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January 2, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
The scariest thing about some horror movies might be when "5" appears at the end of the title - little good has ever come from that. So it's not surprising the team behind the "Paranormal Activity" films has gone an alternate route, adding a non-numbered secondary title of "The Marked Ones" on the franchise's fifth entry. The wildly successful series of low-budget films have trafficked in a sort of charged mundanity, the movies' found-footage aesthetic based on the essential angst of "Who's there?"
December 27, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
One shot or one play doesn't necessarily determine the outcome of a game, coaches and players like to say, because there are so many shots and plays during the course of a game. But there was one shot Thursday night, by Portland's Nicolas Batum, that had the Clippers talking after the game, all of them lamenting how they should have done something different to prevent the game-tying three-pointer with 5.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Coach Doc Rivers said he should have had his team commit a foul to put one of the Trail Blazers at the free-throw line.
December 24, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
As a director and star trying to extend into new territory, Ben Stiller is his own best friend. With wild and crazy films like "Zoolander" and "Tropic Thunder" in his past, Stiller's taken a different turn in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," but, fortunately for all concerned, the Old Ben has decided to come along for the ride. As a result "Walter Mitty," inspired by the brief 1939 James Thurber short story about a man who lapses into heroic daydreams at the slightest provocation, has a pleasant, curiously off-center quality that reflects the blending of these two sensibilities.
December 23, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
T-Mobile is hoping to lure users to its GoSmart Mobile pre-paid brand by offering them unlimited access to Facebook for as low as $25 per month. The Seattle retailer Monday announced that all GoSmart Mobile users wil be able to access, the Facebook mobile app and the Facebook Messenger app as much as they want starting in January, even if they don't pay for a mobile data plan. T-Mobile teamed up with Facebook to offer GoSmart Mobile customers the new feature. The social network has previously done this kind of deal with carriers in other countries, but GoSmart Mobile is the first to provide this feature in the U.S. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech fails of 2013 GoSmart Mobile plans start at $25 for unlimited talk.
December 22, 2013 | By Andrew Khouri and Andrea Chang
For Raffi Kajberouni, the keys to his Santa Clarita home have become relics. If he locks himself out, no problem. If a friend arrives at his two-story house before him, there's no waiting outside for Kajberouni to arrive. Kajberouni taps his smartphone and his front door unlocks. He can also turn down the thermostat or view his home security cameras from anywhere in the world. "A lot of my friends are jealous," the 31-year-old said. "It's like the home from 'Back to the Future,' but in real life.
December 20, 2013 | By Lynn O'Rourke Hayes
Will you be traveling with family during the holidays? It's not your regular trip. Besides the need to get where you're going - seeing loved ones amps up the pressure - you have the complication of weather that can cause delays and, of course, crowds that almost certainly will cause delays. Here are some tips that can save you grief; a couple of them call for you to spend money to save heartache. Usually, More for Your Money is all about saving money but in this case, your outlay of cash will be offset.
December 11, 2013 | By Solomon Friedberg
The latest international test scores of 15-year-olds are in, and the results are appalling. The Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, found that the United States - the most affluent country in the world - failed to rank in the top 20 in any category. In math - the subject most critical for careers in high-paying science, technology and engineering fields - slightly more than a quarter of U.S. students scored below baseline proficiency. But we shouldn't have been surprised.
December 6, 2013 | By Amina Khan
As if crocodiles and alligators weren't terrifying enough, scientists have discovered that these ancient, sharp-toothed beasts are incredibly cunning. So clever that they use lures to trap and gobble unsuspecting birds. The discovery in two crocodilian species - mugger crocodiles and American alligators - is the first report of tool use in reptiles, according to a study in the journal Ethology Ecology and Evolution. Some birds, like egrets, actually choose to nest around crocodile and alligator hangouts because they offer some protection from tree-climbing predators like raccoons, snakes and monkeys.
November 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
LG this week confirmed that its Smart TV sets are collecting information on users' viewing habits even when they have not been authorized to do so. The South Korean tech company's Smart TVs include a feature that gathers information on what users are watching and sends it back to LG in order to come up with recommendations for other content that they might like. LG gives users the option of turning the feature off, but LG said it has verified that its TVs continue to collect that information even if users opt out. LG looked into the issue after it was brought to its attention by a tech-savvy user . PHOTOS: Top 10 ways to take advantage of the 'sharing economy' "LG regrets any concerns these reports may have caused and will continue to strive to meet the expectations of all our customers and the public," the company said in a statement.
November 21, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Academic and author Noam Chomsky is a creative but very structural thinker, stringing ideas together like dominoes. One thought progresses to the next, carefully placed with a logic and precision born of years of linguistics analysis shoring up each one. Filmmaker Michel Gondry is a creative thinker as well, though he's more deconstructive in his methods. Enthralled by the process of pulling ideas apart, he's not content with tipping a single domino, but crashing the entire pile, then setting about to make sense of the jumble.
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