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June 18, 2000 | Bruce McCall, Bruce McCall, a regular contributor to the New Yorker, is the author of "Zany Afternoons."
"Napoleon also invented canned food." --Vice President Al Gore, offering a historical point during a wide-ranging conversation with staff members of the New York Times last week * The Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte has called a special meeting of his general staff: "Thanks for coming, guys. Take a pew. I know it's 5 in the morning, but I just had an idea that can't wait. Now, I like to say an army travels on its stomach." "If you've said it once you've said it a thousand times, excellency."
April 4, 2014 | By Timothy Garton Ash
BEIJING - President Xi Jinping is leading an extraordinary political experiment in China. In essence, he is trying to turn his nation into an advanced economy and three-dimensional superpower, drawing on the energies of capitalism, patriotism and Chinese traditions, yet all still under the control of what remains, at its core, a Leninist party-state. He may be a Chinese emperor, but he is also a Leninist emperor. This is the most surprising and important political experiment on Earth.
March 24, 1996
After reading the many letters submitted by the members of the Bolsa Chica Land Trust, I am reminded of the children's fable about an emperor who was being fitted for a beautiful new suit. Here, the Land Trust, often masquerading as an environmental organization, has dressed itself up in beautiful rhetoric accusing the California Coastal Commission of "violating" the Coastal Act with its overwhelming majority approval of the Bolsa Chica wetlands restoration project. However, no matter how many times the Land Trust repeats this lie, it will not become the truth.
November 13, 2013 | By Susan King
Legendary Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci is a commanding figure at the age of 73 as his wheelchair rolls into a private dining room at a Beverly Hills hotel. He's wearing a wide-brim hat and aviator sunglasses, but over an espresso, he proves to be far more charming than imposing. The Academy Award-winning director is making his first visit to Los Angeles in more than a decade. He's been using a wheelchair since then following repeated back surgery. For a while he went into a deep depression and became a recluse in his home in Rome.
June 13, 1987 | SCOTT KRAFT, Times Staff Writer
Jean-Bedel Bokassa, who crowned himself emperor of the impoverished Central African Republic, ruled by bloody fiat and fled without a scratch after a 1979 coup, was convicted and sentenced to death Friday for crimes he committed during his reign. The panel of three judges and six jurors, sitting in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, found the 66-year-old former emperor guilty of murder, embezzling $50 million in public funds and ordering arbitrary arrests.
January 3, 1986 | From Reuters
Italian movie director Bernardo Bertolucci plans to film the life of China's last emperor in a $20-million production using more than 10,000 costumes, a Peking film official said. Xu Chunqing, a deputy manager of the China Film Co-production Corp., said the 18-week filming of "The Last Emperor" would start at former imperial residences in Peking and Changchun next April.
December 29, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Ying Ruocheng, 74, a Chinese actor who appeared in Bernardo Bertolucci's 1987 film "The Last Emperor," died Saturday at a Beijing hospital of liver disease. Ying also acted in Bertolucci's 1993 film "Little Buddha," which starred Keanu Reeves. He was vice minister of culture when Bertolucci tapped him for "The Last Emperor." A graduate of China's prestigious Tsinghua University, Ying acted with the Beijing People's Art Theater. He was jailed for three years during China's 1966-76 Cultural Revolution, but later rose in government circles as the country opened up to the outside world.
December 20, 2002 | Anthony Kuhn, Special to The Times
Zhang Yimou's "Hero" premiered here last weekend, marking the first foray by mainland China's leading director into epic martial arts dramas, a genre Hong Kong has dominated for more than three decades. With an all-star Chinese cast headlined by Jet Li, the film is an impressive blend of art-house aesthetics and aerial kung fu dogfights with ambitions of attracting a mass global audience. The film also is building high expectations in the post-"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" cinema.
"Valentino: The Last Emperor," the title of a new documentary about the icon of haute couture, may sound like canny hyperbole, but once you've seen this smart and incisive film, it will seem like a simple statement of fact. For one thing, Valentino Garavani, a fashion designer so celebrated only his first name is necessary, certainly lives like an emperor. When he travels, it's by private jet with his six pugs always in attendance, or on his 152-foot yacht with a full-time staff of 11.
June 9, 1996 | John Balzar
"The emperor (of Ethiopia) began his day by listening to informers' reports. The night breeds dangerous conspiracies, and Haile Selassie knew that what happens at night is more important than what happens during the day. During the day he kept an eye on everyone; at night that was impossible. For that reason, he attached great importance to the morning reports. And here I would like to make one thing clear: His venerable majesty was no reader. . . . The custom of relating things by word of mouth had this advantage: If need be, the emperor could say that a given dignitary had told him something quite different from what had really been said.
October 30, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times art critic
SANTA BARBARA -- Eik Kahng, curator at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, believes she has identified a previously unknown painting by Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863). Given the stature of the French Romantic innovator, that's no small thing. The painting turned up in a local private collection -- the Van Asch van Wyck Trust -- and Kahng has now included it in her newly opened exhibition, “Delacroix and the Matter of Finish,” which looks at the rebukes the controversial artist received from those who thought his painterly canvases looked unfinished.
October 17, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
More than a year after his "Battleship" was torpedoed at the box office, filmmaker Pete Berg is set to unveil his new movie in the heart of Hollywood. "Lone Survivor," the director's Navy SEAL drama, will have its red carpet debut at AFI Fest, the eight-day-long film gathering that kicks off Nov. 7. Berg's film, which Universal Pictures will open in limited release in late December before its nationwide launch two weeks later, is one of three additional gala screenings announced by festival programmers on Thursday.
April 24, 2013 | By Karin Klein
Who can resist those snappy little personality quizzes? Somehow it feels as though some great mystery about ourselves will be revealed, though it never is. Still, you might have been spending a lot of time wondering whether you're an Adelie sort of penguin or a Chinstrap. The people at Pew Charitable Trusts' environmental group seemingly have been aware of how many sleepless nights you've had pondering this very issue, so they came up with a Penguin Personality Quiz . The official reason is that Thursday is World Penguin Day -- because of course every month, every week, every day, is named for something, and I'm not just talking about the sun, the moon and Norse gods.
April 12, 2013 | By Chris Barton
In the mid '90s, there weren't many safer bets on the West Coast for a raucous, funk-leaning good time than San Diego's Greyboy Allstars. Coalescing around the soul and rare groove sounds mined by the city's DJ Greyboy, the Allstars were part of a loosely defined American acid jazz scene that at various points included Soulive, Brooklyn Funk Essentials and offshoots of what became a sort of jazz-leaning instrumental "jam band" circuit. The Allstars even shifted into film work, performing music for Jake Kasdan's 1998 feature, "Zero Effect.
March 7, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The scene is a devastated Japan, August 1945, as "Emperor," the new historical drama starring Matthew Fox and Tommy Lee Jones, begins. Hiroshima and Nagasaki are little more than smoking rubble and stone-faced survivors. Emperor Hirohito has officially surrendered but remains protected behind palace walls. Into the morass strides World War II hero Gen. Douglas MacArthur (Jones). He has exactly 10 days to decide whether to put the emperor on trial for war crimes and a cultural expert in Gen. Bonner Fellers (Fox)
March 7, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Emotions have been running high at screenings of the historical drama "Emperor. " The Japanese American coproduction, which opens Friday, revolves around the dilemma Gen. Douglas MacArthur faced as he tried to restore order in post-World War II Japan: Should the country's divine leader, Emperor Hirohito, stand trial and face certain death on war crimes charges? When the producers screened "Emperor" recently in Japan, producer Gary Foster said, many men were in tears as they left the theater.
August 4, 2009
Ritual cup: An article in Saturday's Section A about a 2,000-year-old cup found in Jerusalem's Old City said that the Roman emperor Titus attacked the city in AD 70. Titus led the charge as general, but his father, Vespasian, was emperor then.
October 18, 1991
Apparently very few people realize that in one of his former lives Christo was the manager of the boutique where the emperor bought his new clothes. CARL D. BRYAN JR. Bakersfield
January 11, 2013 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
China's "Little Emperors" - the generations of only-children born under the government's rigid "one child" policy - are living up to their name. A study published Thursday in the journal Science has found that compared with two groups of people born in the years before China began its harsh population-control policy, those born after were less conscientious, more risk-averse and less inclined to compete with - or cooperate with - others. In short, a nation forged by collectivism, hard work and deprivation has created a generation of young adults that could be its undoing.
October 23, 2012 | By Chris Barton
After nearly 10 years, two U.S. presidential elections and a near-complete global financial collapse, the Canadian collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor released a new album last week. Why is that contextualizing necessary? The band's exquisite brand of experimental rock, which combines noise, guitars, strings and martial percussion, constitutes the most politically charged, instrumental music of the last 25 years. It's a curious paradox, but not without precedent. Jazz has a rich history as music of social consciousness, and Godspeed cited Ornette Coleman in a recent email exchange with the Guardian , which amounted to the band's most direct statement about its self-described joyous noise.
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