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March 11, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
While the full-size Range Rover may be the unofficial minivan of Beverly Hills, maker Land Rover says the smaller Range Rover Sport is the darling of New York. Seeking to reinforce the Big Apple's love, Land Rover announced Monday the all-new Sport would debut at the N.Y. International Auto Show later in March. The Range Rover Sport will be the second generation of the midsize SUV from Land Rover. It follows the Range Rover and the compact Evoque to market and will likely feature many of its sibling's design characteristics.
November 15, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
Porsche will be making big news at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show, as it has confirmed an all-new 2014 Cayman sportscar will make its world debut at the event. The Cayman is the fixed-roof counterpart to the Boxster convertible, a new version of which Porsche put on sale this year. Both cars are rear-wheel-drive, feature a mid-engine setup and count the rear-engined 911 and 911 convertible as a bigger brother. Details on the Cayman"s powertrain haven"t been released, but previous models always had a tick more power than the corresponding Boxster version.
October 10, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 As if being 5-0 and ranked No. 1 in Southern California by The Times isn't impressive enough, St. John Bosco will get a little bit better on Friday night for its Trinity League opener against Santa Margarita with the availability of 6-foot-4, 305-pound junior offensive lineman Zachary Robertson. He has offers from USC and UCLA. He sat out the first five games of the season after transferring from Mayfair. Now he's eligible to join an offensive line that already features 350-pound Damien Mama.
August 9, 2012 | By Julie Makinen
“Flight,” starring Denzel Washington as a pilot who saves almost all his passengers after a nearly miraculous crash landing, will be the closing night film at the New York Film Festival, organizers announced Thursday. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the Paramount Pictures film's supporting cast includes Melissa Leo, Kelly Reilly, John Goodman and Don Cheadle. It will screen at the New York festival on Oct. 14, and open in general release Nov. 2. “Flight” marks Zemeckis' return to directing live-action films after a number of years on animated projects like “Mars Needs Moms” and “Polar Express.”  Previously, Zemeckis had hits with films including “Cast Away,” “Forrest Gump” and “Back to the Future.”  The New York Film Festival runs Sept.
January 4, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
The interactive Flying Ninjago thrill ride debuting in 2012 at Legoland Germany will send riders spinning through air on the wings of a dragon. Set to debut on March 30, the new ride is expected to be one of the first Sky Fly towers built by German-based Gerstlauer. PHOTOS: Flying Ninjago ride at Legoland Germany Sky Fly lifts riders 70 feet in the air aboard single-seat gondolas at the end of a cantilevered arm rotating around a central tower. Concept art released by Legoland Deutschland shows a seated boy piloting a scaly green dragon while holding handles that control the pitch of the creature's wings.
November 16, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
Toyota will be making big news at the Los Angeles Auto Show this month with a world debut of the 2013 RAV4 crossover sport-utility vehicle. Looking to whet the public's appetite before the full details on the vehicle are released, Toyota has produced a slick video teasing the fourth-generation SUV. Featuring some smooth jazz music over quick cuts of the silhouetted RAV4, the video makes clear that Toyota is hoping to position the new RAV4 as...
August 1, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Nearly eight months after Melanie Amaro was crowned the inaugural winner of the U.S. version of “The X-Factor,” the powerhouse diva-in-training has issued her debut single, “Don't Fail Me Now.” Let's start with the good. Amaro's delivery -- much like her weekly performances on the competition under Simon Cowell's tutelage -- is flawless. The not so great? Well, everything else. The single, written by Livvi Franc (Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson) and produced by urban pop heavyweight Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, is a complete misfire for a debut -- especially when listeners haven't seen or heard Amaro since January and other finalists have already made splashes.
December 4, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
Despite the fact that the Los Angeles Auto Show is still in full swing, Lexus is looking to make a little news at the next auto show in the circuit. The company announced Tuesday that its all-new 2014 IS sedan will make its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show on Jan. 15. It will be the third generation of the car; the current version is a bit long in the tooth, having been with us since 2006. The IS is the smallest sedan from the Toyota's luxury division, and counts as competitors other rear-wheel drive sport sedans such as BMW's 3-Series and Mercedes' C-Class.
August 9, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Brian Banks, who is fighting for a job with the Atlanta Falcons, said his debut in a preaseason game on Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals "was better than any roller-coaster ride you can ever get on. " Banks, a 28-year-old from Long Beach Poly High, should know about roller-coaster rides. He was a rising gridiron star before he was falsely accused of rape when he was 16, eventually being convicted and imprisoned for five years. He was released last year when his conviction was overturned after his accuser recanted her story.
July 10, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
It's been a big week for R&B star Frank Ocean. On Wednesday, he posted a letter to his Tumblr account in which he described falling in love with another man. Though he stopped short of labeling himself as either “gay” or “bisexual,” the admission was widely heralded as a huge step forward for hip-hop . Monday on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” Ocean had a coming-out of another kind: his first television performance....
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