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August 29, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
The darkish comedy "Afternoon Delight" gives the talented Kathryn Hahn her first movie lead, and for a while it looks like an opportunity to dig in deep. Hahn's vanity-free performance as a bored Los Angeles housewife who befriends a stripper goes a considerable way to humanize a film of occasional insight and underdeveloped provocations. Ultimately, though, her character is as thinly conceived and hard to root for as everyone else in filmmaker Jill Soloway's erratic blend of not-quite satire and halfhearted soul searching.
August 21, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - The budget ax has fallen on a CIA office that focused on declassifying historical materials, a move scholars say will mean fewer public disclosures about long-buried intelligence secrets and scandals. The Historical Collections Division, which has declassified documents on top Soviet spies, a secret CIA airline in the Vietnam War, the Cuban missile crisis and other major operations, has been disbanded. The office that handles Freedom of Information Act requests will take over the work.
August 14, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
Hot on the (stiletto) heels of "Tiny Times," which broke box-office records in China, the romantic melodrama "Tiny Times 2" arrives here just weeks after the first installment, offering more fashion-shoot-ready Shanghai locations in a soapy package. The same quartet of pretty young up-and-comers hope and scheme, weep and strut, never forgetting to schedule time for wardrobe changes. Working from his bestselling series of novels, writer-director Guo Jinming continues to wield hammy visuals and pop-song overkill while trying to strike a less-carefree tone.
August 12, 2013 | By Raja Abdulrahim
CAIRO - When the military didn't come, the protesters went to sleep. The supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi stayed up all night, expecting - based on rumors and media reports - that security forces would finally act on the interim government's vow to clear out their encampment in Nahda Square by Cairo University. Some sang songs throughout the night to pass the time, others played pingpong. But when morning came uneventfully, the protesters finally lay down to rest.
August 10, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
California education officials have identified 242 schools statewide where students posted standardized-test-related images on social-networking sites - 16 of which included exam questions or answers that could be deemed cheating violations. Hundreds of photos turned up online this year during the administration of the Standardized Testing and Reporting exams, which make up most of the school's state rating on the Academic Performance Index. Test scores were released Thursday.
July 25, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
In the glow of a red laser light, Ulysses Delgado watches a sophisticated machine turn a leather hide into pieces for a truck interior, cutting around all the misadventures that befell that particular cow - the branding burns, barbed wire scars, insect bites. The Lectra Versalis cutting machine, recently installed at Katzkin Leather Inc., wastes less leather and requires less energy to run than older versions, said Delgado, an engineer at the Montebello company. But mostly, Delgado loves the speed.
July 19, 2013 | By Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING -- Forget Zach Snyder's "Man of Steel" or Keanu Reeves' "Man of Tai Chi. " China's movie of the summer is a chick flick that has touched off a mini-culture war while raking in the renminbi -- and a sequel is just weeks away. "Tiny Times" tells the story of four fashionable college girls in Shanghai and is perhaps best described as "The Devil Wears Prada" meets "Sex and the City" (minus the sex) with a dash of "The Bling Ring. " The movie is based on a trio of popular young adult novels by Guo Jingming, a waifish 30-year-old celebrity author/entrepreneur who also directed the film.
July 10, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Last month we mentioned that singer Rita Ora had been tapped to be the new face of Madonna and daughter Lourdes "Lola" Ciccone Leon's Material Girl label. Today, theĀ  exclusive-to-Macy's line took the wraps off its fall 2013 marketing campaign. To promote the junior brand's back-to-school season, Ora was photographed on the streets of London with some of the city's famous landmarks -- including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the London Eye -- as backdrops. As the face of Material Girl, Ora follows in the footsteps of Georgia May Jagger andĀ  Kelly Osbourne . ALSO: Prada ad campaign features Oscar winner Christoph Waltz Willie Nelson and sons star in John Varvatos Fall 2013 ad campaign Burberry's Fall 2013 ad campaign features Sienna Miller, Tom Sturridge
June 17, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
First baseman Albert Pujols and shortstop Erick Aybar are Gold Glove winners, Peter Bourjos and Mike Trout are Gold Glove-caliber outfielders, and third baseman Alberto Callaspo and second baseman Howie Kendrick are usually dependable if not flashy in the field. So how is it the Angels began Monday's game with a major league-high 53 errors, including 18 in their last 13 games, and a .980 fielding percentage, worst in the American League? "We depend a lot on our defense, and we really feel it's an asset, not only the range, but the dependability," Manager Mike Scioscia said.
June 13, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Singer Rita Ora will be the new face of Madonna and her daughter Lourdes "Lola" Ciccone Leon's exclusive-to-Macy's Material Girl line, the brand announced Wednesday. Ora will appear in the junior lifestyle brand's fall 2013 advertising campaign, which will be unveiled in July, according to the announcement from Iconix Brand Group. The announcement also included the following comment form the mother-daughter duo (we're assuming they said this in unison): "Rita is a talented beauty but what really drew us to her is the confidence she oozes through her music and her unique sense of style.
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