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May 17, 2013 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
Suffice to say that Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte weren't thinking about Proposition 8 when they composed "The Marriage of Figaro. " The 1786 comic opera follows bullying Count Almaviva's efforts to invoke droit du seigneur to sexually conquer Susanna, bride-to-be of his right-hand man Figaro, on the couple's wedding night: a licentious sendup of European aristocracy with a simmering soup├žon of class warfare to rouse the rabble....
May 10, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
While those of us who write about film like to believe otherwise, most movies don't have a lot to say about social or cultural moments. It's partly, as you'll often hear, because films are the culmination of a years-long effort whose moment has generally passed by the time a movie actually gets to the screen. But it's also true for a simpler reason: In all but a handful of cases, films bear the mark of a semi-large group of people. And a semi-large group of people is about as adept at capturing a moment as a flash mob is at catching a mosquito.
May 3, 2013 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
NEW DELHI - Malaysia faces its most significant election in decades Sunday, as voters choose between the longtime ruling coalition touting its steady hand and an untested opposition alliance promising economic and political reforms. The stakes are huge as the old guard digs in, analysts say, fanning fear among its traditional Muslim base that national security, the economy and Islam's central role will be undercut if a more diverse opposition takes power. Malaysia's population is about 60% ethnic Malay Muslim, 25% ethnic Chinese and 15% ethnic Indian.
April 28, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Helen Mirren, who won an Oscar for playing Queen Elizabeth in the film "The Queen," captured another accolade - a Laurence Olivier Award, the U.K.'s highest stage honor - for her latest portrayal of the monarch in "The Audience. " The play, written by Peter Morgan, who also wrote "The Queen," re-creates the Queen's weekly meetings with prime ministers from Winston Churchhill to David Cameron. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage In her acceptance speech Sunday night in London, Mirren joked that the queen deserved the award "for the most consistent and committed performance of the 20th century and probably the 21st century.
April 16, 2013 | By Meg James
Rupert Murdoch has settled on a new name for his soon-to-be-reconstituted film and television company: 21st Century Fox, a moniker with a guaranteed 87-year shelf life. That should be more than sufficient for the 82-year-old media mogul. Murdoch and senior managers had previously announced that the existing News Corp. would be renamed "Fox Group" when the media conglomerate cleaves itself into two separate publicly traded companies this summer. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll The newspapers and publishing assets will be given the News Corp.
April 9, 2013 | By Jon Healey
In light of a second preliminary court ruling in favor of Aereo, a service that lets people record and watch broadcast television programs through the Internet, a top News Corp. executive says the company may take its Fox television stations off the airwaves, Bloomberg's Andy Fixmer reported Monday. And News Corp. isn't the only broadcaster that may retreat from over-the-air TV; according to Forbes' Jeff Bercovici, two major networks are mulling whether to do so if they can't prevail in court against Aereo and Dish Network's automatic recording and commercial-skipping features.
March 30, 2013
Re "High-speed rail's strongest backers have concerns," March 27 It is time to put a bullet into California's bullet train. What is the justification, in the present difficult economy, to build a staggeringly expensive rail line that only a small percentage of the people will ever use and, according to this article, likely won't be a true high-speed system? The state should instead take a fraction of the $68 billion for this project and upgrade airports and highways. In the long term, California should invest in research to develop a cost-effective high-speed transportation system for the 21st century.
February 19, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
No art form is more sensitive to social media than television. Over the years, shows as disparate as "Grey's Anatomy," "Mad Men" and "The Colbert Report" widened and intensified their fan bases through Twitter, Facebook, network websites and YouTube, making devotion just as important as ratings in defining a show's success. But there can be a dark side to this intensity; a fan's feeling of ownership can erupt in vitriolic hysteria when a beloved character is killed or an episode doesn't deliver - the social-media furor over the first season finale of "The Killing" almost got the show canceled.
January 30, 2013 | By Craig Nakano
Traffic has been spiking for our 2010 photo gallery on Frank Gehry's Schnabel House, the Brentwood landmark whose owner set out to "take this gorgeous piece of art that happens to be a home" and give the 1980s design some 21st century technology -- all with Gehry's blessing. PHOTOS: Frank Gehry's Schnabel House Blame the flu that has hampered L.A. at Home all month, because we missed the news the first time around: As reported by our colleague Lauren Beale on Jan. 7, the Schnabel House has sold for $9.5 million -- thus explaining the sudden interest in our gallery and the appearance of Times photographer Lawrence K. Ho's pictures on other blogs (uncredited, ahem)
January 9, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Thank you, GQ, for delivering a whole lot of Beyonce, just as we're prepping to see, well, a whole lot of Beyonce. The singer rocks her fabulous curves on the mag's February cover as the first of its 100 sexiest women of the 21st century. And we gotta ask, she had a baby? With that body? The 31-year-old's tiny, sporty crop top and red-and-black leopard-print panties cannot tell a lie (though of course retouching can fib a little). And yes, Rihanna set the bar high on the December GQ cover wearing less on the bottom, but Queen B doesn't have to share the spotlight with Channing Tatum and Ben Affleck.
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