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May 27, 2012 | By T. L. Stanley, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Even 150 years later, no one can say for sure what started the bloody feud between the Hatfields of West Virginia and the McCoys of Kentucky. Some think it was shifting allegiances during the Civil War that drove a wedge between the two neighboring families. Others point to a pull-and-tug over land, timber and money. And some feel it was a prized pig, lost or waylaid, that sent the mountain clans into decades of murders and vengeance. Bits of all those theories, plus a disastrous Romeo-and-Juliet love story, lay the foundation for History channel's "Hatfields & McCoys," a six-hour miniseries launching Monday.
March 1, 2012 | By Lauren Beale
It doesn't take much scratching beneath the surface to find a celebrity name in a home's title history or the public record in L.A. County. Among recent listings with celebrity pedigrees are: -- An Italian-style villa in La Canada Flintridge built in 1989 by actor Kevin Costner with his then-wife, Cindy. The walled compound has 6,754 square feet of living space in the main house, 2,400 square feet of loggias and a detached 840-square-foot structure with a 1,000-bottle wine cellar, tasting room, office and bathroom.
June 27, 2011
Sidney Poitier and Kevin Costner both starred in movies with the same title. What is it? "No Way Out"
February 14, 2011 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
Actor Stephen Baldwin is locked in a legal battle with fellow actor and director Kevin Costner over a plan to market an oil-spill fighting technology as the Deepwater Horizon crisis started to unfold in the Gulf of Mexico last year. In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, Baldwin and a business associate say they were duped into cashing out their shares of Ocean Therapy Solutions, a Louisiana company that leased 32 centrifugal oil separators to BP for an estimated $52 million.
January 23, 2011 | By Irene Lacher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's hard to remember that the 1990 western "Dances With Wolves," Kevin Costner's maiden voyage as a director, was derisively dubbed "Kevin's Gate" because of filming difficulties before earning him an Oscar for directing, one of the movie's seven golden men, including best picture. To mark its 20th anniversary, MGM Home Entertainment this month released a newly restored version on Blu-ray for the first time. At the end of "Dances With Wolves," your character, Lt. Dunbar, leaves his home with the Sioux to meet the U.S. Army, which wants to hang him as a traitor.
October 18, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
"American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest has listed his gated Hollywood Hills estate for $14.95 million. The 10,000-square-foot Mediterranean, built in 1974, sits on nearly an acre of hilltop with canyon and city views. Remodeled during Seacrest's ownership, the villa has a wine cellar and a screening room. Including the guest house, the property has six bedrooms and 61/2 bathrooms. A tennis court, a swimming pool and mature trees complete the grounds. Seacrest, 35, has hosted "American Idol" since 2002.
June 9, 2010 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Rivers represented Kevin Costner, Richard Dreyfuss and Oliver Stone. He helped organize events for Seeds for Peace, the Magic Johnson Foundation and the Rock the Vote initiative. Veteran Hollywood publicist and political activist Stephen M. Rivers died Tuesday after a lengthy bout with prostate cancer. He was 55. Over the span of his publicity career, Rivers represented some of the most recognizable names in entertainment, including director and actor Kevin Costner, actor Richard Dreyfuss, director Oliver Stone, playwright Anna Deavere Smith, actress Jane Fonda and former super-agent Michael Ovitz.
May 21, 2010 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
The " Kevin Costner solution" to the worsening oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may actually work, and none too soon for the president of Plaquemines Parish. Costner has invested 15 years and about $24 million in a novel way of sifting oil spills that he began working on while making his own maritime film, "Waterworld," released in 1995. Two decades later, BP and the U.S. Coast Guard plan to test six of his massive, stainless steel centrifugal oil separators next week. Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser welcomed the effort, even as he and Louisiana officials blasted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for delays in approving an emergency plan to build sand "islands" to protect the bayous of his parish.
February 7, 2010
Throwing 'Avatar' to the 'Wolves' I feel compelled to say how much I enjoyed Stephen Farber's thought-provoking article about 10 current movies and how sadly they stack up when compared to earlier films with much the same plots or themes. ("Some Hopefuls Aren't Up to the Gold Standards," Jan. 31.) I'm sorry Mr. Farber couldn't have made room for another telling comparison, namely, that between today's blockbuster, "Avatar," and an earlier one, "Dances With Wolves." The special effects in "Avatar" may be striking and the box-office is incredible, but its core story about a soldier who befriends a tribe and ultimately fights for their cause was much better portrayed on so many levels in "Dances With Wolves."
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