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April 1, 1996 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Be Kind to Animals: "Babe" may not have won the best picture Oscar last week, but the movie about an endearing pig took home the award for best feature film at The Ark Trust's 10th annual Genesis Awards, which honor positive portrayals of animal issues in the media, on Saturday at the Beverly Hilton. No, Babe didn't show up to accept, but a celebrity look-alike pig named Murray was there. "Planet of the Apes" received the film classic award.
April 26, 2014 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Daniel Anker, an award-winning documentarian who used film to reexamine complex historical events, including Hollywood's portrayal of the Holocaust and a life-saving sled-dog run in Alaska, died Monday in New York. He was 50. The cause was pneumonia, a complication of his lymphoma, said his wife, Donna Santman. Anker made more than a dozen films during a 25-year career, including "Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust" (2004), "Music from the Inside Out" (2004) and "Scottsboro, An American Tragedy" (2000)
December 16, 2009
Could it finally be Sandra Bullock's time for recognition of her dramatic efforts? Other than her ensemble work in the drama "Crash," she's largely been singled out for her comedic films, and she's had a string of People's Choice awards and nominations for favorite female movie star. But this year could be a milestone for her with "The Blind Side." GOLDEN GLOBES 2001: Nominated for performance by an actress in a motion picture comedy or musical, "Miss Congeniality."
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?
March 10, 2013 | By Debbie Goffa, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords, who was critically injured in a shooting two years ago, on Friday was named this year's recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award for her work to reduce gun violence. Giffords, a Democrat from Arizona, has been undergoing rehabilitation after being shot in the head during a public appearance in Tuscon on Jan. 8, 2011. Six people died, including District Judge John Roll; Gabe Zimmerman, one of Giffords' staffers; and the 9-year-old granddaughter of former Philadelphia Phillies manager and Chicago Cubs general manager Dallas Green.
November 16, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Many Angels fans are up in arms today over the fact that Detroit's Miguel Cabrera won the AL MVP award over Angels center fielder Mike Trout, who finished a distant second. The voting wasn't even close, with Cabrera being placed first on 22 of the 28 ballots cast by members of the Baseball Writers Assn. of America . Trout received the other six first-place votes and finished with 281 points. Cabrera finished with 362 points. But really, it was an easy pick. Let's compare the two players.
March 31, 1996
Regarding the recent Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards (Theater Notes, March 24): If it is indeed true, as it is so often said, that every nomination is an honor almost as important as winning the award itself, would it not have been appropriate to honor all the nominees, instead of completely ignoring those who were in a category that won no award? The award for ensemble performance was just skipped over, as if it never existed, though there were two tables full of nominees--including my husband, Clayton Landey.
April 13, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
To loosely paraphrase Newton's laws of motion, for every NBA postseason award there is an equal and opposite honor. So in addition to LeBron James as the game's best player, may we humbly submit DeSagana Diop as its worst? The Charlotte Bobcats center has somehow appeared in 22 games this season, making one start, despite averaging 0.7 points and making a robust 29.6% of his shots. If he played 36 minutes per game at his current production level, he would still average only 2.5 points.
January 11, 2007
Re "Boxer rescinds award to Islamic activist," Jan. 6 I was saddened when I read about Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) rescinding her award to a Muslim activist. Muslims across the nation are proud of the Council on American-Islamic Relations for being the ambassadors for Muslims in the United States. I'm concerned that Boxer made her decision without meeting with the council to hear its side of the story. She should return the award and maintain the relationship she started with California Muslims.
March 1, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
Every March, I get to meet a group of teenagers that, in 10 years, might include the doctor, firefighter or policeman who saves my life. Every March, I get to speak with a group of teenagers that might include the future soldier, fighter pilot or Marine who volunteers to protect our country. Every March, I get to read the resumes of a group of teenagers whose academic and athletic achievements leave little doubt that they will be the community leaders of tomorrow. It's so meaningful to tell the stories of the football scholar-athlete award winners who will be honored this month at banquets in Orange County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, Pasadena, Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley as part of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame awards program.
April 23, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
After spending 2013 ensconced in Brooklyn, the MTV Video Music Awards return to Southern California this year, landing Aug. 24 at the Forum in Inglewood. It will mark the first awards show at the arena since it reopened earlier this year after a $100-million makeover by Madison Square Garden Co. "Every year we ask the question, 'How do we do it differently?'" MTV President Stephen Friedman told The Times. "We had never done it at the Forum. When we heard it was being overhauled and really elevated in terms of quality and sound and look, this year we felt like the Forum would be a perfect place to do it. " The VMA ceremony has been held in a variety of locations over the years, last year at the Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn, and previously at Staples Center and the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, and Radio City Music Hall in New York.
April 23, 2014 | By Jenny Deam
In a landmark legal victory that centered on fracking, a middle-class north Texas ranching family won nearly $3 million from a big natural gas company whose drilling, they contend, caused years of sickness, killed pets and livestock, and forced them out of their home for months. Tuesday's $2.95-million civil verdict by a six-person Dallas jury is thought to be the first of its kind in the nation. Other landowners have sued over drilling and reached settlements, but legal experts think this is the first jury verdict.
April 23, 2014 | By Carren Jao
After having grown up on the Monterey Peninsula, L.A. architect Polly Osborne couldn't help but take nature into consideration in her work. "It was all around me," Osborne says. So too were pioneers whose ideas would ripple down the history of green architecture. Will Shaw, one of the founders, with Ansel Adams, of Foundation for Environmental Design, was her stepfather. Lawrence Halprin, a revered elder of landscape architecture, and George Brook-Kothlow, architect of handmade houses, were friends of the family.
April 21, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell and Blake Shelton have been added to the bill at the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Awards. Clear Media and Entertainment announced the first slate of acts for the three-hour, fan-voted show early Monday. Also slated to hit the stage? Ariana Grande, Pitbull, Shakira, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Luke Bryan, Ed Sheeran and Arcade Fire, which just closed out the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival over the weekend. Acknowledging the array of music-centric award shows that vie to be the viral, more fun alternative to the prestigious Grammys, Clear Channel's telecast is promising a groundbreaking approach to the format.
April 21, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Gene Luen Yang has been getting a lot of attention from prize juries for his two-part graphic novel for young adults, "Boxers and Saints. " Set at the end of the 19th century, it begins with the story of a Chinese boy inspired by traditional Chinese gods to fight foreign oppression; in part two, an unwanted Chinese girl finds refuge with Christians who are threatened by the rebellion of the first book. "Boxers and Saints" was a finalist for the National Book Award in November, and in April it took the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature.
April 16, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Major League Soccer on Wednesday awarded an expansion team to Atlanta, which would begin play in 2017. It is the third expansion club announced by MLS, which currently has 19 teams, in the last year. The others are New York City FC and Orlando City Soccer Club, which are expected to start play next year. The Atlanta team will be owned by Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank and play in a stadium to be built in downtown Atlanta that also would be the Falcons' new home. "We are going to build a first-class organization on and off the field that will be a source of pride for the entire community," Blank said in a statement.
June 21, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
On Thursday evening, LeBron James won his second consecutive NBA championship and was awarded his second straight Finals MVP award. After scoring 37 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in the Heat's 95-88 win over San Antonio in Game 7, James took the microphone amid a cascade of confetti.  "First of all, I want to give a lot of credit to the San Antonio Spurs," James said. "First-class organization, they pushed us to the limit. I work on my game a lot, throughout the off-season, I put a lot of work into it and to be able to come out here and the results happen out on the floor is the ultimate.
April 15, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Ice Cube wants the world to know he's not a sore loser. After coming under fire for complaining that he and "Ride Along" costar Kevin Hart were "robbed" at the MTV Movie Awards, losing best onscreen duo to the late Paul Walker and his "Fast & Furious 6" costar Vin Diesel, the rapper-actor backed off his comments in a series of tweets. "I wasn't really mad we didn't win," Cube wrote on Twitter . "So I would never diss the actors who won. Not even Paul Walker. Seriously people!"
April 15, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
Translating a book is arduous and notoriously low-paid work. It's a labor of love for most. With a few blockbuster exceptions (think Gabriel García Márquez or Haruki Murakami) publishers don't make much, if any money from the translated titles they offer. That's one reason why just 3% of the books published in the U.S. are works of translation. Finding works from certain countries is all but impossible, as one British blogger discovered in 2012 during a project to read literature from 196 countries -- there are many countries and languages, in fact, whose greatest works have never been translated into English.
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