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March 20, 2014 | By Steve Appleford
AUSTIN, Texas - Robert Duvall first came to Texas when he was 10, a San Diego military brat on a visit to his mother's family. It would be his first time on a horse, and his first encounter with the people he would later come to know so well. "These aunts would back up to the fire and lift their skirts to warm their behinds, and I never saw that before," says Duvall, now 83, sitting with a bowl of soup at this city's old Driskill Hotel. "The name of the family was Hart, so we said 'They warmed their hearts.'" He's never lived in the Lone Star State, but he was embraced as a cultural icon here after his acclaimed performance as Capt.
March 19, 2014 | By Jason Wells
Mockery of Los Angeles' response to the magnitude 4.4 earthquake that struck earlier this week continued on the late-night talk show circuit Tuesday -- only this time the main targets weren't just scrambling news anchors. Jimmy Kimmel, who a day earlier poked fun at L.A.'s local news anchors for their on-air reactions to the quake, took to the streets of Hollywood for his "Lie Witness News" segment, which fooled unsuspecting passersby into believing that "the Big One" had been forecast to strike the next day at a predetermined time.
March 17, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Usually, it's Dustin Penner seeking to provide the creative response to a question. But when the former Ducks forward was pulled off the Honda Center ice March 4 and told by General Manager Bob Murray he'd been traded to the Washington Capitals, Penner did the asking: Why? "Cap room," Murray replied. Penner's reunion season with the Ducks ended in a deal for a fourth-round draft pick the Ducks then dealt to the Dallas Stars for defenseman Stephane Robidas . Penner and the Caps visit Anaheim on Tuesday night.
March 17, 2014 | By Joe Mozingo
A Van Nuys man survived two nights in a canyon north of Castaic Lake after the pickup he was riding in plunged 250 feet off a winding mountain road, officials said. The 65-year-old driver of the 1995 GMC Sierra was killed, according to a report from the California Highway Patrol. His name was not released, pending notification of next of kin. The survivor, Alvaro Avila, 39, of Van Nuys, suffered a broken pelvis and internal injuries to his torso. Both men were wearing seat belts.
March 17, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The movie may be called "Divergent," but for the cast members of the upcoming young-adult action-romance, all roads lead to "Jimmy Kimmel Live. " As the promotional beat grows louder ahead of the film's Friday opening, a different "Divergent" cast member will appear on Kimmel's couch each of the next four evenings, beginning with Jai Courtney on Monday and continuing with Ashley Judd, Zoe Kravitz and Tony Goldwyn in each of the next three nights....
March 14, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
The best first-round game of the Big West tournament on Thursday got the least notice because it ended at 10:56 p.m. Pacific time in front of a sparse crowd at the Honda Center. Cal State Northridge's 87-84 overtime win over Hawaii, however, deserved more than a tack-on blurb at the end of a long day. Northridge, under first-year coach Reggie Theus, blew a 16-point first-half lead but rallied back from 13 points in the second half. The fifth-seeded Matadors tied the score at 74 on senior Josh Greene's three-pointer with 12 seconds left in the second half.
March 14, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SAN ANTONIO - Sure, why not. Another ragged moment for the Lakers and their fine tradition. They never lost this badly to the San Antonio Spurs until Friday, a 119-85 blush of a game for the visitors that blew past their embarrassing 32-point defeat here in 1977. Insult meets injury meets history. Again. The Lakers (22-44) were officially eliminated from playoff contention after experiencing another brutal night on defense. Who knew their victory over Oklahoma City on Sunday would become the miracle of the NBA season?
March 14, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Shakespeare with puppets, a legendary director still breaking ground in his 80s, and a couple of Pulitzer Prize-winning dramas are just some of the highlights of the spring theater season. As for new work, there's a brand new play by one of America's rising playwriting talents. But even the classics are being served in novel ways and the prospect of Annette Bening performing monologues by Ruth Draper has all the charge of a world premiere. MARCH 18-APRIL 13 'A Song at Twilight' This late work by Noël Coward is in the capable hands of director Art Manke, who has been shining a spotlight on the lesser-known reaches of the Coward canon.
March 14, 2014 | By Irene Lechowitzky, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Welcome to Borrego Springs, Calif., population 3,400, in the middle of nowhere (actually, about 150 miles southeast of L.A.). Throw away the smartphone; this is a place to unplug. This designated Dark Sky Community offers breathtaking views of the stars at night. The days aren't too shabby either, as my husband and I learned on a late February getaway. Be sure to stop at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center (200 Palm Canyon Drive; [760] 767-4205,
March 14, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
In early February, the Lakers ran out of players in an odd win at Cleveland over the Cavaliers, 119-108. On Thursday, Joe Borgia, the NBA's vice president of referee operations, gave his perspective (via NBA TV ) on the strange final minutes that saw Lakers center Robert Sacre finishing the game despite collecting his sixth personal foul. "We have to have five players on the court at all times," Borgia said. "If there are no available substitutes to come in the game, the player who fouls out has to remain in the game" The Lakers started the game short-handed, with Kobe Bryant, Jordan Hill, Pau Gasol and Jodie Meeks all out with injuries.  Nick Young bruised his knee during the game.
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