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December 12, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
With gangster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel (Ed Burns) in jail for murdering a mob informant, LAPD Det. Joe Teague (Jon Bernthal) and ex-wife Jasmine Fontaine (Alexa Davalos) find themselves in mortal danger on “Red Light” and “His Banana Majesty,” Episodes 3 and 4 of TNT's “Mob City.” Along with taking photos of Clover Club customers, Jasmine covertly snaps pictures of Bugsy gunning down stool pigeon Abe Greenberg (Michael Mallory). “We have to burn these,” a frightened Jasmine says of the incriminating photos.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
Whether she's trysting with her married lover or helping other people die, the title character of "Honey" is a fascinating and complex figure, and Jasmine Trinca inhabits the role with a detached intensity that's thoroughly compelling. The Italian film - the assured feature-directing debut by actress Valeria Golino, still best known to American audiences for "Rain Man" - achieves the rare feat of addressing euthanasia head-on without devolving into a dramatized treatise or a button-pushing issue movie.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
To save his sexy ex-wife Jasmine Fontaine (Alexa Davalos) from a hit man's bullet, LAPD Det. Joe Teague (Jon Bernthal) resorted to murder once again as TNT's “Mob City” concluded its rookie season with Episodes 5 and 6, “Oxpecker” and “Stay Down.” The series got off to a bloody start when Jasmine's boyfriend Hecky Nash (Simon Pegg) tried to blackmail gangster Bugsy Siegel (Ed Burns). Jasmine covertly snapped photos of Bugsy killing a mob informant, and Hecky demanded $50,000 for the negatives.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 2014 | By Susan King
"12 Years a Slave," "Blue Jasmine" and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" won at the 16th Costume Designer Guild Awards on Saturday evening in Beverly Hills. Patricia Norris won in the period film category for "12 Years a Slave. " Earlier in the evening, Steve McQueen's indictment of slavery in the U.S. earned the top film prize at the NAACP Image Awards. Suzy Benzinger took home the prize for contemporary film for "Blue Jasmine," and Trish Summerville earned the trophy for excellence in fantasy film for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2001 | TINA BORGATTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Jasmine, a 10 1/2-week-old bull terrier, fell down an 8-inch drainage pipe in Rancho Santa Margarita on Saturday evening, she sparked a 19-hour rescue effort that brought together a community. By Sunday morning, 70 neighbors, plumbers, firefighters, policemen--even the mayor--were gathered on the baseball diamond of Vista Verde Park, trying to lure the white-as-snow puppy from a network of pipes that drain into the ocean.
REAL ESTATE
May 20, 1990 | JOEL RAPP, Rapp is a Los Angeles free-lance writer and the gardening editor of Redbook magazine. As "Mr. Mother Earth," he has written several plant-care books.
To most gardeners, topiary is the art of shaping plants into figures of animals or geometric forms by trimming and pruning them, or by making wire frames and planting them. During the Renaissance, the art of trimming and pruning flourished in the gardens of France and Italy, and today we're all familiar with the wire-frame topiary creations at Disneyland and Disney World. But you needn't own a villa or a theme park to have a green menagerie. And you don't even have to have a back yard.
MAGAZINE
September 3, 2000 | ANDREW BENDER
The new Hydrant Cafe on Venice's Abbot Kinney Boulevard offers mint-flavored tennis balls, books on doghouse architecture and wrought-iron booths with water bowl and leash hookups. But even upscale pooches have accidents. In the outdoor cafe area, the Hydrant's owners planted star jasmine to help mask the embarrassing aftereffects that might occur if master is too sidetracked by the cafe's people food to take Fido on that needed walk.
OPINION
August 21, 2007
Re "After death of Baby Jasmine, skid row workers again ask why," Aug. 18 I understand that the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services must be held accountable for its failure to safeguard the lives of children. I don't understand, however, why we only provided two choices: the mother or the county. If a mother is impoverished and further ill-equipped to care for her baby, why can't we provide immediate support with health services, food, training and counseling?
HOME & GARDEN
January 23, 1999 | JULIE BAWDEN DAVIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Garden long enough, and you may tire of common flowers and gravitate toward the unique and unusual. Although local nurseries carry offbeat flower plants at times, they don't have the space or staff to consistently stock a wide variety. Open up one of the many mail-order garden catalogs, however, and you'll discover a whole new world of plants with captivating blossoms. There are flowers in just about every color and shape--and many you never dreamed existed.
REAL ESTATE
August 18, 1991 | Mary Ellen Guffey
Q: I just removed a lot of ivy that had grown picturesquely up one wall of our stucco house, and I am horrified at the damage done by the roots that grew into the stucco. After I refinish that wall, what kind of flowering vine would you suggest to soften the house but without such devastating effects? A: Any vine that clasps a surface with suction cups or aerial rootlets will damage stucco or wood. Instead of ivy, try star jasmine, thunbergia (black-eyed Susan vine), pink jasmine (J.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2014 | By Lisa Rosen
Great films rarely wrap up neatly. The audience is left to ponder what happens next. We at The Envelope couldn't help but wonder if the actors do such pondering as well. They spend so much time figuring out their characters' back stories, how much thought do they give to the after-story? We put the question to a number of actors in some of the season's most compelling films. Warning: Many, many (oh, so many) spoilers lie ahead. Sally Hawkins: Ginger "Blue Jasmine" Story: Jasmine (Cate Blanchett)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 2014
Captain Phillips Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $40.99 Available on VOD beginning Jan. 21 The true story of the hijacking of the freighter Maersk Alabama becomes a refreshingly original action movie in "Captain Phillips," a Paul Greengrass-directed, Billy Ray-scripted, Tom Hanks-starring docudrama that plays up the complexities of the conflict with a you-are-there intensity. As Richard Phillips, Hanks is officious and even a little prickly, which exacerbates the situation when he's being held at gunpoint by a young, wiry pirate (Barkhad Abdi)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | Betsy Sharkey
Sometimes a movie lands too early, so that it's mostly forgotten by the time the awards season rolls around. Woody Allen's films have a way of outlasting most and "Blue Jasmine," a dark satire released in August, is following that trend. It hangs on the incredibly precarious emotions of one very blue Jasmine played to searing effect by Cate Blanchett. In a very tough year with an abundance of strong roles for women Blanchett on Sunday picked up a Golden Globe for her efforts and earlier Thursday made the Oscar cut with a lead actress nomination (along with Amy Adams in "American Hustle," Sandra Bullock in "Gravity," Judi Dench in "Philomena" and Meryle Streep in "August: Osage County")
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Cate Blanchett took a gander at her recent acquisition - a lead actress Golden Globe for her role in “Blue Jasmine” - while pondering how she'll celebrate her win. “I guess I better put my name on this before they take it away from me,” the 44-year-old actress said. In the film, Blanchett stars as a woman whose excessive lifestyle falls by the wayside after her Wall Street husband is caught in a scam, and she says the role came along at just the right time. Golden Globes 2014: Full coverage | Show highlights | Quotes from the stars | Top winners/nominees “Sometimes a role just hits you at a time you're open and ready for it,” she said backstage.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
How do you give a lifetime achievement award to a director still very much in motion, to an artist who refuses to settle down, to someone who actively does not want one? Woody Allen is in the midst of a run of box-office successes and critical acclaim. His current film, "Blue Jasmine," has firmly implanted itself into this year's awards-season conversation. Having turned 78 years old last month, Allen seems as busy as ever. Which is only part of the reason Allen will not be accepting his Cecil B. DeMille Award in person at the Golden Globes this weekend.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2014 | By Hugh Hart
American moviegoers love a good con man. Burt Lancaster won an Academy Award for playing one in 1960's "Elmer Gantry. " Michael Douglas took home an Oscar in 1988 as master "Wall Street" manipulator Gordon Gekko. And Robert Redford got nominated for his role as a Depression-era flimflam man in 1973's "The Sting," which won best picture. Now, five years after the century's biggest financial collapse, movies by Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen and David O. Russell present a fresh crop of charismatic charlatans from the business world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1994 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A pine-paneled country church overflowed Saturday with mourners for 20-year-old Jasmin Marie Cook, whose family said they harbored no animosity for the young neighbor accused of running her down in his pickup truck. "My daughter is dead," Tyra Cook said following the memorial service, tears streaming down her face. "If I don't have any anger, why should anybody else?"
NEWS
August 1, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Hermes, Chanel, Missoni, Louis Vuitton. The number of recognizable designer clothes and accessories in Woody Allen's new film "Blue Jasmine" is astounding. And appropriate, considering the story is about a Ruth Madoff-type, fallen socialite named Jasmine (Cate Blanchett), who struggles to reinvent herself after losing all her money. Throughout the film, Jasmine breathlessly drops designer and brand names, decorating details and high-end addresses. The bags on the luggage carousel that belong to her are Louis Vuitton.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
To save his sexy ex-wife Jasmine Fontaine (Alexa Davalos) from a hit man's bullet, LAPD Det. Joe Teague (Jon Bernthal) resorted to murder once again as TNT's “Mob City” concluded its rookie season with Episodes 5 and 6, “Oxpecker” and “Stay Down.” The series got off to a bloody start when Jasmine's boyfriend Hecky Nash (Simon Pegg) tried to blackmail gangster Bugsy Siegel (Ed Burns). Jasmine covertly snapped photos of Bugsy killing a mob informant, and Hecky demanded $50,000 for the negatives.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
With gangster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel (Ed Burns) in jail for murdering a mob informant, LAPD Det. Joe Teague (Jon Bernthal) and ex-wife Jasmine Fontaine (Alexa Davalos) find themselves in mortal danger on “Red Light” and “His Banana Majesty,” Episodes 3 and 4 of TNT's “Mob City.” Along with taking photos of Clover Club customers, Jasmine covertly snaps pictures of Bugsy gunning down stool pigeon Abe Greenberg (Michael Mallory). “We have to burn these,” a frightened Jasmine says of the incriminating photos.
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