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December 3, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
Shianne Rosselli stood just inside the Home Depot Center gates Monday, wearing a crisp blue Galaxy jersey and clutching to her chest a plastic bag full of grass. But this wasn't just any grass. This swathe of bullseye bermuda and perennial ryegrass was cut from the turf on which the Galaxy won its second consecutive MLS Cup on Saturday. And that, said the 14-year-old from Corona, meant one thing: "David Beckham stepped on it," she said. An hour later, Beckham again made it clear that Saturday's final was the last time he'll step on MLS grass.
November 8, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
Boxing keeps turning up the volume on the hype. Apparently, if you sell it loudly, fewer will notice if it is lousy. Oscar De La Hoya, never lousy in the ring, was presenting a card of boxers at a media gathering the other day for a Saturday night show at Staples Center. It is a card headlined by little guys, bantamweights (118 pounds) and super bantamweights (122). "These are tremendous, tremendous fighters," said De La Hoya, champion of the double gushy adjective. They may turn out to be. But there will be those there Saturday night to watch Abner Mares versus Anselmo Moreno in the main event and Leo Santa Cruz versus Victor Zaleta in the semi-main who will remember when there was no question, when the little guys were kings in Los Angeles boxing.
November 8, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Skateboarding legend Stacy Peralta's latest documentary, "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography," is like a high school reunion, filled with affectionate memories of an earlier, more innocent, time. The director returns to his pro-skateboard roots, and it's clear from Peralta's comments, sprinkled through the film, that the sport and the players remain his first love. But while his breakthrough documentary, "Dogtown and Z-Boys," cracked open the window on a largely unknown world in vibrant and visceral ways, "Bones" feels like an epilogue.
October 8, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Good morning. It's 8:45 a.m. You are about to read about another pop star throwing up on stage. It's not pretty. Thusly warned, let's dive in: Pop music is a competitive world rife with egos big enough to fill arenas and voices that can do miraculous things. Take Justin Bieber, who proved able to simultaneously "sing" and vomit during a recent concert. Not to be outdone, on Sunday night in Barcelona, Spain, Lady Gaga hurled on at least two different occasions -- while apparently lip-synching along to the chorus of her "The Edge of Glory.
September 26, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Because so many feature films are being shot on digital these days, more and more theaters across the country have abandoned film projectors for digital ones. So what becomes of existing 35mm films? For archives, revival theaters, art houses and other small venues, it has become a struggle to obtain 35mm prints of vintage, experimental, independent and short films for programming purposes. PHOTOS: Behind-the-scenes of Classic Hollywood "There is one studio that when you ask for a print they will say, 'Show the DVD,'" said film noir historian Alan Rode.
September 26, 2012 | T.J. Simers
SAN DIEGO - I drove down here alone so that I'll have plenty of room upon my return to bring back any Chargers wanting an early start finding a place to live in Los Angeles. While here I thought I might as well ride the Choking Dogs for going belly up after boasting the best record in baseball and then collapsing when adding better players. What a wasted opportunity. As this season now comes to a close, the only hope is that some replacement official rules the Dodgers and Cardinals have simultaneous possession of the final wild card.
September 13, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" premiered its official trailer today and, in 2 minutes and 21 seconds, it manages to hew to every preconceived notion we harbored about the movie (burnished images, John Williams musical uplift) while offering a measure of hope through star Daniel Day-Lewis that this could be something truly special. Just listening to Day-Lewis' Kentucky-tinged accent as he rails at his advisors that "blood's been spilled to afford us this moment ... now ... now ... now!"
September 8, 2012 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
KOLKATA, India - The dusty files, manual typewriter, aging books and film reels in metal tins languish in Satyajit Ray's study, largely the way the filmmaker left them on his death two decades ago. Among the most creative Bengalis of modern times, Ray directed 37 films and wrote 75 short stories when he wasn't publishing, illustrating, composing and writing critiques. A few weeks before his death, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences paid tribute to his life with an honorary Oscar.
August 31, 2012 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
VENICE, Italy - "Common Ground," the title British architect David Chipperfield chose for the 13th edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale, suggests a generous and expansive, if somewhat tame, strategy for organizing what still ranks as the most important architecture exhibition in the world. And in fact that feel-good two-word phrase, defined in endlessly elastic terms by Chipperfield and his curatorial team, has allowed him to use this biennale to bind together a number of themes that have dramatically reemerged in architecture in the last three or four years.
August 20, 2012 | By Andrew L. John
Kicking into a stationary net on the USC sideline, Andre Heidari mentally prepared himself for an opportunity that he had long been waiting for. The Trojans and Stanford had entered a third overtime. The Coliseum was packed. Heidari wanted a shot at a game-winning field goal, a chance to finally play hero. But Stanford scored and then forced a Trojans fumble, ending the game. And Heidari trotted off the field not knowing when his chance would come. Heidari isn't naïve about the role of a kicker.
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