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October 23, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
Playing in the NBA doesn't lend itself to regular television viewing. Lakers forward Pau Gasol took some time after practice on Tuesday to talk TV. "I'm watching 'Fringe,' " said Gasol.  "I'm in the second season. " Playing 82 games a year, plus exhibitions and playoffs, Gasol doesn't have much luck keeping up with shows airing weekly. "The shows that are happening right now, you have to wait for a whole week to catch the next episode," said Gasol.  "I like to buy the DVD season and go through it.  If I feel like watching another episode, I'll watch the next episode.  I don't have to wait until next week.
October 15, 2012 | By Paul Whitefield
It's true that many people find romance at work. After all, most of us spend a lot of time at work, and the people at work often share our interests and desires. But who knew that was also true at California prisons? As my colleague Jack Dolan reported Sunday: Twenty California prison employees suspected of smuggling cellphones to inmates have resigned or were fired in recent months, according to a report from the state's prison watchdog agency. Most of those employees were accused of taking the phones in for cash, while others were suspected of doing it for love or something like it, according to the report.
September 23, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
Aaron Paul blinked back tears from the podium as he accepted his second supporting actor Emmy for his turn as the troubled Jesse Pinkman on “Breaking Bad.” Paul said he didn't expect to win, figuring his costar Giancarlo Esposito would take the trophy, as many predicted, for playing the drug kingpin Gus Fring. EMMYS:  Full coverage  |  Winners  |  Reactions  |  Red carpet arrivals  |  Timeline  |  Highlights  |  Best & worst “I cried in his arms and said, 'It doesn't make sense to me that I was on that stage and you're not,'” Paul said backstage.
September 22, 2012 | By Matt Cooper
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 23 - 29 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SUNDAY Following in the footsteps of Jimmy Fallon, Neil Patrick Harris, and that gaggle of reality TV hosts - Remember that? That was the absolute worst - Jimmy Kimmel emcees the "64th Primetime Emmy Awards," saluting TV's best. (ABC, 5 p.m.) MONDAY Tired of seeing "The L.A. Complex" in this space? Good news. The low-rated show-biz soap wraps its second season, with no word on a third.
June 20, 2012 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Growing up in suburbanWashington, D.C., Ben Hill caught acting fever when he first saw "Our Town. " One of his first roles was professor Harold Hill, the scam artist turned town savior of "The Music Man. " "I was just enraptured," said Hill, an unwaveringly upbeat tech nerd who got his first IBM computer when he was 7 and works in financial management when he's not doing song-and-dance numbers. This week - like professor Hill - Ben Hill, 36, is hoping to rally the masses through the transformative power of performance.
June 15, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Loyal viewers of "Breaking Bad"know that we bid adios to drug kingpin Gus Fring in "Face Off,"the final episode of the series' slow burn of a fourth season (and anyone not yet up to that episode should quit reading now). Series creator Vince Gilligan and his writing team had effectively, and with great reluctance, signed El Pollo Hermano's death warrant a year earlier in the Season 3 finale. Series protagonist Walter White (Bryan Cranston) had defied Gus, and with egos this big clashing, Gilligan says, "it's like the tagline from 'Highlander': There can be only one. " The chess game between the two strong-willed, controlling men played out over the course of the season's 13 episodes with the meticulous Gus (Giancarlo Esposito)
June 8, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak
Comes now the startling news that in 1996, Barack Obama, then a candidate for the Illinois state Senate, became a card-carrying Socialist. The so-called proof was offered Thursday by the Washington Times, which linked to a National Review Online account involving the community organization ACORN, the Wisconsin Historical Society and something called the New Party. This, on top of previous "revelations" that Obama is not a natural-born American citizen, is secretly gay and a closet Muslim will surely ensure his defeat in November.
June 7, 2012 | By Marcia Adair, Special to the Los Angeles Times
LONDON - The weather in Britain is famously miserable. Unless you're an umbrella maker. Or a plant. As collectors found in the 18th and 19th centuries, the long growing season, temperate climate and easy access to water meant that no matter how exotic its provenance, pretty well anything would grow here. Just as well then that Britons are garden-mad. "The British gardening tradition is our vernacular art form," said landscape critic Tim Richardson, gardening columnist for the Daily Telegraph.
June 7, 2012 | By Holly Myers
The Institute for Figuring, a nomadic entity since its inception in 2003, has new headquarters in Chinatown: a cozy, thoughtfully appointed exhibition space that gives friendly form to a slippery bundle of concepts. Founded by Margaret Wertheim, a science writer, and her sister Christine, a poet, as a venue for exploring “the poetic and aesthetic dimensions of science, mathematics and engineering,” the IFF is best known for its Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef project, an increasingly global community art initiative that  encourages the crocheting of reef-like forms according to principles of hyperbolic geometry.
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