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ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2014 | By Scott Collins
The TV ratings were up, but some people wondered if Ellen DeGeneres #overdidit with all the #socialmedia at the #Oscars2014. Sunday's 86th Academy Awards telecast on ABC broke with tradition and reverse-engineered itself for the Twitter generation, with host DeGeneres returning after a seven-year hiatus to order in pizza as a joke for the attendees and, in the night's most familiar image, tweeting out a selfie posed with Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep,...
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SPORTS
March 3, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers didn't overlook the Suns during their first meeting last December at Staples Center, but Los Angeles was surprised at just how good Phoenix was. The Clippers, who play the Suns on Tuesday night in Phoenix, recalled what happened during that 19-point loss to the Suns. "They killed us," Blake Griffin said after practice Monday. "They dominated almost every aspect. They got all the '50-50' balls. Offensive rebounds. Ran on us. Hit threes. Everything. " The Suns scored 107 points on the Clippers in that game and they shot 12 for 31 (38.7%)
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 2014 | By Christy Khoshaba
Ah, the role of the Oscar host: to entertain without being offensive, to crack jokes that aren't too insider-y and to think on one's feet. Sounds simple in theory. But when it comes to practice, it can be a whole other story. To concoct the perfect Oscar host formula, the Academy has tried it all . It's gone with one host to two hosts to four hosts. It's tried young hosts and old hosts. It's even run the show without a host -- does 1989 year ring a bell for anyone? The telecast that year raised the curtains to a singing Rob Lowe and a dancing actress as Snow White.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
SPORTS
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.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SPORTS
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.
TRAVEL
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.
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