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March 2, 2014 | By Claire Zulkey
“Saturday Night Live” looked like a different show compared with the last live episode we saw a month ago, pre-Olympics. In the Feb. 1 episode, Andy Samberg, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Fred Armisen all visited the "Weekend Update" desk to say goodbye to their old friend Seth Meyers. In this weekend's episode, in which Colin Jost made his debut as "Update" co-host, one got the sense that this is a new generation on “SNL,” and that from now on it might be awhile before the audience sees cameos from the old guard, because the old guard has all definitively moved on. That's not a bad thing.
March 1, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
They've tried edgy and tinkered with experimental. But the producers of the 86th Academy Awards telecast believe that what America really wants is tradition. This year's Oscar show Sunday will bring back 2007 host Ellen DeGeneres, a likable, benign daytime television presence. Backstage, Broadway-oriented veterans Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are back producing for a second consecutive year. Not present? Seth MacFarlane, the "Family Guy" creator who polarized audiences last year even though he did manage a ratings jump.
March 1, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: In the run-up to the Oscars, British Consul General of Los Angeles Chris O'Connor and Academy Award-nominated director Steve McQueen cohosted the Great British Film Reception in Hancock Park on Friday, in partnership with the British Film Commission, as part of the Great Campaign, which spotlights British business, education, tourism, technology, music, sports and heritage. Celebrating 26 British Oscar nominees in 18 categories, the cocktail party took place on the back lawn of the British official's residence, comfortably tented to shelter guests from the stormy night.
February 28, 2014 | David Colker
Jim Lange was the original and best-known host of a television show that has come to be identified with the swinging late 1960s and 1970s: "The Dating Game. " "We were really the first reality show," he said in a 2002 Times interview, "paving the way for Howard Stern, Jerry Springer, 'Big Brother.' " Not that Lange, who graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota, was so proud of those offspring. He spent more than 50 years in radio and television and hoped to one day have a TV talk show.
February 28, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
San Juan Hills in San Juan Capistrano is hosting an eight-team summer football passing tournament on June 14. There's an opening for three more teams. Confirmed are the host school, Santa Ana Mater Dei, Oaks Christian, Westlake and Anaheim Canyon.  
February 28, 2014 | By Austin Knoblauch
The MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton will be one of four regional locations that will be hosting Major League Baseball's expanded Breakthrough Series this year. The series, which exposes diverse high school baseball players to MLB scouts and collegiate recruiters, will feature more than 200 players -- the most in the seven-year history of the event. The series, which also gives players the opportunity to attend daily presentations from current and former MLB players, coaches, scouts and college administrators, is open only to those invited to participate.
February 28, 2014 | By Chris Erskine
SYDNEY, Australia - The Los Angeles Dodgers' season-opening series in Australia later this month takes place on some of the most hallowed sports turf in the world: the Sydney Cricket Ground. Just for comparison, baseball was being played at these cricket grounds almost 25 years before Fenway Park was built. That's right - baseball. The Sydney stadium, where the Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks kick off the Major League Baseball season March 22 and 23, is primarily a cricket venue, although rugby is played there as well.
February 27, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
Jim Lange has died, and for some of us that conjures the image of a man with sideburns, a big, easy smile and a TV set dotted with a far-out floral design. Lange, original host of "The Dating Game," appeared in living rooms in the '60s with turtleneck, loud ties and that trademark line "And heeeeere they are!" Later, Lange hosted game shows including "$100,000 Name That Tune," "The New Newlywed Game," but it was "The Dating Game" that brought him fame. The show -- with its question-and-answer format -- was intended to titillate, but now it seems just endearingly goofy.
February 27, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Not many first-time filmmakers get invited to the White House to show their work, but on Friday a group of K-12 auteurs will do just that at the inaugural White House Student Film Festival.  Hosted by President Obama, the festival will showcase student-created films about how technology is used in their classrooms and what role technology will play in education in the future. More than 2,000 videos were submitted after the festival was announced in November, and the finalists, as well as their parents and teachers, have been invited to have their movies screened in the White House's East Room.
February 27, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
At a closed-door debate in front of rank-and-file deputies, the candidates for Los Angeles County Sheriff acknowledged that the department must be reformed, but blamed management for the problems plaguing the agency. In a recording of the members-only union event obtained by The Times, the candidates mostly took a diplomatic tone with the deputies, and at times served up the kind of red meat not often heard in front of general audiences. Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, who has been criticized for helping foster a culture of abuse inside the jails, criticized the department's inmate education program.
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