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One of the highest pleasures movies can give is to plunge us into the customs of a foreign country with a visual fullness and depth that we could never experience firsthand or in a book. This is what Satyajit Ray does in "The Apu Trilogy" and Ermanno Olmi in "The Tree of the Wooden Clogs." Claude Chabrol achieves that richness in "The Horse of Pride" (at the Nuart), his beautiful film on Breton peasant life.
February 5, 2010 | By Richard Winton
Actress Brittany Murphy's sudden death at 32 was due to pneumonia exacerbated by anemia and a harmful combination of medications. Ending weeks of speculation in the entertainment media over the Dec. 20 death of the "Clueless" and "8 Mile" star, the Los Angeles County coroner announced Thursday that the primary cause was "community-acquired pneumonia," with contributing factors of "iron deficiency anemia" and "multiple drug intoxication." The drugs involved were prescription and over-the-counter medications she took orally, said Ed Winter, assistant chief at the L.A. County coroner's office.
July 8, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Former USC quarterback and current Philadelphia Eagles rookie Matt Barkley married longtime girlfriend Brittany Langdon over the weekend. Though Trojans fans have gotten to know Barkley pretty well over the last four years (and even more if they followed him during his days as a star QB for Mater Dei), he and Langdon have kept their relationship private. Well, private is a relative term. Keep in mind that this is 2013, so every now and then Barkley sometimes just can't seem to help himself from gushing on Twitter.
February 14, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
The highly anticipated debut of drag racer Brittany Force in Thursday's first round of qualifying at the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona ended before it began. Force, the 26-year-old daughter of drag-racing legend John Force, was making her first run in the top-fuel division, the National Hot Rod Assn.'s most prestigious class. After John Force poked his head into Brittany's cockpit to give her last-minute instructions, Brittany eased the 8,000-horsepower dragster up to the starting line -- also known as the staging area -- at Auto Club Raceway.
February 15, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Brittany Force put aside her first-day stumble and made a successful debut run in the NHRA's top-fuel division Friday in Pomona. The 26-year-old daughter of drag-racing legend John Force raced down the 1,000-foot drag strip in 3.845 seconds at a speed of 293.22 mph in the second day of qualifying at the National Hot Rod Assn.'s season-opening Winternationals. "Got it down the track," a smiling and no doubt relieved Brittany Force said after she climbed out of her dragster on a balmy day at Auto Club Raceway.
February 4, 2010 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The L.A. County coroner's office says actress Brittany Murphy died of pneumonia complicated by an iron deficiency, anemia and multiple drug intoxication. Coroner officials said Murphy had gone into sudden cardiac arrest because of "drug intake," and the Dec. 20 death was classified as an accident. They said an autopsy report would be available in two weeks. Murphy, 32, went into cardiac arrest at her home in the Hollywood Hills. L.A. firefighters responded to a medical call at about 8 a.m. at the home she shared with husband Simon Monjack in the 1800 block of Rising Glen Road.
April 8, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
The airbag introduced itself, a rude facial jab that left a dozen cuts. UCLA gymnast Brittani McCullough, then a freshman, was jolted awake. Her behind-the-wheel nap, the culprit in this mess, was ruined. So was the cherry red 2005 Toyota her grandfather had bought her five months earlier. She remembers the smell of burning rubber, metal and fluids — and worrying that her car might explode. At first, she couldn't escape. The driver's side door was jammed and her left foot was stuck in the floorboard.
August 13, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
Last year, while she was recovering from a second surgery on her right foot, Brittany Viola considered that her diving career might be over. And it's not as if she has no plans for the rest of her life. The 24-year-old, who is the daughter of former major league pitcher Frank Viola, has her degree from University of Miami. Her major was electronic media and sports administration. "I want to do something in sports," Viola said Saturday at the Spieker Athletics Center at UCLA. But for the near future anyway, that "something in sports" is still going to be diving.
February 8, 1998 | HENRIETTA E. MOSLEY, Mosley is a Manhattan Beach freelance writer
Ah, yes, those French barge trips. Wine steward, haute cuisine, a party all the way. That was the usual reaction from friends when we said we were going canal cruising in France. When we explained that we were renting a small boat with another couple to motor into the interior of Brittany, the reactions were less predictable: "Just where is Brittany?" or "How did you hear about this?"
December 22, 2009 | By Steven Zeitchik and Rachel Abramowitz
One of the first things Brittany Murphy did when she showed up on the Oregon set of her indie thriller "Something Wicked" last June was acknowledge -- and apologize for -- her weight. "I met her on the first day she arrived [on set] in Eugene with her husband," said Scott Chambers, a principal at Chambers Productions and an executive producer on the picture. "She looked ill, as much as 10 pounds underweight, and she's a small person to begin with. She easily could have made an excuse not to come to work, but she didn't.
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