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June 8, 2010 | Lauren Beale
Romance and thriller writer Tami Hoag has listed her Pacific Palisades house at $2,995,000. The updated and remodeled Mediterranean, built in 1989, sits on a cul-de-sac. The formal dining and living rooms have French doors leading to a covered patio. The kitchen features a breakfast area, a walk-in pantry, a bar and wine storage. There are also three bedrooms, a family room, a gym, an office and 3 1/2 bathrooms in the house's 5,325 square feet. A beach-entry swimming pool and spa and a built-in barbecue center are set amid tropical landscaping.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Alan Eyerly
Joffrey haters rejoice! The king is dead! Long live whoever poisoned the tyrannical teenager! Much-loathed Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) succumbs to his untimely but well-deserved fate in Episode 32 (“The Lion and the Rose”) of HBO's epic fantasy series “Game of Thrones.” Being the bastard spawn of Queen Regent Cersei Baratheon (Lena Headey) and her twin brother Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Joffrey was never a rightful heir to the Iron Throne. PREMIERE: Season 4 recap of 'Game of Thrones' But even if paternity tests were available in those days of yore, the corrupt Lannisters likely would have faked the results to strengthen their grip on the Seven Kingdoms.
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OPINION
May 26, 2006
I had the craziest dream last night -- the FBI agents digging at the farm outside Detroit revealed the grave of Mary Magdalene, thus leading to worldwide speculation that Jimmy Hoffa's remains would be found underneath the Louvre. DONALD BENTLEY La Puente
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
We'll tell you right now, if you haven't caught up with "The Good Wife," especially the episode that aired Sunday night, then stop reading now. This post is all about the big plot twist from that episode. OK, now that the requisite disclaimer is out of the way, let's quote David Letterman to guest Josh Charles on Monday night's "Late Show": "What the hell happened?" As shellshocked "Good Wife" viewers, or anyone who's spent time on social media in the last 48 hours, knows, on Sunday night Charles' character was suddenly killed by a stray bullet fired in a courtroom.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Kevin Bacon has learned the hard way the tricky dance of discussing current TV on social media without giving too much away. The actor and star of the Fox hit "The Following" issued an apology to his fans via Twitter on Tuesday after he unknowingly spoiled a major plot twist on his series for international viewers who hadn't had a chance to see the most recent episode. Beware, those of you who are still behind on the twisty-turny serial killer drama: Spoilers lurk below. After the airing of the most recent episode, "The Curse," a TV producer and director, Jodi Gomes, tweeted a compliment to Bacon and show creator Kevin Williamson.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 2005
Remaking movies is nothing new in the film business ["Remade in the USA," May 8], but this notion of taking old television shows and slapping a fresh new face up on the screen is just an easy way to sell tickets. These assembly-line factory films have no actual story, feature bad actors and perpetuate the myth that this is entertainment. The audience is regarded as dumb and gullible enough to plunk down $10 a ticket to see these really bad retreads. As long as the tickets sell, they will keep cranking them out. Why not give creative new ideas a chance?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Alan Eyerly
Joffrey haters rejoice! The king is dead! Long live whoever poisoned the tyrannical teenager! Much-loathed Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) succumbs to his untimely but well-deserved fate in Episode 32 (“The Lion and the Rose”) of HBO's epic fantasy series “Game of Thrones.” Being the bastard spawn of Queen Regent Cersei Baratheon (Lena Headey) and her twin brother Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Joffrey was never a rightful heir to the Iron Throne. PREMIERE: Season 4 recap of 'Game of Thrones' But even if paternity tests were available in those days of yore, the corrupt Lannisters likely would have faked the results to strengthen their grip on the Seven Kingdoms.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2004 | From a Times staff writer
An ad for 20th Century Fox's new remake of "Flight of the Phoenix" in Friday's Calendar section featured a quote attributed to The Times: "A twist to die for!" But the review of the film two pages later said no such thing. So where did the quote come from? It was in an article that ran in the paper Nov. 21, written by J.P. Trevor about his father, Elleston Trevor, who wrote the novel "Flight of the Phoenix," from which the 1965 film was adapted.
FOOD
August 12, 2009 | RUSS PARSONS
At a certain point in the wonderful new movie "Julie & Julia," there is a plot twist so shocking the audience gasps. Julia Child does something that seems so totally out of character that even on the way out, people were still shaking their heads. "How could she?" Well, that's one mystery I can solve. I was right there in the middle of it. Before I go any further, I have to warn you that this column is as full of spoilers as an unplugged refrigerator in August. If you haven't already seen the movie, you might want to wait to read this until after you have.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2006 | PAUL BROWNFIELD
WHAT sticks out about '06 is Stephen Colbert's routine at the White House Correspondents' Assn. Dinner, Spike Lee's Hurricane Katrina documentary "When the Levees Broke" and the arrival of Showtime's "Dexter." Given the ever-expanding offerings -- you could do a list of Top 10 Internet video, including but not limited to lonelygirl15 and Michael Richards' Laugh Factory tirade -- here's a loosely categorized, fuzzy-eyed look at the year past. On TV, that is. * Best plot twist: "The Sopranos."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2014 | By J.C. Gabel
Rafael Bernal, born in 1915 in Mexico City, doesn't come to mind when one thinks of great detective novelists of the 1960s. There is little about him on the Internet in English, and none of his other novels, plays, story collections or histories have been translated. Although he wrote dozens of books, his 1969 novel, "The Mongolian Conspiracy," is considered his masterwork, but it was difficult to procure even an old dog-eared copy - until this past fall, when it was reissued by the folks at New Directions.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
From the moment it premiered, Showtime's high-stakes, wildly ambitious spy thriller "Homeland" was not so much discussed as it was anointed. It was the first drama to both embody post-9/11 anxiety and serve as a master class in acting, a narrative high-wire act told from two distinct viewpoints in which the cost of war was endlessly calculated. Two years later, "Homeland" has become a social media pinata, the subject of often outraged recaps, blogs and essays that gleefully harp on perceived flaws and inconsistencies.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Early in the new season of "Homeland," which premieres Sunday on Showtime, Saul Berenson sits with a tumbler of whiskey in his hand and a defeated look on his face. "I'm not temperamentally suited to the job," says the veteran intelligence officer played by Mandy Patinkin, who finds himself ill at ease in his new role as acting director of the CIA. Alex Gansa, "Homeland's" creator, show runner and - in the wake of a Season 2 backlash that saw critics reject the Emmy-winning terrorism drama as emphatically as they'd once embraced it - most public defender, knows the feeling all too well.
SPORTS
June 16, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
ARDMORE, Pa.  - It is hard to know whether this year's U.S. Open golf tournament will be remembered for Justin Rose's victory or Phil Mickelson's defeat. Rose is 32 years old, an Englishman born in South Africa, who was a prodigy as early as 17 with his tie for fourth place as an amateur in the 1998 British Open. Recently, he has been seen as somebody who hasn't won a major but certainly should. Now he has, making birdies on Nos. 12 and 13 and holding on for a one-shot victory with his closing 70, an even-par finale that left him at an unusual 72-hole winning total of one-over 281. The real answer to how this U.S. Open will be remembered may rest with the course it was played on, Merion Golf Club, which yielded nothing.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Ten noteworthy plot turns in the 2013 Tony nominations 1. “Kinky Boots” (with 13 nominations) edging “Matilda” (with 12 nominations) for most nominated show. A reminder that Harvey Fierstein, the “Kinky” book writer, is the Harvey Weinstein of the Tonys. 2. “Bring It On: The Musical” getting a nomination for best musical over “Hands on a Hardbody.” The lesson: Gymnastic cheerleading more crowd-pleasing than a paralytic auto-dealership marathon. FULL COVERAGE: Tonys 2013 3. Bette Midler getting frozen out of the best actress category.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Kevin Bacon has learned the hard way the tricky dance of discussing current TV on social media without giving too much away. The actor and star of the Fox hit "The Following" issued an apology to his fans via Twitter on Tuesday after he unknowingly spoiled a major plot twist on his series for international viewers who hadn't had a chance to see the most recent episode. Beware, those of you who are still behind on the twisty-turny serial killer drama: Spoilers lurk below. After the airing of the most recent episode, "The Curse," a TV producer and director, Jodi Gomes, tweeted a compliment to Bacon and show creator Kevin Williamson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2005 | Dana Parsons, Dana Parsons' column appears Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. He can be reached at (714) 966-7821 or at dana.parsons@latimes.com.
The one TV show I absolutely do not miss is "24." Nor can I in good conscience speak ill of it. The Fox drama with the ticking digital clock delivers crackling political intrigue, unpredictable plot twists and a bevy of memorable characters, both good and deliciously bad. Season four premiered Sunday and Monday nights, and I'm hooked again. Premiering against the backdrop of post-Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2013 | By Neal Gabler
How we love stories - the more movie-like the better. How we wish that life itself were more like the tales we see at our multiplexes and how much life has conformed to those wishes. All of this hit us with an especially loud and awful thud in recent days when onetime cyclist hero Lance Armstrong confessed to Oprah Winfrey that he had used performance-enhancing drugs and Notre Dame star linebacker Manti Te'o admitted to having been duped into believing that a Twitter contact had developed, sight unseen, into a virtual romance and that the stories of her sudden death were fabrications.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2012 | By Margaret Eby
After last episode's tizzy of events, this week's “Homeland ” had a lot to make up for. The bad news is that it didn't quite repair the damage that Nazir's ridiculous plot wrought on this season. It will be nigh impossible to do that in the season finale, now that almost all of the tension the narrative had built was wrung out of “Homeland” so swiftly and surely. The good news is that this week's episode was not only quieter, it contained some outright gorgeous moments.
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