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August 29, 2013 | By Nika Soon-Shiong
YouTube sensation Talia Castellano moved more than 14.5 million viewers with her makeup tutorials and message “to just keep swimming,” as she famously said in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres in September 2012. The honorary CoverGirl was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, cancer of the nervous system, at only 7 years old. She made bald beautiful when she started posting YouTube videos to express her love of makeup, which she wore in lieu of a wig - Talia hoped to inspire others with her self-confidence.
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April 6, 2014 | By Ingrid Schmidt
They share vintage fashion finds, finish one another's sentences and collectively compose pop-rock songs. Kesha and Katy Perry are fans, and their dream is to perform with Prince. But for now they'll have to settle for appearing at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday and April 18, part of a U.S. tour that begins next week. "They" are Haim, the San Fernando Valley-raised sister trio (Este, Danielle and Alana), known for their catchy 2013 debut album, "Days Are Gone" - and their style.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Syfy is wading back into "Sharknado" infested waters. The cable channel's surprise viral sensation is getting a sequel -- or prequel -- to debut in 2014. "Sharknado," starring Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, is the latest low-budget science fiction thriller to debut on Syfy, which has been host to such films as "Sharktopus" and "Malibu Shark Attack. " But somehow, the film's absurd premise, about a tornado picking sharks up from the ocean and spinning them above the streets of Los Angeles, bringing serrated death from the skies, caught on with social media.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
A lyric from the title track from New Zealand rocker Neil Finn's new solo album, "Dizzy Heights," crystallizes much of what the erstwhile member of Crowded House, Split Enz and the Finn Brothers is up to on his latest work. "Help me make up a new sound," he sings, and indeed, much of what he's created for "Dizzy Heights" embodies that idea with spacious aural landscapes and often exotic arrangements surrounding lyrics that delve into a multiplicity of emotions. It's often a far cry from the Beatle-esque pop with which Finn built his reputation as one of the finest songwriters of the 1980s and '90s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2010 | By Steve Harvey, Special to The Times
A jailed murder suspect poses for a series of photographs to be sold to the public, then becomes the subject of a quickie biography, then confers behind bars with an actor who wants to dramatize his life on stage. Sounds like the story of a modern-day headline-maker. But the subject was actually an Old West outlaw named Tiburcio Vasquez, who spent 10 memorable days in a Los Angeles hoosegow in 1874. He had been captured after a shootout at the adobe of an acquaintance, "Greek George" Caralambo, an ex-camel driver for the U.S. Army.
SPORTS
June 7, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
One swing of the bat and more than 44,000 fans in Dodger Stadium erupted. As the ball sailed over the right-field fence - with the bases loaded - even Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully was at a loss. "I don't believe it!" he exclaimed to television viewers. "A grand-slam home run!" On the Dodgers radio broadcast, veteran announcer Charley Steiner shouted, "This doesn't happen even in Hollywood!" As the stadium shook with emotion and Dodgers in the dugout exchanged high-fives and hugs, a chiseled 6-foot-3, 245-pound ballplayer circled the bases.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2010 | By Amy Kaufman >>>
Justin Bieber had finished school for the day, but the threat of detention was still looming. Backstage at "The Tonight Show" last week, the teen pop star's personal tutor, Jenny, couldn't find her cellphone. She suspected her pupil might have hidden it as a prank. "Justin, did you take my phone?" she said, searching under a couch cushion. "Because if you don't have it, I'm going to have to cancel my plan right now." "No! I swear, I didn't take it," he said, offering up a convincing puppy dog look and shaking his wispy trademark bangs out of his eyes and walking away.
SPORTS
September 14, 2011 | T.J. Simers
Manny Ramirez was the best thing to hit Los Angeles. And nothing that has happened recently changes that. He was a performer, an overnight sensation in Los Angeles after arriving late in 2008, providing almost unmatched escape for those who find their release in sports. It was so much fun, the anticipation and eventually the expectation that he was going to deliver something memorable. He had big hit after big hit, and the Dodgers were suddenly a hair away from playing in the World Series.
FOOD
September 23, 2009 | Rene Lynch
Ree Drummond likes to call herself an accidental country girl and she considers herself something of an accidental cook. But there's nothing accidental about the success she's built combining those two. Drummond writes the Pioneer Woman blog and gets about 13 million page views a month, enough to spin off a cookbook: "The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes From an Accidental Country Girl." Although not due out until Oct. 27, it is currently at No. 1 on Amazon's preorder list in the Cooking, Food & Wine category.
SCIENCE
October 8, 2012 | By Monte Morin
For any gourmand who has ever wondered why certain wines pair so well with a hearty steak, or how a palate-cleansing sorbet works its magic between courses, science has an answer now. Oral astringents -- substances that elicit a "rough" or "dry" taste, such as high-tannin wines -- occupy the exact opposite end of a taste spectrum relative to substances with fatty, or "slippery" qualities, such as steak, according to a study published Monday in...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Venezuela's state-supported music education marvel, El Sistema, offering free instruction to nearly 600,000 young people in all corners of the country, is not without controversy. With an increasingly restive Venezuelan public protesting human rights violations and economic dysfunction, El Sistema, an agency in the executive branch of the government, cannot escape its association with the administration of President Nicolàs Maduro. But those who argue that El Sistema has always been a program above politics and an example of positive social action that is catching on around the world had powerful evidence with the exceptional Los Angeles debut Wednesday night of the Bahia Orchestra Project.
SPORTS
January 13, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
We conclude our annual reviews with the Dodgers' enigmatic young outfielder, the one and only … YASIEL PUIG , 23, outfielder Final 2013 stats: .319, 19 home runs, 42 RBIs, 66 runs, .391 on-base and .534 slugging percentage. Contract status: Remains under contract for the next five years. The good: He was second on the team in batting average, runs, stolen bases (11), on-base and slugging percentages, third in home runs and fourth in hits - despite appearing in only 104 games.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 2014 | By Chris Lee
Never underestimate the power of a well-timed "just sayin'. " That was one of the lessons learned by Australian actress Margot Robbie while filming her career-making performance in Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street. " Portraying the Brooklyn-born trophy wife of Leonardo DiCaprio's greedy corporate raider Jordan Belfort - in the $100-million, big-screen adaptation of Belfort's 2007 memoir of the same name - a casual suggestion by Robbie resulted in "Wolf's" most shocking scene.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
YouTube vocal sensation Pentatonix joins such major-label acts as Kelly Clarkson, Michael Bublé and Mary J. Blige with seasonal albums topping Billboard's top 200 chart. The a cappella group's holiday-themed PTXmas (Delux Edition) landed at No. 7 on the album chart for the week ended Dec. 8, with more than 59,000 copies sold. The music video for its rendition of "Little Drummer Boy" has racked up more than 17-million views on YouTube in the last two weeks.  Pentatonix came to prominence as the winner of the third season of NBC's "The Sing-Off Competition.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2013 | By Susan King
William Wyler's enchanting 1953 Cinderella-esque comedy, "Roman Holiday," made Audrey Hepburn an overnight sensation. She not only won the Academy Award for best actress but she also received a Golden Globe, a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award and the New York Film Critics Circle honor for her role as Ann, a sheltered princess on a goodwill tour of Europe who escapes her guardians in Rome and finds adventure and a storybook romance....
SPORTS
November 11, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Yasiel Puig excited a city, electrified Dodger Stadium, spurred record merchandise sales and helped the Dodgers to within two victories of their first World Series in 25 years. He ignited a national debate about how to play baseball the right way. He even lent his name to a rock band called "Puig Destroyer" and a rap song called "Yasiel Puig," which he promptly adopted as his walk-up music. Even with all that, he did not win the National League rookie of the year award on Monday.
NEWS
May 8, 1989 | From Times wire services
Accused Night Stalker Richard Ramirez, who has made several courtroom outbursts, yelled at reporters today, calling them "sensation-seeking parasites." Ramirez's outburst occurred as he was led away by bailiffs to a lockup area next to the court where his trial is taking place. As the accused serial killer was led past a section of the court set aside for reporters and camera crews, he turned to them, growled and yelling at the top of his lungs, said: "Media. Sensation-seeking parasites."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 1993 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Xuxa Mania: "Xuxa," the South American show for kiddies starring Brazilian pop sensation Xuxa (pronounced Shoosha), is coming to the United States. MTM Television Distribution has sold an English version of the series to more than 80% of the country, including KCOP-TV Channel 13 here. The syndicated show begins airing this fall.
NEWS
August 29, 2013 | By Nika Soon-Shiong
YouTube sensation Talia Castellano moved more than 14.5 million viewers with her makeup tutorials and message “to just keep swimming,” as she famously said in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres in September 2012. The honorary CoverGirl was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, cancer of the nervous system, at only 7 years old. She made bald beautiful when she started posting YouTube videos to express her love of makeup, which she wore in lieu of a wig - Talia hoped to inspire others with her self-confidence.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
They laughed when Leon Botstein became president of Bard College in 1975, at the very idea that a 28-year-old could enliven a venerable New York liberal arts college. They laughed in 1990 when Botstein started the Bard Music Festival, which had the appearance of a vanity operation for his own seemingly dubious ambitions as a conductor. They laughed once more when he became music director of the American Symphony Orchestra 20 years ago, especially after some rocky early performances and scathing reviews.
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