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April 1, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A civilian supervisor on construction projects at Camp Pendleton has been charged with bribery after being caught in an FBI sting, federal officials said Monday. Natividad Lara Cervantes, 64, a civilian employee of the Department of Defense, was arrested after accepting $10,000 cash as a down payment on a $40,000 bribe in exchange for helping a contractor receive a $4-million flooring contract at the base, officials said. Cervantes, a supervisor for construction and service contracts in the  inspection branch, used his position to "extort bribes from businesses seeking to do business" at the base and referred to himself as the "Godfather at Camp Pendleton," the FBI said.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
After the death Tuesday of L.A. film czar Tom Sherak, his deputy, Rajiv Dalal, the last executive to work with him, shared his thoughts on his passing: We grew very close in his waning months, and I feel that there is one story still to be told -- how Tom dedicated the last three months of his life to help the people of Los Angeles. When first we met, Tom was in the early stages of recuperating from what was hoped to be his last chemotherapy treatment.  And while he likely needed more time for recovery, Tom recognized the urgency of being the mayor's newly appointed film czar and charged forth to begin stemming runaway production.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 2012 | By Meg James
The children of Mario Puzo, author of the famed "Godfather" series, are trying to severe their family's more than 40-year association with Paramount Pictures after a bitter squabble that erupted earlier this year. On Thursday, Hollywood attorney Bert Fields, who is representing the Puzo children, told a federal judge in New York that Paramount had violated its 1969 contract with Puzo when the movie studio went to court this year to prevent the May publication of a new sequel, "The Family Corleone.
BUSINESS
September 4, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Filming on the next installment of "The Hunger Games" won't begin for another month, but Paul Holehouse already is assessing the risks. Holehouse will fly to Atlanta this week to check for asbestos in an old warehouse - one among many sites that will be used during filming of the "Hunger Games" sequels. He'll also meet with stunt coordinators to review action scenes, plans for pyrotechnics and training for actors to ensure they are prepared to film various fights and chase scenes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
Arnold Schwarzenegger is mourning the death of fitness impresario Joe Weider, who died Saturday at 93, calling Weider his mentor and the "godfather of fitness. " "He taught us that through hard work and training we could all be champions," Schwarzenegger, a Mr. Universe- and Mr. Olympia-winning former bodybuilder turned actor and former California governor, said in a statement released Saturday. "When I was a young boy in Austria, his muscle magazines provided me with the inspiration and the blueprint to push myself beyond my limits and imagine a much bigger future," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2009 | Adam Bernstein
Irving Kristol, a forceful essayist, editor and university professor who became the leading architect of neoconservatism, which he called a political and intellectual movement for disaffected ex-liberals like himself who had been "mugged by reality," died Friday at a hospice in Arlington, Va. He was 89. He died of complications from lung cancer, said his son, William Kristol, the founder and editor of the conservative Weekly Standard magazine....
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
"The amazing thing about James Brown, for me," says R.J. Smith, "is you can't figure him out. " That's not uncommon for a music journalist, but it reveals just how complex Brown was -- Smith was his biographer. Smith, the author of 2012's "The One: The Life and Music of James Brown," dropped by our video booth at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books to talk about his book and about James Brown, the godfather of soul. "He was a civil rights arbiter, and he was a Republican," Smith tells L.A. Times features editor Alice Short.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2011 | By Steven Zeitchik and Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
If you think your boss is intimidating, imagine how Alister Grierson feels. The Australian filmmaker, who made his new movie, "Sanctum," under the guiding hand of "Avatar" creator James Cameron, had to present a finished cut to the famously exacting director in Cameron's Malibu home theater. "Every time he'd twitch, I wondered, 'Oh no, what did I do wrong?'" recalled Grierson, 41, who had previously directed only one other movie, a small Australian war picture. "It was like sitting with God at the pearly gates watching your entire life.
NEWS
April 13, 1989 | From Times wire services
Authorities today intensified their manhunt for the "godfather" of a drug-smuggling voodoo cult that allegedly sacrificed and mutilated at least 13 people to make its members invulnerable. U.S and Mexican authorities were searching for Adolfo de Jesus Constanzo, a Cuban who police said orchestrated the ritual slayings on a remote ranch outside this Mexican border town. Constanzo is believed to have fled into the United States with Matamoros resident Sara Maria Aldrete, a 24-year-old, 6-1 brunette described by Texas Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2010 | By Reed Johnson and Geoff Boucher
Malcolm McLaren, the London-born impresario whose cheeky intelligence, P.T. Barnum-esque flair for self-promotion and Dadaist sense of the artist as a wily agent-provocateur helped make him a godfather to the punk-rock and alternative music scenes of the late 1970s and early '80s, including a raucous stint as manager of the iconic British punk band the Sex Pistols, has died. He was 64. McLaren died Thursday in a Swiss hospital after a struggle with cancer. In managing and advising numerous musicians, running clothing boutiques on Chelsea's ultra-hip King's Road and writing music for TV ads, McLaren displayed a gift for always seeming to stay a step or two ahead of wherever fickle transatlantic youth culture was headed next.
SPORTS
July 22, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Chip Kelly's Oregon Ducks dismantled Monte Kiffin's USC defense last season, generating the most yards ever against the Trojans. It was the lowest point in Kiffin's three-year tenure as the head of the Trojans' defense. When Kiffin resigned from USC after last season, at least he knew Kelly was merely a memory. But less than a week after Kiffin was hired as defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys, the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles hired Kelly as head coach.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
"The amazing thing about James Brown, for me," says R.J. Smith, "is you can't figure him out. " That's not uncommon for a music journalist, but it reveals just how complex Brown was -- Smith was his biographer. Smith, the author of 2012's "The One: The Life and Music of James Brown," dropped by our video booth at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books to talk about his book and about James Brown, the godfather of soul. "He was a civil rights arbiter, and he was a Republican," Smith tells L.A. Times features editor Alice Short.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A civilian supervisor on construction projects at Camp Pendleton has been charged with bribery after being caught in an FBI sting, federal officials said Monday. Natividad Lara Cervantes, 64, a civilian employee of the Department of Defense, was arrested after accepting $10,000 cash as a down payment on a $40,000 bribe in exchange for helping a contractor receive a $4-million flooring contract at the base, officials said. Cervantes, a supervisor for construction and service contracts in the  inspection branch, used his position to "extort bribes from businesses seeking to do business" at the base and referred to himself as the "Godfather at Camp Pendleton," the FBI said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
Arnold Schwarzenegger is mourning the death of fitness impresario Joe Weider, who died Saturday at 93, calling Weider his mentor and the "godfather of fitness. " "He taught us that through hard work and training we could all be champions," Schwarzenegger, a Mr. Universe- and Mr. Olympia-winning former bodybuilder turned actor and former California governor, said in a statement released Saturday. "When I was a young boy in Austria, his muscle magazines provided me with the inspiration and the blueprint to push myself beyond my limits and imagine a much bigger future," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2013 | By Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times
ORANGE COVE, Calif. - When Victor Lopez was voted out after three decades as mayor of this small Central Valley town, his political nemeses took little time to dismantle what they considered a self-celebratory fiefdom. The Victor Lopez Community Center became the Orange Cove Community Center. Ditto the name changes planned for a street, park bandstand and day care center. As surely as the de-Stalinization of the Soviet Union, Lopez was to be erased from Orange Cove. "Don't do this," Mayor Gabriel Jimenez, a political neophyte who defeated Lopez in a close 2010 election, recalls warning fellow lawmakers.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Oscar-winning writer-director-producer Francis Ford Coppola makes movies to understand himself. "When you make a film it is like asking yourself a question," Coppola said over the phone from his home in Northern California. "When it's finished, you know the answer. Ultimately with all of cinema, we are just trying to learn about ourselves. I have always used the opportunity to make a film to learn more about myself, which I am still doing. " Coppola, 73, is returning to the Paramount lot next year - the studio where he had enormous success with "The Godfather" trilogy and 1974's "The Conversation," and for which he just finished the first draft of an ambitious, multi-generational drama akin to his 1974 masterpiece "The Godfather, Part II. " But he was in a reflective mood last week chatting about the Blu-ray release of "Francis Ford Coppola: 5-Film Collection," arriving Tuesday.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The estate of the author of "The Godfather" has accepted an offer it couldn't refuse. Mario Puzo's estate tentatively settled a $1-million suit against Paramount Pictures over profits from "The Godfather: The Game," Puzo estate attorney Bert Fields said. Paramount did not pay money owed to the Puzo estate under the terms of a settlement from a prior dispute between Puzo and Paramount in 1992, according to the suit. Puzo died in 1999.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Al Martino, the singer who played the role of Johnny Fontane in "The Godfather," died Tuesday at his childhood home in suburban Philadelphia. He was 82. Martino died in Springfield, Pa., publicist Sandy Friedman of Rogers & Cowan announced. A cause of death was not given. Starting in 1952, Martino was known for hit songs including "Here in My Heart," "Spanish Eyes," "Can't Help Falling in Love" and "Volare." Besides acting in the Marlon Brando classic "The Godfather," he sang the 1972 film's title score, "The Love Theme From the Godfather."
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 2012 | By Meg James
The children of Mario Puzo, author of the famed "Godfather" series, are trying to severe their family's more than 40-year association with Paramount Pictures after a bitter squabble that erupted earlier this year. On Thursday, Hollywood attorney Bert Fields, who is representing the Puzo children, told a federal judge in New York that Paramount had violated its 1969 contract with Puzo when the movie studio went to court this year to prevent the May publication of a new sequel, "The Family Corleone.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2012 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Hatfields & McCoys Sony, $45.99;Blu-ray, $55.99 In the waning days of the American Civil War, a member of a West Virginia clan known as the Hatfields killed a member of a Kentucky family called the McCoys, touching off a bloody and world-famous feud that lasted the better part of a half-decade, costing a dozen men their lives. In May 2012, the History channel aired an original three-part miniseries about the feud - starring Kevin Costner as the head of the Hatfields and Bill Paxton as the head of the McCoys - which became the most-watched scripted program in the history of basic cable.
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