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April 28, 2011 | By Nicole Sperling and Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Walt Disney Studios is hoping to score a date with an audience it long has found elusive — teenage girls — with "Prom," a coming-of-age story that opens Friday. The $8 million film, among the first to be put into production by studio Chairman Rich Ross, is a more mature take on teen life than the "High School Musical" franchise he oversaw during his tenure at Disney Channel. But in adhering to the family-friendly Disney brand, "Prom" omits the naughtier aspects of the big night, specifically drinking and sex. Some question whether this chaste portrayal will ring true with the teen audience the studio is courting.
April 12, 2010
Dear Amy: My daughter is 16 and in the 10th grade. She was asked to go to her high school prom by an 11th-grader whom she was seeing earlier this year. They went out only for a few weeks and then broke up. I believe she ended it because he didn't make much -- or any -- effort. Shortly after they broke up, he started dating someone else. I think she has been second-guessing her decision to break up with him. Her friends have been suggesting that she should give him another chance.
March 9, 2010 | By Christie D'Zurilla and Geoff Boucher
Some cynics say the Academy Awards are just a prom for the world's most spoiled children. They're wrong -- the Governors Ball is actually Hollywood's prom, while the Oscars show is more like a student election. Or is it a pep rally? On Sunday, after the final Oscar was stored in "The Hurt Locker," about 1,500 select guests rode the Hollywood & Highland complex escalators to even higher strata: the stately soiree from the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
September 10, 2009 | Seema Mehta
An Orange County school district where varsity athletes threatened to rape and kill the lead actress in a student production of the musical "Rent" has agreed to provide harassment and discrimination prevention training to Corona del Mar High School students, teachers and administrators and other district officials, according to a legal settlement announced Wednesday. The Newport-Mesa Unified School District will also apologize to the former student. Because of the settlement, "no one else will have to go through what I went through," said Hail Ketchum, 17, the victim who, along with family members, identified herself for the first time on Wednesday.
August 10, 2009 | Juliette Funes
Amid a New Wave soundtrack, girls sporting side ponytails and neon, ruffled prom dresses walked into the parking lot of an old Circuit City on Sunset Boulevard on Saturday night in what amounted to a flashback to the '80s. The premises had been transformed into a "Pretty in Pink" prom-themed movie event and an impromptu homage to filmmaker John Hughes, the man who gave a voice to the teen generation of the 1980s and who died of a heart attack last week. The Hollywood "Almost Free" Outdoor Cinema screened the 1986 film, which explores love and the cruelty of high school cliques.
June 19, 2009 | Seema Mehta
A Kansas-based church known for celebrating at the funerals of American soldiers killed in combat plans to protest today at Fairfax Senior High School because the student body elected a gay male teen as its prom queen. Westboro Baptist Church, which has been named a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, says it plans to picket at the school between 12:15 and 1 p.m. Church members also will demonstrate outside a Jewish temple, community center and the Anti-Defamation League's headquarters in Los Angeles.
June 1, 2009 | Tony Barboza and Ari B. Bloomekatz
It was prom night and Jennifer Perla was wearing her beautiful purple dress. But she would never get a chance to show it off at the dance. The cheerleader from Taft High School in Woodland Hills died Saturday night in an accident on the 110 Freeway as she and a group of friends were heading to their prom at the California Science Center. Perla, 16, loved to dance and had been invited to the prom by a senior, said her brother, Mike Perla, 24, in a phone interview from the family's Encino home.
May 30, 2009 | CHRIS ERSKINE
"I'm going to Starbucks," Posh announces. "Want anything?" "No." "Sure?" The way to mess with Posh's head lately is to not want anything. She is so under the gun -- with prom, with graduation, with life -- that when you don't want anything from her, she gets very suspicious of your intentions. I assure you, my intentions are as suspect as the next guy's. But I try not to press it. "You sure you don't want anything?" she asks again. Like many mothers, Posh is a Starbucks aficionado.
May 28, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
Sergio Garcia stood in the gymnasium and told the senior class at Fairfax High School not to worry: If he was elected, he wouldn't wear a dress. "I will be wearing a suit," Garcia said, "but don't be fooled, deep down inside, I am a queen!" Garcia, 18, spent most of his years at Fairfax openly gay and wanted to be part of the Los Angeles school's prom court -- but not as prom king.
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