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September 24, 2010
'Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole' MPAA rating: PG for some sequences of scary action Running time: 1 hour, 31 minutes Playing: In general release
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February 19, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The first trailer for Marvel's upcoming cosmic adventure "Guardians of the Galaxy," based on the comic book of the same name, has been released, and you might say it's full of unusual suspects. Amid clips of zooming spaceships, heavily armed humanoids and exotic alien worlds, the trailer introduces  Chris Pratt as the antihero Star-Lord, né Peter Quill, who steals a mysterious orb and finds himself at odds with the intergalactic villain Ronan (Lee Pace). Quill then teams up with a motley crew of alien outlaws to survive and save the universe.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2005 | By Jack Leonard, Evelyn Larrubia and Robin Fields, Times Staff Writers
Calling for reform of California's "broken" conservatorship system, a leading lawmaker outlined an ambitious plan Monday for licensing and auditing professional guardians who care for the state's most vulnerable adults. Assemblyman Dave Jones (D-Sacramento), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said he would introduce a bill next month that would require training and licensure for conservators. It would also create a state ombudsman to investigate complaints and give courts more resources to conduct spot audits of conservators' work.
WORLD
December 3, 2013 | By Janet Stobart
LONDON -- The editor of the Guardian defended his decision to publish leaked files from the U.S. National Security Agency and told a committee of Parliament on Tuesday that so far the British newspaper has revealed only 1% of the material provided by former security contractor Edward Snowden. Editor Alan Rusbridger told the Home Affairs Committee that revealing details from those U.S. files was in the interests of democracy and a free press and there was no evidence of any damage done to Britain or its people.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
When children go to sleep tonight, the visions dancing in their heads will more likely be those of electronic gizmos than of sugar plums. But the kiddos will doze off believing , and that collective faith fascinates author William Joyce, who created the "Rise of the Guardians" book series that became the basis of the new DreamWorks animated movie. "It stumps me that we as a people decided en masse without a vote that we would tell our kids about Santa Claus," Joyce says from his home in Shreveport, La. "I know where it started, but the psychology remains mystifying to me. How many things have we as a species agreed upon without discussing?
NEWS
October 31, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
Do Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny know each other? That logical question came, of course, from the mind of a child, specifically, Mary Katherine Joyce, the then-5-year-old daughter of writer and filmmaker William Joyce. Twenty years later, Mary Katherine's dad has answered that question, not just with the animated movie "Rise of the Guardians," but also a series of books that explores and expands the mythology behind some of the legendary figures of our childhoods. DreamWorks Animation held a special screening for the film Tuesday night at the ArcLight Hollywood as it positions "Guardians" as an animated feature Oscar contender.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The first trailer for Marvel's upcoming cosmic adventure "Guardians of the Galaxy," based on the comic book of the same name, has been released, and you might say it's full of unusual suspects. Amid clips of zooming spaceships, heavily armed humanoids and exotic alien worlds, the trailer introduces  Chris Pratt as the antihero Star-Lord, né Peter Quill, who steals a mysterious orb and finds himself at odds with the intergalactic villain Ronan (Lee Pace). Quill then teams up with a motley crew of alien outlaws to survive and save the universe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2009 | Maura Dolan
The California Supreme Court sided with grandparents and others who want to adopt children over their parents' objections in a pair of rulings that legal experts said would make it easier for guardians to prevail in adoption cases.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
DreamWorks Animation SKG said it would take an $87-million charge on last year's holiday movie "Rise of the Guardians," marking the largest write-down the studio has ever taken for one of its own movies. Analysts had estimated that the studio would take a write-down of from $70 million to nearly $100 million on the film, which represented a rare box-office misfire for DreamWorks, creator of the popular "Shrek," "Kung Fu Panda" and "Madagascar" films. "Rise of the Guardians," which cost about $145 million to make, has generated $302 million in global box-office ticket sales since its debut in late November, well short of a typical DreamWorks Animation movie.
NATIONAL
August 8, 2010 | By Faye Fiore, Los Angeles Times
When Paul Brachfeld took over as inspector general of the National Archives, guardian of the country's most beloved treasures, he discovered the American people were being stolen blind. The Wright Brothers 1903 Flying Machine patent application? Gone. A copy of the Dec. 8, 1941 "Day of Infamy" speech autographed by Franklin D. Roosevelt and tied with a purple ribbon? Gone. Target maps of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, war telegrams written by Abraham Lincoln and a scabbard and belt given to Harry S. Truman?
WORLD
October 8, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
A Romanian law that calls for the killing of any stray dog captured and unclaimed for more than two weeks has stirred vehement protests throughout Europe and the United States. Animal rights advocates have denounced the legislation upheld by the Romanian Constitutional Court late last month as "inhumane and ineffective" and unlikely to rid the capital, Bucharest, of its tens of thousands of abandoned and desperate canines. The political campaign waged by Bucharest city officials to get legal authority to euthanize the strays was spurred by the Sept.
NEWS
August 1, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian
Top congressional officials insisted Thursday that the latest NSA program disclosed through a leak by former contractor Edward Snowden is an analysis tool aimed at intercepted foreign Internet content, not a way for intelligence analysts to spy on Americans from a computer terminal. XKeyScore, revealed in a Guardian newspaper story Wednesday, uses “markers to look at someone and say, 'yes they are a suspect or no they are not a suspect,'” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said in a brief interview Thursday.
NEWS
June 9, 2013 | By Katherine Skiba
WASHINGTON - The Guardian, the British newspaper that revealed a string of top-secret U.S. intelligence systems and programs, identified the source of the disclosures as a former 29-year-old CIA technical staff member who has worked at the National Security Agency as an employee of outside contractors. In an article on its website Sunday , the newspaper said Edward Snowden, 29, had asked the paper to reveal his identity and that he never planned to remain anonymous. The article said he was staying in a luxury hotel in Hong Kong, and said he had lined the door of his hotel room with pillows to prevent eavesdropping.
WORLD
May 16, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
TEHRAN - Iranians must wait until next week to find out who will be on the ballot in next month's presidential election, a key electoral panel said Thursday, as it continued to mull the fate of two prospective candidates who have shaken up the race. The Guardian Council, which vets office seekers, said it needed an extension until Tuesday to judge the suitability of the nearly 700 presidential aspirants. A council official told reporters that 10 or more candidates may be approved, a relatively high number that could make it difficult for one to win a majority without a runoff election.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2013
The animated family film “Rise of the Guardians” has risen - and landed at the top of the DVD and Blu-ray sales chart, a surprise second chance for the DreamWorks box-office disappointment. Here are the top titles for sales (for the week ending March 16) and rentals (for the week ending March 17), according to Rentrak. TOP-10 DVD & BLU-RAY SALES 1          “Rise of the Guardians” Paramount Week 1 2          “Life of Pi”        Fox.     Week 1 3          “Wreck-It Ralph”           Disney             Week 2 4          "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2"         Summit Entertainment  Week 3 5          “Red Dawn”      Fox     Week 2 6          “Skyfall”           Fox     Week 5 7          “Mulan/Mulan II - 2 Pack”     Disney      Week 1 8          “Argo”  Warner Bros.    Week 4 9          “Game of Thrones: The Complete Second Season”     Warner Bros.    Week 4 10        “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away”            Paramount.       Week 1 TOP-10 DVD & BLU-RAY RENTALS 1          “Skyfall”           Fox     Week 5 2          “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2”    Summit Entertainment  Week 2 3          “Rise of the Guardians”  ...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
DreamWorks Animation SKG said it would take an $87-million charge on last year's holiday movie "Rise of the Guardians," marking the largest write-down the studio has ever taken for one of its own movies. Analysts had estimated that the studio would take a write-down of from $70 million to nearly $100 million on the film, which represented a rare box-office misfire for DreamWorks, creator of the popular "Shrek," "Kung Fu Panda" and "Madagascar" films. "Rise of the Guardians," which cost about $145 million to make, has generated $302 million in global box-office ticket sales since its debut in late November, well short of a typical DreamWorks Animation movie.
BUSINESS
September 22, 2010 | By Ben Fritz and Claudia Eller, Los Angeles Times
Halfway through the production of "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole," director Zack Snyder began feeling pressure to lighten the tone of his 3-D animated feature. Executives at Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures, the movie's backers, were worried that the story was too dark for younger audiences, a primary target. They wanted Snyder, known for the R-rated action movies "300" and " Watchmen," to add humor and "charm" to "Guardian's" tale about the battle between good and evil in a fantasy owl kingdom.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In "Wendell and Vinnie," a new sitcom premiering Saturday on Nick at Nite before taking up its regular Sunday time slot, Jerry Trainor (as Vinnie) becomes the guardian of his orphaned 12-year-old nephew - that would be Wendell. Their names define them: Vinnie, loose and goofy; Wendell, tight and brainy. The meeting of the juvenile adult and the adult juvenile, of the child who plays father to the man who teaches him to be a child, is not new in the history of storytelling. Nor is the tale in which a happy-go-lucky single person is suddenly taxed with and enriched by the care of an inherited youngster.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - The nutty notion that a citizen can be heavily enough armed to fight off the government went up in smoke near Big Bear Lake. This may sound crazy to most normal people, but there are some obsessed gun owners - although a minority, surely - who believe they need to arm themselves to perhaps combat government oppression. One reader wrote recently that he supported gun control "as long as I'm armed as well as the police," whom he didn't trust and felt he needed to be prepared to battle in a shootout.
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