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February 5, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
When Stuart Murdoch, the frontman for the indie pop group Belle & Sebastian, was shooting his directorial debut "God Help the Girl," he decided to offer a cautionary word to the crew. "I told them, 'You know this movie won't open, because Belle & Sebastian never opens,'" he said, laughing, sort of. In its nearly two-decade history, the Glasgow, Scotland, act may never have had a chart-topping smash. But in a culture of tabloid ephemera and gone-tomorrow musical phenoms, Belle & Sebastian has managed something more elusive: longevity.  Now Murdoch has translated the delicate and wry sensibilities that have made the band a long-running tastemaker favorite, known for its melodic nuggets about oddball children and sideways romances, to the medium of film.
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February 4, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
The demands of promotion and commemoration came together Monday night on "Late Show With David Letterman," where Broken Bells performed a cover of the Beatles' "And I Love Her. " The L.A.-based alt-rock duo (featuring James Mercer of the Shins and A-list producer Danger Mouse) was making the late-night rounds in support of its brand-new album, "After the Disco. " And the Beatles, of course, are approaching Sunday's 50th anniversary of their groundbreaking appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," which was broadcast from the same New York theater that Letterman now occupies.
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January 31, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
New mom Kristen Bell is in "mama bear" mode, and she and husband Dax Shepard are urging fans to boycott magazines that publish unauthorized photos of children of celebrities. The "House of Lies" actress and "Parenthood" actor, who welcomed their baby girl Lincoln last March , sat down with NBC News' "Today" to discuss the topic and its ramifications in an interview that aired Friday. In September, following Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner's testimony in August , California's state legislature passed SB 606, aimed at preventing paparazzi from taking unauthorized photos of celebrities' kids, and the bill was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.
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January 19, 2014
Captain Phillips Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $40.99 Available on VOD beginning Jan. 21 The true story of the hijacking of the freighter Maersk Alabama becomes a refreshingly original action movie in "Captain Phillips," a Paul Greengrass-directed, Billy Ray-scripted, Tom Hanks-starring docudrama that plays up the complexities of the conflict with a you-are-there intensity. As Richard Phillips, Hanks is officious and even a little prickly, which exacerbates the situation when he's being held at gunpoint by a young, wiry pirate (Barkhad Abdi)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Will Robert Rizzo, the former city administrator who nearly bankrupted Bell while enriching himself and other city officials, finally be forced to give the inside story of the city's corruption? In court Friday, the attorney for the city's former second-in-command asked that his client's sentencing be delayed until a week after Rizzo's so that he can interview Rizzo, who is set to be sentenced to a lengthy prison sentence March 12. Defense attorney Harlan Braun reminded L.A. County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy that Rizzo had agreed to cooperate in the case against Angela Spaccia when he pleaded no contest to 69 felony corruption charges last year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Bell's former second-in-command is an unrepentant thief who stole from the working-class citizens in the small Los Angeles County city and then lied on the witness stand in an effort to blame others, Los Angeles prosecutors wrote in a scathing sentencing memo that urges the court to punish her with a 12-year, eight-month prison sentence. If that recommendation is followed when Angela Spaccia is sentenced later this month, she would draw a longer prison term than is expected to be handed to Robert Rizzo, her former boss and the longtime face of the corruption in Bell.
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January 14, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Robert Rizzo, the former city manager of Bell who already has pleaded no contest to 69 corruption felonies, pleaded guilty Monday to federal tax charges in which he claimed more than $770,000 in phony losses, mostly on his horse ranch. Rizzo was dressed in a blue blazer and gray pants, as he has been for nearly all his court appearances. His hair, dyed brown when he was illegally receiving $1.5 million in annual compensation from Bell, is gray. He agreed last month to plead guilty to one count each of conspiracy to commit tax fraud and making a false income tax return.
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January 11, 2014 | By Bob Chamberlin and Matt Stevens
More than 37 years after the Korean Friendship Bell arrived on American soil, officials from Los Angeles and South Korea came together Friday to rededicate the gift and celebrate its restoration. Officials including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and South Korean Consul General Yeon-sung Shin spoke in front of about 100 people at Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro before ringing the bell 14 times -- 13 for each of the original American colonies and one for good luck. “The coasts of Korea and … America aren't thousands of miles away, they are connected as one,” Garcetti said.
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January 9, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Justin Timberlake declared himself the "People's Champ" Wednesday after taking home three People's Choice Awards. So how does an A-lister ring in said honors? Indulge in a little food of the people too. "What do we do after we win 3 PCAs?!?! Easy... Go to Taco Bell!! People's Champ, baby!!" the "Mirrors" singer wrote , captioning an Instagram photo of himself behind a Taco Bell counter with his three awards set up in front of a register. We're pretty sure Fergie's hit song "G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S" has a lyric about this kind of behavior.
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January 6, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The Kickstarter-backed film version of the cult-favorite teen TV series "Veronica Mars" has taken another step on its journey to theaters with the release of its first trailer, which finds star Kristen Bell up to her old sleuthing tricks in the seaside town of Neptune, Calif. Though the mystery series, which ran for three seasons on UPN and the CW, never found mainstream success and was canceled in 2007, it did attract an ardent core of fans who have since clamored for a movie. They got the chance to show they were serious back in March, when Bell and series creator Rob Thomas reunited to launch a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising $2 million to fund the film.
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