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May 15, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Packing a lot of action - if not a lot of sense - into its story, the Indian film "Dangerous Ishhq" likely won't win over any new believers to the idea of reincarnation as it weaves between a quilt of romantic thriller and historical drama. The film opens with a Mumbai supermodel (Karisma Kapoor, a star making her return to the screen after an absence of a number of years) preparing to leave for Paris to be an international face for a luxury fashion brand. As she is wavering about whether to leave behind her wealthy industrialist boyfriend, his beachfront home is attacked by a gang of kidnappers.
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March 16, 2013 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
Snoop Dogg had come to Burbank to let loose the lion. Engulfed by a haze of marijuana smoke thick as London fog in a hotel suite high above the so-called Media Capital of the World, the gangsta rap superstar surrendered himself to a hairdresser's strenuous manipulations as she twisted and caressed his skinny braids into cheroot-shaped dreadlocks. The Doggfather's coiffure needed to be Rastafari-real, after all, for his television debut as the new Snoop. One Love Snoop. Reggae Snoop.
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NEWS
May 15, 1995 | From Associated Press
A 6-year-old boy in a remote corner of Chinese-controlled Tibet was designated Sunday as the reincarnation of the second most important monk in Tibetan Buddhism. Tibet's exiled leader, the Dalai Lama, announced that Gedhun Choekyi Nyima had been revealed as the reborn Panchen Lama and appealed to Chinese authorities to allow the boy to be trained as a senior monk. The announcement opens another potential quarrel between China and the Dalai Lama, who fled Chinese rule in Tibet in 1959.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2013 | By Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times
First he was Snoop Doggy Dogg, then simply Snoop Dogg. Now, 20 years after the release of his debut single as a solo artist - the still-vibrant "Who Am I (What's My Name?)" - the laid-back rapper from Long Beach has altered his identity once again. And this time he's changed his sound too: Next month, Snoop Lion is to release a full-on reggae album called "Reincarnated," the product of an extended trip he and his crew took last year to Jamaica. "One king, one faith, one religion," he raps (in ersatz island patois)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 1991 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"I believe in reincarnation, and there's no question in my mind: I was an actor in Shakespeare's day." Shirley, is that you? Nope, it's Sally Kirkland, waxing New Age philosophical about her upcoming appearance Monday night in the Grove Shakespeare Festival's second annual benefit performance of Shakespearean readings and scenes. A prolific stage, film and TV actress known for her title role in the 1987 movie "Anna," Kirkland, 46, said she has been on a "spiritual path" for 20 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2010 | By Robert Abele, Special to the Los Angeles Times
As funny as an ax to the head, the Canadian comedy "The Trotsky" rolls through its brash, too-clever take on high school outsiderdom — a 17-year-old Montrealite (Jay Baruchel) who believes he's the reincarnation of Leon Trotsky — with a revolutionary's exasperating confidence. In bespectacled, history-emboldened Leon Bronstein's organizing against his capitalist father (Saul Rubinek), aggressively courting an Alexandra (Emily Hampshire) he claims will be his future wife, and leading the charge against fascism at his school, writer-director Jacob Tierney believes he's found the ultimate nerd antihero: a socialist networker.
NEWS
January 24, 1996 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is a cloudy afternoon, and when His Holiness Nawang Kunga Tegchen Chokyi Nyima reaches up and switches off the light, the kitchen at the back of the monastery settles into a dull twilight. "Don't be skeeered!" he advises, then erupts in a shriek of merriment at the mere idea. Who wouldn't be scared in such an evil light? He switches the overhead bulb on and off several more times, then takes a few fast laps around the room, trailing soft giggles behind him.
NEWS
May 18, 1995 | From Times Wire Reports
China condemned the Dalai Lama for declaring that a 6-year-old boy is the reincarnation of the Panchen Lama, the second most important monk in Tibetan Buddhism. The official New China News Agency said the Dalai Lama's announcement Sunday of the discovery of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima in a remote corner of Chinese-controlled Tibet was a plot to undermine the Chinese government's authority there.
MAGAZINE
October 11, 1987
How nice it must be to afford the time to spiritualize while having all the material comforts of life. Shirley MacLaine would see things a little differently if her stomach was empty. What more can I say when she says, "We are not physical beings, we are not mental beings"? If she believes that strongly in reincarnation, then she should stop eating and start living off her soul. Benny Wasserman La Palma
NEWS
November 13, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The U.S. government is involved in conspiracies according to 74% of Americans, and 2 in 5 think it is covering up information about the TWA jet crash last summer, according to a survey. The random survey of 800 people, summarized in the December issue of George magazine, also showed that more than half of Americans believe there is life on other planets. Asked about their other convictions, 78% said they believed in angels, 29% in witchcraft and 30% in reincarnation.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Snoop Dogg has been called many things over the course of his two-decade career -- Snoop Doggy Dogg, Bigg Snoop Dogg and Snoop D-O Double G are just a few of the monikers. When the multi-platinum rapper announced last summer that he'd been reborn as Snoop Lion and would trade in the menacing gangster rap that made him a superstar for rasta patois and issue a disc soaked in reggae rhythms , reaction was mixed, with a few critics writing it off as a gimmick. The rapper-turned-Rastafarian has announced his new album, Snoop Lion's debut, “Reincarnated,” will arrive on April 23. RELATED: Snoop Lion: 'La La La' and a rapper's transition into reggae Executive produced by Diplo and his Major Lazer production team (who even gave Beyoncé a sampling of their dancehall influences)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
In "Jacob's Folly," Rebecca Miller has landed on a narrative voice that's antique, droll, racy and occasionally cutting - imagine an 18th century French rake being played by David Niven. But instead of putting an elegant, handsome man behind that voice, Miller has given it to a fly. A common housefly, yes, but more importantly, it's the proverbial fly on the wall. Embodying that metaphor so literally is silly but also brilliant; in a sense this is what writers do, spy on their invented worlds, eavesdrop on their characters.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Packing a lot of action - if not a lot of sense - into its story, the Indian film "Dangerous Ishhq" likely won't win over any new believers to the idea of reincarnation as it weaves between a quilt of romantic thriller and historical drama. The film opens with a Mumbai supermodel (Karisma Kapoor, a star making her return to the screen after an absence of a number of years) preparing to leave for Paris to be an international face for a luxury fashion brand. As she is wavering about whether to leave behind her wealthy industrialist boyfriend, his beachfront home is attacked by a gang of kidnappers.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 2011
As romantic comedies go, the low-key "All's Faire in Love" has a cheeky beggar's appeal not unlike its setting: the hammy world of Renaissance Faire performers. Into this eccentric playground of role-playing costumers is thrown college football star Will (Owen Benjamin), who must join a motley theater troupe to earn a passing grade. Though always ready with a snarky comment about the tortured Elizabethan speechifying and past-era nerdiness around him, he becomes smitten with Kate (Christina Ricci)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2011 | Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Sathya Sai Baba, a Hindu holy man who was considered a living god by millions of followers around the world, died Sunday of multiple organ failure in a hospital near his south Indian ashram. He was 84 and left behind a trust worth billions. Sai Baba was known for conjuring jewelry, food and vibhuti , or sacred ash, out of the air, which devotees saw as proof of his powers and skeptics decried as sleight of hand. Followers wept as his body was taken by ambulance from the hospital to his ashram, where it was placed in a glass coffin with gold plating.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2010 | By Robert Abele, Special to the Los Angeles Times
As funny as an ax to the head, the Canadian comedy "The Trotsky" rolls through its brash, too-clever take on high school outsiderdom — a 17-year-old Montrealite (Jay Baruchel) who believes he's the reincarnation of Leon Trotsky — with a revolutionary's exasperating confidence. In bespectacled, history-emboldened Leon Bronstein's organizing against his capitalist father (Saul Rubinek), aggressively courting an Alexandra (Emily Hampshire) he claims will be his future wife, and leading the charge against fascism at his school, writer-director Jacob Tierney believes he's found the ultimate nerd antihero: a socialist networker.
NEWS
June 30, 1996
Re "Build-It-Yourself Religion" (June 17): No clearer demonstration that humans can treat ourselves and each other as commodities is required than when religions become costumes to don or refuse, pick and choose, alter and fashion at will. Religion reduced to how-to techniques for self-improvement is superstition, a more insidious enemy than even apostasy. The popular attitude, for instance, that reincarnation just guarantees a second chance to enjoy life misconceives the original belief monstrously.
SPORTS
September 13, 2009
Al Michaels serves as the play-by-play announcer and Cris Collinsworth provides the color commentary for tonight's Chicago at Green Bay game (5:15p.m., Channel 4): Michaels says ... One of the more intriguing things about this game is, who will be the better quarterback down the line? People say [Jay] Cutler is going to be the reincarnation of the great Sid Luckman, and the franchise quarterback the Bears have always wanted. In the meantime, Aaron Rodgers has moved in quietly and he's a pretty darn good quarterback.
NATIONAL
February 14, 2010 | By Andrew Malcolm and Johanna Neuman
Get ready for another political book tour. Also another political reinvention. A former Republican governor in mostly Democratic Massachusetts, Mitt Romney has long defied easy description. He ran for president in 2008 by banking hard to his conservative side, convinced by his strategists that there was an opening to the right of maverick moderate Republican John McCain. He worked to raise money and offer advice to long-shot Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown, but he stayed in the background (until Brown's victorious election night)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 2010 | By MARY McNAMARA, Television Critic
People in the creative fields and management training seminars like to comfort themselves with the notion that there are no bad ideas, just flawed executions. And perhaps in a world where murders are regularly solved by former fake psychics, current fake psychics, mediums and ghost whisperers, there might just be room for a procedural in which sleuthing depends on reincarnation. Unfortunately, Fox's "Past Life" isn't it. For believers in reincarnation, fans of "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" and those of us who came of age during the bestsellerdom of "Audrey Rose" ("Mommy, Daddy, hot, hot, hot")
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