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June 17, 2013 | By Jasmine Elist
For several years, Marie Calloway, 23, has explicitly described her lifestyle and sexual exploits on her blog. Now Calloway (a pseudonym she has used since the age of 19) has published a book, "what purpose did i serve in your life" ( Tyrant Books , $19), said to be an account of her sexual encounters.   In "what purpose did i serve in your life," Calloway opens up about her relationships, which predominantly originate from cyber contact, as well as her sexual fantasies, largely involving self-degradation.
June 15, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The Aquabats are a band from Southern California who dress as superheroes and are also the stars of their own television series. In "The Aquabats! Super Show!," which airs Saturday mornings on the Hub, they travel about in their Battle Tram to play concerts and fight monsters. It is a show, in the old circus parlance, for children of all ages. Recently, on the occasion of the start of the series' second season and a DVD release of its first, I traveled down to Orange County to interview three of the five Aquabats in their world headquarters, a small suite of offices in a Santa Ana office park.
June 14, 2013 | By Tracy Brown
This post has been corrected, as indicated below. Denise Kiernan's newest book, “The Girls of Atomic City,” explores  the stories of women who worked and lived in Oak Ridge, Tenn., during World War II. These women - secretaries, statisticians, scientists and mothers - were all recruited by the U.S. government to work on the Manhattan Project, without their knowledge, at what became its largest site. Kiernan - whose work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Village Voice and Ms. - focuses on nine specific women and their experiences during this complex moment in history at a top-secret city, following them from arrival until they discover what “the Project” encompassed.
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.
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