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June 12, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
It was last year, during production of the season 5 finale of "Mad Men," that series creator Matt Weiner first hinted to Kevin Rahm there might be more in store for his character, Ted Chaough. "He said, 'We have big plans for you next year. Trust me, you're going to want to do this,'" Rahm recalls via telephone, "but he didn't tell me any of the details. " Luckily for the actor and "Mad Men" fans alike, Ted's newly prominent role on the series has been one of the unquestionable highlights of season 6. Once portrayed as an obnoxious prankster, Ted has proved to be a conscientious team player and all-around nice guy, a foil for booze-soaked cads like Roger and Don. PHOTOS: On the set of 'Mad Men' That may be why he's sent Peggy's heart aflutter, though.
June 10, 2013 | By Charles McNulty
Charles McNulty , The Times theater critic, shared his insights about the 2013 Tony Awards and the upcoming theatrical season in an hourlong chat Monday with readers. McNulty, who admits to a "dour mood about this Broadway season," started watching the show Sunday night "without enormous excitement. " But soon Neil Patrick Harris and moving speeches from Judith Light and other winners won him over. Read more to find out what McNulty's "honest reaction" -- as one reader requested of him -- was to the winners and televised performances.
June 8, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times
Nearly 1.5 miles beneath Earth's surface in Canada, scientists have found pockets of water that have been isolated from the outside world for more than 1 billion years. The ancient water, trapped in thin fissures in granite-like rock, has been bubbling up from a zinc and copper mine for decades in Timmins, Ontario. Only recently have scientists been able to calculate the age of this water and determine that it is the oldest ever discovered - possibly as old as 2.6 billion years, when Earth was less than half its current age. And it may harbor life.
June 6, 2013 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - A newly published court order has confirmed what key members of Congress said they had known for years - that the government had routine access to the dialing records for hundreds of millions of phone calls in the United States. The report raised new questions about secret surveillance and unchecked government power. Q: What information is being obtained? A: The order called it "metadata" that consisted of telephone numbers and the times and duration of calls, but not the contents of the phones calls or the names and addresses of those who owned the phones.
May 31, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Henry Winkler has managed to stay in the comedy zeitgeist for more than 40 years, from his star-shot to fame on "Happy Days" in 1974 to the fourth season of "Arrested Development" on Netflix. These days Winkler continues to make recurring appearances on the USA series "Royal Pains" and the Adult Swim series "Children's Hospital. " Additionally, he continues to publish children's books and act as a spokesman for issues as diverse as dyslexia and the use of therapeutic Botox in stroke victims.
May 26, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
HBO's Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra" has generated so much buzz thanks to its subject matter (the tormented relationship between the pianist and his much younger lover, Scott Thorson) and its well-known leading men (Michael Douglas and Matt Damon), it's easy to forget it also happens to be the last film directed by Steven Soderbergh before he goes into self-imposed exile from moviemaking. Twenty-four years after his low-budget drama "Sex, Lies, and Videotape" took Cannes by storm and helped usher in a new age in independent cinema, Soderbergh, 50, is done with the medium - at least for now. "The phone's not ringing as often, which is fine," said the (former?
May 25, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Sanjay and Craig," which premieres Saturday (tonight) on Nickelodeon, follows the adventures of a boy named Sanjay, voiced by Maulik Pancholy of "30 Rock," and his best friend, a talking snake named Craig, voiced by Chris Hardwick, the Nerdist. Linda Cardellini and Tony Hale are also voices on the show. Among other things, the goofy and delightful series represents the joining of two great names from the golden age of Nick with three as-yet obscure names from its possible future.
May 15, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
It can be hard to figure out any Washington "scandal" without a scorecard, and harder when it involves an opaque agency such as the IRS. That's the case with one of the scandals du jour, which revolves around the IRS' scrutiny of political organizations seeking a tax exemption. So here -- as a companion piece to my column on the subject , and with the help of a just-released report from the agency's inspector general -- we're providing a quick guide to what's wrong and maybe not-so-wrong with what the IRS was up to. VIDEO CHAT: Join us for a live chat at 2 p.m. Pacific Why was the IRS scrutinizing applicants for tax exemptions?
May 13, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
A few weeks ago, I met Walter Mosley on Pico Boulevard near Fairfax, around the corner from where he was raised. This is a neighborhood that still fuels Mosley's imagination; it's where his detective Easy Rawlins lives, and where a good deal of his new novel, “Little Green,” takes place. “Little Green” marks a return to the Rawlins series, which Mosley seemed to have ended with the 2007 novel “Blonde Faith.” That book concluded with Easy's apparent death in a car accident, but six years later, the character is back, alive if not entirely well.
May 11, 2013 | By David A. Keeps
The 21st century soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's splashy remake of "The Great Gatsby" may be a head-scratcher, but design fans can't quibble with the period sets created by production designer Catherine Martin. "The phone has been ringing off the hook," said Frank Pollaro , a custom furniture maker renowned for reproductions of Jazz Age designs. "People are falling in love with Art Deco again. " Pollaro, who wasn't involved in the film's production, isn't the only one noting how much excitement the film's period design has managed to generate.
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