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June 25, 2010
A roundup of Friday morning's arts and entertainment headlines: "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer says she's burned out on vampires. (Sci Fi Wire) Meanwhile, the latest "Twilight" movie has finally premiered. ( Los Angeles Times) Michael Jackson died one year ago today. (Los Angeles Times) The Weinstein brothers raid their film library to settle debts. (Los Angeles Times) Mariah Carey is being sued over an unpaid $30,000 vet bill. (Los Angeles Times)
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April 10, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
With the YA swoon of "Twilight" safely in the rearview mirror, movie vampires get their mojo back in the sensuous dreamscape of "Only Lovers Left Alive," one of the strongest films yet from Jim Jarmusch. A filmmaker with a deep affection for outsiders, Jarmusch sets his ode to the urbane undead - and margin-dwelling artists - in two ultra-poetic cities: Detroit, a vision of trampled grandeur on the cusp of rebirth, and worldly Tangier, its alleyways alive with the murmur of illicit doings.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2013 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
Teenage vampires have sexy fun at boarding school when the minds behind "Heathers" and "Mean Girls" adapt the "Vampire Academy" series into a movie coming next year. Brothers Daniel and Mark Waters -- Daniel is the writer of "Heathers, and Mark the director of "Mean Girls" -- are taking their teen-flick classic magic touch to the film adaptation of Richelle Mead's young adult series. Judging from the peek at its first trailer, "Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters" could be a saucy , maybe even Buffy-like spin on what's been a self-serious age of mopey, brooding vampires.  Mead's vampire world concerns the titular "Blood Sisters" of "Vampire Academy No. 1"; there are six books, which means if this film hits, there could be many sequels.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
It's not so much that Jim Jarmusch has edged toward the mainstream but rather that the mainstream has moved closer to him. Over the years the gravitational pull of his slant, laconic sensibility in films such as "Mystery Train," "Dead Man" and "Broken Flowers" has brought him in contact with a classic gallery of performers including Tom Waits, Joe Strummer, Gena Rowlands, Johnny Depp, Bill Murray and many more. Though he first emerged from the outcast environs of the late '70s/early '80s post-punk scene of New York, he has recently received retrospectives from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles and the Film Society of Lincoln Center . At 61 he is no longer a punk outsider but part of the pantheon.
NEWS
May 31, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
As he prepares to formally announce his presidential bid, Mitt Romney estimates his chances at beating President Obama at better than 50-50. He also likes vampire books. But vampires? Not so much. These were two items culled from a Tuesday morning interview of Romney on NBC’s "Today" show, one that appeared intended to introduce America to Romney the human being. The fact that Romney’s campaign feels the need to remind voters that, yes, Mitt Romney sometimes swears (using words that can be printed in a family newspaper)
NEWS
May 11, 2011 | Gina McIntyre, Los Angeles Times
In his new 3-D action film "Priest," Paul Bettany plays a laconic warrior with a cross tattooed on his face, a man who channels divine power to combat the vampire menace that terrorizes the citizens of a post-apocalyptic realm. But it's not entirely new territory for the English actor, whose resume includes "A Knight's Tale," "A Beautiful Mind" and "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. " In last year's "Legion," Bettany starred as an avenging archangel determined to protect the life of an infant as doomsday dawns, and in the blockbuster "The Da Vinci Code," he portrayed a murderous albino monk whose extreme faith demands he whip himself bloody to atone for his sins.
NEWS
October 1, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Dress like a vampire this Friday and you'll get free entry into Legoland California in Carlsbad. The goal is to set a Guinness World Record for the most people dressed as vampires in a single location. The number to beat is 1,039, which set a record two years ago. The deal: The free entry begins at 4 p.m. for adults and children who wear fangs, a black cape and other vampire-esque accents. (Check out the dress code , which is different for boys and girls.) Registration begins at 4:15 p.m. (or you may register online )
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2010 | By Nick Owchar, Los Angeles Times
Fanged characters have sunk their teeth — sorry about that — into the adult and young adult book markets, so is it really a surprise to find a new children's book called "Dick and Jane and Vampires" (Grosset & Dunlap: 144 pp., $9.99, ages 5 and up)? The original "Dick and Jane" series dates to the 1930s, when educators Zerna Sharp and William S. Gray were looking for a way to help young children develop their reading skills. Now Laura Marchesani and illustrator Tommy Hunt have teamed to continue the pair's adventures, featuring a smiling bloodsucker who just wants to make friends and encounters the children in all kinds of daffy situations.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2008 | Denise Martin
HBO's coming drama, "True Blood," is based on the Charlaine Harris series of books set in the backwoods of Louisiana, in a world where vampires and humans coexist but vampires are treated as outcasts. The series debuts Sept. 7. Asked if vampires carried an underlying message about gay rights, executive producer Alan Ball told reporters Thursday there's no hidden message. "I really don't look at the vampire as a metaphor for gays," he said. "For me, part of the fun of this whole series is that it's about vampires, so it's not that serious," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 2011 | By Gina McIntyre, Los Angeles Times
When Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan set out to make vampires frightening again with their novel "The Strain," the writing partners had their work cut out for them. The scariest thing about the sexy, brooding bad boys that seemed to be everywhere in pop culture was just how much of their initial bite they'd lost. Under the right circumstances, you could even take one home to meet Mom. Del Toro and Hogan had a noble aim, and they certainly put their hearts into the endeavor. In "The Strain," the calculating monster known only as the Master embarks on the first phase of his plan to subjugate humanity, stowing away on a plane bound for JFK and infecting the passengers with a virus that turns them into mindless, hairless, crimson-eyed minions who feast on blood through fleshy stingers in their throats.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In what might be an industry first, movie director Robert Rodriguez ("Desperado," "Machete," "Sin City") has his own TV channel. Born out of a commitment by Comcast, as it acquired an interest in NBCUniversal, to carry minority-owned networks, El Rey (also available via Time Warner and DirecTV) has as its sometime-stated target young English-speaking Latinos. Or rather, young English-speaking Latinos - and anyone else with a television - who likes the sort of movies Rodriguez makes.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
A generation before "Twilight" stole teen girls' hearts, Anne Rice's "Interview With the Vampire" and its sequels explored the romance and eroticism of the vampire myth. No matter who was telling the stories of their loves and misdeeds, the vampire Lestat was at the center of the story, a magnetic, selfish antihero. The undead Lestat, who was played by Tom Cruise in the 1994 film "Interview With the Vampire," will return in a new novel in October. Rice announced the upcoming publication of "Prince Lestat" on "The Dinner Party," an Internet show co-hosted by Christopher Rice, her son. "It is a big vampire chronicle," she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Homicide detectives continued their investigation Friday into the death of a Long Beach beauty salon client who died after undergoing a cosmetic procedure and warned other potential victims to contact police. Authorities allege 45-year-old Sandra Perez Gonzalez  was renting space  at Areli's Beauty Salon in the 2100 block of Pacific Avenue under the pretense of giving massages, but instead provided rear-end and lip augmentation and "vampire face lifts"--a procedure in which a person's own blood cells are injected into their face--without a license.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Robert J. Lopez
A woman who died this week after going into cardiac arrest at a beauty salon had undergone a cosmetic medical procedure that involved a part of her body being "augmented by injection," Long Beach police said. Long Beach police said that on Wednesday at about 12:20 p.m. they were called to Areli's Beauty Salon in the 2100 block of Pacific Avenue because someone was in cardiac arrest "under suspicious circumstances. " Authorities allege that 45-year-old Sandra Perez Gonzalez was renting space in the salon under the pretense of giving massages, but instead provided butt and lip augmentation and "vampire face lifts" -- a procedure in which a person's own blood cells are injected into their face -- without a license.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
The CW is on an early renewal spree, announcing Thursday that "Arrow," "Reign", "The Originals," "The Vampire Diaries" and "Supernatural" will return next season. CW president Mark Pedowitz, in a statement, listed the reasons. The Tuesday pairing of "The Originals" and "Supernatural" has boosted the night for the network, helping it achieve its most-watched Tuesday since 2008.  The rookie "Vampire Diaries" spinoff will return for a sophomore season while the long-running vet will return for a 10th season that will help it reach its 200th episode.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 45-year-old woman accused of advertising that she conducted procedures including "Vampire Facelifts" and "butt augmentation" was arrested in connection with a suspicious death at a Long Beach beauty salon, police said Thursday evening. Sandra Perez Gonzalez rented a treatment room at Areli's Beauty Salon, where she also provided massages, according to the Long Beach Police Department. Officers responded to the salon Wednesday and found firefighters performing CPR on Hamilet Suarez, 36, a Long Beach resident who police said was in cardiac arrest "under suspicious circumstances.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 2012
The Cove   A Novel Ron Rash HarperAudio: $16.95 In his other novels, such as "Serena," Ron Rash captures the gentle (or violent) interactions between humans set against the beauty of the natural world, especially the rugged Appalachians. In "The Cove," Merritt Hicks provides a thoughtful rendering of Rash's new novel about a doomed love affair - once again set in Appalachia - in the turbulent years of World War I. Superstition surrounds a shadowy cove where a young woman and her brother live … until a stranger's arrival threatens their calm, idyllic world.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Acclaimed conductor Franz Welser-Moest will not take the rostrum for two scheduled billings of a vampire-inspired staging of "Die Fledermaus" at the Zurich Opera, the Swiss opera house said Wednesday. Welser-Moest, the general director in Zurich and music director of the Cleveland Orchestra, will not conduct the Johann Strauss Jr. operetta either on May 17 or June 20 because of "artistic reasons," said spokeswoman Nadia Stefanizzi. Last month, the daily Neue Zuercher Zeitung reported that the 47-year-old Austrian was "unhappy" with the staging by his compatriot Michael Sturminger, who infused vampires and Dracula's castle into the 19th-century Viennese operetta.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
Livelier and more amusing than its studio's advance-screening ban suggested, "Vampire Academy," based on the bestselling tween book series by Richelle Mead, should largely satisfy fans of the seemingly unkillable parade of hot-young-vampire tales. That said, this likable comedic-thriller is something of a narrative mishmash as the script by Daniel Waters ("Heathers") continually strains to explain - and then make good on - the dense ins and outs of Mead's secret society of good and bad vampires.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2014 | By August Brown
The New York quartet Vampire Weekend won alternative music album for its LP "Modern Vampires of the City" at the 56th Grammy Awards on Sunday. The band, fronted by singer-guitarist Ezra Koenig, first rose to prominence on indie-rock blogs in 2008 with its self-titled debut album for XL Records. This is the band's first Grammy victory. "Modern Vampires of the City" was a critical and commercial success. It was the band's second album to debut atop the Billboard 200 and featured expanded production work from pop producer Ariel Rechtshaid.
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