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October 30, 2009 | Robert Abele; Kevin Thomas
Troy Duffy went from a bartending screenwriter to Harvey Weinstein's golden boy in the '90s with his calling-card script "The Boondock Saints" -- a brash action comedy about twin vigilantes. His resulting bad-behavior flameout in Hollywood was humiliatingly turned into a cautionary documentary ("Overnight"). But the best revenge is a fan base. "Saints" took off on home video. Now, 10 years later, Duffy has reemerged with a sequel, "The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day," reuniting Connor (Sean Patrick Flanery)
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April 27, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Tom Kington
Pope Francis proclaimed sainthood Sunday for a pair of former pontiffs, John Paul II and John XXIII, thrilling multitudes who gathered in St. Peter's Square and elsewhere to witness the double canonization. It was the first time in the history of the Roman Catholic Church that two ex-popes were canonized in the same event. Although the focus was on the late pontiffs, the elaborate ceremony and the global attention it generated seemed likely to provide another boost for the soaring reputation of Francis.
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SPORTS
November 23, 2009
Key: New Orleans' Drew Brees didn't throw an interception for the first time in five games, and the Saints also didn't give up a sack for the first time since Oct. 18 against the Giants. Saints said: "Every team we face would love to give us that first loss." -- Brees Buccaneers said: "It's just one of those days. An off day. . . . I don't see it as a problem going forward." -- Josh Freeman, quarterback
WORLD
April 27, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Tom Kington
Reporting From Vatican City -- Pope Francis proclaimed sainthood Sunday for two former pontiffs, John Paul II and John XXIII, marking  the first time in the  church's long history that two ex-popes have been canonized at the same time. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and visitors crammed into St. Peter's Square and nearby streets for the solemn ceremony, which was followed by a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis. Adding to the uniqueness of the event was the presence of a former pope, Benedict XVI, Francis' predecessor, who stepped down last year in a rare example of a pope retiring.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2011 | By Rob Weinert-Kendt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When you write a play called "100 Saints You Should Know," you're going to get questions about religion, and Kate Fodor — whose play premiered Off-Broadway in 2007 at Playwrights Horizons and opened this week at Hollywood's Elephant Theatre — is by no means wary of the subject, even as she attempts to broaden the inquiry. Over breakfast in Manhattan, Fodor identifies herself as "an instinctually spiritual person who doesn't believe in either God or Tarot cards," partly crediting her upbringing by secular academics, though she seems sincerely curious about faiths she can't bring herself to share.
SPORTS
October 6, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Story line: After four single-digit losses, quarterback Drew Brees is desperate for Saints' first victory without suspended Coach Sean Payton. It might help that Brees persuaded the NFL to let Payton and other bounty-gate figures come to the Superdome as the quarterback tries to surpass Johnny Unitas' record of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass. There's more motivation for Brees, too, considering he's facing the team that let him walk in favor of Philip Rivers. Chargers said: "A Drew Brees team, with what they've been through, you can't ever count them out of anything.
SPORTS
November 20, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
NEW ORLEANS (8-2) AT ATLANTA (2-8) TV: NFL Network, 5:15 PST. Line: Saints by 91/2. Over-under: 53. Sam Farmer's pick: Once dominant at the Georgia Dome, the Falcons are 2-3 there this season and in the running for the No. 1 pick. The Saints have revived their defense and Drew Brees will always give opponents problems. Saints 27, Falcons 14
SPORTS
October 14, 2009 | SAM FARMER, ON THE NFL
They don't pick 'em, they just play 'em. So there's no sense in knocking the New York Giants for their recent string of pushover opponents -- Tampa Bay (0-5), Kansas City (0-5) and Oakland (1-4) -- that surely have left their statistics artificially inflated. The Giants (5-0) are ranked second in offense and first in defense, outgaining their last three foes by a combined 1,309 yards to 403. That's what makes Sunday's game at New Orleans such a significant measuring stick. The Saints (4-0)
WORLD
April 27, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Tom Kington
Reporting From Vatican City -- Pope Francis proclaimed sainthood Sunday for two former pontiffs, John Paul II and John XXIII, marking  the first time in the  church's long history that two ex-popes have been canonized at the same time. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and visitors crammed into St. Peter's Square and nearby streets for the solemn ceremony, which was followed by a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis. Adding to the uniqueness of the event was the presence of a former pope, Benedict XVI, Francis' predecessor, who stepped down last year in a rare example of a pope retiring.
SPORTS
September 16, 2009 | SAM FARMER, ON THE NFL
The New Orleans Saints have not only Drew Brees on their side but fate. If Kevin Kolb starts at quarterback for Philadelphia on Sunday, it will be the second consecutive week the Saints defense will face a passer with little to no experience. In the opener, New Orleans picked off Detroit rookie Matthew Stafford three times on its way to a 45-27 victory in which Brees threw a club-record six touchdown passes. Kolb, likely filling in for Donovan McNabb (cracked rib)
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April 23, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
The image of bandit Jesus Malverde turns up as a kind of venerated saint inside " Quitapesares (Solace)," a makeshift chapel by artist Maria Romero erected near the end of a large new exhibition at the UCLA Fowler Museum. On May 3, 1909, the outlaw was hanged from a tree in the town of Culiacán, capital of Sinaloa near the country's northwest coast, by the federal government of Mexican dictator Porfirio Diaz. He was left to rot in the sun. At least, that's what people say. Historians have found no evidence that the story is true.
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April 21, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Gene Luen Yang has been getting a lot of attention from prize juries for his two-part graphic novel for young adults, "Boxers and Saints. " Set at the end of the 19th century, it begins with the story of a Chinese boy inspired by traditional Chinese gods to fight foreign oppression; in part two, an unwanted Chinese girl finds refuge with Christians who are threatened by the rebellion of the first book. "Boxers and Saints" was a finalist for the National Book Award in November, and in April it took the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature.
OPINION
April 12, 2014
Most of the several hundred letters I read each week can best be described as adversarial: They take issue with healthcare reform, the handling of the crisis in Ukraine, politics in Washington and any number of topics where there is little middle ground. Occasionally, an uplifting story will provide some respite from the ceaseless debates. This week, reporter Kurt Streeter's Column One on Jeff Dietrich and Catherine Morris of the Catholic Worker movement - a husband-wife team whose lifelong work has been to "enable" skid row's homeless - did just that.
SPORTS
March 13, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Darren Sproles is coming off one of his least productive NFL seasons. But if he can bounce back in 2014, the Philadelphia Eagles may have gotten a huge bargain for the second of their two fifth-round draft picks this year. Sproles is headed to Philadelphia from New Orleans, where he spent the last three seasons after spending the first five of his career in San Diego. Although he's technically a running back, versatility is key to Sproles' game. In 2011, his first season with the Saints, Sproles led the league with 2,696 all-purpose yards - 603 rushing (with two touchdowns)
WORLD
March 10, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - If nothing else, the slaying of cartel boss Nazario Moreno Gonzalez by Mexican soldiers may have burst the bubble of mysticism that had made him one of the stranger figures to emerge in the country's drug war. Moreno, whose nicknames included "El Mas Loco" ("The Craziest"), was a founder of Michoacan state's La Familia drug cartel and its offshoot, the Knights Templar - groups that have moved massive amounts of methamphetamine and other drugs north to the United States.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
George Lopez, the comedian, has a new sitcom on FX, "Saint George. " Like its stablemate "Anger Management," which guarantees you'll have Charlie Sheen to kick around for a while, it is being launched on what's called a 10/90 deal: If the first 10 episodes do well enough by some secret contractual standard, the network buys 90 more, to make a syndication-friendly 100. The series, which premieres Thursday, is Lopez's second sitcom, after the family...
SPORTS
February 7, 2010
Saints' run offense vs. Colts' run defense The Saints had the sixth-ranked ground game this season, and the Colts finished 24th against the run. Still, this isn't the mismatch those numbers suggest. The Colts improved dramatically in that department as the season went on, and their numbers only got worse again when they mailed in games at the end of the season. Edge: Colts. Saints' pass offense vs. Colts' pass defense It all starts with Drew Brees, and he has so many weapons and ways to get them the ball.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. With its rhythmic pounding, the hypnotic new trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" recalls the 2009 spot for the Coens' "A Serious Man," only then it was Michael Stuhlbarg's head and not Joaquin Phoenix's fists making all the noise. The "Master" trailer offers a tantalyzing glimpse at the way Anderson approaches one of the movie's primary concerns -- the human conflict between primal instincts and transcendent, spiritual ambitions.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
George Lopez has been gearing up for the launch later this week of his new FX comedy "Saint George," which is about a successful entrepreneur grappling with a messy personal and family life. The series stands out as a personal touchstone for the 52-year-old comedian, whose résumé includes a groundbreaking network sitcom, a hip late-night cable talk show and sold-out arena performances. But a not-so-funny thing happened on the way to Thursday's premiere. Lopez was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication late last week after a performance at Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino in Windsor, Ontario.
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March 3, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
PARIS -- After a big night for his Saint Laurent brand at the Academy Awards, dressing host Ellen DeGeneres in three elegant riffs on le smoking, and supporting-actor winner and dude-style icon Jared Leto in a white tuxedo, Los Angeles-based designer Hedi Slimane staged his best Saint Laurent collection yet at Paris Fashion Week. The clothes were crackling with teenage spunk, even if the show did make me feel like the uncool girl at the party. Slimane's shows are more like happenings, taking place in venues as dimly lit as underground clubs, with dubious fire exits and movable set pieces (this season, arm gates stretched across the runway, raising and lowering like industrialized velvet ropes)
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