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September 17, 2009 | Mark Medina
Who knew a rejection to join the fantasy team of ESPN's Bill Simmons and Matthew Berry would lead to a full-length musical? That's exactly what happened to David Ingber, whose show, "Fantasy Football: The Musical," opens Oct. 1 at the New York Musical Theater Festival. He originally pitched the idea to Simmons and Berry when they were fielding applications last year to join their basketball fantasy league. Upon being rejected, Ingber followed through with his project. The musical is set in 1991 and features Simmons and Berry inventing fantasy football.
April 25, 2014 | From staff and wire reports
DeAndre Daniels, a 6-foot-9 junior forward from Connecticut, announced Friday that he will forgo his senior season and enter the NBA draft while twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison of Kentucky said they have decided to play another year in college. Daniels, who starred at Woodland Hills Taft High, had stellar performances during the Huskies' run to the NCAA tournament title, averaging 16.7 points and 7.4 rebounds a game while shooting 48% from the field. UConn announced that junior guard Ryan Boatright, who averaged 12.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists last season, would return for his senior season.
September 11, 2009 | Robert Abele
If you've seen Patton Oswalt do stand-up, it's clear that he understands obsession. Easily cranked up about a wide variety of personal passions -- comic books, film noir, molecular gastronomy -- his act riffs on the hilarities of fanboy excitement and its emotional corollary: mercury-spiking indignation. Only an avowed foodie could fume so brilliantly (and famously) on KFC's everything-lumped-together menu option, which he memorably termed a "failure pile in a sadness bowl." That the 40-year-old comedian can currently be seen playing a lonely, easily peeved, rabid New York Giants buff in the independent film "Big Fan" isn't lost on a supergeek like himself.
April 25, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - DMG Entertainment, the Beijing-based company that co-produced Hollywood films including "Iron Man 3" and "Transcendence," is in the process of going public on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. The move will see DMG enter the exchange through a reverse takeover with meat-processing company Sichuan Gaojin Foods. The deal still needs regulatory approval. According to DMG and Sichuan Gaojin, the deal values DMG at $970 million. That's three times the value of Gaojin at the end of 2013.
June 7, 1989 | From Times wire service s
Former Rep. Dan Lungren, an outspoken but pragmatic conservative who failed to win the Legislature's approval to succeed the late Jesse Unruh as state treasurer last year, today entered the race for the 1990 Republican nomination for attorney general. The 42-year-old Lungren is the first Republican to formally declare his candidacy for California's top law enforcement post, which incumbent John K. Van de Kamp is giving up to seek the Democratic nomination for governor. Two district attorneys, Ira Reiner of Los Angeles and Arlo Smith of San Francisco, are seeking the Democratic nomination.
April 14, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
Mary Slaney, the world record-holder in the women's mile and the American record-holder at all track distances from 800 meters to 10,000 meters, has entered the L'eggs Mini Marathon, organizers announced today. The 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) race for women only will be held June 24 in Central Park and is expected to attract a field of more than 9,000. Last year, Slaney finished fourth. "This year, I'm running to win," she said. In 1988, Slaney made the U.S. Olympic team in the 1,500 meters and 3,000 meters.
October 15, 2009 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
If there were ever a movie that shouldn't end up making as much as $190 million around the world, it is "The Final Destination," a homely horror thriller that is the fourth and least-loved film in New Line's low-budget "Final Destination" horror franchise. The first three movies, released from 2000 to 2006, were modest successes, each one earning around $50 million in the U.S. and only slightly more overseas. It's a sign of the franchise's below-the-radar consistency that "FD3," released in 2006, had virtually the same exact box-office numbers as the original film, earning $54 million domestically and $58.7 million overseas.
October 20, 2009 | Associated Press
Target Corp. has leaped into an online price war on books expected to be top sellers. The discounter said Monday that it would offer some of this season's most anticipated book titles at $8.99, with free shipping, matching moves by and Minneapolis-based Target said the price applied to preorders on of such books as "Breathless" by Dean Koontz and "Under the Dome" by Stephen King. The battle started Thursday, when Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said its website would charge just $10, with free shipping, for various upcoming hardcover releases.
November 5, 2009 | Seema Mehta
Republican businesswoman Carly Fiorina formally entered the race for U.S. Senate on Wednesday, issuing a blistering critique of Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer even as she tried to blunt her own primary challenge from the right. Before a small gathering of supporters in a Garden Grove warehouse, Fiorina said her business acumen and real-world experience make her the only viable Republican candidate in the 2010 contest. She mocked Boxer for writing three pieces of legislation during her 17-year tenure and for spending the summer on a book tour instead of meeting with voters at town halls.
March 18, 2005
Re "Angelides Enters Race for Governor in '06," March 16: Was the story on Phil Angelides' run against Arnold continued on the Obituary page on purpose? David Reid Hollywood
April 24, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Colorado junior guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who helped the Buffaloes open the season with a 14-2 record and a victory over highly regarded Kansas before he sustained a season-ending knee injury, has announced that he will forgo his senior season and enter the NBA draft. Dinwiddie, a 6-foot-6 swing player who helped Taft High in Woodland Hills win the 2011 L.A. City Section championship, averaged 14.7 points, 3.8 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals a game last season after averaging 15.3 points, 3.0 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals as a sophomore.
April 23, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON - Netflix Inc. and other Internet companies may soon be able to pay for a faster road online for streaming movies and other content into customers' homes, raising concerns about who ultimately may end up with the bill. The nation's top telecommunications regulator, breaking with his agency's long-standing position, will propose new rules that would allow broadband network owners to sell a high-speed toll road for content providers, the Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday.
April 22, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Comprehensive immigration reform is probably dead for yet another year, the victim - once again - of a dysfunctional Congress that can't even reach agreement on the things it agrees on. There is nothing President Obama can do about that, although if therapy were available for political relationships, there'd be a referral waiting to be made. In the meantime, the president still has to administer immigration laws as they exist, and he reportedly is considering dropping his opposition to bond hearings for detained undocumented immigrants.
April 20, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
She's the star of television's "New Girl" series, She & Him singer, creative director and a red-carpet standout. Now, Zooey Deschanel is adding fashion designer to her considerable list of talents, with a new collection of dresses for Tommy Hilfiger that hit Hilfiger and Macy's stores last week. Deschanel's distinctive quirky-preppy-feminine style - on-screen, on red carpets and in real life - is what attracted Hilfiger to her. "It's unusual and spirited. She doesn't take herself too seriously, which is nice," he says.
April 19, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani
WASHINGTON - On Monday, if all goes according to plan, I'll be lining up at the start of the Boston Marathon. Let's just say this up front: I probably shouldn't be. I signed up last September, but over the last few months, training season, I've been fighting one of those frustrating injuries that just would not come around. Figuring for weeks that it was just a bad hamstring, I stubbornly dragged my bad leg like a piece of wood over snow and black ice, all through a relentless, miserable Northeast winter.
April 12, 2014 | By Tracy Brown
Art aficionados planning to attend the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this weekend will be able to watch artists create works live on the USC site as well as hear the many assembled writers. Artists' Row, a new feature at the festival, will house six artists who specialize in various media as they create pieces guided by the festival's theme, “Inspire Your Fire.” The artists will work throughout the weekend at the gathering at the University of Southern California; their pieces are expected to be finished by the end of the day on Sunday.
May 19, 1996
As the facts come out, the killing of Jane Carver of Fountain Valley is downright chilling. She was apparently in the wrong place at the wrong time, the mistaken victim of a hit man. This incident dramatically and tragically shows how tenuous our lives are and how much fate enters into it. We think we are in control of our lives, but we really aren't. KENNETH L. ZIMMERMAN Huntington Beach
December 27, 2005
Re "Youth Sues for Right Not to Stand, Recite Pledge," Dec. 23 So a 17-year-old boy refuses to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. Does he know that standing is a sign of respect? He can refuse to say the pledge, but he should show respect. When this case goes to court, will he refuse to stand when the judge enters the courtroom? Or will his attorney tell him to stand in respect? We all must show respect for others, and sometimes this means standing. SUZANNE BRUGMAN Whittier
April 11, 2014 | Diana Wagman
Reading is such an improbable idea -- a miracle, really. Yet simple squiggles on a page, arranged just so, can convey ideas that change the way we think or introduce to us characters we love for a lifetime. In celebration of reading -- and of this weekend's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books -- we asked four readers (who also happen to be writers) to celebrate books that mattered in their lives. In 1975, when I was young, I went to hear James Baldwin speak. Afterward, I waited in a long line and finally got to stand before him. I told him that his book "Giovanni's Room" had made me want to be a writer.
April 10, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Joining this spring's bumper crop of L.A.-area mega estates for sale is Liongate, entering the fray priced at $65 million. Other Westside contenders include the $135-million Beverly House, Jamie McCourt's $55-million home and Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen's $50-million moated residence. Although two lion statues still stand at one of the gates, the reworked 1938 mansion in Bel-Air has dropped the plural from its former Lionsgate name. Singer Kenny Rogers, who sold the estate in 1983 for $5.8 million, is credited with placing the lions outside the gate.
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