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September 8, 2013 | By August Brown
Hip-hop has plenty of incentives for artists - money, fame, command of a potent art form. But what are the incentives for fans at this year's Rock the Bells? Unexpectedly, it's less about discovery and more about dedication: staying put and paying attention. The layout and popularity of this year's Rock the Bells seems designed to keep fans - once they get inside - in a kind of couch-lock at whatever stage they're interested in. The two side stages can be accessed only through a long, winding path at the San Manuel Amphitheatre.
September 7, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
NEW YORK -- Marcus Wainwright and David Neville chartered new territory with their Rag & Bone collection for spring, which was shown on the runway Friday afternoon at New York Fashion Week. The look: Clean sweep, cool and comfortable. The inspiration: Japanese minimalism circa the 1990s, Wainwright said backstage. "Regimented pleating and folding, with some references to military and samurai clothing balanced with softness. " Key pieces: Light summer leather jackets and perforated leather carpenter pants; skirts and tapered pants with foldover waistbands worn with cropped apron tops and longer-length spring coats; black apron-top jumpsuit; white tux pants with shimmery iridescent side stripes; a sexy-as-hell deep-V neck knit top that looked like a riff on the tennis sweater; soft, crossbody bags; crocodile-embossed wedge sandals with rope details that looked comfortable enough to keep you on sure footing.
September 3, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Since its inception in 2004, Rock the Bells has anchored itself as the preeminent festival for hip-hop fans. For its 10th edition, the festival, which begins at San Bernardino's San Manuel Amphitheater on Saturday, once again proves why it's a hot ticket. The bill overflows with emerging rhyme-slayers, chart-toppers, rap icons - and even a couple of revered, but dead, performers. To help festival goers sort through the more than 60 acts, we've broken down the lineup and organized it into four themes filled with can't-miss performers during the two-day festival.
August 24, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Statistics through Friday's game. Last week's rankings in parentheses: BEST IN SHOW 1. DODGERS    Top dogs: Dodgers are an MLB-best 46-10 since June 22. (1) 2. TEXAS    Guide dogs: Rangers go 13-3, take division lead since Cruz's suspension. (3) 3. TAMPA BAY    Loyalty issues: Rays last in MLB in attendance for second straight year. (7) 4. PITTSBURGH    Rescue dog: Let go by Twins and White Sox, Liriano tops Pirates with 14 wins. (4) 5. ST. LOUIS     Fetch boys!
August 21, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Director Harald Zwart was in a forest outside of Toronto on Friday, looking for a possible home for fairies to live. After finding a proper wooded locale, he would have to quickly shower and change into a suit and tie for the Canadian premiere his new movie, "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. " It's not unusual for a director to be promoting one film while setting up the next. But in today's risk-averse Hollywood, it's rare for that next project to be a sequel before the first film has even proved itself at the box office.
August 20, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Many of Hollywood's recent adaptations of young adult fiction are confounding: They seem far more invested in the fantasy trappings and wonky internal mythology of their made-up universes than they are in the deeper metaphors of body shock, transformation and revelation. They are made as if their audiences actually care about vampires and werewolves, not the dark corners of the human psyche they represent. "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" is no exception. It's the first film adaptation from Cassandra Clare's series of novels, and the fact that there is already at least one sequel planned feels more like a threat than a treat.
August 19, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC receiver Marqise Lee lifted his right hand high above his head Monday and proclaimed that his injured right shoulder was "solid. " Lee, speaking with reporters for the first time since suffering what USC has described as a bone bruise, had just finished a team practice in preparation for the Trojans' Aug. 29 opener at Hawaii. Coach Lane Kiffin said Lee was "pretty much all the way back. " Lee said he was "100% back. " Like USC fans, the Biletnikoff Award winner is eager to find out who Kiffin will choose as the starting quarterback.
August 12, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Pinnacle Foods Inc., owner of brands such as Hungry Man dinners and Duncan Hines baking mixes, is buying the Wish-Bone salad dressing brands from Unilever for $580 million. The deal, funded by cash and new debt, comes as Unilever readjusts its priorities to beauty and health goods from food products. In January, the company, which is based in the Netherlands and Britain, sold its Skippy peanut butter brand to Spam maker Hormel Foods for $700 million. Now Pinnacle, which is based in Parsippany, N.J., will take on Wish-Bone as well as the Western brand of dressings.
August 10, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC star receiver Marqise Lee sat out practice Saturday, but the Trojans breathed a major sigh of relief. Coach Lane Kiffin said the junior had suffered a bone bruise on Friday, a condition that qualified as good news for USC. Lee, the Biletnikoff Award winner as college football's top receiver, was injured Friday after he caught a long pass and appeared to land on his right shoulder after a defender made contact. He was escorted from the practice field by athletic trainers, and carted from the practice facility with his arm in a sling, leaving the Trojans to wonder whether they had lost their most high-profile player.
August 8, 2013 | By Margaret Gray
Seldom have I been part of a more enthusiastic and vocal audience than the one at the Macha Theater for “Women Are Crazy Because Men Are A**holes.” Either the house was papered with doting relatives (and the wine was spiked with horse tranquilizer?) or Brad T. Gottfred's play about young couples stumbling through the minefield of codependency taps a universal nerve. At rise, Mandy (the wonderfully off-kilter J.J. Nolan), a modern Ophelia with tear-smeared mascara, wakes Benny (John Weselcouch)
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