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October 19, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
The brewing Kate Upton-Maksim Chmerkovskiy romance has finally been confirmed.  The voluptuous Sports Illustrated swimsuit model and "Dancing With the Stars" alum have acknowledged their relationship, thanks to Chmerkovskiy opening up to Us Weekly.  "She's an amazing person," the ballroom-dancing hunk told the mag. PHOTOS: Kate Upton through the years "We have an incredible time together, and, you know, I definitely didn't...
April 10, 2014 | By Trishna Patel
On a warm, picturesque California day at the beach, it's hard to walk more than five feet without seeing someone with a camera or mobile phone.  After all, the Instagram sunset possibilities are endless… But last Tuesday on the Huntington Beach Pier, photographer Ramon Ambriz stumbled upon an unusual sight that would soon rival filtered sunset pictures everywhere.  Sitting on the back of a chained bike was a skeleton wearing a bikini and a...
March 10, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
A study on how people use social networking websites such as Facebook confirms what many of us suspected. Women who post loads of photos of themselves on their sites are conveying some strong personal characteristics, according to new research. These women are more likely to base their self-worth on appearance and use social networking to compete for attention. The study involved 311 men and women with an average age of 23. In order to better understand aspects of social networking behavior, the researchers looked at the amount of time subjects spent managing profiles, the number of photos they shared, the size of their online networks and how promiscuous they were in terms of “friending” behavior.
April 9, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
As Republicans seek to improve their standing among Latinos and women, fresh controversies in California could further damage the party with both groups. On Monday, a GOP gubernatorial candidate's inflammatory rhetoric likening illegal immigration to war came to light. The previous day, a conservative website on California politics was launched, featuring a raunchy photo-shopped image of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi - a depiction that prompted the most powerful Republican congressman from California to remove his column from the site.
March 13, 2014 | By Robert Abele
Out to prove that the comic-book movie needn't be mega-financed behemoths, the scrappy superhero-noir indie "Sparks" busks its 1940s saga of dark redemption with considerable visual energy, if not always coherence or competence. Starting with wounded, wanted vigilante Ian Sparks (Chase Williamson) barging into a newspaper to report his own murder, the movie flashbacks - and flashbacks - to unravel a convoluted story stemming from a superpower-bestowing meteorite crash, Sparks' teaming with masked crime fighter Heavenly Lady (Ashley Bell)
February 28, 2014 | By Robert Abele
The ludicrous and bloody New Orleans melodrama "Repentance" offers the despairing sight of talented actors in full flounder. There's Forest Whitaker, as a basket-case divorcee and father who never got over his dead mother, stomping around with a mopey expression and a jittery left hand that's bad-movie shorthand for impending psychosis. There's Anthony Mackie, as a bestselling self-help author who changed his life after a devastating car accident, smiling uncomfortably through ridiculous therapy sessions with Whitaker - $300 an hour!
February 28, 2014 | By Meg James
With one of its two big fish gone, BermanBraun has changed its name to Whalerock Industries. The Santa Monica TV production and digital media company, owned by veteran media executive Lloyd Braun, made the announcement Friday.  Braun's founding partner, Gail Berman, cut bait late last month, prompting a name change for the company that employs 150 people. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Braun separately announced that he has elevated Andrew Mittman to run the company's newly combined film and scripted TV divisions.  Mittman has been in charge of the firm's small film unit since 2009.
August 14, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
That "Ooh! Ooh ooh!" That Horshack laugh. When Ron Palillo died Tuesday morning at his home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., another little nugget of '70s pop culture died with him. Palillo, best known for playing Arnold Horshak in "Welcome Back, Kotter," which ran from 1975 to 1979, died suddenly around 4:30 a.m. EDT, according to the  Palm Beach Post , which said he had not been ill. The actor had been teaching acting for film and camera for...
February 15, 2014 | By David Colker
John Henson, who occasionally performed as a puppeteer in the Muppets troupe his father founded, died Friday of a heart attack at his home in upstate New York. He was 48 and did not have a history of heart trouble, his sister Cheryl said. His father, Jim Henson, also died young: He was 53 when he died of pneumonia in 1990. John Henson sometimes performed as Sweetums, a large, hairy Muppet who towered over other puppets and humans. Henson played the character for a while at a Muppets movie/live-action attraction at Disney World, where he would suddenly run into the audience near the end to screams of delight from fans, said Brian Jay Jones, whose biography on Jim Henson came out last year.
March 2, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
The still-hot "Frozen" has joined the billion-dollar box-office club.  Disney's animated fairy tale musical is expected to pass $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales on Sunday, according to studio estimates.   "Frozen," which was released wide in the United States and Canada in late November, has generated $388.7 million in box-office revenue from those two countries, while overseas sales have reached $611.5 million.  PHOTOS: Movie scenes from Disney's 'Frozen' The long-running picture is nominated for two Oscars, which air Sunday night.
April 7, 2014 | By Trishna Patel
Last weekend, photographer Hugo Ramirez caught this exciting moment between two long-lost pals at Huntington Dog Beach . “Otto (on the left) and his girlfriend Eeva of three years hadn't seen each other in some time," Ramirez writes in an email.  They were so happy that when they went to greet each other and play, "it looked like Otto got a high-five to the face.” Follow Trishna Patel on Twitter . Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers.
March 21, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Pink is taking another shot at selling a home she owns in Sherman Oaks, this time priced at $3.499 million. The three-time Grammy winner, who sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” at the Oscars this year, listed the gated property at $4 million three years ago or for lease at $8,500 a month. Recently it was leased out at $10,000 a month. The Spanish-style house, built in 1946, features hand-hewn double entry doors and a two-story foyer. The 4,435-square-foot home has four bedrooms and five bathrooms.
March 20, 2014 | By Armand Emamdjomeh
"I obviously don't do it for the money, I do it so I can play my guitar all day long," said "Rick," the man in this image by Skylar Aud, taken Sunday at Sunset Boulevard and North Orange Drive in Hollywood. According to Aud, Rick has been homeless for two years and plays on the streets of Hollywood for money.  Aud took the picture with his Samsung Galaxy phone and edited the image with Snapseed. Follow Armand Emamdjomeh on Twitter or Google + . Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers.
March 20, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
"McCanick" features the late "Glee" star Cory Monteith in his final role. He plays Simon Weeks, a hustler who has just completed his prison sentence after a cop named McCanick (David Morse) framed him for killing a congressman. Against his captain's order, McCanick seeks Simon out. Here we have a police procedural that pretty much rejects standard operating procedure, leaving the audience to wonder whether writer Daniel Noah meant to create such an unbelievably sloppy and reckless officer or simply didn't do any homework on law-enforcement protocol.
March 20, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
A woman's impulsive midday drive turns into an extended, life-enhancing road trip in "On My Way. " That the woman who finds herself in unfamiliar circumstances is played by Catherine Deneuve, a movie star who finds herself in the unusual situation of interacting mostly with nonactors, gives the comic drama an exhilarating kick. Emmanuelle Bercot's agreeably ambling feature celebrates the inimitable Deneuve-ness of her leading lady, whose character, Bettie, appears in every scene.
March 20, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
The steadily affecting relationship drama "Stay" is a great example of how a film can rise above its terrible dialogue. So many phrases out of characters' mouths are as overused and flavorless as a thrice-steeped tea bag, and yet a sturdy narrative structure, increasing thematic complexity and finely detailed performances from Aidan Quinn and Taylor Schilling make writer-director Wiebke von Carolsfeld's sophomore effort an agreeably pensive experience....
December 18, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Christian charity will be hitting the small screen in the middle of next year when "It Takes a Church" is to debut on GSN. The network announced Tuesday that it has greenlighted the new original series, which features 2014 Grammy Award nominee Natalie Grant as host. The hourlong reality show is to visit a different congregation at churches across the U.S. in order to find the perfect romantic partner for a preselected single person. The church's pastor will then ask his or her congregation to try to find a match.
November 29, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
Digitally-altered photographs in magazines and beyond -- a pimple fuzzed out here, a crooked nose reshaped there -- can be nice to look at.  But as photo retouching has become more widespread, scientists worry that such idealized images have negative effects too, making people less satisfied with their own, less-than-perfect looks.   When the website publicized apparent alterations to a photograph of the singer Faith Hill from a 2007 Redbook cover, readers recoiled .  This summer, the American Medical Assn.
March 20, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
Even the ubiquitous James Franco should have known better than to star in "Maladies," a pretentious head-scratcher involving would-be artistic expression, mental illness and shaving cream (don't ask). Franco brings a bit of his trademark charisma to the muddled role of an unstable soap-opera-actor-turned-novelist, also named James, who finds himself in a Long Island beach house living "an artistic life" with his moody, cross-dressing painter friend (Catherine Keener) and his disturbed sister (Fallon Goodson)
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