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September 20, 2009 | Sam Adams
It took 30 years for Pere Ubu to embrace its destiny. Born out of the industrial wastes of Cleveland, the protean avant-rock ensemble has tried its hand at apocalyptic drones, brittle minimalism and even mildly disturbed pop. But its 14th album, "Long Live Père Ubu!," released last week, is the first to explore the source of the band's name: Alfred Jarry's absurdist 1896 play "Ubu Roi." David Thomas, the band's singer and only constant member, had been approached many times about adapting the play, which centers on a grotesque, corpulent Polish despot named Père Ubu and his ambitious, conniving wife.
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April 21, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Baby George, meet bilby George! As part of the duke and duchess of Cambridge's ongoing royal visit to Australia, the wee prince and his parents got to meet George's marsupial namesake during a visit to Sydney's Taronga Zoo on Sunday.  Upon arrival at the enclosure, the excited boy was wriggling and squealing at the crowd and the rabbit-like animal, according to Clarence House.  With a little help from his folks, who helped him stand up...
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April 21, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Baby George, meet bilby George! As part of the duke and duchess of Cambridge's ongoing royal visit to Australia, the wee prince and his parents got to meet George's marsupial namesake during a visit to Sydney's Taronga Zoo on Sunday.  Upon arrival at the enclosure, the excited boy was wriggling and squealing at the crowd and the rabbit-like animal, according to Clarence House.  With a little help from his folks, who helped him stand up...
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April 5, 2014 | By James Barragan
By the time two of the L.A. KISS' star players were lowered from the Honda Center ceiling during introductions for the team's home opener, the team's fans were ready to rock and roll all night and party every down. Behind four touchdowns from wide receiver Donovan Morgan and a league-record six sacks in one game for Beau Bell, the KISS won its first game at its home venue in Anaheim, 44-34, in front of 12,045 fans. The victory improved the KISS' record to 2-1 while setting a league record of 11 team sacks in one game.
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March 8, 2007 | Charles Taylor, Special to The Times
BECAUSE screen adaptations of novels are, by necessity, condensations of their source, one of the hardest challenges facing any screenwriter is adapting a book in which there's nothing extraneous in the prose. That description certainly applies to Jhumpa Lahiri's novel "The Namesake," the basis for Mira Nair's new movie.
BUSINESS
September 21, 2010 | Mark Milian
Brian Norgard, who founded blog aggregation website Newroo and later sold it to News Corp., is working with Web developers in Los Angeles on a new project called Namesake. It's a social networking site for helping people find jobs, staying connected with colleagues and, for those with jobs, organizing projects with co-workers. Namesake isn't taking sign-ups yet, but Norgard hopes to begin inviting users in the next couple of weeks. The Times was shown an early version of the site, and features such as the update stream and profiles look more like Facebook than LinkedIn.
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November 12, 1996 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It would have been a scene out of 18th century California, with explorer Juan Bautista de Anza, his wide-brimmed black hat cocked just so, hoisting the red and gold crest of Carlos III, king of Spain. An epic scene, except for the roller-bladers. Or the joggers, the mountain bikers and the motorists in Chevy Suburbans.
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January 6, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Apparently "Hansen Natural" didn't have enough bite — the Corona beverage maker is changing its name to the more aggressive Monster Beverage Corp. Hansen makes a line of namesake juices as well as Admiral Iced Tea, Blue Sky energy drinks and Junior Juice. Its website features pastoral images of rolling hills and butterflies. The company that has cultivated a wholesome, feel-good image also owns the gritty Monster Energy drinks. The brand, which sponsors extreme sports events, features a neon-green triple-slash logo on beverage offerings such as Monster Rehab.
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October 13, 2011 | Bloomberg News
Gap Inc. plans to close stores domestically while expanding its international and online business and said falling cotton prices will boost its profit margin. Gap will reduce its North American namesake stores to about 700 by the end of 2013, a 34 percent decrease from the count at the end of 2007, Chief Financial Officer Sabrina Simmons said today at an investor meeting in New York. Cotton prices that have declined since reaching records this year will help increase profitability, the company said.
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December 25, 2004
I was surprised and disappointed to read Kenneth Turan's review of Cate Blanchett's performance as Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator" ["A Wing and a Player," Dec. 17]. As the godchild and namesake of Katharine Hepburn, I was extremely impressed with Blanchett's portrayal. She truly captured the essence of my godmother. Katharine Kramer Valley Village
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February 19, 2014 | By Steve Zeitchik
Of the many unexpected moments in Phil Lord and Chris Miller's breakout hit "The Lego Movie," perhaps none is as surprising as the film's ending, which is daring even by the standards of this unconventional film. So daring, in fact, that even its filmmakers weren't sure they could get away with it. "We were terrified," said Miller. "We didn't know if you would care about the universe once you understood how the universe worked," alluding to how the movie turns itself inside-out at the end. PHOTOS: Images from 'The Lego Movie' In a season in which the typically tricky art of the movie ending has largely satisfied - witness the well-regarded twist in "American Hustle," the Quaalude-enabled piece de resistance of "The Wolf of Wall Street" and the return-to-Earth redemption of "Gravity" - the finale of "Lego" may top them all. Warner Bros., which financed and released "The Lego Movie," was also unsure about the finale and for a time pushed the filmmakers to consider a more conventional path.
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January 18, 2014 | By James Barragan
The memoir "12 Years A Slave" was published in 1853, a year after Harriet Beecher Stowe's classic, "Uncle Tom's Cabin. " Now Solomon Northup's personal narrative is a bestseller - 161 years after it first came out - through a tie-in to the celebrated movie version of his memoir. And it is likely to get a big boost from the many Oscar nominations the film received this week. The antebellum drama is one of several films this year that have given their namesake books a second life.
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October 28, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Jeremy Scott  is the new creative director at Moschino , the brand founded in 1983 by the late Franco Moschino, who was known for his tongue-in-cheek approach to fashion. Starting with the fall 2014 collection, the L.A.-based Scott will be infusing the Italian brand with all the whimsy and street cool that have made Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, A$AP Rocky and nearly every other pop star on the planet fans of his namesake label, as well as making him an attractive collaborator for brands such as Adidas, Swatch, Longchamp and Smart Car. I rang Scott on Monday afternoon to talk about his new role, catching him before he takes off for Milan on Sunday to work on his first collection, which will debut in February during Milan Fashion Week.  How long has this been in the works?
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July 30, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn and Booth Moore
'Fashion Star' fizzles:  NBC has canceled the reality fashion competition show "Fashion Star," according to the Hollywood Reporter. The series, which featured Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and menswear designer John Varvatos mentoring up-and-coming designers, had a two-season run.  [Hollywood Reporter] Saks sold: Saks Inc., parent company of the Saks Fifth Avenue luxury department store chain, was snapped up by Canadian retail giant Hudson's Bay for $2.9 billion (including debt)
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March 26, 2013
Bebo Valdes Pianist and bandleader who fled Cuba Bebo Valdes, 94, a renowned Cuban pianist who recorded with Nat King Cole, was bandleader of Havana's Tropicana nightclub during its glittering heyday and was considered the last luminary from the golden age of Cuban music, died Friday of pneumonia in Sweden. His death was confirmed by the agent for his son Chucho Valdes, a well-known pianist in his own right. Valdes, who enjoyed a remarkable late-career resurgence after he was coaxed out of retirement in the 1990s, was a classically trained musician with a strong interest in American jazz.
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January 8, 2013 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
When Eli Broad holds a public event, he seldom does it without the company of local politicians, cultural leaders and throngs of media professionals to underscore the influence that the Los Angeles billionaire and philanthropist exerts on the city's arts landscape. Broad presided over just such a ceremony Tuesday to mark a milestone in the construction of his namesake contemporary art museum, to be called the Broad, that is being built on Grand Avenue. It will feature works from the Broads' private art collection and will serve as headquarters of the Broad Art Foundation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2001
It was a tragic sight seeing the angel statues being removed (May 16). I am an L.A. lifer and I have not experienced anything as unifying for our city since the 1984 Olympics. Perhaps the powers that be can resurrect our city's namesake angels. David Marsh Los Angeles
SPORTS
February 6, 1999
I was shocked to read the comments of Martina Hingis regarding her opponent in the Australian Open final, Amelie Mauresmo, which seemed to indicate that Ms. Mauresmo is a lesbian and that there is something negative about that. Remember, Martina, who your namesake is. JEFFREY KLEMME, Ventura
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September 25, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
Southern California horse racing has chosen a fitting way to open up a crucial meeting. It named a race for Eddie Delahoussaye. Santa Anita will be back in business Friday, for a meeting highlighted by the first of two straight Breeders' Cups. Around here, the best way for the sport to separate itself from the muck that has stalled recent growth is to put on two more dazzling Breeders' Cups, as it did in 2008 and '09. There is no Zenyatta to carry the show this time, but putting a spotlight on Eddie D. on opening day is a smart and worthy gesture.
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July 20, 2012 | Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
Everyone hated Los Angeles in the 1970s. If you didn't, you were ashamed to admit it. When my friend and I came home from college in Berkeley to do what we saw as cool, noirish things - drive by the house where the Manson family murdered somebody, or sneak into Houdini's deserted mansion - we kept it quiet so we wouldn't be labeled "plastic. " I was reminded of this when "Chinatown"screened at the Hollywood Forever cemetery this summer. Three hours before the film started, hundreds of college and post-college kids toting sleeping bags and wicker hampers crammed onto the roped-off lawn in front of the cemetery gate to see Roman Polanski's 1974 L.A. noir epic.
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