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December 6, 2012 | By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
The Academy Awards haven't been kind to songs of late. The last few years, the category has been treated as an after-thought, with either one film dominating the slate of nominees or voters struggling to find five songs worthy of contention. After the nadir that was 2012, when only two songs were recognized, the academy has promised change. Five songs will be nominated for the upcoming awards, and once again the rarely showcased art of cinematic songwriting will be handled with grown-up respect.
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BUSINESS
February 5, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
CBRE Group Inc., the world's largest commercial real estate brokerage, reported an 11% jump in revenue during the fourth quarter, led in part by thriving property markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Profit was down from the same period in 2012, however, as the Los Angeles company wrote down $106.6 million primarily on the decreased value of its investment pools in Europe Southern California's housing recovery Fourth-quarter net income was $114.6 million, or 34 cents a share, down from $173 million, or 53 cents, a year earlier.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2010 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
When journalists ask Herbie Hancock which musicians he listens to, he thinks that they're expecting him to say Oscar Peterson and Chick Corea -- that is, virtuoso jazz pianists like himself. "I do listen to those musicians," Hancock said recently, savoring some morning downtime in his Westside home's tranquil garden filled with African sculptures and sashaying felines. "But there's more than that. Actually, what I try to listen to is life." Life must be sounding pretty good to Hancock these days, and not only because as a practicing Buddhist for 38 years he cultivates personal equanimity like a well-tended flower bed. On April 12, Hancock turned 70, a passage that's prompting splashy official and semi-official musical tributes across the continent.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Lena Dunham was en route to Silvercup Studios in Queens when she found out she'd been nominated -- twice -- for her work on the HBO comedy "Girls. " The 27-year-old phenom scored nods Thursday morning for both her performance as Hannah Horvath, the aimless Brooklynite she plays on the series, and for directing one of the season's most infamous episodes, "On All Fours. " We talked to her about what's ahead for Hannah, her love of network TV (especially "Scandal") and her real-life run-in with a Q-Tip.
NEWS
August 31, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro and Seema Mehta
TAMPA, Fla. - Once the balloons dropped, the reviews began - and delegates and guests largely left the final night of the Republican National Convention pleased with their presidential prospects. True, there was some confusion over Clint Eastwood talking to an empty chair. And a protester briefly interrupted Mitt Romney's address before being drowned out by chants of “USA! USA!” But after Hurricane Isaac led to a sputtering start, the convention ended on a high note. “Home run,” said Arla Murray, a delegate and party leader from Montana, attending her fifth convention.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Will it be a baritone, or a soprano? Anna Netrebko says it is a high note of another kind: She is pregnant and getting married. The 36-year-old soprano and her fiance, Uruguayan baritone Erwin Schrott, are expecting a child this fall, her management company said Monday. "We are both very, very happy that soon there will be three of us," she said. It will be her first child. She and Schrott, 35, became engaged last year in New York. Schrott sang the title role in Los Angeles Opera's "Don Giovanni" last fall.
SPORTS
August 1, 1998 | DAVE DESMOND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Moorpark and Crescenta Valley highs will have something to prove when the girls' basketball season begins in December. Moorpark must show it belongs in the Marmonte League after jumping from the relatively weaker Frontier League. The Falcons must prove that they can excel without All-American Michelle Greco and standout guard Tara Gregory.
SPORTS
June 3, 2001 | JOHN ORTEGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chris Morgan of Taft High got his 13.5-second clocking in the boys' 110-meter high hurdles on Saturday in the state track and field championships at Hughes Stadium. But more importantly, he won, no make that romped, to his second consecutive title. Morgan was one of four seniors from the region to win titles in the boys' meet. Seth Amoo of Highland won the 200, Jason Lovell of Cleveland took the 400 and Jamil Smith of Palmdale won the triple jump for the second year in a row.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
This story has been updated. See below. Few things are more carefully choreographed than a movie musical, but director Tom Hooper wanted to steep his big-screen adaptation of "Les Misérables" in some gritty reality. So he took a page from Ridley Scott's war film "Black Hawk Down. " At Pinewood Studios outside London, he set up a scene in which 30 student revolutionaries and scores of background players construct a blockade to stave off the French army in 19th century Paris.
BUSINESS
November 9, 2009 | Ben Fritz
Christmas came early at the box office this year, but not for the studio that expected it. Walt Disney Studios' "A Christmas Carol," produced at a cost of nearly $200 million, opened to a weak $31 million in the U.S. and Canada, according to studio estimates. But the somber, well-reviewed festival favorite "Precious," which Lionsgate acquired at the Sundance Film Festival for $5.5 million, sold $1.8 million worth of tickets at just 18 theaters, setting a limited-release record.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The Los Angeles Philharmonic sent Lionel Bringuier out into the world on Sunday afternoon. Lucky world. And lucky Zurich, where the streets in Switzerland's posh financial capital are already paved with gold and which will have the 26-year-old French conductor next year as music director of its Tonhalle Orchestra. If the L.A. Phil likes to think of itself as a family - and not in the dysfunctional sense so common in the symphonic world - then Bringuier was its baby. At 20, he became the orchestra's youngest assistant conductor ever.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Smash," the NBC series about a Broadway musical, returns Tuesday for a second season without yet having lived up to its name. Though the pilot was well received, its wayward first year was saddled with unprofitable side plots and too fantastical flights of fancy and many continued to watch only because they could not look away. "There is no success like failure," as Bob Dylan sang, "and failure's no success at all. " There is some not inappropriate irony in a show about a troubled show being itself a troubled show - it proves its point in a way: These things are hard to do. Still, as with "Bombshell," the Marilyn Monroe musical whose difficult birth forms the core of its soapy story, the people making "Smash" must retain some slim residual hope that it can still find its feet for a long run. VIDEO: Upcoming television shows preview The newsworthy difference this season is the enforced absence of creator and show runner Theresa Rebeck.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times
The common image of an indie musician may be one of up-and-coming rock or hip-hop artists turning to self-funded videos and social media to scrape together a following, but singer Dawn Richard is bringing a rare, independent-minded approach to contemporary R&B. After flourishing in groups under the tutelage of hip-hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs, Richard released her debut solo album, "GoldenHeart," last Tuesday and it quickly soared to No. 1 on...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2013 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
The music of Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös isn't "easy" in any conventional sense. A typical Eötvös piece sets the listener adrift through swaths of treacherous soundscapes and shimmering dissonance, usually without the aid of melody. Though often challenging, his music is also playful in an intellectual way - a childlike romp through a music-theory sand box. This is evident in the title of his new concerto "DoReMi," which was written for the violinist Midori and will have its world premiere Friday in a concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
This story has been updated. See below. Few things are more carefully choreographed than a movie musical, but director Tom Hooper wanted to steep his big-screen adaptation of "Les Misérables" in some gritty reality. So he took a page from Ridley Scott's war film "Black Hawk Down. " At Pinewood Studios outside London, he set up a scene in which 30 student revolutionaries and scores of background players construct a blockade to stave off the French army in 19th century Paris.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2012 | By Marcia Adair
Caruso, Bjorling, Pavarotti, Carreras, Domingo, Alagna, Kaufmann, Florez and (Eric) Cartman. One of these things is not like the other, 'tis true, but there is one way in which they are kind of the same: They have all recorded versions of "O Holy Night. " In fact it seems there is hardly a singer who hasn't. Most Christmas music is meant for group singing, so, unless you are a soprano singing the descant, Christmas caroling doesn't require a lot of vocal skill. "O Holy Night," on the other hand, written in 1847 by French composer Adolphe Adam as a setting of the poem "Minuit, chrétiens," offers the irresistible combination of operatic drama and technical difficulty.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times
The common image of an indie musician may be one of up-and-coming rock or hip-hop artists turning to self-funded videos and social media to scrape together a following, but singer Dawn Richard is bringing a rare, independent-minded approach to contemporary R&B. After flourishing in groups under the tutelage of hip-hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs, Richard released her debut solo album, "GoldenHeart," last Tuesday and it quickly soared to No. 1 on...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2013 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
The music of Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös isn't "easy" in any conventional sense. A typical Eötvös piece sets the listener adrift through swaths of treacherous soundscapes and shimmering dissonance, usually without the aid of melody. Though often challenging, his music is also playful in an intellectual way - a childlike romp through a music-theory sand box. This is evident in the title of his new concerto "DoReMi," which was written for the violinist Midori and will have its world premiere Friday in a concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2012 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
Hours before showtime at UCLA's Royce Hall, Teri Meredyth leaned into a new Steinway & Sons concert grand piano. Behind her, stagehands hammered together a stage extension. In front, workers shoved into place wooden panels for a backdrop. Stage left, an electrician shouted to a colleague aiming spotlights. Meredyth, the hall's longtime piano technician, pounded the keys of the 9-foot-long grand, listening for off-kilter harmonics. She tweaked tuning pins and pricked felt hammers with a needle to soften them and thus warm the tone that would be produced when they hit the strings.
NEWS
December 6, 2012 | By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
The Academy Awards haven't been kind to songs of late. The last few years, the category has been treated as an after-thought, with either one film dominating the slate of nominees or voters struggling to find five songs worthy of contention. After the nadir that was 2012, when only two songs were recognized, the academy has promised change. Five songs will be nominated for the upcoming awards, and once again the rarely showcased art of cinematic songwriting will be handled with grown-up respect.
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