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November 29, 2012 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
It's not unusual for a specialty film label to juggle multiple contenders going into awards season. But it's pretty rare to be pushing the majority of your releases in a single year. That's the situation Fox Searchlight is in as four of its seven 2012 releases are considered serious players for top Oscar, Golden Globe and guild nominations: "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "The Sessions" and "Hitchcock. " It's quicker to count this year's Fox Searchlight movies that won't be getting "for your consideration" ads ("Sound of My Voice," "Lola Versus" and "Ruby Sparks")
November 29, 2012 | By David Pagel
Caravaggio painted people like nobody's business. He was even better with darkness, making ink-black shadows seem to open onto infinity. His best paintings combine the riveting intensity of quickly glimpsed details with the spine-tingling scariness of dark alleys and dimly cellars. In his hands, these everyday places are often more terrifying than the void. Nancy Grossman does something similar with her sculptures of human heads. Mounted on stout pedestals and made of finely carved wood and meticulously cast porcelain, her realistic heads are lifesize.
November 16, 2012 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week Nov. 18 - 24 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SATURDAY Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC The Chris Matthews Show Dan Rather; Sam Donaldson; Katty Kay; Jodi Kantor. (N) 11 a.m. KNBC, Sunday 5:30 a.m. KNBC McLaughlin Group 6:30 p.m. KCET SUNDAY Today Matthew Broderick. (N) 6 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America (N) 6 a.m. KABC State of the Union Fiscal cliff negotiations: Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.)
November 14, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- The question that has been circulating for weeks, if not longer, is about to be answered: Will Nancy Pelosi seek another term as the Democratic leader of the House? The first female House speaker booked a Wednesday morning news conference, where she is expected to announce her decision. And with that, the speculation began anew. The nature of Pelosi's event, surrounded by the many newly elected women of the House, prompted two theories: Would this be a passing of the baton to a new era of female leaders?
October 30, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro, Los Angeles Times
LAREDO, Texas - At an intimate gathering in this border town, Nancy Pelosi was a whirlwind of urgency, a reminder of the force she once was as speaker of the House. Evening was falling, and this was the third stop in what would be a 12-hour day. On pointy heels in a pale cream-colored suit, the 72-year-old grandmother of nine showed no sign of exhaustion. "That's what we're talking about: Reigniting the American dream, building ladders of opportunity for people who work hard, play by the rules, take responsibility," she told Democratic donors at the historic La Posada Hotel.
October 22, 2012 | By Leah Ollman
Nancy Haynes carries the torch of postwar abstraction into the present with breathtaking sensual intelligence. Her nine recent paintings at George Lawson are modestly scaled (the largest is 28 x 34 inches), intimate and luminous. Most of each canvas is occupied by a chromatic or tonal progression, a broad band in which one color morphs into another, or a light shade grows dense and dark. These smooth, meticulous gradations are bordered, top and bottom, by a sort of behind-the-scenes peek at the seamless illusion: discrete, short brushstrokes that feather off quickly.
September 30, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
The Stanley Cup made its first public appearance Saturday since the Kings' names were inscribed on it, and the updated trophy contained a surprise. The name of club co-owner Ed Roski, omitted from the original list submitted to the NHL and the Hockey Hall of Fame, is on the top line following the names of owner Phil Anschutz, Anschutz's wife, Nancy, and Tim Leiweke, head of the Kings' parent company. That gave the Kings 53 names on the Cup, one above the limit, but Roski's ownership role was considered important enough for the league to add his name.
September 29, 2012 | By Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
The restaurant business is remarkably volatile, and anyone who has spent much time around it is used to seeing his or her favorites sputter out of business after good long runs. You grow up going to Angeli, you have your first date there, you become a regular when you get your first grown-up job, and - boom, it's gone. Your favorite chef meets a payroll he can't handle; your favorite bar turns into a shul. It's sad, but it's understood. Still, I don't think I've ever experienced as visceral a reaction as I did to the rumors - and, finally, the announcement - that Campanile was shutting down after 23 years, to be replaced by a Bill Chait-owned dining room with Walter Manzke behind the stoves.
September 21, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
Looking to do a little outdoor cooking tonight, or sometime this weekend? Have we got a burger for you, courtesy of Nancy Silverton. Best of all, you can make the toppings ahead of time, then just grill up the burgers to order. You can find the recipe here. For more quick-fix dinner ideas, check out our video recipe gallery here . Food editor Russ Parsons and Test Kitchen manager Noelle Carter show you how to whip up a dozen dishes in an hour or less. ALSO: Go behind the scenes at the Test Kitchen 134 recipes for your favorite restaurant dishes Browse hundreds of recipes from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen You can find Noelle Carter on Facebook , Google+ , Twitter and Pinterest . Email Noelle at . Nancy's burgers Total time: 40 minutes Servings: 6 Note: From Nancy Silverton.
September 18, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
In a significant bet that a technology company can compete with Hollywood to produce original video content, Microsoft Corp. has hired Nancy Tellem, the longtime entertainment president of the CBS network, to run a new production studio in Los Angeles. As entertainment and digital media president, Tellem will put together a team to develop series that will be available exclusively through Microsoft's Xbox platform. Microsoft has this year made Xbox its entertainment brand not only for the Xbox 360 video-game console but also for other connected digital devices like computers, tablets and smartphones.
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