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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.
April 24, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM - Israel suspended its involvement in peace talks Thursday after a Palestinian deal that would bring the militant Islamic group Hamas into a broader Palestinian government. Israel's decision, announced after a six-hour Cabinet meeting, also calls for imposing new sanctions on the Palestinian Authority. "The government of Israel will not negotiate with a Palestinian government that relies on Hamas," a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said, noting that the Cabinet decision was unanimous.
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.
April 22, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Authorized biopics are rarely the most juicy or revealing films. But what happens in the opposite instance, when‎ the family of your subject actively doesn't want a movie and is willing and eager to share that sentiment with the world? That's the situation that James Ponsoldt's "The End of the Tour," a look at the late acclaimed writer David Foster Wallace starring Jason Segel, finds itself in. Ponsoldt's movie, based on reporting from magazine writer and novelist David Lipsky, recently finished shooting and is about to enter the editing room.
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.
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.
October 4, 1998
The Clinton affair has spawned a new oxymoron: congressional objectivity. ADRIAN M. WENNER Santa Barbara
September 14, 2003
The article "Sneer When You Say 'Journalist' " (by Michael D'Antonio, Aug. 24) is informative, but it overlooks one key factor in the metamorphosis of journalism. The rise of conservative talk radio and Fox's right-leaning news network is not simply due to the emergence of infotainment as news. It is a reaction to the oft-denied liberal bias in the mainstream media. Whether it's because of polls of journalists illustrating their political affiliation with the Democratic Party or Peter Jennings' sneering sarcasm when referring to Reagan or the Bushes, many Americans have realized that the media are biased despite their pretense of objectivity.
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.
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
April 21, 2014 | By Catharine Hamm
Question: How do I tip the people who take me by wheelchair for airline departures? Does the amount differ if it's a tiny, easy airport like Long Beach; medium to normal like SFO; or long, complicated and very hard like Dulles? I'd appreciate advice. Margo Kasdan Seal Beach Answer: Duck for cover. We're about to poke the hornet's nest again, creating yet another swarm of pro- and anti-gratuity camps, who have presumably been beefing since the word "gratuity" was first used in 1540, according to Merriam-Webster.
April 20, 2014 | By David Colker
Robert Olsen, a critically acclaimed artist known for his luminescent paintings of outdoor urban objects such as gas pumps and ATMs, would drive around Los Angeles all night looking for interesting items to photograph and then later paint. "I try to isolate the ubiquitous," Olsen said to a reporter who accompanied him on a drive for a 2002 Los Angeles Times article . "I like to look at these things as mathematical models. " Times art critic Christopher Knight chose Olsen, whose works almost never portrayed humans, as one of L.A.'s top painters under 45 . "The pictures have the specificity and presence of portraiture," Knight wrote in 2007, "resonating with the bleak beauty of American life today.
April 19, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
Matjames Metson's Silver Lake studio is in a 1930s Art Deco duplex perched atop a steep flight of aging, concrete stairs overlooking a cul-de-sac, which overlooks a hillside, which overlooks a bustling intersection that, from above, appears to be teeming with tiny toy cars and action-figure people. Inside, Metson's dusty, sunlit living room-turned-art studio is also full of tiny treasures. The assemblage artist builds intricate, architectural sculptures, wall hangings and furniture made from his abundant stash of objects, most of which he finds at estate sales.
April 15, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
The moons that orbit Saturn may be increasing by one -- an icy, pint-sized object that astronomers have named “Peggy.” NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spotted evidence that a mysterious object measuring perhaps half a mile across is disturbing the outer edge of Saturn's large, bright A ring. The object's gravity seems to have roughed up the ring's usually smooth profile. PHOTOS: Amazing close-ups of moons As a result, a stretch of the A ring that measures 750 miles long and 6 miles wide is now about 20% brighter than it would typically appear.
April 11, 2014 | By Paul Richter and Ramin Mostaghim
WASHINGTON - The White House will block Iran's choice of United Nations ambassador from entering the United States, officials said Friday, stoking new tension between Tehran and Washington as they approach a critical moment in negotiations over Iran's disputed nuclear program. Facing overwhelming bipartisan pressure from Congress, White House officials said Hamid Aboutalebi would not be granted a U.S. visa. The choice of the veteran diplomat set off an outcry in Washington because of his membership in the radical student group that stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and held U.S. diplomats hostage during Iran's 1979 revolution.
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...
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.
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.
March 29, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- A Chinese Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft searching the South Indian Ocean reported Saturday seeing “three suspicious objects” that could be debris from the long-missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The official Xinhua news service, which has a reporter on the plane, described the objects as red, white and orange and wrote that a marker had been dropped at the location so that the objects could be retrieved by a ship for closer examination....
March 28, 2014 | By Brittany Levine
A men's group is objecting to Glendale offering free self-defense classes to women only, saying the city is violating federal and state civil rights laws that protect against sexual discrimination. The National Coalition for Men outlined its opposition in a letter sent this month to city officials, the Glendale News-Press reported. For years, Glendale's Commission on the Status of Women has held self-defense classes in April on city property for women and girls in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
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