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October 7, 2010 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
There was a time when major figures of pop and rock were willing to let people with movie cameras follow them around just to see what they might see, but the contemporary rock-doc is more likely to represent an act of managed self-promotion than of reckless self-exposure. (Reality television, which uses dirty laundry to bolster flagging careers, does not count.) You should not expect to see another "Don't Look Back" (D.A. Pennebaker watches Bob Dylan toy catlike with reporters, fans, friends)
September 7, 1998 | AARON CURTISS
Madness for most of us lies just a few synaptic misfires away. Life--at least among most people I know--is a random walk along the razor's edge dividing reality and insanity, redemption and damnation, light and darkness. That uneasy balance drives "Light and Darkness: The Prophecy," an engrossing and disturbing real-time PC adventure that wraps players in ethereal carnivals where evil and despair lurk just beneath the surface.
February 21, 2010 | By Jamin Brophy-Warren
Fresh off the heels of Indigo Prophecy, French video game designer David Cage decided to take a trip from Paris to Philadelphia to scout potential locations for his next project. His team at his studio Quantic Dream arranged a tour of the city from a location scout who had worked on the Oscar-winning "Philadelphia." Cage had dreamed of a bright and dreamy city, teeming with people. "We're from Europe and what we see of the U.S. is what we see in the movies. It's shiny and full of nice-looking guys and girls," he says.
October 31, 2010 | Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
Director George Hickenlooper, who won an Emmy Award for the documentary "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse," has died. He was 47. Hickenlooper was found dead Saturday morning, Denver police told the Associated Press. Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, who is running for governor of Colorado, said in a statement that his cousin died of natural causes. George Hickenlooper was in Denver for the premiere at a film festival of his latest movie, "Casino Jack," starring Kevin Spacey.
February 1, 2010 | By Ben Fritz
Mel Gibson still has his fans, but after a long and controversial absence from the big screen, his overall appeal seems to have faded. The thriller "Edge of Darkness," which marked Gibson's first lead role since 2002's "Signs," opened to a fine but not fantastic $17.1 million from Friday through Sunday in the U.S. and Canada, according to an estimate from distributor Warner Bros. It easily outperformed Walt Disney Studios' romantic comedy "When in Rome," the weekend's other new movie, but "Avatar," with $30 million, held the No. 1 spot for the seventh weekend in a row. Opening-weekend ticket sales for "Edge of Darkness" were the lowest for any movie starring Gibson since 1995's "Braveheart," despite ongoing increases in ticket prices.
September 4, 2013 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
The dark and twisty hit novel "Gone Girl" is taken to task by the best practitioner of dark literary arts, Mary Gaitskill, in this fall's Bookforum -- puzzlingly, about 15 months after the book's publication. Writer Mary Gaitskill is among the best practitioners of the arts of writing about women, sexuality, and the darkness that lies within the human heart, something perfected in her work, which includes "Bad Behavior" "Two Girls, Fat and Thin," and  "Don't Cry. " Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl" was published in June of 2012, and fantastic word of mouth helped it become a huge bestseller.
February 13, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Is it too much to compare Kem Nunn to Raymond Chandler? Both have used the loose frame of genre to write enduringly and resonantly about the dark side of the California dream. For Nunn, this has meant an exploration of boundaries, both actual and metaphorical; his last novel, "Tijuana Straits" (which won a 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize), traces the shifting landscape of the physical borderland. At the same time, there is also a willingness to take risks, to play against expectation, which marks both Nunn's fiction and his TV work on "John from Cincinnati" and now "Sons of Anarchy.
February 18, 1987
Terry Esquivel pitched a complete-game four-hitter Tuesday to lead United States International University to a 5-0 victory over San Diego State in the first game of a nonconference women's softball doubleheader at San Diego State. The second game was tied, 1-1, after 10 innings when it was called because of darkness.
August 16, 1987 | Michael Carroll
If this story is to be read at all, it is for the telling, not the tale. As the story unfolds, one has the sense of hearing it rather than reading it. This is the poet's skill. There are two voices: Alva's, whose memory hints at darkness; and the author's, evoking with excruciating precision a past landscape of place and soul. Beside the Illinois River lies Beaker's Bride, a Midwestern town on the verge of death.
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