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October 29, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Bolshoi Ballet leading soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko and two other men were indicted Tuesday for the sulfuric acid attack on the company's artistic director, Sergei Filin. Dmitrichenko, looking haggard and nervous in court, pleaded not guilty and after hearing the indictment read his own version of events from handwritten notes. The indictment says that Dmitrichenko, driven by animosity toward Filin over the distribution of dance roles and fees, hired Yuri Zarutsky and Andrei Lipatov and masterminded the Jan. 17, 2013, acid attack months before.
October 29, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Members of a white supremacist Afrikaner "army" who hatched a poorly planned plot to assassinate former South African President Nelson Mandela were sentenced Tuesday to as many as 35 years in prison. The 21 defendants were charged with offenses including treason, terrorism, setting off explosions and culpable murder from the late 1990s to 2002. Their sentences ranged from five to 35 years, the latter prison terms give to group leader Mike Du Toit and four others.
October 24, 2013 | By Robert Abele
From the stark glare of paralyzing grief to the shadow eroticism of a neo-gothic romance, "Il Futuro" makes for a peculiar strain of otherworldly viewing. An exquisitely shot love-among-the-ruins story adapted by Chilean filmmaker Alicia Scherson from a novel by her late countryman, the cult author Roberto BolaƱo, it begins with a pair of dazed, bored teenagers, Bianca (Manuela Martelli) and younger brother Tomas (Luigi Ciardo), facing uncertain times in a rundown Rome apartment following their parents' death from a car accident.
October 24, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Words I thought I'd never write: "Jackass" Johnny Knoxville has made an actual movie. I don't mean the occasional part the actor takes in someone else's film, notably Luke Duke in 2005's "The Dukes of Hazzard. " Or the string of stunts that migrated pretty much intact to the big screen from MTV's "Jackass" reality series, with "Jackass: The Movie" in 2002, followed by "Jackass Number Two" and "Jackass 3D. " All lowbrow, low-budget and lucrative. What I do mean is that "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" is an evolution.
October 17, 2013 | By Annlee Ellingson
Make no mistake: "I'm in Love With a Church Girl" is no wholesome romance with benign faith-based themes. It is wholesome - more so than it wants to be, what with its sterile attempt at portraying a gangsta lifestyle - but it's aggressively evangelistic, peddling a specific strain of Christianity espoused by writer-producer Galley Molina, on whose life the film is based. Nearly every conversation in the film didactically centers on returning drug trafficker-turned-concert promoter Miles Montego (Jeffrey "Ja Rule" Atkins)
October 17, 2013 | By Geoff Nicholson
Nobody would file the novels of Donna Tartt under "thrillers. " But that is what she writes. And without a great plot, any thriller - even a beautifully written and very literary one - falls apart. Her previous novel, the self-consciously Southern Gothic "The Little Friend," was, despite its promising subject matter of meth and death, a little lacking in plot and disappointed some fans of her debut, "The Secret History. " Tartt's latest, "The Goldfinch" - only her third novel in 20-plus years - coheres magnificently.
October 9, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
SAN DIEGO - Characters in drama don't have to be likable, as Shakespeare, Ibsen and Eugene O'Neill keep reminding us. But we ought to care about their fates. They should arouse our concern even if we might politely turn down a dinner invitation from them. The three characters in Samuel D. Hunter's "The Few," which is having its world premiere at the Old Globe's Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre under Davis McCallum's sensitive direction, aren't going to win any popularity contests.
October 8, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Leo Reed has been a professional football player, a police officer and bodyguard to Sylvester Stallone. But he is best known in Hollywood as the leader of Teamsters Local 399, the powerful union representing 4,500 studio transportation coordinators, location managers, casting directors, animal wranglers and drivers who haul stars, props and equipment to film and TV sets. Reed, the undisputed leader of Local 399 for nearly 25 years, now faces his first serious challenge in what is widely acknowledged as an unusually close and deeply divisive election to select the next secretary-treasurer of the union.
October 6, 2013 | By Anh Do
The men had just finished their thick steaks and were starting to smoke cigars while artichoke hearts warmed on the grill. A plate of mooncakes awaited them nearby. On a sunny afternoon in the backyard of his home in the hills of Orange, Van Tran plots his political comeback. Once California's highest-ranking Vietnamese American politician, riding a wave of activism in the immigrant community where he came of age, Tran was bounced to the sidelines in 2010 when a veteran congresswoman, Loretta Sanchez (D-Santa Ana)
October 3, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON -- A Tunisian has been extradited to Washington to face federal criminal charges of working with the late Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to set off a suicide bomb at a U.S. military installation in Europe in the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, federal law enforcement officials announced Thursday. Nizar Trabelsi, a former professional football player in Germany, was arrested in Belgium two days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and had been held there the last 12 years on a terrorism-related conviction.
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