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February 25, 2011 | By Robert Abele
A fraternity loyalty ritual goes blazingly wrong in the jacked-up indie thriller "Brotherhood. " The film invests a lot of emotional energy in raising moral stakes for the kind of boorish male pranksters it's hard to feel sympathy for when one reads about them in newspaper accounts of fatal hazings and sexual assaults. In first-time feature director Will Canon's all-nighter scenario, co-written with Doug Simon, a frat house's carefully rigged scheme to make a pledge think he's robbing a convenience store leads to bullets flying, a wounded freshman, a kidnapped clerk and circumstances that get progressively worse, complete with the kind of shaky handheld camerawork and endless shouting matches that are the usual indie-movie distress signifiers.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2011 | By Patrick Kevin Day, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Whether or not you've ever pledged a fraternity, the process of ritual humiliation known as hazing may seem brutal and unbearable. The new movie "Brotherhood," the debut feature of Will Canon, seems happy to confirm those sentiments. Canon's film takes place in one long, no good, very bad night at a fraternity house at an unnamed college somewhere in the South. Jon Foster (brother of actor Ben Foster) stars as a fraternity brother who is forcing each pledge to rob a convenience store as part of his initiation.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Death Cloud A Novel Andrew Lane Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 320 pp., $16.99 It is extremely unusual for a literary character to remain popular for more than a century. But Sherlock Holmes is no ordinary character. Ever since the eccentric, pipe-smoking detective first appeared on the page in 1887, the tweedy London logician has been revered and emulated, the subject of 200-plus films and television shows and dozens of literary spinoffs. So it's only natural that Arthur Conan Doyle fans may be curious about what may have shaped the detective in his youth.
BUSINESS
August 22, 2010 | By Greg Farrell
Strange as it seems, one of the seminal movers behind the development of the consumer mass market in the U.S. a century ago became an obscure figure, known only to a few aficionados of the advertising industry. Albert Lasker has disappeared from the popular canon of 20th century business titans in the U.S., yet he was a prominent figure in business, sports, politics and public policy over five decades and the subject of a biography, "Taken at the Flood," written 50 years ago by noted author John Gunther.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2010 | By Keith Thursby
Gene Greytak, whose resemblance to Pope John Paul II turned the retired real estate broker into a papal impersonator with appearances in movies and television, has died. He was 84. Greytak died Sunday at his home in North Tustin of cancer, said his wife of 62 years, Dorothy. He was a lifelong Catholic who at first was reluctant to become a celebrity impersonator despite the obvious physical similarities and the encouragement of family and friends. "It took me about five years to get up enough courage," he told the Orange County Register in 1987.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2009
The Rev. Canon Diane M. Jardine Bruce Born: June 1956, in Pequannock, N.J. Education: Bachelor of arts in linguistics, UC Berkeley, 1979; master's of divinity, Claremont School of Theology, 1997; working on doctorate in ministry, Seabury Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill. Ordained to the priesthood, January 1998 Current position : Rector, St. Clement's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in San Clemente, since...
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December 7, 2009
The Rev. Canon Mary D. Glasspool Born: February 1954, in Staten Island, N.Y. Education: Bachelor of arts in music, Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., 1976; master's of divinity, Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., 1981; ordained to the priesthood, March 1982 Current position: Canon to the Bishops of the Diocese of Maryland, since 2001 Family: Partner Becki Sander Sources: Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles; Episcopal Clerical Directory
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December 7, 2009 | By Duke Helfand and Carla Rivera
The spiritual leader of the global Anglican Communion issued an unusually sharp and swift rebuke Sunday to church leaders in the U.S. over the election of a lesbian bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. In a terse statement, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams delivered a warning to Episcopal bishops, clergy and lay representatives about the confirmation of the Rev. Canon Mary D. Glasspool, a lesbian who has been in a partnered relationship for two decades. "The election of Mary Glasspool by the Diocese of Los Angeles as suffragan bishop-elect raises very serious questions not just for the Episcopal Church and its place in the Anglican Communion, but for the Communion as a whole," Williams wrote.
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December 5, 2009 | By Larry Stammer
The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles today elected the first openly gay bishop since the national church lifted a ban that sought to bar gays and lesbians from the church's highest ordained ministry. Clergy and lay leaders, meeting in Riverside for their annual convention, elected the Rev. Canon Mary D. Glasspool, 55, who has been in a committed relationship with another woman since 1988. Another gay candidate, the Rev. John L. Kirkley of San Francisco, withdrew late Friday. Glasspool's election to fill one of two openings for bishops of the diocese followed the selection Friday of the Rev. Canon Diane Jardine Bruce, 53, the rector of a San Clemente church.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2009 | Laurie Winer
Visitors have been known to get lost at USC, a 226-acre scholastic oasis in the middle of a sprawling city. This year the university has added some helpful signposts, like the huge banners trumpeting the 125th anniversary of the Thornton School of Music -- although it might be easier to follow the sounds of a jazz guitar or angelic voices singing choral music to a grand piano. Not an institution to miss a chance for a party or a concert, USC is in the midst of a 125-day celebration to honor its music school, whose instructors have included Jascha Heifetz, Igor Stravinsky and Arnold Schoenberg and whose alumni include Herb Alpert, Michael Tilson Thomas, Marilyn Horne and Presidential Medal of the Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen, who is now a distinguished professor of composition at his alma mater.
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