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June 26, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
If you haven't seen Aaron Sorkin repeating himself, then you haven't seen Shakespeare the way it was meant to be done. Sorkin's new series, "The Newsroom,"premiered on HBO on Sunday to good ratings and rotten reviews. And though he's been on a career high for a year now (he finally won an Oscar to go alongside his Emmys last year), even longtime fans may be cooling on the prolific writer's way with words. Best example? The current viral hit "Sorkinisms," which has been working its away around the Internet since Monday.
April 24, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
"Brick Mansions," Paul Walker's penultimate film (prior to "Fast & Furious 7"), is a dumb and ugly action picture that works strictly as a reminder of the late actor's head-turning good looks and modest charisma. Otherwise, this remake of the 2004 French thriller "District B13," directed by Camille Delamarre (editor of "Transporter 3" and "Taken 2"), is a dizzying mishmash of showy stunts, muddled narrative and some seriously risible acting and dialogue. Prolific filmmaker Luc Besson's screenplay, faithfully adapted from the "B13" script he wrote with Bibi Naceri, has relocated this dystopian crime tale from 2006 Paris to 2018 Detroit (as if the Motor City didn't have enough image problems)
May 7, 1987
Re "Oasis of Understanding in Desert of Despair" by Kathleen Hendrix, April 12: Proposals for an Arab-Jewish dialogue and support of an independent Palestinian state, sounds just great! When are we going to hand over California to the Mexicans? AL GORDON Hollywood
April 7, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
Despite OK visual effects, a few chills and some newfangled movie monsters, writer-director Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad's supernatural thriller "Jinn" often feels like half of an old grindhouse double bill. It's a watchable if rather convoluted effort. The titular jinn, according to Eastern mythology, are one of three races created "In the beginning…" (the other two are man and angels). Conveniently - for a horror film, anyway - the mysterious jinn are nothing if not flexible. These time- and shape-shifting beings can be good or bad, peaceful or violent, invisible or in your face (at times, they resemble upright fireplaces)
January 11, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Film and television industry groups that met with the White House on Thursday evening vowed to engage in a "dialogue" over the issue of gun violence in America.                                                           "The entertainment community appreciates being included in the dialogue around the administration's efforts to confront the complex challenge of gun violence in America," said a statement from the Directors...
February 1, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Silicon Beach is mourning the death of entrepreneur and Ecomom co-founder Jody Sherman this week. Sherman, 47, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials said. Since his death Monday, several L.A. tech bloggers, friends and venture capitalists have taken to Twitter, Facebook and personal blogs to share memories of Sherman, who co-founded Ecomom in Santa Monica in 2009. The company, which sells eco-friendly and healthful products for children, mothers and the home, moved to Las Vegas about a year ago. The messages also emphasized the need for a more open dialogue about the pressures of creating a start-up and running a business, with entrepreneurs and others calling on the tech community to open up and offer support to colleagues who may be suffering from depression.
May 6, 2007
I do not know Elisabeth Hasselbeck personally, and I am not a viewer of "The View." But I would like to respond to the three readers who attacked her last week [Letters, April 29]. What I find hilarious about these three letters is the arrogant, elitist attitude they present. Words and statements like "ignorant," "self-centered" and "Hasselbeck's disingenuousness is only exceeded by her hypocrisy" tell me how liberals really view others' opinions. These letters are stark, real, in-your-face examples of how they talk of diversity, consensus, dialogue and cooperation, only to detest and look down upon those who offer it. What liberals really mean is they want consensus and dialogue only with other liberals.
April 18, 1993
Prof. Benjamin J. Hubbard's comments and observations are very accurate ("Rise in Hate Crimes Signals Alarming Resurgence of Bigotry" April 4). I find that people don't seem to relate their particular brand of disliking a particular group to the general rise in bigotry, hate and animosity. It doesn't seem to matter whether it is the far right, far left or ultra-religious; it is the extreme positions of groups and individuals in our society that cause polarization. I hear racial and ethnic epithets mouthed by all kinds of people against others and that seems to grow, not shrink.
June 28, 1997
This isn't about Howard Rosenberg's position vis-a-vis Southern Baptists versus the Walt Disney Co. ("Why Has What You Watch Become Their Business?," June 20). This is about the acerbic words from his pen when discussing Christians, of whom I'm one. Thus, in his eyes, we're "vision impaired . . . cultural bullies . . . zealots [a buzzword] . . . Disney bashers . . . seeking to impose their values and tastes on the multitudes, no matter how loopy their theories . . . Christendom's grinning bag of bilge, the Rev. Jerry Falwell.
May 1, 1987
I wanted to express my gratitude for Kathleen Hendrix's article on local Arab-Jewish dialogues ("Oasis of Understanding in Desert of Despair," April 12). It was a fine, comprehensive report that gave a clearer picture of what, at times, seems like a vague, confusing situation. As a participant in a number of the organizations mentioned, I've seen firsthand how attitudes can change for the better once people start communicating openly with each other. We don't kid ourselves that problems will be solved overnight.
December 22, 2013
Re "'Friends of the sheriff,'" Dec. 19 I honor your commitment to exposing corruption and abuse of any sort. But I believe there is another side of L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca that needs to be recognized. Baca has given considerable attention over the years to promoting religious and ethnic dialogue and harmony through numerous events dedicated to bringing communities together. I have participated in a number of such meetings and have been moved and impressed by Baca's encouragement of religious and community leaders to be involved in bringing education to jail inmates, addressing disaster preparedness in L.A. County and promoting interfaith dialogue and understanding.
December 11, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - Ukraine's president struck a conciliatory tone Wednesday with opponents of his government, offering dialogue after security forces earlier in the day unsuccessfully tried to clear protesters from the capital's Independence Square. "I invite representatives of all political forces, priests, public figures to hold the nationwide dialogue,” President Viktor Yanukovich said in televised remarks, adding that he would personally participate in the consultations. "In order to achieve compromise, I urge the opposition not to refuse, not to choose the path of confrontation and ultimatums.
November 23, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Leveraging the wildly anticipated, international, multimedia debut of the "Doctor Who" anniversary special, BBC America is smartly following "The Day of the Doctor" with the premiere Saturday of "Atlantis. " The new fantasy-action-adventure series is a crazy, narratively exasperating yet still quite appealing mess of Greek mythology, early mathematics (Pythagoras is a character) and vague Mediterranean history. It nicely capitalizes on the sly humor of icon tweakage, the growing popularity of genre heroes and the success of the Percy Jackson series.
November 8, 2013 | By Robert Abele
A serious undertaking overwhelmed by amateurishness, "The Falls: Testament of Love" is writer-director Jon Garcia's sequel to last year's "The Falls," a no-budget (as in a reported $7,000) staple of gay film festivals that introduced two closeted Mormons who fall in love during a mission. Garcia's follow-up takes place five years later, when out writer RJ (Nick Ferrucci) has left the church and moved to Seattle, while Chris (Benjamin Farmer) doubles down on his LDS life by undergoing reparative therapy, marrying a woman, having a child and cutting off contact with RJ. The death of a common friend brings the two into each other's orbits again, though, with predictably fraught - and sudsy - consequences.
September 21, 2013 | Richard Fausset
Vice President Joe Biden, in the Mexican capital Friday for meetings with top government officials and business leaders, said he was glad to be focusing on trade rather than on security issues and argued that an economically prosperous Mexico would strengthen the economy of the United States. Biden said that his visits to Mexico as a senator in previous decades were "mostly about security issues -- mostly about drugs, mostly about immigration. And finally -- finally -- we have reached the point we should have reached a long time ago, I think ... where we're looking at the relationship as partners.
August 20, 2013 | Dennis McLellan
Elmore Leonard populated his novels with con men, hustlers and killers, with names like Chili, Stick and Ordell. He plunged readers into a sea of urban sleaze, spiking his tales with mordant humor and moral ambivalence. In stories often set in Detroit or South Florida, he betrayed a love for down-and-out characters and pitch-perfect dialogue. A line from his novel “Be Cool” makes a point in typical Leonard style: “'Chili Palmer's a talker,'” Nick said. “ 'That's what he does, he talks.
December 24, 1988
You are free truly only when your neighbors are free! BETTY O' MEARA Malibu
July 20, 2013 | By Rich Connell
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas on Saturday called for a national boycott of Florida to protest the state's “stand your ground” law in the wake of the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting of African American teenager Trayvon Martin. On a day when hundreds of protesters upset by the verdict gathered in downtown Los Angeles, Ridley-Thomas issued a statement saying, “Florida has a robust tourism industry that brought in $71.8 billion and attracted 91.4 million visitors last year.
July 11, 2013 | By Robert Abele
The pretentious, preposterous, dueling-dialect flameout called "Killing Season" has to stand as one of the biggest missed opportunities in iconic matchups. Robert De Niro plays a loner American military vet whose Appalachian retreat for wood-chopping and elk-gazing is disturbed by John Travolta's black-clad, chin-curtained Bosnian war criminal, a motormouth Serb bearing a bottle of Jagermeister, a bow and arrows, and a score-settling scenario. Neither kills the other after repeated chances in screenwriter Evan Daugherty's mano-a-mano set-up, however, because then we wouldn't get long, tedious "we're the same, you and I" war philosophizing, the side helpings of torture (salty lemonade waterboarding!
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