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April 24, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Justin Lin, who directed the "Fast and the Furious" films, has bought actor-director-producer Vincent Gallo's penthouse in downtown L.A. for $2.6 million. The four-level loft features exposed brick walls, floating staircases and an in-unit elevator. There are two bedrooms and 21/2 bathrooms in the 4,300-square-foot open plan space. Three outdoor living areas add 3,100 square feet of space. The penthouse in the former National Biscuit Co. building was once leased to actor Nicolas Cage.
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May 24, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
Showing no signs of slowing down -- quite literally -- the "Fast & Furious" franchise speeds back into theaters Friday with its sixth installment. The gang's all here, including Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez, and of course the premise is familiar: Said gang engages in high-octane vehicular havoc. And though it's said that familiarity breeds contempt, that hasn't been the case with "Fast & Furious 6" when it comes to reviews. Plenty of critics are calling the film an entertaining thrill ride.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1998 | PETER Y. HONG
"Boxes," says Quentin Lee, "are the problem of our era." The boxes he means are outdated categories--the rigid compartments that can no longer contain the complexity of our lives and selves. "You're lesbian, and I'm white and heterosexual, and he's black . . . all these identities have become essential and stifling," he says. Lee is 27, a filmmaker, and gay.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2013 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
If Michelle Rodriguez and Gina Carano share a single regret, it's having not risked spinal injury together to film a key sequence for the thriller "Fast & Furious 6" last year. The action actresses get downright aw-shucks-y - wistful, even - discussing the missed opportunity to careen over a handrail locked in combat and tumble down a grotty stairwell in London's Underground: one of the most over-the-top scenes from one of this summer's most hotly awaited movies, which hits theaters late Thursday.
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May 23, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez and Gina Carano are billed as the stars of "Fast & Furious 6," opening Friday. But it only takes a few scenes of the latest installment of the "Furious" franchise to realize that the millions of dollars of cars are the real action heroes. Dennis McCarthy, the Sun Valley-based car nut who's been responsible for cars in the past four "Furious" films, said his team actually lost track of how many cars were destroyed over the course of filming.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2013 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
If Michelle Rodriguez and Gina Carano share a single regret, it's having not risked spinal injury together to film a key sequence for the thriller "Fast & Furious 6" last year. The action actresses get downright aw-shucks-y - wistful, even - discussing the missed opportunity to careen over a handrail locked in combat and tumble down a grotty stairwell in London's Underground: one of the most over-the-top scenes from one of this summer's most hotly awaited movies, which hits theaters late Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
Showing no signs of slowing down -- quite literally -- the "Fast & Furious" franchise speeds back into theaters Friday with its sixth installment. The gang's all here, including Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez, and of course the premise is familiar: Said gang engages in high-octane vehicular havoc. And though it's said that familiarity breeds contempt, that hasn't been the case with "Fast & Furious 6" when it comes to reviews. Plenty of critics are calling the film an entertaining thrill ride.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
With "Fast & Furious 6" roaring into theaters this week, guests at the U.S. premiere of the film atĀ Universal CityWalk got an early taste of the franchise's signature, over-the-top style -- including slick cars, tough characters and a grill-wearing panda. The scene along the red carpet exemplified the kind of amiable culture clash that results when a big-money franchise is built upon the tastes of a young urban fan base. The "Fast & Furious" movies star Vin Diesel as ex-con street racer Dominic Toretto, whose familial criminal crew includes former cop Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
As Socrates so sagely suggested when he stopped by the set of "Fast & Furious 6" - "Yo, know thyself... " Dom and crew certainly took the words to heart. For all the excess in the latest installment of the adrenaline-injected street-racing action franchise, its humble, low-budget 2001 beginnings are still visible today in the rear-view mirror of Dom's super souped-up 1969 Dodge Daytona Charger. Buildings topple, bridges crumble and speed limits are shamelessly broken as "Fast & Furious 6" roars through the streets of London.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2013 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
The idea came screeching into director Justin Lin's fuel-injected imagination in 2009: a fiery escape scene featuring a muscle car that crashes out of an airplane during takeoff. In production at the time on "Fast & Furious" - the fourth installment of "The Fast and the Furious" franchise that has grossed $1.6 billion in worldwide box office since 2001 - he commissioned digital "pre-visualization" artists to mock up a rendering even though the stunt did not fit the movie he was making and was too expensive to film.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
As Socrates so sagely suggested when he stopped by the set of "Fast & Furious 6" - "Yo, know thyself... " Dom and crew certainly took the words to heart. For all the excess in the latest installment of the adrenaline-injected street-racing action franchise, its humble, low-budget 2001 beginnings are still visible today in the rear-view mirror of Dom's super souped-up 1969 Dodge Daytona Charger. Buildings topple, bridges crumble and speed limits are shamelessly broken as "Fast & Furious 6" roars through the streets of London.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
With "Fast & Furious 6" roaring into theaters this week, guests at the U.S. premiere of the film atĀ Universal CityWalk got an early taste of the franchise's signature, over-the-top style -- including slick cars, tough characters and a grill-wearing panda. The scene along the red carpet exemplified the kind of amiable culture clash that results when a big-money franchise is built upon the tastes of a young urban fan base. The "Fast & Furious" movies star Vin Diesel as ex-con street racer Dominic Toretto, whose familial criminal crew includes former cop Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez and Gina Carano are billed as the stars of "Fast & Furious 6," opening Friday. But it only takes a few scenes of the latest installment of the "Furious" franchise to realize that the millions of dollars of cars are the real action heroes. Dennis McCarthy, the Sun Valley-based car nut who's been responsible for cars in the past four "Furious" films, said his team actually lost track of how many cars were destroyed over the course of filming.
AUTOS
May 22, 2013 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
It didn't have to be like this. In the age of green screens and VFX houses, filmmakers responsible for the sixth installment of the "Fast & Furious" franchise didn't have to actually destroy hundreds of cars. They didn't have to run over a custom 1969 Ford Mustang with a tank. The 2008 BMW M5, one of several demolished, didn't need to be thrown through a building. And the 1970 Ford Escort Mark 1 - beloved in the United Kingdom - didn't need to be tossed 70 feet in the air over a freeway divider with a live stunt driver behind the wheel.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2013 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
The idea came screeching into director Justin Lin's fuel-injected imagination in 2009: a fiery escape scene featuring a muscle car that crashes out of an airplane during takeoff. In production at the time on "Fast & Furious" - the fourth installment of "The Fast and the Furious" franchise that has grossed $1.6 billion in worldwide box office since 2001 - he commissioned digital "pre-visualization" artists to mock up a rendering even though the stunt did not fit the movie he was making and was too expensive to film.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Justin Lin, who directed the "Fast and the Furious" films, has bought actor-director-producer Vincent Gallo's penthouse in downtown L.A. for $2.6 million. The four-level loft features exposed brick walls, floating staircases and an in-unit elevator. There are two bedrooms and 21/2 bathrooms in the 4,300-square-foot open plan space. Three outdoor living areas add 3,100 square feet of space. The penthouse in the former National Biscuit Co. building was once leased to actor Nicolas Cage.
AUTOS
May 22, 2013 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
It didn't have to be like this. In the age of green screens and VFX houses, filmmakers responsible for the sixth installment of the "Fast & Furious" franchise didn't have to actually destroy hundreds of cars. They didn't have to run over a custom 1969 Ford Mustang with a tank. The 2008 BMW M5, one of several demolished, didn't need to be thrown through a building. And the 1970 Ford Escort Mark 1 - beloved in the United Kingdom - didn't need to be tossed 70 feet in the air over a freeway divider with a live stunt driver behind the wheel.
SPORTS
January 13, 1990
El Dorado 59, Katella 47--Center Chris Facione had 26 points to lead visiting El Dorado. Mike Bradich added 19 for El Dorado. Forward Kevin Karlson scored 17 and Brian Franklin added 14 for Katella (4-13, 0-3). Esperanza 69, Cypress 61--Joe Foss scored 24 points to lead the host Aztecs (10-7, 3-0). Justin Lin scored 16 points for Cypress (7-10, 0-3).
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1998 | PETER Y. HONG
"Boxes," says Quentin Lee, "are the problem of our era." The boxes he means are outdated categories--the rigid compartments that can no longer contain the complexity of our lives and selves. "You're lesbian, and I'm white and heterosexual, and he's black . . . all these identities have become essential and stifling," he says. Lee is 27, a filmmaker, and gay.
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