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May 31, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
These guys really don't like “Twilight.” First, they ripped on the teen vampire franchise with a raunchy parody film. Now they're suing the makers of “Twilight” for $500 million. Between the Lines Productions, the company responsible for the parody “ Twiharder ” starring and executive produced by John Gearries and Christopher Sean, has sued Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. and Summit Entertainment, accusing them of derailing the movie. (See the trailer here .)
May 20, 2013 | By Laura Bleiberg
A conference to help dancers tackle the Sisyphean task of surviving and succeeding in Los Angeles will feature an unprecedented array of city, county, nonprofit and artistic leaders. The inaugural L.A. Dance Summit, scheduled for June 8 at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Little Tokyo, is a “big tent opportunity,” said co-organizer Bonnie Oda Homsey, a professional dancer, administrator and educator.  Because of the city's sprawl, “it's easy get in a silo mode and miss opportunities to communicate,” said Homsey, who performed with the Martha Graham Dance Company in New York City and co-founded the American Repertory Dance Company here in 1994.
May 17, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI --  Some 20 political prisoners were released in Myanmar on Friday, just days before a a historic summit between the country's leader and President Obama in Washington, officials and prisoner rights groups said. President Thein Sein will be the first leader of Myanmar to visit Washington since 1966. In November, Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Myanmar . Zaw Htay, a senior official in Thein Sein's office, said on social media that the prisoner release was not timed to next week's visit but instead showed that the president was determined to offer an “inclusive political process.
May 2, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Robert J. Lopez
A fire that has burned 3,000 acres of vegetation near Banning is 40% contained, the Riverside County Fire Department reported Thursday morning. In addition, a second firefighter was injured overnight while holding the line and one home has been destroyed. Evacuation orders were lifted Wednesday night for a mobile home park and other areas that were threatened earlier in the day as strong Santa Ana winds pushed the Summit fire's flames across Riverside County's parched mountainside areas, officials said.
April 1, 2013 | By Kim Murphy
SEATTLE -- Hiker Mary Owen was still 2,000 feet from the summit of Oregon's Mt. Hood when a whiteout turned the mountain  into a frozen, impenetrable blur. Determined to reach the top,  she kept climbing. “I'd be walking, and these big crags would come looming out of the mist. It was eerie, kind of weirdly surreal, almost like walking through a dream,” Owen said Monday. She spent six days awaiting rescue from the snowy peak after she became disoriented and took a crippling fall.
March 28, 2013 | By August Brown
With hangovers from the Ultra Music Fest still fresh in their throbbing heads, some of the most important names in dance music will make another run of it in Hollywood on April 17 at a new edition of the International Music Summit. The recurring Ibiza-based conversation series -- a more sober and dance-business-focused gathering -- makes its inaugural L.A. turn at the W Hotel after a satellite event at last year's Coachella festival. The conference will host a full day of interviews between titans of electronic dance music, tech and the music-biz infrastructure.
March 26, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - A Syrian opposition coalition was seated as the legitimate government of Syria at an Arab League summit Tuesday, and the coalition's outgoing leader promptly pushed for the United States to use Patriot missile defense batteries against Syrian warplanes. Moaz Khatib, who resigned Sunday from the opposition coalition amid reports of deep divisions in its ranks, said he put the Patriot missile request to U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry during a meeting last month in Rome.
February 21, 2013 | By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives for a Friday summit with President Obama, trade will be at the top of the diplomatic agenda along with security concerns, including new threats from North Korea and an escalating territorial dispute over islands near Japan. On almost every major issue, political and economic, China's shadow will hover over the talks. Abe, who took office in December as Japan's seventh prime minister in six years, will almost certainly push for strong U.S. backing in Japan's tense standoff with China over the Senkaku islets in the East China Sea, which the Japanese administer but which are also claimed by the Chinese, who call them Diaoyu.
February 13, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard, Los Angeles Times
Millions of Californians remain stuck in the state's increasingly expensive rental markets, unable to buy homes as they deal with tight credit markets and damage to their finances from the Great Recession. Sounds like a mess fit for two of the nation's most prominent turnaround specialists - California Gov. Jerry Brown, fresh off his state budget-balancing act, and Bank of America Corp. Chief Executive Brian Moynihan, still engaged in resurrecting that institution from the mortgage meltdown.
January 24, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
PARK CITY, Utah - A new title has been added to the list of movie credits that describe jobs few people understand. Move over, gaffer, best boy and second second assistant director, and make room for the "written by" credit on an increasing number of documentary films. "It's a niche within a niche," admits Mark Monroe, one of the best. "There's certainly a lot of discussion about whether it belongs or not. It's a question I get asked five times a day. But no one I've ever worked with has ever had any issue with giving me a writing credit.
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