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February 3, 2010 | By Chris Lee
By most criteria, Paul McCartney and U2 have little reason to regard French composers Reinhardt Wagner and Frank Thomas with envy. But Tuesday, Wagner and Thomas scored an Oscar nomination for best original song -- for "Loin de Paname" from the little-seen French movie "Paris 36" -- while neither "Winter," U2's contribution to the soundtrack of Jim Sheridan's "Brothers," nor McCartney's "I Want to Come Home," from the family dramedy "Everybody's Fine,"...
November 19, 2009 | By Ben Fritz and Yvonne Villarreal
If you enjoyed a documentary in a movie theater in the last year, odds are you won't be seeing it at the Oscars in March. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed its "short list" of 15 films, culled from 89 submissions, that are eligible to be nominated for best documentary feature. FOR THE RECORD: Documentaries: An article in some editions of Friday's Calendar section about the short-listed Oscar documentary features said "The September Issue" was not eligible for consideration this year.
May 16, 2009 | James Oliphant and David G. Savage
Even as President Obama flies to the University of Notre Dame this weekend to give a commencement speech that promises to be marked by bitter abortion protests, he will be grappling with one of the most critical decisions of his presidency. With a new poll out Friday showing that for the first time a majority of Americans call themselves "pro-life," the decision of whom to nominate to the U.S. Supreme Court has grown even more complex.
December 10, 2008 | David Wharton, staff and wire reports
UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker is continuing to talk with San Diego State officials and appears to be among the finalists for the coaching job there, sources close to the situation said Tuesday. The sources required anonymity because they are not yet allowed to speak about the job on the record. Walker declined to comment but had previously said that he was in contact with both the Aztecs and New Mexico State.
September 23, 2008 | Randy Lewis
Metallica and Run-DMC top the list of nominees for induction next year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The others on the short list for induction include Jeff Beck, the Stooges, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Wanda Jackson, Chic, Bobby Womack and War. The Rock Hall is dealing with the relative dearth of worthy acts newly eligible for membership by leaning heavily on acts previously passed over for membership. Metallica and Run-DMC are the only '80s-vintage nominees being drafted to the institution, which requires 25 years to have passed since performers released their first recordings.
August 1, 2008 | Jessica Guynn, Times Staff Writer
For 18 hours each week, Internet investor Jonathan Miller studies tai chi in New York with legendary master Ren Guang-Yi, whose devotees include Lou Reed, Bette Midler, Hugh Jackman and other celebrities. During the sessions, Miller's lanky frame flows through fluid, continuous movements, punctuated by quick bursts of energy. Three decades of Chinese martial arts have made his limbs so supple that he can do the splits at 51.
June 22, 2008 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA -- Reliever Scot Shields became the third pitcher in Angels history to strike out four batters in one inning when he whiffed pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs, Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard in the eighth inning Saturday night. Victorino swung and missed at a vicious breaking ball in the dirt that bounced past catcher Jeff Mathis and allowed the Phillies center fielder to reach first. Trying to protect a 4-2 lead, Shields then walked No.
February 11, 2008 | Robyn Norwood
Tom Asbury, who guided Pepperdine to three NCAA tournament appearances in the early 1990s, is on the short list for the Waves' coaching job as he considers whether to come out of retirement, Pepperdine Athletic Director John Watson said Sunday. "He's still analyzing whether it's something he wishes to do," said Watson, adding that he hopes to select a coach this week.
December 3, 2007 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
The search for a new UCLA football coach has begun, even as current Coach Karl Dorrell awaits his fate. Dorrell will be fired and a short list of candidates has been assembled, sources familiar with the athletic department said Sunday. Boise State Coach Chris Petersen is said to be the first choice of Athletic Director Dan Guerrero, with Texas Tech Coach Mike Leach and former NFL coach Steve Mariucci considered among the other top candidates.
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