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October 10, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
Returning to the country her family fled years earlier because of persecution by the Khmer Rouge, Kalyanee Mam has crafted a deeply felt portrait of Cambodia. Her documentary "A River Changes Course" is a profile of three families in different parts of the Southeast Asian nation - a remote northern jungle, a floating hamlet on the Tonle Sap River and a village outside Phnomh Penh - that captures the country at a crucial juncture on the industrialization spectrum. However emblematic their struggles are, the people Mam follows over several years are vivid individuals, whether they're facing a poor rice harvest, dwindling fish supplies or deforestation in the name of progress.
September 12, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
Chances are good that Harry Dean Stanton, the prolific character actor with the face of a backwoods prophet, will be the subject of a straightforward career-retrospective documentary someday. For now we have something that's more in tune with the man: Sophie Huber's lyrical and enigmatic portrait, "Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction. " At the film's heart is a fitful conversation that unfolds like a string of koans, epigrams, jokes and silences. And songs. A reluctant interviewee with no interest in biographical facts, Stanton would rather sing than yak. The unrepentant loner says he's "not psychologically wired for institutions"; nonetheless, within the moviemaking system he's amassed 200-plus film credits and counting.
September 8, 2013 | By Jason La
During a trip to the village of Tam Coc, about 50 miles south of Hanoi, Times reader Réhahn Croquevielle photographed Chu Van Thuc. Croquevielle had seen a photo of the 82-year-old man online and asked villagers where he lived. When they met, Chu invited Croquevielle in for tea. It's a dream for photographers to encounter a face like his, Croquevielle said. At Tam Coc, Croquevielle also met Chu's brother, Chu Van Tim (slide two), a greeter at a pagoda in the village. Croquevielle, once a resident of Caen, France, moved to Hoi An in central Vietnam two years ago. He now runs a guesthouse and an ice cream bar there.
September 7, 2013 | By Richard Simon
The capital is full of portraits of government officials, sometimes more than one of the same person. Elliot Richardson has four - one for each department he headed in the 1970s, including the Defense Department, where he was secretary for just four months. Donald H. Rumsfeld has two on display at the Pentagon, one for each of his stints as Defense secretary. Scores of others - Cabinet members, congressional leaders, heads of agencies such as NASA and the National Science Foundation and military leaders - are immortalized in oil paintings, an enduring tradition that has become part of the nation's historical record.
August 27, 2013 | By Dianne de Guzman
While this isn't the typical self-portrait of a photographer, the story behind it is irresistible: Photographer Jason Moskowitz was walking through downtown around dawn when he spotted this "sleeping rat" painted onto the side of a building. After taking a few photos of the wall, on a whim he switched on the self-timer, placed the camera on the ground and "jumped into the frame for a final shot," Moskowitz wrote in an email. Moskowitz shot this photo with his Canon EOS D5 Mark II. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers.
August 21, 2013 | By Susan Denley
The fuchsia knot-front Seraphine Maternity dress worn by the Duchess of Cambridge in a  royal family portrait released Monday has already sold out and is on back order. [Us Weekly] David Beckham debuted his latest H&M underwear ad. [Los Angeles Times] Pro surfer Bethany Hamilton wore a Lazaro gown for her wedding to Adam Dirks on Sunday in Kauai. [People] Cher and costumer Bob Mackie have teamed up again, for what may or may not be the singer's "farewell tour.
August 15, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
No other contemporary filmmaker has had a career like Roman Polanski. The lauded director, who turns 80 Sunday, has been making feature films since the 1962 thriller "Knife in the Water," which he made in his native Poland. His most recent feature, "Venus in Fur" starring his third wife, Emmanuelle Seigner, screened this May at the Cannes Film Festival. Over the subsequent decades, the Holocaust survivor has directed visionary, innovative and paranoid dramas and darkly comedic films, including such landmark pictures as 1968's "Rosemary's Baby," 1974's "Chinatown" and 2002's "The Pianist," for which he won the Oscar for directing.
August 15, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
At the 1936 Berlin Olympics, when the only two Jewish members of the U.S. men's track team were denied the chance to compete, the decision wasn't Hitler's but that of American officials, among them a USC coach. One of those sprinters is the subject of a lively new tribute documentary, "Glickman," whose unfussy title suits him. Not just an affectionate portrait of a gifted athlete-turned-groundbreaking sportscaster, the film is also a fond remembrance of life in New York City from the 1930s through the '70s.
August 1, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
With a simple photo, Beyonce has told her version of the beloved children's tale "Goldilocks and the Three Bears. " You know, the urban, modern-day Instagram version. The "Standing on the Sun" pop diva, 31, shared an adorable photo Wednesday with no caption and not even a glimpse of herself or her family, but the pic got more than 601,000 likes within 24 hours.  PHOTOS: Beyonce and Jay Z through the years The snapshot simply showed her little family's shoes du jour : Timberlands, specifically the ubiquitous tan lace-up work boot and its many variatons.
July 29, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
Attorneys for a Saudi Arabian princess accused of human trafficking on Monday offered a starkly different take on the life of a Kenyan domestic servant who prosecutors said was forced to work long hours for little pay. Meshael Alayban, 42, was arrested at her home in Irvine this month for allegedly forcing the Kenyan woman to work 16 hours a day, seven days a week, for $220 a month. The servant, who has a young daughter in Kenya, could not leave because her passport was kept in a safe deposit box at a local bank, prosecutors said.
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