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April 29, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb and Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
As Michael Jackson's highly anticipated comeback shows approached, promoter AEG was so desperate to become No. 1 in the concert industry that its executives ruthlessly pushed the pop star to perform, caring little about his health, an attorney said Monday. In his opening statement, Brian Panish, who represents Jackson's mother and his three children, told the jury that Anschutz Entertainment Group was willing to do whatever it took to catch up to its competitor, Live Nation. "AEG had a problem, and they wanted to fix it," he said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times
Michael Jackson's death nearly four years ago has been the subject of intense curiosity, endless media speculation and even a dramatic courtroom drama in which the King of Pop's doctor was found guilty of causing his death. But all that may end up being a warm-up act for the legal showdown set to begin Monday . In a wrongful death lawsuit, the singer's mother and three children accuse concert promoter Anschutz Entertainment Group of threatening to end Jackson's career if he failed to deliver on a series of comeback concerts in London and hiring the doctor who was later convicted of giving the singer a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
While former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton considers the pros and cons of trying, once again, to become this nation's first female president and Julia Louis-Dreyfus returns as the bumbling but pencil-skirt-rocking fictional vice president in HBO's "Veep," a strange day took from us two women who helped a generation redefine what it meant to be a woman. It's difficult to imagine former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and former Mouseketeer and pop music star Annette Funicello sharing much beyond today's obituary page - Thatcher died Monday, at 87, of a stroke; Funicello, at 70, of complications arising from multiple sclerosis.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2013 | By Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times
Rihanna is many things: singer, actress, fashion designer, tabloid mainstay. She's Chris Brown's on-again/off-again girlfriend, the youngest solo artist in history to top the Hot 100 a dozen times and, according to Forbes, a "social networking superstar. " One thing she's not is static. In an era of infinite entertainment options, multi-platforming is of course a key to staying in the conversation, an MO that's helped her ascend from potential one-hit wonder to global brand. But her shifting identity also reflects her youth: At 25, Rihanna, like many of the suspended adolescents in her fan base, isn't yet willing to decide which one of her many roles will define her. If anything, she revealed more of them Monday night at Staples Center, where her Diamonds World Tour touched down for a sold-out concert that felt like four smaller shows strung together with costume and set changes.
BUSINESS
April 8, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Singer Katy Perry has listed her Sunset Strip-area compound for sale at $6.925 million. The gated Mediterranean-style house, built in 1925, sits on nearly three acres with two guesthouses and a swimming pool. The house, which the singer never occupied, features a baronial stone foyer with sweeping staircase, stained-glass windows and a carved fireplace mantel in the living room, a pub, a study and a media room. Including a four-room master suite, two guest suites and staff quarters, the house has seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2013 | By Patrick Pacheco
NEW YORK - Cyndi Lauper, garlanded in enough jewelry to make the Queen of Sheba jealous, is wondering if she should add yet another bauble. "It's a whatchamacallit, like a Sicilian good luck charm. Whaddya think?" she asks a coterie of assistants buzzing around Sardi's restaurant in Manhattan preparing her for a photo shoot. "Less is more," someone pipes up. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage Lauper fixes her with a self-aware gaze. "Look who you're talkin' to," she says.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Justin Bieber 's chances of being charged with battery for allegedly spitting on and threatening a Calabasas neighbor are slim, authorities say. Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives are investigating the complaint by the neighbor and will present their findings to the county district attorney's office. But the detectives will not be recommending any specific charges, sheriff's officials said Monday. "The department doesn't routinely recommend to prosecutors what to do. We will present the evidence," said Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Justin Bieber is under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department after a neighbor told authorities he was battered and threatened by the pop star outside his Calabasas home Tuesday morning Sheriff's deputies arrived on the block where Bieber lives in Calabasas at 9:08 am Tuesday to investigate the neighbor's allegations of battery and threats by Bieber, said sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore. The altercation began with a verbal argument outside their homes on Prado Del Grandioso, the neighbor alleged.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials were releasing little information about an investigation into whether Justin Bieber committed battery against his neighbor in Calabasas. Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore decline to describe the allegation against Bieber, saying the alleged assault did not involve "physical touching. " He would not elaborate.  Sheriff's deputies arrived on the block where Bieber lives in Calabasas at 9:08 a.m. Tuesday to investigate the neighbor's allegations of battery and threats by Bieber, Whitmore said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
It's always something of a surprise when a member of a prominent clan decides not to go into the family business. Imagine, for instance, if Eli Manning had decided to become an abstract expressionist painter? Or George W. Bush had become a mixed martial arts instructor? OK, you can stop imagining. Because Prince Jackson, the 16-year-old son of the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, has taken a gig as a special correspondent for "ET. " The CBS show made the announcement Monday as the Twitterati gasped in astonishment.
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