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December 21, 2010 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Easy A Sony, $28.96; Blu-ray, $34.95 John Hughes meets "The Scarlet Letter" in the whip-smart high-school comedy "Easy A," which stars Emma Stone as a bright nobody who becomes a controversial cult hero when her classmates mistakenly believe she's had sex. The movie isn't always as gutsy as it could be in taking on teenage hypocrisy and image control, but screenwriter Bert V. Royal's dialogue is crisp and funny, director Will Gluck keeps...
April 22, 2006
EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION in the United States has swollen to the point where even Gordon Gekko might blush. Just look at two sweetheart deals in the headlines this week. A newly released review of former Exxon Mobil Corp. Chairman Lee R. Raymond's pay package shows he made $686 million on paper from 1993 to 2005. That translates to $144,573 for every day he worked. The company defends the extravagance, saying that Raymond's paycheck was duly approved by its board of directors.
September 24, 2010 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
The return of a classic drama and a new attempt at a family animated franchise will compete for the top spot at the box office this weekend, though neither is likely to be a huge hit. Twentieth Century Fox's "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," a sequel to the 1987 classic that teams Shia LaBeouf with original star Michael Douglas, opens against Warner Bros.' "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole," director Zack Snyder's animated feature adaptation of the fantasy book series for kids.
November 16, 2009
The Times' high school football rankings by Ben Bolch: -- Rk. Team (Rec., Sec.-Div.) Comment (Last week's ranking) 1 CRENSHAW (10-0, City-Division I) Cougars hoped for Fairleigh Dickinson when told they would face a No. 16 seeding. (1) 2 EDISON (10-0, SS-Pac 5) If Chargers finish unbeaten, you could say it was a (Bill) Workman-like effort. (2) 3 OAKS CHRISTIAN (10-0, SS-Northwest) Tri-Valley League foes consider giving Bill Redell a rocking chair with a faulty leg as going-away present.
February 15, 2012 | By Walter Hamilton
A critic might say that Wall Street has made the rest of the country sick. Now comes a study showing that financial-industry masters of the universe are making themselves sick. The study by USC business professor Alexandra Michel found that Wall Street's unrelentingly grueling work schedule - up to 120 hours a week in some cases - often results in severe physical and emotional maladies. A partial list: heart problems, alcoholism, prescription-drug abuse, insomnia, depression, eating disorders, back pain and weight gain.
May 28, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
"Behind the Candelabra," the Liberace biopic starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, garnered 2.4 million viewers in its premiere Sunday on HBO. The Steven Soderbergh-directed television movie was a huge hit for the cable network -- giving it its best audience since the 2004 movie "Something the Lord Made. " Soderbergh has been quite candid about the film's long road to the small screen; it originally was intended as a feature film, but those plans fell apart when Warner Bros. lost interest.
September 13, 1997 | JACK MATHEWS, FOR THE TIMES
Remember the sequence from Adrian Lyne's "Fatal Attraction" in which Michael Douglas' character, left alone in his Manhattan apartment while his wife and son visit relatives, decides to spend a day with the woman he'd picked up the night before? They laugh, they talk, they eat, they make love, he tries to leave, she slits her wrists? In the morning, he comes home, and musses the sheets in his own bed, so that when his wife gets there later, she'll think he's been a good boy?
July 2, 2003 | TIM RUTTEN
Summertime, and the livin' is sleazy. Or at least that's the way it's bound to seem, if you take your notions of life from one or more of America's 24-hour cable news networks and their courtroom cameras. Inhabitants of the real world may still be curious about where, if anywhere, Saddam Hussein stashed those weapons of mass destruction or, for that matter, his own sorry hide.
Hundreds of letters extolling the brilliance and humanitarianism of former Drexel Burnham Lambert junk bond chief Michael Milken have deluged the federal court clerk's office in Manhattan, all begging a judge to be merciful when she sentences him next month. The letters are from former clients, colleagues, friends and family members. There is also a plethora of paeans from notable public figures. U.S. District Judge Kimba M.
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