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August 22, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
After its success with movies and products based on superheroes such as Iron Man and Thor, Marvel Entertainment has teamed with a Los Angeles start-up for a new traveling attraction based on the characters. Live entertainment company Hero Ventures is spending more than $30 million on "The Marvel Experience," which will travel to 20 to 24 cities in its first tour next year, Chief Executive Rick Licht said.  The project will use a dome the size of two football fields to house the attraction at each stop.
July 9, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
This year marks the 100th edition of the Tour de France and Google is commemorating the race with a new browser-based interactive guide. Your Tour , as the browser feature is called, takes users through the various stages of the 2,115-mile bicycling race by combining Street View imagery, Google Maps and more. The guide also includes interesting tidbits about each portion of the race. Different stages of the race unlock as the actual competition unfolds. For example, the Mont-Saint-Michel part of the Tour de France is currently locked until Wednesday, when the bicyclists are expected to race through there.
July 9, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
It seems reality TV fans haven't needed much of an incentive to dish about their favorite stars' antics on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.” That has helped drive growth for Zeebox, a maker of second-screen TV technology, which recently launched its TV Rooms feature for users to comment and post about their favorite shows and characters using their smartphones and tablets.   Now Zeebox is trying to...
July 5, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
More than 2,000 years ago, the Silk Road emerged as a network of flourishing trade routes between Asia and Europe, as well as parts of North and East Africa. Cultures crossfertilized. Civilizations prospered, others flamed out. Art recorded the complex new entanglements. For the next 4½ months, a modern Silk Road is passing through Southern California. This superhighway runs through the Orange County Museum of Art , where the 2013 California-Pacific Triennial is now on view.
June 29, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell
TEHRAN - Bolstering his centrist image, Iranian President-elect Hassan Rowhani on Saturday vowed "moderation" in foreign and domestic affairs in his first major nationally televised address since his surprising election victory this month. In an almost hourlong speech from the state broadcaster's headquarters, Rowhani used some variant of the word "moderate" at least 10 times, signaling his intention to repair Iran's fractured relations with the international community, while not compromising the Islamic Republic's independence.
June 27, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
Though it begins as a slick, tongue-in-cheek guide to successful dope dealing (think: a kind of latter day "Steal This Book"), the documentary "How to Make Money Selling Drugs" masterfully evolves into something far more vital, cogent and impressive. Writer-director-narrator Matthew Cooke looks inside the explosive, wildly lucrative drug trade and its various levels of operation and survival via such chapter headings as "Managing Your Drug Cartel" and "How to Beat an Arrest. " Backed by frank interviews with a rogue's gallery of former drug dealers and addicts (including, respectively, actor-rappers Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and Eminem)
June 12, 2013 | Paresh Dave
USC's newest structure, the Interactive Media Building, features all the design elements of modern offices housing tech start-ups -- and some added perks. The three-story, 60,250-square-foot facility, to be opened publicly Wednesday, has the adjustable furniture, the open ceilings and the emphasis on collaborative spaces. But it also mixes the next generation of media and gaming into the labs and other rooms. Throughout the building, part of the School of Cinematic Arts, students will find Microsoft Kinect motion sensors, Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets, pairs of 3-D glasses and touch-screen monitors for apps and games.
June 7, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Even when it was just an architectural glimmer in the eye of Walter and Leonore Annenberg, the desert estate where President Barack Obama will greet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday was never in danger of being confused with a mere vacation house. Designed by the prolific Los Angeles architect A. Quincy Jones and the decorator William Haines and finished in 1966, Sunnylands was inspired by Maya ruins even as it accommodated elements of Midcentury Modernism and the Annenbergs' own Asian antiquities and lacquered furniture.
May 5, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Can money buy you a World Series title in Major League Baseball? The Dodgers and New York Yankees certainly hope so, because if it does they'll be meeting in the 2013 World Series. You can check out the player salaries on both teams, as well as the player salaries for the other 28 teams, in a new Times interactive graphic . The new graphic allows you to see the payrolls and individual players salaries for all 30 teams. You can click two teams to compare the salaries by position and by players.
May 1, 2013 | McClatchy Newspapers
Guitarist and ethnomusicologist Bob Brozman, who progressed from an early fascination with the delta blues of the South to a consuming passion for the traditional music of Hawaii and became a leading authority on the National steel guitar, has died. He was 59. Brozman was found dead April 23 at his home in Santa Cruz. His death was ruled a suicide, according to the coroner's office of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department. Brozman emerged in Santa Cruz in the 1970s as a street musician, playing a decidedly uncontemporary American roots style of music ranging from obscure jazz tunes to Hawaiian chanties.
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