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March 19, 2010 | By BETSY SHARKEY, Film Critic
The problem with "The Runaways," a street-level snapshot of the creation of the groundbreaking '70s all-girl rock band, is that they went with the wrong girl. Instead of training the lens on the Runaways' artistic rebel who hung around and became legend, rocker Joan Jett, played with serious punk grrl power by Kristen Stewart, the movie focuses on the one who actually ran away, lead singer Cherie Currie, a kohl-eyed and sullen Dakota Fanning. The look is there. Writer-director Floria Sigismondi, who cut her teeth in the music video world and is making her feature debut, used her shoestring indie budget to great effect, creating a grainy documentary feel that nails the hard knocks and raw existence of the I-wannabe-a-rock-star crowd hovering around the edges of the Hollywood music scene.
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BUSINESS
March 25, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Proposed legislation aimed at providing more tax credits to attract so-called runaway movie and television productions back to the industry's birthplace in California won initial approval from a legislative committee Tuesday. The proposal would renew and increase a state tax credit - amounting to as much as $400 million a year - to better compete with generous tax subsidies available in more than 40 states, including New York, Louisiana, New York and Michigan, as well as studios in Canada and Britain.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
The search of a 2,000-acre park for two runaway Thousand Oaks teenagers believed to be suicidal has ended and authorities have begun a larger-scale investigation, authorities said Thursday evening. Capt. Dave Wareham of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department said  deputies are now investigating the possibility that friends are harboring them. Deputies are also monitoring possible transportation options the teens could use and digging for information on social media. Kaylee Rebert, 14, and Nicholas Marino, 13, are believed to have run away from home early Thursday.
NEWS
March 6, 2014 | By Jon Healey
FilmL.A. produced another one of its gloomy reports on runaway production Thursday, this time looking at the 108 films released last year by the 11 leading studios. One of the most galling findings : More of those films had been shot in Louisiana than in the state that's home to 10 of those studios (that would be California, in case you've forgotten). Louisiana, really? That's almost as bad as the Lakers getting stomped by the Pelicans. What's worse, as my colleague Richard Verrier reports , California's share of big-budget films has shrunk dramatically.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2013 | By Chris Daley
It's hard to be a symbol; it's even harder to be a teenager. Yet somehow the Runaways made both look easy - and over-the-top fun - for a few years in the bacchanalian L.A. rock scene of the mid-1970s. Sadly, both symbols and teens tend to age out. "Queens of Noise," Evelyn McDonnell's new history of the band, thrusts us into a nearly unrecognizable Los Angeles. Female students aren't allowed to play drums in school bands, everyone is taking Quaaludes, and lecherous music-industry types are sleeping with minors without compunction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1987
All parents of children from babes to kindergarten age should take heed of the story of Carmen Ponce ("A Mother Discovers the System Doesn't Work for Runaways," Nov. 15). As a kindergarten teacher (now retired) in the East District of Los Angeles School system, I saw children with faces that revealed friendly love, but I saw more with fears, anxieties, hates, rebellion. Almost with certainty I could predict the dropouts, the runaways. An ounce of prevention is worth a ton of improbable cure.
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December 9, 1993 | DANIELLE A. FOUQUETTE
Patricia and Rico Montenegro should be putting up Christmas decorations and lights at their Placentia condominium. Instead, they are putting up flyers with a picture of a smiling teen-ager. Their frequent trips to area shopping centers and strip malls highlight their attempt to find their 14-year-old daughter, Alita, who left home the day before Thanksgiving. Alita is one of many who run away from home during the holidays.
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March 14, 2010 | By Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times
The men of rock 'n' roll started many major style trends throughout the '60s and '70s — think Beatles and mop tops, Sex Pistols and spikes, KISS and face paint. But women are represented on that list as well: among them, the members of the Runaways, who showed the pop culture universe of the 1970s how strong, smoky eyes and a feathered mullet could rock just as hard as the guys. In the film "The Runaways," which is scheduled to open Friday, lead makeup artist Robin Mathews went for a mix of punk and glam-rock for Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning, who portray Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, the best-known members of the all-girl band.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2010 | By Chris Lee
Dakota Fanning's porcelain-doll features were swathed in exotic makeup and her blond hair coiffed into a feathery shag; she raised her umpteenth shot of sake and cast a knowing glance at Kristen Stewart. The "Twilight" star held Fanning's gaze briefly and toasted back, looking every inch the tough rocker chick, with her matching black shag hairdo, spiked bracelet and razor-blade charm necklace. The actresses clinked glasses and giggled. With downtown Los Angeles' Kyoto Grand Hotel standing in for a bustling Tokyo sushi joint last summer, the teen stars were on the set of the coming-of-age drama "The Runaways" -- in character, with Fanning as Cherie Currie, the wild-child lead singer of the titular all-girl rock group, and Stewart portraying Joan Jett, its electric-guitar-wielding, 'tude-copping founder.
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March 14, 2010 | By Steffie Nelson, Special to The Times
In the opening scenes of "The Runaways," Floria Sigismondi's ode to the all-girl hard rock band, the characters played by Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning could be almost any teenage girls living in the Valley circa 1975. Fanning is sitcom-cute in a plaid shirt, miniskirt and knee socks; Stewart sports a T-shirt and jeans. But then Stewart's character walks into a rockabilly boutique, dumps a bag full of change on the counter and demands "what he's wearing," pointing to a guy in a black leather motorcycle jacket and leather pants.
BUSINESS
March 1, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Tom Capizzi is going to Hollywood Sunday night for the 86th Academy Awards, but not in a limo or a tux. Instead, he will be protesting near the Dolby Theatre, hoisting a green sign saying "Chase Talent Not Subsidies. " Capizzi will be among hundreds of visual effects workers staging a pre-Oscar rally, hoping to bring attention to the plight of rank-and-file entertainment industry workers who have been hard hit by the flight of film and TV jobs to other states and countries offering rich incentives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
A camel that escaped from a Palmdale property and began charging people and cars has been captured, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. A call reporting the camel, which broke loose at about 8:38 a.m., came from a person in one of the cars the animal charged, said sheriff's Deputy John Cereoli. The camel was caught and penned up by about 9:15 a.m., he said. No one was injured during the incident, which Cereoli said was a first for the area.  ALSO: Man found standing over dead mother with knife, police say Suspect in salon death offered 'vampire face lifts,' police say CHP: 17 callers saw wrong-way driver on 2 freeways before fatal crash samantha.schaefer@latimes.com Twitter: @Sam_Schaefer
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February 14, 2014 | By a Los Angeles Times staff writer
A camel that escaped from a Palmdale property and began charging people and cars is now in the custody of animal control officials. Investigators are trying to determine how the camel got loose. The camel's capture was recorded by TV crews. The L.A. County Department of Animal Care and Control said in a statement to KTLA-TV Channel 5 that the "alleged owner is known not to be permitted to have the camel. The camel will be held as evidence and will be in the care of the Lancaster shelter.” A call reporting the camel, which broke loose about 8:38 a.m., came from a person in one of the cars that the animal charged, said sheriff's Deputy John Cereoli.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
A wayward camel that escaped an Acton property and injured a man freed itself twice Friday morning before it was finally corralled, sheriff's officials said. A call reporting that a "vicious camel was attacking people" in the 500 block of East Soldedad Pass Road came in at 8:38 a.m., said Lt. Darren Harris of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Palmdale Station. Neighbors had managed to tie up the camel and return it to its property, but it managed to free itself again while deputies and fire officials were present, Harris said.
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February 14, 2014 | By a Los Angeles Times staff writer
A runaway camel injured a man and damaged a car Friday in Palmdale. Officials said the owner of the animal could face charges. The daughter of the injured man said her father was hurt when the camel stomped him as he tried to corral the animal.  “My dad ... tried to catch it and it must have cornered him or something and it took off after him, bit him on the head and knocked him down and stomped on him,”  Skylar Dossenbach told CBS-TV...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2014 | By David Horsey
How much longer can Hollywood claim to be the movie capital of the world? Can the California Legislature reverse the slide of film production away from Los Angeles simply by enhancing tax credits for the movie and television industry or, one day, will the Oscars be presented in Atlanta or Toronto or New Orleans? Such questions grow more pertinent year by year. Lawmakers in Sacramento are now mulling over a plan that would extend the current $100-million movie industry tax credit program that is set to expire on July 1, 2017.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 2013 | By Evelyn McDonnell
Don't call "Unvarnished," Joan Jett's first new album in seven years, a comeback: The queen of noise has been here for years. For an artist whose first band was laughed off as a novelty act and whose first solo album was rejected by a couple dozen labels, Jett has shown remarkable staying power. With her black shag and husky snarl, the woman born 55 years ago as Joan Larkin ranks among the most iconic of rock stars. This summer, the Sunset Strip Music Festival acknowledged her legendary role in L.A. history by making the former Strip denizen its first female honoree.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
"GIF" was so last year. Oxford Dictionaries has released its 2013 word of the year, and, like last year, it has gone with a tech-savvy term: "selfie. " The formal definition of the word, for those of you not familiar with social media and/or narcissism, is a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically using a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website. For an example of a selfie, check out Kim Kardashian's swimsuit version . In a blog post announcing the decision, Oxford Dictionaries called "selfie" the "runaway winner.
OPINION
November 19, 2013 | By Harvey Rosenfield
"We didn't do a good enough job in terms of how we crafted the law," an apologetic President Obama said this month, shortly after millions of Americans got notices from their health insurance companies that their current policies were going to be canceled because the policies didn't comply with the minimum standards of the Affordable Care Act. Worse, the federal website where people were supposed to be able to buy replacement coverage was still barely...
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