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May 29, 2012 | By Margaret Gray
More than a decade after 9/11, most of us are pleasantly removed from the fear, paranoia and fanatical patriotism that ruled us in its wake. Was that really us, trolling for black-market Cipro and calling the police on bearded men? Did we honestly believe, as anxious housewife Gretchen complains in the dark comedy “The Sleeper,” now at Theatre Tribe, that our country had been attacked “for no reason?” As this zippy, hilarious revival of Catherine Butterfield's 2004 play, flawlessly directed by Theatre Tribe founder Stuart Rogers, reminds us: It was and we did. Frightened, let down by our government, confused by our pundits (whose overlapping chatter opens the show in a perfectly scene-setting sequence by sound designer Cricket Myers)
March 15, 2014 | By Carla Hall
As any journalist will tell you, most journalists don't end up the star of a story - let alone a TV show or movie.  (“All the Preisdent's Men” - huge exception; unprecedented story.) But that's pretty much the case with the movie, “The Grim Sleeper,” which premieres Saturday night on the Lifetime cable channel and is based on the true story of tenacious reporter Christine Pelisek who spent months tracking the connections among a series of slayings of young black women in South L.A. that started in the 1980s, stopped then resumed in the early 2000s.
October 27, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
Based on an obscure novel and featuring the shopworn premise of a thirtysomething who moves in with his parents, the new movie “Silver Linings Playbook” wouldn't seem to have the earmarks of a breakout hit or award-season contender. Yet a month ahead of its release, the modestly-budgeted picture--about $21 million-- from “The Fighter” director David O. Russell is emerging as an unlikely force this holiday season. A world premiere screening at the Toronto International Film Festival earned a rapturous response, and buzz has recently grown as the dramatic comedy, about a bipolar man trying to rebuild his life after a broken marriage, has screened for Hollywood tastemakers.
January 7, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A judge on Tuesday ruled that DNA evidence that led to alleged Grim Sleeper serial killer Lonnie Franklin Jr. was lawfully obtained via plates and utensils seized by a police officer who posed as a restaurant busboy. Appearing on the stand for the first time, Franklin testified that he was attending a birthday party that day in July 2010 at John's Incredible Pizza in Buena Park with one of his employees and her three daughters when the DNA evidence was gathered. Days later on July 7, he was arrested by Los Angeles police.  MAP: Grim Sleeper killings, 1985-2007 Franklin's attorneys, Seymour Amster and Louisa Pensanti, had argued that the busboy cleared their client's plates before he had finished - first a pizza and then a chocolate cake - and therefore were taken illegally.
September 2, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The good news about "Coma," A&E's four-hour miniseries adaptation of the Michael Crichton film airing Monday and Tuesday night, is that it's much better than its previous miniseries adaptation of the Michael Crichton book "The Andromeda Strain. " The bad news? It's still not very good. Or at least it's not as good as it should be, given a cast that includes Lauren Ambrose, Richard Dreyfuss, Geena Davis, James Woods and Ellen Burstyn; it's not even as good as the 1978 film, which, though facing a few of the same problems as this rendition, did not shy away from a subtext both hysterical and socially nuanced.
February 21, 1986 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
"Dream Lover" (citywide) is the worst kind of sleeper, a sloggy zonker that has all the energy of a sleepy St. Bernard and the clarity of your Aunt Emma after she's popped a few Valiums. Written by Jon Boorstin, the film manages to transform a potentially fascinating subject--the twilight zone between nightmares and the real world--into a silly exercise in scientific mumbo jumbo.
March 13, 2008 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
ShoWest, the annual convention of movie theater owners, is held in Sin City, a town famous for creating thousands of losers -- and a handful of winners -- every minute. Against that backdrop, we decided the annual National Assn. of Theatre Owners gathering was the perfect place to stage our own game of chance. The rules were simple: With a reminder list of the summer's most prominent releases in hand, more than a dozen exhibitors, producers, studio executives, marketing experts -- and even a filmmaker -- were asked to handicap the May-August movies.
May 1, 1993
I am not related to Gino Toretta and the only thing we have in common is that we both graduated from the University of Miami in 3 1/2 years. However, I agree with Allan Malamud (April 27) that he might be a sleeper in the draft. If Dieter Brock started for the Rams once, anything is possible. NATHAN J. GLEIBERMAN Beverly Hills
April 7, 2006
Re "Where books were the bond," Opinion, April 3 It is sad indeed to read that another old-time independent bookstore is closing. One of the great joys of my life has been browsing in these wonderful establishments, always with the hope of finding an unexpected "sleeper." It is the exploration of the bibliophile of familiar, but still unknown, territory. It is not the same as knowing the book you want and finding it online. It is another symptom of the homogenization of our culture, which is worse than sad. MICHAEL MAUER Los Angeles
June 30, 1986 | HARRY ANDERSON, Harry Anderson is an assistant business editor of The Times.
She was young, not more than 19, and wore tiger-stripe pedal pushers and red spike heels. She was black and reed-thin, her hair pulled back in an abbreviated ponytail. During recesses she chain-smoked and ate corn chips. Until the judge ordered her not to, she brought her rambunctious toddler with her to the courtroom.
September 7, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
Soon after she settled into her new dorm room at Cal State Northridge, Brittany Brockman figured she should give her new roommate fair warning: She's a bit of a neat freak. Her roommate, Leslie Rosales, 18, didn't make much of the admission. But she didn't know yet just how serious Brockman was. Brockman, 18, folds all of her clothes impeccably and organizes them by color. She doesn't like a dirty shower. And when the trash needs to be taken out, it needs to be taken out now . Inside a freshly decorated (mostly pink)
August 15, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
The state of California has been a leader in the use of familial DNA searches -- investigations that seek out crime suspects by taking unidentified crime scene DNA, looking in a state DNA database for people who are partial matches to that sample, and then track down those close relatives of the suspect to help chase down the ultimate target. A familial DNA search helped police nab 'Grim Sleeper' suspect Lonnie Franklin Jr. in 2010. By and large, according a report released Wednesday, California's system hits the mark: It finds parents, children and siblings in the database dependably, and it's unlikely to match a sample with a completely unrelated person.
August 6, 2013 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
In what is shaping up to be a year full of splashy young adult film adaptations vying to be blockbusters -- including "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bone," "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" -- the adaptation of Markus Zusak's contemporary classic "The Book Thief" is flying under the radar.  Directed by the Emmy-winning Brian Percival ("Downton Abbey"), "The Book Thief" stars Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson and French Canadian actress Sophie Nélisse, a 12-year-old unknown.
April 24, 2013
Writers from around the Tribune Co. offer their sleeper picks for Thursday's first round of the NFL draft. Let us know yours in the comment section. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times If Utah defensive tackle Star Lotuleilei were to slip into the teens, he'd be a steal. He's worthy of being the No. 1 overall pick if his heart checks out, and his agent says doctors have fully cleared him after a heart scare at the scouting combine in February. He's a Haloti Ngata-type disruptive force in the middle, the kind of guy who can blow up a play on his own. There are enough quality offensive tackles in this draft for the Chiefs to get one in the second round.
April 6, 2013 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
For a big swath of last year's Coachella, I followed around the young Kentucky rock band Sleeper Agent as they made their festival debut. They weren't an especially hyped or sonically au courant act, just a charismatic, road-dogging power-pop group on a slow ride up from the hometown dive circuit into national tours. They had a midday slot, a few powerful backers (like their manager, the son of music mogul Irving Azoff), and they seemed like a perfect band to trail to find out what it feels like to dip a toe into the warm pool of Coachella fame.
April 2, 2013 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
You just can't keep a good cannibal down. More than three decades after he first murdered and chomped his way to pop culture infamy, sophisticated serial murderer Hannibal Lecter is back, alive and well-fed. And although he has gone from the big screen to the small screen, his twisted appetites have not diminished during his absence. Introduced in a series of bestselling novels by Thomas Harris that gave birth to a hit film franchise, which included the Oscar-winning "Silence of the Lambs," Lecter's latest incarnation is "Hannibal," a dark drama premiering Thursday on NBC. SPECIAL COVERAGE: The Culture of Violence The series is a prequel to the novels and films, positioning him as a psychiatrist who works for the FBI. He is recruited to help a troubled but gifted criminal profiler, Will Graham (Hugh Dancy)
February 17, 2001 | KEVIN BRONSON
** 1/2 Fonda, "The Strange and the Familiar," Hidden Agenda. One scoop Brit-pop and one scoop unabashed sweetness, Fonda's frothy concoction treads the line between wistful and wondrous--thematically and stylistically. Not as exuberant as Echobelly, as out-of-breath as Sleeper or as dreamy as Lush, Emily Cook's vocals nonetheless soar achingly, hovering just beyond the reach of guitars that are alternately shimmery and echoey, chiming and jangling.
May 3, 1998
Carol Jago has the right idea, but something is missing (Commentary, April 22). Although I do agree that the root of the problem between students and teachers is many times communication, I do not agree with the metaphor she uses, that the communication flow between a husband and a wife is the same as one between a teacher and his/her students. The relationships between these two groups are completely different and cannot be related, as such. As a 4.0 student and classroom sleeper, I can speak from experience on this issue.
January 31, 2013 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
ABOARD THE PRAYAGRAJ EXPRESS, India - We're late. Very late. A nine-hour overnight train trip has turned into 16, and we're still miles from nowhere. It's winter in northern India and that means fog, great gobs of the stuff wreathing the land, causing shapes to appear out of the mist before slinking back into the void. Trains slow to a crawl. Airports come to a standstill. You're thinking: Cue the apoplectic passengers, minds racing to reconfigure digital calendars, a flurry of calls, texts, the jitter of tapping feet.
November 30, 2012 | By Chris O'Brien
Poor little Apple TV. It doesn't get the big, extravagant launch events that other Apple products receive. And even Chief Executive Tim Cook has sounded vague when he talks about Apple's feelings about it :  “It's an area of intense interest for us,” said Cook during an interview at All Things D earlier this year. “It's not a fifth leg of the stool. It's not the same size as the phone or Mac or tablet business.” But Cook also said he can't live without his Apple TV. And apparently, he's not alone.  In the wake of Cyber Monday, there was an interesting indicator that Apple TV is becoming a sleeper hit for Apple.
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