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February 19, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The finalists for the 34th annual L.A. Times Book Prizes were announced Wednesday morning: 50 books in 10 categories are in the running to win the L.A. Times Book Prizes, to be awarded in April. Two authors will receive special recognition: John Green with the Innovators Award and Susan Straight with the Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement. Bestselling young adult novelist John Green will be presented with the Innovators Award for his dynamic use of online media to entertain and engage.
February 17, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before remembering to record Jimmy Fallon tonight. The Skinny: I'm three episodes into "House of Cards. " Unlike other folks, I'm perfectly happy taking my time to get through it. Now if I had the rest of HBO's "True Detective" available to me it'd be another story. Today is a holiday for a lot of you so we'll make this fast. Our roundup includes a look at the holiday box office weekend. Also, more deep thoughts on Comcast's proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable.
February 9, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
SOCHI, Russia - On a sparkling morning filled with the promise of history, the glistening path down Rosa Khutor was no country for this old man. Bode Miller finished what is likely to be the last downhill flight of his long Olympic career Sunday by skidding to a slow and quiet stop. The most decorated ski racer in American history remained frozen in his tracks, his gloved hands holding his steaming head, perfectly still. When he finally slushed away from the finish corral, he did so as if the weight of the world were on those skis, one slow left, one slow right.
February 7, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
Decades before she won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, Maxine Kumin was a student at Radcliffe College who had summoned the courage to show a handful of her poems to an instructor. His comment couldn't have been more withering. "Say it with flowers," he wrote, "but for God's sake don't try to write poems. " Kumin heeded his advice. Seven years passed before she tried again, but this time her efforts brought far more encouraging results. With a clear-eyed vision of the natural world, relationships, mortality and the inner lives of women, Kumin became one of the country's most honored poets, whose fourth book of poetry, "Up Country," brought her the Pulitzer Prize in 1973.
February 4, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Spike Jonze has reason to hope for a bit of deja vu. On Saturday evening at the WGA Awards, the "Her" writer-director claimed the prize for original screenplay, and in doing so beat out the same nominees he will contend with at this year's Academy Awards. Jonze's screenplay for the future-set love story won against Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell for "American Hustle," Woody Allen for "Blue Jasmine," Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack for "Dallas Buyers Club," and Bob Nelson for "Nebraska.
January 21, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Think you can guess the winners of all 67 games in this spring's NCAA men's basketball championship tournament? Warren Buffett is betting a fortune that you can't. The Omaha investing guru is insuring a Quicken Loans promotion that will award $1 billion (yes, with a B) to anyone who can correctly guess the winners of every game of this spring's NCAA men's basketball championship tournament. PHOTOS: Top 10 Southern California companies Detroit-based Quicken, the nation's fourth-largest mortgage lender, and Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway will pay the prize in 40 annual installments of $25 million.
January 19, 2014 | By Susan King
"Gravity" and "12 Years a Slave" tied for top honors at the Producers Guild of America Awards on Sunday night, beating front-runner "American Hustle" and throwing open one of the tightest Oscar races in years. "Gravity" producers Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman and "12 Years a Slave" producers Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt & Dede Gardner shared the Darryl F. Zanuck outstanding producer of theatrical motion picture prize. The tie is a first in this category in PGA history.
January 18, 2014 | By Rebecca Keegan
The cast of "American Hustle" took home the Screen Actors Guild's top honor Saturday night, pushing David O. Russell's con-man tale further ahead in what is proving to be a tight Oscar race. "American Hustle," which collected 10 Oscar nominations Thursday morning, beat out the casts of "12 Years a Slave," "August: Osage County," "Dallas Buyers Club" and "Lee Daniels' The Butler" for the SAG Award. SAG Awards 2014: Full coverage | Complete list The SAG category of cast in a motion picture is often seen as a reliable predictor for the Academy Award best picture prize because many SAG members are members of the actors branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the largest voting bloc in the organization.
January 15, 2014 | By Chris Kraul and Andres D'Alessandro
Argentine poet Juan Gelman, an exile whose writings were colored by personal tragedy he suffered at the hands of his country's brutal military dictatorship, died in Mexico City on Tuesday. He was 83 and had been battling leukemia. Gelman, a leftist with working-class origins, won the Cervantes Prize, perhaps the most prestigious Spanish language literary honor, in 2007 for his stark, soulful verse. But the son of Jewish Ukrainian immigrants also personified the tragedy suffered by thousands of Argentinian families under the 1976-1983 military dictatorship.
January 13, 2014 | By John Horn
Continuing its late surge through Hollywood's never-ending awards season, director David O. Russell's con game story "American Hustle" won a leading three trophies at the Golden Globes - including best musical or comedy - while the slavery tale "12 Years a Slave" avoided a total shutout by taking the evening's very last award, for top drama. While the awards presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. Sunday at the Beverly Hilton did not radically reshape the race for the Academy Awards, whose nominations are announced Thursday, they did solidify the gathering momentum for "American Hustle" and the AIDS story "Dallas Buyers Club," which was the only other film to win more than one award, collecting honors for actor in a drama for Matthew McConaughey and supporting actor for Jared Leto.
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