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October 31, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Marisa Gerber and Richard Winton
PALM DESERT - Doris Payne - demure, elegant and 83 - is a thief, as prolific and subtly conniving as they come. She doesn't use muscle and she doesn't rely on guns. Instead, between numerous stints behind bars, for 50 years she has leaned on charming misdirection to steal pricey jewelry from unsuspecting merchants all over the globe. Her most recent alleged theft found her on El Paseo, the luxurious row of shops in Palm Desert. Jeweler Raju Mehta thought she fit right in with his customers.
October 31, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
Doris Payne, 83, an international jewel thief who has been in and out of prison for decades, is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon in Indio. Payne, who is the focus of a recent documentary "The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne," was arrested Tuesday in Los Angeles County eight days after she allegedly walked into a Palm Desert jewelry store and stole a $22,000 diamond ring. On Oct. 18, a veteran detective at a Saks Fifth Avenue store in Palm Desert alerted authorities after recognizing Payne from a 2010 theft and arrest, authorities said.
October 30, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
DreamWorks is heading back to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. A year after Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" became a box office hit and award-season favorite, the filmmaker's DreamWorks Studios has announced plans to make another presidential drama -- and based on the work of the same author who helped make "Lincoln" possible. The studio has acquired the rights to historian Doris Kearns Goodwin's upcoming book "The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism," which is set for publication Nov. 5. Kearns also wrote 2005's "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln," which became the basis for Tony Kushner's "Lincoln" script.
October 24, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Doris Burke, a versatile commentator for ESPN, has signed a multiyear contract extension, according to the sports cable network. As part of the new deal, Burke will join the Wednesday edition of "Kia NBA Countdown," ESPN's NBA pre-game show, with analyst Jalen Rose and newcomer Avery Johnson. She will make her "Countdown" debut on Nov. 13 at 4:30 p.m. PT. Burke will continue to serve as both an analyst and a reporter for NBA games on ABC and ESPN, including the NBA Finals. She will also keep her role as a lead men's college basketball and women's college basketball game analyst, a role that includes the Women's Final Four.
August 19, 2013 | By Randall Roberts
Musical obsessions are some of life's great pleasures, and "Doris," the latest album by Los Angeles rapper and Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt, 19, has lived in my car at huge volume for a month now. I'll confess to crawling up next to cars blasting "Molasses," a dubby, reggae-rolling jam co-produced by RZA and Christian Rich, sonic humble-bragging my way through L.A. I know the nooks and crannies of this baby - Earl rapping "new patterns, paddy-caking with...
August 14, 2013 | By August Brown
If the torrent of anticipation surrounding Earl Sweatshirt's album "Doris" isn't  sufficient for you, now the much-touted Odd Future rapper has something else for you to look forward to -- a free L.A. show. The MC has announced a free set at the El Rey Theatre on Aug. 28. But you're going to have to work to get in. Tickets are only available to fans who buy copies of "Doris" from the official Odd Future Wolf Gang store (at  410 N. Fairfax Ave. in Mid-City) starting Aug. 20. One album purchase gets one free ticket, and tickets are expected to sell out quickly.  TIMELINE: Summer's must see concerts The gig is Earl's only scheduled show in L.A. at the moment.
August 9, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
“Finding Dory” may be undergoing a sea change as Pixar is taking a page from a little-seen whale documentary. The Walt Disney-owned animation studio is hard at work on "Finding Dory," a follow-up to the 2003 oceanic blockbuster "Finding Nemo. " But this spring, after Pixar executives viewed "Blackfish," which raises sharp questions about the health of whales in captivity, the studio decided to make substantial changes to the "Dory" script. According to Louie Psihoyos, who directed the Oscar-winning dolphin slaughter documentary “The Cove,” Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter and “Dory” director Andrew Stanton sat down with “Blackfish” director Gabriela Cowperthwaite in April after seeing her movie.
August 1, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic, This post has been corrected. See note below for details
On a recent afternoon Thebe Kgositsile, 19, wandered around his sparse central Hollywood apartment lugging a gallon of orange juice and thinking about the logo to his fledgling music imprint Tan Cressida. A piano melody looped from a computer plugged into the keyboard next to it. The early stages of a beat, its evolution would soundtrack the rest of the afternoon as he built it while meeting with his attorney and his manager and worrying aloud that he was getting sick. He'd been coughing all morning, and Bonnaroo was less than a week away.
May 1, 2013 | By David Ng
Two Los Angeles-based artists -- jazz musician Billy Childs and theater director John Malpede -- are among the 20 recipients of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards for 2013.  The recipients, whose names were announced this week, will each receive an unrestricted grant of $225,000 over a period of  three to five years. An additional $50,000 is available to each of the winners based on other criteria. The award was launched in 2011 with the intent of honoring individuals in the fields of theater, dance, jazz and related interdisciplinary work.
April 3, 2013
Disney is plunging back into familiar waters, announcing a November 2015 sequel to "Finding Nemo" titled "Finding Dory. " Enthusiasts of the 2003 finned favorite will recall Dory as the friendly, slightly amnesiac tang voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, who'll return to voice the title character. News of a sequel had been known for some time, but the announcement Tuesday clarifies the focus, title and release date (exact day, Nov. 25). Andrew Stanton, who directed the 2003 hit-cum-animated-Oscar winner, is returning behind the camera.
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