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February 16, 2014 | Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Designer debuts and anniversaries, quirky themes and collaborations - this runway season had it all. Here's the rundown on a few of the newsworthy shows at New York Fashion Week. Marc by Marc Jacobs Just like that, Marc by Marc Jacobs is cool again. For their debut season, Brit "It" girl designers Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier showed a brash, Riot Grrrl/punk/ninja-themed collection that put Jacobs' flailing secondary line back on the map. In recent years, Marc by Marc had devolved into a watered-down, fashion-irrelevant department store brand.
February 8, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Buffalo checks, Cowichan sweaters and personalized embroidered bowling shirts ... you might call it blue-collar chic. There was a familiar, American ruggedness to the fall 2014 Rag and Bone designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville showed Friday night at New York Fashion Week. And what coziness, from the shearling-lined mules to the sweaters made in collaboration Coogi, the colorful Australian knitwear manufacturer made famous by America's '80s-era First Dad Bill Cosby. The look: Working class heroes.
February 6, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
PHILADELPHIA - Swaggy knee? Nick Young was the Lakers' latest player to get hurt, taking away their second-leading scorer and nickname-bestowing personality. He will miss at least two weeks because of a non-displaced fracture in the patella of his left knee. Young, who averages 16.9 points, also sustained a bone bruise. Young was injured when Cleveland guard C.J. Miles grabbed him from behind on a fastbreak layup, forcing him to plant unsteadily in the second quarter of the Lakers' 119-108 victory Wednesday.
February 4, 2014 | Amina Khan
How do you make a light, low-density material without compromising its strength? It's a conundrum that has plagued engineers and builders looking for tough, durable materials that don't weigh them down. Now, using a high-tech 3D printer, scientists in Germany have created a lightweight but very strong material inspired by the intricate microscopic architecture of living tissue - our own bones. The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could pave the way for future super-light materials that could be used in microfluidics devices or to make lighter (and thus cheaper)
February 1, 2014 | By Brian Thevenot
The list of features that don't come standard on the new BMW 320i is a long one. This is the bargain Bimmer, meant to lure you onto a lot where a salesman can slather on options that send the price soaring. It's still not exactly cheap, starting at $32,750. That's with no leather, no wood, no navigation, no backup camera, no moon roof, no heated seats - no power seats, even. You get your choice of either black or white at that price; all other colors cost extra. The even longer list of cars with more than this one's 180 horsepower includes the cheapest Honda Accord or Nissan Altima.
January 29, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Fox isn't burying the bones just yet. The network announced Wednesday that it has renewed its long-running drama "Bones" for a 10th season -- oh, and it's moving the show once again to Mondays, too. Currently in its ninth season, with a new episode airing this Friday, the series will return to Mondays beginning March 10. The renewal announcement will help the crime procedural, starring Emily Deschanel as a forensic anthropologist and David Boreanaz...
January 29, 2014 | By Ruben Vives and Adolfo Flores
A Santa Ana house where authorities Wednesday discovered as many as 400 snakes is so littered with cages and rats and snakes - some alive, many dead - that animal control officers said they are still making their way through the cluttered house and haven't thoroughly searched all the rooms. A Newport Beach grade-school teacher who lived in the house was arrested early Wednesday on suspicion of animal cruelty, and authorities obtained a search warrant to scour the home. William Buchman, 53, is identified on various reptile collector websites as a ball python breeder and was using a process known as “morphing” to achieve different patterns on the snakes, said Jason Haywood president of Southern California Herpetologist Assn.
January 27, 2014 | By David Ng
"Flesh and Bone," a new drama series set in the world of professional ballet, has landed at the cable network Starz, which has hired a real-life ballet dancer for the lead role. Sarah Hay, an American dancer who has performed with the Semperoper Ballet in Dresden, Germany, will play the part of Claire, a disturbed young performer who joins a New York ballet company.  The series is expected to begin airing on Starz in 2015. Former "Breaking Bad" producer Moira Walley-Beckett is the creative force behind the show. Lawrence Bender, who has produced many of Quentin Tarantino's movies and who is a former dancer himself, is serving as an executive producer for the series.  Hay won't be the only professional dancer involved with the series.
January 25, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
PARK City, Utah -- Comedians who make the successful transition to drama are as common a sight as David Spade on the Academy Awards podium. But Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader pull off impressive dramatic range and make for a convincing brother-sister pair in "The Skeleton Twins," a study in depression and familial relations that feels serious-minded without being overly heavy. The duo star in Craig Johnson's feature, which made its debut in the past week at the Sundance Film Festival and will hit theaters in the late summer or early fall via Lionsgate.
January 13, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
Alfonso Cuaron was inspired to make “Gravity” because of something his son and writing partner, Jonas Cuaron, said, the filmmaker revealed at the Golden Globes on Sunday night after receiving the best director award. “My son said, 'Your films are all right, but you've got to get more entertaining,” Cuaron said backstage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. “It could be more fun. And that was the point of departure to do this film.” The Mexican director took advantage of the evening to show off his sense of humor as well.  GOLDEN GLOBES 2014: Full coverage | Show highlights | Quotes from the stars | Top winners/nominees When prompted by a reporter to explain what really happened at the end of “Gravity,” Cuaron replied,  “I thought the best ending would be Sandra [Bullock]
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