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January 14, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
So Juan Pablo's season of “The Bachelor” began last week and slayed in the ratings. The show attracted more viewers than it had in three years, indicating America is pretty into JuanPabs. But guess what, guys? I'm not. Like, if he gave me a rose, I'd probably pull a Sharleen and give him a reluctant “sure?” in reply. Don't get me wrong. The dude is clearly smoking. A stone cold fox. I am considering placing a picture of him on my desk and staring at it lovingly whenever writer's block strikes.
January 10, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
With Batman, Gandalf and Luke Skywalker all making appearances - and, of course, with constant references to the titular toy - "The Lego Movie" may be one of the biggest brand barrages Hollywood has unleashed on the American filmgoing public in recent memory. With an undercurrent of anti-totalitarianism, a suggestion that big corporations keep us numb with empty entertainment and even self-mocking references to dud Lego products, the film also may be one of the more meta and subversive movies Hollywood has unleashed on the American filmgoing public in recent memory.
January 9, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
DreamWorks Animation is expanding its partnership with YouTube. The Glendale-based computer animation company is teaming up with YouTube to produce a series of daily shows that will highlight some of the most compelling entertainment on the video-sharing website, according to a person familiar with the plans. Called "YouTube Nation," the program will feature five-minute highlights of the best of YouTube programming. The series will be produced by DreamWorks Animation and YouTube, which is financing the venture, and is expected to debut next week.
January 9, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
The most beautiful depiction of war ever rendered on film might be found in the first six minutes of "Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo. " In the third installment of four films rebooting the anime series "Neon Genesis Evangelion," the fate of the universe depends on giant robots that blast across magenta-orange sunsets, shooting comets of turquoise, emerald and amethyst. It's splendor on steroids. Unfortunately, the battle wages on for 20 more minutes, a gorgeous tangle of explosions, sexy-sleek visuals and nonsensical dialogue delivered in screeches.
January 4, 2014 | By Julie Cart
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's inspector general will investigate a federal agency whose mission is to exterminate birds, coyotes, mountain lions and other animals that threaten the livelihoods of farmers and ranchers. The investigation of U.S. Wildlife Services is to determine, among other things, "whether wildlife damage management activities were justified and effective. " Biologists have questioned the agency's effectiveness, arguing that indiscriminately killing more than 3 million birds and other wild animals every year is often counterproductive.
January 3, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
DreamWorks Animation SKG is premiering its first computer tablet, one that will teach kids how to be their own animators. The Glendale-based creator of the "Shrek," "Kung Fu Panda" and "Madagascar" movies has partnered with El Segundo-based Fuhu Inc. to create DreamTab, billed as a state-of-the-the art tablet designed for kids. The 8-inch by 12-inch device, which features a new 4.4 Kit Kat Android based operating system, will allow kids to stream movies, TV shows and play games with various innovative parental controls and educational tools.
January 1, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla, Ryan Menezes and Paresh Dave
In its 125 t h year, the Rose Parade detoured into debates over same-sex marriage and captive killer whales. Otherwise, the parade stayed largely on script, delivering its traditional mix of small-town wholesomeness, Hollywood-style entertainment and corporate sponsorship. Treated to clear skies and warm air, thousands crammed street curbs and bleachers along the parade's 5 1/2-mile route through Pasadena on Wednesday for the annual procession of marching bands, equestrian groups and elaborate floats crafted of roses, flowers and all manners of produce.
December 28, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
As aid workers from around the world descended on the Philippines to help the people hit hardest by Typhoon Haiyan last month, Springer Browne headed toward the devastation for a different reason: the animals. The 31-year-old Newport Beach native made the trip as a volunteer for World Vets, a sort of veterinary equivalent of the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders, which provides urgent medical care worldwide. World Vets sends veterinarians to work with animals around the world through various projects based on an area's needs.
December 24, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Frédéric Back, 89, who won two Oscars for his poignant animated short films, died Tuesday morning at home in Montreal, said his daughter, Suzel Back-Drapeau. The cause was cancer. A beloved figure in the world of animation, Back was nominated for four Oscars over the course of his career. He was also a prolific artist and illustrator, getting his start in the graphics department of Radio-Canada's first-ever television station. Back produced his first animation short, "Abracadabra" in 1970.
December 22, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
If you live in or near Los Angeles, you've probably seen television ads and billboards for the zoo. The San Diego Zoo, that is. While that zoo's marketing reach goes well beyond the borders of its city, the Los Angeles Zoo has a history of barely advertising itself at all, even within city limits. (For those who don't know, the zoo is in Griffith Park.) Los Angeles officials and zoo boosters all agree that the zoo, which is owned by the city and answers to the City Council, needs to be more aggressively marketed.
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