August 29, 2012 |
Imagine the heart of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson beating within the body of comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, and you'll have a sense of Danish documentarian Mads Brügger. In his 2009 film, "The Red Chapel," he invented a cross-cultural comedy troupe as subterfuge to enter North Korea and examine conditions there. In his latest, "The Ambassador," opening Friday in Los Angeles, Brügger travels to Liberia and the Central African Republic, where, posing as a businessman with a penchant for safari jackets and riding boots, he exposes widespread government corruption and complicity in diamond smuggling.
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May 5, 2010
Angus Maddison Economist studied wealth differences between nations Angus Maddison, 83, an economist whose research revealed the causes of wealth differences between nations, died April 24 in Thourotte, France, according to an announcement from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, where he was professor emeritus of economic sociology. No cause of death was given. Maddison's research quantified national growth for long time spans, in some cases from the year 1 A.D. The author of more than 20 books, Maddison also studied economic policy and development issues, as well as social policy and labor markets, at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
February 27, 2006 |
Former WB Chief Executive Jordan Levin plans to launch a new production and talent management company to supply entertainment for television, mobile phones and the Internet. The Santa Monica company, named Generate, is a partnership between Levin, 38, and four other industry veterans: Pete Aronson, former president of Regency Television; producer Mike Karz; and talent managers Dave Rath and Kara Welker. Rath and Welker represent such clients as Janeane Garofalo and Andy Milonakis.
January 23, 2005 |
Set it and forget it. It sounds like the slogan on a ubiquitous late-night TV infomercial, but it's also the main selling point of a relatively new breed of mutual fund that promises to put your investment plan on automatic pilot. These funds -- variously called "life-cycle," "target-date" or "target-maturity" products -- are aimed at correcting a common investment mistake: the failure to adjust your portfolio as you age.
January 1, 2003 |
Peter Livingston, a former production manager in Hollywood, is taking three major studios to federal court in San Francisco, charging that they refused to let him use clips from their films in "Over Nine Billion Dead Served," his antiwar documentary chronicling the portrayal of death and violence in the 25 most popular movies of all time.
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December 8, 2001 |
Widening their crackdown on alleged political corruption in South Gate, authorities have charged a printing company owner with conspiring to distribute illegal "hit piece" mailers during the last election. The owner of Los Angeles-based Pyramid Press, Angel Gonzalez, and his production manager, Katrina Jackson, are suspected of falsely claiming in a flier that a City Council candidate had been disqualified from the ballot.