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When a visitor arrived at horror film maker Wes Craven's house the other day, it seemed totally appropriate that the first of his pets to offer a greeting was a black cat. Craven is the Edgar Allan Poe of the American cinema, the director of such blood-drenched shockers as "The Last House on the Left," "The Hills Have Eyes" and "Swamp Thing."
After crashing her white Corvette and injuring her much-glorified face on the way home from another night of hard partying, Shannon Wilsey sent a friend out to walk her Rottweiler, Daisy, and then shot herself in the head. For the 23-year-old sex video superstar known as Savannah, it was the most outrageous act in a short but outrage-filled public life.
October 29, 2008 | Dawn C. Chmielewski and Meg James, Chmielewski and James are Times staff writers.
Worried by the worsening economy, Kristen Olson decided she'd better start saving money. She tallied her expenses and was walloped by sticker shock: She and her roommates were spending $900 a year for cable TV. "I'm not watching $900 worth of cable," said the 25-year-old advertising account coordinator, who lives in North Hollywood. She's trying to persuade her roommates to drop the service.
February 27, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Come Sunday night, director Steve McQueen's critically praised rendering of the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Antebellum South, may win the Academy Award for best picture. So why isn't everyone talking about "12 Years a Slave" around the water cooler, on the street, over coffee? It is arguably the most revered film in recent memory that so few have seen. Those who do watch it often leave theaters in a hush, finding it difficult to explain how they feel about what they've witnessed on the screen.
October 10, 2009 | Larry Gordon and Robert Faturechi
Detectives investigating the case of a UCLA student who allegedly slashed the throat of a classmate have still not discovered what prompted the violence and are looking into reports that he showed erratic behavior in the past that had worried other students, authorities said Friday. Investigators said they will continue to examine the background and mental health of the suspect, Damon Thompson, 20, a senior who came from Belize to attend UCLA. But nothing so far points to a direct motive for what appeared to be an unprovoked knife attack in an organic chemistry lab class on Thursday afternoon.
September 13, 2012 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
No need to bone up on the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith before attending "The Book of Mormon" at the Pantages Theatre. Just know that this exceedingly naughty, though in the end disarmingly nice, show is devised by the minds behind "South Park" and that risqué "Sesame Street" for theater-loving adults, "Avenue Q. " In other words, leave the kids at home with a baby-sitter, or child-protective services might be knocking at your door. Built for the irreverent Gen X faithful, all those aging slackers (myself among them)
May 24, 2012 | By Steve Appleford, Special to the Los Angeles Times
There are things that Slash just doesn't want to talk about. And the timing was definitely not right a few weeks ago as the guitarist was preparing for a trip to Cleveland for his induction with Guns N' Roses into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "I don't even want to talk about that. I don't want to touch it," Slash said in April, his usual friendly demeanor turning cool at the mere mention of GNR. It was during a week of drama and uncertainty about the ceremony, which had peaked days earlier with the arrival of a confrontational open letter to the Hall of Fame from singer Axl Rose.
August 20, 2010 | By Mark Sachs, Los Angeles Times
The Sunset Strip holds a special place in the heart of one Saul Hudson, better known as the guitarist Slash. "In the 1970s, my family moved from England to the Laurel Canyon area, and my parents were very much dialed in to the whole Sunset Strip scene," said the rocker. "They were both in the music business, and the whole reason we lived where we did was because of the recording industry. So I have very vivid memories of the Rainbow and the Roxy, and the Whisky was a huge point of interest at that time.
December 14, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Neurocrine Biosciences Inc. said it would fire 130 employees, or more than half its workforce, to cut costs after its insomnia drug failed to win U.S. approval, leaving the company with no product to sell. The San Diego company will have about 120 employees after the cutbacks, Neurocrine said.
November 21, 1987
People on entitlement programs should not be paying for Reagan's military-spending deficit. These programs have already been gutted by our current Administration, and recipients' health and life has suffered for it. The wealthy top 1% of our nation has benefited directly by Reagan's (mis)management of the economy and GNP, and it is their bill that has come due. This country needs a military-budget-slash of 33%. We have a lot of damage to undo that has arisen over the last seven years.
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