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March 25, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
That's "Amore" for Andrea Bocelli - the singer is now a married man! The Italian tenor wed his longtime girlfriend Veronica Berti in a Tuscan village near Livorno, Italy, last week, his rep said in a statement to the Associated Press . Bocelli, 55, and Berti, 30, have been together for 12 years and are already parents to daughter Virginia, who turned 2 on their March 21 wedding day. The newlyweds chose the day because it was their daughter's...
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April 13, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
In between some rants and caveman talk, "Divergent" trilogy author Veronica Roth explained Sunday how she came up with the female protagonist of her dystopian coming-of-age novel. Roth, 25, spoke at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books with Leigh Bardugo, whose books include "Shadow and Bone" and "Siege and Storm. " Bardugo set the stage by explaining why young adult novels such as "Divergent" are such hits. "That feeling never goes away of finding somewhere to belong," she said.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2009 | Associated Press
When comic book store owner Dave Luebke heard that after 67 years, the carrot-topped everyman of the comic world, Archie, was proposing to va-va-voomy rich girl Veronica instead of girl-next-door Betty, he decided to protest by selling his copy of the series' rare first issue. It fetched $38,837 at auction Friday. "Betty is it. Not Veronica," said Luebke, whose Richmond, Va., store has more than 1 million comics in stock. "This is serious." And, he said, 99% of his customers agree that perky, blond Betty is the clear choice over shiny dark-haired Veronica in the seemingly never-ending love triangle.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
Krista Bremer's cross-cultural journey began on a North Carolina jogging path, where the one-time California surfer girl met a scientist from Libya who romanced her and swept her away. Bremer, one of the authors at this weekend's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC, chronicled that experience in a memoir titled "My Accidental Jihad. " The "accident" refers to an unexpected pregnancy; "jihad" (Arabic for "effort" or "struggle") is her way of describing the "effort" of her marriage and of all marriages in general.
SPORTS
October 3, 2013 | By David Wharton
Sprint star Veronica Campbell-Brown can resume competing immediately after Jamaican sports authorities resolved her doping case with only a public warning. Five months ago, Campbell-Brown tested positive for a banned diuretic. While under suspension, she missed Jamaica's national championships and could not compete in the recent world championships. The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Assn. said in a statement Wednesday that its disciplinary committee "recommended that a reprimand without any period of ineligibility would be appropriate.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2005
Thanks for spotlighting the UPN show "Veronica Mars" ["From the Anti-'O.C.' "]. The show is a delight and I hope more viewers will discover it, especially younger female viewers. Kristen Bell invests her character with charm, attitude and panache. Veronica's independence and self-sufficiency brings to mind another classic television heroine, Diana Rigg's fabulous portrayal of Mrs. Emma Peel. Andrew Teton Santa Barbara
NEWS
April 14, 2005 | Howard Leff, Special to The Times
The best part about writing these columns? Attractive women all over L.A. stop me on the street to ask fun little relationship questions. Things like, "Why are you staring at me?" and "What made you think I wanted to date you?" Once those awkward moments pass, they do seem curious about one other thing: "Why are so many men attracted to volatile women?" Good question.
NATIONAL
June 25, 2013 | By Timothy M. Phelps, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court, deeply divided in a dispute involving the rights of parents and a law to protect Native American families, ruled Tuesday against the biological father of a 3-year-old girl who said their Native American heritage entitled him to custody. At the center of the case was Veronica, whom the justices called "Baby Girl" in their decision. Veronica was adopted at birth by a South Carolina couple with the consent of her mother, who is not named in court records.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1995
I say: Free the jury. Sequester the media, Judge Lance Ito and the lawyers. This travesty of justice would end in a hurry. E. VERONICA DONOVAN Los Angeles
NEWS
May 5, 2005
Here is a thought for Howard Leff ["Those Veronica Crushes Are So One-Dimensional," April 14] from a man who rarely has them. Betty is certainly a great girl, but let's face it, she needs a streak of Veronica. Otherwise she's too boring. Yep, she needs a volatile demanding side but in a controlled environment kind of way so that it doesn't overtake her. Men step all over women who are too nice. Betty needs to snap those occasional sentences like: "Don't forget, I own you" or "Betty is an unhappy girl right now."
BUSINESS
April 7, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Ryan Hansen of “Veronica Mars” fame has bought a home in Studio City for $1.35 million. The seller was animated movie producer Tom Jacomb. The nearly 4,000-square-foot traditional-style house, built in the 1970s and remodeled eight years ago, features vaulted beamed ceilings, wood plank floors, French doors, four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The grounds of the two-story home contain a swimming pool, a raised outdoor entertaining area and a stone fireplace. Hansen, 32, played Dick Casablancas on “Veronica Mars” during its 2004-07 run and in the recent film, and he is planning a spin-off series.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
That's "Amore" for Andrea Bocelli - the singer is now a married man! The Italian tenor wed his longtime girlfriend Veronica Berti in a Tuscan village near Livorno, Italy, last week, his rep said in a statement to the Associated Press . Bocelli, 55, and Berti, 30, have been together for 12 years and are already parents to daughter Virginia, who turned 2 on their March 21 wedding day. The newlyweds chose the day because it was their daughter's...
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March 20, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
From Harry Potter to Bella Swan to Katniss Everdeen, the hottest phenomenon in publishing these days is young adult fiction about risk takers who dare to go their own way. So it's more than a little ironic, if predictable, that films made from these books are completely risk aversive. Why rock the boat and jeopardize a potentially huge franchise if you don't really have to? "Divergent" is the latest, most snug-fitting version of that trend. As directed by Neil Burger ("The Illusionist," "Limitless")
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
The tweets were coming fast and furious before many of the weekend screenings had rolled their credits: “Veronica Mars,” the Rob Thomas cult show revived as a Kickstarter film to much fanfare last year, was a bust. You probably saw five in your feed before breakfast Sunday, and the gist of many of them was the same. Just $2 million in box office for a movie that had garnered so much attention? This was, the naysayers said, just one more example of the overinflated role of crowdfunding in the new Hollywood, one more example of the online echo chamber giving disproportionate attention to what a few hard-core fans were interested in. But was it really such a bust?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Some of the Marshmallows behind "Veronica Mars" are getting heated. A pocket of contributors who helped bankroll the movie through Kickstarter are not exactly pleased customers, taking to the fundraising site to lament about their struggles in downloading their digital copy of the movie. Warner Bros., the studio behind the film, will provide refunds to frustrated funders who seek it, a representative confirmed. REVIEW: 'Veronica Mars' welcomes the old gang back for familiar fun Contributors were provided codes for  downloading  the film via Flixter, the studio's Ultraviolet-connected movie site.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
The day is here. Practically seven years in the making, the "Veronica Mars" movie is finally out for Marshmallows to consume. The PG-13 flick released Friday in select cities and through OnDemand. And while the series made an impression, albeit a small one, on the small screen, creator Rob Thomas hopes fans will head out to their cineplexes to see the movie. "I absolutely hope fans will go to theaters to experience this," Thomas told The Times ahead of Thursday night's "Veronica Mars" PaleyFest panel at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
HEALTH
October 19, 2009 | Marc Siegel
"Mercy" NBC, 8 p.m. Sept. 23 Episode: "Can We Get That Drink Now" The premise Veronica Callahan (Taylor Schilling) has returned from Iraq suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, for which she is taking the antidepressant Paxil. Even with treatment, she is frequently irritable and has flashbacks to the war. She has taken a nursing position at Mercy Hospital, where she takes charge of cases the way she did in Iraq. At the scene of a car accident in which the driver sustains a tension pneumothorax (a deflation and collapse of a lung)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2013 | By Margaret Gray
In Susan Josephs' new play, “The Interview,” premiering at Studio/Stage, couples must apply to the “U.S. Department of Parenting and Child Welfare” for permission to have children. Like so many nightmares of government control such as “1984” and “Logan's Run,”  this one is arresting, dramatically fruitful and not entirely implausible. Josephs fleshes out her dystopia -- which, it is implied, arose from a movement among mommy bloggers -- with deft details: Eating junk food while pregnant is now against the law; every baby must be “Ferberized” (using the sleep-training method of Dr. Richard Ferber, the real author of a popular book on childcare)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
After convincing some 91,000 fans to donate $5.7 million toward the making of a "Veronica Mars" movie, you'd think show creator Rob Thomas would take a breather. After all, no film on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter had ever raised that much, and now Thomas finally had the greenlight from Warner Bros. to turn his television show into a feature film. But in fact, it was only when he finally had the serious chunk of change in hand that he really began to worry. "Once we raised the money and it became a fan-funded movie, there was this added pressure to give 'Veronica Mars' fans what they wanted," said the writer-director.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Seeing as how "Veronica Mars," the big-screen adaptation of the cult TV show about a young sleuth in a tony beach town, was funded directly by fans via Kickstarter, it should come as relief but little surprise that film critics are saying the movie will delight devotees. For moviegoers unfamiliar with Kristen Bell's whip-smart, case-cracking title character, however, reviewers say "Veronica Mars" will hold less appeal. The Times' Betsy Sharkey noted that more than 91,000 fans ponied up to fund the film  and said "it is clear in every frame that the filmmakers and actors really appreciate that loyalty.
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