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As the wind propelled the Robert C. Seamans toward Santa Catalina Island, Rudy Vigil controlled the helm of the 135-foot, $8.1-million ship. Rudy is 17, with a ring in his eyebrow and a stud in his nose. The last thing the high school senior from Wilmington steered was a Honda Civic. Rudy was seasick for most of the 10 days he and 20 other students cruised the California coast with the Sea Education Assn.
March 12, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Avast! The pirate ship that submerged in Big Bear Lake during a heavy winter storm will soon rise from its watery grave. The Big Bear Pirate Ship--a popular tourist draw in the mountain lake community about 100 miles east of downtown Los Angeles--sank during a storm Feb. 28 while it was tied off at Halloway's Marina. Crews plan to use inflatable lift bags Thursday morning to refloat the one-third scale replica of a 16th century Spanish galleon, also known as Time Bandit.
April 21, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
French yachtsman Bruno Peyron and a four-man crew crossed the finish line after sailing the world in a record-smashing 79-day voyage aboard the 86-foot catamaran, Commodore Explorer. The previous record was 109 days.
March 2, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
At different times, the Ducks have taken a game to prove the integrity of their NHL-best record. Tests of toughness, challenging road assignments, matches against potent-scoring foes and tight defenses have been confronted and overcome. Sunday night at Honda Center, the Ducks simply outclassed a slumping team, cruising past the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-3. BOX SCORE: Ducks 5, Hurricanes 3 Ducks' goals leader Corey Perry scored Nos. 31 and 32 in a 10-minute span of the first period and the Ducks were ahead, 5-0, less than midway through the second before letting off the gas. "We were as good as we can be," Coach Bruce Boudreau said.
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August 19, 2009 | Pete Thomas
A month after Zac Sunderland, at 17, became the youngest person to sail around the world by himself, his younger sister has announced plans to try to break that record. Abby Sunderland, who will turn 16 in October, is hoping to embark on a nonstop, unassisted voyage in November aboard a 40-foot cruising vessel, and complete the trip in about six months. First, however, she will have to land a sponsor to help cover the $350,000 cost of the odyssey. "I've been wanting to do this since I was 13, and when I was 13 there was nobody doing this," she told the Associated Press.
February 6, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
Sony Pictures Entertainment reported a profit of $231 million in the fiscal third quarter ending Dec. 31, a significant improvement from the previous quarter, when it lost $181 million. However, the film and television studio's profit was down 4.2% from the same period a year ago. Revenue was up 7.1% to $2.131 billion. Sony Pictures, a unit of Tokyo-based Sony Corp., is in the midst of a major cost-cutting initiative. The studio has said it will slash at least $350 million in overhead, and has been laying off employees.
February 6, 2014 | By Billy Ray
I love true stories. I think it's because I'm constantly amazed, intrigued, inspired (and sometimes appalled) by genuine human behavior. Inventing characters is a lot of fun but I don't think I'm capable of creating a fictional character that could possibly be as dimensional, idiosyncratic or fully realized as the actual people I read about in the newspaper every day - which is another way of saying that when you're telling a true story, life itself...
January 25, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Something in us loves a pirate. Of all the world's brigands, the pirate is the most romantic, the one whose way of life represents a breezy alternative to our drudging own. What child does not know how many men sit on a dead man's chest? They have been in the movies at least since D.W. Griffith's "The Pirate's Gold" in 1906, and you lately may have felt the franchise that is "Pirates of the Caribbean" brush your shoulder as it made its way through the marketplace. There has been the occasional TV movie, as well, but a full-fledged pirate series has been long in coming.
January 10, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
Being a pirate is filthy business. That's what Starz wants viewers to take away from its new pirate series, "Black Sails. " Set during the Golden Age of piracy in a remote Bahamas outpost, the show is told as a vicious prequel to the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novel "Treasure Island. " It shows the famous and mysterious Captain Flint at the beginning of his messianic quest to amass the largest trove of treasure the world has ever seen. PHOTOS: The scene at TCA 2014 During the Television Critics Assn.
December 13, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Elevate your whale-watching experience this season aboard the 139-foot America yacht in San Diego. The replica of the famous 19th century racer that established the America's Cup takes visitors out to see the southward migration of California's gray whales in style -- and with a "no seasickness" guarantee. The original America won a race around Britain's Isle of Wight in 1851, bringing back a little "challenge trophy" that became known as the famed America's Cup. The replica ship docked in San Diego harbor holds 78 people and was built in 1995 for $6 million.
December 10, 2013 | By Cristy Lytal
Supervising sound editors Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns put their sea legs to the test on the open-water thriller "All Is Lost. " Directed by J.C. Chandor and starring Robert Redford, the nearly dialogue-free film tells the story of a man whose 39-foot yacht collides with a shipping container on the high seas. As sound editors, Boeddeker, Hymns and their colleague Brandon Proctor collected and created sounds heard in the film - a symphony of flapping sails, creaking decks and pounding waves.
December 5, 2013 | By Michael Ordoña
For Paul Greengrass, the journey of "Captain Phillips" took him through unfamiliar waters in which he had to make himself at home. "For some reason with this one, I took a few days to find my way," the director says. "I remember feeling I was a bit inhibited with the material. I spoke to Chris Rouse, my editor, one night and said, 'I'm worried the stuff I'm doing is a bit boring.' He said, 'Oh, I thought it was a choice!' "So the next day I thought, 'We're going to go for it now,' and I started to really let rip. Tom came up to me a few hours later, 'That's more like it!
November 30, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
On a recent weekday afternoon, Sting was sitting in a Burbank dressing room, quietly reading on a tablet computer as he waited to make an appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. " A chat with Leno wasn't the English singer's only reason for being in L.A.; two nights earlier, he'd entertained a crowd of celebrities and show-biz executives at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's annual Art + Film Gala. Asked how the gig went, Sting put down the tablet, took off his glasses and reported that no one had asked for his or her money back.
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