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October 31, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer and Bill Dwyre
Jockey Ryan Moore might be overqualified if he ever wants to be a contestant on the TV series "The Amazing Race," based on his travel itinerary for the next two months. He was in Toronto on Sunday riding Joshua Tree to victory in the Canadian International. On Friday and Saturday, he'll be at Santa Anita riding six European-trained horses in the Breeders' Cup World Championships. He has a flight booked on Saturday night to Australia, where he'll be riding in the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.
October 19, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
There is something nicely unexpected about "Dancing on the Edge," writer-director Stephen Poliakoff's seductive drama of jazz and England in the early 1930s. The series, which begins Saturday on Starz (it has already aired on the BBC), forms a kind of "Upstairs/Backstage" story with a mystery attached and comes in five parts, plus an epilogue - appendix might be the better word - in the form of interviews. To be sure, jazz has often lurked at the background of British period pieces - Lord Peter Wimsey dragged to some Soho cellar, Bertie Wooster knocking out a chorus of "Minnie the Moocher.
October 18, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Another political aide at Los Angeles City Hall has filed a harassment lawsuit, this time targeting the office of Councilman Mitchell Englander in the San Fernando Valley. A former Englander staffer, who identified herself as Jane Doe in her filing, alleges that a top aide to the councilman repeatedly made inappropriate jokes and sexual comments. She claimed such comments were "rampant" in the lawmaker's office and included improper remarks from the councilman himself. The lawsuit is the second to offer allegations of harassment within a council office in recent weeks.
October 15, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
In a week in which the football world will be fixated on Peyton Manning returning to Indianapolis for the first time, another future Hall of Fame quarterback finds himself in a far more familiar situation. Fresh off his team's last-second victory over the New Orleans Saints, New England quarterback Tom Brady will play at the division-rival New York Jets. That's one Ryan brother down, one more to go. Rob Ryan is defensive coordinator of the Saints, and he looked sick to his stomach Sunday as Brady directed a 70-yard drive with no timeouts, throwing a touchdown pass with five seconds to play in a 30-27 victory for the Patriots at Gillette Stadium.
October 7, 2013 | By August Brown
Justin Timberlake may still be trying to take back the night, but he didn't take the top slot of the U.K. pop charts this week. That pleasure belongs to the L.A.-based sisters-and-a-mister quartet Haim . Their delightful genre-busting debut "Days Are Gone" pulled off a finish-line upset to win the week in England, announcing the band as a bona fide superstar act across the pond. By midweek, Timberlake's second installment of his "20/20 Experience" album led by just 28 copies, but a late surge by Haim eventually put it ahead by 2,100 copies.
October 3, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Jack Bauer is resetting his clock for more "24," and this time he's going to have to set it to Greenwich Mean Time. The thriller series starring Kiefer Sutherland that ran on Fox for eight seasons is coming back for a 12-episode limited series next year, and instead of returning to Jack's old stomping grounds of Los Angeles or Washington, D.C., the new series will be filmed in the U.K. Known as "24: Live Another Day," the new series is the...
September 23, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
The Pittsburgh Steelers are in foreign territory, and not just because they're playing in London on Sunday. The Steelers are among the NFL's six winless teams, 0-3 for the first time since 2000, and desperately seeking answers. Never in the modern era of the league has Pittsburgh lost its first four games. "It's a situation we're not familiar with," defensive end Brett Keisel said after Sunday night's 40-23 loss to Chicago. "If we have the type of character we think we do, we can overcome this and find a way to fight back.
September 21, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Alex Turner knows how it looks: A young British rock band, widely admired for its unflinching depictions of a pub-crawl demimonde, finds huge success at home, then packs up and moves to sunny Los Angeles just as it's on the verge of becoming a kind of national institution. But if longtime fans of England's Arctic Monkeys are worried that the group has abandoned its unsavory roots, Turner has words of reassurance. "We used to have a little space on this scuzzy street in Sheffield," the singer-guitarist said recently.
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