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February 18, 2010
The Grammy-winning pop-folk chanteuse Sheryl Crow will open the first large-scale public address that His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has given since 2006. The celebration of peace and song will launch Whole Child International's global initiative to raise awareness of the emotional needs of vulnerable children. Gibson Amphitheatre, 100 Universal Terrace Parkway. 1:30 p.m. Sun. $30-$205. (818) 622-4440.
April 27, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
The 'Spider-Man' sequel doesn't swing into North American theaters until next weekend, but the superhero flick is already sticking with moviegoers overseas. Since launching in a handful of international markets this month, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" had collected an impressive $132 million, according to an estimate from distributor Sony Pictures. The movie is currently playing in roughly 40 foreign markets, performing best in the Britain, Mexico and South Korea. The picture has yet to open in an additional 30 countries abroad, including major markets like Brazil and China.
June 21, 2010
While most moviegoers cried alongside Woody and Buzz Lightyear this weekend, indie film fans in Los Angeles and New York went for the awkward charm of "Cyrus." The offbeat romantic comedy starring John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei and Jonah Hill opened to a sensational $180,289 at four theaters in the country's two biggest cities. That's a virtual tie for the best limited-release opening of the year, alongside Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer." The first studio-financed picture from writers-directors Jay and Mark Duplass benefited from positive reviews and an aggressive marketing campaign and now appears well positioned as distributor Fox Searchlight expands it nationwide over the next four weeks.
April 26, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Alexander McQueen, the late British designer and high fashion's enfant terrible , wasn't the type to hang around a discount mall alongside a Riverside County freeway. But that's where his eponymous label opened its first U.S. outlet store a few days ago. In addition to McQueen - the label responsible for Kate Middleton's royal wedding dress - powerhouse brands Helmut Lang and Belstaff also launched their first North American outlets in the same mall, Desert Hills Premium Outlets.
January 7, 2010
Ah, the '80s. A high time for capitalism, sitcom TV and New Age ideals. The latter serves as inspiration for "You Can Heal Your Life!" opening at Circus Gallery. Named for the self-help book, the show explores religion, spirituality and self-help through performance, sculpture, painting and other media. Artists include Sister Corita, John Espinosa, Dawn Kasper, Jeni Spota. Circus Gallery, 7065 Lexington Ave., L.A. Opening reception: 7-9 p.m. today. Shows through Feb. 6. www.circus-gallery.
July 12, 2010
"The Kids Are All Right" had a more than all right debut, as director Lisa Cholodenko's comedic take on a modern family opened to an estimated $505,000 at seven theaters in the U.S. and Canada. The $72,127 average gross per theater for Focus Features' critically beloved Sundance acquisition was the highest for any movie released this year. Indie films in art-house theaters usually do most of their business at night, but Focus distribution president Jack Foley noted that "Kids," about two women's teen children who seek out their sperm-donor father, also did extremely well in Saturday matinees.
March 14, 2010 | By Max Padilla, Special to the Los Angeles Times
If Alice decided to decorate Wonderland using feng shui, would it resemble Vera Wang's Los Angeles flagship? Wang's new 3,500-square-foot boutique, which opened March 4, is separated by a "looking glass" fireplace into two rooms: A dark purple foyer showcases Wang's feminine ready-to-wear designs, and a sunny and modern bridal salon takes up the rear. Wang, who collaborated on the design with RNA Associates, ensured all feng shui elements were present — water flows down a window fountain, fire glows inside a glass tube, stone fixtures represent earth, and air flows from the entrance toward an outdoor fireplace.
September 5, 2009
June 16, 2013 | By Bill Dwyre
ARDMORE, Pa.  -- A couple of struggling golfers playing back in the pack had an interesting moment within minutes of each other Sunday in the early going of the final day of the U.S. Open at the Merion Golf Club. Shawn Stefani, a pro from Baytown, Texas, who has played a total of 15 events on the PGA Tour this year and missed the cut in eight of them, was out early with the other also-rans and is likely still smarting from his 85 on Saturday that included eight bogeys and two double bogeys.
October 4, 2009 | Associated Press
No. 10 Cincinnati 37, at Miami (Ohio) 13: Jacob Ramsey ran for 103 yards and three touchdowns for the Bearcats' (5-0) normally pass-oriented offense, breaking open a close game in the fourth quarter for a victory against the RedHawks (0-5). Tony Pike was 23 for 42 for 270 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Ramsey became the first Bearcat to run for 100 yards since the opening game of the 2007 season, and the 15th in school history to score three touchdowns in a game.
April 25, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, Jodie Foster and many more came out to shop the preview night of Paris Photo Los Angeles , the international art fair open to the public through the weekend at Paramount Studios. On the studio's New York backlot, guests wandered in and out of sound stages, and galleries set up in faux delis and pizza parlors, admiring historical and contemporary works by hundreds of photographers. This year's event features a tribute to actor/director/artist Dennis Hopper , including a display of his photographic work (his portrait of artist Roy Lichtenstein was one of my favorites)
April 25, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
Elon Musk, founder and chief executive of Hawthorne rocket maker SpaceX, hastily called a news conference Friday in Washington, D.C., where he outlined an array of matters confronting his upstart company. A cryptic email was sent to media around 9 p.m. Pacific time Thursday that said he would "make an important SpaceX announcement" the next day at the National Press Club. The big announcement, however, wasn't quite clear. Musk made several revelations during the half-hour event. First, he provided an update on SpaceX's goal of creating the world's first fully reusable rocket - the holy grail in rocketry.
April 24, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google, Microsoft, Facebook and several other tech giants have teamed to create an initiative that will be used to fund important open-source projects that are in need of financial assistance such as OpenSSL, which was recently plagued by the discovery of the Heartbleed bug. A dozen companies are pledging $100,000 a year for three years to support the Core Infrastructure Initiative, which will identify key open-source projects and direct funds their...
April 24, 2014 | Matt Cooper
Roger Rees brings his Bard-centric one-man show "What You Will" back to San Diego's Old Globe, for one night only. Plus, 3-D Theatricals ventures "Into the Woods" with that Sondheim musical, and Sarah Ruhl's "Passion Play" plays in Orange County. Pinter Bookends Classical Theatre Lab presents staged readings of Harold Pinter's “The Room” and “Celebration.” Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Sunday, 2 p.m. Free. (323) 960-5691. The Blue Moon Dancing Reading of Ed Graczyk's new play set in a dance hall.
April 24, 2014 | By Mike James
Former defensive back Troy Vincent said that during his 15-year NFL career he "played with six openly gay players in the locker room," though he did not offer the names, and added that the individuals were accepted by teammates without issue. Vincent, recently named executive vice president of football operations for the league, said those teammates had not publicly announced their sexual orientation but that teammates were aware. "They were players," he said. "Roommates on the road.
April 23, 2014 | By David Wharton
The upcoming U.S. Open in Pinehurst, N.C., will feature a nostalgic kind of golf course -- and perhaps a glimpse at the future of the sport. Pinehurst Resort officials have removed acre upon acre of rough that used to line the fairways of their No. 2 course. In its place, they have restored the sandy areas and wire grass that were part of architect Donald Ross' original design. "We lost the uniqueness of being this beautiful, 30 miles wide, 80 miles long, sand hills of North Carolina," course owner Bob Dedman said.
June 16, 2010 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Hollywood has Georgia on its mind. After beefing up its film incentive program in 2008, Georgia has emerged among the top five states in the country for film production, attracting such movies as the Academy Award-winning "The Blind Side," the Woody Harrelson horror flick "Zombieland" and the fifth installment of Universal's "Fast & Furious" franchise. The latest sign of the state's expanding film business: a sprawling 30-acre studio complex that has opened in the former Lakewood Fairgrounds site near downtown Atlanta.
March 5, 2010 | By Julian E. Barnes
A man apparently planning to enter the Pentagon walked up to police officers guarding the doors, pulled out a gun and opened fire Thursday evening, shooting two officers before being mortally wounded himself. The gunfight took place about 6:40 p.m., yards from the entrance to the giant Defense Department installation as workers were heading home, police said. Employees were ordered back to their offices and the building was locked down for a time, with no one allowed in or out. "He walked up, very cool.
April 23, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
Picking up where they left off in February, the two teams in Super Bowl XLVIII, Seattle and Denver, open the 2014 NFL season with blockbuster games. The league released its schedule Wednesday, revealing the defending champion Seahawks will play host to Green Bay in the opener Thursday, Sept. 4, and Indianapolis will play at the Broncos in the opening Sunday night game. Packers-Seahawks is a rematch of a 2012 "Fail Mary" game won by Seattle on the final play, a controversial touchdown pass that from every camera angle looked to be an interception by Green Bay. Replacement officials called it a touchdown for the Seahawks, however, and that game proved to be the final straw that ended the officiating lockout.
April 23, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Tumultuous marriages, father-son relationships and film censorship are just three of the themes explored in the 12 Iranian films featured at this year's UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema. Beginning Thursday, the series will show the films at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum in Westwood Village through May 14. Four of the screenings will be accompanied by Q&As with the movies' directors. Iranian cinema is "one of the most exciting on Earth," said Paul Malcolm, programmer at UCLA's Film & Television Archive, which presents more than 200 professionally curated public screenings each year.
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