
For your L.A. dialogue file: Two workers in an L.A. weather monitoring station are making whoopee on a couch in "The Day After Tomorrow," unaware that the skies are turning really unfriendly.
"Shouldn't we be checking the weather or something?" the woman says.
Answers the man: "This is L.A. -- what weather?"
Hot time on the town: My favorite line in "Volcano" occurs when one character takes note of the lava flowing down the Miracle Mile and advises a colleague: "Better take the freeway. Wilshire looks pretty bad."
It's not even Halloween yet...: But, for those thinking of hunting for their Thanksgiving dinner, Bruce Wagner of Lake Arrowhead noticed a helpful sighting (see accompanying).
We get the point: Byron Myhre of Palos Verdes Estates concludes that the authorities are pretty serious about the sign they installed beside the lighthouse at Point Vicente (see photo).
Such a deal: John Kara wishes one computer monitor sale would hurry up and get over so he can buy one at the regular price (see accompanying).
miscelLAny: The invite for an event held by the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles and the Society of Benefactrix at the Millennium Biltmore specifies: "Black Tie/Personal Cultural Attire."
Glad I'm not on the list, because I haven't decided what my personal culture is.