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June 27, 2013 | By Robert Abele
It's not clear what exactly merited an updating of William Lustig's 1980 "Maniac" - a cheapo urban grimeball about a serial killer - but like a rash's unwelcome return, we got it anyway. New York may have been replaced by downtown L.A., but, stalker aficionados, breathe a sigh of relief: You can still film a helpless, terrified woman being chased through an empty subway. And the central character of Frank is the same: Joe Spinell's lumpen female-scalper with mommy issues is now elfin Elijah Wood's job. It's a slightly different job now, though, since in co-director Franck Khalfoun's retelling - co-written with Lustig and Alexandre Aja - the camera acts as the eyes of murderous mannequin supplier Frank.
March 30, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
Screams rang out Saturday night across the Los Angeles Sports Arena as Taiwanese band Mayday brought its brand of Asian stadium rock to an all-Chinese audience for a show celebrating its 15th anniversary. "We don't usually do anything on our anniversary, but this year, it seems like things are different - because you guys all came," said Chin-Hang Shih, the lead guitarist, to screams and cheers. With matching outfits and a yellow submarine gracing the cover of their press kit, the members of Mayday are sometimes described as the Beatles of Asia.
May 28, 1989
Barry Alon of the Alon Organization has announced a 12-month single-family home development plan entailing $130 million in joint ventures for about 1,000 acres in Acton. In conjunction with the Harvest Group, Alon has acquired 600 acres for single-family home development. Simultaneously, Drexel-Burnham and Merrill Lynch have joined forces with the Alon Organization to develop an additional 200 acres. The Sam Karp Organization of Michigan has signed on for 53 acres. Alon's partner, realtor Romeo Simone, in conjunction with Carlo Rimbaldi, are joint-venturing an additional 60 acres for future development.
March 11, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Tylt Lab, a new Santa Monica venture capital firm, has raised $20 million for early-stage start-ups in Silicon Beach. The fund will support local entrepreneurs through seed to series A investments, Tylt said, estimating that this year it will be making 12 to 15 investments ranging from $50,000 to $2 million. The company said it focuses on "businesses disruptive to their industries," which include lifestyle products, mobile platforms and services, home automation, software-oriented transactions, consumer goods, clean tech, e- healthcare and entertainment.
May 29, 1987 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, Times Music Critic
Arnold Schoenberg's massive "Gurrelieder," which Herbert Blomstedt and the San Francisco Symphony ventured Wednesday night at Davies Hall, is not a work for the meek, the mild or the modest. It demands gargantuan forces, and performers who happen to be heroic poets. Most of the symphonic cantata was written in 1900.
November 11, 1985 | BRUCE KEPPEL, Times Staff Writer
Pacific Telesis, the San Francisco-based holding company whose main subsidiary is Pacific Bell, unveiled yet another new business venture this month that--unlike the giant phone utility--operates free of state and federal regulation. This new unregulated offspring, PacTel Spectrum Services, uses an electronic device that enables the company to guard private phone networks, such as those used by banks to link automated teller machines, against breakdowns.
May 19, 2011 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
Natalie Jones said the idea of paying someone to send emails to her loved ones after the "rapture" would have seemed preposterous to her a few years ago. That was before the occupational health therapist and mother of two in Surrey, Britain, became a born-again Christian. She now believes the faithful will be swept up in the skies to unite with Jesus in the rapture, while nonbelievers will be left behind to wait for Armageddon and the second coming of Christ. Eight months ago, Jones paid $14.95 to a website called You've Been Left Behind to send letters to nonbelieving loved ones in the event she is taken away in the rapture.
April 11, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi
The gig: As a child in Vietnam, Elizabeth An had her own personal servant. Despite those aristocratic roots, the princess of Asian fusion knows the value of hard work. The restaurateur juggles 16-hour days at her family's Euro Asian eateries: Crustacean Beverly Hills, Crustacean San Francisco, Thanh Long in San Francisco, the recently debuted Costa Mesa venture AnQi and a yet-to-launch garden cafe in Santa Monica. Since the An family introduced their fusion recipes in the 1970s (before fusion was hot)
April 18, 1989
Paul Dali has joined 3i Ventures as a principal. He had been president and chief executive of Regis McKenna Inc., a marketing and communications company. Before that, he was director of marketing for Apple Computer's personal computer systems division and general manager of the Apple II group. 3i Ventures, with offices in Newport Beach and Menlo Park, invests in start-up and early-stage companies.
August 12, 2010 | Jessica Guynn
Women certainly have made their mark in Silicon Valley. Think Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Yahoo Chief Executive Carol Bartz. But the relative paucity of female technology entrepreneurs remains a chronic problem. So Arianna Huffington, Donna Karan and Sarah Brown are teaming up with i/o Ventures to identify the most promising female technology entrepreneur. The award, which comes with a $25,000 investment from i/o Ventures and several months' free office space at its headquarters in San Francisco, will be presented at the inaugural WIE Symposium in New York City in September.
March 2, 2014 | Michael Hiltzik
There are two broad categories of government reformer. One is the type who tries addressing government inequities where and as they occur - a housing crisis here, a water crisis there, racial discrimination here, there and everywhere. Then there's the type who advocates throwing out the old system wholesale and starting from scratch. Timothy C. Draper, 55, a successful venture capital investor with a lengthy record of public involvement to his name, plainly has thrown in his lot with the latter group.
February 26, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
L.A. techies, typically found close to the beach, are going east of the 405 -- at least for a day. Hundreds of top entrepreneurs and investors are congregating at the newly opened Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday for the Upfront Summit . The annual technology and investor conference, hosted by Santa Monica venture capital firm Upfront Ventures (formerly GRP Partners), quickly reached capacity thanks to a lineup of speakers that includes Jeremy Liew of Lightspeed Venture Partners, Nate Redmond of Rustic Canyon and Dana Settle of Greycroft.
February 11, 2014 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
Though the Rev. Robert H. Schuller was the face of the once-global "Hour of Power" television ministry, he was never alone. His wife, Arvella, was always behind the scenes, working to make sure everything ran smoothly. Arvella Schuller, who served as a producer of the television show and was one of the main creative forces of the Crystal Cathedral, died Tuesday at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange after a brief illness. She was 84. In a statement, her grandson, Bobby V. Schuller, said she died "peacefully of natural causes.
February 5, 2014 | Patt Morrison
When you've been working since you were 8, as Alyssa Milano has, it takes a special kind of role to get you really excited. Using your birthday to raise money for clean water in Ethiopia, for instance. Or hunkering down with the beleaguered in Kosovo and Angola, as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador. Or getting help for African women and children with AIDS. Or her latest - creating "Hacktivist," a four-issue graphic novel/comic book whose heroes run a world-beating social media company by day and practice world-beating social activism by night.
December 28, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Jack Black is sitting on a ratty basement couch in his underwear. His fleshy belly spills over the elastic band, and he's emanating a profoundly foul odor. Performance artist Jibz Cameron, a.k.a. Dynasty Handbag, sits beside Black, relishing in the stink. In this superhero spoof, recently screened at Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art, Black plays uber-villain Unidentifiable Odor. Cameron is his dour sidekick, Buzz Kill. Like cranky kids, they sit slumped over with scowls across their faces, plotting ways to ruin a perfectly good dinner date that is unfolding at a nearby restaurant.
December 20, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
The first time Nick Pugliese's mother wondered if her only son had lost his mind was when he announced he was going to work for a telecommunications company in Afghanistan. The day she was sure of it came last spring, when Nick called from Kabul to say he was quitting that job and leaving the secure compound where he lived to rent a room in a ramshackle boarding house so he could play professional soccer in the Kabul Premier League. "I was, like, 'You've got to be kidding me,'" his mother, Kim Pugliese, recalled.
January 20, 1987
Chatsworth-based HealthWest Foundation, a nonprofit health-care organization, said it divided itself into two holding companies, one for its hospitals and the another for its various non-hospital health-care ventures. HealthWest Medical Centers, the hospital unit, will be headed by Roger Drue, who will have the title of president. He was previously executive vice president of the Mills-Peninsula Healthcare Corp. in San Mateo.
April 9, 1995
As they say, it is deja vu all over again. General Atomics of San Diego is going to build a plutonium fueled reactor in Russia ("Post-Nuclear Fallout," March 19). Of course it will be safe, cheap and absolutely indispensable. Right. It would be the utmost folly for the Department of Energy to approve any project that would continue to use nuclear fuel, especially plutonium. With its half life of 25,000 years its mere presence represents the insanity of nuclear ventures. All the promises of safety, economy and need for nuclear energy ventures have proven to be the most outrageous deceptions.
December 10, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
It began in April at Coachella. That's where R. Kelly made a surprise appearance with the French band Phoenix, delighting (and maybe befuddling) an indie-minded crowd only minimally aligned with the audience that's helped drive Kelly to R&B superstardom. Since then the singer has been on a kind of outreach mission with performances at the Pitchfork and Bonnaroo festivals and hit duets with Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga. Carefully planned, the activity has undoubtedly boosted Kelly's profile among pop listeners, a savvy strategy in the run-up to Tuesday's release of his new album, "Black Panties.
October 17, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
Amid the vast sea of office buildings and industrial plants just south of Los Angeles International Airport, a new office campus is emerging with a 21st century look starkly distinct from its baby boom-era neighbors. While most of Southern California's office market remains stuck in neutral as businesses decline to expand, developers in El Segundo are about to risk millions of dollars building the offices. In contrast to its more monolithic neighbors, the new complex will have 15 office buildings of widely varying sizes and shapes intended to appeal to firms in the few sectors that are expanding, such as technology and entertainment.
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