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ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2011 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The title — "Conan O'Brien Can't Stop" — is as much a diagnosis as an ironic understatement in this hyperbolic fugue-documentary that follows the fast and furious comic blur as he burns through some very dark times. Rodman Flender may be the director, but O'Brien is setting the agenda and the breakneck pace. The film unfolds during the legally imposed TV blackout designed to keep O'Brien mostly gagged for about six months in 2010 after his brief gig as host of "The Tonight Show" publicly imploded.
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BUSINESS
January 20, 2010 | By Meg James
Negotiations over Conan O'Brien's departure from NBC stalled Tuesday over the "Tonight Show" host's demands that NBC compensate staff members who will lose their jobs when the show goes off the air. The issue was one of several slowing the negotiations, which were expected to have been finalized earlier in the week. "The Tonight Show" employs about 190 people, including 60 to 70 who followed O'Brien to Los Angeles from New York last year when he switched jobs. NBC paid to relocate 40 to 50 of those staffers, said a person close to show.
NATIONAL
January 14, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
MAKENA STATE PARK, Hawaii - After a record year of attacks across the Hawaii archipelago, sharks were not far from Colin Dececco's mind as the sun went down on the long white strip of sand here on a recent Sunday evening. He and his daughter had had a close encounter with a reef shark while swimming around the rocky cove at the north end of Makena's Big Beach that morning. Now, watching a spear fisherman haul in his catch as they strolled by the same spot at sunset, they heard a splash at the edge of his net. It was an 8-foot tiger shark, one of the most aggressive shark species in Hawaii's waters and the likely culprit for many of the 14 attacks in 2013, eight of which occurred around Maui, near Makena's beaches and elsewhere.
SPORTS
January 30, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
Jim O'Brien's future as the Indiana Pacers' coach was in question heading into a four-game trip, and team President Larry Bird didn't get the answers he wanted. Bird fired O'Brien on Sunday after the team squandered a promising start to the season by losing seven of its last eight games. Bird had discussed the team's options with owner Herb Simon , saying he wanted to see how the team performed on a Western swing against the Clippers, Golden State, Portland and Denver.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 13, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
Former CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien turns teacher in Monday's installment of "Dream School," the Sundance Channel's series about a class of high school dropouts inspired by a celebrity faculty. It's part of her new matrix of journalistic gigs under her Starfish Media Group production company. Let's start with "Dream School. " Why did you participate in the show, and what did you hope to accomplish? I love the idea of being able to make [school] seem relevant to a bunch of 16-year-olds who have lost faith in the education system.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Margaret O'Brien  was the reigning child star on the MGM lot in the 1940s. Diminutive and adorable with big brown eyes and the ability to cry at the drop of a hat, she received acclaim at age 5 as an orphan in 1942's "Journey for Margaret" and later received a juvenile Oscar for her performance as the spirited Tootie, the baby sister of Esther (Judy Garland), in Vincente Minnelli's beloved 1944 Technicolor musical "Meet Me in St. Louis. " FOR THE RECORD: Margaret O'Brien: An interview with Margaret O'Brien in the July 25 Calendar section said that the actress makes her home in Westlake.
BUSINESS
January 12, 2010 | By Meg James
Conan O'Brien, caught in NBC's late-night shuffle, found encouragement Monday from rival network Fox. NBC confirmed Sunday that it was pulling the plug on the prime-time "Jay Leno Show" after just four months, and would shift Leno back to his longtime 11:35 p.m. slot in March. Although Leno has signed off on the time-period switch, O'Brien, the other person involved in the matter, hasn't agreed yet. O'Brien took over the storied "Tonight Show" in June when Leno stepped down to prepare for his prime-time show.
BUSINESS
August 5, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Veteran Hollywood talent manager Patrick W. O'Brien has been convicted of violating state law by operating a bait-and-switch scam on aspiring actors and their parents, according to the Los Angeles city attorney's office. O'Brien, 51, operator of Los Angeles-based companies Pat O'Brien Talent Management and Talent Marketing and Promotions Inc., entered a no-contest plea to one count of operating an advance-fee talent representation service and one count of failing to file a $50,000 bond with the state labor commission, the city attorney's office said in a statement Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2010 | By Joe Flint
Conan O'Brien is going to cable. The former host of NBC's "Tonight Show," who lost the program to Jay Leno earlier this year, has signed a deal for a new late-night program on TBS, the basic cable network owned by Time Warner. O'Brien's show will start in November at 11 p.m. George Lopez, the comedian who currently occupies that slot, will have his show move to midnight. "In three months, I've gone from network television to Twitter to performing live in theaters, and now I'm headed to basic cable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1991
Eugene L. O'Brien, a musician, arranger and music teacher who began his career during the big-band era, has died at a Panorama City hospital. He was 76. A longtime Burbank resident, O'Brien died Wednesday of heart failure, said his daughter, Judy O'Brien of Santa Maria. Born in Burr Oak, Kan., O'Brien toured the country singing and playing the bass in various orchestras and bands, including the Jimmy Joy Orchestra, the Meadowlarks and The Orin Tucker Band.
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