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August 16, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos
BEIRUT - The leader of Hezbollah on Friday vowed that its fighters would retaliate against “terrorists” who have detonated car bombs and launched other attacks against neighborhoods and individuals allied with the Lebanese Islamist group. “To the killers: Our hands will reach you,” Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah's general secretary, said in a speech carried via satellite link to thousands of supporters in a village in south Lebanon near the Israeli border. It appeared to be first time that the leader of the political, paramilitary and social service group  had vowed to avenge the recent spate of attacks targeting Hezbollah sympathizers.
August 13, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Tom Hiddleston is a big enough fan of Disney's "The Jungle Book" that he isn't afraid to perform the animated film's classic song "The Bare Necessities" in front of a room full of fellow fans bearing camera phones to immortalize the stunt online. "The Avengers" star, who plays the duplicitous Loki in Marvel's franchise, hit Disney's D23 Expo (think of it as a Disney-centric, Comic-Con lite) in Anaheim on Saturday to promote the upcoming Tinker Bell film, "The Pirate Fairy," costarring "Mad Men's" Christina Hendricks.
June 20, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Robert Downey Jr.'s four Marvel movies have grossed an astounding $3.9 billion. So it's no surprise that the studio wants two more. The company announced Thursday that it has locked down just that, re-upping its deal with the man who plays Tony Stark for two more “Avengers” films. (No word of any progress on the “Iron Man 4” front.) “Avengers 2” is set to begin shooting next spring, with Joss Whedon returning behind the camera; the film will be released in May 2015.
June 18, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Already the entertainment industry's biggest licensor, the Walt Disney Co. is looking to "Star Wars" to lift it to new galactic heights when it releases three new movies over the next few years.  "It's already an extraordinarily robust franchise without all that new content,” said Bob Chapek, president of Disney's consumer products unit. “Imagine what's going to happen when we have this succession of new movies.” The next "Star Wars" installment, directed by J.J. Abrams, will be released in 2015.
June 15, 2013
VS. SAN ANTONIO When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TWC, TWC Deportes. Records: Sparks 2-1 through Thursday, Silver Stars 2-3. Update: The Sparks are looking to avenge an 83-78 loss to the Silver Stars on June 1. Candace Parker logged a game-high 27 points and 20 rebounds in that defeat. Since beating the Sparks two weeks ago, the Silver Stars have lost two of three, most recently falling, 87-72, in a physical game with the Minnesota Lynx. Guard Jia Perkins leads San Antonio with 12.6 points per game, and the balanced Silver Stars have four players averaging double digits in scoring.
June 6, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Think of it as a single scoop of sorbet: Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing" is both a palate cleanser for the director and a small but savory treat for Shakespeare-starved audiences. Whedon needed a change of pace for the few weeks between shooting last summer's monster hit "The Avengers" and the beginning of arduous post-production. Instead of taking the family to Italy, Whedon and his wife, producer Kai Cole, devoted 12 days to shooting what was literally a backyard version of Shakespeare's endearing romantic comedy.
May 31, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
When architect Kai Cole began designing her Mediterranean-style Santa Monica home, she weighed all the usual concerns - space, light, flow - along with one quite specific to her family's needs: where to hold the Shakespeare readings. Cole and her husband, "The Avengers" director Joss Whedon, have hosted impromptu Sunday afternoon gatherings of friends to perform the Bard's plays since the late 1990s, when Whedon was producing the TV show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and he and his cast craved a creative outlet far removed from the program's fantasy world of demon-killing high school students.
May 2, 2013 | By John Horn
Is “Iron Man 3” as steely as “The Avengers?” The highly anticipated Marvel-Disney sequel opens domestically this weekend, a week after the Tony Stark update grossed nearly $200 million in its overseas premiere -- a faster start than “The Avengers” enjoyed in international markets last May. Breaking the “Avengers” box-office record in domestic theaters, however, may be a tougher task. “Iron Man 3” isn't expected to surpass the opening domestic weekend record of $207.4 million held by “The Avengers,” but the superhero sequel could gross $170 million or more in its first three days, according to marketing executives who have seen audience tracking surveys.
April 18, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Whether it leads to one of boxing's great careers remains a point of intrigue, but the boldness Saul "Canelo" Alvarez carries into the ring is something the sport doesn't often witness from a 22-year-old. "It speaks volumes that at 22 - this fighter who is Mexico's favorite champion and boxing's next superstar - he wants to fight the very best out there," Alvarez's promoter and mentor Oscar De La Hoya said. Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 knockouts) won the World Boxing Council super-welterweight title in March 2011, and he'll defend his belt for the sixth time Saturday night against World Boxing Assn.
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