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September 5, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Richard Winton and Ruben Vives
Surveillance video taken from a Long Beach business shows police striking a man at least six times with batons, which was not captured in a YouTube video of the interaction that has drawn scrutiny in recent days. The video, which Long Beach police released to The Times, begins at an unknown time before the 4 1/2-minute YouTube clip . The surveillance footage shows the man--identified as 46-year-old Porfirio Santos-Lopez--appearing to punch at officers before he falls to the ground, apparently after being Tasered.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Perhaps Olivia Munn should have paid more attention in elementary school.  If she had, "The Newsroom" actress might not have had to learn the hard way that it's dangerous to get too high on a swing.  Munn, you see, was recently staying in Prague at an apartment outfitted with an indoor swing (no, not that kind; get your mind out of the gutter!). Like many a playground daredevil before her, she decided it would be fun to see if she could propel herself high enough that she was parallel with the ground.  PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments That's when her swing broke, sending Munn crashing to the floor -- an accident that left her with a dislocated shoulder and a case of whiplash that was still very much in evidence Tuesday on "The Late Show," where, in what amounted to a PSA about the perils of swing set tomfoolery, she shared footage of the mishap.  David Letterman seemed to get a kick out of the video, which he played repeatedly (and once in slow motion)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
People of America, Tina Fey needs your help. The woman otherwise known as Liz Lemon paid a visit to “Late Show With David Letterman,” where she gave viewers a glimpse into her post-“30 Rock” life which, she joked, consists mostly of going to her new Manhattan office and making toast.   But Fey's pleasantly uneventful daily routine was shaken up recently when her office was burglarized, with a devious furniture mover (allegedly) stealing a computer full of her ideas for new TV shows.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2013 | By Robert Abele
For anyone voyeuristically curious about the annual desert bacchanalia Burning Man but not enough to join the exhibitionist, live-for-art multitudes in person, the documentary "Spark: A Burning Man Story" offers plenty of skillfully designed Black Rock City footage of the nude, nutty and neon-colored set to lulling, ambient music. Unfortunately, a tourism ad for the increasingly populous festival is mostly how "Spark" plays, even with the access directors Steve Brown and Jessie Deeter got to capture the internalized hand-wringing over last year's lottery ticket fiasco, which alienated longtime attendees.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2013 | By John Horn
Even Jerry Lewis admits his unreleased 1970s Holocaust movie is “bad, bad, bad” - no minor fact because the 87-year-old comedian directed, wrote and starred in the film. Now, thanks to some leaked video, people can see how Lewis might have been right. A seven-minute report from a 1972 Danish television show about the making of “The Day the Clown Cried” surfaced recently, and based on that, the movie looks hammy and self-important at the same time. VIDEO: Upcoming summer films Shot more than 40 years ago, the movie stars Lewis, in one of his first serious turns as an actor, as a circus performer arrested by the Gestapo and thrown into a concentration camp.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2013 | By Susan King
If you're looking for an offbeat film festival, head down to Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre Monday evening through Aug. 21 for "Everything Is Festival IV: The Dreamquest. " The festival describes itself as 10 days of celebrating found footage, forgotten films, fringe music, alternative comedy, art installation and "cult ephemera. " "Community" creator Dan Harmon will be on hand Saturday to host a fantasy role-playing game; Mike Judge will do a "Show and Tell" of his collection of found footage on Friday; and Chris Elliott will present his personal video archive, also on Friday.
SPORTS
August 11, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have a long history with some of the greatest centers the NBA has ever known. Long before Kareem Abdul-Jabbar joined the franchise, where he would win five titles, he played for the Milwaukee Bucks. Abdul-Jabbar had some memorable battles against legendary Laker Wilt Chamberlain, who won one title in Los Angeles and one as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers. Abdul-Jabbar won a title in 1971 with the Milwaukee Bucks. The Lakers also won three championships with Shaquille O'Neal and two with forward/center Pau Gasol.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Europa Report" is a Grade A version of a B picture, a streamlined science fiction story that smartly tells a familiar tale without breaking the bank. Though modern moviemaking often mandates that science fiction be synonymous with multimillion-dollar expenditures, director Sebastian Cordero and a crack team including cinematographer Enrique Chediak and production designer Eugenio Caballero (who won an Oscar for Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth") have crafted a visually sophisticated film that elegantly involves audiences on a budget of less than $10 million.
WORLD
July 25, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis
An American was killed and five were injured in a deadly train derailment in northwest Spain, the State Department said Thursday. They were among at least 80 fatalities and scores of injuries in one of the worst railway disasters in Spain's history. A State Department spokesman did not provide details of the American casualties. Spain train derailment: Watch the footage President Obama offered “heartfelt gratitude to the government of Spain and to the rescue personnel who are working to locate the missing and treat the injured - including at least six Americans.” “Today the American people grieve with our Spanish friends, who are in our thoughts and prayers,” Obama said in a statement.
WORLD
July 25, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis
The horrific train derailment in northwest Spain that killed at least 80 people was captured in chilling detail on security camera footage. The video, which was circulating widely Thursday, shows the train careening off the tracks as it rounded a bend, and then crashing into a security wall. Investigators are looking at speed as a possible reason for the derailment. Investigators told Spain's El Pais newspaper that the driver reported the train was traveling at nearly 120 miles per hour when it entered the bend on Wednesday.
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