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April 23, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
The University of Southern California's School of Theatre announced Sunday it will change its name to the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Officials said the change, effective July 1 and three years in the making, reflects the school's emphasis on a broader range of dramatic expression and programs. “Almost all of the major schools that teach what we teach are called dramatic arts,” Madeline Puzo, the school's dean, told Culture Monster. “Theater is our artistic home, but we know that our students want and will succeed within different platforms.” Puzo added that offstage forms of expression for students include TV, film, webisodes and sketch comedy.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Someone once asked the late, award-winning film producer Dino De Laurentiis to describe his job. The answer, he told them, was simple: "to create a dream. " And for some seven decades, De Laurentiis, who died in November 2010, at 91, created countless dreams — including Federico Fellini's 1954 Oscar-winner "La Strada," which he co-produced with his then-partner Carlo Ponti; Sidney Lumet's 1973 police drama "Serpico"; David Lynch's 1986 surreal thriller, "Blue Velvet," through his production company; and Jonathan Mostow's 2000 World War II thriller "U-571.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2011 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
The USC School of Public Policy is getting a $50-million donation from the charity established by the founder of the Price Club warehouse-style shopping chain, university officials plan to announce Tuesday. The school will be renamed for the late Sol Price, who earned an undergraduate and law degree from USC and went on to success in discount membership retailing and in real estate investments. Price died in 2009 and his wife, Helen, who also graduated from USC, died the year before.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Officials at USC's School of Cinematic Arts have warmly embraced the digital era in filmmaking, but they also realize that silent movies are golden. On Monday evening, the school held a dedication for the Cecil B. DeMille Endowed Chair in Silent Film. Cecilia DeMille Presley, granddaughter of the man who made 1952's Oscar-winner "The Greatest Show on Earth" and 1956's "The Ten Commandments," was on hand to talk to USC cinema students about DeMille and to screen his erotic 1915 melodrama "The Cheat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2011 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
The W. M. Keck Foundation on Monday will announce a gift of $150 million to boost scientific research at USC's medical school and at two affiliated hospitals, adding to the university's recent success in attracting supersized donations. The gift is the single largest in the 57-year history of the Keck Foundation, which has backed many scientific projects, including the famous Keck Observatory and telescopes in Hawaii. For USC, the money marks the third mega-gift since March, for a total of $460 million, as new President C. L. Max Nikias seeks to build the Los Angeles university's endowment.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2011
Learn about Middle Eastern culture at Contemporary Middle Eastern Cinema, a three-day film festival with many screenings exploring emerging and established filmmaking from the Middle East, including recent works from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq and Iran. The festival will look at unifying themes in Middle Eastern cinema, and address the difficulty filmmakers face when taking on political and civil rights issues that are at odds with their governments. USC School of Cinematic Arts, Norris Cinema Theater and Frank Sinatra Hall, 900 W. 34th St., L.A. Fri. to Sun. Free.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2010 | By Daina Beth Solomon, Los Angeles Times
For some inner city youths, summer camp is not just an opportunity to have fun and experience nature. It's the chance to get away from impoverished neighborhoods, street gangs, crime and the threat of jail time. Eddie Ramos has firsthand knowledge of the role camp can play in turning around a boy's life. His first lessons were at R.M. Pyles Boys Camp as a 14-year-old from East L.A. nicknamed "Wolf." As Ramos tells it, he was headed, as a kid, for a lifetime of trouble.
SPORTS
June 12, 2010 | T.J. Simers
There was a time when the daughter and I did a radio show together every Sunday morning. Don't worry, no one else remembers either. But Kobe came on the day after his initial Christmas meeting with Shaq . Donald Sterling did his first radio interview in more than 20 years. Vin Scully made our day. Jerry and Jeanie Buss were on together, as were Arte Moreno and daughter and John Wooden and daughter. Jamie McCourt was on, so was Frank McCourt , but for some reason we couldn't get Frank and Jamie together.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Flora Laney Thornton, a longtime Los Angeles philanthropist and patron of the arts who was the namesake of USC's School of Music, has died. She was 96. Thornton died Friday of pulmonary disease at her home in Holmby Hills, her family said. A Kansas native who arrived in Los Angeles in 1948 with her first husband, Litton Industries co-founder Charles B. "Tex" Thornton, she was a major donor to numerous Southern California institutions, from the Library Foundation of Los Angeles to the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.
SPORTS
January 7, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
O.J. Mayo did not accept gifts or money while being recruited by or playing for USC, the player's agent said Wednesday. LaPoe Smith also said the NCAA, Pacific 10 Conference and officials from the school have not attempted to contact Mayo since August, when the former Trojans and current Memphis Grizzlies star became his client. USC on Sunday announced self-imposed sanctions on the Trojans men's basketball program, citing rules violations involving Mayo and Rodney Guillory, a former advisor to the player who the school referred to as a "booster."
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