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June 20, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"A Hijacking" is as lean, focused and to the point as its title. A cargo ship is hijacked in the middle of the Indian Ocean, and this expertly done, ultra-tense Danish thriller places you in the middle of the action in the most intense way. Gripping from first frame to last, "A Hijacking" is written and directed by Tobias Lindholm, best known as the co-writer on Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt" as well as the crack Danish TV series "Borgen. " It is Lindholm's tip-top notion to have the action go back and forth between what happens on the vessel and what goes on back home in Denmark.
June 17, 2013 | by Carolyn Kellogg
Pirated e-book versions of Stephen King's "Joyland" have surfaced online. That's notable because King, to support the print book being published by small indie Hard Case Crime, decided not to issue an e-book of this particular novel.  It's not notable, however, in that just about every book Stephen King published is available as a pirated e-book. On one pirate site, major bestselling novels by King available for illicit free download include "The Shining," "The Stand," "Pet Sematary," "It," "The Green Mile," and "The Gunslinger" -- and that's all just one bundled package.
June 16, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
PITTSBURGH - This can't continue, not if the Dodgers have any intention of playing baseball in October. They can't afford to follow every win with a loss, as was the case yet again Sunday, when Zack Greinke and the offense supporting him stumbled in a 6-3 defeat by the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Whatever momentum the Dodgers had from their victory the previous night vanished, and they went into their day off with a 29-39 record. Every other team in the National League West, even the fourth-place San Diego Padres, has a record better than .500.
June 15, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
PITTSBURGH -- Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly was supposed to watch Toby Keith in concert Saturday night. He never made it. The Dodgers' notoriously unreliable bullpen blew yet another lead, extending a game that should have been won in nine innings. So while the concert was starting, Mattingly was still in the visiting manager's office at PNC Park, fielding questions from reporters. "It cost me an hour of limo time, too," Mattingly said, shaking his head. But the manager said, "It's worth it. " It was worth it because the Dodgers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in 11 innings, 5-3. How the last-place Dodgers won for only the second time in five games is something Mattingly probably won't want to relive any time soon.
June 14, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
PITTSBURGH - The Dodgers' most consistent hitter this season, Adrian Gonzalez is in a minor slump. He was hitless in four at-bats in his team's 3-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night at PNC Park, making him six for 34 with two runs batted in over his last nine games. Gonzalez, who leads the Dodgers with 44 runs batted in, is now batting .307. The last time his average was that low was when the season was four games old. BOX SCORE: Pittsburgh 3, Dodgers 0 "Timing's not exactly where it is," Gonzalez said.
June 14, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
The Dodgers' refrain: Wait until we get our guys back! Wait for the cavalry! The first wave came Friday, and for one night, the new Dodgers looked a lot like those old Dodgers. Offense continued to be mere rumor, the Dodgers going meekly in a 3-0 loss to the Pirates and left-hander Jeff Locke in Pittsburgh. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez started his first game since June 5, the Dodgers nursing his return from a strained hamstring. Catcher A.J. Ellis was activated from the disabled list Friday, recovered from a strained oblique.
June 12, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Gerrit Cole had an impressive major league debut Tuesday … a nd he pitched well too. Cole, a former UCLA pitcher, was called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates and sent out to face the San Francisco Giants. Cole had already pitched two scoreless innings when he came to the plate with the bases loaded. He fell behind, 0-2, worked the count full and then singled to right to drive in two runs. “I got a little lucky,” Cole told reporters after the game. “That was my first hit since high school.” Lucky or not, the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen told reporters, “He looked like a big league hitter working the count like that.” As for the pitching part, Cole lived up to being the first overall pick in the 2011 draft.
June 1, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Long before a retired Southern California couple and two friends were shot and killed aboard their sailboat off the Horn of Africa in February 2011, the threat from Somali pirates was frighteningly clear. Since 2005, heavily armed Somalis in jury-rigged speedboats had hijacked scores of oil tankers, cargo ships and private yachts, holding hundreds of crew members hostage for lucrative ransoms. The brigands had crippled shipping in some of the world's busiest sea lanes, costing companies an estimated $5 billion a year.
May 14, 2013 | Doug Smith, Doug Smith is data editor at the Los Angeles Times
My young colleague, Ben Welsh, who hails from Swisher, Iowa, by way of Columbia, Mo., and Washington, D.C., quickly caught on to what we native Angelenos know subliminally. Los Angeles has its own distinctive voice. It's not the plaintive howl of coyotes in the hills, the frightening screams of the Santa Ana winds or the somnolent lap of surf. Our city's voice, as Ben observed, is a singular human one: Vin Scully's. Its timbre is like no other. Hear a single syllable and, as surely as Billie Holiday is Billie Holiday, Winston Churchill is Winston Churchill and Billy Mays is Billy Mays, you know it's Vin. I think Scully could have been mayor if he'd wanted.
April 18, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
The Somali pirates in the documentary "Stolen Seas" brandish bazookas instead of swords and have roughly the same sense of chivalry as the husbands on "The Real Housewives of New Jersey. " "There's no such thing as a romantic Somali pirate," says one of the movie's many talking heads. You probably suspected as much. Still, Thymaya Payne's ambitious doc contains plenty of surprising and interesting details about the Somali pirate trade, which, according to the film, costs the shipping industry $7 billion to $12 billion annually.
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