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August 17, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
While working on her well-received 2012 album "Ekstasis," Los Angeles singer-composer Julia Holter crafted a song that was such a departure that she set it aside. The piece, "Maxim's II," was inspired by a famous scene in the 1958 movie musical "Gigi" and is one of the hubs of her striking new album, "Loud City Song. " In the film, as the titular heroine very publicly moves through the fancy Parisian restaurant Maxim's with her scandalous beau, the entire room takes note. "Everyone's staring at her and gossiping about her when she walks in," said Holter while sitting on a park bench near Levitt Pavilion Pasadena.
August 10, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Chaos was intended, UCLA Coach Jim Mora said. So everything went according to plan during Saturday morning's practice. There was an edge. Rock music played at a decibel level that once was said to force Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega to surrender to the U.S. military. Penalty flags fluttered through the air frequently. And Mora had a tirade, one that was a seven on his scale. "One of our objectives in practice is to put pressure on ourselves, on each other and on the team," Mora said.
August 7, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
Writer Dan Mazer, a longtime Sacha Baron Cohen collaborator, brings his taste for the comedy of discomfort to the rom-com realm in "I Give It a Year. " The jaundiced sentiment of the title hints at an inside-out reworking of the happily-ever-after formula. But instead of subversion, Mazer's first outing as a feature director offers only a tweak of genre conventions. He does achieve an above-average share of laugh-out-loud moments - welcome compensation in a romp that grows more forced with every turn.
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.
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