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September 27, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The problem with ABC's perfectly dreadful new drama "Betrayal," well, OK, the main problem is that it takes itself too seriously. There is no shame in selling soap, as the highly-successful and Emmy-nominated "Scandal" has proven, but it does require a lightness of touch, an ability to acknowledge the camp factor without giving way to it. "Betrayal" enters instead with prestige-drama pretensions and quickly devolves into a lumbering form of...
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September 27, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The problem with ABC's perfectly dreadful new drama "Betrayal," well, OK, the main problem is that it takes itself too seriously. There is no shame in selling soap, as the highly-successful and Emmy-nominated "Scandal" has proven, but it does require a lightness of touch, an ability to acknowledge the camp factor without giving way to it. "Betrayal" enters instead with prestige-drama pretensions and quickly devolves into a lumbering form of...
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WORLD
December 26, 2009 | By Borzou Daragahi
The haze from burning esfand, a Persian weed, and the scents of thick-brewed tea and rose water fill the black funeral tents that have bloomed across Tehran. Sweeping black banners of mourning and small green lights hang outside mosques. In the Grand Bazaar, thousands of new customers have descended on the stands selling paraphernalia for the upcoming holiday. On the streets, at bus stops and on the subway, young Iranians ask one another: What mosque are you going to for the holiday?
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Scott Hamilton Kennedy's excellent scrapbook documentary "Fame High," which premieres Thursday on Showtime (after a brief theatrical release), spends a year at LACHSA, the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, a by-audition public institution located on the grounds of Cal State L.A. Quite possibly you were unaware of its existence until just a moment ago. The title, of course, recalls the movie "Fame" and the TV show fashioned from it...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jimmy Scott sings ballads with the tear-drenched sadness of a breaking heart. His faster tunes are invested with more rhythm but no less emotional urgency. His Wednesday-night performance at the Jazz Bakery was a characteristic example of the interior passion that has ruled his music since the '50s.
OPINION
November 9, 1986
The best view of Decker Canyon and the Santa Monica Mountains is in a darkened room of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, before a 65-foot diorama, as a program of sound, film and light tells the story of life in the mountain chaparral.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1988 | JERRY F. HOUGH, Jerry Hough, professor of political science at Duke University and a senior fellow of the Brookings Institution, is the author of the just-released "Russia and the West: Gorbachev and the Politics of Reform" (Simon and Schuster).
Once again, rumors about a conflict between Mikhail S. Gorbachev and Yegor K. Ligachev are sweeping through Moscow. The occasion this time was prompted by a large article in a normally liberal Soviet newspaper, Sovietskaya Rossiya, which sharply criticized excesses in efforts to repudiate the past.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 1989 | DON SHIRLEY
After the fireworks tonight, is anyone going to be in the mood for a more serious look at what the Fourth of July is all about? Probably not. All the same, "The Trial of Standing Bear" (Channels 28 and 15 at 9:30 p.m.) is an appropriate way to mark the holiday. While this enterprising docudrama is not about what happened in 1776, it does demonstrate how the spirit of 1776 has expanded over the years, often at considerable cost to those who do the expanding.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1987 | Bill Boyarsky, Boyarsky is city-county bureau chief for The Times
Room 561-A in City Hall, home of the obscure city Board of Zoning Appeals, is not often a stage for high drama. Its usual features are neighborhood feuds over home remodeling, garage construction or a new mini-mall.
SPORTS
July 18, 1990 | BOB WOLF
It seems almost inconceivable, but Dock Ellis swears it's true. On June 12, 1970, Ellis pitched a no-hit game for the Pittsburgh Pirates, a 2-0 victory over the Padres at San Diego Stadium. Fourteen years later, he revealed that he had done it while under the influence of LSD. Ellis, 45, who lives in his native Los Angeles and counsels athletes about drugs, made the astonishing disclosure in a newspaper story four years after completing treatment at a rehabilitation facility in Wickenburg, Ariz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2013 | By Hannah Fry
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
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...
NATIONAL
June 8, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times
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 | By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 2012 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
March 9, 1994 | MARY ROURKE, TIMES FASHION EDITOR
Expect high drama at a Karl Lagerfeld show. This season, though, it had nothing to do with clothes. Well before the lights went up on the designer's fall '94 line Monday, a fire door slammed shut and water began flooding the showroom lobby. People were trapped for several long minutes and rumors circulated about a bomb threat by a women's group protesting exploitation of women via fashion.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 21, 1994 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Michael Dorn Moody's "The Fool" at the Met Theatre is the theatrical equivalent of an N. C. Wyeth painting, a colorful adventure yarn full of brawn and derring-do. The play concerns the piratical exploits of Francis Drake who, facing arrest and ignominy in his native England, sails off to the New World to raid Spain's coffers so that he can return home a hero, covered with gold and glory.
WORLD
December 26, 2009 | By Borzou Daragahi
The haze from burning esfand, a Persian weed, and the scents of thick-brewed tea and rose water fill the black funeral tents that have bloomed across Tehran. Sweeping black banners of mourning and small green lights hang outside mosques. In the Grand Bazaar, thousands of new customers have descended on the stands selling paraphernalia for the upcoming holiday. On the streets, at bus stops and on the subway, young Iranians ask one another: What mosque are you going to for the holiday?
SPORTS
July 25, 2008 | Sam Farmer
Steve Sabol sure knows what he's doing, training his army of high-definition cameras on the Dallas Cowboys. You see, it wasn't just that the Cowboys were the first team to raise their hand to be featured in this summer's version of "Hard Knocks," the popular documentary series that gives a behind-the-scenes look at an NFL training camp. It was that the Cowboys were the perfect choice.
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