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October 30, 2013 |
For Justin Marquis Scott, the last 20 days have been a nightmare. He had been charged with capital murder in the Oct. 8 double homicide of his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend's grandmother, and the attempted murder of her boyfriend. He spent his days weeping in a jail cell and waking from nightmares. HOMICIDE REPORT: Chronicling Los Angeles County homicides But on Tuesday, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge approved a motion by prosecutors to dismiss murder charges against the 19-year-old Compton man, based off surveillance footage that showed Scott at two shopping centers in Compton on the day of the shootings.
October 29, 2013 |
Inside Studio Della Morte, the Los Angeles compound where Danny Elfman spends much of his professional life, antique dolls, skulls and leering puppets coexist with deranged fairy tale paintings by Mark Ryden and mesmerizing Diane Arbus photographs. The haute sideshow décor might be an effective visual representation of Elfman's gleefully ghoulish sensibility, but it also serves as a catalog of the inspiration and influences that have helped shape his prodigious musical output. What you won't see, though, is a shrine to his own creative past.
October 25, 2013 |
Ten months into the moviegoing year, and many of the most lucrative surprises at the box office are cut of the horror cloth: “The Conjuring” ($137 million), “Insidious Chapter 2” ($81 million), “Mama” ($71 million). Conceived with low expectations and lower budgets, all three coasted to weekend wins and have ended up in the box office top 50. You could imagine, then, how it was easy to think "Carrie" could continue the trend last weekend -- A-list cast, big marketing spend and the added selling point that the film shares name and concept with one of the most popular horror movies of all time.
October 24, 2013 |
There are things worse than death. One could, for example, wake up each morning to find it's the day before your 16th birthday - again. In "Haunter," Lisa (Abigail Breslin) lives this "Groundhog Day" nightmare day after day, a rebellious teen doomed to eat the same meatloaf, do the same laundry and watch the same episode of "Murder, She Wrote" for the rest of eternity. Her plight is made worse by the fact that the rest of her family is in the same boat, but they're oblivious to their situation.
October 17, 2013 |
You know the nightmare where you show up naked at the office? Kristian Burford has captured something of that horrifying feeling in his latest installation at Nye + Brown. It consists of two glass-enclosed, generic office cubicles, each populated by a matte gray sculpture of a nude, bald woman. The woman in the first cubicle pokes her head up to look at the second figure with a somewhat startled expression. More relaxed, the other woman occupies an equally nightmarish reality. The interior of the glass in both structures is covered with a mirrored coating that creates an infinite, internal reflection.
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October 13, 2013 |
The sister of a Long Beach teacher fatally stabbed in front of her students Friday at a playground described the crime as "nightmare. " Authorities allege that Steven Brown attacked Kellye Taylor, 53, a teacher at Huntington Academy, which serves nearly 30 students from kindergarten to 6th grade. Taylor was the grandmother of Brown's four children and had custody of them. A candlelight vigil was held Saturday night for Taylor. “It's like a nightmare. It's like I want to wake up from a bad dream,” said Taylor's sister Mary Bryant in an interview with KTLA News. “But in reality, it is what it is. My sister's no longer with us.” Homicide Report: Track killings in L.A. County The motive for the attack is under investigation, but Taylor's younger sister, Pamela Huffman, told the Long Beach Press Telegram that the custody arrangement had caused friction with Brown.
September 14, 2013 |
Not a guy to mince words, two-fisted writer-director Samuel Fuller began (and ended) his tabloid classic "Shock Corridor" with a spurious quote from Euripides: "Whom God wishes to destroy he first makes mad. " But he might just have well taken his epigraph from Allen Ginsberg's "Howl": "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked …" In 1951, Fuller had the scoop on the Korean War with "The Steel Helmet....
August 31, 2013 |
There's plenty to weep over if you live near or drive around the 405 Freeway on the Westside during the seemingly endless construction project to widen it. Now, it turns out, the freeway feels your pain and weeps along with you. Well, actually, it's the retaining wall that keeps the hillside from cascading down onto Sepulveda Boulevard, just east of the freeway, that weeps. For the next two weeks, crews will be working on a retaining wall -- east of the freeway -- on the east side of Sepulveda Boulevard.
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August 22, 2013 |
Looks like San Diego's about to wake up from its six-week civic nightmare. After two weeks of therapy and three days of legal mediation, Mayor Bob Filner has struck an agreement with city officials and his former press secretary, who sued him for sexual harassment, according to San Diego City Atty. Jan Goldsmith. But the world will have to wait until Friday afternoon, when the City Council, whose nine members have all urged Filner to resign, vote on the agreement in a closed session.