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September 17, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
R. Kelly flexed his relatively tough side a couple of months ago with " My Story ," the lead single from his upcoming album "Black Panties," which is due to be released Nov. 11. The R&B maestro goes much softer, though, in "Genius," another new track reportedly set for inclusion on the upcoming disc. It's a lighter-than-air slow jam in the effervescent tradition of such Kelly classics as " Step in the Name of Love ," " Number One Hit " and " Ignition (Remix) ," the last of which he famously mashed up with Phoenix's "1901" at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
April 24, 2014 | By Jay Jones, reporting from Las Vegas, This post has been corrected, as indicated below
Those instant cameras that Polaroid popularized in the mid-20th century (“Meet the Swinger! The Polaroid Swinger!”) are now right where they belong: in a museum in Las Vegas. You'll find the museum in the two-story Polaroid Fotobar shop at the Linq, the new entertainment and retail complex along the Strip. The Fotobar stores - there are four in Florida besides the Vegas location - offer photo gifts created from your own photography. Polaroid, its museum website says, was the Apple of its day. Its foldable SX-70, the low-cost Swinger ($19.95)
April 1, 2007
"WITHOUT the composer, the performer would not exist," Alfred Brendel noted, and "no performer should be called a genius -- certainly not that faker Hatto or even Horowitz." ["Absurdities of the Keyboard," March 11] Brendel dared to express his less-than-total enthusiasm for the most legendary of pianists. Is it not the highest goal of a piano player to make audiences fall in love with the music? Outstanding pianists of the past were proud to be "crowd pleasers." Audience members were touched, moved to tears and brought to ecstasy.
February 24, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"The Walking Dead" has seen people from many walks of life shuffle onto its stage, but no matter how clean-cut or down-and-dirty they have been, generally they've displayed a fair amount of common sense. It's probably fair to say that a zombie epidemic would have a Darwinian culling effect on the population. But that's not to say that all the idiots died. And on Sunday's episode, "Claimed," we found a few of them. In the aftermath of the prison's destruction, the surviving main players continue to follow concurrent but separate narratives.
February 28, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
When it comes to corporate greed, misguided political policies and the little guy getting the shaft, not much has changed in America over the last century or so. At least that's what the fine documentary "Genius on Hold," via its remarkable account of unsung telecommunications inventor Walter Shaw, so convincingly illustrates. Although writer-director Gregory Marquette gets a bit too ambitious in framing Shaw's ill-fated story within the context of the U.S.' greatest financial crises - the 1929 stock market crash and 2008's Wall Street debacle - the filmmaker mostly focuses, with great detail yet admirable economy, on Shaw's sad, twisty tale of battling telephone giant AT&T.
June 18, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Near the end of Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen's haunting graphic novel “Genius” (First Second: 126 pp., $17.99 paper), the main character, a physicist named Ted, has an epiphany of a kind. Ted was once a prodigy, a kid so smart he almost couldn't be taught, recruited at 22 to be part of the research team at the prestigious Pasadena Technical Institute. And then? Crickets, a decade or more of journeyman work, a realignment of his priorities. Ted has two kids, and a wife who may be dying; his father-in-law, who lives with them, treats him with a mix of disdain and outright hate.
October 1, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
His band's latest album is called “Who's Feeling Young Now?,” but Chris Thile can now count himself a little older and wiser. On Tuesday, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is set to announce this year's recipients of its so-called genius grants, a wide-ranging list of 23 overachievers that reportedly includes Thile, according to the Associated Press . The 31-year-old mandolin whiz first found fame with the teenage bluegrass trio...
June 19, 2013 | By Scott Collins
James Gandolfini, 51, who swaggered his way to fame as the murderous, clinically depressed mob boss on HBO's groundbreaking drama "The Sopranos," died Wednesday on vacation in Rome, Italy. The cause of death was not immediately known but was initially attributed to either a heart attack or stroke. On "The Sopranos," which was created by writer David Chase and ran on HBO from 1999 to 2007, Gandolfini played the barrel-chested New Jersey organized crime capo-turned-boss Tony Soprano, who alternated acts of mayhem, infidelity and family loyalty between anguished visits to his psychiatrist, Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco)
September 5, 1992
Well, so much for the genius of Bill Walsh. By this time, Cornell is surely wishing that it had put Stanford on the schedule again for this year. Maybe Walsh should be concerned less with what happens during tailgate parties and more with trying to make first downs. GENE MILLER Huntington Beach
March 10, 2001
Phil Jackson has taken much criticism over the last couple of months for not doing enough to fix the Shaq-versus-Kobe situation. Many fans have blamed Phil for the Lakers' uninspired play. Well, let me tell you something! Getting Gary Sheffield to demand a trade and to make stupid statements is pure "Phil genius." It made everyone finally realize that the biggest baby in L.A. wears Dodger blue, not purple and gold. It's no coincidence that the Lakers are now playing the best basketball of the season.
February 12, 2014 | Dennis McLellan
In a day before comedy was laced with irony and studded with mean-spirited barbs, Sid Caesar was more than funny. He was hilariously, outrageously, tear-inducingly, gather-up-the-whole-family-for-this funny . A veteran of the Catskills with an elastic face, a knack for gibberish and a mind that could find comedy gold in the workings of a Bavarian cuckoo clock, Caesar was the king of live television sketch comedy in the 1950s. Some of the best writers - Carl Reiner, Neil Simon and Mel Brooks - vied to work for him. No slouches at comedy themselves, they were dazzled by his genius and, at times, horrified by his temper; he once tore the sink from a hotel bathroom and threatened to throw Brooks out an 18th-story window.
February 12, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Sid Caesar, who died Wednesday at the age of 91, had a career that spanned stage and screen, but it was on TV that he was best known. His first TV appearance was on Milton Berle's "Texaco Star Theater," but it was on the variety show program "Your Show of Shows" that he became famous. The show, which aired on NBC beginning in 1950, showcased Caesar's talents alongside other future comedy legends, including Carl Reiner, Imogene Coca and Howie Morris. Mel Brooks and Neil Simon were writers for the show, which grew from the vaudeville tradition.
February 8, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
It was the pop culture equivalent of the Big Bang, a televised moment that changed music for decades to come. Fifty years ago Sunday, the Beatles made their U.S. live television debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show" as 73 million people tuned in, the largest audience in history at that time. The English band's appearance ignited American hysteria over the group and its music on a scale unmatched to this day. In the shorthand of history, it appears to be a moment of spontaneous combustion.
December 26, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google has removed Rap Genius from the top of its search results after it was discovered that the popular music lyrics website was trying to trick the tech giant into giving it better search rankings. Now, when users search for "Rap Genius" on Google they won't find any direct links to the music website, which lets users and artists annotate song lyrics. Instead, the results point to news articles, social media accounts and Rap Genius' Wikipedia page. Google took down Rap Genius after it was revealed that the lyrics website, which received $15 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz last year, was offering bloggers exposure through its social media accounts in exchange for links to its website on their music blogs.  PHOTOS: Got a Christmas gadget?
December 10, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.  - Jerry Dipoto turned Mark Trumbo into three arms and a bat. That is the work of a magician. Provided, of course, that the Angels get solid production from those three arms and a bat. If not, the Angels' general manager just made 30 home runs disappear, and maybe his job with it. On Monday, when the Angels arrived at the winter meetings, they had a three-man starting rotation. On Tuesday, they got to the minimum five, trading Trumbo to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-way deal that brought left-hander Tyler Skaggs from Arizona and left-hander Hector Santiago from the Chicago White Sox. That is Step 1. The Angels saved about $3 million in the trade, giving them about $18 million in available funds.
December 5, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The guests on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Wednesday were "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch and R&B singer R. Kelly. So Jimmy Kimmel decided to bring them together in the best possible way: by having Cumberbatch recite the lyrics to R. Kelly's new single, "Genius. " The results are, well, genius. The song comes from Kelly's new album, with the subtle title "Black Panties. " The song itself is all about a man who fancies himself a sex genius. Kelly said the title came to him during a live show when a pair of black panties landed on his microphone.
December 4, 1988
Re: Nov. 20 Business Viewpoints Column, "Hail, Don't Jail, the Genius Behind the Virus," by Ira Flatow. Flatow gives the "phone phreakers" and (reputed computer virus instigator Robert) Morris (Jr.) far more intellectual credit than they deserve. The only lesson these delinquents have to offer is that unusual intellect does not necessarily ensure good character nor one's ability to ascertain acceptable social conduct and professional ethics. By his own account, Morris' "experiment" ran amok, so he isn't even a good computer scientist.
December 12, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Think you're smarter than the average bear? Smartest bear in the den? Smartest bear somebody's ever met? You haven't met Stan Kasten. Zack Greinke said when he met privately with General Manager Ned Colletti, Manager Don Mattingly and Kasten prior to signing his six-year, $147-milliion contract, he came away dutifully impressed with the Dodgers CEO and part owner. “I don't want to make his head too big, but I thought Stan Kasten was like the smartest guy I've ever talked to,” Greinke said at his introductory press conference Tuesday.
November 21, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
On the job for 55 years, Judi Dench elevates everything she does, from M in the James Bond epics to the less intimidating but equally determined "little old Irish lady" who's the title character in "Philomena. " Dench is not the only reason to see this unapologetic crowd-pleaser, but she is the best one. As directed by the veteran Stephen Frears, "Philomena's" "inspired by true events" narrative initially has trouble deciding what kind of film it wants to be, alternating between cheeky comedy and the more serious emotional moments inherent in the story of a woman looking for a child she was forced to give away in adoption.
November 19, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Trying to decode rap lyrics, as rich as they often are in regional slang and obscure references, can be like watching a foreign-language movie without subtitles. For instance, on "A Queens Story," what does Nas mean when he raps, "You be starving in Kew Gardens/Bolognas and milk from a small carton"? That's where the Rap Genius website comes in. Users of the site not only have transcribed and uploaded thousands of raps, they annotated them with explanations. For instance, three Rap Genius contributors explained that Kew Gardens is the site of the Queens Criminal Court, and bologna sandwiches with a carton of milk is a typical meal served in jail.
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