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April 14, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik and Saba Hamedy
The MTV Movie Awards handed top prizes to "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" on Sunday night, naming the dystopian thriller best movie and handing honors for best male and female performances to Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence. But as is often the case at the annual ceremony,  it was upcoming movies that carried the most interest, with a number of big releases receiving key promotional pushes. "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," two of the most anticipated titles in the forthcoming wave of superhero movies, unveiled new clips.
April 14, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: Los Angeles Ballet staged its annual gala on Saturday, honoring philanthropist Lori Milken, actress Jane Seymour and entertainer Paula Abdul. (The latter came in from down under, where she is a judge on “So You Think You Can Dance Australia,” staying in town for not much longer than it took to collect her award.) The program: Los Angeles Ballet's artistic directors, Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary, together with Executive Director Julie Whittaker, introduced Milken, who praised the company not only for its performances but also for its many programs that bring dance to a diversity of communities and offer free tickets, classes, lectures and demonstrations to disadvantaged children, their parents and military personnel.
April 14, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield
On April 6, a Sunday, while riding along Wilshire Boulevard during CicLAvia, my wife and I passed the Jewish temple in Koreatown. Two guards in bulletproof vests stood at the entrance. “Wow, look at that,” I remember saying to my wife. “They're serious about their security.” On April 13 -- another Sunday -- I found out why. In Overland Park, Kan., today, three people are dead , shot to death Sunday, allegedly by a white supremacist and anti-Semite. And although the alleged gunman reportedly was targeting Jews, they were not his victims.
April 12, 2014 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Even after nine decades as an actor, Norman Lloyd loves to perform - even if it's for an audience of one. During a recent interview, Lloyd was brandishing the cleaver used in "Man From the South," the landmark 1960 episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" starring Steve McQueen and Peter Lorre that Lloyd directed. The ironically macabre tale revolves around a young gambler who makes a gruesome bet with an elderly man to win the man's convertible. If the gambler's lighter lights 10 times straight he will win the car, but if it doesn't the man will cut the gambler's pinkie finger off with a cleaver.
April 11, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield
My, Lorde, you sure can sing - and swear too. In case you missed it, the precocious New Zealand teen with the unique voice - and the performing style she copied from Joe Cocker - helped induct Nirvana into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday night. Lorde's rendition of “All Apologies,” backed by Nirvana bandmates Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic as well as added guitarist Pat Smear, certainly did the late Kurt Cobain proud. Then, showing that she can not only rock with the best of them but roll with the guys too, she tweeted: “so honoured and happy i got to help celebrate nirvana's rock and roll hall of fame induction tonight.
April 10, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
So what can we read into a name? Republican members of Congress, in search of yet another way to honor the man who led them back from the wilderness after the Nixon White House debacle, are trying to rename a mountain after Ronald Reagan. In Nevada. Which, by definition, means out in the middle of a desert , though in this case it has a nice view of Las Vegas. And it's not even like they're trying to name a whole mountain after him. They have their eyes set on a peak that's part of Frenchman Mountain . Which means, technically speaking, Reagan will be secondary to a European.
April 9, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Palos Verdes has taken home multiple awards in the CIF Southern Section Academic Awards program for best team GPA. Awards were given out in 22 sports. Palos Verdes had the highest GPAs in baseball (3.59), boys' soccer (3.52) and girls' water polo. Corona del Mar, which won the state Division III bowl game in football, also won the team award with a GPA of 3.35. The big winner, though, was San Marcos, which won six team titles _ boys' basketball (3.75), boys' golf (3.77)
April 9, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber
Although officials have said Jose Manuel Martinez claimed to have killed dozens of people on behalf of an unnamed Mexican drug cartel -- including nine in California -- an Alabama official said Wednesday that the slaying that led to his arrest last year was personal. In March 2013, Martinez was in Lawrence County, Ala., visiting his daughter. Lawrence County Dist. Atty. Errek Jett said Martinez killed Jose Ruiz, an associate of a friend, because Ruiz had previously said something about Martinez's daughter.
April 9, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey
AUSTIN, Texas - President Obama has tried to model Abraham Lincoln's team of rivals and Teddy Roosevelt's power of the bully pulpit. He's lauded Ronald Reagan's communication skills and linked himself to the Kennedy clan. He's praised his onetime nemesis, George W. Bush, as well as his onetime adversary, Bill Clinton. But Obama has rarely cozied up to the predecessor some argue did more than any other modern president to pave the way for his election as the nation's first black president: Lyndon B. Johnson.
April 8, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Linda Ronstadt doesn't quite get what all the fuss is about. On Thursday she's being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an institution created three decades ago to extend formal recognition to the most influential artists in pop music history. Still, she's hard pressed to muster any real enthusiasm regarding the honor. "It's nice," she said apprehensively from her home in the Bay Area, then sheepishly explained. PHOTOS: Iconic rock guitars and their owners "It's just something I never gave one thought to," she said.
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