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November 25, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Warner Bros.' Superman movie "Man of Steel" flew high in its first week of release in the home entertainment market, landing as the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray title. Directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill as Clark Kent, the film made $291 million in ticket sales.  "Man of Steel" beat "Turbo," the Dreamworks Animation-produced and Fox-distributed 3-D and computer-animated children's movie, which debuted in second place. PHOTOS: Billion-dollar movie club At the box office, "Turbo," about a garden snail with ambitions to become a racing champion, made just shy of $83 million in its theatrical run.  Last week's chart-topper "Monsters University" dropped to No. 3, ahead of "Grown Ups 2" and "White House Down," which were the top two rentals.  Here are Rentrak's rankings for the week that ended Nov. 16 for sales and Nov. 17 for rentals.
November 10, 2013 | By Noel Murray
Frances Ha Criterion Blu-ray, $39.95 Available on VOD beginning Nov. 12 Director Noah Baumbach's "Frances Ha" - co-written by star Greta Gerwig - is another story about an aging post-graduate who can no longer afford to be "fun," "free-spirited" and "irresponsible. " Gerwig stars as Frances, a semi-professional dancer whose roommate moves in with somebody else, forcing Frances to crash on a series of couches while waiting for her dreams to come true. The main character is a too-common type, and Baumbach's use of black-and-white recalls a vintage Woody Allen film, but the movie is so, so funny, full of Baumbach's usual crackling dialogue between people who on some level realize they're just playing artificial roles in each other's lives.
November 8, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Times art critic
Trained as an architect, Tony Smith (1912-80) was adept at working with geometric structure in relation to the human body. In the 1950s, when he turned first to painting and then to sculpture, the interplay between the geometric and the organic became a leitmotif. “Maze,” a conundrum in welded steel painted dead-black, is the commanding centerpiece of a beautiful exhibition at Matthew Marks Gallery. The 1967 sculpture consists of two pairs of rectangular forms, each nearly 7-feet tall.
November 5, 2013 | By Craig Nakano
For those looking for gifts with a little urban edge, we take our Handmade Holidays series to the studio of Meyghan Hill in downtown Los Angeles. That's where Hill welds her Salvaged Steel & Stenciled planters, sold as plain vessels or with personalized graphics. Each planter measures 12 inches wide, 12 inches deep and 8 inches high. Price: $125. Hill sells her various designs on her own studio site as well as through the Angelo:Home store downtown. For those who can spend a bit more, check out her Fallon Salvaged Steel Bound bookend, $275, composed of stair-stepped marble sheets wrangled into brackets that Hill welds herself.
October 27, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
BAKERSFIELD - Peddling the songs of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard in the heart of Bakersfield - when you're neither Owens nor Haggard - could rank on the scale of tough gigs right up there with hauling coals to Newcastle and selling ice to Eskimos. That was anything but the case, however, when 20-time Grammy Award winner Vince Gill and longtime friend steel guitarist Paul Franklin brought their new tribute album, "Bakersfield," to its namesake town to celebrate the distinctive West Coast strain of country music and its two most prominent practitioners, who emerged there more than half a century ago. It was no surprise, ultimately, that Gill and Franklin were accorded heroes' welcomes for shining the spotlight anew on a richly fertile period and place by nearly 3,000 Bakersfield residents who filed into the Rabobank Arena Theater on Friday night.
October 21, 2013 | By David Lazarus
Stainless steel is supposed to be, well, stainless, isn't it? That was John's question after he noticed rust stains on the refrigerator he'd purchased from Sears. John also had purchased an extended warranty, so he contacted Sears and explained the problem. Sears' response: Your warranty doesn't cover cosmetic problems, only technical ones, so those stains on your stainless steel are your problem. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions John could take the matter to small-claims court, but I wouldn't bother.
October 18, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Concrete structures may look sturdy and durable, but the ones built without steel reinforcing bars, known as rebar, are actually brittle and run the risk of collapsing in a strong earthquake. That's a problem Los Angeles cannot continue to ignore. Building codes in the city were changed after the 1971 Sylmar earthquake to require that all concrete buildings be constructed with more steel support. That law went into effect in 1976. Another law requires that owners changing the use of an old building must meet up-to-date seismic standards, including those for concrete.
October 17, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
A $250-million runway at Los Angeles International Airport, rebuilt six years ago, is riddled with construction defects, including cracks, exposed steel reinforcing bars and deteriorating concrete, according to city officials. The mounting problems, including the runway's failure to meet Federal Aviation Administration construction standards, could disrupt future flight operations at the nation's third-busiest airport, according to a city lawsuit filed against companies responsible for the work.
October 10, 2013 | By Sam Lubell, This article has been corrected, as indicated below
Although it was designed in Vienna, Team Austria's entry for the 2013 Solar Decathlon seems better suited to the event's sun-washed setting in Southern California. Wall-to-wall sliding glass pocket doors open up most of the home to the outdoors, including two large decks. Breezes flow through without impediment. Native California plants -- rented for the decathlon, so as not to waste resources -- sit at your feet on the porch, and above float fabric canopies that can retract when the sun isn't out. "We studied the California climate very carefully," team member Katharina Bauer said.
October 9, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
The popular 1980s detective show "Remington Steele" is getting a modern-day make-over thanks to NBC, which is recasting the show as a half-hour comedy. The original series, which launched the career of Pierce Brosnan and also starred Stephanie Zimbalist, was an hour-long and also aired on NBC. It was part drama, part romantic comedy and part crime procedural. It was also hugely popular and is credited for launching other shows similar to it, including "Moonlighting. " Zimbalist played detective Laura Holt, who hires a con man played by Brosnan to assume the role of head of her detective agency under the moniker "Remington Steele.
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