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January 5, 2013 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
The best horror films are actually about something larger than the grim events that typically befall their characters. It's what makes Tobe Hooper's "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" films, George Romero's "Living Dead" movies or the more recent "House of the Devil" and "Let the Right One In" so powerful: They examine societal change and the fear of the other through a distorted lens. As with far too many recent horror sequels and reboots, "Texas Chainsaw 3D," the latest off-target entry in the once radically unnerving series, has little on its mind beyond good-time gore.
October 24, 2012 | By Michael Finnegan and Matea Gold, Los Angeles Times
CLEVELAND - President Obama's reelection campaign is invoking Al Gore's narrow loss to George W. Bush in the Florida recount of 2000 to spur voters in battleground states to the polls in a White House race that either side could lose if even a small band of supporters fails to cast ballots. In an ad that began airing in Ohio on Wednesday, Obama's campaign reminds television viewers of the 32-day drama that unfolded when the 2000 presidential election in Florida finished in a near tie. A U.S. Supreme Court ruling stopped the recount, effectively naming Bush the winner of Florida by 537 votes out of nearly 6 million cast.
October 24, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Even before the fake blood and plastic skeletons are put away after Halloween, Todd Faux is already thinking of new ways to dispatch his 1,000 or so monsters to scare the living daylights out of you next year. As entertainment design manager at Knott's Berry Farm, Faux has unleashed vampires, a deranged butcher, zombie cannibals and a homicidal Pinocchio on park visitors during its annual Halloween Haunt event. His task now is to come up with something even creepier for next Halloween.
October 9, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores and his wife, Holly, have listed their house in gated Mulholland Estates at $10.75 million. Although the Multiple Listing Service considers the community in the 90210 ZIP Code to be the Beverly Hills Post Office area, The Times' Mapping L.A. database shows the mansion sits within Sherman Oaks. The Mediterranean, custom built in 1992, features a family room with exposed beams, a paneled library, two bars, five fireplaces, a screening room, six bedrooms and eight bathrooms in 11,107 square feet.
September 26, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
Who's more qualified to analyze a presidential debate than someone who's actually participated in one?   This appears to be the thinking at Current TV. On Wednesday the fledgling cable news network announced that former vice president and Current TV founder Al Gore would  lead coverage and analysis of the upcoming presidential debates, the first of which is scheduled for Oct. 3. Gore will be joined by Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who...
August 14, 2012 | Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
I arrived at the Gore Vidal tribute at Musso & Frank and was directed to Alan Selka, a Brit resplendent in paisley print dinner jacket, tie and waistcoat - yes, a waistcoat. "Sort of," said Selka, when I asked if he had come to the Hollywood landmark to celebrate the American novelist, playwright, political essayist and screenwriter, who died July 31 at his Hollywood Hills home at age 86. Selka, longtime butler to a Hollywood executive whom I agreed not to name, explained that he'd been introduced to Vidal by Ali MacGraw in the back of a limousine.
August 9, 2012 | By Scott Collins
Al Gore is riding to the rescue of his TV network -- just in time for the big political conventions.  Earlier this year, Current, the upstart outlet the Nobel laureate and former vice president co-founded, got a black eye when it fired commentator Keith Olbermann, partly over disagreements about how the network was covering the primaries. Olbermann lashed back against his former bosses with a lawsuit that's still pending. This week, Current revealed that none other than Gore himself will host the network's coverage of the Republican National Convention later this month, when Mitt Romney is expected to be crowned the official GOP nominee.
August 7, 2012 | by Carolyn Kellogg
Writer Gore Vidal died last week at the age of 86, an occasion marked by an outpouring of appreciation. He was a canary in a coal mine , a connoisseur of empires , a cultural icon who made waves . That's nowhere near all: those are thoughts only from staff writers here at the Los Angeles Times. Others, too, have thought of ways to remember the author, who stirred sensibilities writing about homosexuality and intersexuality, shared his critiques of government and war, and wrote plays, screenplays and massive historical novels that landed on bestseller lists.
August 2, 2012 | By Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of July 29 - Aug. 4 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     CBS This Morning David Alan Grier; Randi Weingarten. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Reports from the Olympics. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America Ne-Yo performs; Jessica Biel. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Good Day L.A. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV Live With Kelly Amy Adams; Vanessa L. Williams; Nick Lachey.
August 1, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Gore Vidal, who died Tuesday night at age 86, was a fixture on the American cultural landscape for so long that it seems hard to imagine our literature without him. From 1946, when his first novel, "Williwaw," became one of the first to evoke World War II in fiction, through the publication of his final memoir, "Snapshots in History's Glare," in 2009, Vidal was ubiquitous: a writer and a social critic, a talk show guest and raconteur. A product of the American aristocracy - his grandfather was Oklahoma Sen. Thomas Gore - Vidal wrote literary fiction and potboilers, worked in Hollywood (most notably on MGM's 1959 production of "Ben-Hur")
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