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March 28, 2013 | By Robert Abele
In the indie filmmaking world, there's economy of means, and then there's overconfidence in the appeal of those restrictions. The micro-drama "Detour" may have arisen from the former but suffers from the latter. Following such arias of captivity as "127 Hours" and "Buried," writer-director William Dickerson gives us mudslide victim Jackson (Neil Hopkins), an ad man trapped in his car for nearly the entire running time. (The "nearly" refers to smartphone videos of his wife, the odd dream/nightmare and his do-or-die escape attempt.)
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March 31, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
DARRINGTON, Wash. - Before the catastrophic landslide killed at least 24 people and severed the main highway out of town, it took about 30 minutes to drive from this mountain community west to Arlington. Now that State Route 530 is blocked by debris up to 70 feet high - including mangled cars compacted to the size of small refrigerators - it can take three hours. Aside from a lengthy northern detour, intrepid drivers can use Mountain Loop Highway, a harrowing, rutted road that saves an hour but can take at least that much time off your life.
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February 14, 2012 | By Tony Perry
For the record: Yes, that was Newt Gingrich at the San Diego Zoo on Tuesday for a 90-minute behind-the-scenes tour. Gingrich was in the area raising money for his bid for the Republican presidential nomination but found time to visit the zoo, including feeding a young panda, looking at elephants, polar bears and tigers, and posing for pictures with zoo staffers. Gingrich has made other visits to the zoo and Safari Park, including a sleepover at the park's Snore and Roar program.
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | By Christopher Reynolds
It's Daily Detour 's birthday and we're celebrating with a picture of, um, panda poop. Well, why not? Since its launch March 7, 2013, the Daily Detour photo gallery has set its sights on “odd spots, strange trips and great moments in travel.” In a word, detourism. The idea is to surprise you a little, perhaps with raincoat-clad travelers awaiting dawn on Mt. Haleakala, or a white-coated waiter awaiting customers at the Tadich Grill in San Francisco. Maybe with a shot of Ken Burns grabbing snaps in Wyoming; or a Tijuana tout helping his “zebra” smile.
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March 31, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
DARRINGTON, Wash. - Before the catastrophic landslide killed at least 24 people and severed the main highway out of town, it took about 30 minutes to drive from this mountain community west to Arlington. Now that State Route 530 is blocked by debris up to 70 feet high - including mangled cars compacted to the size of small refrigerators - it can take three hours. Aside from a lengthy northern detour, intrepid drivers can use Mountain Loop Highway, a harrowing, rutted road that saves an hour but can take at least that much time off your life.
NEWS
November 15, 2006 | Tom O'Neil
With $244 million in U.S. ticket sales, "Cars" may be lapping the competition in the Oscar race for best animated film -- at least if the track record for the category over the last five years holds true. Four times the animation winner has been a non-sequel with the biggest domestic box-office take.
NEWS
August 22, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The Bay Bridge that connects San Francisco and East Bay cities will be closed during Labor Day as the bridge gets ready for its official post-retrofit ribbon-cutting after the holiday. The bridge will be closed from 8 p.m. Aug. 28 until 5 a.m. Sept. 3 so workers can take the old east span out of service and ready the new part of the bridge. About 300,000 drivers daily cross the bridge that connects San Francisco to Oakland, Berkeley and other cities. So what's the best way to get around?
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2011 | By Edward McClelland, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It is a show business proverb that every clown wants to play Hamlet. But for Kelsey Grammer, the proverb is more complicated. Grammer, one of the most successful comic actors in television history, is starring in "Boss," an eight-episode drama premiering on Starz on Oct. 21, in which he plays a declining Chicago mayor based on King Lear. He's a Shakespearean who became a clown. Grammer, who studied at the Juilliard School, got his first acting break when he was promoted from Lennox to Macbeth after the leading man quit a Broadway production.
TRAVEL
February 8, 2009
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1991
On a trip to Death Valley last week, I made a "detour" to Lake Isabella after reading the article "State's Shrinking Lakes Bring Flood of Memories" (Jan. 6). I expected a partially dried-up lake, but what I saw was mind-boggling: In comparison to its original size, only a puddle was left. Trees stuck out like skeletons, and house walls, foundations and roads of old Kernville were exposed. While I was getting gas in Kernville, I talked to the owner of the gas station and he said that "it was sad to see the lake drying up; nothing is going on here anymore."
NEWS
November 30, 2013 | By Leon Logothetis
Here's the thing about circumnavigating the globe on a journey that's funded and fueled by kindness: You don't always find comfort but you almost always encounter adventure -- and I have, almost every day of a trip that began Aug. 10 from L.A. I've made my way from L.A. to Thailand -- across the U.S., then the Atlantic, then Europe, then Asia -- riding my 1978 bright-yellow Chang Jiang motorcycle with the BMW engine. I call my mechanized pal Kindness One . On this journey, I've encountered incredible kindness on the one end and a sort of indifference on the other end. This was to be a bit of the latter.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2013 | By John Horn
Hollywood's love for sequels knows few limits, yet rare is the instance when a studio turns out a follow-up to a movie that was never released. That's the case with the new documentary "The Armstrong Lie," which is a spinoff from an earlier Lance Armstrong movie called "The Road Back. " Sony Pictures was poised to release "The Road Back," but just as director Alex Gibney ("Taxi to the Dark Side") was completing it in 2011 came fresh - and persuasive - evidence that the famed cyclist had won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times thanks to performance-enhancing drugs.  So Gibney and producers Matt Tolmach and Frank Marshall discarded "The Road Back," which was almost as much hagiography as biography, and remade the documentary as "The Armstrong Lie. " PHOTOS: Billion-dollar movie club The film, which opens Friday in Los Angeles, is a far tougher chronicle of Armstrong's deceitful (and often vindictive)
NEWS
August 28, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Another key roadway in Yosemite National Park closed at noon Wednesday as part of a firefighting defense against the massive Rim fire, a closure that blocks the east-west route across the park and one expected to remain in effect through Labor Day weekend. Tioga Road, also known as Highway 120, was closed between Tamarack Flat and Yosemite Creek campgrounds, a roughly 18-mile stretch that makes access to popular Yosemite Valley from the east an incredibly long drive-around.  "That will limit the access for visitors to and from the east side of the park, quite possibly over Labor Day weekend, which will have a significant economic impact on the area and [be]
NEWS
August 22, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The Bay Bridge that connects San Francisco and East Bay cities will be closed during Labor Day as the bridge gets ready for its official post-retrofit ribbon-cutting after the holiday. The bridge will be closed from 8 p.m. Aug. 28 until 5 a.m. Sept. 3 so workers can take the old east span out of service and ready the new part of the bridge. About 300,000 drivers daily cross the bridge that connects San Francisco to Oakland, Berkeley and other cities. So what's the best way to get around?
NEWS
July 16, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
One by one, in auctions across the country, some of the world's most collectible cars are quietly passing from the Petersen Automotive Museum's vault into private hands. The sales started in March, and they include the automotive equivalents of a Pablo Picasso or a Salvador Dali. A 1995 Ferrari F50 went for $1.375 million. A 2006 Bugatti Veyron - the first sold in the U.S. - fetched $924,000. A 1990 Ferrari F40 garnered $715,000. Before the auctions end, the museum plans to liquidate nearly a third of its cache of about 400 classic cars.
NEWS
June 20, 2013 | By Karin Klein
It's almost impossible to avoid cliched driving metaphors to describe what happens repeatedly to the proposal to build a toll highway in southeastern Orange County - and happened again Wednesday evening. The plans for the shorter and renamed Foothill South extension hit another roadblock. A red light. They were slowed, or possibly ground to a halt. In any case, the San Diego Regional Quality Control Board delivered an unexpected "no" to a project that was just a fraction of the Transportation Corridor Agencies' original plan to build 16 miles of turnpike from eastern Orange County through San Onofre State Beach in northern San Diego County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1993
It is disingenuous for the Army Corps of Engineers to assert that the Santa Ana River flood-control project must detour cyclists onto streets for safety considerations ("Bicyclists Want River Trail to Stay Open," June 3). Consider: According to corps documents, an off-road detour was planned, constructed and now sits idle. Since this off-road detour is adjacent to, but not within, the project area, the Orange County Bicycle Coalition (OCBC) wonders why it has not been made available to the public.
TRAVEL
June 12, 2011
Pepenero Pepebianco was a surprise restaurant discovery on our recent visit to Trieste, Italy. We were guided through its elaborate menu and wine pairings by the capable and charming hostess. The food was exceptional and worth a detour from Venice, 70 miles away. Pepenero Pepebianco Restaurant, 14/a Via Rittmeyer, Trieste; 011-39-040-7600716, http://www.pepeneropepebianco.it/en.html Leland Katz Tarzana
NATIONAL
May 24, 2013 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
SEATTLE - Dan Sligh was on his way to a camping trip with his wife when he noticed the oversized truck in front of him on Interstate 5. It seemed about four feet too wide on the right side for the bridge they were approaching near Mount Vernon, Wash. "I kept saying, 'Anytime you want to move over to the left, it'd be OK,'" Sligh said. But just then, he said, another truck came up to the left of the oversize vehicle, and the wide load hit the approach spans to the four-lane bridge.
SPORTS
May 12, 2013 | T.J. Simers
WHEATON, Ill. - I'm standing in a cemetery, which is probably better than lying in one. I came to Chicago to write about the Angels, and while I seem to be focused on the dead, this has more to do with Mother's Day. My mom is here. This isn't the first time I've set out to write about the Angels and found myself mentioning my mother. Maybe the name Angels triggers her memory, or maybe I'm always trying to avoid writing about the Angels. Funny how the mention of Angels, though, never brings back memories of my father.
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