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May 18, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Did you notice that Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook page updated as he rang the Nasdaq bell Friday morning? Well, that was an "epic" hack. It started with a lunchtime kibbitz and a Facebook post on Monday, Facebook software engineer David Garcia wrote on TechCrunch. Garcia said he posted on his Facebook page, "We should totally hack the button so it pushes an open graph action, 'Mark Rang the NASDAQ bell.'" The very first comment was an unequivocal sign of approval from the big guy himself: "It would be epic if you pulled that off. " With that, Garcia got to work searching for the solution.
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April 26, 2014 | By Martha Groves
Beverly Hills on Sunday will celebrate its 100th anniversary with an epic 15,000-slice cake marking a proud symbol of the city's excess. Its estimated cost? $200,000. "We're about marketing this three-block-long street, Rodeo Drive, to the world," Efrem Harkham, owner of the Luxe Hotel, where the assembled cake will be on display, told The Times.   He said the dessert is also meant as a tribute to people who have served the city, including police officers and firefighters.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
History channel, which for so many years seemed dedicated primarily to discovering how many documentaries might be extracted from the Second World War - the Hitler Channel was its joking sobriquet - has been branching out. Last year, its "Hatfields & McCoys" miniseries set basic-cable records and was nominated for 16 Emmys (and won five). Sunday brings its first scripted drama, "Vikings," and another miniseries, "The Bible," scheduled so that it ends on Easter. There are millions if not billions who take the Bible as literal truth, but it is not history as we commonly understand the word.
BUSINESS
April 22, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
When Norman Hajjar rides around the country, he rides around the country. The long distance driver has just finished an epic 24-day, 12,000-mile national tour, driving a stock Tesla S model electric automobile. Hajjar's journey began in the Pacific Northwest, traversing Washington and Oregon before crossing California from top to bottom and heading east -- to Maine, via Wyoming and South Dakota. Then he drove the Tesla south to Florida, then back north to Pennsylvania before turning west and retracing the route back to California.
BUSINESS
May 17, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- A privacy watchdog group is going after Snapchat for deceiving users about self-destructing messages that don't actually self-destruct. The smartphone app has become popular with young people for sending messages that a few seconds later disappear. That clever disappearing act has made the Los Angeles start-up a hit with users and some prominent investors in Silicon Valley. But it turns out that photos sent over Snapchat have a longer shelf life than people think.
NATIONAL
June 28, 2012 | By Tony Barboza
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Greg Heule fought fires for 28 years, but none compares to the furious blaze that raced down the mountains and into neighborhoods of Colorado Springs this week, destroying hundreds of homes. “This one is an epic fire for the city,” said Huele, a retired veteran of the Colorado Springs Fire Department who is a spokesman for the 1,200 firefighters battling the Waldo Canyon fire . “It's an epic fire for Colorado simply because we've never had a fire that impacted a large city like this in this magnitude.” Evacuation orders have forced more than 32,000 people in the state's second-largest city to pack up their belongings and leave their homes.
BUSINESS
April 22, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
When Norman Hajjar rides around the country, he rides around the country. The long distance driver has just finished an epic 24-day, 12,000-mile national tour, driving a stock Tesla S model electric automobile. Hajjar's journey began in the Pacific Northwest, traversing Washington and Oregon before crossing California from top to bottom and heading east -- to Maine, via Wyoming and South Dakota. Then he drove the Tesla south to Florida, then back north to Pennsylvania before turning west and retracing the route back to California.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 2012 | By August Brown
When we interviewed M83's Anthony Gonzalez earlier this year, the French epic-electronica producer mentioned film work as a major new goal. Recounting a trip to Joshua Tree, he said: " You just drive for an hour, and it's like being in a sci-fi movie out there, which was perfect for the kind of music I make. " He can now check "sci-fi epic score-writing" off that list -- he's been tapped to compose original music for Tom Cruise's new thriller, "Oblivion. " The Playlist reports that the film's director, Joseph Kosinski, who previously helmed"Tron: Legacy"(which had an original score by another French electronica act, Daft Punk)
NEWS
September 20, 2013 | By Christopher Reynolds, This post has been corrected. See below for details.
Mike and Anne Howard met in 2006, married in 2011 and left New York to begin their honeymoon on Jan. 22, 2012. No big deal, right? Except that more than 600 days and 28 countries later, the honeymoon continues. They were headed into the Irish countryside by camper-van the last time I checked, and were thinking of coming home to the U.S. - from Turkey - just in time for Thanksgiving. So it'll be a 650-day honeymoon, more or less. He is 36, from Pennsylvania; she is 31, from Hollywood.
NEWS
June 7, 2011 | By Amy Dawes, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Once upon a time, viewers turned to cable television for edgy, interesting characters and nuanced storytelling, and to the summer multiplex for epics and fantasies, gladiators and knights in armor. Not so much anymore. A wave of episodic series built around empires of yore, whether real or imagined, are pulling in big ratings for such networks as HBO, Showtime and Starz. Why now and to whom do these epics appeal? We turned to top execs at each network and found that their answers fell into a few compelling categories.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Los Angeles' two greatest cultural disappointments of the past three decades may have been the failure of the Olympic Arts Festival in 1984 to mount director Robert Wilson's eight-hour international operatic epic, "the CIVIL warS" and the Music Center's inadequate support in 2000 of Frank Gehry's grand plan to renovate and urbanize the facility and reshape downtown's civic center in the process. All, though, is not lost. As part of Minimalist Jukebox on Thursday night, the Los Angeles Philharmonic reunited those two transformative artistic visions by presenting Philip Glass' contribution to "the CIVIL warS," known as the Rome section, in Gehry's successful contribution to the Music Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Superhero sequel "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" soared in its opening weekend to a record-breaking $96.2 million in North America and a worldwide total to date of $303.3 million. The $170-million 3-D film, starring Chris Evans as the shield-bearing superhero and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, is the top April opening of all time and more successful than its 2011 predecessor, "Captain America: The First Avenger," which made $65 million domestically in its first three days.
BUSINESS
March 25, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Twitter users are reporting that numerous tweets have begun to disappear, including the most retweeted picture of all time: Ellen DeGeneres' Oscars selfie. Users of the popular microblogging service began tweeting the disappearance of various tweets Tuesday afternoon. Twitter issued a statement saying that it has begun looking into what is causing some tweets to not display properly. VIDEO: Unboxing the Rocki music streaming device The DeGeneres selfie, which previously could be found here , broke the record for most retweets after being posted by the entertainer during the 86th Academy Awards this month.
SPORTS
March 20, 2014 | Nathan Fenno
When Henry V. Porter died in 1975, funeral notices mentioned his induction to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as one of the game's pioneers. Back in the day, Porter had pushed to adopt a ball without laces to make it substantially easier to dribble. And those fan-shaped backboards that are common on schoolyards and playgrounds? Porter designed them. The obituaries also mentioned that he led the band and orchestra at Athens High in central Illinois, and that for decades he worked as an executive for state high school athletic associations.
NATIONAL
March 13, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
A US Airways jet crashed when a tire blew out during takeoff at Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday evening, but no injuries were initially reported, a company official said. "Plane just crashed. But we are ok," one apparent passenger, Dennis Fee, posted on Facebook, followed by a photo of passengers fleeing a US Airways jet that appeared intact but whose nose was in contact with the ground. Flight 1702 was taking off en route to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., when a tire blew out, US Airways spokeswoman Valerie Hooks told the Los Angeles Times.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Mozilla, the maker of Firefox, and Epic Games unveiled on Wednesday Unreal Engine 4 for the Web, software that could one day make it possible for the developers to create versions of their blockbuster games capable of running within browsers. By porting Unreal Engine 4 for the Web, Mozilla said video games built using the engine will be able to easily be replicated for the Web, allowing gamers to play top-tier titles on their browsers without having to install anything on their computers.
NEWS
November 9, 2011 | By Maeve Reston
Rick Perry made a rare appearance in the media spin room moments after Wednesday's Republican debate, and was mobbed by reporters asking him if he could recover. An hour earlier, the Texas governor had struggled to name the three agencies he would dismantle as president, a point he makes routinely on the campaign trail. "I stepped in it, man," Perry said when a reporter asked if he was embarrassed. "Yeah, it was embarrassing. Of course it was. " "But here's what's more important: People understand that our principles, our conservative principles, are what matters, not that in a litany of agencies that I think we need to get rid of, there's a whole bunch of them that I would suggest to you need to be downsized and what have you. But it's those simple conservative principles are what people are interested in. " "We'll win the day at the end of that," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. Epic Records Chairman Antonio “L.A.” Reid has apologized to the family of slain civil rights figure Emmett Till and his label is working to remove from circulation a remix of the track "Karate Chop" by Atlanta rapper Future that included a vulgar sexual reference by fellow rapper Lil Wayne invoking Till's name. “Just ended a conversation with L.A. Reid, CEO of Epic,” reads a recent post on the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation Facebook page.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Though he's an award-winning director in his own right in Russia, Fedor Bondarchuk had a challenge emerging from the shadow of his famous father, the late Soviet filmmaker and actor Sergei Bondarchuk, who starred in and directed the seven-hour version of "War and Peace," which won the 1969 foreign-language Oscar. Bondarchuk, an actor and TV host, said that the Russian media are always looking for similarities between him and his father, who directed him in the 1986 film "Boris Godunov.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
In the beginning was the Bible. The Bible begat the History Channel's "The Bible" miniseries. Now "The Bible" has begotten the movie "Son of God," which is essentially the second half of the miniseries, the New Testament, recut to feature length. The film emphasizes spectacle and slights the teachings and parables of Jesus, played by Diogo Morgado. But to its credit, "Son of God" proves more than a mere watered-down "The Passion of the Christ. " The epic proportions of the miniseries hold up well on the big screen, save for the digitally composed establishing shots of Jerusalem.
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