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October 25, 2000
Is the purpose of this upcoming election to pick a talk-show host or president of the United States? ILEYNE FLEISHER Encino
April 19, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Amid low expectations, it came as a surprise to Western diplomats when Russia signed off on an agreement calling for armed separatists in eastern Ukraine to lay down their weapons and surrender the public buildings they have been occupying for weeks. What hasn't been surprising in the days since is Russia's apparent unwillingness to ensure that those terms are quickly and cleanly enforced. Russian President Vladimir Putin has two objectives in what the Ukrainian and Western governments say is his thinly disguised backing of the separatists.
January 20, 2008
Michael Asher exhibition: An article in today's Arts & Music section about the Santa Monica Museum of Art says that the upcoming "Michael Asher" exhibition will run Jan. 25 to April 12. It opens Jan. 26.
April 10, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook began notifying users of its mobile app Wednesday that it will soon disable the app's messaging feature. The Menlo Park, Calif., tech giant is instructing users to download the Facebook Messenger app -- a distinct entity from its main app -- if they wish to continue messaging friends from their smartphones. The Facebook Messenger app has been available for a number of years, and users who have both apps installed already can only message others through the separate app. But soon, all users will be forced to download the second app if they want to be able to message friends.
April 30, 1989
. . . In Universal's "Field of Dreams," actor Ray Liotta--playing legendary Shoeless Joe Jackson--swings right-handed. The real Shoeless Joe was a leftie. . . . Oh, no! Upcoming from Troma: "The Toxic Avenger: Part III, The Last Temptation of Toxie."
January 9, 2006
'Every time I get to the top of the mountain and I'm about to jump, I'm scared. You have to be a little crazy to do this.' Emily Cook, U.S. freestyle aerial skier, who will compete in the upcoming Turin Olympics.
July 5, 2005
Regarding "A Shot for Freedom?" [June 28]: How sad that the writer feels the best way to celebrate Independence Day is to pick up a weapon and kill something. Marge Hackett Ojai Thanks for the story on the upcoming rabbit season. The rabbits are plentiful this year, and many hunters will be enjoying this simple pleasure. Peter Balwan Glendale
December 3, 2000
Susan King's "They're Company Men and Women" (Nov. 26) talked about, among others, Preston Sturges and even showed a picture of Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake in Sturges' classic "Sullivan's Travels." While mentioning that David Mamet's new film pays tribute to several Sturges films, she missed an obvious "Sullivan's Travels" homage: The title of the Coen brothers' upcoming "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" was the name of the movie McCrea's film director character was trying to get his studio bosses to approve.
May 6, 2007
Up-and-coming hunks Shia LaBeouf Brawn factor, on a barbell scale of one to five Resume Star of the Disney Channel series "Even Stevens," performed sketch comedy on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," appeared in tween fare "Holes" and "The Greatest Game Ever Played" and in the edgier "I, Robot" and "Constantine." Upcoming films include "Transformers," "Surf's Up" and the fourth "Indiana Jones." In April, LaBeouf, 20, was named ShoWest's male star of tomorrow. Spiritual forefather Tom Hanks.
April 7, 1998
As a parent of two, I had a good chuckle while reading Chris Erskine's column about his fatherly efforts to protect his son from gratuitous movie nudity ("Boy Misses Out on a Real Eye-Opener," March 18). Like Erskine, I too wrestled with the dilemma of taking my children to see "Titanic." Few films of late have pushed the boundaries of the ever-pliable PG-13 rating as much as this one. Eventually, I agreed--reluctantly--to let my older son see the film. As for my daughter . . . well, maybe I'll let her catch it on the disaster's upcoming centennial anniversary in 2012.
April 8, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Riverdale is in for a shock as its favorite son, the easygoing redhead Archie Andrews, is fated to die in an upcoming comic, CNN has reported . But as is often the case in comic-books deaths, Archie won't be disappearing altogether -- not from the page or from the pop-culture consciousness. In fact, he and the rest of the Riverdale gang are also intending to make the leap to the big screen. Archie will meet his maker in issue No. 36 of "Life With Archie," a flash-forward series that presents two future timelines of Archie as an adult: one in which he is married to Betty and one in which he's married to Veronica.
April 3, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
In Southern California, spring is a good time for gardeners to start thinking about planting vegetable beds and perusing the hundreds of tomato varieties that are available. Curious about rare plants with strange titles like Black Sea Man, Chile Verde and Sweet Tangerine? Or just want some tips on short-season tomatoes? You'll find it at Tomatomania , a mobile one-stop shop for planting tomatoes that includes everything you need to successfully grow tomatoes: plants, soils, containers, stakes, fertilizers, books and tie tape, as well as hands-on advice from tomato experts.
March 24, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
When promoting a big-budget summer film, there are plenty of stops at which movie stars are expected to shill their product. Actors hole up in fancy hotels for press junkets, trade banter with David Letterman and fly overseas to walk red carpets. But many also appear at a less talked-about event: CinemaCon, a Las Vegas conference attended by about 3,000 movie theater owners, studio executives and concession distributors. This week, some of Hollywood's biggest names - Clint Eastwood, Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Dwayne Johnson, Adam Sandler - will head to Caesars Palace to show off footage from their coming movies and mingle with exhibitors.
March 22, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
At least 25 streets and 46 schools are named in his honor, but many young people know little about Cesar Chavez, who in life was a polarizing figure, most famous for the successful series of marches, fasts and strikes he led on behalf of mostly immigrant farmworkers. The next big act of Chavez's afterlife begins this month, with the first dramatic film about the towering Chicano figure and a major biography due out days before California and other states celebrate Cesar Chavez Day on March 31. Both projects seek to reclaim Chavez's place in the American memory.
March 15, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
I fear for the future of James Franco's acting career. And when I say acting, I'm referring to Franco's portrayal of other characters, not the growing number of meta performances the actor is amassing. It's not that Franco is bad at playing Franco. If anything, the problem is how good his self-referential work has become in the years since his 2011 Oscar nomination for playing someone else in "127 Hours. " That performance as a stranded solo hiker, the fear rising, the bravado breaking down, put him on the hot list of the young and the talented.
February 21, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
Who are the best quarterbacks in the 2014 draft class? Times NFL writer Sam Farmer got together with scouting expert Greg Cosell, who breaks down his top five, listed alphabetically: BLAKE BORTLES , Central Florida: He's big, he's physical, he gives you the option elements that a lot of teams look for in their run game because of his movement. He has a naturally strong arm, but he needs a lot of work on his lower-body mechanics to throw the ball that way all the time. There are many throws in which he doesn't drive the ball because his lower-body mechanics are a little bit off. That can be coached.
April 16, 2010 | By Nancy Tartaglione, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It was an announcement with an asterisk. A scant 16 films playing in official competition at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival — far fewer than usual — were revealed at a Thursday morning news conference held at the Grand Hotel. In announcing the lineup, festival director Thierry Fremaux reiterated comments that he's recently made to the media, saying that it has been a difficult year to put together the list of films but that he does intend to add to it in the coming days.
February 16, 2014 | Chris O'Brien and Tiffany Hsu
Consumers shellshocked by the escalating size and frequency of payment card hacks like the one that recently struck Target aren't likely to get much relief any time soon. If anything, security experts say, the situation will worsen for American shoppers before it improves, if it ever does. The U.S. relies largely on payment cards with magnetic strips -- described by one retail trade group as "antiquated" and especially prone to fraud -- instead of more secure systems already in place in most other countries.
January 31, 2014 | By Helene Elliott and Lisa Dillman
Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild was appointed captain of the U.S. men's hockey team for the upcoming Sochi Olympics, with Kings captain Dustin Brown and Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter appointed the alternate captains. Parise was an alternate captain of the 2010 U.S. team that won a silver medal at the Vancouver Olympics and was the captain of the New Jersey Devils before he left as a free agent to sign with the Wild. Team USA General Manager David Poile said the coaching staff had identified Parise as its choice for the captaincy through conversations during and after the brief orientation camp last summer.
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