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December 2, 2010 | By Gary Goldstein
With the tightly wound "Essential Killing," veteran Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski ("Deep End," "The Shout") defies a slew of cinematic conventions in an attempt to intrigue, rattle and rivet his audience. For the most part, he succeeds. Starring iconoclastic American actor Vincent Gallo ("Buffalo '66," "The Brown Bunny") as Mohammed, a Taliban fighter who, through a series of dire events, ends up on the loose in a wintry Eastern European forest, the movie deftly shifts from its initial chase thriller mode to a grueling, offbeat tale of human survival.
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September 6, 2013 | By August Brown
Another day, another cryptic rune of Arcade Fire album release news. The Canadian rock band has been ever-so-slowly releasing morsels related to its much-anticipated new album "Reflektor. " What do we know for sure? It's out Oct. 29 on Merge Records, and James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem helped on production duties. The title-track single will make rounds Monday at 9 p.m., with a video directed by Anton Corbijn. But a minor storm of new details popped up Thursday. As Pitchfork noted , an image of what looks like a new 12-inch single from the band has been circulating in indie-music-store circles, accompanied by a map of record stores on a site thereflektors.com (though it's not officially confirmed the band's behind it)
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SPORTS
August 30, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
The Oregon Duck is no quack. He did a parody of "Gangnam Style," a song that has gone absolutely viral, drawing more than 76 million views. (See the original video below.) The Duck's version is equally hilarious. It features the same awesome dance moves, which must have been really fun to do in an animal suit equipped with webbed feet. The Duck's version, which was posted Thursday, will surely inspire many other parodies. Just look at the Harvard baseball team's parody of "Call me Maybe," which already has nearly 16 million views and led to a slew of other colleges producing similar videos this summer.
IMAGE
December 23, 2012 | By Janet Kinosian, Los Angeles Times
For 5,000 years or more, bangle bracelets have encircled female arms. They've been found in Vedic Hindu tradition, on Egyptian deities and in Mayan cultures. Once made primarily of metals and semi-precious stones, bangle bracelets are now fashioned from all kinds of materials, including wool, wood, silk, horn, silicone rubber, hemp, aluminum and even fossilized woolly mammoth tusks. Here's a handful of beautiful bangles from some of today's bracelet designers: Cuyo by Tamika Rivera Brooklyn artist Tamika Rivera makes and sews each of her one-of-a-kind bangles from fabrics, colorful yarns and threads.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Electronics giant NEC Corp. of Tokyo said it would cut 20,000 workers worldwide to slow mounting losses, joining a slew of other Japanese corporate heavyweights that are slashing jobs to survive the deepening global downturn.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2012
MUSIC Willie Nelson is on the road again, and this time he's taking the whole family. Willie Nelson & Family will bring the legendary country singer's greatest hits to life as well as introduce you to a slew of new tunes sure to become favorites. Pacific Amphitheater, 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. 8 p.m. Fri. $30 to $70. (714) 708-1870; http://www.pacamp.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2011
Tackling the catalog of one of rock's most inventive voices is a tall order, but Ann Magnuson is undaunted by the demands of David Bowie's repertoire. On the occasion of his birthday, she'll play a slew of sparkly covers with her band, the Star Whackers From Mars. Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. and Sun. $20. steveallentheater.com.
SPORTS
October 26, 1985
The whole sports section seems devoted to the one pitch that beat the Dodgers. Did it ever occur to anyone that Tom Niedenfuer shouldn't have ever been pitching to Jack Clark? Lasorda let Niedenfuer hit for himself with two outs, but a man on, in the bottom of the eighth! Sure, we had a one-run lead, but as we all found out, it wasn't enough. With a bench full of hitters and a slew of left-handed relievers (or starters for that matter), why in the hell did Lasorda pull that move?
OPINION
July 26, 2006
Re "Gov. to Propose More School Health Clinics," July 24 It's wonderful that another group of Californians -- in this case, lower-income schoolchildren -- may soon benefit from an idea that makes sense for all our citizens: spending healthcare dollars on actual healthcare instead of on the advertising, marketing and administering of a slew of deceptively discriminating insurance company products. Now we need to get behind Senate Bill 840, which would offer everyone in California worry-free coverage at fair and affordable prices.
MAGAZINE
January 14, 2007
The Photo Synthesis piece "From 'Gonzo'" on the recently published photographs of Hunter S. Thompson was worse than lazy--it was disingenuous (by Colin Westerbeck, Dec. 17). Westerbeck's snarky summation of Thompson's contributions to New Journalism as one that "replaces observation with self-absorption" betrays a sincere ignorance of both the man and the craft. Thompson and his slew of LSD-accompanied trips through late-20th century humanity, politics, war and the death of the American Dream deserve more respect than was granted here.
IMAGE
November 25, 2012
BEAUTY / HOME ACCESSORIES D.L. & Co.: 417 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 205-0025), dlcompany.com. Candles in enamel apple-shaped boxes, Madame Pompadour candle busts, pocket watches with solid perfume inside, diffusers and curiosities such as dessert plates emblazoned with skulls abound at this Goth-tinged gift emporium, the Van Nuys-based brand's first boutique. Nars Cosmetics Flagship Boutique: 8412 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (310) 623-1730, narscosmetics.com.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2012 | Steve Chawkins
Voters throughout California weighed in Tuesday on more than 370 local measures, most of them aimed at raising money for hard-pressed cities and counties. In addition to bread-and-butter measures that included more than 100 school bonds, voters grappled with a number of environmental and political questions. In San Francisco, residents resoundingly rejected a proposal to spend $8 million on a plan to demolish a dam and drain the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in the Sierra, which provides water for 2.6 million area residents.
WORLD
October 28, 2012 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - In honor of the upcoming 18th congress of the Chinese Communist Party, here are just a few of the things you cannot do in Beijing. Watch foreign television while you exercise in a health club. Attend an outdoor concert. Do your homework online. Buy a knife in the supermarket. Buy lunch from a food cart. Run a marathon. Complain. Mao Tse-tung once said revolution is not a dinner party, but the party congress scheduled to begin Nov. 8 - during which a new Chinese leadership will be anointed - isn't looking like much fun, either.
SPORTS
October 13, 2012 | Gary Klein
The Emerald City doesn't seem like an appropriate locale for a USC coaches reunion. But this weekend qualifies. Former Trojans coach Pete Carroll and a veritable battalion of former USC assistants and support personnel are preparing the Seattle Seahawks for Sunday's NFL game against the New England Patriots. Meantime, USC Coach Lane Kiffin and Washington Coach Steve Sarkisian, once ambitious young assistants under Carroll, are readying their teams to square off Saturday at CenturyLink Field.
SPORTS
August 30, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
The Oregon Duck is no quack. He did a parody of "Gangnam Style," a song that has gone absolutely viral, drawing more than 76 million views. (See the original video below.) The Duck's version is equally hilarious. It features the same awesome dance moves, which must have been really fun to do in an animal suit equipped with webbed feet. The Duck's version, which was posted Thursday, will surely inspire many other parodies. Just look at the Harvard baseball team's parody of "Call me Maybe," which already has nearly 16 million views and led to a slew of other colleges producing similar videos this summer.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2012
MUSIC Willie Nelson is on the road again, and this time he's taking the whole family. Willie Nelson & Family will bring the legendary country singer's greatest hits to life as well as introduce you to a slew of new tunes sure to become favorites. Pacific Amphitheater, 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. 8 p.m. Fri. $30 to $70. (714) 708-1870; http://www.pacamp.com.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2008 | Joel Rubin
Unless your name is Clooney or Blanchett and you're looking for a red carpet, starting today it's probably best to avoid parts of Hollywood Boulevard. Preparations have begun for the 80th annual Academy Awards ceremony at the Kodak Theatre on Feb. 24, and organizers announced a slew of road and sidewalk closures. From 10 tonight until 6 a.m. Monday, the boulevard will be closed from Orange Drive to Highland Avenue. The same stretch will be closed from 10 p.m. Monday until the early morning of Feb 26. If you're on foot, it won't be much easier to get around.
SPORTS
November 13, 1986 | BILL CHRISTINE
Someone should have flashed the inquiry sign last week. Alfred (Shelly) Shelhamer, who had cancer, died at 67, and it was much too soon for him to go. Shelhamer was a peerless steward who had more races to judge, a matchless storyteller who had many more stories to tell. It was the wrong time for Shelly's number to come down. At the funeral in Inglewood the other day, big little men--jockeys and ex-jockeys like Shelhamer--came.
SPORTS
July 4, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times
An old name and a new one have circled into the Lakers' off-season plans. A well-known Orlando Magic center has resurfaced as a trade possibility for the Lakers — welcome back to the fray, Dwight Howard — and so has Steve Nash, the veteran point guard most recently with the Phoenix Suns. The Lakers are trying to land Nash, though it would have to be via trade and not free agency because they can offer him only $3 million next season, the "mini" mid-level exception. The Lakers could try to acquire him via the $9-million traded-player exception they received from the Lamar Odom trade last season.
BUSINESS
May 17, 2012 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Tim Sae Koo had an idea for a tech start-up, but the first-time entrepreneur had no idea what to do next. In January, at the advice of a friend he joined the inaugural class of tech accelerator StartEngine, hoping to turn his vision for Hypemarks - a website at which users create collections of their favorite links - into a bona fide business. Within three months Koo launched the website, and is now talking to a local investor about a substantial investment in the company.
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