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August 22, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Nissan has hired the director of the influential Consumer Reports car test program. The automaker said David Champion, senior director of the Consumer Reports test center, will join Nissan, where he will become executive advisor for competitive assessment and quality. "David Champion's unique industry background will help ensure that the customer's voice is evident in every product we engineer," said Carla Bailo, Nissan's senior vice president of research and development. "His experience in developing robust testing methods will help Nissan keep pace with the increasing complexity of our products and stay focused on continually improving our customer satisfaction ratings" Champion will report to Steve Monk, director of vehicle evaluation and testing and chief marketability engineer for Nissan Technical Center North America, and he will be based at the automaker's Arizona Testing Center.
April 25, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
DURHAM, Ore. - Oregon officials voted unanimously Friday to jettison the state's disastrous health insurance exchange and switch to the federal system, admitting disappointment and defeat in an arena where the state had been a trailblazer. With its 7-0 vote, the board of directors for Cover Oregon acknowledged that the state exchange was too expensive and too troubled to fix. Although the state has spent an estimated $248 million to get the operation up and running, it never enrolled a single private insurance customer online.
December 4, 2012 | By Andrew Tangel
NEW YORK -- Rajat Gupta, a former Goldman Sachs director a found guilty of insider-trading charges in October, will try to remain free while he appeals his conviction.  Gupta's bid to stay free beyond his Jan. 8 surrender date is scheduled to be heard Tuesday by the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. If Gupta begins serving his two-year sentence and his appeal were eventually successful, he could conceivably be freed or face a new trial after serving much of his sentence. In court papers, Gupta's lawyers laid out what they claimed were judicial errors in the case, and concluded: "Gupta was denied the opportunity to present the best evidence of his innocence. These errors pervaded the whole trial.
April 25, 2014 | By John Horn
SYDNEY, Australia - The video playing on the television inside Baz Luhrmann's bedroom was supposed to be much steamier. But where there should have been desirous bumping and prurient grinding, the couples were remarkably chaste, as if they had been ordered to abstain from all manner of randy moves. "Look at this," the filmmaker behind "Moulin Rouge!" and "The Great Gatsby" said from the foot of his bed. "You couldn't get any more sexless. " Working inside the creative compound he calls Iona in Sydney's arty Darlinghurst neighborhood, Luhrmann was sitting with a reporter, reviewing news clips from 1980s Australian ballroom dancing competitions, whose judges favored technique over passion.
November 30, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
With its stylized violence and unambiguous politics, "Killing Them Softly" has divided critics since it debuted at Cannes this year. That polarization probably will continue this weekend among audiences who, wooed by slick TV spots, are expecting a polished  Brad Pitt action thriller instead of an off-kilter art film. The filmmakers say they're experiencing that surprise firsthand, but say they believe that it isn't necessarily a bad thing. "You have the happy reaction and the unhappy reaction," director Andrew Dominik tells The Times of the filmgoers who've commented to him so far. "There are the people who think they're going to see a straight-ahead thriller and don't like all this other [stuff]
September 4, 2012 | By Jori Finkel
Tuesday is Timothy Potts' first day on the job as the new director of the Getty Museum , a post that went vacant for nearly two years. Friday he will make his first public appearance, joining LACMA director Michael Govan and Hammer Museum director Ann Philbin for a panel on the changing shape of L.A.'s art museums. The panel will take place downtown in Grand Park at 6 p.m. as part of Zócalo's “town square”-style conversations. Up for discussion: the state of cultural philanthropy in L.A., the challenges of engaging local audiences, and next steps for the museums, each of which has grown significantly - and faced serious growing pains - in the last 10 years.
June 22, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Cherry Jones is teaming with the recent Tony-winning director John Tiffany ("Once") to play the iconic character of Amanda Wingfield in Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie. " The drama, which first went to the Great White Way in 1945, will run Feb. 2 to March 13, 2013, at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass. Jones is a founding member of ART and has appeared in multiple performances during the last three decades, most recently in 2002's "Lysistrata. " Jones has received lead actress Tonys for "The Heiress" (1995)
September 16, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
TORONTO--The Big Green Egg is a culinary device that allows chicken and meat to cook for as much as 15 or 20 hours before it's ready. Derek Cianfrance can't get enough of it. The director of "The Place Beyond The Pines"--the family drama that was  one of the breakout titles of the Toronto International Film Festival that ends Sunday--has a thing about time. Specifically, taking a lot of it. PHOTOS: Toronto International Film Festival 2012 For "Pines," he spent a Green Egg-like eon (five years, more than 30 script drafts)
December 13, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
For its best director Golden Globe award, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. chose to nominate the helmers of all five movies it also shortlisted for best picture/drama, steering away from comedy/musical directors David O. Russell and Tom Hooper. Ben Affleck (“Argo,”) Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Ang Lee (“Life of Pi”), Steven Spielberg ("Lincoln”) and Quentin Tarantino (“Django Unchained”) were all nominated in the category. Tarantino was perhaps the biggest surprise; his violent revenge-fantasy film has only begun screening in the last two weeks and he was not seen as an established front-runner.  Hooper (Les Miserables")
August 30, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
Pixar Animation has removed the director of its 2014 film, "The Good Dinosaur," and not named a replacement, marking the fourth time in eight movies that the Emeryville studio has made a director change midstream. With the film's release date fast approaching and various creative choices unmade, Pixar executives decided to replace director Bob Peterson this summer, according to the studio's president, Ed Catmull. "All directors get really deep in their films," Catmull said this week.
April 25, 2014 | David Ng
San Diego Opera has placed its longtime general and artistic director Ian Campbell on paid leave after a three-decade tenure that has been rocked in recent weeks by public and internal criticism over his role in the decision to close the company. The opera said in a news release Friday that Campbell and his ex-wife, Ann Spira-Campbell, who is a high-ranking administrator in the company, have both been placed on leave. A company spokesman said in an interview that the Campbells will no longer be involved in the day-to-day operations of the organization, but they are still being paid and are technically still part of the company.
April 24, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Will D'Antoni be back to coach the Lakers? The franchise has yet to announce the future of Coach Mike D'Antoni, but assistant Dan D'Antoni may be moving on to coach at Marshall University. Mike had been linked to his alma mater but on Thursday, Mike Hamrick, athletic director at Marshall, tweeted Dan will be the Thundering Herd's next coach. I am proud to announce that Dan D'Antoni will be the next head basketball coach at Marshall University. #THEHERD - Mike Hamrick (@TheHerdAD)
April 24, 2014 | By Robert Abele
A resourcefully stylish indie sci-fi entry from Britain, "The Machine" drapes sleek visuals over an artificial intelligence tale set in a top-secret British government facility where robots are being developed to fight a cold war with China. Empathic computer genius Vincent (Toby Stephens) has more on his mind, however, than creating a weapon-strength, self-aware being for his military boss (Denis Lawson). Vincent imagines a revolutionary future in which the brain-damaged (be they wounded soldiers or his medically afflicted daughter)
April 24, 2014 | By Chris Lee
For those familiar with Randall Wallace 's cinematic oeuvre , the Oscar-nominated writer-director's efforts can be understood to fall into two distinct categories: films following heroes on do-or-die missions and those following heroes who conquer incredible odds to win come-from-behind victories. In the first category: the period action-dramas “Braveheart” and “We Were Soldiers” (both written by Wallace and starring a pre-rageaholic Mel Gibson). In the second: the Musketeer thriller “The Man in the Iron Mask” and the equestrian sports drama “Secretariat” (films Wallace wrote and directed)
April 24, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
It sounds contrived, and it is. It sounds like a bit of a stunt, and it is that too. It may even sound boring, but that it is not. In fact, whip-smart filmmaking by writer-director Steven Knight and his team combined with Tom Hardy's mesmerizing acting make the micro-budgeted British independent "Locke" more minute-to-minute involving than this year's more costly extravaganzas. Though a dozen actors are listed in "Locke's" credits, Hardy is the only one who appears on screen in this real-time drama that unfolds inside a moving BMW during the 85 minutes it takes construction foreman Ivan Locke to make a nighttime drive from Birmingham to London.
April 24, 2014 | By Christy Khoshaba
Directorial acclaim never comes easy. When it hits, though, the results can be significant not only for the helmer but for cinema itself. We take a look back at the films that propelled some of today's most celebrated directors to prominence. Steven Spielberg: The slew of television shows and short films directed by Ohio native Steven Spielberg was just a preview of things to come from a man who has become perhaps the most commercially successful director of all time. His first major directorial effort, "The Sugarland Express" (1974)
June 21, 2013 | By Donie Vanitzian
Question: In my capacity as board director, I sent a certified letter to the association manager asking where our homeowners association files are kept. The letter notified him I intend to inspect the files and the premises because the address given to our association as management's "corporate" address is nothing more than a mail drop. He quoted California Corporations Code section 8334, stating "a director may inspect the physical properties of the corporation of which that person is a director," and then said I wasn't a director of his management corporation so I can't look at the association's files that are at his house.
March 10, 2013 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Micky Moore and Hollywood grew up together. He was a toddler in 1916 when he began his career as a child actor in silent films and sat on the laps of such leading ladies as Mary Pickford and Gloria Swanson. As a 5-year-old he worked with legendary director Cecil B. DeMille, who would mentor Moore as he transitioned to directing in adulthood. As the motion picture industry moved from silent pictures to sound and into the digital era, Moore would contribute to more than 200 movies over nine decades.
April 24, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
It's the question on the minds of many in Los Angeles' film community: Does Gov. Jerry Brown get how badly the state's film and TV industry has been squeezed by runaway production? Kish Rajan, director of the Governor's Office of Business & Economic Development, offered some reassuring words to film commissioners and industry executives who gathered in Hollywood on Thursday for an annual breakfast hosted by the California Film Commission. Rajan stopped short of saying whether Brown would rally behind a bill winding through the Assembly that would significantly expand California's film and TV tax credit program, which allocates $100 million annually but is due to run out of funds next year.
April 23, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Director Drake Doremus had a clear career path ahead of him when his romantic drama "Like Crazy" swept several big awards at Sundance in 2011. With the most buzzed-about movie at the festival in years and an acquisition deal worth millions of dollars from the unlikely Sundance player Paramount, Doremus was suddenly the rare indie director with the overnight clout to walk on to a big studio film. He went another way instead. After watching one studio romantic-comedy script after another cross his desk, he chose to eschew the conventional wisdom, and the advice of some of his reps, and return to the indie world.
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