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June 8, 1999 | Ryan Cormier
E&J Gallo Winery and Dick Clark Productions Inc. said they've teamed up to celebrate the millennium. Clark will appear in commercials for Gallo's Ballatore Sparkling Wine and use it to toast the new year on his "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" special. The Gallo campaign for the wine also includes in-store promotions and radio ads. Financial terms weren't disclosed. Gallo had a similar deal with Clark in 1998.
April 16, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
NEW YORK - Why is James Franco, the world's most famous perpetual student, making his Broadway debut in a revival of that panting war horse "Of Mice and Men," a favorite of high school English teachers and Turner Classic Movies addicts? It's a strange choice for this multi-hyphenated star, who has conducted his career like a postmodern experiment designed to reveal - who knows? - the pointless distinction between high and low culture or maybe the susceptibility of the arts and academia to the whorish charms of celebrity.
March 21, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- Ted Lilly was scheduled to face the San Diego Padres Wednesday, but will instead pitch in a minor-league game on a practice field at Camelback Ranch. There were two reasons for the move. With Lilly scheduled to face the Padres on March 27 and again in his first start of the regular season, Manager Don Mattingly wanted to limit the number of times the division rival saw him. Also, a rain-shortened game on Sunday limited the workload of some relievers competing for the final roster spot and Mattingly wants to see them pitch in game conditions.
April 11, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Oscar Pistorius complained he was “tired” Friday in his murder trial in South Africa, prompting Judge Thokozile Masipa to ask if that was “the reason you're making all these mistakes” in testimony. The Olympic athlete, charged with murder in the death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, several times contradicted himself, recanted or apologized for “mistakes” in his statement. He said he was tired, adding that this was not going to change. But Masipa cautioned Pistorius that if he was making mistakes because he was tired, he must say so. “It's important that you should be all here when you are in that witness box," she told him. "If you are tired and that's the reason you're making all these mistakes you must say so. It doesn't help to say it won't change.” “The question is, are you too tired to proceed, because you can be at a disadvantage when you're in that witness box. Are you making the mistakes because you're too tired?
June 21, 2012 | By Leah Ollman
"Are there scholarships to rehab?" Michelle Andrade endearingly asks in "Surrender Michelle," the most absorbing and among the largest of her drawings at Charlie James. Andrade nearly smothers the 31-by-50-inch sheet of paper with inked ramblings, doodles, intricate patterns, propositions, reflections and self-doubts: "I have the best taste in music....I am still filled with Catholic guilt....My mind races....Don't get too close....Want to come to the Verdugo tonight?" Andrade's drawings meld teenage exuberance with adult anxiety.
June 20, 2013 | By Robert Abele
If last year's quietly wrenching Oscar-winner "Amour" revealed the artistic heights achievable by a story of lifetime love and imminent death, "Unfinished Song" reveals an all-too-common middlebrow miasma of easy tears and microwaved warmth. Much like a critic faced with one too many movies like this, cranky pensioner Arthur (Terence Stamp) thinks of the eccentric, ebullient choir practice his ailing wife (Vanessa Redgrave) goes to at the senior center as a waste of time. Perky choir director Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton)
January 21, 1992 | ALLAN MALAMUD
This is supposed to be the week of D.C. in Minneapolis, but Monday was the day of A.C. at the Forum. . . . A.C. Green worked hard during every one of his 39 minutes in the Lakers' win over the Seattle SuperSonics. He hit the boards. He ran the court. He played good defense. He made some outside shots. He got a double double--16 points and 16 rebounds. . . . Perhaps most important of all to the Lakers, he has begun to emerge as their floor leader in the first season of the post-Magic Johnson era.
October 20, 2010
Notes for sale Re "Stern lecture from CSU," Oct. 15 Cheating and plagiarism have been problems on college and university campuses for years. To me, buying someone else's lecture notes falls into a similar category. More than 20 years ago, two students in one of my classes turned in nearly identical "research" papers that they bought from an entrepreneur of the time. I told them what I would tell students today who purchase someone's notes: Doing your own research and taking your own notes are part of your university learning experience.
August 6, 2013 | By Tony Perry
Meeting notes released reluctantly and under legal pressure by San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's chief of staff portray him as a tough, insulting and demeaning boss whose behavior shocked and disappointed even people who had worked for him in the past. "People in my off[ice] crying," according to one notation. But the notes also suggest what may be Filner's defense against a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former staffer: she was judged to be doing a poor job and possibly was angry that she was facing removal from her $125,000 a year post.
May 28, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Remember last week, when fans discovered that Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and his fiancee had registered online for wedding gifts at Bed, Bath and Beyond? His fans bought them almost every gift they asked for, which seemed strange considering he probably makes more money than all of those fans combined. Well, Griffin showed why his fans are so loyal: He wrote a personalized thank you note to every one of them. We know this because Keith Elgin posted his thank you note online: @ michaelsmith… - Keith Elgin (@keithelgin)
April 10, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
Nostalgia is a legal but dangerous substance in "Detonator," a repetitive, sluggishly paced nocturnal rumination on why we bother reuniting with old friends we purposefully left behind. Suburban dad Sully (Lawrence Michael Levine) and wastrel bachelor Mick (Benjamin Ellis Fine) used to play in a punk band called Detonator, back when "the music was real," according to Mick. Their third bandmate, a female drummer who has gone on to solo success, is Sully's ex and Mick's obsession. Years after the band break-up, the two former pals reunite for a night of "you've changed so much, you haven't changed at all" - all just a prelude for Mick to ask one last preposterous favor of his exhausted buddy.
April 4, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
VANCOUVER, Canada  - The panicked hue and cry from the Kings' fan base when defenseman Drew Doughty left Thursday's game in San Jose was almost like that bleak November night in Buffalo when goalie Jonathan Quick suffered a serious groin injury. That's where the similarities end. Quick immediately went home to Los Angeles and missed a substantial portion of the season. By contrast, Doughty, who appeared to injure his shoulder against the Sharks in the first period, continued on the trip with the team to Canada.
April 3, 2014 | By Matt Stevens, This post has been corrected. See note below for details
A man and woman found dead with gunshot wounds inside their condominium were identified Thursday as an older couple who had lived together for 25 years. Police said they found what appears to be a suicide note in the couple's Santa Ana residence and that officers recovered a weapon they believe was used in the apparent murder-suicide. The two were identified as Freda Bryson, 78, and Michael Worden, 71. Officers said the bodies were found in a bedroom. Police were called to the 2100 block of East Wellington Avenue around 6 p.m. Wednesday after being asked to make a welfare check by a worried relative, Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
March 27, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
Rarely has the zone between girlhood and womanhood been captured with such urgent honesty than in Eliza Hittman's superb teen drama "It Felt Like Love. " Hittman's debut isn't just a brilliantly tactile study of the mounting sexual curiosity and frustration of 14-year-old Lila (Gina Piersanti); it's also an important landmark in the oft-ignored subgenre of realistic movies about female adolescence. Lila doesn't want a boyfriend. She wants something better. When the working-class Brooklyn teen observes her slightly older but infinitely more sexually experienced friend Chiara (Giovanna Salimeni)
March 26, 2014 | Doyle McManus
President Obama is scheduled to visit Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday, and the meeting will probably take the usual form of encounters between presidents and pontiffs: a polite conversation about their common agenda on poverty and world peace, plus a gentle remonstrance from the Holy Father on abortion and religious liberty. But if Obama and Francis had time to get to know each other, they might each benefit by trading notes on practical politics, as presidents and British prime ministers often do, and on the lessons they can draw from each other's experiences.
March 14, 2014
A front-page article in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 7, 2013 , was incorrect in reporting that Occidental College failed to disclose 27 alleged sexual assaults that occurred in 2012. The article ("College shelved more assault reports") dealt with Occidental's obligations under the federal Clery Act, which requires schools to publish statistics annually on reported crime on or near campus. Occidental representatives approached The Times early this month to seek a correction.
March 14, 2014 | By James Rainey
At just 21, a kid from the San Fernando Valley named Jim Berk began work as a music teacher at Carson High School. Within a couple of years, the teacher, not much older than some of his students, had turned a woebegone marching band into one of the best in Southern California. Then Berk moved to struggling Hamilton High School to launch a music magnet program. It gained national acclaim and so many new students that officials reversed their threat to close the Westside campus. "The Wunderkind of education" the Times dubbed him in 1992.
March 13, 2014 | By Robert Abele
A race-against-time thriller set in a crowded concert hall, director Eugenio Mira's "Grand Piano" may never match the silky suspense of Hitchcock's classic of sinister decorum, "The Man Who Knew Too Much," but it has a certain virtuosic joie de vivre. Elijah Wood stars as a celebrated pianist who, five years after a notorious fiasco of a performance, is making a nervous, much-hyped return to the stage. As he begins to play for the eager audience, however, his score reveals a scrawled note from a hidden sniper (a mostly unseen John Cusack)
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