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ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Roger Ebert's  last review published before he died Thursday was on Andrew Niccol's "The Host. " It makes you wish the final words of the beloved critic could have been spent on a film that was far better -- or far worse. The 70-year-old critic wrote a mere six paragraphs about the adaptation of the Stephenie Meyer bestseller, giving the film 2 1/2 stars. "The Host" centers on a tough-minded teenager, played by Saoirse Ronan, whose body is invaded by an alien soul, yet she retains her own identity.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Neil Patrick Harris is unsteady about stepping into "Hedwig's" heels. "I'm not a real draggy person," the actor told The Times during a recent video interview. "I love 'RuPaul's Drag [Race].' I watch it a ton, but I watch it like, 'I can't imagine how you would do it .'" Harris will soon get his chance: Producers announced in June that the four-time Tony host will return to Broadway in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," John Cameron Mitchell's tale of a transgender glam-rocker.
SPORTS
March 7, 2013 | By David Wharton
The city of Los Angeles - which knows something about "three-peats" - has notified Olympic officials that it wants to host yet another Summer Games. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sent a letter to the U.S. Olympic Committee confirming that civic, business and community leaders have lined up to express their "enthusiastic interest" in bidding for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics. That would bring the sporting world's grandest event back to the site where it took place in 1932 and 1984.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2012 | By Greg Braxton
Score another X for the Kardashian sisters! Kim Kardashian's fame was launched by an X-rated sex tape. Now sister Khloe Kardashian can add an X to her resume: She's just been named as a co-host of Fox's "The X-Factor. " Khloe Kardashian and former "Saved by the Bell" star Mario Lopez will join forces as the hosts of the Fox singing competition when live shows start airing in November. "The worst-kept secret in Hollywood is out," said "X Factor" creator Simon Cowell. "Mario and Khloe are our hosts ... and I couldn't be happier.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
Bad news for those of you eagerly anticipating "We Saw Your Boobs: Part Two. " Seth MacFarlane will not reprise his role as the host of the Academy Awards next March, the comedian announced on his Twitter account Monday. "Traumatized critics exhale: I'm unable to do the Oscars again. Tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep," wrote "The Family Guy" creator. "However, I highly  recommend the job, as Zadan and Meron are two of the most talented producers in the business.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
How you doin', Broadway? Daytime talk-show host Wendy Williams announced Monday that she'll join the cast of the Tony-winning revival of "Chicago.” Williams will step in as corrupt key-wielding Matron Mama Morton, currently played by Christine Pedi, for a seven-week run starting June 25 at the Ambassador Theatre. Williams showed off her footwork as a short-lived contestant on “Dancing With the Stars" (she was dismissed during Week 2), but viewers have yet to hear her sing.
SPORTS
December 3, 2012
When: 7:30. Where: Pauley Pavilion. On the air: TV - none; Radio - uclabruins.com. Records: UCLA 5-3, Cal State Marcos 7-3. Update: This is an exhibition game, so it won't count in either team's record, but it does provide UCLA a chance to iron out some kinks, largely its porous man-to-man defense. Cal State San Marcos is an NAIA independent program led by second-year Coach Jim Saia, who served as an assistant at UCLA from 1996 to 2003. - Baxter Holmes
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2013 | By Chris Lee
Second time's a charm for Ellen DeGeneres, who announced she's returning to host the 2014 Oscars via her Twitter page Friday morning. “It's official: I'm hosting the #Oscars!” DeGeneres wrote. “I'd like to thank @TheAcademy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra.” The Emmy-winning syndicated talk show host of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” hosted the 79 th annual ceremony in 2007. PHOTOS: Oscar hosts throughout the years Oscars producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron trumpeted their longstanding ties to the popular comedian in a statement Friday.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
More than nine months after Regis Philbin retired from the syndicated weekday talk show “Live!,” Kelly Ripa finally has a new co-host, the show announced Monday. But don't get too excited just yet: Viewers will have to wait until Sept. 4 to find out who got the coveted job. On Sept. 3, Ripa will kick off the new season of “Live!” by herself. The next day, the show will end months of frenzied speculation when Ripa's new partner finally joins her onstage. While we don't know yet who'll be sitting beside Ripa, the guests that morning will include “Homeland” actress Claire Danes and "American Idol's" Phillip Phillips.
SPORTS
November 11, 2012
LOOKING AHEAD Minnesota at Dallas, Monday, 5:30 p.m. PST This wasn't a game anyone had circled on their calendar heading into the season. Minnesota is without stars Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio. Dallas is completely retooled and without Dirk Nowitzki, its best offensive player. None of it has mattered for two of the league's early surprises. Former USC star O.J. Mayo is experiencing a breakthrough in his first season with the Mavericks, scoring 62 points on 22-for-35 shooting in two recent victories.
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