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May 10, 2012
Re "Video paints grim subway scenario," May 7 The video by activists opposed to tunneling under Beverly Hills High School for the Westside subway extension raises issues that do indeed need to be applied to the school. Abandoned oil wells are not exclusive to Beverly Hills; they litter Los Angeles. The existing subway lines and their tunneling avoided setting off an explosion, and it should be the same with the planned extension. The 1985 Ross Dress for Less store explosion occurred without subway tunneling.
April 24, 2014 | By Robert Abele
Depending on your viewpoint, the horror film "The Quiet Ones" is either about a 1970s band of fearless experimenters (led by Jared Harris) who come face to face with paranormal evil, or about a mentally ill foster child (Olivia Cooke) held in captivity by cruel, smirking researchers in the English countryside. Mostly, though, it's a junky, unscary genre piece with a misleading title, because director and co-writer John Pogue jacks up the decibels so often to manufacture frights that you fear a punctured eardrum more than anything else.
June 24, 2012
Re "Trial starts for man who beat priest over alleged molestation," June 21 Being a spiritual but not a religious person, I never could swallow the concept of heaven and hell. However, after reading John Lynch's story, I now know that those two little boys experienced their own personal hell by coming face to face with the devil in the form of Father Jerold Lindner, who was accused of molestation by more than a dozen people. As far as I am concerned, the wrong man - Lynch, who allegedly assaulted the elderly Lindner - is on trial.
April 14, 2014 | Robin Abcarian
Holding red apples, a crowd of more than 100 parents, teachers and students raised their arms high on Sunday in a salute to Mark Black, Santa Monica High School's suspended veteran science teacher and wrestling coach, and to besieged teachers everywhere. The rally in support of Black, who was put on leave 10 days ago after physically tangling with a student carrying drugs in class, was also an implicit rebuke to the school district's superintendent, who appeared to side with an unruly student, rather than a respected educator and coach.
May 12, 2011
The Southland's traditional May gray has nothing on the pitch-black darkness of Weekend of Horrors, a fan convention celebrating all things gruesome and gory. The program features workshops, panels, screenings, a tattoo exhibition, an art show, a zombie walk and more. Headlining guests include filmmaker John Carpenter, actors Asia Argento and Robert Englund, and makeup whiz Tom Savini. Los Angeles Airport Marriott, 5855 W. Century Blvd., L.A. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. $20-$199.
October 5, 2011 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"American Horror Story" (FX) is a big ol' brooding, baffling, ridiculous and occasionally compelling mess of a show. Never big fans of narrative convention, creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have rejected the essential rule of horror — the unseen is more terrifying than the revealed — in favor of the same "more is more" theology that fuels their equally defiant "Glee. " As a result, early episodes seem less concerned with telling a scary story than pelting the viewer with story lines, vignettes, disturbing imagery, psycho-sexual titillation and the odd moment of high camp.
September 9, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
Universal Studios Hollywood has announced plans for haunted mazes based on "The Walking Dead" hit TV show, "Evil Dead" film franchise and heavy metal trailblazers Black Sabbath for Halloween Horror Nights 2013. Photos: Halloween Horror Nights 2013 at Universal Studios Hollywood Doubling down on the success of "The Walking Dead" zombie juggernaut, Horror Nights will add a scare zone this season to the haunted maze and terror tram attractions returning from last Halloween. The 2013 version of the Walking Dead: No Safe Haven maze takes visitors inside the walls of the zombie-infested Georgia prison featured in the Emmy Award-winning show's third season.
May 4, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Warner Bros. are in talks for a movie remake of "Little Shop of Horrors"  -- with the help of some Broadway heavyweights behind the scenes. In addition to developing the film, Gordon-Levitt could star as Seymour, the lonely, lovable florist's assistant who raises a giant alien plant motivated by sarcasm, song and human blood. Marc Platt, the producer behind Broadway and Hollywood hits including the blockbuster musical "Wicked" and the critically acclaimed film "Drive," is producing the reboot.
October 26, 2007 | David Pagel, Special to The Times
Jeni Spota paints like a cake decorator, spreading, swirling and daubing gobs of viscous oils with spatulas and applicators to create undulating fields of creamy color and supersaturated deliciousness. You find yourself with your nose very close to the luxurious surfaces of her nine small paintings at *sister before you notice that their writhing piles of paint describe horrors of biblical proportions.
April 26, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
If you want to be afraid, be very afraid, on your next vacation, check out the "Saw at Sea" summer cruise from New York City to Canada. The trip features actors who have appeared in the horror-film franchise, including  Costas Mandylor (Hoffman), Anne Greene (Dina) and Ned Bellamy (Jeff). Dan Yeager, who played Leatherface in “Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D,” also joins the "Saw" crew aboard ship. Even Jigsaw's creepy puppet Billy will be on board for photo ops. The film series started in 2004 and has seen the creation of six successfully scary movies, box-office wise.
April 12, 2014 | Chris Megerian and Paige St. John and Scott Gold
When they climbed on board the bus, most were strangers. Not friends, nor classmates. They were called together by aspiration: They were headed to Humboldt State University through a program designed for underprivileged students. Most would be the first in their family to go to college. They were called together, too, by fate: They were assigned to this bus because their last names began with the letters A through L. A little after 5:30 on Thursday evening, now 500 miles into the trip, their bus carrying 48 people thundered past the fertile farms that line Interstate 5. A FedEx tractor-trailer veered across a wide median and struck the bus head-on.
April 11, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The earth did quake; the rocks rent, and the graves were opened. Then peace was made with God as Jesus' body came to rest. That peace, and with it the ability to notice beauty in all things, is expressed in the last aria of Bach's "St. Matthew Passion," which begins with the text, "Make thyself clean, my heart. " This aria is among the most sublime gifts given in all of music, a vision far better suited for the soul than the stage. Yet Peter Brook tailors it meticulously to "The Suit.
April 11, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Stephen Graham Jones may be the best prolific writer you haven't heard of yet, partly because his specialty is literary horror and partly because, despite having a specialty, he's quick to switch genres and hard to pin down. Count up his books and stories and anthologies and e-magazines and e-releases and he has been published 201 times -- but that was in early March, before his Texas noir "Not For Nothing" was published, and before the YA novel he co-wrote with Paul Tremblay, "Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't Fly," came out in April.
March 30, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
OSO, Wash. - One of the first 911 calls after the mudslide in this small town about an hour north of Seattle came from Marla Jupp. Jupp, 63, is a retired teacher's assistant, scion of a large local family that has lived in the Oso Valley along the Stillaguamish River for generations. They're the Skaglunds, and she still lives at the bottom of Skaglund Hill on State Route 530. She was at home a week ago Saturday when she heard what sounded like a big truck rumbling by shortly before 11 a.m., "like the wind was blowing real hard, like we had big gusts.
March 30, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Most of "American Horror Story's" repertory company will be back for the show's fourth season later this year, but the new season, subtitled "Freak Show" will have an interesting new face: Michael Chiklis. The "Shield" star's involvement in the series was announced Friday night at the closing night of the PaleyFest TV festival, which was a tribute to the recently concluded "American Horror Story: Coven. " According to the Associated Press, Chiklis will play the ex-husband of Kathy Bates' character, who will be back next season after making her "AHS" debut in "Coven.
March 17, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Ryan Murphy loves to play guessing games with his audience when it comes to where new seasons of the anthology series "American Horror Story" will go. Previous seasons have been set in a haunted house, an insane asylum and a school for witches. And the fourth season will be set in a carnival, if one of the show's writers is to be believed. "AHS" writer Douglas Petrie was a recent guest on the "Nerdist Writers Panel" podcast and confirmed rumors that the next season's storyline would be set, at least in part, in a carnival.
October 30, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
British food regulators' proposal to lower the minimum sugar content for what can be labeled as jam has stirred up a hyperbolic debate in Parliament that pits hidebound culinary traditionalists against those seeking to boost trade. The proposed change would allow jam makers to market their wares with as little as 50% sugar content, instead of the current mandatory 60% minimum. But the law would still leave it up to the cooks to decide whether they wanted to change their recipe or stick with the old ways.
August 31, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Boris Karloff may have created two of cinema's greatest screen ghouls — the Frankenstein monster and the Mummy — but in real life, he didn't even like to use the word horror. "He preferred the word terror to horror," says his only child, Sara Karloff. "He preferred the word thrill to chill, when [a story] went right up the spine of the viewer and kept them on the edge of their seat. He was opposed to gore of any sort and he really thought anything that dumped either the solution or the gore into the audiences' lap was an insult to the intelligence of the audience.
March 13, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
There's plenty of blood in the supernatural horror flick "Dark House," but what really defines director Victor Salva's latest effort is flop sweat. A haunted house, psychic powers, a father-son mystery, pregnancy terror, the South's history of lynching - Salva and co-writer Charles Agron reach for pretty much any contrivance that might send a fleeting shiver down audience members' spines with too little consideration for narrative cohesion or thematic nuance. Upon his mother's death, clairvoyant Nick (Luke Kleintank)
March 6, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
Urbanites have plenty of reasons to fear country folk, at least in the movies. Getting away for the weekend so often turn into a showdown with masked murderers that heading out to the country seems like a game of Russian roulette. In writer-director Jeremy Lovering's exceptional British thriller "In Fear," the needy, nebbish Tom (Iain De Caestecker) rolls the dice by booking a room at a remote hotel for himself and his maybe-kinda girlfriend, Lucy (Alice Englert), to celebrate their two-week anniversary.
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