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August 31, 2008 | Geoff Boucher; Chris Lee; Mark Olsen; Rachel Abramowitz; Scott Timberg; Patrick Day; Kenneth Turan
The 25 best L.A. films of the last 25 years "Los ANGELES isn't a real city," people have said, "it just plays one on camera." It was a clever line once upon a time, but all that has changed. Los Angeles is the most complicated community in America -- make no mistake, it is a community -- and over the last 25 years, it has been both celebrated and savaged on the big screen with amazing efficacy. Damaged souls and flawless weather, canyon love and beach city menace, homeboys and credit card girls, freeways and fedoras, power lines and palm trees . . . again and again, moviegoers all over the world have sat in the dark and stared up at our Los Angeles, even if it was one populated by corrupt cops or a jabbering cartoon rabbit.
May 12, 2011
Anyone who savors Dax Shepard's warmly engaging turn as family screw-up Crosby Braverman on TV's fine "Parenthood" is bound to be far less enchanted by the Shepard who wrote, co-directed and stars in the patchy mockumentary "Brother's Justice. " Sure, this frequently improvised spoof isn't intended to be taken seriously, but it's also not funny or incisive enough to counter the unappealing persona the actor-comedian has concocted here: an impulsive, clueless narcissist on a journey to reinvent himself as an action star.
June 19, 2011 | By Ellen Olivier
As emcee of the 10th annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball on June 11, Tom Arnold reminded the event's guests of the importance of the organization that helps the homeless achieve self-sufficiency. Having had his own problems with drugs and alcohol, Arnold said, "I could very easily be on the other side of this fence instead of having the honor of hosting this. " The ball, held at the Mandeville Canyon estate of Hayward Kaiser and Susan Harris, raised more than $1 million for Chrysalis, thanks to an outpouring of support from an 800-strong, star-studded crowd that included Jon Favreau, LL Cool J, Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Garner, Amanda Anka and Jason Bateman, Rosetta and Balthazar Getty, Odette and Dave Annable, Brad Goreski, Molly Sims, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Abigail Spencer, Soleil Moon Frye, comedian Whitney Cummings, Ashley Greene of "Twilight," Matt Lanter of "90210," Ryan Phillippe of "The Lincoln Lawyer," Chris Kattan of "Saturday Night Live" and Eric Dane of "Grey's Anatomy.
August 13, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
Tammi Gower, who with her husband Tony founded and owned the trend-setting nightclub the Derby in Los Feliz, has died at the age of 51. Gower, a native of Los Angeles, died Saturday of cancer. The former Tamar Ellen Chait was organizing concert tours and long divorced from Tony Gower, a nightclub manager in Spain, when she asked him to rejoin her in Los Angeles in 1989 to examine a historic building she had discovered.
January 17, 2010 | By Geoff Boucher
CAST: Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Mickey Rourke. Directed by Jon Favreau. BACK STORY: Yes, with the addition of Johansson and Rourke to the cast, there will be a lot of "beauty and the beast" headlines as the release nears. The high-flying franchise from Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures picks up right where the 2008 hit film left off: with billionaire Tony Stark (Downey) revealing his secret identity to the world in open defiance of every municipal code in Gotham City and Metropolis.
February 12, 2013 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON -- President Obama will deliver the first State of the Union address of his second term tonight at 6 p.m. PST / 9 p.m. EST, looking to set into motion his agenda for the next four years. Urging Republicans and Democrats to work together to resolve the nation's ills, Obama will call on the nation to “reignite the true engine of America's economic growth - a rising, thriving middle class.” Additionally, Obama will lay out a number of proposals “that are fully paid for,” pledging that nothing he outlines will increase the deficit “by a single dime,” according to excerpts released by the White House.
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