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December 5, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Has Duke Ellington ever saved your life? David O. Russell knows the answer to that particular question because Ellington's music has rescued him many times. It happened yesterday. It'll probably happen again tomorrow. And it also happens near the beginning of Russell's latest movie, "American Hustle," when a couple of con artists, played by Christian Bale and Amy Adams, plop down on the floor and listen to Ellington's slow-cooker classic "Jeep's Blues" and look into each others' eyes and know they've found heaven on a cracker.
December 3, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Online retail giant revealed its dream of same-day delivery using an innovative system that relies on drone aircraft. Dubbed Prime Air, the plan is to get 5-pound packages into customers' hands in half an hour or less. Television newsmagazine "60 Minutes" ran a segment in which company Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said that Amazon could optimistically take four to five years before the plan gets off the ground.  But it's likely to take longer. Drones entered the worldwide spotlight with the U.S. government's reliance on the technology in combat.
November 30, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - California's congressional delegation has long been known for its inability to get along. But Golden State Republicans aren't just on the opposite side of issues from Democrats. Lately, they've been at odds among themselves. The divisions were on display when the state's 15 Republicans split almost evenly on a vote to end the government shutdown and extend the nation's borrowing authority. All 38 Democrats, in contrast, stuck together in support of the measure. The Republicans also split on roll calls this year to cut the food stamp program, provide Superstorm Sandy relief, reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act and end a program that promotes U.S. agricultural products abroad.
November 30, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Standup comedian Brody Stevens' big screen credits (as he's quick to tell you) include "The Hangover," "The Hangover Part II" and "Due Date. " He's been pals with fellow standup and current movie star Zach Galifianakis for years -- since their days of doing standup together back in New York City. And Galifianakis is now using some of his star clout to help his friend by serving as executive producer of Steven's reality-comedy series "Brody Stevens: Enjoy It. " The series, which premieres on Comedy Central on Sunday, is an expansion of the short series of the same name that played on the online HBO Go service last year.
November 28, 2013 | By Nita Lelyveld
Each morning this month, from 8 to 9, Stacy Elaine Dacheux has seated herself in a little roundabout in Echo Park, with low rosemary bushes behind her and a skinny cactus in front, at the spot where Lake Shore Avenue meets Effie and Lemoyne streets. On a folding chair, her legs arranged such that her right ankle rests on her left knee, she's improvised a desk on which to prop her vintage Smith Corona. Thus settled, she has typed - as cars and trucks have whizzed by and neighbors have walked by, often with dogs in tow. Dacheux is a writer and artist who had been thinking a lot about ritual when a friend asked if she'd like to give a talk at a Chinatown salon.
November 25, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
If you liked "wilding," you're gonna love the "knockout game. " I have just become aware, thanks to Fox News and an author who publishes under the conspiracy-minded World Net Daily imprint, that roving gangs of black adolescents are marauding through our streets, randomly attacking innocent white victims in a racist ritual known as the "knockout game. " The motive is mischief, not robbery. These impeccable sources also claim the mainstream media, in a woeful act of political correctness, refuse to report the racial nature of this crime wave.
November 23, 2013 | By Chris Foster
These were the perceptions: UCLA was a weak crosstown underling to USC. Arizona State was undisciplined and would fade like a cheap paint job in the Tempe, Ariz., sun. These were things you could set your Rose Bowl watch by. Recognizing change can take time. As Arizona State and UCLA meet at the Rose Bowl on Saturday in a crucial Pac-12 Conference game, they are two highly regarded football programs getting image makeovers under second-year coaches. Todd Graham's No. 19 Sun Devils, 8-2 overall, 6-1 in Pac-12 play, can clinch the South Division with a victory.
November 22, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
The contestants on "The Biggest Loser" are just that - players in a reality show game who are subjected to harsh workouts, screeching coaches and weigh-ins on national television. The role is not for everyone, not even for everyone desperate to lose weight. There is, however, the possibility of an alternative performance; we'll call it "Biggest Loser" lite. The setting? The hills above Malibu. The Biggest Loser Resort is definitely a resort, with lots of wood and glass in the main building nestled among tall evergreens, a hot tub, delicious spa food served by waiters and other amenities.
November 22, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
John F. Kennedy might be Hollywood's favorite politician. More than two dozen actors have portrayed the 35th president, starting with 1963's "PT 109" starring Cliff Robertson, who was chosen by Kennedy. Even 50 years after his death, JFK remains etched in public memory, which leaves actors with the daunting task of bringing Kennedy's lauded image -- and voice -- to the screen. We rounded up four actors performing Kennedy's iconic speeches -- Greg Kinnear in the 2011 miniseries "The Kennedys," Rob Lowe in the 2013 TV movie "Killing Kennedy," Martin Sheen in the 1983 TV miniseries "Kennedy" and Bruce Greenwood in the 2000 film "Thirteen Days" -- and paired them with archival footage of Kennedy delivering the addresses.
November 21, 2013 | By Cristy Lytal
It took 13 visual-effects companies to keep pace with the outsized imagination of Walter Mitty, the hero of the film based on the 1939 short story by James Thurber. Starring and directed by Ben Stiller, the latest silver-screen adaptation, scheduled for a Dec. 25 release, imagines Mitty as a Life magazine photo editor who trades in daydreams (involving superhero-style fights and a clever Benjamin Button aging scene) for real-life adventures amid stunning vistas in Iceland, Afghanistan and the Himalayas when the cover photo negative for the magazine's final issue goes missing.
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