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November 27, 2011 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
A panic-stricken middle-aged man, wearing little more than a gas mask and tighty-whities, is driving a dilapidated RV across the desert. Two unconscious bodies and a dead one slide around in the back — near his portable methamphetamine lab. He wants to make money before he dies of cancer. A slightly younger man, dressed in snug leather pants and a glittery top with a plunging neckline, is gyrating his hips for an arcade dance contest. He's doing the robot to a mix of "Sometimes When We Touch.
October 24, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The hottest new features for Mountain High's terrain park this winter will be ripped from the streets of L.A. The Wrightwood ski resort spent $9,000 to make a replica of the handrails outside the landmark Disney Concert Hall so boarders can do something they've never been able to do: shred them (as in tear up the terrain on a snowboard). The resort's version features a 48-foot jump over 38 stairs with 12 feet between the rails. "So many of our customers come from L.A., why not bring some of that to the mountain?"
October 23, 2011
The city of Glendale and the Tournament of Roses Parade go together like, well, carnations and marigolds. The city first entered a float in 1911 and hasn't missed a parade since, except during World War II, when the event was called off. That long streak was nearly broken this year when boosters ran short of money and city officials feared the float would have to be canceled, but local businesses ponied up more than was needed over the summer,...
September 13, 2011
California has two legislative seasons. The first, with its six months of public hearings, debates, deliberations, deadlines and light-of-day voting, is for suckers. Capitol players wait for the 96 frenzied hours that follow Labor Day. That's when lobbyists and lawmakers get together for a private carnival of fundraisers, backroom horse-trading, promises and threats. The rest of us must spend the following weeks sifting through the vacant Capitol floor's debris to determine just what the Legislature dreamed up and adopted at the last minute.
September 9, 2011 | By Robert Abele
"Inside Out," the latest air-sucking stranglehold on genre moviemaking from World Wrestling Entertainment, presents itself as a redemption tale about an ex-con (Paul "Triple H" Levesque) getting mixed up in criminality when the healing love of an old flame (Parker Posey) and her teenage daughter are so tantalizingly close. This also happens to be the story of the last Levesque/WWE collaboration, the similarly entertainment-free caper comedy "The Chaperone," which worryingly suggests a star-making campaign for the hulking smackdown alumnus akin to an Einstein-attributed definition of insanity.
August 28, 2011 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Author and folklorist Stetson Kennedy, who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan six decades ago and exposed its secrets but decades later was criticized for appearing to exaggerate his exploits, died Saturday at a medical center near St. Augustine, Fla. He was 94. The death was announced on his website . In his 1954 book "I Rode With the Ku Klux Klan," Kennedy wrote that he gained entrance to the Klan by posing as an encyclopedia salesman and...
July 15, 2011 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Salvation Boulevard," starring Greg Kinnear and Pierce Brosnan, is a murder mystery farce set inside a megachurch that delivers a surprisingly spiritual message about sinners, saints, Satan and satire. Not soul-quenching comedy by any stretch, but a mildly uplifting diversion if you're in a very silly mood. The film opens with Kinnear's Carl, a former Deadhead who ran out of gas and got religion, giving his testimony for a promotional push for Pastor Dan's (Brosnan) church. But as we all know, into every life a little rain must fall, or in this case a little murder.
June 29, 2011
Honestly, it's not that we go out of our way to razz San Francisco as the home of nutty ideas. It's just that lately, the city has been making it hard to do otherwise, giving unexpectedly serious consideration to a series of odd proposals: The November ballot measure that would ban male circumcision of children, which isn't expected to pass. The Happy Meal ban, which did pass. And now, the goldfish ban. Actually, it's not just a goldfish ban. The measure being pushed by San Francisco's Animal Control and Welfare Commission would ban all sales of all pets: kittens, snakes, hamsters, goldfish.
June 27, 2011 | By Kevin Thomas, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Double Dhamaal" — "Fun" in Hindi — features four goofy unemployed guys so desperate to strike it rich they will do just about anything to grab some cash. They are Adi (Arshad Warsi), Manav (Jaaved Jaaferi), Roy (Riteish Deshmukh) and Boman (Ashish Chowdhry), and they could easily be called the Four Stooges. The four hard-working comedians, director Indra Kumar and writer Tushar Hiranandani are awe-inspiring in their sheer stamina and seemingly inexhaustible energy in sustaining a 138-minute running time that by Hollywood standards is about 50 minutes too long for comedy but is typical for Bollywood.
June 19, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Milford, Conn. — There are generally two types of sports talk shows: loud and louder. And then there's Dan Patrick. The former ESPN anchor who along with Keith Olbermann helped establish the cable channel in the cultural zeitgeist through their dry wit and repartee, has carved out a second act as host of a sports talk show that relies more on brains than brass. Broadcasting on radio and simulcast on television for three hours every weekday morning from a converted apartment here known as the "man cave" Patrick — backed by his four sidekicks, "The Danettes" — has created a hit that has become an important stop not only for athletes but actors, musicians and the occasional super model.
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