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April 11, 2014 | By Meg James
Cable and entertainment giant Comcast Corp. likes to keep things on an even keel.  Comcast Chief Executive Brian L. Roberts received a compensation package valued at $31.4 million last year, up 8% from 2012, according to a company filing Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Meanwhile, Steve Burke, one of Roberts' chief lieutenants and chief executive of NBCUniversal, received $31.1 million in compensation in 2013 -- just below that of his boss.   Burke's compensation represented an 18% jump over his 2012 pay package of $26.3 million.
April 10, 2014 | By Susan King
The curtain goes up Thursday on the fifth TCM Classic Film Festival with the world premiere of the restoration of Fred Zinnemann's 1955 "Oklahoma!," based on the landmark Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Shirley Jones, who made her film debut in the hit, will be on hand at the TCL Chinese Theatre Imax to discuss the film with Robert Osborne, Turner Classic Movies' popular host. Over the next four days, rabid movie fans will descend on Hollywood to watch beloved classic films and see some of Tinseltown's most venerable stars, including Jerry Lewis, who will have a hand and footprint ceremony outside the Chinese and appear at the screening of 1963's "The Nutty Professor"; Kim Novak, who will appear at the screening of 1958's "Bell, Book and Candle"; Maureen O'Hara, who will be the special guest at the presentation of the 1941 Oscar-winning best film "How Green Was My Valley"; and Mel Brooks, who will be cracking wise at the 40th anniversary celebration of "Blazing Saddles.
April 9, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Setting the stage for a shake-up in city politics, a councilman and a real estate investor held off heavily favored Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal in Long Beach's mayoral election and will meet in a June runoff. Unofficial tallies in Tuesday's vote showed Councilman Robert Garcia leading the pack with 25.4% of the vote, and former NFL player and real estate investor Damon Dunn close behind with 22.3%. Lowenthal, a political heavyweight in the port city, garnered 19.6%. It marked the first time in her lengthy career that she lost an election day contest.
April 7, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
[On Monday mornings, Movies Now will be looking at some aspect of the No. 1 movie over the weekend. This week: Robert Redford's homecoming in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier. "] Robert Redford long ago transitioned from matinee idol to Hollywood elder statesman, and of late the actor, director and Sundance guru has tended to focus on smaller, serious-minded dramas, such as 2013's "The Company You Keep" (which he also directed) and "All Is Lost. " So it came as a surprise to many when Redford signed on for the latest Marvel extravaganza, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," which debuted to $96.2 million over the weekend and became the top April opening of all time.
April 3, 2014 | By Susan King
Robert Altman's films were audacious. He expanded the boundaries of genres. He gave his actors freedom to improvise and over the years created a stock company of stars. Along the way, he often polarized critics and audiences - and drove studio heads crazy. Not every film he did was a masterpiece, and he had lulls in his career. But Altman was nothing if not resilient, and just when Hollywood had written him off, he would make a dazzling comeback. His experimental style, known for overlapping dialogue and loosely structured stories, has influenced contemporary directors such as Paul Thomas Anderson, who was the standby director on the then-ailing Altman's final film, 2006's "A Prairie Home Companion.
April 2, 2014 | Steve Chawkins
Robert L. Brosio, a retired federal prosecutor who supervised high-profile cases that included those against bank swindler Charles Keating Jr. and Los Angeles police officers who were involved in the beating of Rodney King, has died. He was 77. Brosio, who for 28 years led the criminal division of the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles, had a massive pulmonary embolism in February, his daughter Serena Brosio said. He died Friday at a Pasadena hospital. While he seldom argued cases in court himself, Brosio was in charge of more than 100 prosecutors and set a standard of "ramrod integrity," said Nora Manella, an associate justice of the California Court of Appeal in Los Angeles.
March 30, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Footwear phenom Nicholas Kirkwood has been in L.A., soaking up the sunshine and mingling with his star fans. The British shoe designer made big news late last year when luxury conglomerate LVMH acquired a stake in his 10-year-old brand. He was celebrated at a “Welcome to L.A.” dinner Thursday night at Hotel Bel Air. Emma Roberts, Jaime King, Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears, Liz Goldwyn and Rachel Zoe mingled on the flower-filled terrace where...
March 29, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
He's often the forgotten one in the Lakers' mash-up of who's coming-who's going after this season. It's easy to understand why Robert Sacre is overlooked even though he's one of only four Lakers under contract after June - three if you toss out Nick Young , who is expected to decline a player option for $1.2 million. In the race to analyze/criticize the $23.5 million coming to Kobe Bryant next season and the $9.7 million due to Steve Nash , Sacre's $915,243 just doesn't measure up. But he'll be here unless he's traded.
March 27, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Forget the tree that fell in the forest with no one around to hear it. What if someone took more than 100,000 photographs over decades of shooting and absolutely no one was around to see them? And what if they turned out to be really, really good? That in a nutshell is the stranger-than-fiction tale behind the gripping documentary "Finding Vivian Maier," a film that asks a pair of equally involving questions: Exactly who was this hidden master and how did her work and her life finally come to light?
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