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August 3, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
"This Is Us," the upcoming One Direction documentary, follows the boy band on a world tour as they incite millions of teenage girls into frenzy. So perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise that an advance screening of the film, held at the Grove's Pacific Theatres on Saturday morning, created pandemonium at the outdoor shopping mall. Things began calmly enough. Fans who had obtained free tickets on lined up outside TopShop. The event was first-come, first-serve, but even with hundreds in line, most remained hopeful they would get in. The first 100 patrons -- some of whom said they had arrived at 3:45 a.m. -- were admitted to the theater and surrendered their cellphones to theater staffers and submitted to brief security checks.  PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 The screening was set to begin at 10 a.m., but 15 minutes after that time, there were still empty seats in the auditorium.
October 31, 2010 | By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau
U.S. officials dramatically increased the screening of incoming air cargo after the interception Friday of two explosive devices believed to have originated in Yemen, as a renewed debate emerged over how many resources federal officials and private companies should devote to such screening. The packages from Yemen contained chemical explosives camouflaged as printer cartridges and wired to be detonated by a cellphone. They were found in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and England only after the U.S. received a tip from Saudi Arabia.
October 2, 1993
"The Eyes of Bosnia," an award-winning documentary about Bosnian Muslims, will have its first Los Angeles screening Tuesday at the DGA Theater in Hollywood. Women in Film International arranged the screening. Two screenings will be held, at 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Admission is $5. Information: (213) 668-0987
December 7, 1993
Women in Film International will be presenting three short films by Polish director Bozena Garus-Hockuba Saturday at 8 p.m. at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose. Following the screening of "Life With Paintings," "Who Feels Polish" and "Different Home," there will be a discussion with the filmmaker. Information: (213) 463-6040.
January 25, 2003
Andy Serkis, the actor who provides the voice and movement for the computer-generated character of Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," will be on hand for the 8 p.m. screening of the movie at the ArcLight in Hollywood today. Serkis will introduce the film and field questions from the audience afterward. The event is open to the general public and requires that a ticket be purchased for the movie.
February 14, 2005
Re "Scientists Advise Screening All Adults for HIV Infection," Feb. 10: The recommendation by the Yale doctor, the Centers on Disease Control and others that the entire population of the U.S. be screened for HIV infection is a perfect example of science being used to promote a political agenda. Being 56 and monogamous for 30 years, and never having had a blood transfusion, it is not possible that I would be infected. The Times article stated that there are probably 280,000 people in the country who have HIV but do not know it. That is about 0.1% of the population.
April 14, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Police will begin digitally fingerprinting taxi drivers and massage therapists to speed up background checks. The policy change is a reaction to a cabdriver getting a license despite felony convictions. Raymond Richard Whitall, arrested April 2 in connection with two sexual assaults, was a licensed cabdriver despite a record of prior violent felony convictions. Cabbies cannot have felony convictions.
February 21, 2010 | Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
At a private screening and reception Wednesday at the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University, filmmaker Matt Tyrnauer told the audience that "lightning struck for whatever reason" when his movie "Valentino: The Last Emperor" was released in March 2009. Tyrnauer said that he would have considered success a one-week run at a small New York theater. Yet in its first week, "Valentino" out-grossed the nation's then-No. 1 movies, "Knowing" and " Monsters vs. Aliens," on a per-screen basis and is still opening in countries around the world.
June 16, 1989 | TERRY PRISTIN, Times Staff Writer
A screening of a film made by a UCLA student that depicts scenes of simulated bestiality was canceled Thursday after protesters attacked it as ethnically insensitive and sexist and Chancellor Charles E. Young condemned it as "offensive, tasteless and disgusting." The 16-minute film, "Animal Attraction," was screened at UCLA on Wednesday as part of a weeklong festival devoted to works by students. At the request of university officials, the film maker, George Cunningham, agreed to cancel a second screening scheduled for Thursday.
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