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January 10, 2014 | By Thomas Curwen
Tony Brake had seen tunnel fires before, and given the tower of black smoke and what he could see of the flames, he feared this one was going to be bad. On a Saturday morning in July, a tanker truck carrying 8,700 gallons of gasoline flipped over, and the two-lane underpass connecting the northbound Glendale Freeway with the northbound 5 Freeway turned into a blast furnace. If the tunnel - which supports the 5 Freeway - were to fail, the freeway would collapse. Traffic would be snarled for months, and for a region just emerging from a recession, the economic impact could be severe.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Happy publication day to Dan Brown, whose latest Robert Langdon thriller, " Inferno ," officially hits shelves Tuesday. Online, it's already declared its dominance: It's Amazon's No. 1 bestselling book -- thanks to preorders, it has been in the website's top 100 books for 119 days. Brown, of course, is the author of "The Da Vinci Code. " That novel's breathtaking pace, dynamic mystery and the protagonist, renowned symbologist Robert Langdon, surged to the top of bestseller lists when it was published in 2003.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Sony Pictures is skipping over ”The Lost Symbol” and heading into an “Inferno,” announcing Tuesday that the 2013 Dan Brown novel will be its next Robert Langdon movie. The studio has hired writer David Koepp, who penned the 2009 hit “Angels & Demons” based on Brown's novel of the same name, and aims to release the movie in December 2015. Tom Hanks is attached to return in the Langdon role; no director has been announced. Released in May, the “Inferno” novel centers on Langdon and his partner Sienna, who are off on an adventure in Florence, Italy, sparked by a clue on a modified rendition of Botticelli's “Map of Hell.” The book, the fourth in the Langdon series, quickly became a bestseller upon its release.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 2012 | By Charlotte Stoudt
The House of Atreus looks good on leather. Leather couches that is -- part of the seating at T1, the Bergamot Station Arts Center and new home of City Garage. The company's inaugural production, the skin-flashing, free-associative “Orestes 3.0: Inferno” suits this funky black box space. Playwright Charles L. Mee has made a career out of tweaking the Greeks, and this world premiere is a mash-up of two of his plays. Director Frédérique Michel's visually striking result plays something like sampling: dynamic, but diffuse.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Some years ago, I was on a book reviewing panel when someone in the audience asked what we, the panelists, thought of "The Bridges of Madison County," which was then a fixture on bestseller lists. We hemmed and hawed, tried to talk around the question, until our moderator acknowledged that, most likely, none of us had read the book. This led to a discussion of the difference between critics and readers. How, if the book was selling so widely, could we not have read it? What did that say about us?
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2001 | F. Kathleen Foley
Bill Robens and Steve Marca, co-adapters and co-directors of "The Towering Inferno--The Musical" at Theatre of NOTE, took on a tall order--every pun intended--when they decided to roast Irwin Allen's 1974 disaster movie "The Towering Inferno." Robens and Marca certainly get points for moxie, as does their huge and ready cast, but the play only infrequently reaches the heights of inspired lunacy required for successful parody.
NEWS
June 26, 1987 | United Press International
A light twin-engine cargo plane took a wrong turn, hit a house and exploded in a fireball early today, killing the pilot and touching off an inferno that burned three homes and seriously injured three people. The Piper Seneca hit the top of at least one three-story home in the city's Dorchester section at 1:12 a.m. before it crashed in the middle of Lonsdale Street, said Fire Capt. Matthew Corbett.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 1991
This rap doggerel should be banished to the inner vortex of the inferno, next to the disco. EDWARD T. PURCELL Santa Monica
OPINION
September 6, 2009 | Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Editorial cartoonists are a smoldering lot, hot under the collar most days, consumed with a burning desire to scorch something, or at least spark a little controversy. Matt Davies' rescue crew was little help to the towering healthcare inferno. I targeted the creepy camo-ammo town hall crowd. (When free speech and guns form a combustible mix, call me a flaming liberal.) And Mark Streeter's tinder-dry wit hit Angelenos close to home. That's what I'd call playing with fire. -- Joel Pett Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for the Lexington Herald-Leader.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Judgment Day comes to Hollywood with a vengeance in "This Is the End. " Jonah Hill is in bed with the devil - in James Franco's mansion. An inferno rages in the front yard, and movie star egos are filleted for fun. When the apocalyptic comedy gets deadly serious about roasting the ethos of celebrity, its satire grows white-hot. As the devil's brigade sets the Hollywood Hills ablaze, "This Is the End" considers many burning questions. Does movie-star cred automatically put one on the A-list of the blessed?
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Some years ago, I was on a book reviewing panel when someone in the audience asked what we, the panelists, thought of "The Bridges of Madison County," which was then a fixture on bestseller lists. We hemmed and hawed, tried to talk around the question, until our moderator acknowledged that, most likely, none of us had read the book. This led to a discussion of the difference between critics and readers. How, if the book was selling so widely, could we not have read it? What did that say about us?
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Happy publication day to Dan Brown, whose latest Robert Langdon thriller, " Inferno ," officially hits shelves Tuesday. Online, it's already declared its dominance: It's Amazon's No. 1 bestselling book -- thanks to preorders, it has been in the website's top 100 books for 119 days. Brown, of course, is the author of "The Da Vinci Code. " That novel's breathtaking pace, dynamic mystery and the protagonist, renowned symbologist Robert Langdon, surged to the top of bestseller lists when it was published in 2003.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Dan Brown's new thriller "Inferno," starrring his tweedy hero Robert Langdon from "The Da Vinci Code," will be published May 14 in hardcover and as an e-book by Doubleday, the publisher announced Tuesday. In case you've forgotten "The Da Vinci Code" phenomenon, it spent more than a year -- 54 weeks -- topping the New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list after it was released in 2003. It has been translated into 51 languages and is considered the bestselling adult hardcover of all time with 81 million copies in print worldwide.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2012
Irwin Allen's universe The producer-director was behind these famous disaster flicks and TV series: " Lost in Space" Allen created this 1965-68 CBS series about a stranded space colony family. "The Towering Inferno" This 1974 thriller with Paul Newman and Steve McQueen was a best picture Oscar nominee. "The Swarm" Allen directed this 1978 action-packed monster flick about African bees on the attack.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 2012 | By Charlotte Stoudt
The House of Atreus looks good on leather. Leather couches that is -- part of the seating at T1, the Bergamot Station Arts Center and new home of City Garage. The company's inaugural production, the skin-flashing, free-associative “Orestes 3.0: Inferno” suits this funky black box space. Playwright Charles L. Mee has made a career out of tweaking the Greeks, and this world premiere is a mash-up of two of his plays. Director Frédérique Michel's visually striking result plays something like sampling: dynamic, but diffuse.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Alicia Keys is offering fans plenty of options with her latest single, “Girl on Fire,” by simultaneously releasing three versions of the song. Her "choose your favorite version" approach for the single -- the title track to her forthcoming album, due out Nov. 27 -- comes in the form of the original and a two-part suite: an “Inferno” remix featuring Nicki Minaj and a stripped-down “Blue Light” version. Keys' strength has largely been her ballads, especially the sweeping, dramatic numbers where she gives her powerful vocals the space to run amok over anthemic hooks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1988
I could not help noting with dismay two adjoining front-page stories (May 6) on the bank inferno. Staff writer Laurie Becklund wrote an excellent account of two bank employees trapped by death-dealing smoke on the 37th floor. Theirs was a gripping story of humans using ingenuity to survive--against 62-story odds. Staffer Douglas Frantz, meanwhile, drew a rather distasteful assignment. His well-written story quoted bank executives as they chortled over "the best $1.5 million we ever spent"--on a disaster plan designed to keep precious computer records, securities and cash from going up in smoke.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Alicia Keys is offering fans plenty of options with her latest single, “Girl on Fire,” by simultaneously releasing three versions of the song. Her "choose your favorite version" approach for the single -- the title track to her forthcoming album, due out Nov. 27 -- comes in the form of the original and a two-part suite: an “Inferno” remix featuring Nicki Minaj and a stripped-down “Blue Light” version. Keys' strength has largely been her ballads, especially the sweeping, dramatic numbers where she gives her powerful vocals the space to run amok over anthemic hooks.
NEWS
August 1, 2012 | by Carolyn Kellogg
Following in the steps of E.L. James' runaway bestseller "50 Shades of Grey," the sexy book series "Gabriel's Inferno" has been picked up by a major publisher. Penguin's Berkely imprint paid seven figures for "Gabriel's Inferno" and "Gabriel's Rapture," written by Sylvain Reynard. There are many, many authors who hope their books will be compared to "50 Shades of Grey," a self-publishing phenomenon that has found surprising mainstream success. Reynard's books deserve the comparison for one reason in particular: They, like "50 Shades," began as "Twilight" fan fiction.
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