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August 11, 2012 | By Mark Olsen
Even before Craig Zobel's psychological thriller "Compliance" premiered this year at the Sundance Film Festival, the filmmaker knew the movie would be a button-pusher. Still, he didn't expect the very vocal, very negative response from some audience members at the film's first screening, where a handful of viewers began loudly shouting accusations of exploitation and misogyny. "I knew that it was a bothersome, upsetting film," Zobel said of his expectations before that first screening.
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March 29, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - Stepping up its role in the hunt for the elusive Malaysia Airlines flight 370, China reported Saturday that one of its Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft Saturday reported seeing "three suspicious objects" in the south Indian Ocean that could be wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The official New China News Agency, which has a reporter on the search plane, described the objects as red, white and orange and wrote that a marker had been dropped...
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2004
Re "Partisan '9/11' Signals New Era for Documentaries," by David Macaray, July 12): Documentary 101 in college will start with the "rude awakening" that, by merely turning the camera to focus on a subject, the documentarian is already making a "statement" film -- namely, that the film's subject warrants attention. Leni Riefenstahl knew and documentarians today know that the "raw" footage can be collated, edited and combined to propound many points of view. "Woodstock" raw footage could have easily been used to demonstrate the decay of modern civilization in a bacchanal of drugs and self-indulgence instead of a celebration of youth, music, tolerance and love.
SCIENCE
March 26, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Planet-hunters scouring the heavens have found thousands of distant worlds around other stars, but astronomers may have overlooked one lurking much closer to home. Scientists searching for glimmers of light beyond Pluto say they've discovered a new dwarf planet - and that its movements hint that an invisible giant planet far larger than Earth may inhabit the solar system's mysterious frontier. The new dwarf planet, dubbed 2012 VP113 and described in a study published in Thursday's edition of the journal Nature, helps confirm the existence of an "inner Oort cloud" in an interplanetary no man's land that was once thought to be barren but could be teeming with rocky objects.
NEWS
April 22, 1997 | ELEANOR RANDOLPH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Allan Little, a veteran foreign correspondent for the British Broadcasting Corp., remembers the dread he felt in the summer of 1995 as ethnic Serb soldiers approached the Muslim town of Srebrenica. His editors called from London and asked what was going to happen. He predicted the worst, a massacre. "They will all die," Little told his bosses over the phone. But he did not go on the air and tell the world.
OPINION
February 1, 2010
Howard Zinn died last week. Since 1980, his controversial "A People's History of the United States" has sold more than 2 million copies, and it has given Zinn -- a professor, social activist, shipyard worker and World War II bombardier -- his own shot at being more than a footnote in the march of time. Marjorie Miller Marjorie Miller interviewed his colleagues to start history's assessment. Sean Wilentz Princeton University, "The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008" What he did was take all of the guys in white hats and put them in black hats, and vice versa.
OPINION
October 4, 1998
The Clinton affair has spawned a new oxymoron: congressional objectivity. ADRIAN M. WENNER Santa Barbara
ENTERTAINMENT
September 21, 1991
Rosenberg's commentary in "Stop the Charges: No Double Standard in 'Church' Stance" (Calendar, Sept. 16) was read with interest and appreciation for the balance of perspectives. The usually cogent objectivity of viewpoints--so characteristic of Rosenberg's writings--is a welcome contribution to media output. DON PERLEY, Yorba Linda
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1985
As a former newspaper journalist and occasional political writer, I learned early that, when covering the news, it doesn't pay to wear your personal allegiances on your sleeve. It is the quickest way I can think of to damage credibility. I also have concluded that the most ethical and able reporting is practiced by those who keep the needle of their journalistic compasses pointed at the big "O"--OBJECTIVITY. Unfortunately for The Times and its readers, political writer Jeff Perlman's compass needle seems to be out of control.
SPORTS
March 30, 2002
As we Laker fans eagerly await Chick Hearn's return, I would like to express my personal "slaaaaam dunk" to Paul Sunderland, for the exceptional job he has done keeping Chick's seat warm, giving us his excellent "words-eye view" of the Lakers' games during Chick's absence. While filling in for, arguably, the finest basketball play-by-play announcer to ever sit behind a mike, Paul has maintained the consistent high quality and objectivity that we have enjoyed over the years with Chick.
WORLD
March 26, 2014 | By Barbara Demick and W.J. Hennigan
BEIJING - Malaysian authorities said Wednesday that they were encouraged by new images from European satellites showing 122 floating objects off the Australian coast that could be debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. The discovery bolstered hope of finding wreckage from the Boeing 777, believed to have crashed March 8 in the choppy seas 1,500 miles southwest of Perth. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said Thursday morning that 11 aircraft and five ships from the U.S., Australia, China and Japan had resumed the search, which will cover 30,000 square miles.
SCIENCE
March 26, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
In a first, scientists have detected rings encircling an M&M-shaped asteroid known as Chariklo. Until now, only the solar system's four gas planets - Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus and especially Saturn - were known to have rings. "It was an extremely surprising discovery," said James Bauer, a planetary astronomer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge who was not involved in the finding. "No one has ever seen rings around a comet or an asteroid before. This is a brand-new area.
WORLD
March 22, 2014 | By Don Lee
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Spurred by additional satellite leads, Australian officials on Sunday ramped up a multinational effort to comb a vast stretch of the south Indian Ocean for traces of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said eight military and civilian aircraft carrying 20 volunteer spotters - double the number used Saturday - would look for objects that were shown floating about 1,500 miles off...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Grace Southerland was an excellent student. For 20 weeks, she wasn't tardy and had only three absences. The eighth-grader took such classes as U.S. history, spelling and sewing. Her grades weren't labeled A's and Bs but "excellent" and "good. " That's because Grace's report card dates to 1900. And so do many other pieces, some later in the century, being showcased at the Los Angeles Unified School District's "Heritage House" exhibit, which opened Tuesday. Grace's barely smudged, intact report card was on display, along with a shiny 1950 decorated teapot used by girls in a home economics class.
WORLD
March 9, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- A Singaporean vessel participating in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has informed Vietnamese authorities that it has found some “suspicious objects” that may be from the missing aircraft, Vietnamese media said Sunday afternoon. It was not immediately clear where the objects were discovered or what they were. Aircraft and ships were searching an area of about 3,900 square miles off the southern tip of Vietnam in the waters of the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea. Vietnamese boats on Sunday reached an oil slick spotted late Saturday by Vietnamese surveillance aircraft, but found no sign of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, Agence France-Presse reported.
BUSINESS
February 23, 2014 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: We are settling my dad's estate. My dad found a rock, and it sat in my parents' frontyard for years. He worked in a gravel pit for decades, and that was the only rock he found interesting enough to bring home. When my mom died, we held an auction of their household goods. My dad told me to take the rock home. I said that to be fair, the rock should be sold at auction. A family member then stole the rock and has been hiding it for more than two years. This person says it's going to be placed on my dad's grave site.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1999
Re "Otis Chandler Assails Times' Top Executives Amid Controversy," Nov. 4: Bravo to Otis Chandler. Why not repeat it on the front page? Providing news is not the same as selling cereal or soap (or soap operas). ROY A. FASSEL Los Angeles Regarding the recent articles that mention a Times policy for "eliminating the traditional 'wall' between the newspaper's news staff and its business executives--a measure designed to preserve journalistic objectivity and credibility" (Nov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1990
I commend David Shaw for his article "Negative News and Little Else," (four-part series on minorities and the press, Dec. 11-14). I am 27 and a black male and even though I am college-educated and have never been incarcerated, my image is the epitome of a drug addict, drug dealer and rapist perpetuated by the press. Ultimately, objectivity must be the goal of any journalist if the press is to inform and educate. But objectivity can only be achieved if there is "integrity" in the reporting of facts and context.
OPINION
February 16, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations in 1948 says, "Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. " But, like other rights enshrined in that declaration, religious freedom is widely violated around the world. Is that any of the business of the United States? President Obama thinks so, and he's right. Before the most receptive audience imaginable - a National Prayer Breakfast - Obama recently insisted that "promoting religious freedom is a key objective of U.S. foreign policy.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Early in the development of "The Lego Movie," Jill Wilfert, the executive who oversees Lego's licensing efforts in Southern California, had a question for her bosses at company headquarters in Denmark: Can we have a character die? "It wasn't something we ever had to really think about before," Wilfert said. "But we had to think about it now. " Their conclusion was yes, and it became one of a number of freedoms the company allowed Warner Bros., producer Dan Lin and writer-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller in creating the most freewheeling and reference-packed picture to come out of film's branded-movie era. PHOTOS: Actors who've been turned down for famous roles "Lego"--which as of Thursday had garnered a rare 100% Fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes and was expected to open upward of $50 million this weekend--is a rare Big Hollywood entertainment with a playful subversiveness, the world's first postmodern toy film.
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