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October 30, 2013 | Broderick Turner
Maybe the Clippers are believing the hype. Maybe the Clippers are believing they are an elite NBA team already. Maybe the Clippers are believing they are ready for prime time. Well, the Clippers now know they have a long ways to go, a 116-103 loss to the Lakers in their home game at Staples Center a telling sign for the Clippers. “When you're anointed before doing it, people are going to attack you,” Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said after the game Tuesday night. “And we're going to have to get used to that type of energy every night.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
LAS VEGAS - Movie stars may excel in front of the camera, but not every actor is cut out to speak in front of a live audience. Especially in the Caesars Palace Colosseum, the intimidating 4,148-seat venue normally home to Celine Dion that this week has been taken over by the movie-exhibition show CinemaCon. But riling up thousands of movie theater owners and studio executives is apparently second nature to Dwayne Johnson, who on Monday night helped kick off the four-day-long event as part of Paramount Pictures' presentation.
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SPORTS
January 6, 2012
Ralph Lawler and Michael Smith are good announcers for the Clippers. But as far as promoters and sales pitchmen, this is getting embarrassing, almost like carnival barkers. Just because of an infusion of talent, they sound like giddy kids at Christmas when the Clippers are leading, and then retreat to explaining away, making excuses that this team is still the top such and such, while the same old Clips slowly lose another game; from hype to denial in 10 seconds. I want this team to be good, but the pregame and postgame sales pitches, well, I'm turning the volume off until this unabashedly biased, unfounded promotional business goes away.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
Oscar balloting ended Tuesday, which means two things: (1) Academy members no longer have to feel guilty about not watching that "12 Years a Slave" screener, and (2) it's time to gather The Envelope's Buzzmeter panelists together for one last powwow before the show Sunday. Here, in the first of two installments, Entertainment Weekly's Anthony Breznican, Fandango's Dave Karger, Anne Thompson from Thompson on Hollywood, the Los Angeles Times' Betsy Sharkey and Glenn Whipp, and Gold Derby's Tom O'Neil call the close best-picture race, debate whether an "American Hustle" shutout is in the cards and offer their choices for the season's most overhyped story.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2012 | By August Brown
John Tejada is one of the most accomplished Angelenos in electronic dance music. His producing and label-boss (of Palette Recordings) career spans more than 15 years; he's penned some of the genre's most reliably show-stopping singles, such as “Sweat on the Walls” and “Mono on Mono,” and cut two albums for the pace-setting German label Kompakt, including this year's “The Predicting Machine.” Commensurately, L.A. has been ground zero...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 1985 | RICHARD CROMELIN
Suzanne Vega found a way to make her local debut free of the hype that's attended her emergence from New York's folk clubs. Instead of making a Big Splash with full band, the heralded artiste played alone on Saturday at L.A.'s folk haven, the back room at McCabe's Guitar Shop. Talk about hype-proof locations: Even Linda Ronstadt's presence didn't cause a ripple.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Did no one tell Kendrick Lamar he was supposed to whiff on "Saturday Night Live"? Bucking a trend established in recent years by Ashlee Simpson and Lana Del Rey, Lamar made his "SNL" debut over the weekend with a pair of excellent performances that won't help anybody characterize him as the lucky recipient of undue hype. (For the record, Pop & Hiss still ranks Simpson's notorious lip-sync hoedown among the top 10 television performances of all time. But we know the world does not agree.)
SPORTS
February 24, 2013 | By George Diaz, Orlando Sentinel
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The Danica Patrick Phenomenon isn't hype. It's historic. First woman to win the pole position in the Daytona 500. First woman to lead a lap in the Daytona 500. First woman to finish in the top 10 in the Daytona 500 by taking eighth. The critics and the cynics can go home now and sulk. She drove hard and smart, avoiding the mangled mess that took out great drivers -- from her team owner Tony Stewart to Carl Edwards -- to survive the 500-mile grind of endurance.
SPORTS
April 13, 1991
Jennie Chenoweth's claim (Viewpoint Letters, April 6) that women's basketball is just as exciting as men's, and therefore deserves equal space in the sports pages, is pure radical feminist hype. This is a lot like saying that equal space should be reserved in maternity wards for men. There are certain physical things women do better than men. One of these is birthing, but not basketball. Be careful, Ms. C., talk like yours could lead to women having to hit off the regular tee in golf, or (horrors)
SPORTS
January 28, 1989
Your banner headline last Sunday, "All That's Left Now is the Game Itself," was the best news in the sports section all week. When newspapers refuse to send all those reporters to develop a week of "hype" for the NFL, maybe the owners will get the point and shorten an already too-long football season. BOB MAGNUSON San Clemente
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
By overwhelming critical consensus, 2013 was a banner year for movies. End-of-the-year lists, that dependable fruitcake of entertainment journalism, arrived with festive unanimity. It was a "tremendous" (the Atlantic's Christopher Orr), "amazing" (the New Yorker's Richard Brody), "flat-out, stone-cold, hands-down spectacular year in movies" (the Washington Post's Ann Hornaday). As a theater critic who loves spending his free nights plunged in cinematic darkness, I couldn't have been more excited to get these reports amplifying the raves that came fast and furious all fall.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Despite the grim and often overtly political pre-Games coverage of what became known as Putin's Olympics, the only crises to have occurred in Sochi thus far are Shaun White's failure to medal in the half-pipe and Bob Costas' wicked eye infection. The latter was apparent from Day 1 and grew so distracting to Costas and viewers that on Tuesday, the Olympic veteran turned the evening seat over to "Today's" Matt Lauer. (Who, it must be noted, seemed so unsurprised by the news he'd be the prime-time replacement that it is difficult not to wonder how, exactly, Costas got that infection.)
SPORTS
January 29, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Warren Sapp wasn't happy when Michael Strahan set the all-time sack record in 2002 on what appeared to be a dive by Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre. And with Strahan a leading candidate to join him in the Hall of Fame this year, Sapp is unhappy with his fellow former lineman again. "When you stack it up, and he only has four straight Pro Bowls and a mythical sack record that y'all still walk around like it's something to be praised -- I mean y'all have got to get off your high horse in New York and speak about the real," Sapp, now an analyst with the NFL Network, told Newsday.
BUSINESS
January 9, 2014 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
LAS VEGAS - Local resident Tony Holdip stood admiring the latest technological lust object on display at the world's largest consumer electronics show as a friend joined a crowd of amateur photographers snapping pictures of the immense 110-inch Samsung TV. "This is unbelievable," Holdip said, and commented on the set's brightness and image clarity. "The only problem I can see with this is it's possibly too big. " The Samsung Electronics Co. television set represents the next generation in home entertainment, "ultra-high-definition," or "4K," TV sets that boast four times the resolution of HDTV displays found in American households.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2013 | By August Brown
Of the many curious things about this new Beyonce album: How did it not leak? What, exactly, is a "visual album"? And the biggest question -- will it work? With her self-titled new digital album she joins her husband Jay Z and close comrade Kanye West in releasing ultra-high-profile albums on super short notice (Kanye gave a cryptic tweet a little more than a month in advance of "Yeezus"; for Jay, it was a Samsung-partnership commercial just a couple weeks before "Magna Carta Holy Grail)
WORLD
October 31, 2013 | By Vincent Bevins
SAO PAULO, Brazil - A little over a year ago, Brazilian playboy Eike Batista was reputed to be the seventh-richest man in the world and was in the habit of boasting loudly that he'd soon be No. 1. By this week, he had become one of the world's biggest paupers. On Wednesday, his flagship oil company, OGX, filed for bankruptcy. A personal fortune once valued at $30 billion had collapsed into a personal debt estimated at more than $800 million. Some Brazilians, long since soured on his cocky persona, responded with glee on social networks to the news that Batista's yacht, the Pink Fleet, would soon be sold for scrap.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 1986 | DON WALLER
At his worst, self-described "loony Limey leftist" Billy Bragg comes across as the sort of earnest young man who'll talk your leg off over a cup of cold coffee. At his best, which is to say during most of the singer-songwriter's hour-plus first show Sunday at the Roxy, Bragg divides his time and tunes between "thoughts of love and thoughts of Chairman Mao."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 1997 | HOWARD ROSENBERG, TIMES TELEVISION CRITIC
Thursday's talked-about, squealed-about, screamed-about live episode of "ER" (separate renderings for each coast) was another of television's phantom events, owing its life as a spectacle entirely to billowing hype generated by NBC. And much of the news media cooperated by wrapping their lips around the same tuba and blowing their guts out.
SPORTS
October 30, 2013 | Broderick Turner
Maybe the Clippers are believing the hype. Maybe the Clippers are believing they are an elite NBA team already. Maybe the Clippers are believing they are ready for prime time. Well, the Clippers now know they have a long ways to go, a 116-103 loss to the Lakers in their home game at Staples Center a telling sign for the Clippers. “When you're anointed before doing it, people are going to attack you,” Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said after the game Tuesday night. “And we're going to have to get used to that type of energy every night.
BUSINESS
October 30, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
Obamacare's critics are going to town on the cancellation letters millions of Americans are receiving from their health insurers, informing them that their health plans won't conform to the new federal standards for health coverage as of Jan. 1. We're supposed to be scandalized by this, since President Obama himself assured everyone that if they liked their insurance they'd be able to keep it. And people just love plans that in some cases cost...
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