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January 30, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Despite the sunshine, gentle breezes and placid waters, something wicked this way comes in "Stranger by the Lake," French filmmaker Alain Guiraudie's tantalizingly erotic fable of love, passion and death. Though Guiraudie's work often circles around the complexities of sexual urges among gay men, he's never gotten as close to reality as he does in this film. At the same time, the writer-director casts a wide metaphorical net to examine that most fundamental human connection. Though the sex is fevered and explicit, the camera roaming over bodies with abandon, the questions raised are more abstract.
January 27, 2014 | By Scott Gold
When Jeff Bozarth retired after 20 years as a police officer and signed up as a park ranger here last spring, he knew what to expect and relished every bit of it. Hidden in the folds of the Central Coast mountains, Cachuma Lake featured the largest campground in Santa Barbara County and one of the area's most popular outdoor playgrounds. Here, Bozarth knew, was 190,000 acre-feet of crystalline water that splashed into clay washes and lapped at primeval rock formations. There would be bobcats, wild pigs, migrating grebes who acted out an elaborate courtship dance.
January 24, 2014 | By Karl Zimmermann
FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany - I am looking at a piece of the Hindenburg - or, rather, its replica: its lounge, reading and writing room, passenger cabins and smoking room (yes, there was one) and bar. It's part of the Zeppelin Museum, in the former Hafenbahnhof, or Harbor Railway Station, a striking Bauhaus-style building completed in 1933 in Friedrichshafen, the birthplace of the zeppelin. The museum is chockablock with zeppelin memorabilia, but its centerpiece and what drew my wife, Laurel, and me here in October, is this full-size replica of the starboard section of the Hindenburg that's more than 100 feet long.
January 19, 2014
Captain Phillips Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $40.99 Available on VOD beginning Jan. 21 The true story of the hijacking of the freighter Maersk Alabama becomes a refreshingly original action movie in "Captain Phillips," a Paul Greengrass-directed, Billy Ray-scripted, Tom Hanks-starring docudrama that plays up the complexities of the conflict with a you-are-there intensity. As Richard Phillips, Hanks is officious and even a little prickly, which exacerbates the situation when he's being held at gunpoint by a young, wiry pirate (Barkhad Abdi)
January 18, 2014 | By Melissa Magsaysay
"Modern Family" actress Sarah Hyland took her hair cues from the Valentino runway at this year's Golden Globe Awards, but on Sunday's Screen Actors Guild red carpet, she looks to be channeling Veronica Lake. Her clean, side-swept look was created by hairstylist Ryan Richman, who says he wanted to create something sophisticated yet young and classically beautiful to complement her pale pink Pamella Roland gown. Richman began by applying KMS California Moist Repair to Hyland's damp hair for moisture and manageability.
January 16, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A brush fire near Pyramid Lake was contained Thursday before resources from the much larger Colby fire burning above Glendora had to be used, authorities said. The Pyramid Lake fire, reported at about 11:06 a.m., was burning near the intersection of the northbound 5 Freeway and Highway 138,  Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Tony Akins said. After callers reported smoke in the area, crews soon discovered a trailer that was well-involved in fire that had spread to neighboring brush, but that had only burned less than a half-acre, officials said.
January 12, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff and Fox 40, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Amid record dry conditions around California, more than 100 people with the Muslim Community of Folsom prayed for rain during an event at Folsom Lake Saturday. The event came as officials across California have been expressing concern about drought-like conditions. For example, downtown Los Angeles had the driest year since 1877, when official measurements began. And only a trace amount of rain has fallen since Jan. 1, according to the National Weather Service. The Northern California event came at Folsom Lake, which has been receding to new record levels.
January 11, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
A red-brick driveway leads to this Paul Revere Williams-designed Tudor set along the water of Toluca Lake. The elegant formal entry and the library, with its wood-beam ceiling and built-in bookcases, are in keeping with the architect's traditional style. Location: 9956 Toluca Lake Ave., Toluca Lake 91602 Asking price: $8 million Year built: 1938 House size: Five bedrooms, six bathrooms, 7,228 square feet Lot size: 1.02 acres Features: Dark wood flooring, recessed lighting, leaded windows, intricate molding, curved staircase, bar, wine cellar, covered patio, outdoor fireplace, gazebo, swimming pool, private dock About the area: In the first half of 2013, 84 single-family homes sold in the 91602 ZIP Code at a median price of $842,000, according to DataQuick.
January 7, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Assemblyman Mike Gatto and his family pleaded for the public's help Tuesday in the shooting death of their father, Joseph Gatto, a well-known artist and retired teacher found shot to death in his Silver Lake home. Flanked by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and other officials, the Gattos announced that the city had offered a $50,000 reward for information about their father's death. The L.A. City Council unanimously approved the reward Tuesday morning. “My father gave so much to our community,” Mike Gatto said.
January 5, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Top of the Lake BBC Warner, $34.98 The New Zealand TV miniseries "Top of the Lake" is a different kind of mystery-procedural - more like a cross between "Twin Peaks" and "The Killing" than an episode of "Law & Order. " Credit the creators: writer Gerard Lee and writer-director Jane Campion, the latter of whom is best known for her Oscar-winning film "The Piano. " Here Campion tones down her arty, elliptical style and conforms to television conventions, telling a slow-burning but fairly gripping story about a big-city police detective (Elisabeth Moss)
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