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July 12, 2013
Dwight Howard looks like Tarzan, but plays like Jane. He is a second-rate star going to a second-rate city. Perfect fit. Good riddance! William David Stone Beverly Hills :: Why is Phil Jackson bad-mouthing Dwight Howard over his decision to leave the Lakers? Isn't this the same Phil Jackson who was offered the coaching job at the Lakers, asked for 48 hours to think it over, then was called the next evening around midnight to learn they gave the job to someone else? Why does Phil stand up for the team that said no to him?
May 30, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
There are plenty of reasons why the project to widen the 405 Freeway is $100 million over its $1.048-billion budget and 14 months behind schedule. And none of them has to do with the complaint - often reported by drivers on the freeway - that workers are standing around doing nothing. (In fact, they are probably on a break or waiting for a delivery.) The most significant factor is that Metro decided to hire a contractor to design and build the project at the same time. That "design/build" process is faster than the more traditional approach of designing a project, then putting it out for bid and then building it, which in this case would have taken at least a decade.
May 26, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
Kjerstin Gruys is a UCLA doctoral student in sociology with a keen, feminist's interest in body image. Her dissertation will plumb the relationship between appearance and inequalities in the workplace. Acutely aware of how our permeating obsession with beauty and thinness instills insecurity in young women, she nevertheless embraces her girly side. Gruys loves clothes, makeup and shopping. But in 2011, six months before her wedding at a Woodside, Calif., winery, Gruys, now 30, did the unthinkable.
April 19, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Cornelia Funke builds wild, wondrous worlds with her words, from the back streets of Venice, Italy, to a land of fairies and gargoyles called MirrorWorld. That's where Jacob Reckless, the treasure hunter hero of her latest series for young teens, enlists a dwarf and a vixen to help him undo a fatal curse. Still, when she contemplated a MirrorWorld app, Funke says she felt a little like Bilbo Baggins accepting an invitation to an adventure. She wasn't sure where the path would take her. The app (released for iPad on April 17)
March 20, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Another day, another component in the Justin Timberlake promotional juggernaut. Around the same time Tuesday night that The CW was airing a one-hour special memorably titled "Target Presents the iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Justin Timberlake," Vevo premiered the music video for "Mirrors," the second single from "The 20/20 Experience. " Timberlake's third solo album -- which marks his return to music following a six-year break -- arrived in stores Tuesday, though it had been available to stream on iTunes since March 11. On Saturday he performed at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, and last week he appeared for five nights straight on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
March 7, 2013 | By Jessica Ritz
The seductive new Century City restaurant Hinoki & the Bird , reviewed by Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold last week, conveys a dark intensity. But take a closer look at some of the interior details and you'll find a degree of playfulness. Milo Garcia of MAI Studio in Los Angeles wanted the restaurant, the newest concept from chef-owner David Myers, to have a touch of glamour but also a sense of humor - a combination that plays out in two particular areas: bathroom subway tiles that cleverly double as mirrors and striking block-patterned denim banquettes.
February 14, 2013 | By James Rainey, Los Angeles Times
Does mayoral candidate Jan Perry think that current Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is a really good guy to have in her corner? Or maybe she thinks hizzoner's support marks the recipient as another hapless representative of the City Hall status quo. It's hard to tell where Perry stands from a pair of recent mailers delivered by her campaign. The Los Angeles city councilwoman came out with a bulk-mail pitch Tuesday that shows her side by side with Mayor V. Both are grinning.
February 11, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Justin Timberlake was busy Sunday night. Early in the evening, the singer made his highly anticipated return to the Grammy Awards stage -- his first performance there since 2009, when he and Al Green filled in for Chris Brown and Rihanna -- with a lavish, sepia-toned performance of two tracks from his upcoming "The 20/20 Experience," due out March 19. Then he hit the Palladium for a sold-out concert at which he reportedly introduced a...
February 10, 2013 | By August Brown
Gotye, the alias of the Australian-Belgian singer-producer Wouter de Backer, won the award for alternative music album at the 55th Grammy Awards, besting a diverse roster of artists including Fiona Apple, Bjork, M83 and Tom Waits. Gotye won for his album “Making Mirrors,” his third, but first to be widely released in the United States. The album's success was driven largely by the indomitable single “Somebody That I Used to Know,” which gained a cult following on YouTube that eventually blossomed into a mainstream radio sensation.
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