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ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Maya Rudolph's at it again - she's reportedly pregnant with baby No. 4, and she was flaunting baby bump No. 4 on Tuesday night at the 15th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards.  Along with fellow "SNL" alum Amy Poehler, Rudolph was a presenter at the gala, held at the Beverly Hilton hotel. News that the "Up All Night" actress was expecting another child with writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson leaked via the Hollywood Reporter over the weekend after she shared the news with NBC execs.
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NEWS
February 5, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
Foodies can taste their way through Mexico 's Riviera Maya from March 14 to 17 when 30 culinary events take place as part of the annual Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival . The festival, set at several Riviera Maya resorts, will feature taste-offs, chef competitions and tastings of mescal and wine.  Why hold the event in Riviera Maya, a slice of the Mexican coastline that stretches south from Cancun along the Caribbean? ...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
PARK CITY, Utah -- Since opening in theaters last month, the Osama bin Laden manhunt film “Zero Dark Thirty” has intrigued audiences with its inside look at how CIA officers do their jobs. But the employees of the agency who tracked the Al Qaeda leader say that while they understand the need for dramatic license, the  Kathryn Bigelow film gets a number of details about their professional and personal lives wrong. “The individual hunches [are what] came through on 'Zero Dark,' and that's not exactly how it happens,” said Nada Bakos, who spent years as a CIA target officer, gathering intelligence that helped lead to the elimination of suspected terrorists.
NEWS
January 15, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
Catch some rays and become a oenophile - connoisseur of fine wines - at the same time in Riviera Maya, Mexico , where a new program highlights wine and food. Riviera Maya, which stretches south from Cancun along Mexico's Caribbean coastline, is in the eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula.  The week-long Culinary Series, a collaboration between Jackson Family Wines and Karisma Hotels & Resorts , takes place monthly at El Dorado Royale, a Spa Resort . Each program spotlights a chef and winemaker.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2012 | By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
In the end, chances of a Maya apocalypse Friday night were infinitesimal - in fact nonexistent, according to a group of NASA experts. But that didn't stop some Angelenos from cashing in on the notion of "no tomorrow. " Across the city, businesses offered bomb shelters, T-shirts, "Mayan sweepstakes" and bucket list raffles. Nightclubs threw apocalypse-themed DJ parties. Even T.G.I. Friday's got into the spirit with a "Last Friday" celebration at the Hollywood & Highland Center. Griffith Observatory took an aggressive stance against the doomsayers, holding a special gathering with educational talks and lectures debunking the apocalypse and extending its hours to one minute past midnight.
OPINION
December 21, 2012
If you are reading this, then the world did not end today, as some thought it might. And chances are pretty good that the planet was not visited by a cataclysmic - pick one - earthquake, tsunami or volcanic eruption. So much for another wacky end-of-the-world theory. The hypothesis that the world would be destroyed at the end of the 13th baktun cycle in the Maya calendar (which corresponds pretty closely with Dec. 21) was just plain wrong. Nor, come to think of it, was the last much-publicized prophet of doom on target.
WORLD
December 21, 2012 | By Daniel Hernandez
TULUM, Mexico - Hold on to your doomsday fever, folks, the Maya calendar date celebrated Friday as the “end of the world” might actually be off by two days - or a full year. The end of the 13th baktun cycle of the so-called Long Count of the ancient Maya's intricate, interlocking calendar system might correspond to Sunday, not Friday, said Carmen Rojas, an archaeologist with Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History. As “end of the world” hype swept the globe Friday, scholars pointed out that the Maya calendar hasn't been decoded enough to make exact correlations with the Gregorian calendar that we use. Rojas stressed that the Maya not only calculated baktun cycles of 144,000 days, but also had systems that measured the marches of Venus and the moon.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 2012 | By Hector Tobar
The world is ending on Friday - according to a bunch of people who've misread the Maya calendar. (Take it from me, they're wrong. I should know: I'm part Maya and I'm pretty sure my ancestors didn't intend for the whole world to freak out just because we've reached the end of another Maya long count cycle ). But even if the world is ending this week, you still have just enough time to finish at least two of the many books assorted literature mavens have recommended as good "end of the world" reading.
NEWS
December 20, 2012 | By Fred Schruers
As the overstressed beating heart of "Zero Dark Thirty," a CIA analyst named Maya who relentlessly chases after the hated phantom that was Osama bin Laden, Jessica Chastain is at times steely, at times shattered, potty-mouthed but somehow girlish, touchingly lonely but scrutinized by the entire spy agency's hierarchy. To get to her character's essence, Chastain used her preferred technique, which is more methodical than Method. "Every project I start I make lists, and the first one is what everyone [in the film]
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2012 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
Dec. 21 marks end of the world, according to some interpretations of the Mayan calendar. Doomsday preppers may be stock-piling gas masks and Velveeta, but what about some tunes to go along with that paranoia? A playlist for the End Times from the Pop & Hiss crew: Skeeter Davis, "The End of the World" Yes, we know it's technically a song about how the world is actually not ending, despite the doom feelings after a breakup. A Mayan apocalypse might finally make us feel justified for acting as if it's all going to hell every time we're dumped.
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