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November 29, 2005 | From a Times staff writer
Fox canceled it last month, but "The Simple Life" isn't dead yet. E! Entertainment Television said Monday it has ordered 10 new episodes of the unscripted series to air next spring -- except that this time around, stars Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton won't appear together. The former friends had a falling out earlier this year, and that was one of the reasons Fox opted not to renew the show for a fourth season. But E!
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WORLD
March 14, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
VATICAN CITY - From his willingness to cook his own meals and get around by bus, to his choice of St. Francis as inspiration for his name, the new pope has stressed humility and a simple life that could signal a change in tone at the center of the Roman Catholic Church. Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, 76, is the first person from the Americas and the first Jesuit to be elected pope. The son of a railway worker, he rose to become regional superior of the Jesuit order in Argentina and then an archbishop, spending most of his career teaching priests and advocating for the poor through times of economic crisis in his home nation.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 2004 | From Associated Press
The farm family that hosted Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie for the first season of "The Simple Life" says life has not always been easy since the show aired. Albert and Janet Leding of Altus took them in while Fox TV crews filmed the pair cleaning chicken coops and examining cows. The Ledings say they have received fan mail and phone calls since the first season aired. But Janet Leding says one message hurt her feelings.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
On "Saturday Night Live" last month, Bruno Mars followed his performance of " Locked Out of Heaven " -- the delightfully Police-ish lead track from next month's "Unorthodox Jukebox" -- with a slow-and-low piano-ballad take on the album's second single, "Young Girls. " It was pretty but a bit slight, not unlike the singer's 2010 smash, " Just the Way You Are " (which nonetheless topped the Hot 100 and sold over 5 million copies in the United States alone). Posted on YouTube on Tuesday, the studio version of "Young Girls" remedies that flavor deficiency with pounding drums, fuzzy synth textures and a soaring vocal performance full of the passion Mars has sometimes sacrificed in the name of polish.
WORLD
March 14, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
VATICAN CITY - From his willingness to cook his own meals and get around by bus, to his choice of St. Francis as inspiration for his name, the new pope has stressed humility and a simple life that could signal a change in tone at the center of the Roman Catholic Church. Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, 76, is the first person from the Americas and the first Jesuit to be elected pope. The son of a railway worker, he rose to become regional superior of the Jesuit order in Argentina and then an archbishop, spending most of his career teaching priests and advocating for the poor through times of economic crisis in his home nation.
BUSINESS
October 13, 2005 | From Associated Press
"The Simple Life" is over -- at least on Fox. The network said Wednesday that it had canceled the Paris Hilton-Nicole Richie reality series after the show's two stars no longer proved compatible. The feuding ex-friends will not return for a fourth season, even though the network had picked up the options on their contracts. Fox said its midseason schedule didn't have a time slot for the show. "We did not see a place for 'The Simple Life' on our schedule this season," Fox said.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2003
"The Simple Life," Fox's new unscripted series about wealthy girls struggling on a farm, is in green pastures in terms of its initial ratings. The second episode of the show, which features hotel heiress Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, won its 8:30 p.m. slot Wednesday, attracting more than 13.3 million viewers, an increase over its Tuesday premiere audience of just under 13 million. On top of that, the Wednesday installment gave a significant boost to the show that followed it, "The O.C."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 1998 | HOWARD ROSENBERG, TIMES TELEVISION CRITIC
These are the summer doldrums when networks begin burning off series that didn't make the cut. So CBS tonight introduces "The Simple Life," a noisy, cheap joke-spewing sitcom starring Judith Light as "America's foremost authority on country living." It had been envisioned as a midseason entry, until better judgment prevailed.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2003 | Nicolai Ouroussoff, Times Staff Writer
Panicking about the moral decay of our youth has long been a favorite American pastime. But this year, that anxiety may have reached another milestone. One offering was "Thirteen," a film that centers on two teenage girls who experiment with drugs and body piercings, fight with dysfunctional adults, and engage in sexual acts that cannot be described in a family newspaper.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1997 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
His music students call him Frog. Or Mr. Frog, if they are well-mannered. But around Ventura he was known as Dick Bozung. Councilman Richard Bozung, to be exact--until he abruptly stepped down from the dais in 1976, saying he could no longer represent the people of Ventura or believe in the government he served. Already living in a tepee, he told his colleagues he was ready to pursue a simpler life. And he has.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2012
First-time feature director Kat Coiro gives an oft-tread story a snappy new spin in the hip and enjoyable comedy "Life Happens. " After underdog Kim (an endearing Krysten Ritter) loses out for the last nearby condom to brasher roommate Deena (Kate Bosworth, also fine) during the BFF's simultaneous one-night stands, Kim ends up a devoted but ill-prepared mother of a baby boy. With the child's me-first, surf star dad (Rhys Coiro, Kat's husband) decidedly absent, Kim must navigate the demands of single motherhood, her thankless job assisting a hellish canine patron (Kristen Johnston)
SPORTS
May 20, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
He's a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, is married to actress Ashley Judd and splits his time living in country estates in Scotland and Tennessee. But Dario Franchitti, son of an ice-cream maker, doesn't need limousine rides and five-star hotels to stay content. A meal at In-N-Out Burger will do, as will lounging with buddies as they watch soccer on television or debate the pros and cons of exotic cars. Consider Franchitti's recent trip to Los Angeles, where he was driving around in a nondescript rental car when something caught his eye. "There was a repair shop that had a couple of old Porsches," he said.
SPORTS
June 13, 2010 | By David Wharton
In the days after John Wooden decided to leave basketball, walking away at the pinnacle of his career, he spoke of no big plans for the future. UCLA had just won the 1975 national championship, the latest in a string of titles, and Wooden vowed never to coach again. "I'd like to continue my daily, five-mile walk," he said. "So I'm going to ask my boss if I can have a locker." Beyond that, Wooden suggested he might attend a few basketball camps in the summer. Nothing more.
WORLD
August 20, 2009 | Robyn Dixon
Day two, it turns out, is the worst. When the power goes off in my neighborhood, it takes awhile for the consequences to seep in. So, OK, no Facebook, no Twitter, no e-mail, no Google, no hourly news check. No computer. No fax, printer or photocopier. Worse: No stove, no reading lights. No bathroom light, which brings me to . . . no hot water. Then, more dire consequences. In one of the world's worst crime cities, no alarm, no lighting around the house. And not to mention that it's cold with no heater on a wintry day in Johannesburg.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 2009 | SUSAN KING
The glossy, über-melodramatic films of director Douglas Sirk and producer Ross Hunter, which were so popular in the 1950s, are deceptively simple. The glitz, glamour, Dior necklaces and Russell Metty's florid cinematography are a kind of ruse that allowed Sirk to explore such serious issues as sexual mores, class structure and racism. Todd Haynes was significantly influenced by Sirk, especially his 1955 "All That Heaven Allows," in his acclaimed 2002 drama, "Far From Heaven." Directors including the late Rainer Werner Fassbinder and "Inglourious Basterds' " Quentin Tarantino have also tipped their hat to Sirk.
NATIONAL
May 1, 2009 | associated press
After 18 years in a city he loved to hate, Justice David H. Souter can finally bid Washington farewell. For each of those years, Souter worked seven days a week through most of the Supreme Court's October-to-July terms, staying at his office more than 12 hours a day. His lunch most often consisted of yogurt and an apple eaten at his desk; his supper a quickly prepared late-night meal at the apartment he rented a few miles away.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 8, 1999 | DARYL H. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A lot of Sunday evenings are ruined by mounting dread about the next morning's return to the rat race. This Sunday, though, CBS offers a balm: a back-to-basics reverie called "The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn." Sidney Poitier stars opposite Dianne Wiest and Mary-Louise Parker as a rural Georgia woodworker whose old-fashioned ways keep him remarkably fit and young-looking at 90-plus.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 11, 2004 | Jonathan Taylor
Season finales for Fox's "The Simple Life 2" and USA's miniseries "The 4400" gave substantial ratings boosts to both programs, but it was CBS that once again dominated the summer TV ratings last week. As usual, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" was the most popular show, followed by a surprising surge for first-year comedy "Two and a Half Men," which drew 3 million more viewers than it had the previous week, according to data released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2008 | Cara Mia DiMassa
Roger Spacey preferred the simple life. The Simi Valley resident appreciated the trees and the grass and the sky, said his son, Chris. He loved to walk. He stored his phone numbers in a notebook rather than in his cellphone, carried a backpack and not a briefcase. And he loved trains. Spacey, 60, took the train every day to his job at a printing plant in Glendale. He always parked in the same place at the Simi Valley station, and he always took the first car. "We had heard that in train crashes, most people were injured in the first car," said Chris Spacey, 30. "What he liked about the first car is that when the train dropped him off at the Simi Valley station, he would be able to wave at the conductor.
HOME & GARDEN
October 4, 2007 | Dinah Eng, Special to The Times
BERLIN NELSON, 5, and her brother, Bradford, 4, sit on the concrete patio drawing a fish with pink chalk as their dog watches. Their 10-month-old sister, Charlotte, crawls over to a nearby swivel chair, stands and holds on as she gleefully begins walking in circles. Their play is the picture of a simpler time, much like the 1950 house that their parents, Brian and Tess Nelson, fell in love with at first sight. Tucked into the Crestwood Hills enclave in Brentwood, their home, designed by A.
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