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ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By David Ng
A new drama inspired by the life of author Patricia Highsmith and written by Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith will be among the offerings of the Geffen Playhouse's 2014-15 season, which was announced on Friday. The season will also include recent works by playwrights Tarell Alvin McCraney, Conor McPherson and Stephen Belber. Murray-Smith's "Switzerland" will be a co-production with the Sydney Theatre Company and will debut in Australia this fall before running in Los Angeles from March 3 to April 12, 2015.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
The third season finale of ABC's Beltway drama "Scandal" was high in emotion and ratings.  According to early numbers from Nielsen, Thursday's season closer drew 10.5 million viewers overall and a rating of 3.4 among key 18-to-49-year-olds, marking the series' highest rated finale yet and its second highest rated episode ever. The series high was the Season 3 premiere, in which the show returned from a major cliffhanger.  'SCANDAL' RECAP: Olivia flies off into the sunset ... for now Compared with the Season 2 finale, Thursday night's episode was up 15% in total viewership and 6% in 18-49.  ABC won the night in the 18-49 demo, notching an average of 2.2 -- where a ratings point equals roughly 1.3 million viewers -- driven by "Scandal," which posted Thursday's best 18-49 rating.
SPORTS
April 17, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
It's springtime in Los Angeles, otherwise known as the season when the Clippers march merrily into the playoffs and the Lakers conduct exit interviews. OK, so maybe this isn't exactly an annual occurrence. The Lakers haven't missed the playoffs during a season in which the Clippers qualified since 1975-76, when the Clippers were located in Buffalo and the Lakers somehow finished two games below .500 with a roster that included Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Gail Goodrich.
SPORTS
April 17, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Just kidding! No way are the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat as bad as they've looked the last six weeks, when the presumed Eastern Conference finalists resembled teams that couldn't get out of the first round of their local rec-league playoffs. Three-peat? The Heat has had trouble winning three games in a row since early March. Indiana has gone 10-13 since March 4, failing to top 100 points 17 times and stumbling its way to that regrettable 23-point first half against Atlanta.
SPORTS
April 16, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
PORTLAND - The Clippers played out the string of an 82-game regular-season schedule on Wednesday night, knowing before they tipped off against the Portland Trail Blazers that their playoff opponent had been set. So with three starters back in Los Angeles resting, the Clippers rallied from 22 points down behind Jamal Crawford's 34 points only to lose, 110-104, to the Trail Blazers at the Moda Center. The third-seeded Clippers (57-25) will open the first round of the Western Conference playoffs against the sixth-seeded Golden State Warriors (51-31)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2014 | by Greg Braxton
The Russians are coming ... again. "The Americans," FX's drama about Russian KGB  spies masquerading as a suburban American married  couple, has been renewed for a third season of 13 episodes. The series, which stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich, is currently in its second season. PHOTOS: WGA's top 101 shows of all time "The Americans" was created by and is executive produced by Joe Weisberg, a former CIA agent who went on to become an author and screenwriter.
SPORTS
April 16, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SAN ANTONIO -- Mike D'Antoni might coach his last game with the Lakers on Wednesday night. Or he might be back next season for the final guaranteed year of his contract. It's the biggest subplot of a Lakers' off-season sure to feature some twists and turns. "We'll sit down with Mitch and Jim at the end of the year and reassess everything and see where we are and see what their thoughts are," D'Antoni said Wednesday, referring to Lakers executives Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss. "I don't have any thoughts yet. The biggest thing was trying to get to the end of the year and we got that done.
SPORTS
April 16, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers 113 - San Antonio Spurs 100 (end of regulation) The Lakers ended a difficult 2013-14 regular season with an easy win over the NBA's best San Antonio Spurs. With Kobe Bryant (knee), Pau Gasol (vertigo), Steve Nash (nerve root irritation), Chris Kaman (calf), Xavier Henry (knee, wrist) and Kent Bazemore (foot) all sidelined, the Lakers finished the season with a 27-55 record after 113-100 victory on the road. The Spurs sat Tim Duncan and Marco Belinelli, along with Tony Parker in the second half, as they prepare for their first-round matchup against the Dallas Mavericks (49-32)
SPORTS
April 16, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan, This post has been updated. See the note below for details
SAN ANTONIO -- While the Lakers prepared for their last game of the season, Kobe Bryant was already beginning his off-season. Bryant went to France with family members either Tuesday or Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times has learned. The Lakers conclude their season Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs. A team spokesman said he was unaware of the situation and referred a reporter to Bryant's agent, Rob Pelinka, who did not immediately return a phone call. Bryant has been in a surly mood since the team's fortunes started sagging, muttering under his breath at last month's team photo that he doesn't like associating with a team so many games under .500.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
ABC's "Celebrity Wife Swap" probably wishes it could trade in the ratings for its third season premiere. According to early numbers from Nielsen, the Tuesday 10 p.m. reality show earned a rating of 1.0 among key 18- to- 49-year-olds and 3.1 million viewers overall for the episode that featured a spouse-switch between Daniel Baldwin and Jermaine Jackson. In the advertiser-coveted demographic, it was down by more than half from last year's season opener (which aired at 8 p.m.) for the lowest "Wife Swap" or "Celebrity Wife Swap" premiere rating ever.   The better news for ABC came from "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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