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ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
A populist confection with ambitions to high art. A hodgepodge whose messiness has generated both raves and criticism. A colorful throwback that is also surprisingly modern and relevant. David O. Russell's "American Hustle" is a series of entertaining if at times frustrating contradictions, an idiosyncratic piece of work that has nonetheless managed to succeed in the marketplace. A movie, in other words, much like its creator. Russell is, by many of the high standards the term implies, a cinematic master, capable of juggling tones like few others and creating movies about meaty subjects to boot.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
The Dixie Chicks made a rare U.S. concert appearance Thursday night as the headlining act at a benefit for the David Lynch Foundation. Held in a ballroom at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the evening doubled as a salute to the record producer Rick Rubin, who oversaw the Dixie Chicks' Grammy-winning 2006 album “Taking the Long Way” and Thursday received the Lifetime of Harmony Award from the foundation that promotes Transcendental Meditation....
SPORTS
February 27, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA's two best players couldn't play. The Bruins' top two scorers couldn't take shots. Their best rebounder wasn't around to rebound. Their best defender wasn't there to defend. Oddly it didn't seem to matter that guards Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson were suspended hours for Thursday's Pac-12 Conference game against Oregon. Sure the Bruins were handed the expected loss. But the Ducks had to extend themselves to the limit before taking an 87-83 victory in double overtime at Pauley Pavilion.
NEWS
February 26, 2014 | By David Keeps
For Academy Award winners and presenters, the Architectural Digest green room is a backstage oasis of pampering calm, a place where the stars can perch on bar stools without rumpling their clothes and steady themselves with a cup of coffee or a cocktail. “And there has always been a place for people to smoke,” said David Rockwell, who was the original architect of the Dolby Theatre in 2001 (when it was known as the Kodak) and created sets for the 2009 Oscar broadcast. “It was the loading dock.” Tapped by Architectural Digest to create this year's green room, Rockwell has transformed that loading dock into a California garden room that adjoins the green room, a first for the Academy Awards.
NEWS
February 26, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Actress Naomie Harris hosted the official opening party for the new David Yurman jewelry and watch boutique at Westfield Topanga . The party Feb. 20 was sponsored by Vogue, and a portion of the evening's proceeds was earmarked to support Women's Careers Foundation, Girls of the Realm. Guest included actors Sebastian Roche, Alicia Hannah, Garcelle Beauvais and Bridgid Brannagh. The new store is in the luxury court of the mall, at 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park.
NEWS
February 25, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
On Sunday, what with emergency shopping (the Smithfield ham had spoiled and we needed fresh water chestnuts for the pearl balls) and various other activities, I completely forgot to make dessert for a dinner party that night. I realized this at 5:30 p.m. It would have been a major deal to clear enough space to bake a cake or whatever else I could dream up from the contents of my pantry and refrigerator. Not enough time to make a custard for ice cream. But I could make a sorbet.
SPORTS
February 21, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
Late Friday afternoon, David Kopay watched sun cut through cypress trees at Lands End in San Francisco as the first former NFL player to come out as gay reflected on the past two weeks. "It's amazing, it really is, and I tell you it's because things are really ready for the truth," Kopay said in a telephone interview. "People are finally getting around to some truths. " The day before University of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam came out Feb. 9, Kopay joined a small group that dined with Sam at the Los Angeles home of publicist Howard Bragman.
SPORTS
February 21, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Travis Wear has had an unusual final season at UCLA. It started last spring, when Coach Ben Howland was fired. It continued in the fall, when he underwent an appendectomy. But things are going better for Wear in recent weeks. He had 13 points, making six of eight shots, Thursday in a win over California. Heading into Saturday's game at Stanford, he has made 26 of 40 shots in UCLA's last six games. "The beginning of the season was a little tough, coming off the surgery," Wear said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2014 | By Susan King
"I want you to go to the window, open it, stick your head out and yell, 'I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore. " So said Howard Beale in "Network. " When the movie opened in fall 1976, critics and audiences - not to mention network news bosses - were divided on this dark satire revolving around a longtime news anchor who has a breakdown only to become the mad prophet of the airwaves. Directed by Sidney Lumet, the film starred Peter Finch as Beale (Finch, who died of a heart attack in early 1977, was posthumously nominated for lead actor - and won)
SPORTS
February 19, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 It's going to be a long time before someone comes along to equal the success story of David Berg, the former Bishop Amat pitcher and A student who walked on at UCLA and became one of the college baseball's best relief pitchers with his sidearm delivery. Berg, now a junior, has picked up where he left off last season after helping the Bruins win a national championship. In three games, he hasn't allowed any runs while allowing one hit in 6 1/3 innings. Every save he gets he increases his own school record.
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