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December 18, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
My library is truncated. That's a strange word, but the best one to describe a collection of books built around a big dividing line, the dividing line of my move west. When I came to Los Angeles, in 1991, I didn't know how long I would be staying; I packed a few hundred books from my library in New York and left the rest. I know, I know … a few hundred books . And yet, for a person like me, who marks my place in the world through the filter of the written word, a few hundred barely scratches the surface, is the merest minimum with which I'd want to live.
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April 12, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Philomena Starz/Anchor Bay, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.99 Available on VOD beginning April 15 One of last year's most heartening box-office success stories, this British melodrama had more financial success and drew more awards attention than one might've expected for a midbudget tear-jerker about a woman trying to find the son she was forced to give up in Ireland in the 1950s. Credit Judi Dench's lead performance as Philomena Lee, a proud woman who's spent decades dealing with the sense of shame she felt as a young unwed mother.
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February 26, 2010
The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson A Novel Jerome Charyn W.W. Norton: 348 pp., $24.95
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March 27, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Forget the tree that fell in the forest with no one around to hear it. What if someone took more than 100,000 photographs over decades of shooting and absolutely no one was around to see them? And what if they turned out to be really, really good? That in a nutshell is the stranger-than-fiction tale behind the gripping documentary "Finding Vivian Maier," a film that asks a pair of equally involving questions: Exactly who was this hidden master and how did her work and her life finally come to light?
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September 29, 2010
'Trash Inc: The Secret Life of Garbage' Where: CNBC When: 6, 7, 9 and 10 tonight Rating: Not rated
NEWS
March 25, 2013 | By Betty Hallock and Jenn Harris
Easter is almost here, and for some, this means colored eggs and bunnies and candy-filled baskets. But for those who can't celebrate the holiday without a squishy marshmallow treat, it can mean only one thing. The Peeps are coming! The brightly colored marshmallows have developed a cult following, and people take their Peeps seriously. If you really think about it, what's not to love about a purple chick-shaped marshmallow? Test Kitchen Director Noelle Carter took to making her own Peeps this year and noted in a recent story what people do with Peeps can be even more fun than eating them.
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July 31, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
James Thurber's story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" is very short: 15 paragraphs, barely 2,000 words. You can read it (or reread it) in less than 10 minutes: a small and sad-eyed daydream , much like the action it describes. And yet, since it first appeared in the March 18, 1939, issue of the New Yorker, Thurber's small-bore masterpiece has inspired two full-length films: the 1947 version with Danny Kaye and a new adaptation , due in December, starring and directed by Ben Stiller.
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May 30, 2012 | By Paul Whitefield
So, it turns out L.A.'s Memorial Coliseum truly is the home of the Trojans. I mean, not since USC star Anthony Davis' six-touchdown performance against Notre Dame in 1972 has there been this much scoring on the Coliseum's hallowed turf. Though, to be fair, Davis' feat was in a day game, while "The Gangbang Girl #32" was under the lights. In case your local video store is out of it, "The Gangbang Girl #32"  is the title of a 90-minute hard-core pornographic movie shot in 2001, which featured 40 minutes of group sex on the Coliseum's gridiron turf.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Fresh off the buzz from its new trailer, Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" has nabbed the centerpiece slot at the New York Film Festival, where it will make its world premiere Oct. 5. Organizers announced the news Thursday, with programming director Kent Jones calling the movie "a beautifully lyrical comic epic, grounded in present day realities and concerns. " Stiller directs and stars in the mystical dramedy, which draws off the same James Thurber New Yorker story as the 1947 Danny Kaye classic.
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December 24, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
As a director and star trying to extend into new territory, Ben Stiller is his own best friend. With wild and crazy films like "Zoolander" and "Tropic Thunder" in his past, Stiller's taken a different turn in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," but, fortunately for all concerned, the Old Ben has decided to come along for the ride. As a result "Walter Mitty," inspired by the brief 1939 James Thurber short story about a man who lapses into heroic daydreams at the slightest provocation, has a pleasant, curiously off-center quality that reflects the blending of these two sensibilities.
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December 14, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - Over the last 15 years, much of Ben Stiller's work - "Zoolander," "Meet the Parents," "There's Something About Mary," "Tropic Thunder" - has turned not only into box-office gold but something bigger, zeitgeist-defining comedies that continue to play in our minds and on our cable-TV schedules. Love him, get annoyed by him or simply think he'll never top a certain hair-gel moment, Stiller is one of this era's most influential comic presences. Or maybe was one of its most influential comedic presences.
NEWS
November 21, 2013 | By Cristy Lytal
It took 13 visual-effects companies to keep pace with the outsized imagination of Walter Mitty, the hero of the film based on the 1939 short story by James Thurber. Starring and directed by Ben Stiller, the latest silver-screen adaptation, scheduled for a Dec. 25 release, imagines Mitty as a Life magazine photo editor who trades in daydreams (involving superhero-style fights and a clever Benjamin Button aging scene) for real-life adventures amid stunning vistas in Iceland, Afghanistan and the Himalayas when the cover photo negative for the magazine's final issue goes missing.
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November 1, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - When screenwriter Steven Conrad was hired to write a draft of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" three years ago, he knew the degree of difficulty would be high. After all, over a development period of more than 15 years, about a half-dozen writers had unsuccessfully given it a shot, some with logical pedigrees (Peter Tolan, "Analyze This"), some less likely (Richard LaGravanese, "The Fisher King"). "I didn't think of it as Kurtz - six writers had tried and never been heard from again," said Conrad, tossing in an ominous "Apocalypse Now" reference.
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October 6, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK -- Can "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" turn its dreams into reality? That fraught question about the Ben Stiller fantasy picture saw the first hints of an answer on Saturday at the New York Film Festival, where the pricey Christmas release had its world premiere. "I want to thank the Film Society of Lincoln Center for having the courage to show a Ben Stiller movie," the director quipped as he took the stage before the Saturday night debut at the festival's upscale Alice Tully Hall.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
James Thurber's story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" is very short: 15 paragraphs, barely 2,000 words. You can read it (or reread it) in less than 10 minutes: a small and sad-eyed daydream , much like the action it describes. And yet, since it first appeared in the March 18, 1939, issue of the New Yorker, Thurber's small-bore masterpiece has inspired two full-length films: the 1947 version with Danny Kaye and a new adaptation , due in December, starring and directed by Ben Stiller.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of June 2 - 8, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES The Voice The top six artists perform in this new episode. 8 p.m. NBC The Secret Life of the American Teenager Graduation brings an end to the high school careers of the teens and the end of the series. Daren Kagasoff, Shailene Woodley, Ken Baumann, Michael Grant and Allen Evangelista star.
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