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February 10, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Is any place less safe than a safe house? In the entire lexicon of movie locations, is any setting more likely to be visited by chaos and destruction on a biblical scale? Not very likely. So it's no surprise that the Denzel Washington-starring "Safe House" is a take-no-prisoners action extravaganza that doesn't stint on either bullets or brutal hand-to-hand combat. It also shows how much can be done with a business-as-usual CIA-thriller script when it's bolstered by effective acting and expert direction.
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BUSINESS
February 17, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Ryan Reynolds has sold a home in Hollywood Hills West for $1.405 million. Entered through a walled and gated courtyard, the midcentury Traditional-style home has been updated with solar heating, tankless hot water and impact-resistant French doors. The 1,789 square feet of living space includes open-plan living space, two bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. The more than one-third-acre lot, near the end of a cul-de-sac, features patio space, a landscaped yard and walkways. There are canyon views.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 2012 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
When Universal Pictures hired Daniel Espinosa to direct its rogue CIA agent thriller "Safe House," the studio knew it was rolling the dice. The Swedish filmmaker had never made an English-language feature, he hadn't worked with stars near the magnitude of "Safe House" leads Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, and he was graduating from a $4-million Nordic drug drama to an $85-million production. None of that prepared executives for the first batch of footage Espinosa sent back to California from his "Safe House" set in South Africa early last year.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
With the execution of Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) in Iran, Showtime's “Homeland” concludes a three-year story arc and propels CIA case officer Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) in a new direction for upcoming Season 4. To summarize: Brody's gone but not forgotten, Carrie's pregnant and headed for Istanbul, CIA Acting Director Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) joins the private sector, and ruthless Andrew Lockhart (Tracy Letts) leads the spy agency. Early on in the Season 3 finale (“The Star”)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2012
'Safe House' MPAA rating: R, for strong violence throughout and some language Running time: 1 hour, 55 minutes Playing: In general release
NEWS
June 28, 2012 | By Aida Ahmad
“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" and “Safe House” stayed on top of the DVD and  Blu-ray sales and rental charts, respectively, in the U.S. and Canada last week.  Among new movies, “Project X” emerged the best-seller and “Wanderlust” the best renter. Other new movies that launched last week were “Big Miracle” which debuted at No. 4 on the sales chart and “Seeking Justice” at No.5. The action thriller “Safe House,” starring Denzel Washington, stayed at No. 1 on the rental chart for the third week in a row. However, on the disc sales chart, it dropped three places from the prior week to No.6.
HEALTH
July 27, 2009 | Karen Ravn
No paint on the walls. No carpets on the floors. No TV in the living room. Or the bedroom. Or the kitchen. No TV anywhere in the house. Kathy Hemenway's home in Snowflake, Ariz., is a refuge from the gases, chemicals and electromagnetic fields that are nearly ubiquitous in our 21st century world. Her chemical sensitivities began when she was just a kid. "I couldn't figure out why people liked perfume," she says. "It gave me a headache. And fabric stores gave me a sore throat."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 1999 | DARYL H. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hallmark Hall of Fame meets 007 in "Safe House," a wonderfully unconventional film in which a man's paranoia may or may not be caused by the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Patrick Stewart stars in this Showtime presentation, which debuts Sunday (opposite the Golden Globes), as a retired military man who holes up in a surveillance-protected, munitions-stockpiled fortress of a home in the Hollywood Hills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1990
Deputies culminating a weeklong investigation Friday raided a home in South Los Angeles and seized a cache of weapons, authorities said. Arrested was Jackie Howard, 35, who investigators allege operated a "safe house" for gang members and their firearms. Sheriff's deputies and agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms seized 32 firearms, including three AK-47 assault rifles, shotguns and a carbine rifle, Deputy Van Mosley said .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1996
A pilot program that encourages residents and business owners to watch children on their way to and from school will be implemented citywide, Los Angeles police and school officials announced Thursday. The Safe House program, formerly called Kid Watch, was given approval after a trial run near the Coliseum received positive reviews. "I think it is a great idea. It should really help bring the police, school and community together."
NEWS
June 13, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - FBI Director Robert Mueller III strongly defended the government's secret collection of millions of phone logs and emails Thursday, saying federal judges, Congress and the Department of Justice inspector general's office have all approved the program over recent years. Mueller, testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, also said that he expects alleged National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden to be arrested and prosecuted in this country. “He is the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation,” Mueller said.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
The ancient manuscripts feared lost when Islamic insurgents torched a library in the Malian city of Timbuktu might not have been lost after all, according to a report in Time magazine. The insurgents set fire to the library of the Ahmed Baba Institute as they evacuated the city in the wake of an offensive by French troops. Timbuktu's mayor said thousands of documents in the library's collection, many dating from the 14th and 15th centuries, had been destroyed. But Time reporter Vivenne Walt said that her sources in Mali have been telling her privately for months that local residents hid most of the library's collection not long after the insurgents first entered the city last spring.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2012 | By Margaret Eby
This week's "Homeland" had all the elements for a great episode. Brody's sudden disappearance, Carrie's renewed love connection with him, and Quinn's hidden identity could have all added up to a brilliant installment. Instead there was something lackluster about Episode 9, a problem with the pacing and tone that even the skillful acting and clever camerawork couldn't rectify. Perhaps the main problem is with Abu Nazir's hiding in the United States. There must be some huge stakes riding on his plan for him to risk being recognized in hostile territory.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
Denzel Washington didn't have the highest-grossing movie at the box office this weekend. In fact, Denzel Washington hasn't had the highest-grossing movie at the box office in his previous three opening weekends. His adult drama this weekend was edged out by a title from a more popular genre -- the 3-D animated family film -- as “Wreck-it Ralph” handily took care of “Flight” by a near 2-to-1 box-office total. The numbers follow a trend that goes back nearly three years.
WORLD
October 24, 2012 | By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times
BENGHAZI, Libya - The U.S. ambassador was missing, his compound was in flames and the safe house where survivors took shelter had come under fire. But the U.S. rescue team had to wait, stymied by the disarray in post-revolutionary Libya. The eight-member American team had rushed here from the Libyan capital, Tripoli, arriving at the airport about 2 a.m. on Sept. 12, hours after the attack on the U.S. mission that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and State Department staffer Sean Smith.
NEWS
June 28, 2012 | By Aida Ahmad
“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" and “Safe House” stayed on top of the DVD and  Blu-ray sales and rental charts, respectively, in the U.S. and Canada last week.  Among new movies, “Project X” emerged the best-seller and “Wanderlust” the best renter. Other new movies that launched last week were “Big Miracle” which debuted at No. 4 on the sales chart and “Seeking Justice” at No.5. The action thriller “Safe House,” starring Denzel Washington, stayed at No. 1 on the rental chart for the third week in a row. However, on the disc sales chart, it dropped three places from the prior week to No.6.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1992
Rodney G. King has become a carefully guarded commodity, tucked into a "safe house" and on antidepressants, while his family and others squabble over the selling of America's famed victim, according to an article in the July issue of Vanity Fair. King, fearful of danger if he ventures out of his hiding place in Ventura County, is isolated from efforts to capitalize on his story, the article says.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 1994 | SUSAN BYRNES
Soon to be seen in the windows of homes across the San Fernando Valley, a six-inch green triangle is well on its way to becoming a household symbol for safety. Following the lead of the Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley Division, several other Valley divisions are helping schools and Neighborhood Watch groups organize the Safe House program--which identifies a pre-screened residence as a sanctuary for children to flee in an emergency.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2012
'Safe House' MPAA rating: R, for strong violence throughout and some language Running time: 1 hour, 55 minutes Playing: In general release
BUSINESS
February 10, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
The new romantic drama"The Vow"is poised to steal the hearts of moviegoers this weekend. The tear-jerker starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams could gross $35 million to $40 million in its debut, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. Sony Pictures, whose Screen Gems label produced the film, is projecting a more conservative domestic opening of $28 million to $30 million. It should be a strong weekend at the multiplex, as three other new movies are also expected to bring in healthy ticket sales.
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