CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2009 |
Los Angeles police detectives said a smooth-talking con artist has used an elaborate scheme to steal thousands of dollars in cash and belongings from a salsa band, one of Israel's top basketball teams and Mexico's Chivas soccer team. Investigators allege that the man used websites and social media to learn about visiting teams, artists and tourists' movements in downtown Los Angeles, then charmed his way into their private hotel rooms and suites when the visitors were away. "These out-of-town visitors are often unfamiliar with their surroundings and are often carrying lots of cash," Police Lt. Paul Vernon said.
October 4, 2009 |
Another tough season on "Entourage," right? More Vince meaninglessness. More stilted chemistry among the key foursome. A lack of purpose that borders on the existential. Actually, wrong. For the last three months, the show has been involved in an elaborate game of deception, a bait and switch that never bothered to reveal itself and most likely won't, even during tonight's season finale. Sure, "Entourage" has in Vince (Adrian Grenier) a protagonist who's dull even when he's impactful, and downright hollow when not. Good cheer is not, it turns out, a feeling.
August 30, 2009 |
If you are still watching "Entourage" maybe it's time to talk louder about: "Rescue Me" With the FX firemen drama, Denis Leary has had the corner on male bravado and bonding -- not to mention comedy -- for just as long as Vince and the gang have been on the air. So cherish your last testosterone fix of the season. (And get ready for Janet and Sheila to go ballistic when they pay Kelly a visit. Equal-opportunity haranguing.) (Tuesday) Probably worth talking about: "Extract" Writer-director Mike Judge gave us a little cartoon named "Beavis and Butthead."
July 12, 2009 |
As with many fights between intimates, the ones between Vince (Adrian Grenier) and Eric (Kevin Connolly) on "Entourage" are little more than tests of will, games of chicken in which projecting one's own inadequacies is as potent a weapon as pointing out those of the other person. Early in tonight's episode, the first of the show's sixth season, the two discuss Eric's plan to move into his own house. Vince, for his part, plays it cool.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2009 |
An Atlanta event promoter charged with fatally shooting rapper Dolla at the Beverly Center pleaded not guilty Friday to murder and two counts of assault. Aubrey Louis Berry, 23, is accused of gunning down Roderick Anthony Burton II, known professionally as Dolla, and shooting at two other people in the Atlanta rapper's entourage Monday in the valet area of the popular Westside mall. Prosecutors on Friday also amended the charges to include an extra weapons offense of personally and intentionally discharging a firearm, causing great bodily injury and death.
November 23, 2008
I was glad to see Matea Gold's article regarding HBO ["A Major Reboot for HBO," Nov. 9], as I was recently pondering dropping HBO from my channel lineup as it costs over $15 per month with Time Warner Cable. I'm really tired of the same old programming, selection of films replayed over and over as well as not enjoying the ridiculous over-the-top parody of show business on "Entourage," which is played repeatedly. I also am not crazy about the vampire show that is played incessantly.
October 13, 2008
Re "The red and the blue," Opinion, Oct. 9 Timothy Garton Ash correctly identifies the end goals of today's campaign: a choice between two different sets of values. Implicit, yet not mentioned, is the tactic used by each to communicate with its particular audience. The "blues" place great faith in the ability, maturity and intelligence of their adherents to understand a message based on logic and reason. The "reds" descend to the lowest common levels of communication and inundate their audience with base emotion.
October 5, 2008 |
IN THE weeks leading up to her spring break earlier this year, Rachel Haas, then a high school senior, wasn't concerned with trying on new bikinis or misting herself with a spray tan. Instead, she was obsessively watching MTV's reality show "The Hills" and making a long list of every restaurant and nightclub that appeared on-screen that she wanted to visit on her trip to Los Angeles. Her ideal itinerary began with her and her friends venturing down the Sunset Strip to eat burgers at Ketchup, where they figured they had a shot of catching the cameras from "The Hills.
September 25, 2008 |
The Petit Trianon, the mini-chateau at Versailles that French queen Marie Antoinette used as her refuge, reopened Wednesday after a yearlong, $7.34-million renovation funded by Swiss watchmaker Breguet, which once made a timepiece for the queen. Among other improvements, electric wiring was fixed, more rooms opened to the public and a garden pavilion refurbished. Curators said they wanted to avoid a stuffy museum feel, making it seem as though the 18th century French queen and her entourage had just stepped away for a moment.