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April 24, 2014 | By Brady MacDonald
Don't get your hopes up, Marvel fans. The new Iron Man ride coming to Hong Kong Disneyland in 2016 won't be easily replicated at other Disney theme parks around the world. PHOTOS: Iron Man Experience at Hong Kong Disneyland The $100-million Iron Man Experience will be similar to Star Tours, a simulator ride based on another of Disney's tent-pole properties: Star Wars. Recent updates to the Star Tours attractions at Disneyland in California and Tokyo Disneyland in Japan mean Tony Stark won't be replacing Darth Vader anytime soon.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"Mortdecai," an upcoming action-comedy starring Johnny Depp as a roguish art dealer, will open Feb. 6, Lionsgate announced. Based on the the novels of Kyril Bonfiglioli, "Mortdecai" follows the globetrotting rake Charlie Mortdecai (Depp) as he races to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. Along the way, he has to deal with the Russian mob, British intelligence, an international terrorist and his "impossibly leggy wife.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Set times for the 2014 Stagecoach Country Music Festival have been released by promoter Goldenvoice, which means festival-goers can now start figuring out whether to bypass newcomer Easton Corbin on Friday afternoon to catch Lynyrd Skynyrd playing at roughly the same time across the grounds at the Palomino Stage. Or if they'll have to sacrifice “American Pie” singer-songwriter Don McLean as the sun sets on Saturday to take in Pistol Annies member Ashley Monroe's performance at that same part of the day. One of the most impressive stretches of the entire weekend kicks in Sunday afternoon on the Palomino Stage, starting just before 3 p.m. when rising Americana duo Shovels & Rope performs, followed by “Twang Guitar King” Duane Eddy at 3:50 p.m., then veteran rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson at 4:55 p.m., country-rock pioneer (and part-time Monkee)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Clint Eastwood's latest movie, "American Sniper," kicked off with a bang in Los Angeles County this week. The Warner Bros. film, which stars Bradley Cooper as a Navy SEAL who recounts his military exploits, began 10 days of filming Monday in an Afghan village set at the Blue Cloud Movie Ranch in the Santa Clarita area. The scenes involved "simulated warfare sequences with full load automatic gunfire, explosions, squibs, bullet hits, smoke, burning debris," according to a county film permit.
NATIONAL
April 23, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - Victims of child pornography whose images of sexual abuse have circulated on the Internet may claim damages from every person caught with illegal images, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. But justices rejected the idea that a single person who possesses such images may be assessed the full amount due to the victim, setting aside a $3.4-million verdict against a Texas man in a favor of a woman whose childhood rape was photographed and widely circulated on the Internet.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2014 | By August Brown
Hard Summer may have temporarily moved from its traditional Chinatown locale, but that hasn't slowed down the fest's bookings for this year. The annual electronic music blowout has announced its lineup for 2014: Headliners include the Dutch EDM titan Tiësto, recent Coachella heros Disclosure, the Diplo/Skrillex side project Jack U and the Harlem rap crew ASAP Mob. The fest, which takes place at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area on Aug....
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
You'd think giving away books would be an easy thing to do, but Melissa Eggerling tries to put a lot of creativity and a bit of theater into the act. On Wednesday, Eggerling will be one of 800 Southern Californians participating as "givers" in World Book Night, a program designed to distribute free books to people who might not read them otherwise. Last year Eggerling and her two young sons took boxes filled with the novel "Fahrenheit 451" and distributed them from a Los Angeles city fire truck in Eagle Rock.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2014 | By Michael Miller and Rhea Mahbubani
Fourteen years ago, a group of movie lovers banded together to organize the first Newport Beach Film Festival. For the opening-night attraction at Fashion Island, they chose "Sunset Blvd.," the 1950 Billy Wilder drama which famously features a faded Hollywood actress snapping, "I am big. It's the pictures that got small!" As co-founder Todd Quartararo fretted outside the Edwards Big Newport 6 theater before showtime, though, he was more concerned about the size of the crowd than the size of the pictures.
SPORTS
April 21, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The trailer is out for the Sony Pictures movie about Concord De La Salle and former head coach Bob Ladouceur. Entitled, "When The Game Stands Tall," the movie is scheduled to be released on Aug. 22, a week before the high school football season begins in California. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SPORTS
April 20, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The Los Angeles Student-Athlete Symposium for boys' and girls' high school athletes grades 9 through 12 will be held on May 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Loyola Marymount's University Hall. Cost is $30, and lunch will be included. The organizers will provide workshops and information about sports nutrition, college recruiting timelines, transitioning into college, standardized tests (SAT and ACT)  and other issues. The symposium reviews the complicated process of becoming a student-athlete in college.
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