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January 19, 2014 | By Jen Leo
This new app provides "real-time together experiences" for groups on the platform. Name: Spin: The New Together Available for: iPhone and iPad What it does: It's a real-time video-chat and photo-sharing app for iOS users. Up to 10 friends can chat on the same channel and watch YouTube videos, share pictures and even "write" or comment on their friends' photos. Cost: Free What's hot: Group chats are fun, but for me the real treat was seeing my friends' YouTube videos and Instagram photos.
April 10, 2014 | By Robert Abele
Dreadfully earnest about its politics in the manner of John Sayles at his preachiest, the indie historical thriller "No God, No Master" draws a line from the civil unrest of 1920s anti-immigrant America to today's terror-besotted society that's so obvious, a freshman napping in social studies class couldn't miss it. Writer-director Terry Green packs his tale of exploding bombs, striking workers, anarchist cells and overreacting U.S. authorities with...
July 29, 2009
March 26, 2014 | By Nita Lelyveld
Go to any corner in many a part of this city and you'll find a Hollywood dream. David Harwell's corner is North La Cienega Boulevard and West 3rd Street. There, he dances with a sign that reads, "CHECKS CASHED, MoneyGram, CURRENCY EXCHANGE. " On a nearby lamppost, he bungee-cords another sign, featuring his photo, name and the words, "Like me on Facebook. " So far, 26,000 people have done so . Harwell wants to build a fan base. He's a sign dancer now, but he wants to be an actor.
September 30, 2009 | James Rainey
What do the Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and California trial lawyers have in common? All think the news media no longer cover the universe -- or their corner of it -- adequately and all have hired journalists of their own. Sorry I couldn't provide a snappier punch line. But the latest journalism innovation -- in a season of unending innovation -- is no joke: Those who once were merely subjects of news coverage increasingly will be looking for ways to write the story themselves.
November 6, 2006
Re "Military rebuts media on Iraq," Nov. 2 So now some of our tax money is going to be spent by the Pentagon to make sure that we all hear the preferred spin on news of the war. Where have we heard about this tactic being used before? Was it Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union? EMMAGENE COFFEY Palos Verdes Estates
February 7, 1988
I've read many an article on the plight of "street people" and people living in poverty. None has touched a response in me as Ray Perez's Jan. 25 article, "Well-Heeled Befriend Down-at-Heels." Three cheers for the group Street People in Need. And three cheers for SPIN's church, Our Lady Queen of Angels. I, too, feel that if we look each other in the eye, get to know each other and then try to help, solutions will come. Solutions that have evaded us in the past. LAURETTA CALLENDER Cypress
February 21, 1998
Neal Gabler notes that spin doctors and speech writers are now commonly credited in the press (Opinion, Feb. 15). Thus the American public is now aware of disinformation in the news. He concludes that by this loss of innocence we have "paid the bill" for the glut of fabricated information now jamming the news media. Gabler is partially right. We feel a great sadness at acknowledging that our leaders twist the truth, and that the press dutifully reports fabrications as news. But he has failed to account for the practical gain we have received by being informed of that fact.
May 17, 2013 | By David C. Nichols
There's a wryly energetic thrust to “Chess,” being revived by East West Players in an imaginative production that certainly puts its own spin on this problematic concept album-turned-popera. Here we get the almost through-sung U.K. version (Richard Nelson's book is virtually interjections). This favors the show's enduring asset: Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice's soaring, wailing score. Director Tim Dang stylishly maneuvers his stalwart, multicultural players around set designer Adam Flemming's levels and arches, aided by Flemming's videos and Dan Weingarten's spectacular lighting.
August 26, 2009 | Ben Fritz
As the major Hollywood studios line up for and against Redbox, Paramount Pictures is playing it down the middle. The studio, owned by Viacom Inc., has signed a first-of-its-kind trial deal guaranteeing that its titles will be available from the fast-growing $1-a-night DVD rental company through the end of the year. During that time, Paramount will study the effect of Redbox rentals on its total home-entertainment revenue, examining whether there is any decrease in the sales of its DVDs at Wal-Mart stores that house Redbox kiosks.
March 17, 2014 | By Shan Li
Chesapeake Energy Corp. said it plans to spin off its oil field services division into a separate publicly traded company. The news came weeks after the the oil and natural gas producer said it was pursuing strategic alternatives for the division, including a possible sale. The Oklahoma City company, which is the second-largest producer of natural gas in the U.S., has been moving to cut costs after a year of upheaval that included the ouster of Chief Executive Aubrey McClendon.
March 8, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Sarah Palin has smartly forsaken a career in politics for a career in political entertainment. Unburdened by the rules that keep serious politicians tethered to serious messages, her task was to toss red meat to a ravenously appreciative conservative crowd Saturday at the closing session of the American Conservative Union's annual CPAC conference. By my count, her speech got more standing ovations than the one delivered Friday by CPAC favorite Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who won the CPAC presidential straw poll.
February 28, 2014 | By Philip Brandes, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
A full-throttle Whitefire Theatre revival revs “The Trip Back Down” up for a new spin, but unfortunately doesn't restore John Bishop's dated 1975 NASCAR-themed drama to street-legal status. Nick Stabile is stock car driver Bobby Horvath, whose career has hit the skids after a stellar debut on the racing circuit, Though he had dreamed of escaping his blue-collar origins, he's returned to his Mansfield, Ohio, hometown, disillusioned and running on fumes. Stabile's appropriately brooding, hunky presence exudes weariness with the life of fast cars and faster women that unfolds in flashbacks and video projections, but the repetitive script limits his portrayal to a single note.
February 22, 2014 | By Karen Wada
Elizabeth LeCompte was walking past a New York gallery window when sculptures by Dutch artist Folkert de Jong caught her eye. "They were so ugly and scary and beautiful at the same time," recalls the director of the Wooster Group. "It was what I always want for my work to be. " LeCompte invited De Jong to create pieces for her experimental troupe. His costumes, set elements and props will be seen in "CRY, TROJANS! (Troilus & Cressida)," a retelling of Shakespeare's Trojan War saga, which begins its world-premiere run Feb. 27 at REDCAT.
February 17, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
No one can accuse the people at the CW of not giving its audience what they think it wants. "Star-Crossed," which premieres Monday and might easily be reverse-engineered from its title alone - it's "Romeo and Juliet," with aliens - adds another story of cross-cultural, interspecies romance to the network of "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Vampire Diaries" (and "Hart of Dixie," for that matter). For a certain sort of moony viewer, there is no love so true as the impossible love that is meant to be. Created by Meredith Averill (formerly a story editor at "The Good Wife")
February 14, 2014 | By Shan Li
Occidental Petroleum is ending a nearly century-long run as a storied Los Angeles energy company and moving its headquarters to Houston as part of a corporate overhaul. The nation's fourth-largest oil firm also announced plans Friday to spin off its California assets into a separate publicly traded company based in the Southland. Occidental will continue to employ about 8,000 employees and contractors in the state. The company's split signals the end of an era for Occidental, which was founded in 1920 and led for many years by oil industry legend Armand Hammer.
January 5, 1992
They may rationalize to their heart's content, but spin controllers are just one more manifestation of a clay-footed power structure manipulating an increasingly powerless, frustrated public. ALLAN RABINOWITZ Los Angeles
October 1, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
They're not the Emmys or the Oscars, and the gift baskets aren't full of expensive goodies. But for the people who break into television and radio programming every so often to tell you how traffic is on the 405 and 110 freeways, this was their day in the driver's seat. It was the annual Golden Pylon Awards, which were dished out today at Maggiano's Little Italy restaurant in the Grove. Pylon is the fancy word for traffic cone, which for drivers always signals trouble ahead.
February 13, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
The raunchy yet sweet bromantic comedy "Date and Switch" could be retitled "American Pie 2.0. " That's because the desperate teen buds here form a pact to lose their virginity, but the switch is that one of the guys is gay. How screenwriter Alan Yang and director Chris Nelson mine this twist for truth, laughs and a bit of parody makes for a largely enjoyable and credible coming-of-age romp, despite some forced broadness and uneven pacing. Childhood pals Michael (Nicholas Braun)
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