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March 13, 2014 | By David Ng
"Mozart in the Jungle" -- a satirical look at the classical-music world that stars Gael Garcia Bernal as a thinly veiled parody of conductor Gustavo Dudamel -- has been picked up by Amazon, the online retailer announced this week. The pilot episode of the racy comedy was released online earlier this year. In addition to "Mozart," Amazon Studios has picked up "The After," from "X-Files" veteran Chris Carter; "Transparent," a domestic comedy; and "Bosch," based on the novels by Michael Connelly.
March 12, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant has a new commercial spot for his latest Nike signature shoes, featuring the "Kobe light bulb. " Bryant's fictional light bulb, with filament in the form of the veteran guard's logo, is described as both unbreakable and capable of ending global warming. The ad is used to plug Bryant's "Kobe 9 Collection," which is billed as "the best collection since the invention of the collection. " The Lakers' all-star guard recently released a similar spot with a customized " Kobe piano . " Bryant is currently sidelined with a knee injury, with little chance to return with just over a month remaining in the regular season.
March 10, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Shelby Grad
The large 6.9 magnitude earthquake that rattled Northern California on Sunday was the state's largest earthquake in nearly a decade. But it caused no damage or injuries. That's because the quake was centered 50 miles off the coast of Eureka and occurred at a depth of "10 miles beneath the Pacific seabed," according to the U.S. Geological Survey. By the time the waves reach the shore, they had dissipated significantly. The USGS said the north coast felt only moderate to light shaking.
March 7, 2014 | By David Zahniser
Attorneys for Los Angeles have recommended that the City Council pay $185,000 to settle a lawsuit over a car crash involving Councilman Jose Huizar, according to records and interviews. The payment stems from an incident in 2012, in which Huizar - driving a city-owned SUV - rear-ended a car driven by David Ceja, a former Huntington Park police officer. Humberto Guizar, Ceja's lawyer, described the payment as a compromise, saying that he could have "possibly gotten a seven-figure amount" had the case gone to trial.
March 5, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The Los Angeles Philharmonic TchaikovskyFest - 15 all-Tchaikovsky concerts in 11 days featuring the L.A. Philharmonic, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and YOLA (Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles) - ended with a sensational performance of the "1812 Overture. " A humongous orchestra made up of 159 members of the L.A. Phil and Bolívars playing side by side crowded the Walt Disney Concert Hall stage Sunday. Every note sounded rapt. For the famous celebratory finish, bells pealed gloriously; timpani and bass drums were whacked as though they needed their living daylights beaten out of them and trumpets stationed in the organ loft blazed in golden sonic glory.
March 3, 2014 | By Chris Lee
At precisely 10:46 p.m. Sunday -- after the Oscar-hand-out action inside the Dolby Theater was receding in the cultural rear-view mirror with every witticism of Ellen DeGeneres -- and the Academy Awards after-party festivities were in full swing on the uppermost floors of the Hollywood and Highland complex, with just about everybody who is anybody in the 2013-14 awards season scrum turned out in their black-tie finest -- Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt...
March 1, 2014 | By Cindy Chang
Light showers are expected to continue into Sunday, but the worst of a storm that brought heavy rain to Southern California has passed. As of 4:30 p.m. Saturday, the storm had dropped over 3 inches of rain in downtown Los Angeles, over 4 inches in Van Nuys and over 10 inches at Cogswell Dam in the Angeles National Forest, according to the National Weather Service . "We said it was going to be a strong storm, and it was. There was some very...
February 27, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
The Korean import "Venus Talk" starts off as a light and lively look at the sex lives of 40ish female friends before eventually giving way to something deeper and more thoughtful. It's an enjoyable, often amusing, occasionally touching ride that may not break much new ground but still satisfies its modest goals. The three "Venusians" here each find themselves at a romantic crossroads early in the film. Hae-Young (Jo Min-soo), a single mother and cafe owner, wants the security of marriage from her wedding-averse carpenter boyfriend (Lee Geung-young)
February 26, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A Pacific storm was beginning to drizzle across the Los Angeles area Wednesday night after dropping an inch or more in Northern California. The system, which was expected to drop moderate rainfall beginning early Thursday, was the first of two storms that could cause mudslides in burn areas and lead to high winds, thunderstorms and big waves along the coast, the National Weather Service said. "Waves of rain will last all night and into tomorrow morning," National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Sirard said Wednesday night.
February 25, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
It's not the apocalypse. It just looks like that. Every few weeks, bright streaks and colorful, rolling waves appear in the California sky. They can startle those unfamiliar with their source, spurring speculation of aliens or apocalyptic visions. But the secret behind the heavenly artwork is much more mundane: frozen fuel exhaust crystals -- the trails of rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base - combined with nature. Vandenberg, on California's Central Coast between Lompoc and Santa Maria, has been the site of military space projects for more than half a century.
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