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June 27, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
Robert Lee Phillips didn't get along with his two adult stepdaughters, prosecutors say. They clashed over many things, including music. As a blues musician, he detested the loud and profane rap tunes they favored. The bad blood came to a head Labor Day weekend in 2006, prosecutors said. Sabrina Taylor, 30, and her sister, Charlotte Johnson, 33, invited friends over for Sabrina's birthday. The party ended in gunfire that left both sisters dead. Phillips is accused of killing them.
June 20, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times
Two decades after Holly Hunter's Oscar-winning turn in "The Piano," the actress reteamed with director Jane Campion for the Sundance Channel's acclaimed miniseries "Top of the Lake. " Hunter played GJ, an odd oracle who leads a New Age compound for lost women. In a recent video conversation, we spoke with Hunter about working with Campion again and the mysteries surrounding her character. I've read that you said this was a very difficult character for you to get into. How finally did you understand her?
June 11, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez and Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
Yasiel Puig is not only breaking records on the field, but also in the team store. The Dodgers sold more Puig-related merchandise from Thursday to Sunday than they had ever sold of any player over a four-day period - more than even Manny Ramirez , Fernando Valenzuela or Hideo Nomo , according to a team spokesperson. The team sold approximately 3,000 units of Puig-related merchandise in that four-day window, including 1,600 T-shirts ($28), 400 "Viva Puig" T-shirts ($28)
May 11, 2013 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Sen. Dianne Feinstein made headlines recently by demanding a forceful U.S. response to Syria's use of chemical weapons against its population. Less noticed was that the California Democrat wasn't urging deeper military involvement or other dramatic steps, but only a new push for action by the United Nations Security Council, which has already rejected Western-backed resolutions on Syria three times. In this cautious approach, Feinstein, who is chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is not alone.
May 1, 2013 | By Matthew Fleischer
Leftfield Entertainment, the reality television production company behind Bravo's “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” has joined with former Leopard Films USA producer Nick Rigg to form a perhaps appropriately titled new venture: Loud TV. The company will be headed by Leftfield Chief Executive Brent Montgomery and will focus exclusively on unscripted television and digital content. VIDEO: Upcoming summer films “It's an exciting time at Leftfield,” Montgomery said in a statement.
April 30, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Although Pier Paolo Pasolini was best known as an Italian filmmaker, he called himself a poet and his Wikipedia entry begins by also describing him as a journalist, philosopher, linguist, novelist, playwright, filmmaker, columnist, actor, painter, political figure and all-around visionary thinker. The Monday Evening Concerts biography of Rolf Riehm describes the 75-year-old German composer as "a political being" whose work encompasses "philosophical reflection, historical fact, myth, fairy tale, recollection, scientific argument, the elevated and the trivial, current social and political findings" and whatnot.
April 22, 2013 | By Greg Burk
When I heard that a national law to ban loud TV commercials had taken force in December, I was skeptical. Why did we need a Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act (CALM), I wondered, when more urgent issues demanded action? There were nations to invade, marriages to prohibit, guns to enshrine. Loud commercials were just an itch - to scratch it would be like trying to pay the mortgage and replace a burned-out light bulb. If we can ignore global warming, we can ignore loud commercials.
April 21, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
When John Freeman, the editor of Granta, was setting up Sunday morning's panel discussion on “The Art of the Poetic Line,” he related an anecdote about an exchange between Billy Collins, the former U.S. poet laureate, and Richard Ford, the novelist. How come you novelists get all the credit and all the money, Collins supposedly asked Ford. “It's really hard, Billy,” Ford replied. “You've got to write all the way to end of the page, and all the way down.” Of course, the art of arranging poetic lines on a page -- complete with punctuation (or not)
April 21, 2013 | By Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times
You'll have to forgive the nicest guy in the NBA if he ignores your complimentary tweets for several weeks. Jamal Crawford is not being rude. He is, to put it in his words, "#onamission. " The Clippers guard has vowed to stay off Twitter during the playoffs, apologizing to his roughly 279,600 followers with a 140-character missive on the eve of his team's series opener against the Memphis Grizzlies. "Anything worth having is worth working hard for, thank you guys for all the support," Crawford tweeted Friday.
April 5, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers should have been selling red herrings at the souvenir stand. Josh Hamilton says this is not a baseball town, and tens of thousands of actual adults lay in wait for him, hiding behind those words to unleash wave upon wave of fury and indignation. Baseball town, football town, whatever. Hamilton took the money and ran off with the Angels. Boo him if you like - and the sellout crowd at the Rangers' home opener booed him hostilely on Friday during a 3-2 Texas win - but at least be honest about it. Of course this is a football town.
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