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January 10, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
Mitt Romney is the most improbable of presidential candidates: a weak juggernaut. He is poised to sweep every primary contest — a first for a non-incumbent. And yet, in Republican ranks there's an abiding sense that he should be beatable — and beaten. It's not that Romney doesn't have fans. His events here in New Hampshire are packed to the rafters and feel like general election rallies. He's surging in polls in South Carolina and Florida. And yet the non-Mitt mood just won't go away.
January 6, 2012 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
As a certain British super-sleuth might observe, there was nothing elementary about the path that Hollywood composer Hans Zimmer took to bring Gypsy folk music into his soundtrack for "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. " Whether the score earns him an Oscar nomination or not, as the first "Sherlock Holmes" movie did two years ago, Zimmer hopes it will draw attention to the plight of one of the world's most maltreated and marginalized ethnic groups - the Roma people of Eastern Europe, more commonly (and pejoratively)
January 5, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
As a U.S. senator who ascended quickly into a leadership position, Rick Santorum was known for his sharp elbows, sharp rhetoric and partisan fighting style. He said gay marriage could lead to bestiality. He blamed "radical feminism" for women going to work at the expense of children. He compared women seeking abortions unfavorably to slaveholders, saying that even they "did not have the unlimited right" to kill their slaves. It was a manner that eventually wore thin on Pennsylvania voters, who turned him out of office in 2006 with a resounding 18-point loss.
December 11, 2011 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Agnieszka Holland set three conditions for herself when she agreed to make "In Darkness," her harrowing new film based on the true story of a Polish petty thief and sewer worker who helped a handful of Jews escape the Nazis by hiding in sewers. First, it couldn't be shot in English, said Holland, whose credits include the feature films "Europa Europa" and "The Secret Garden" and episodes of HBO's "The Wire" and "Treme. " It had to be made in the authentic languages of Polish, German, Yiddish and Ukrainian.
November 23, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
The opulent picture palaces and vaudeville halls of downtown Los Angeles may be monuments to a bygone era, but they are still keeping their ties to Hollywood. Theaters in the historic Broadway district, including the Orpheum, the Palace Theatre and the Los Angeles Theatre, are featured in several current and upcoming movies, including Walt Disney Pictures' "The Muppets," Warner Bros.' "J. Edgar" and "The Dark Knight Rises," and the Weinstein Co.'s "The Artist," the silent, black-and-white period romance that opens in the U.S. this week.
October 12, 2011 | By Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times
The grill is sizzling by the time Clarita Trujillo of Tacos Clarita steps onto the sidewalk. She's got her apron on, her lips painted red, and she's ready to cook. " Orale, muchachos !" she tells a few boys who roll past on skateboards. "Behave yourself. Or what's your mom going to say? "Come here and taste my enchiladas. They're good for you. " Trujillo will talk to anyone along Huntington Drive in El Sereno — to Doña Ana, Doña Juanita and Doña Lupita, to the bakers, the shop owners and the street sweepers.
September 9, 2011 | By Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A major cyber-attack in Europe that apparently was launched from Iran has revealed significant vulnerabilities in the Internet security systems used to authenticate websites for banking, email and e-commerce around the world. The attack this summer wreaked havoc in the Netherlands, where the justice minister on Sunday warned the public that the only secure way to communicate with the Dutch government was with pen, paper and fax machine. The digital assault compromised a Dutch company called DigiNotar, which issues digital certificates, computer code that assures browsers that a website is what it appears to be. The certificates also encrypt communications between the user and the site so they can't be intercepted.
September 8, 2011 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
In Venice, Italy, friends who've met in the street will go off to drink un ombra , slang for a small glass of wine. That's the name of a new Italian restaurant that opened quietly a few months ago in Studio City. Chef-owner Michael J. Young is crazy enough about wine that he's taken courses at UCLA to learn more about it. He also picked up a lot about Italian wine working as sous chef under Angelo Auriana at Valentino way back when and with Celestino Drago at Drago Santa Monica.
September 1, 2011 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
Investigators are refusing to return a purported Rembrandt drawing that was stolen from an auction at an upscale hotel and then recovered last month, citing questions about the authenticity and ownership of the piece. The artwork was reported stolen from an exhibit at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Marina del Rey on Aug. 13. Two days later, it was recovered when someone dropped it off at a priest's office at a church in Encino — an act whose motivation remains a mystery. The Times reported previously that there were questions about whether the small pen-and-ink drawing was really the work of the 17th century Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn, as its owner, the Bay Area-based Linearis Institute, claimed.
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