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March 14, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before finding my winter coat. The Skinny: Friday's roundup includes the box-office preview and John Malone's latest financial maneuverings. Also, a look at DreamWorks, which hopes "Need for Speed" can be a hit. I'm out of town this weekend, so behave yourself and beware the Ides of March. Daily Dose: The regular season starts for the Dodgers a week from Saturday, with games against the Diamondbacks in Australia. While much of the country will be able to catch the action from down under, the majority of Angelenos will likely be shut out. Time Warner Cable, which is distributing the new Dodger channel, SportsNet LA, for the team, still has no deals with distributors other than itself.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
This weekend, millions will turn out to see “Need for Speed,” DreamWorks' heavily promoted, erratically constructed car-racing/man-on-a-mission movie. Or so the studio hopes. With its Super Bowl ad and ABC prime-time tie-ins, distributor Disney has been pushing the pedal to make “Need for Speed” a broad hit. But just as important as (and, in fact, related to) the question of whether it can pull that off - an estimated $25 million to $30 million weekend doesn't exactly make a blockbuster - is how the film throws a monkey wrench into the modern car-chase movie.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
DreamWorks Pictures' "Need for Speed" is expected to outpace Tyler Perry's "The Single Moms Club" for a box-office victory this weekend.  The $65-million, stunt-filled picture, starring Aaron Paul of the AMC series "Breaking Bad," could generate $25 million to $30 million in ticket sales from the U.S. and Canada through Sunday, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. That will muscle the PG-13 car flick to a win before Summit Entertainment's highly anticipated dystopian teen adventure "Divergent" hits cinemas next week.  PHOTOS: Box office top 10 of 2013 | Biggest flops of 2013 Lionsgate's "Single Moms Club" could debut with $18 million, while last week's No. 1 "300: Rise of an Empire" could bring in around $20 million domestically in its second weekend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Two people were killed and a teenager was critically injured in a high-speed crash in Anaheim, officials said. One vehicle appeared to have crashed into two parked cars Sunday night, flipping over and into a brick wall and landing in the backyard of a home, Lt. Tim Schmidt of the Anaheim Police Department told KTLA-TV . The driver and a passenger were ejected from the vehicle in the violent crash, which was reported about 10:40 p.m. Sunday...
SPORTS
March 10, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
PHOENIX - Maury Wills looks at Dee Gordon and sees someone he recognizes. "That's me all the way," he said. Considering that Wills is a former National League most valuable player and Gold Glove winner who set a stolen base record and made seven All-Star teams, that's a pretty good compliment. But Wills wasn't talking about any of that. What he sees of himself in Gordon is far more fundamental. "I had two things: speed and a strong arm. Dee Gordon has that," said Wills, an instructor who has taken the young player under his wing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Two people were killed and a teenager was critically injured in a high-speed crash in Anaheim, officials said. One vehicle appeared to have crashed into two parked cars Sunday night, flipping over and into a brick wall and landing in the backyard of a home, Anaheim Police Lt. Tim Schmidt said. The driver and a passenger were ejected from the vehicle in the crash, which was reported about 10:40 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of East and South streets, Schmidt said. A woman in the front passenger seat was pronounced dead at the scene and a man was taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, according to Orange County coroner officials.
SPORTS
March 8, 2014 | Jim Peltz
The new style of qualifying for NASCAR Sprint Cup races is exciting -- too exciting in the view of some drivers. Joey Logano set a track qualifying record Friday to win the pole position for Sunday's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where NASCAR for the first time used a three-round version of its new "knockout" style of qualifying. But a byproduct of the format is that drivers circled the 1.5-mile speedway Friday at vastly different speeds, setting up a possibly dangerous situation if the cars collided.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Aaron Paul rolled into the "Need for Speed" premiere on Thursday night in Hollywood, but just barely - the classic car he and wife Lauren Parsekian were riding in overheated just as they arrived at the red carpet. "That never happened once during the shoot!" a smiling Paul told reporters who quizzed him on the carpet about the mechanical failure. We'd hope not, given the high-powered nature of the vehicles that will tear up movie screens starting May 14. For the premiere, the actor best known for "Breaking Bad" was behind the wheel of a 1969 Ford Torino GT , one of the cars his lead character drives in the movie .  After his Emmy-winning run in the intense, recently ended meth-themed AMC TV drama, Paul said starring in an action film was just the right medicine.
SPORTS
March 4, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz.  - Jered Weaver was just like Garrett Richards a few years back, a young buck with the mound bravado that often accompanies a 95-mph fastball. "I had that at one point," said Weaver, the 31-year-old right-hander who has been the Angels ace for four seasons. "I used to throw hard, and when I first came up, I tried to miss bats and strike everyone out. But that stuff doesn't last forever. " This isn't a case of fastball envy. Weaver's heater is now barely lukewarm.
SPORTS
March 1, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - Matt Kemp didn't run particularly fast or long Saturday, but that didn't matter to him. For the first time since he underwent an ankle operation four months ago, Kemp ran on something other than the anti-gravity treadmill. "I never thought running would be so fun," he said with a smile. The former All-Star was cleared to enter the next phase of his rehabilitation by his surgeon, who reviewed the results of a routine MRI exam Kemp underwent two days earlier. Kemp is hopeful he can play in the Cactus League, but in reality still has no idea when he'll be in a competitive game.
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