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April 5, 2014 | By Rebecca Keegan
Their yellow, begoggled faces have covered billboards, blanketed toy store shelves, appeared in music videos and mobile games. So it's only logical that family cinema's ubiquitous, gibberish-speaking stars, the minions of "Despicable Me," now have their own theme park attraction - Despicable Me Minion Mayhem - at Universal Studios Hollywood. For the uninitiated, "Despicable Me" is an animated film series centered on Gru, a supervillain voiced by Steve Carell who, uncharacteristically for a man who makes his living trying to steal the moon, adopts three daughters from an orphanage.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Jasmine Elist
When Annabelle Gurwitch turned 50, she struggled to navigate her way through a stagnant marriage, the extensive list of anti-aging products offered at the beauty counter and solicitations from the AARP. In her new collection of humorous essays, "I See You Made An Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50" (Blue Rider Press, 256 pp., $25.95), the actress, comedian and writer examines the experiences that come with aging, whether falling in lust with the guy working at the Apple Genius bar, watching a best friend struggle with pancreatic cancer or a growing sense of invisibility - "an alternate universe, one that exists in exactly the same space-time, but is unseen by those who are younger.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction fame has listed his Hollywood loft for sale at $949,000. The 1,570-square-foot, open-plan space features a crushed-vinyl entry, 15-foot ceilings, a stainless-steel and black-quartz kitchen, blackout curtains and views of the Capitol Records building and the Hollywood sign. Offered in the sale is Navarro's white vinyl upholstered platform bed, which was custom designed for the room by Heidi Toll. There is a black-and-red designer bathroom. The loft is in the Broadway Hollywood building, built in 1926.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2014 | By Richard Verrier and John Horn
When filmmaker Darren Aronofsky started scouting locations for his biblical flood epic, "Noah," he had two potentially competing needs. The landscapes on which he would shoot exteriors needed at first to look like an uninhabitable wasteland, and, after the deluge, a new garden of Eden, where Noah, his family and his ark of animals could begin to repopulate the earth. The writer-director's production team considered Death Valley, deserts in Mexico and the Canary Islands. But when they visited Iceland, "Noah" found its port of call.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
The former home of the Hollywood Citizen News newspaper, now an office building, has been sold for more than $14.5 million to Los Angeles investor SE Edinger. Brentwood Capital Partners sold the two-story building at 1545 Wilcox Ave., said real estate broker Trevor Belden of Industry Partners. Constructed in 1930, the  art deco structure designed by architect Francis D. Rutherford was the production headquarters for the Hollywood Citizen News. The newspaper operated under various owners from the 1930s to the early 1970s.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2014 | By David Horsey
A few nights ago, I finally caught up with watching the most recent Tweedledee and Tweedledum of action movies - “White House Down” and “Olympus Has Fallen.” “White House Down,” with Channing Tatum in the lead role, was one of the flubs that drove a big revenue decline at Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2013 - losses that contributed to last month's layoff of 216 employees at the studio's Culver City headquarters. “Olympus Has Fallen,” starring Gerard Butler, was made for less money and did pretty well selling tickets.
SPORTS
March 31, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Jake King, a golfer at North Hollywood High, had to miss last week's scheduled match because he was in Maryland helping represent his school in the CyberPatriot VI competition that was won by North Hollywood.  Competitors show off their cyber-defense knowledge to "thwart attacks on computer systems and networks. " Said North Hollywood golf Coach Steve Miller: "I hope he breaks into the 80s like he can can break into a computer. " Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Authorities on Monday identified a 34-year-old West Hollywood man who was allegedly stabbed to death by his roommate. Deputies responded Saturday evening to the victim's apartment complex in the 900 block of Palm Avenue to conduct a welfare check, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.  When deputies arrived, they were told that the "individual who lived at the location may have killed his roommate and was thinking about killing...
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March 31, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
A team of tech-savvy students from North Hollywood High clinched the national championship this past weekend in Maryland at the CyberPatriot VI competition, which tests their cyber-security knowledge.  Composed of 11th-graders, Team Azure -- Henry Birge-Lee, Isaac Kim, Jacob King, Issac Kim and Travis Raser -- beat out 11 other teams in the competition Friday in National Harbor, Md. The win marks a first for the high school and...
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March 30, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
As bars in the area finished their last call, a fatal gunshot rang out in front of a Hollywood nightclub early Sunday morning, in what police described as a gang-related shooting. When officers arrived at Hollywood Boulevard and Las Palmas Avenue just before 2 a.m., more than 100 people had spilled into the intersection and were hovering around a man bleeding onto the street, said Sgt. David Legaspi of the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Division. He was taken to a hospital, where he died, police said.
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