CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2013 |
A drama teacher at Corona del Mar High School who was placed on leave in June after a student accused him of battery has resigned. Ron Martin, who won accolades from free-speech advocates for fighting to stage a campus production of "Rent," confirmed Tuesday that he left his job last week for health reasons and to avoid having to come before the school district's review board. "I'm disappointed that it happened this way," said Martin, 57. "From what I understood, I was guilty and had to prove my innocence.
August 1, 2013 |
Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller have a lot in common. Both are up-and-coming actors in Hollywood, both are interested in challenging, offbeat roles, and both of them bombed their first auditions for the parts they coveted in the film adaptation of Tim Tharp's bestselling novel "The Spectacular Now. " But the chance to play authentic versions of teenagers, ones grappling with the challenges of pending adulthood without strong support systems easing...
June 8, 2013 |
NORFOLK, Va. - As heavily armed pirates held an American sailboat off the coast of Somalia in February 2011, Navy SEALs on the bridge of the guided missile destroyer Sterett heard one of the hijackers on the radio threatening the lives of his four American hostages. "I am holding these people. They are like meat," he said. "I will eat if you head my way. " What happened next is providing riveting testimony in a federal courtroom here as three rail-thin Somali men in baggy coats face the first U.S. murder trial of piracy suspects in nearly two centuries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2012 |
Lee Childress, who touched the lives of thousands of Southern California high school drama students through a theater awards program she co-founded with her husband, John, more than 40 years ago, has died. She was 95. Childress, a former publicist, real estate agent and occasional actress, died Sept. 21 at a hospital in Mission Viejo, not far from her home in Laguna Woods, said her daughter Cathe Drino. She had suffered a heart attack, her daughter said. In 1969, Lee Childress and her husband, who was then a teacher and coach in the Los Angeles Unified School District, were invited by a former student of his to attend a student production of "Flower Drum Song" at Venice High School.
May 27, 2012 |
Before taking on the lead for "The Newsroom,"HBO's intense drama exploring the behind-the-scenes frenzy of a cable news network, Jeff Daniels received some counsel from the man formerly known as Tony Soprano. "James said, 'Get sleep,'" Daniels said, recalling a conversation with James Gandolfini, Daniels' costar in the smash Broadway production of "God of Carnage. " The star of"The Sopranos" was trying to warn Daniels, whose wide-ranging career had been mostly anchored in movies and theater, about the grueling demands of a high-profile TV series.
March 22, 2012
Don't be fooled by the lush orchestrations and friendly acoustic guitars of Lost in the Trees. There's high drama in the band's self-described campfire arrangements, with tales of heroes and villains and biblical-like imagery of raging fires. Or, to put it in more blunt terms, it's about fighting with your parents. The brainchild of Ari Picker, Lost in the Trees found a home with Silver Lake's Anti- Records, the adventurous offshoot of Epitaph, and their new album, "A Church That Fits Our Needs," expands on their grand palette.