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October 30, 2010 | By Michael Ordoña, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Ah, that old saw. Cinema's premier torture-porn franchise at long last comes to a grisly end with "Saw 3D," its seventh and possibly most meritless entry. And that's saying something. There's no point in recapping the fake-outs and dunderheaded gotchas that make up the series' mythology except to explain that inspirational murderer Jigsaw's top student, Lt. Hoffman ( Costas Mandylor), and foxy widow, Jill ( Betsy Russell), had a spat at the end of "Saw VI. " The new film simultaneously follows Hoffman's quest to break Jill's crown and some hapless jerk's bumpy ride through yet another thicket of yawn-inducingly elaborate traps.
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March 17, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Content Media Corp. has struck a deal with Seven Stars Entertainment & Media, the Beijing company founded by Chinese mogul Bruno Wu.  Content Media, a London and Los Angeles distributor of film and television assets, will buy the Alive Group from Seven Stars, giving Content reach into the fast-growing Chinese entertainment market.  As part of the deal, Seven Stars is buying a minority stake in Content and Wu is joining the company's board...
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NEWS
January 26, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
Loretta Hoffman was not expecting company with a blizzard howling around her farm, but she and her family spotted a line of stranded motorists on a highway near their home and wound up with a house full of 63 overnight guests. "We are still having a good time," she said Monday morning. "You can do a lot when you have to. We are just thankful we were able to help. It was pretty bad out there." Their new friends included a missionary from Japan and a couple from England.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2011 | By Jim Ruland, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Often started, seldom finished. That's the knock on James Joyce's "Ulysses. " Everyone knows Buck Mulligan is "stately" and "plump," but by the time Stephen Dedalus' allusive stream of consciousness gives way to Leopold Bloom's humanist point of view in the fourth chapter, many readers have given up. Too long. Too wordy. Too confusing. However, for those who have tried to read "Ulysses" but were unable to finish (or thought about it and said they did), two new books offer something of a corrective.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 1996 | MIKE BOEHM
Move over, Knott's and Disneyland; the Orange County grass-roots alternative-rock scene is on its way to developing its own kiddie draw, the Theme Park of the Silly Costume Bands. First came Supernova, whose dopey, space-suited punk-pop spreads true catchy charm and hits with a respectable crunch. Now we have the Aquabats, playing skittery ska music, dressing in outfits that look like something out of a Buck Rogers serial and debuting with a sunny little CD that's as disposable as gum wrappers.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Content Media Corp. has struck a deal with Seven Stars Entertainment & Media, the Beijing company founded by Chinese mogul Bruno Wu.  Content Media, a London and Los Angeles distributor of film and television assets, will buy the Alive Group from Seven Stars, giving Content reach into the fast-growing Chinese entertainment market.  As part of the deal, Seven Stars is buying a minority stake in Content and Wu is joining the company's board...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 1985 | CRAIG LEE
"Spot the Difference," the new album by one of L.A.'s most eccentric combos, TUPELO CHAIN SEX (on Selma Records), combines revolutionary politics with revolutionary sounds. Chain Sex has a mix-and-match cross-cultural approach, at times bordering on anarchy as it combines elements of psycho-billy, reggae dub, jump-swing jazz and salsa. What's surprising is how cohesively this group pieces its jagged musical jigsaw pieces together: It's weird, but it works.
OPINION
March 10, 1985
The Senate Budget Committee seemed to put on an impressive show this past week, whipping through vast portions of the 1986 budget with a flurry of roll-call votes. Combinations of Republicans and Democrats whacked $19 billion from military spending and refused to submit to President Reagan's demands for domestic cuts and program eliminations.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2008
"The Case of the Secret Valentine" James Preller Jigsaw Jones is at it again. Jigsaw has a secret admirer. It's up to him to find out who it is. Will he find out before Valentine's Day? Or will he no longer be the best detective in the second grade? Read this book and find out. Reviewed by Danielle, 9 Barnhart School Arcadia -- "Holes" Louis Sachar A boy, Stanley, is convicted of a crime and sent to a juvenile correctional facility.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2006 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Two names kept coming to mind Friday night during Madeleine Peyroux's concert at UCLA's Royce Hall. And no, the first one wasn't Billie Holiday. It was Norah Jones, because it's hard to imagine Peyroux achieving the breakout success she's had over the last two years had Jones not blazed a path before her.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2010 | By Michael Ordoña, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Ah, that old saw. Cinema's premier torture-porn franchise at long last comes to a grisly end with "Saw 3D," its seventh and possibly most meritless entry. And that's saying something. There's no point in recapping the fake-outs and dunderheaded gotchas that make up the series' mythology except to explain that inspirational murderer Jigsaw's top student, Lt. Hoffman ( Costas Mandylor), and foxy widow, Jill ( Betsy Russell), had a spat at the end of "Saw VI. " The new film simultaneously follows Hoffman's quest to break Jill's crown and some hapless jerk's bumpy ride through yet another thicket of yawn-inducingly elaborate traps.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2009 | By Ari B. Bloomekatz
One of the skulls was marked by a large circular hole in the forehead, which authorities suspect was a bullet wound. The other, found roughly 25 to 50 yards away in a remote section of the Angeles National Forest, showed signs of severe trauma. On Monday, a forensic anthropologist and other investigators examined the skulls and other human bones found in the area last week. The bones are like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that authorities hope will lead them to the identities of the victims and eventually to who or what killed them.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2009 | Richard Eder
The Pattern in the Carpet A Personal History With Jigsaws Margaret Drabble Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 368 pp., $25 "These fragments I have shored against my ruins," T.S. Eliot wrote in "The Waste Land." In "The Pattern in the Carpet," Margaret Drabble uses the jigsaw puzzle, its history and its pieces, as her own fragments assembled against the ruins of depression. Ostensibly set out as a history of jigsaws and her experience with them, Drabble's mini-project wavers between the meticulously detailed and the desultory, broken up by all manner of feverish digressions.
OPINION
May 15, 2008
A line separates innovative thinking and all-too-clever gimmickry, but that line is often difficult to see, especially when an idea nuzzles as close to it as does Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's revised budget plan. The governor has either developed an ingenious way to make some quick cash and bail the state out of an enormous and potentially destructive budget shortfall, or he is frantically moving around the shells in the same game that got California into this mess in the first place.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2008
"The Case of the Secret Valentine" James Preller Jigsaw Jones is at it again. Jigsaw has a secret admirer. It's up to him to find out who it is. Will he find out before Valentine's Day? Or will he no longer be the best detective in the second grade? Read this book and find out. Reviewed by Danielle, 9 Barnhart School Arcadia -- "Holes" Louis Sachar A boy, Stanley, is convicted of a crime and sent to a juvenile correctional facility.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2006 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Two names kept coming to mind Friday night during Madeleine Peyroux's concert at UCLA's Royce Hall. And no, the first one wasn't Billie Holiday. It was Norah Jones, because it's hard to imagine Peyroux achieving the breakout success she's had over the last two years had Jones not blazed a path before her.
BUSINESS
June 14, 1994 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Geffen Records said Monday that it will release the "Vid Grid" CD-ROM game in which players piece together parts of music videos like a jigsaw puzzle. The West Hollywood-based label, a unit of Japan's Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., said the game, which it developed with Jasmine Multimedia Publishing Inc. of Van Nuys, will be available in September.
NEWS
December 11, 1986 | MARTIN NESIRKY, Reuters
Cross the road in this odd little town and the chances are you have passed from the Netherlands to Belgium, or perhaps the other way around. Baarle-Nassau-Hertog, in the southern Dutch province of North Brabant near the border with Belgium, is a bewildering patchwork of intermingling Dutch and Belgian territories. "We're the world's biggest jigsaw puzzle," joked Yvo Kortmann, mayor of eight Dutch areas that collectively form Baarle Nassau. His Belgian colleague, Dr.
NEWS
May 30, 2000 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Gov. Gray Davis and the Legislature should take a breather from ordering up sweeping education reforms and give school administrators a chance to make the existing jumble of mandates work, according to a new assessment released today by a think tank based at UC Berkeley and Stanford. Sacramento's school reform packages resemble "pieces of a jigsaw puzzle just dumped from the box" rather than a cohesive, workable strategy, the researchers said.
BUSINESS
February 28, 2000 | ASHLEY DUNN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From the outside, CMGI Inc. looks like a scattered jigsaw puzzle of a company--one that defies easy description because there are just too many pieces to fit together. Within its fold are more than 60 companies--from Web portal AltaVista to free Internet access provider 1stUp.com--leading some people to describe CMGI as a venture capital firm, a holding company, an incubator, or, using the latest fad word, a keiretsu, Japanese for a group of interlocking companies.
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