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October 31, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez and Mike DiGiovanna
A dozen Dodgers became free agents Thursday, including second baseman Mark Ellis, whose $5.75-million option for 2014 was declined by the team. Ellis, 36, was a finalist for the Gold Glove but became expendable when the Dodgers signed Cuban import Alexander Guerrero this month to a four-year, $28-million contract. Ellis could still return to the Dodgers if he is willing to accept a reduced role, as the Dodgers would like to re-sign him in case Guerrero isn't ready to play in the major leagues on opening day. Guerrero, 26, will be playing in the United States for the first time.
October 28, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
A tour bus carrying country singer Jason Aldean and company hit and killed a pedestrian in the wee hours Monday in Indiana. The 36-year-old "Night Train" singer has since gone online to confirm the accident and express his condolences. Albert Kennedy of Vincennes, Ind., "walked out into the middle of the roadway" around 1:30 a.m. and was struck by the bus, ABC News reported . He was confirmed dead at the scene.  A sheriff who talked to TMZ said Kennedy was often seen walking around town but had no explanation for why he went into traffic.
October 28, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Olivia Wilde and fiance Jason Sudeikis are having a baby! Reps for the "Her" star and the "Saturday Night Live" alum confirmed to People on Sunday that they're expecting their first child together.  After the baby news broke, Wilde took to Twitter to thank her fans and solicit some advice. "WOW. You guys are awesome. So kind. Thank you thank you thank you!" she  wrote , adding, "PS. Babies eat mostly salsa right?" It is unclear how far along she is or when the baby is due.  "They are incredibly happy," a source told the mag. "They're very excited to welcome a new member into their family.
October 26, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
CONCHO, Okla. - Darren Black Bear and Jason Pickel hadn't even planned to send invitations to their upcoming wedding. They're small-town people, they said, and planned an intimate, no-frills celebration of their love. "I intended to tell people, 'Hey, we're getting married. Come on down and have dinner,'" Pickel said, laughing. Then, during an interview in his Oklahoma City apartment, his cellphone vibrated: yet another media request. And then came another. Since word about their upcoming nuptials spread, Pickel and Black Bear have been thrust into the spotlight over one of the most hot-button issues in this state.
October 24, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Prince George's christening portraits have arrived! OK, now we can officially gush about how cute Prince George is ... Prince William and his wife, Catherine, the former Kate Middleton, baptized their 3-month-old baby Wednesday and have unveiled four highly anticipated official family portraits that were shot by celebrity photographer Jason Bell after the 35-minute ceremony. The tiny prince, who will eventually be named the head of the Church of England when he is crowned, was christened during a small private ceremony at the Chapel Royal in London's St. James's Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury , Justin Welby.
October 23, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
The quarterback carousel continues to spin in Cleveland, where the Browns said Jason Campbell will start Sunday's game at Kansas City. Browns Coach Rob Chudzinski announced the move Wednesday in a morning meeting with reporters. “He's been productive, given us leadership, gives us the best chance to win,” the coach said. Cleveland is 0-4 with Weeden as a starter this season, most recently losing to Green Bay on Sunday, 31-13. Weeden was replaced by third-stringer Brian Hoyer, who gave the team an unexpected lift until suffering a season-ending knee injury.
October 22, 2013 | Dan Zevin, Dan Zevin is the author, most recently, of "Dan Gets a Minivan: Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad," which won the 2013 Thurber Prize for American Humor
After 14 years, a new installment of Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones series is out this month, with a surprise twist: Some copies mistakenly included passages from another book released the same day -- a memoir by 73-year-old British actor Sir David Jason. Vintage chalked it up to a printing error. But in today's author-eat-author jungle, it's tempting to imagine a juicier scenario. What if it wasn't an error at all? Monday Number of my books pre-ordered on Amazon: 0; interview requests from Kathie Lee and Hoda: 0; projected royalties: $0, remaining Xanax: 0 Bollocks.
October 17, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Let the Fire Burn" is a brooding, disturbing documentary about an inferno that becomes an enigma. It earns its considerable impact by telling an unnerving story and leaving it, in ways both daring and effective, fundamentally unresolved. The events detailed here are some of the most unsettling in modern American urban history. On May 13, 1985, the Philadelphia police, stymied in a standoff that stemmed from a bitter conflict with a radical group called MOVE that had sputtered on and off for more than a decade, dropped an incendiary device on the row house that was the group's headquarters.
October 17, 2013 | By Martin Tsai
A junkie hipster spin on the unreliable-narrator conceit, "Toad Road" is based on an urban legend about a trail dubbed the Seven Gates of Hell behind a former mental institution in York, Pa. Think of it as the CliffsNotes version of Dante Alighieri's "Inferno. " The film starts out with sort of a Harmony Korine homage, in which unsupervised slouches drop acid, forage for magic mushrooms, wrestle each other to the ground and perform stupid human tricks that are unfit for print. RELATED: More movie reviews by The Times When the up-to-no-good James (James Davidson)
October 15, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
"Girls" creator Lena Dunham, horror producer Jason Blum and YouTube sensation Casey Niestat will deliver keynote addresses at the 2014 South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival, SXSW announced Tuesday. Next year will be the first that the Austin, Texas, film festival is programming keynote addresses, modeled on those at its sister festival, SXSW Interactive. Each of the keynote speakers fits into one of the distinctive niches at SXSW, which is known for its horror films, comedies and low-budget offerings.
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