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February 6, 2013 | By Chris Foster
USC's basketball players took full advantage of the $136-million dance floor UCLA built for them. The Trojans' 75-71 overtime victory last week prompted a spontaneous display worthy of a "Footloose" audition, though UCLA players turned a blind eye as they trudged off Nell and John Wooden Court. "I heard them but I didn't want to look at them," UCLA forward Travis Wear said during the postmortem. The nightmare that "new" Pauley Pavilion was supposed to be has occasionally visited the Bruins.
February 3, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Feb. 3 - 9, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES How I Met Your Mother: Alan Thicke, Alex Trebek and Geddy Lee are on hand for this new episode, in which Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) discovers a lost episode of Robin's (Cobie Smulders) TV show "Underneath the Tunes" from her days as a Canadian pop star (8 p.m. CBS). The Biggest Loser: Cody Simpson performs for the teens and Laila Ali leads a workout in this new episode (8 p.m. NBC)
January 18, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
A stunt performer and actress were injured Thursday night during filming of the ABC crime drama "Castle. " The stuntman sustained a head injury during a driving scene at the Paramount Pictures lot and was hospitalized in serious condition. The actress he was working with, Karen David, also was treated and released from a hospital with unspecified injuries, according to a person close to the set who was not authorized to speak about the incident. A representative for ABC declined to comment.
December 3, 2012 | By Patt Morrison
Windsor Castle as ground zero for women's lib? And Downton Abbey a no-go zone for women's rights -- the same stately home where one titled daughter had a hot session of illicit sex, another married the radical chauffeur and the third made out with a farmer? HRH the Duchess of Cambridge -- Kate, nee Middleton -- is pregnant with a child who will, boy or girl, at some time well into this century sit on the British throne. Big deal, you're thinking. A girl in charge. Britain has had two queens regnant in about a half-century: Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II. Ah, but here's the rub: If either of those women had had a brother, she would have been throneless.
November 16, 2012 | By Anne Harnagel
Looking for a way to give back this holiday season and explore the Central Coast at the same time? As part of Nature Corps' volunteer vacation tour Dec. 13-16, participants will spend a morning helping to ready the gardens at Hearst Castle for the festive season. Also included is a one-of-a-kind evening tour of the legendary hilltop manse in all its holiday finery. Rounding out the itinerary is a bike ride to Avila Beach, a visit to the elephant seals, a hike along the coast and opportunities for shopping as well as dining and wine tasting.
October 27, 2012 | By Mark Olsen
The documentary “Brooklyn Castle,” now playing in Los Angeles, closely follows five students on the chess team at Brooklyn's I.S. 138. The highest ranked junior high team in the nation, they actually won the national high school championship just this past April. After first hearing of the team, director Katie Dellamaggiore was surprised to discover the school was just minutes from her apartment in Brooklyn. The film follows the team from April 2009 to May/June 2010, over the course of one calendar year but across two school years.
October 25, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Brooklyn Castle" is a can't-miss film that doesn't. It's a wonderful documentary look at an astonishingly successful public-school chess program that manages to be more moving and heartening than you expect. Which is saying a lot. That team comes from I.S. 318, a junior high school in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn where more than 65% of the students come from homes whose incomes are below the federal poverty line. Yet over a multi-year period, the school has won 26 national chess titles, more than any other junior high in the country.
September 24, 2012 | By David Ng
Britain's royal family is acquiring a bit of Pop flavor in the form of screen-print portraits of Queen Elizabeth II by Andy Warhol, who once said "I want to be as famous as the Queen of England. " On Monday, the Royal Collection Trust announced that it is purchasing four Warhol portraits to mark the queen's Diamond Jubliee, the year-long celebration of her 60 years on the throne. The Royal Collection is among the art collections of the royal family. The four portraits will be displayed in the exhibition "The Queen: Portraits of a Monarch" opening  Nov. 23 at Windsor Castle in London.
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