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November 22, 2010
At every auto show there are certain vehicles that generate a buzz (and a crowd). Many factors — newness, rarity, performance, looks, lavish features, revolutionary technology — can make a car a crowd puller. But at this year’s L.A. Auto Show, being sexy and green seems to be as important as being fast and expensive. We looked at a few of the models that have necks craning and cameras flashing at the L.A. Convention Center. BMW CONCEPT 6 SERIES COUPE This svelte four-seater is attracting an audience at the show because, though billed as a concept, it’s widely rumored to resemble the production third-generation 6 Series due in mid-2011 — and in this status-obsessed city, we all want to see what’ll be in our neighbors’ driveways next year.
April 11, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The old guy walks through the hallowed grounds, his hair gray, his golf shoes looking like white sneakers, his stare distant, and the gallery laughs. They're not laughing at Fred Couples, they're laughing with him. "Ah, Freddie, woo-hoo!" He leans against his club between shots as if supporting his bad back. He swings quickly as if it hurts to stand over the ball. Earlier this week he took to the course without shaving, so by the end of his round, his tanned face was filled with gray whiskers and age. "You get 'em, Freddie, hee-haw.
June 11, 1989 | ROBERT HILBURN, Robert Hilburn is pop music critic for The Times.
THREE DAYS AFTER HER former father-in-law, Vernon Presley, died in June of 1979, Priscilla Beaulieu Presley sat in a downtown Memphis office and tried to comprehend the sobering news she had just heard: Without drastic action, everything that Elvis Presley had left their daughter, Lisa Marie, could be lost. Even his beloved home, Graceland. Joseph A. Hanks, the Presley family accountant since 1969, is a conservative, soft-spoken man not given to dramatics. But the facts he had just outlined for Priscilla spoke for themselves: Income was dropping while expenses were rising, and at some point the lines would cross.
March 25, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
You can imagine the elevator pitch: "It's like 'Groundhog Day,' but with explosions, mech suits and Tom Cruise. " That would seem to describe director Doug Liman's upcoming sci-fi action movie "Edge of Tomorrow," judging by the new trailer released by Warner Bros. on Tuesday. Based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka's award-winning novel "All You Need Is Kill," the movie stars Cruise as Lt. Col. Bill Cage, a soldier dropped onto a futuristic battlefield and killed within minutes. To his shock, he then wakes up shortly before the battle, which he relives over and over again in a time loop.
March 2, 1986
It was very interesting to learn, through The Times (Feb. 16) that NASA's Ames Research Center's supercomputer has calculated pi to the 29,360,000 decimal place. This sounds like an attempt to explain eternity, for which there is an old aphorism: Every hundred years a sparrow rubs its beak on a mountain. When the mountain is worn down, that is a moment of eternity! HELEN LEE Studio City
March 1, 1998
How does a regular 10-hour flight to Germany from LAX turn into an 18-hour drag? Simple--the Boeing 747 is five hours late arriving from Frankfurt, and we arrive three hours early as recommended for check-in. As the clerk hands us our boarding passes she adds in passing: Oh, by the way, you know we're running a few hours late! How should we know? Nothing is posted at the entrance, and once you arrive at the airport you're stuck anyway. Lesson: Call before you leave home and hope you get correct information about delays.
April 13, 1986
As a fan of Edy Williams, I would like to obtain the still photo of her that Calendar Letters offered to give the 234th reader who wrote in to ask for it. If I am not the lucky one, could you tell me where to write to obtain a copy of her video? JOHN FRANCIS North Hollywood To find "Fan Mail" ($89.95), try Edy Williams Productions, 1717 Sunset Plaza Drive, Hollywood, 90069.
January 21, 1996
Like her grandparents' love affair, Keri Pickett's project began innocently enough. When she moved back to Minneapolis to battle cancer, she began casually taking photographs of the 90-plus-year-olds just to finish off rolls of film. A colleague saw a shot and urged her to continue. She did, and even won several awards for one. Later, another piece fell into place.
March 1, 2009 | Jamie James, James is the author of "The Snake Charmer: A Life and Death in Pursuit of Knowledge."
The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth A Life Frances Wilson Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 318 pp., $30 -- Literature is supposed to be a serious, solitary profession. Then why were William Wordsworth, his sister Dorothy and their best friend Samuel Coleridge having so much fun together in the English Lake District in 1798? The three of them were inseparable, wandering the countryside together, Coleridge often high on opium and the Wordsworths tripping on nature.
October 25, 1987 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC
People who travel widely and are drawn to exhibitions of ancient art sometimes get the impression that an entire layer of civilization lies under the crust of earth we stand on. For those who survey a map of China in the catalogue for "The Quest for Eternity: Chinese Ceramic Sculpture From the People's Republic of China," at the County Museum of Art (through Jan. 3), the impression may solidify into a conviction.
February 28, 2014 | By Charlie Vascellaro, Special to the Los Angeles Times
For baseball fans, spring training may be the best time of year. For Dodgers fans, the Camelback Ranch ballpark and player development facility in Glendale, Ariz., provides a ringside seat to a hope that is both eternal and immediate, given the team's current lineup of talent. For Angels fans, a star-studded cast has returned for the team's 22nd consecutive season at Tempe Diablo Stadium. And if you're not a baseball fan, there's always the beauty of the Sonoran Desert and a variety of resort accommodations and entertainment options along the Cactus League's periphery.
October 24, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The moral of "Blue Is the Warmest Color" is simple: Sex without love is nothing; life without love is even less. French filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche's story of sexual awakening and real love stretches over 10 years. Loosely based on Julie Maroh's superbly illustrated graphic novel and adapted for the screen by Kechiche and Ghalya Lacroix, it traces the life cycle of a relationship beginning to end. The telling is beautiful and explicit. The truth of its emotionally raw, romantic drama is eternal and universal.
October 19, 2013 | By Clifford Ward
The slightly mournful face of what some might consider Illinois' Statue of Liberty has weathered its 102 years remarkably well. It's a focal point of the Eternal Indian, a 50-foot statue that towers over the Rock River about 100 miles west of Chicago. But the body is so deteriorated that a flip of the finger can loosen chunks of its concrete surface. Deep cracks and gaping pock marks are spread throughout the statue. Now, as winter looms, Frank and Charron Rausa have less concern about whether the beloved figure is eternal.
March 30, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Richard Griffiths was an actor of enormous size. He was physically big - obese to the point of sometimes needing a cane to get around. But his mind and soul were equally large, and his eloquence was so prodigious that playwright Alan Bennett found in him an ideal interpreter of his magnificently articulate art. He will live on as Harry Potter's unsympathetic Uncle Vernon, but I shall remember him for his portrayal of Hector in Bennett's "The History...
March 20, 2013 | By Christi Parsons and Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM - Opening his first presidential visit to the nation's closest Mideast ally, President Obama declared Wednesday that "peace must come to the Holy Land" during a red carpet arrival ceremony with Israeli leaders. In remarks after landing at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Obama described the U.S.-Israeli bond as “eternal,” the apparent theme of the three-day trip. The words "unbreakable alliance" are emblazoned on official signs, shirts, flyers and mugs all over Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
March 10, 2013 | By John J. Collins
In June 1954, a small advertisement ran in the Wall Street Journal: "Biblical manuscripts dating back to at least 200 BC are for sale. " The commercial offering was the start of a long and controversial path for the Dead Sea Scrolls, a cache of fragmentary writings in Hebrew and Aramaic (with a few in Greek) that were found in caves near the Dead Sea between 1947 and 1956. The ancient documents include early copies of almost every book of the Hebrew Bible and have been called, justifiably, the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century.
She was seeking immortality when she left her husband and home in British Columbia decades ago, willing to forgo sex, meat and other "sins." Now more than 80 years old, she explains her regimented life in an isolated desert commune as one of the Children of Light, her veined hands shaking and her voice quivering. "Who wants to quit having sex? But you give it up, and you get eternal life," said Elect Beryl, one of only seven surviving sect members.
November 29, 2012 | By Lisa Boone
Bless San Diego designer Curtis Micklish, designer of the Armadilla, which holds the answer to one of life's most irritating questions: "Where's the remote?" Micklish designed the Armadilla as a place to hold all of those ugly remote controls that can litter the coffee table or get lost in the sofa cushions. His handmade design consists of maple slats attached to a neoprene backing, creating a flexible piece that drapes over the armrest of a sofa. Lift the magnetic closure, and inside you'll find a magnetic plate that holds up to four remotes in place.
October 9, 2012 | By Tom Engelhardt
A great power without a significant enemy? That's what the U.S. has become. Osama bin Laden is dead. Al Qaeda is reportedly a shadow of its former self. The great regional threats of the moment, North Korea and Iran, are regimes held together by baling wire and the suffering of their populaces. The only incipient great power rival on the planet, China, has just launched its first aircraft carrier, a refurbished Ukrainian throwaway from the 1990s on whose deck the country has no planes capable of landing.
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