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March 15, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
LAS VEGAS - They are skidding into the Madness on their bellies, Travis Wear diving and sliding and fighting for a loose ball he will own forever. They are flying into the Madness on their toes, Kyle Anderson leaning and lifting and undressing one of the nation's top defenses down to their scowls. But mostly, UCLA is headed into the Madness exactly as Jordan Adams pushed it there Saturday with a last-minute, off-balance three-pointer that gave the Bruins a 75-71 upset of fourth-ranked Arizona in the Pac-12 championship game.
March 14, 2014 | By David Wharton
The Russian coach did not want to talk about troops on the Crimean peninsula or any other aspect of his country's conflict with Ukraine. Speaking through an interpreter, Christakis Alexandridis preferred to focus on his wrestlers and their chances in an international championship at the Forum this weekend. “Our politics is wrestling,” he said. But current events cannot help but intrude on the 42nd FILA Freestyle World Cup, not with a Saturday schedule featuring two politically charged matches.
March 14, 2014 | By Joseph Carman
NEW YORK - In "Banquet of Vultures," veteran Paul Taylor Dance Company member Michael Trusnovec, dressed in a crisp black suit with a red power tie, yanks his bent knee toward his ear, conjuring up a bird of prey as he steps shrewdly through a mass of bodies. As he unfolds his talon-like hands, he evokes both a predator and a profiteer. Hands on hips, elbows splayed wide, he thrusts his leg back and swivels around a woman holding a candle, then tosses her overhead and onto the floor.
March 13, 2014 | By David A. Keeps
In "Behind Closed Doors: The Private Homes of 25 of the World's Most Creative People" (Hardie Grant, $29.95), London-based journalist Rob Meyers has assembled the interior-design version of those stars-without-their-makeup slide shows that never fail to fascinate. The book revolves around a simple premise: Meyers sent disposable cameras to dozens of celebrities, designers and fellow journalists with one simple instruction: Whatever else you photograph, you must shoot the inside of your icebox.
March 13, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
As NBA fans wait to see if Phil Jackson can return the New York Knicks to glory, a new film looks to beat him to the punch. The actor-filmmaker Michael Rapaport is set to debut his documentary movie “When the Garden Was Eden” at the Tribeca Film Festival next month as part of its ESPN Sports Film Festival section. Fest organizers announced the news Thursday, saying the world premiere will kick off the sports confab on April 17. Rapaport's movie looks at the Knicks teams that won a pair of titles in the early 1970s and includes interviews with Clyde Frazier, Willis Reed, Bill Bradley and - of course - Jackson himself.
March 12, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant has a new commercial spot for his latest Nike signature shoes, featuring the "Kobe light bulb. " Bryant's fictional light bulb, with filament in the form of the veteran guard's logo, is described as both unbreakable and capable of ending global warming. The ad is used to plug Bryant's "Kobe 9 Collection," which is billed as "the best collection since the invention of the collection. " The Lakers' all-star guard recently released a similar spot with a customized " Kobe piano . " Bryant is currently sidelined with a knee injury, with little chance to return with just over a month remaining in the regular season.
March 12, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
If George Clooney's "The Monuments Men" did nothing else, it made possible the theatrical re-release of "The Rape of Europa," a splendid documentary that shows the true story behind the Nazi theft of European art and interviews some of the real-life Monuments Men who got it back. The film is packed with information and also tells a series of wonderful truth-is-stranger-than-fiction tales. "The Rape of Europa" even details the postwar fights about who owns which paintings that culminated in the sale of Gustav Klimt's gold portrait for a record $135 million.
March 9, 2014 | By Gary Klein
More than 25,000 participants are expected to compete Sunday in the 29th annual L.A. Marathon. Defending men's champion Erick Mose of Kenya is among 16 competitors in the elite men's field. Ethiopia's Amane Gobena, who finished second in 2009, is among 10 elite women's competitors. Winners of the men's and women's races each receive $25,000. A $50,000 "challenge" bonus also will be awarded to the first runner to cross the finish line. The women will start 17 minutes 41 seconds ahead of the men, nearly a minute less than the 18:35 advantage of last year, when Belarus' Aleksandra Duliba finished 2:09 ahead of Mose.
March 8, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
A children's bunk room that sleeps 12, maids quarters and a guesthouse mean there's plenty of room for the ski crowd at this three-story retreat on a wooded lot in the San Bernardino Mountains. The lodge-like living room, with soaring ceilings and wooden beams, centers on an oversized stone fireplace. Location: 160 Cedar Ridge Drive, Lake Arrowhead 92352 Asking price: $7.499 million Year built: 1996 House size: Nine bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 17,000 square feet Lot size: Four acres Features: Paneled office, den with bar, elevator, library, two-island kitchen, breakfast nook, gym, indoor spa and sauna, wine cellar and tasting room, terraces, attached garage space for six vehicles, outdoor kitchen About the area: Last year, 534 single-family homes sold in the 92352 ZIP Code at a median price of $285,000, according to DataQuick.
March 8, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Horton Foote's "The Trip to Bountiful" is a deceptively small story. An elderly woman named Carrie Watts, living a stifling and increasingly marginalized existence with her son and daughter-in-law, is determined to return to her tiny hometown in the South. And so one day she does, escaping the bonds of age and family to board a bus headed toward Bountiful, Texas. There are few roles available to women of a certain age, fewer still that allow such performers to wield the subtle but symphonic skills that can only be acquired through a lifetime of fine acting.
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