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August 5, 2011 | By Greg Kot
Lollapalooza is feeling the weight of its 90,000 capacity crowd Friday just before headliners Muse and Coldplay arrive. The South Side of the park is packed, with a Times Square vibe spilling over from the Perry's stage, which once again is the hit of the festival. With Skrillex commanding a huge crowd, the sound and lights awhirl and a crowd collectively dancing itself into a sweaty frenzy - including a dozen partyers who climbed a generator outside the tent, the better to gyrate in full view of Grant Park - it seems inevitable that Lollapalooza will eventually go 50-50 on electronic/DJ performers vs. rock bands.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 | By Gale Holland
Turning the Cecil Hotel into homeless housing was supposed to be a quick and innovative way to get skid row residents off the streets. But a proposal for hundreds of homeless units in the hotel collapsed recently in the face of opposition from downtown business leaders and social service providers, backed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. They argued the neighborhood is oversaturated with homeless housing and other services. "Supervisor Molina's strong opinion is that the skid row area is the way it is because of an over-concentration of services," Roxane Marquez, Molina's press deputy, said Friday.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2010
"Sunset Blvd. " wasn't the only unforgettable dark satire about show business that came out in 1950. "All About Eve," a brilliant evocation of the backbiting world of actors, writers and producers, actually dominated the Academy Awards that year. Nominated for 14 Oscars, "All About Eve" earned six, including best picture, director and screenplay for Joseph L. Mankiewicz and supporting actor for George Sanders as the acerbic critic Addison DeWitt. The film was a great comeback vehicle for Bette Davis, stealing the show as the aging theater star Margo Channing who befriends aspiring actress Eve Harrington ( Anne Baxter)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The new dystopian thriller "Divergent" defied the recent trend of young-adult book adaptations faltering on the big screen, topping the weekend box office with an estimated $56-million opening. While that falls short of the first "Twilight" ($69.6 million) and "Hunger Games" ($152.5 million), it's still a solid number that outpaces such YA misses as "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" ($9.34 million), "Beautiful Creatures" ($7.6 million), "Vampire Academy" ($7.8 million) and "Ender's Game" ($27 million)
NEWS
March 1, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
U.S. District Judge Richard Leon has blocked the federal government's plan to require cigarette manufacturers to cover half of each package sold with a graphic health warning. In his ruling, issued late Wednesday, Leon said the government mandate amounted to an "impermissible expropriation of a company's advertising space for government advocacy. " That decision confirms a temporary stay issued by Leon in November - a move that signaled his view that a suit brought last August by several tobacco manufacturers against the Department of Health and Human Services would likely prevail.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 2012 | By Mark Olsen
A portrait of Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter Anderson "The Spider" Silva, the documentary"Like Water"feels wildly incomplete, a let-down for fans and initiates to the sport alike. The film's title comes from a quote from the late martial arts master Bruce Lee, in which he explains how water takes on the properties of the container that holds it. Perhaps meant to explain Silva's mercurial nature, the brief glimpse of Lee only highlights how uncharismatic Silva is in comparison.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Contraband," starring the rock-steady Mark Wahlberg, is about a high-risk, high-seas heist involving a supertanker that is so super complicated (implausible?) that in the wrong hands it would be laughable. Instead, this very gritty bit of greased action does a decent job of shaking the sluggish out of January. Based on the 2008 Icelandic thriller, "Reykjavik-Rotterdam," the filmmakers have turned up the heat — both literally and figuratively — shifting it from icy Nordic seas and alcohol trafficking, to set things in New Orleans with a Panama port of call and a few million counterfeit dollars on the horizon.
BUSINESS
October 13, 1996
You must think there is a major breakthrough, or smoking gun, when you put an article at the top of the Business section ("BAT Exec Urged Firm to Admit Smoking-Disease Link," Oct. 8) about the discovery of a 1980 internal letter of the British American Tobacco Co. admitting there might be a link between tobacco and disease. So what's new? I invite you to look at any one of the millions of packs of cigarettes sold every day that display the warning that cigarettes might be hazardous to your health.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 1987 | CONNIE JOHNSON
There's nothing like a tell-all book and the public's willingness to cheer on the underdog to put a rock icon solidly back on the comeback trail. It worked for Tina Turner, and judging by the enthusiastic response Mary Wilson drew from a full house at the Roxy on Tuesday, it's working for the former Supreme. Wilson's career probably should have collapsed the day Diana Ross left the Supremes, since Wilson's role within that popular '60s group was minimal by comparison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1998
Regarding the Nov. 2 letter from Winston Steward: I do not believe that gun owners love the danger, they just believe in the Bill of Rights that was written over 200 years ago. And what about the criminal who packs a gun? What other means of protection should we have? Maybe a 750-pound lion! CHERYL HILL Buena Park
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
Let's hear it for the "American Idol" voters. They were spot-on this week. The voters didn't care if the judges told Majesty Rose that her shouty rendition of "Let It Go" was "strong. " Nor were they willing to unquestioningly accept all that Sam Woolf-is-the-next-big-heartthrob propaganda the show has been handing them when his performances have been consistently awkward and underwhelming. And they certainly won't sit idly by when a guy who'd portrayed himself as a down-home country boy suddenly sees fit to lose the backward baseball hat, slick back his hair, groom his scraggly beard, replace his flannel shirt with a velvet jacket and make like Elton John.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Shelby Grad
The large 6.9 magnitude earthquake that rattled Northern California on Sunday was the state's largest earthquake in nearly a decade. But it caused no damage or injuries. That's because the quake was centered 50 miles off the coast of Eureka and occurred at a depth of "10 miles beneath the Pacific seabed," according to the U.S. Geological Survey. By the time the waves reach the shore, they had dissipated significantly. The USGS said the north coast felt only moderate to light shaking.
NEWS
March 10, 2014 | By Judi Dash
Eagle Creek's newest travel bag has all the advantages of big, roomy unstructured duffel and all the hands-free portability of a well-designed backpack. That's because the Systems Go Duffel Pack 60L is both. Used as a backpack, the 2 1/2 -pound, water-resistant bag benefits from a fully padded back panel and adjustable padded back strap, sternum strap, and hip belt. Or you can tuck away the hip belt, detach the back straps and recombine them to create a single cross-body duffel strap.
NEWS
March 10, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Thunderheads, be prepared to set sail this fall. Irish band Celtic Thunder plus a slew of other Irish music performers will headline a four-night cruise aboard the MSC Divina from Miami to the Bahamas. Those who want to immerse themselves in the floating song fest -- from Irish standards to musical theater to a little pop rock -- will be entertained by the band's Keith Harkin, George Donaldson, Ryan Kelly, Neil Byrne and Colm Keegan. The cruise ship leaves Miami and stops at Nassau and the private island of Thunder Bay. Fans receive assigned seating (based on order of sign-up)
HEALTH
March 7, 2014 | By James S. Fell
After the film "300" hit the screen in 2006, Google trends showed a threefold increase in searches for "six-pack abs. " And every magazine with the word "muscle" in its title shared a version of a "Secrets of the '300'" workout. But there are no secrets to seeing your abs. Methods vary, but they sum up as: Train hard. Eat fewer calories than you burn. The end. The sequel, "300: Rise of an Empire," is now in theaters, and the actors recently gathered at a Century City hotel to talk about their physical transformation from ordinary humans to chiseled glory.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2014 | By Joe Mozingo
Wearing a nitrogen-powered jet pack, Dale Gardner stepped from the space shuttle, alone and untethered, 224 miles above Earth. Armed with a 5-foot probe called a stinger, Gardner drifted toward a wayward satellite, the Westar 6, which was spinning slowly, 35 feet away. When he got close enough Gardner inserted the stinger into the orbiter's spent rocket nozzle and brought it to a halt. "I got it," he exclaimed. The mission to salvage the Westar and another communications satellite, the Palapa B-2, in November 1984 marked a high point of the space shuttle program, feeding a growing sense of NASA's infallibility that would end just a year later, when the Challenger exploded just after launch over Florida.
NEWS
August 8, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Think that turkey sandwich you packed for your kid's lunch will be at a safe temperature -- safe and sound from food-borne illness --when they sit down to eat it? Maybe not--a study finds that few sack lunches might be kept at proper temperatures until lunch time. The study, released Monday in the journal Pediatrics , looked at temperatures of 705 lunches containing at least one perishable item belonging to 3- to 5-year-olds. Food was removed from containers and temperatures were measured by a temperature gun about an hour and a half before the lunches were served.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 1988
How much deterrence do we need? We have 19-20 submarines at sea at all times, together shipping about 3,000 nuclear warheads. Each boat packs 1,500 times the blasting power of the Hiroshima bomb, enough to levitate every city with over 50,000 population--and all coming down silently out of nowhere without warning. If this isn't enough to discourage them, it's hard to see how the half-billion-dollar B-2 is going to make much difference. VICTOR BOESEN Pacific Palisades
BUSINESS
February 26, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Tesla Motors Inc. wants to raise almost $2 billion to help fund a giant battery factory in the Southwestern U.S. to supply its electric vehicles. The Palo Alto automaker said Wednesday that it plans to build a "gigafactory" that would slash the cost of the battery packs for its cars, allowing Tesla to introduce a less expensive vehicle. "Tesla is riding on its success to tell a bigger story than just being a car company," said Thilo Koslowski, an analyst at Gartner Inc. "The batteries will attract a whole new group of investors.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Remember the 1980s? Art museums are starting to. Now that a full generation has passed, curators have some historical distance on that time, when so much changed in American art and American life. Last year, Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art did a savvy survey, "This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s. " The wide-ranging assembly of work, featuring 90 artists and several artists' collectives, considered art through a lens of the era's raucous social landscape. Now, the UCLA Hammer Museum is looking at one specific facet of 1980s art. Or, to be more precise, it's charting the intersection of two genres that together gained considerable traction then.
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