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February 13, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic, This post has been updated. See note below.
There's a story former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry "Hank" Paulson tells in Joe Berlinger's unsettling new documentary, "Hank: 5 Years From the Brink," about "Goodnight Moon. " His wife, Wendy, suggested that instead of the insistent monotone we grew accustomed to in 2008 as he explained the trillion-dollar Wall Street bailout to Congress, he should read the bedtime story to his children with more emotion in his voice. When he did, they burst into tears - demanding that he read like Daddy.
February 13, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
Look who's helping Seth Meyers make his debut on "Late Night" -- the runner-up to the commander-in-chief, Joe Biden. Biden announced that he would appear with the new host of the NBC talk show via Twitter: "Must-see TV. " The vice president, who has had his share of bloopers over the course of his career, adds a lively political touch to the debut, which will also feature Meyers' former "Saturday Night Live" castmate Amy Poehler. Perhaps Poehler will appear in Hillary Clinton guise.
February 11, 2014 | Wire Reports
The Cleveland Browns fired their coach after one season. Now they're sweeping out their front office. Owner Jimmy Haslam announced Tuesday that Chief Executive Joe Banner will step down in the next two months and General Manager Michael Lombardi is leaving the team. “Mike and Joe have left us in good position in terms of free agency and cap space as well as this year's draft, where we have 10 overall picks and three of the first 35,” Haslam said at a news conference. Haslam also said assistant GM Ray Farmer, who was pursued by Miami to be the Dolphins' GM this winter, has been promoted and will immediately take over the team's football operations and lead the Browns during free agency and the draft.
February 3, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Brett Favre appeared on Fox's Super Bowl pregame show via satellite -- from the future! Well, actually, it was just from his home in Mississippi during the present time, but it definitely seemed like something that was being beamed to us from maybe 2030 or so. That's because of his beard -- that gloriously bushy and gray beard that made the future Hall of Famer appear to be years beyond his relatively young age of 44. I'm not ragging on...
February 2, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
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January 21, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
PARK CITY, Utah - Directed by a filmmaker who had no interest in making a feature and adapted from a memoir by a writer who never thought of her book as movie material, "Low Down" has the feeling of a film that was meant to be. Entered in Sundance's dramatic competition, "Low Down" is based on Amy-Jo Albany's beautifully written memoir of growing up with her father, legendary jazz pianist Joe Albany, a heroin addict living in the on-the-skids Hollywood...
January 13, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Joe Morgan never retired from baseball. He just stopped playing in games. He is 70, going on 45. What we remember - the left-handed batter swatting hits as easily as we swat flies - remains the essence of who he is and what he will always be. He played in the majors from 1963 through 1984. Then he went immediately into a broadcasting career that bounced from his beloved Cincinnati Reds to stints with the San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, ABC and, most prominently, ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball.
January 9, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
Breaking up is hard to do - especially in the U.S., where the family courts can exacerbate the emotional ordeal by throwing highway robbery and gross miscarriage of justice into the bargain. That's the argument driving "Divorce Corp.," an advocacy documentary that presents its case with less thoroughness than clarity. If first-timer Joe Sorge's filmmaking has a boilerplate feel and an unfortunate reliance on reenactments, beneath the infomercial surface is a cry for reform fueled by keen observations about contemporary American capitalism.
December 27, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
If Justin Bieber is retiring, as he tweeted rather dubiously on Christmas Eve, does that make "Justin Bieber's Believe" his version of "The Last Waltz"? The teen-pop superstar (and his handlers) probably wouldn't reject the idea. A brisk 90 minutes of arena-concert footage intercut with slow-pitch interviews and behind-the-scenes fluff, "Believe" works to present Bieber as a respectable musician, no less serious or dedicated than those other Canadians in Martin Scorsese's late-'70s documentary about the Band.
December 27, 2013 | By James S. Fell
Your favorite guitar player wishes he could play like Joe Satriani. Those righteous riffs you hear when Metallica is on the radio? Satriani taught that band's Kirk Hammett and many other metal greats, including Steve Vai and Larry LaLonde, to play. I sat down with 57-year-old Satriani the night before he played his Unstoppable Momentum show to discuss the perils of snowboarding for a guitar player. Were you one of those fit kids, or did activity come later? I grew up on Long Island, so it was baseball and football.
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