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January 11, 2014 | By Chris Lee
Never underestimate the power of a well-timed "just sayin'. " That was one of the lessons learned by Australian actress Margot Robbie while filming her career-making performance in Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street. " Portraying the Brooklyn-born trophy wife of Leonardo DiCaprio's greedy corporate raider Jordan Belfort - in the $100-million, big-screen adaptation of Belfort's 2007 memoir of the same name - a casual suggestion by Robbie resulted in "Wolf's" most shocking scene.
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April 27, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Jason Aldean's purest, most Jason Aldean-ish song -- and therefore, perhaps, the one that got the biggest response during the singer's headlining set Saturday at Stagecoach -- is "1994," from his album "Night Train. " A ready-made crowd-pleaser set at the perfect beer-hoisting tempo, it's got crunching hair-metal guitars, a bouncy hip-hop beat -- and lyrics made up in large part of the titles of songs by another country singer, Joe Diffie. Aldean is a bro-country veteran with huge hits stretching back to 2005, five years before Luke Bryan (who'll close Stagecoach on Sunday)
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AUTOS
January 4, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Walk blindfolded into a Nissan dealership and you'll soon bump into a vehicle with a CVT. Twelve models come with this new type of transmission. No other brand has so thoroughly embraced the technology. Honda sells four vehicles with such a setup; Toyota has one. So it's with a bit of irony that, after a week of testing the all-new Rogue crossover, our biggest headache came from - yes, the CVT. For all the development Nissan has put into the gearbox, it apparently still can't figure out how to build one that drives well.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
The collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is officially 10 pieces larger. At Saturday night's gala at the museum -- the culmination of its 29 th annual Collectors Committee weekend -- trustees, patrons and others voted on which works, from among curators' selections, the museum should acquire for its permanent collection. Nine works were on the ballot, representing a broad range for the encyclopedic museum, which has a collection that spans ancient Egyptian art to contemporary works; all nine were purchased, including a Japanese “Pair of Guardian Lions” from the 9 th century and contemporary works such as a 3,300-pound, lavender-hued glass work by Roni Horn and an interactive video game installation by Feng Mengbo.
WORLD
May 10, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson and Cecilia Sanchez
MEXICO CITY --  Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of slain civil rights leader Malcolm X, has been beaten to death in Mexico City, his battered body dumped near the famed Plaza Garibaldi, in what may have been a robbery gone wrong, police said Friday. News of the killing of Shabazz began to circulate Thursday, with official confirmation of the details emerging Friday afternoon. His body was found in a street near downtown about 3:30 a.m. Thursday and transported to a Mexico City hospital, Octavio Campos, spokesman for the capital's police department, told The Times.
NEWS
April 25, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
We still have more questions than answers about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter more than a year after plans were announced for a West Coast version of the themed land at Universal Studios Hollywood. Photos: Top 10 Wizarding World of Harry Potter rides and attractions With much of the what, where and when of the Wizarding World project still a mystery, let's start with what we do know before working our way to what we still don't know. Where will the new land be located?
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
Jillian Barberie, whose stints at KTTV Fox 11 and KTLA Channel 5 were clouded by clashes with colleagues, brash behavior and low ratings, has finally gotten a new gig - on radio. Barberie will host a new afternoon show on TalkRadio 790 KABC AM where she will be joined by another KABC personality, John Phillips. "Mid-Day LA with Jillian Barberie and John Phillips" will debut Monday and air weekdays from noon to 3 p.m as part of the local station's recently launched lineup. After an 18-year run on KTTV's "Good Day L.A. " where she worked as a weathercaster, lifestyle reporter and co-anchor, Barberie left the station in 2012 after being yanked off the anchor desk.
NATIONAL
January 7, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
It is, theoretically, a really cool gimmick. If you were in the Midwest when temperatures plunged to about 30 degrees below zero this week, it was probably cold enough to throw boiling water into the air and watch it freeze in midair. An ABC News reporter did just that on the air . So did a pair of TV meteorologists in Lexington, Ky. "All you have to do is bundle up, get some boiling water, and throw it out in the subzero temperatures and see what happens," one broadcaster in North Dakota said . "Threw a pot of boiling water in the air. Kids thought it was awesome," Jason DeRusha, a WCCO-TV anchor in Minneapolis, tweeted to his followers on Sunday . "Do it, people.
SPORTS
December 15, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The irony was not lost on Josh Hamilton, the slugger whose career seems to have come full circle from the day Tampa Bay made him the first overall pick of the 1999 draft. "I started off with the Devil Rays," Hamilton said Saturday in a packed news conference at the ESPN Zone in Anaheim, "and now I'm an Angel. " So much has happened in between, from Hamilton's well-chronicled addiction to drugs and alcohol, to his three-year ban from baseball, to his 2007 ascent to the major leagues with Cincinnati and his rise to stardom with the Texas Rangers.
SPORTS
September 10, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers will face the San Francisco Giants on April 4 in their home opener next season, according to a tentative 2014 schedule released on Tuesday morning by Major League Baseball. As was previously reported, the Dodgers will open their season in Australia with a two-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 22-23. Because the Dodgers didn't want to lose dates at Dodger Stadium, they used their leverage as the bigger draw and insisted the Diamondbacks be designated the home team in Australia.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
“I don't know if we're a country band,” widely lauded singer and songwriter Jason Isbell said during his set Saturday at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio. “But I'm a country person and I wrote all these songs, so I guess we're a country band.” That issue typically arises in various guises throughout the run of the three-day festival, as acts that draw upon rock, R&B, hip-hop, country, bluegrass, folk, soul and other strains vie for fans' attention. The salient point of Isbell's admonition was that when anyone brings a genuinely great song to the table, the labeling becomes irrelevant.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Eric Church performed Friday night at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival before a wall built of several dozen amplifiers. Or at least they appeared to be amplifiers: With the singer's nickname "Chief" emblazoned on them in place of the amp maker Marshall's iconic logo, the large black boxes were almost certainly stage props -- a visual expression of the guitar-band intensity Church was promising in a headlining set that opened with his song...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
The pendulum, as pendulums do, has swung, a realization that couldn't be more apparent than at the opening day of the 2014 edition of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio. One long-guiding principle of country music is that women constitute the majority of the listening audience, and do most of the buying of country music. With a few exceptions that have proved the rule, male performers outnumber women, and how and what they sing about provides a window into the hearts and minds of the women they're singing to. In the 1990s and 2000s, we heard a lot from men who were striving to be the good guy: Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Clint Black and others wrote and sang songs expressing various facets of a persistent theme about wanting to be better men, even when they failed to live up to their own expectations.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
It felt like a scene from the ABC series "Nashville. " Before a modestly sized crowd Saturday afternoon at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival, Holly Williams performed an assured set of no-frills country tunes that might've won the approval of her late grandfather, the pioneering roots-music giant Hank Williams. Then she gave the Mane Stage over to Danielle Bradbery, who after introducing herself as "Season 4 winner of 'The Voice'" proceeded to cover Katy Perry's "Roar" for an audience considerably larger than Williams'.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2014 | By Jason Song
El Camino Real Charter High School claimed the national 2014 Academic Decathlon title Saturday, marking the seventh time the Woodland Hills school has won the honor. The school earned 52,601.1 points out of a possible 60,000, beating 52 other teams for the title. Granada Hills Charter High School finished second, about 200 points behind El Camino, a difference of about 10 questions. El Camino also narrowly edged Granada Hills in the California competition in March. The title is L.A. Unified's 15th national championship.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
The scene in the early hours of Stagecoach 2014 invites a philosophical inquiry of Socratic dimension: Which came first: the deluge of country songs about girls in Daisy Dukes, or the deluge of girls in said Daisy Dukes? Perhaps that historic first song, whichever tune it was that warrants blame for the outpouring of one-dimensional celebrations of imagined rural life that barely run skin deep, was inspired by some real-world situation. Even so, the subsequent assembly line response from the Nashville songwriting community no doubt has fueled the sea of cutoff jeans that constituted part of the official uniform of at least half the country music audience today in Indio.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 2014 | By Tracy Brown
Disney's “Frozen,” directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, won the Oscar for animated feature Sunday. Loosely based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Snow Queen,” the film centers on Anna (voiced by Kristin Bell) and Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel), sister princesses of Arendelle. When Elsa accidentally unleashes an eternal winter upon Arendelle after an emotional outburst at her coronation, she flees the kingdom and Anna sets off to search for her in order to save their homeland and mend their relationship.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Seth Meyers will go from late night to prime time in August: The funnyman will host this year's Emmy Awards, NBC and the Television Academy confirmed Thursday night. TV's biggest night falls on Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. -- remember, that's a Monday! -- on NBC, and the network certainly has proved to have a pool of worthy hosts (ahem, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey). Perhaps only a slightly less obvious choice than recently installed "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon (who hosted in 2010), the selection of Meyers comes on the heels of the "Saturday Night Live" alum being named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world for 2014 -- so maybe he's been doing some influencing with his network bosses?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK -- A feature about Israeli female soldiers and a documentary about an American fighting in Libya took top jury prizes at the Tribeca Film Festival Thursday night. “Zero Motivation,” Talya Lavie's Hebrew-language look at a group of complicated soldiers on the cusp of adulthood, took the award for best narrative feature, while “Point and Shoot,” Marshall Curry's movie about a Baltimore man who takes up arms on behalf of the rebels in Libya in 2011, took the top documentary prize.
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