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January 10, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before deciding if I should get a vanity plate. The Skinny: Just got my car registration renewal notice. Maybe I should get a vanity plate that says "MorningFix. " That way my groupies (I know you're out there) will have an easier time finding me. I'll be back in Pasadena today at the TV press tour to hear what CNN chief Jeff Zucker has to say but when I have any downtime I'm going to go back to reading about the Gov. Chris Christie scandal. I can't get enough it!
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January 9, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
"Lone Survivor," Universal Pictures' military drama about a mission gone wrong, could ambush "Frozen" at the box office this weekend, as "The Legend of Hercules" joins the fray and "Her" and "August: Osage County" enter more theaters.  The Afghanistan war movie could generate $20 million in ticket sales through Sunday in the U.S. and Canada, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys, though Universal is predicting a softer...
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January 8, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey
"Lone Survivor," director Peter Berg's hard-charging war drama starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster, is very much about the physical damage wrought by fierce, face-to-face combat. It is also a movie about the unexpected humanity that finds a way to exist even when battle lines are drawn. The film is loosely based on a 2005 special ops mission in Afghanistan that went terribly wrong, and the unraveling begins when the operation's leader, played by Kitsch, makes a controversial decision to release a trio of unarmed goat herders.
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January 6, 2014 | By John Horn
Marcus Luttrell is very polite and quiet - "Yessir," "No, ma'am," "Thank you very much" - but his abiding civil demeanor can't mask the fact that the physically imposing former Navy SEAL isn't inclined to suffer fools. At a breakfast meeting at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills not that long ago, a waitress informed Luttrell that his companion dog, which Luttrell uses to help him deal with a traumatic brain injury suffered in combat, could no longer sit next to him on a banquette.
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December 24, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
In "Lone Survivor," filmmaker Peter Berg has finally found the right war to fight and the right cast to fight it. Based on Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell's memoir of a failed military operation in Afghanistan, the action is led by Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana. Whether it will be your kind of war depends. "Lone Survivor" is as much a paean to machismo as to the ultimate sacrifice of troops in the line of fire. That kind of unfiltered and excessive test of body, mind and spirit is characteristic of the muscular moviemaking Berg favors.
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December 16, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Ratings for "Survivor's" finale Sunday hit a low, while the NFL led the night.   The last episode of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water," the 27th cycle in the reality series' run, drew 10.2 million viewers and a rating of 2.5 in the key 18-49 age demographic for the episode that resulted in Tyson Apostol's victory.  Viewership among those advertiser-coveted young adults fell 22% compared with last fall's comparable episode, marking the lowest rating...
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December 12, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The world is getting to be a crowded place, but there are still enough remote locations to fuel interest in "Survivor," CBS' long-running reality series that just got picked up for its 29th and 30th editions. Host and executive producer Jeff Probst has also signed a deal to return for the new cycles, which will take the longest running reality competition show on TV into 2015. The series launched in 2000 and has since aired 413 episodes with 406 competitors. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Though the show was once a ratings powerhouse, with more than 51 million viewers tuning into the first season finale in August 2000, it has since settled down to become the second-highest rated reality series on broadcast TV in the 18-49 age group.
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December 12, 2013 | By Randee Dawn
Here's how director Peter Berg ("Lone Survivor") and art director Tom Duffield bonded professionally: They got kidnapped. The duo, who would go on to work together on three films (including the upcoming "Lone Survivor"), were scouting locations in the Brazilian rain forest for Berg's 2003 film, "The Rundown," and were held for several hours by three armed men who were trying to figure out how to ransom them. "Going through an experience like that and coming out the other side, a real relationship of trust is formed," says Berg.
NATIONAL
December 1, 2013 | By Tina Susman, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
NEW YORK -- At least four people died and 63 were injured, some of them critically, after seven cars of a passenger train flew off the tracks in New York City on its way into Grand Central Terminal, authorities said. Police boats were scouring the Harlem River off the Bronx about three hours after the 7:20 a.m. EST derailment, but Metro-North officials said they believed everyone aboard the train, which was heading to Manhattan from Poughkeepsie, was accounted for. Fire officials told reporters at the scene that three of the four people who died were found outside the train and appeared to have been hurled from it when it left the tracks.
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December 1, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
About this time of year there are precious few hours of daylight in the small town of St. Mary's in faraway western Alaska, and so it was already dark and frigid by the time paramedics arrived at the wreckage of a Cessna 208 airplane outside town. What they found Friday night was tragic: The plane carrying 10 people had crashed on a snowy slope, killing the pilot and three passengers - one of them an infant. But rescuers say there could have been more casualties if it weren't for the courage of one survivor - the infant's mother - who climbed out of the wreckage and trudged through the dark and icy fog to find rescuers, who had set out from town into the wilderness to look for the crash.
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