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November 30, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
Some jobs - catching fastballs, singing pop songs, dancing en pointe - are a lot easier when you're young. Add to that list directing independent movies, where it's not the physical demands that wear out many filmmakers but the financial stresses. At some point, most indie directors tire of the never-ending hustle for the money to make and release their movies and repair to the more lucrative worlds of television and studio fare. That's what makes the career of John Sayles so remarkable.
November 29, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
A couple accused of imprisoning three sisters for up to two years in their bedrooms is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 9, Pima County Attorney officials said Friday. Sophia and Fernando Richter, the girls' biological mother and stepfather, were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of kidnapping, emotional child abuse and physical child abuse. Fernando Richter, 34, was also arrested on suspicion of sexual abuse with a person under 15 years of age. The couple was taken into custody shortly after police arrived at the family home, having been called by a neighbor.
November 24, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt
On the 10th anniversary of the year that Gabriela Artigas designed her first piece of jewelry - a cuff bracelet fashioned out of a boldly colored acrylic toothbrush, minus the bristles, which she purchased at the supermarket while studying fabric design in her hometown of Mexico City - the local brand has opened its first stand-alone studio in West Hollywood. Chelsea Handler, Carey Mulligan, Emma Roberts and Tyra Banks are just a few star fans of the label, which is designed and handcrafted in Los Angeles.
November 22, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A 29-year-old Van Nuys man was convicted Friday of killing his ex-girlfriend's father and sister and setting fire to their Anaheim Hills mansion in a night of violence that authorities said was driven by revenge. Iftekhar Murtaza lowered his head several times as the verdicts were read and appeared to cry. Jurors will now decide whether he should be sentenced to death. Murtaza was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend's father, Jayprakash Dhanak, 56, and sister, Karishma Dhanak, 20, in May 2007.
November 19, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Before Mary and Liz Cheney, there were Newt and Candace Gingrich. Starting in the '90s, the Gingrich siblings -- one a straight, conservative politician and the other a married, gay activist -- played out the same family drama over gay marriage that is now roiling the Cheney clan. “The struggle that the Cheney family is going through is one that lots and lots of families go through when it comes to LGBT family members,” Candace Gingrich told me Monday from her home in Hyattsville, Md. “I feel for them, because it's magnified about 8,000 times, but the bottom line is that one sister does not accept the basic right of her other sister.
November 18, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian, This column has been corrected, as indicated below.
What kind of woman sells out her sister for a shot at a U.S. Senate seat? How do you tell your sister how happy you are she is marrying her longtime girlfriend, embrace her wife as a member of the family, their children as your niece and nephew, then turn around and tell the nation you oppose gay marriage? For this alone, Liz Cheney, who is running for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in Wyoming against a longtime conservative incumbent, deserves to lose. Though the Cheney daughters have been sparring in public for months about gay marriage, their disagreement heated up again Sunday when Liz appeared on "Fox News Sunday" and noted, again, that despite what her opponent claims, she opposes gay marriage.
November 14, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Filmmaker John Sayles will be talking about his new film, "Go for Sisters," in a live chat Friday at noon Pacific time with Times staff writer Mark Olsen. Sayles can answer your questions too; use the hashtag #AskLATimes on Twitter now and during the chat. A two-time Academy Award nominee, for the original screenplay to "Lone Star" in 1996 and "Passion Fish" in 1992, Sayles has long been considered one of the key figures in the development of American independent filmmaking. Writing the screenplays for such films as "Piranha" and "The Howling," Sayles also began making films of his own, beginning with 1979's "Return of the Secaucus Seven.
November 7, 2013 | By Ashley Powers
In 1979, Brenda Anderson testified that a young man with whom she had gone to high school shot her elderly neighbor to death. Thirty-four years later, Anderson's sister Sharon took the stand and said the account, which helped send the young man to prison, was a lie. On Thursday, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge sided with Sharon Anderson and threw out the conviction of Kash Delano Register, who maintained his innocence during more...
October 17, 2013 | Richard Marosi
Sister Antonia Brenner, a Beverly Hills-raised mother of seven who became a Roman Catholic nun and moved into a notorious Tijuana prison where she spent more than three decades mending broken lives, easing tensions and dispensing everything from toothbrushes to bail money, has died. She was 86. Brenner, who had been in declining health, died Thursday of natural causes at the home of her religious order in Tijuana where her fellow sisters had cared for her in her final days, said Christina Brenner, her daughter-in-law.
October 16, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A jilted boyfriend turned into an obsessed killer when his girlfriend told him her parents wanted them to break up because he was Muslim and they were Hindus, an Orange County prosecutor told jurors in opening statements in a notorious 2007 double homicide. "He wanted to possess this woman," Deputy Dist. Atty. Howard Gundy told jurors. Iftekhar Murtaza, 29, of Van Nuys is accused of killing his former girlfriend's father and sister and burning their gasoline-doused bodies, which were found smoldering in a secluded area near UC Irvine.
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