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May 2, 2013 | By Randall Roberts
This post has been updated, please see below for details. Jeff Hanneman, founding guitarist of the thrash metal band Slayer whose furious riffs and chaotic bursts of power chords helped drive a revolution in heavy metal, has died, the band announced via Facebook on Thursday. Hanneman, who had been taking a break from the band to recover from an illness that affected his liver, died of liver failure, according to the announcement. Hanneman, 49, was raised in Long Beach, and had been battling an ailment thought to be caused by a spider bite.
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July 29, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar, who have both played iconic TV characters, are joining forces for the new CBS comedy "The Crazy Ones. " Their roles are worlds away from their previous tours as "Mork" the alien from "Mork & Mindy" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer. " But when Williams is involved, having a title like "The Crazy Ones" doesn't seem too far-fetched. Williams plays a renowned advertising genius whose unorthodox methods would get him fired if he weren't the boss.
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May 24, 2013 | By August Brown
The afternoon light leaked through the open doors of the Hollywood Palladium on Thursday. But inside the venue, everything was lighted red enough to resemble a reign in blood. The thousands-deep line outside for Thursday's memorial for founding Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman (who died earlier this month at age 49) proved that the service was more than just appropriate -- for metal fans, it was necessary. Few bands command the kind of loyalty that the Southland metal pioneers have enjoyed for three decades.
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July 1, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The Warner Bros. fantasy flick "Jack the Giant Slayer" scored the top spot on the DVD and Blu-ray sales chart in the movie's first week in release, bumping Disney's "Oz the Great and Powerful" to No. 2. Paramount's "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" held steady atop rentals.  Here are the top titles for the week that ended June 22 for sales and June 23 for rentals, according to Rentrak. Top 10 DVD and Blu-ray sales 1. "Jack the Giant Slayer" (Warner Bros.). Week 1 PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 2. "Oz the Great and Powerful" (Disney)
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February 22, 2013 | By August Brown
Slayer may have helped create thrash metal with its songs about apocalypse and hellfire, but apparently contract complaints are the real abomination.  The band's drummer and co-founding member Dave Lombardo has been kicked off the group's upcoming Australian tour, and he  posted a long Facebook note detailing his side of what happened. In short, Lombardo said that after questioning the group's expenses and accounting practices on tour, he was informed by the band's lawyers that he wouldn't be needed on the upcoming tour and would be replaced by fill-in Jon Dette (who played drums for the band between 1992 and 2002)
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August 15, 1988 | JANISS GARZA
The bond between Slayer and its audience has a fearsome intensity. Friday night's sold-out Hollywood Palladium show was dramatic testimony to that--not even counting the brawls with the police going on outside. From the moment the band opened with "South of Heaven," raised fists waved like cilia in a blackened lung and the jammed floor exploded into a massive slam-dance pit. The L.A.
NEWS
January 5, 1985 | Associated Press
David Dene Martin, a former church youth counselor who killed four persons, was executed early Friday, the second man in a week to die in Louisiana's electric chair. Martin, 32, was executed for killing his wife's lover and three other persons on Aug. 14, 1977.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1987
The 21-year-old cousin of slain Los Angeles disc jockey Rodolfo Garcia Cortez was sentenced last week to 15 years to life in prison for the 1986 beating death of the popular KWKW announcer. Gustavo Garcia Aguilar, a Mexican national, pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder after admitting that he struck Cortez, 43, on the head with a metal pipe and stuffed his body in a trash container.
BUSINESS
January 28, 2001
I found the attempt of death metal music group Slayer and Sony Music to use the 1st Amendment to shield themselves from liability to a murder victim's family both disingenuous and disgusting ["Murder Case Spotlights Marketing of Violent Lyrics," Jan. 21]. What Sony's attorneys refuse to recognize is that freedom of speech has limits and that there is no absolute right to market obscenity to minors. Our founding fathers certainly did not intend to protect immature, irresponsible freaks who sing about killing a virgin and raping her corpse and market their "art" to drugged-out, disillusioned teenage boys--who then emulate those lyrics at the expense of an innocent young girl's life--and laugh all the way to the bank.
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January 25, 2001 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A San Luis Obispo judge ruled late Tuesday that the parents of a slain teenage girl have failed to prove that violent music by the heavy metal band Slayer incited her murder. Still, Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Burke did not dismiss a lawsuit by David and Lisanne Pahler against Slayer, but gave them 60 days to file an amended complaint citing new evidence to support their argument that the marketing of Slayer's music to minors triggered the 1995 slaying of their daughter, Elyse Pahler.
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May 24, 2013 | By August Brown
The afternoon light leaked through the open doors of the Hollywood Palladium on Thursday. But inside the venue, everything was lighted red enough to resemble a reign in blood. The thousands-deep line outside for Thursday's memorial for founding Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman (who died earlier this month at age 49) proved that the service was more than just appropriate -- for metal fans, it was necessary. Few bands command the kind of loyalty that the Southland metal pioneers have enjoyed for three decades.
NEWS
May 22, 2013 | By Robert Greene
It's the end of the run for Antonio Villaraigosa. Not as mayor - he serves through June 30 - but as the only candidate in Los Angeles' term-limit era ever to have ousted an incumbent running for re-election. The departing mayor must now share his incumbent-slayer credentials with Mike Feuer, who on Tuesday unseated one-term City Attorney Carmen Trutanich . Term limits took hold in Los Angeles in 1993, when voters adopted a measure to restrict every city elected official to two four-year terms.
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May 15, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
A public memorial for Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who died May 2 at age 49, has been set for May 23 at the Hollywood Palladium, and fans are invited to the free event on a “first-come, first-in” basis, according to event organizers. The Jeff Hanneman Memorial Celebration is slated to run from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Palladium, which has a capacity of about 4,000. Hanneman started the thrash-metal band in 1981 in Huntington Park with guitarist Kerry King, bassist Tom Araya and drummer Dave Lombardo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2013
Jeff Hanneman Founding member of metal band Slayer Jeff Hanneman, 49, a guitarist and founding member of the thrash metal band Slayer whose career was irrevocably changed after a spider bite, died Thursday of liver failure at a Los Angeles hospital, according to spokeswoman Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald. Hanneman was born Jan. 31, 1964, in Oakland and co-founded the speed metal pioneers in Huntington Park in the early 1980s. He and Kerry King played screaming guitars, vocalist Tom Araya played bass and Dave Lombardo played drums (Paul Bostaph later replaced Lombardo)
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May 3, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
There are times when it's best to let the riffs, tangled leads and headbanging speak for themselves. Slayer co-founder Jeff Hanneman, who died Thursday, was by all accounts a silent, reserved presence in real life, but when he stepped onstage to play guitar, his musical voice was monstrous. His distorted onslaught continues to inspire fans of extreme music across borders and generations. Entire heavy metal subgenres including speed metal, black metal and doom metal wouldn't exist without his band's influence.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2013 | By Randall Roberts
This post has been updated, please see below for details. Jeff Hanneman, founding guitarist of the thrash metal band Slayer whose furious riffs and chaotic bursts of power chords helped drive a revolution in heavy metal, has died, the band announced via Facebook on Thursday. Hanneman, who had been taking a break from the band to recover from an illness that affected his liver, died of liver failure, according to the announcement. Hanneman, 49, was raised in Long Beach, and had been battling an ailment thought to be caused by a spider bite.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 1986
A child's obsession with a suicide song is surely a symptom of his instability--not the cause. Heavy metal can be dangerous, though. I recently evicted my teen-aged brother, a speed-metal enthusiast, from my home. Fortunately, he has no interest in suicide; but repeated doses of Slayer and Megadeath nearly drove me to murder! JEFF M. ROSS Reseda
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December 6, 2002 | Steve Appleford, Special to The Times
Not all metal fans can be satisfied by the usual hard-rock sources. Van Halen? Too slow. Black Sabbath? Not dark enough. Queens of the Stone Age? Weird. The extremely hard rock these fans seek has been the specialty of Metal Blade Records, which launched the careers of the influential speed-metal acts Slayer and Metallica, both of which have demonstrated far more staying power than the pop-coated metal of many of their '80s contemporaries. The L.A.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
Young Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) can no longer walk. But as we see in Episode 22 (“Dark Wings, Dark Words”) of the HBO hit “Game of Thrones,” the Stark lad has the rare ability - in his “black magic dreams” - to run like a wolf or fly like a raven. Also possessing the gift of seeing through the eyes of animals is fellow “warg” Jojen Reed (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), who joins Bran's entourage on their flight from Winterfell. Protecting Jojen with her blade and wits is older sister Meera (Ellie Kendrick)
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March 4, 2013 | By John Horn
The underwhelming numbers for Warner Bros.' "Jack the Giant Slayer" this weekend remind us that Hollywood executives are masters of public-relations hustles -- and rarely is that talent more dramatically displayed than in the wake of a box-office bomb. You will never hear a marketing or distribution executive publicly admit the truth: Our movie truly stinks, and we're amazed anybody even showed up. Instead, you will get all manner of excuses, fabrications and fibs. They generally can be divided into distinct categories of spin.   VIDEO REVIEW: Nothing magic about 'Jack the Giant Slayer' Here's our look at eight ways studios dissemble when the numbers don't turn out as they had hoped.
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