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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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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)
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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
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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.
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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
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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)
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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)
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.
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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...
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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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February 15, 2014 | By Susan King
Eva Marie Saint won a supporting actress Oscar for her luminous film debut as Marlon Brando's character's girlfriend in Elia Kazan's landmark 1954 drama, "On the Waterfront. " And she's given memorable turns with Cary Grant in Alfred Hitchcock's 1959 "North by Northwest," Paul Newman in Otto Preminger's 1960 epic "Exodus" and Tom Hanks and Jackie Gleason in 1986's "Nothing in Common. " But she wasn't an overnight sensation. Arriving in New York in the late 1940s, Saint modeled, studied her craft, worked in radio and was an understudy on Broadway in "Mister Roberts.
NEWS
February 3, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Bruno Mars and his band wore Saint Laurent in their Super Bowl halftime show. Racked toted up the numbers and concluded that Mars' outfit would cost $5,830 (if one paid for it oneself). [Racked] In an interview with W magazine, Miley Cyrus says her image is calculated and that she wants to encourage girls to go for personal style. "Everyone to me looks like Vanna White," she says. She also says her rustic childhood may have something to do with the crop tops and other body-baring outfits she wears now: “We never were inside, and we never wore shoes, I think it's why I like wearing no clothes so much and I'm always naked.” [W]
SPORTS
January 10, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
The Seahawks face the challenge of avoiding overconfidence in light of their 34-7 demolition of New Orleans in Seattle five weeks ago. "The first thing I addressed with the team when we came back together was, 'What happened in the past doesn't tell the story of what's going to happen in the future,'¿" Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll said. "So you have to have the discipline to do that. " Something that won't change: CenturyLink Field will be loud. Seahawks fans - nicknamed the 12th Man - set a Guinness Book World Record for crowd noise earlier this season, lost the title to Kansas City around midseason, and reclaimed it during with the victory over the Saints.
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 23, 2008
DESPITE Laura Linney's comment ["A Revolutionary Leading Man," March 16] on the John Adams coupling that "they were not saints," I would say that the friendship, love, respect and passion that John and Abigail Adams were able to sustain for one another, despite long separations and hardships, indeed qualify them as near saints. And since when did anyone in Hollywood have any concept of a "sentimentalized" union, much less a "working marriage"? Sunny Kreis Collins Palm Desert
SPORTS
January 10, 2014 | Staff and wire reports
Two NFL players violated league protocol on dealing with concussions in last weekend's wild-card playoff games, according to a document obtained by the Associated Press. The document was a letter sent by the chairmen of the NFL's head, neck and spine committee to all team doctors and trainers. In the letter, Drs. Hunt Batjer and Richard Ellenbogen say one player re-entered a game after suffering a possible concussion and another refused to leave the sideline. Although the letter doesn't identify the players, the AP said they were Green Bay tackle David Bakhtiari and New Orleans cornerback Keenan Lewis.
SPORTS
January 9, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
RENTON, Wash. - Chalk up another successful reverse to Percy Harvin. The Seattle Seahawks receiver said Thursday that he would play Saturday in a divisional playoff game against New Orleans, less than two weeks after the Seahawks flirted with the idea of putting him on injured reserve. Harvin, among the league's splashiest off-season acquisitions, missed the first 21/2 months of the season after undergoing hip surgery in August. He returned in Week 11 for a game against Minnesota, his old team, but was sidelined because of soreness and swelling after that game.
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