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May 14, 1998 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
One thing to know about the brilliant repertory theater of A Noise Within: When the Glendale-based company sets a season of plays, it does so around a conceptual theme. In 1996, the theme was, according to co-artistic director Geoff Elliott, "reality, but not reality in the sense of naturalism. It's reality in the sense of 'my reality may not be the same as your reality.' We billed the season as 'Realitease,' because reality does tease us.
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April 1, 2014 | By Chris Foster
The expectations for UCLA football have not been this lofty, or attainable, in ages. The season maps out in a way in which goals are achievable, whether it's a spot in the four-team national championship playoff or a Saturday in December when quarterback Brett Hundley is photographed clutching the Heisman Trophy. The Bruins open the season in Virginia, giving East Coast folks a look at the team and the star at the controls of its offense. There is a marquee game against Texas at the Dallas Cowboys' stadium.
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OPINION
January 21, 2009 | DOYLE MCMANUS
Barack Obama has been criticized for being too cool, too aloof, even too serene. But the President Obama who delivered the inaugural address on Tuesday was anything but aloof. He was passionate and pleading, somber and demanding. And he did something his predecessor, George W. Bush, never quite did: He asked Americans to sacrifice for the common good.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By John Horn
Anyone who has seen director Alfonso Cuarón and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki work together might think they spend all of their time arguing like an old married couple, the squabbles punctuated by all manner of Spanish swear words. "They are very intense," said David Heyman, a producer of "Gravity," their Oscar-nominated and most celebrated collaboration. "They are both perfectionists and unrelenting in their pursuit of that perfection. " But like some old married couples, underneath their disagreements rest a deep and abiding trust and respect.
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November 9, 2013 | By Annlee Ellingson
Mike Newell, whose eclectic career has ranged from "Four Weddings and a Funeral" to "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," has given us a classic adaptation of Charles Dickens' beloved bildungsroman "Great Expectations. " It is skillfully made and adeptly performed; even so it doesn't really add anything to the canon. That canon includes roughly 15 film versions of the tale that follows an apprentice blacksmith as he navigates the transition from poor village orphan to sponsored London gentleman.
SPORTS
January 31, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
Ever since they built the place 44 years ago and John Wooden sat in the coach's chair, Pauley Pavilion has been a place of Charles Dickens lore. Here, there are always Great Expectations. There certainly were Thursday night, when the basketball Bruins of Ben Howland took the court for a game against California. This wasn't business as usual. There had been whispers. The Bruins were struggling, the swagger was gone. Howland was too strict.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 1988 | NANCY CHURNIN
Some expectations of greatness, as Pip learns in the Charles Dickens classic "Great Expectations," are better left undreamt. When a mysterious gift of money takes Pip out of his work as blacksmith apprentice and gives him the means of becoming a gentleman, it not only does not give him the beautiful, proud girl he yearns for, but it also takes him away from the humble one who might have made him happy.
SPORTS
December 8, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
That didn't take long. On Oct. 30, one of the presumably most powerful teams in NBA history opened its season by marching on to a Staples Center floor ringed in blinding belief. On Sunday, one of the potentially most disappointing teams in NBA history will trudge on to a Staples Center floor drenched in despairing disillusionment, It is stunning that the Lakers, once a model of smarts and stability, are both of those teams. It is equally startling that, even in Hollywood, this Looney Tunes twist would require only six weeks.
TRAVEL
July 3, 1994 | EILEEN OGINTZ
Jill Waterman was counting on magic. She got aggravation. The trip was supposed to be a much-needed break with her twin boys. Even better, her parents were going along and together they planned to re-create, for Waterman's sons, their mother's favorite childhood vacation. But the UCLA child psychologist found that the much-anticipated trip to Central California wasn't anything like what she'd remembered from her own childhood vacation. The wilderness area was crowded and hot.
BUSINESS
May 5, 1998
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 2013 | By Susan King
After making his feature directorial debut in 2011 with his fierce, unsparing adaptation of Shakespeare's "Coriolanus," Ralph Fiennes is in the director's chair once again for "The Invisible Woman," which opens Christmas Day. Based on the book by Claire Tomalin, the romantic drama chronicles the relationship between Charles Dickens and actress Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones). The writer of such literary masterpieces as "Great Expectations," "A Tale of Two Cities" and "A Christmas Carol" was married with 10 children when he met the teenager, who toiled on stage with her mother and two older sisters.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 2013
FICTION Americanah Chima manda Ngozi Adichie Knopf, $26.95 While carving her path as a writer in the U.S., an outspoken Nigerian immigrant grapples with culture clash and long-distance love. At Night We Walk in Circles Daniel Alarcón Riverhead, $27.95 In an unnamed Latin American country, an idealistic young actor joins a radical theater troupe for a touring production of an incendiary political play. The Luminaries Eleanor Catton Little, Brown, $27 Twelve townsmen gather in secret to unravel a series of strange events involving a missing notable, a suicidal prostitute and a dead drunk in this Man Booker Prize winner.
WORLD
December 1, 2013 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - To President Enrique Peña Nieto's supporters, his first year in office has been a time of bold promises kept as he pursues an ambitious agenda of reforms designed, in the long term, to bring peace and economic growth to Mexico. But in the short term, by many measures, his country remains a mess. Though he promised to focus on Mexico's economic potential, Peña Nieto has presided over an economy that has hardly grown at all. Though he vowed to reduce the kind of violence that affects innocent citizens, his record has been mixed, with kidnappings and extortion rising nationwide even as the number of homicides drops.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
In the Victorian era, not many people people knew that their beloved superstar author Charles Dickens had a long affair with a young actress, Nelly Ternan. But in the 20th century, the relationship was detailed in a number of biographies -- including 1991's "The Invisible Woman. " Which is now a movie -- coming to an art theater near you this holiday season, thanks to director and star Ralph Fiennes. Fiennes plays Dickens, and as you can see in the trailer above, he captures some of the author's magnetism and massive popularity.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 9, 2013 | By Annlee Ellingson
Mike Newell, whose eclectic career has ranged from "Four Weddings and a Funeral" to "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," has given us a classic adaptation of Charles Dickens' beloved bildungsroman "Great Expectations. " It is skillfully made and adeptly performed; even so it doesn't really add anything to the canon. That canon includes roughly 15 film versions of the tale that follows an apprentice blacksmith as he navigates the transition from poor village orphan to sponsored London gentleman.
SPORTS
October 3, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
LA JOLLA - One of the pleasures of watching Jamal Crawford perform on the court is seeing his ability to shake a defender with his deft crossover dribble to create an open shot. But with Clippers Coach Doc Rivers stressing fewer isolation plays, that will probably lead to Crawford having the ball in his hands less often. So expect to see Crawford come off more screens in Rivers' system and then look for a pass. "As far as creating stuff, there's still a place for that," Crawford said.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Only one word describes the effect of watching Ben Affleck slowly dial down the temperature one degree at a time in "Runner Runner": Cool. Frank Sinatra cool. He stars as sociopathic online gambling mogul Ivan Block, and if that role doesn't sound cool, you haven't seen Affleck at the controls. Justin Timberlake costars as Richie Furst, a Princeton whiz kid, also cool. Not as cool as Block. Nor as keen on the whole sociopathic lifestyle. The money's great, but feeding enemies to the crocodiles crosses some lines.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2013 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
"Game of Thrones'" Viserys Targaryen may not have a crown, but he's got a country house -- one that used to be Charles Dickens' -- that he's hoping to share. Gad's Hill Place, Dickens' country home, is to be opened to the public for the first time since his death in 1870 -- in a project spearheaded by his relatives, including actor Harry Lloyd, a.k.a. Viserys Targaryen on the HBO series "Game of Thrones. " Dickens had 10 children and then the family continued to grow. Lloyd is his great-great-great grandson; his mother, Marion Dickens, is leading the effort to open Gad's Hill Place to the public.  Gad's Hill Place, in Hingham, Kent, is where Dickens wrote "Great Expectations" and "A Tale of Two Cities.
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