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February 17, 2014 | By Paul Richter
JAKARTA, Indonesia - U.S. diplomats preparing for a new round of nuclear negotiations with Iran this week are pondering an important question: How can they make the Iranians feel like the winners? The U.S. team and diplomats from five other nations sit down with Iran on Tuesday in Vienna to begin bargaining on what could be a historic agreement to prevent the Islamic Republic from gaining a bomb-making capability. An atmosphere of high anticipation surrounds the talks, which are expected to continue for six months to a year, and possibly longer.
February 15, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
To help transform Matthew McConaughey into a man dying of AIDS, Robin Mathews used grits to simulate a flaky rash in "Dallas Buyers Club. " For a pivotal comb-over scene in "American Hustle," Kathrine Gordon shaved and thinned part of Christian Bale's bushy mane, leaving a patch of hair known as "the island. " And to create the poisonous-fog-induced blisters that break out on Jennifer Lawrence's character in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," Ve Neill and her team spent several hours fashioning the boils out of a membrane-thin silicone - in the middle of a Hawaiian jungle.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll    The three artists and their colleagues will be feted Saturday night at a dinner and awards show their guild is throwing for its members for the first time in a decade.
February 9, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
If lawmakers could send voters a November bond measure that would guarantee 150 inches of winter snow in the Sierra every year, Californians would certainly pass it, even if it cost a few billion dollars. The snowpack feeds the reservoirs and aqueducts that slake the thirst of Northern and Southern California, water the crops that power the economy in the Central Valley, and sustain the state's essential but sensitive heart and lungs in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. But our state senators and Assembly members can't write such a bond, so they're instead reworking a 2010 water measure that they keep polishing but pulling off the ballot in the quite reasonable belief that voters weathering a deep recession would reject a package larded with spending for pet projects.
February 5, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
The North American subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, maker of Budweiser and Stella Artois, is moving into the craft beer business, announcing Wednesday it will buy Blue Point Brewing Co., a N.Y. craft brewery.  Anheuser-Busch, based in St. Louis, did not disclose terms of the deal, but the move is the latest in efforts to expand AB InBev's footprint. AB InBev, based in Belgium, last month said it will buy back Oriental Brewery, a South Korean company, for $5.8 billion.
February 4, 2014 | By John Horn
Six years ago, Philip Seymour Hoffman was nominated for a supporting actor Academy Award for "Charlie Wilson's War. " He attended the nominees luncheon, a swank gathering at the Beverly Hilton, whose dress code is just one notch below that of the attire seen on the red carpet for the actual Oscars. But Hoffman, a consummate actor known for an unkempt look off-screen, wore a suit so rumpled it looked like he had slept in it. And smack in the middle of his dress shirt was a giant stain - and that was before he took a bite to eat. Fast-forward to last month's Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, where Hoffman was promoting two of his new films, "A Most Wanted Man" and "God's Pocket.
January 16, 2014 | By Chris Lee
Chris Pine was well aware of his action-hero options. Accepting the lead role in "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" - the $60-million thriller that hits theaters Friday - the actor became the fourth man to portray novelist Tom Clancy's iconic CIA super-spy character over the course of a five-film franchise that has spanned nearly a quarter of a century and generated more than $787 million at the box office. As such, Pine's performance could have paid implicit homage to those who came before him. He might have channeled the brisk efficiency of Alec Baldwin's submarine-bound Ryan in "The Hunt for Red October," Harrison Ford's reluctant (and frequently grimacing)
January 9, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
The idea of treating murder as entertainment isn't at all new. Roman coliseums and Aztec ball courts witnessed plenty of blood. But the horror-action film "Raze" makes the idea feel rather modern, even urgent. Perhaps that's because director Josh C. Waller's self-assured debut coincides with the reign of the "Hunger Games" franchise. In fact, the unrelenting, fist-into-skull violence in "Raze" boasts all the realism missing from the PG-13 series while featuring a slew of young, athletic women, any of whom could be a cousin of Katniss.
December 22, 2013 | By Janet Kinosian
It's obvious when meeting designer Sage Machado for the first time that she is a force of nature. The multihyphenate clothing designer-perfumer-artist-entrepreneur closed her Los Angeles boutique of 20 years (whose customers included Julia Roberts, Madonna, Kate Hudson, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Alba) in April to focus on jewelry design, lifestyle consulting and "gem therapy. " Machado says she's been consulting with and making custom "healing jewelry" for clients for several years.
December 20, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Tucked inside the defense bill approved by Congress this week was a provision that would add seven air tankers to the U.S. Forest Service's beleaguered air fleet. The fleet of planes, which drop retardant to give firefighters on the ground crucial time to put out raging wildfires, has been reduced from 47 to 12 over the last decade because of fatal crashes and fears about the planes' safety. Many of the aircraft were former military planes built during the Eisenhower administration The Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 late Thursday after included language by Sens.
December 16, 2013 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- Assemblyman Mike Gatto said Monday he will introduce a bill next year on the state's probate code. However, what that bill is going to say is still to be determined -- not by the the assemblyman, but by online input. Gatto (D-Los Angeles) said he plans to craft the legislation using public participation on an online wiki. The process is inspired by the Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia, which allows users to submit and edit articles. "This is a great way for people to have a voice in their government," Gatto said in a statement.
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