November 15, 2013 |
Rihanna has been anything but subtle as of late. Between a fashion shoot at a mosque, posing with endangered species, visiting Thai sex shows and reportedly showering Texas strippers with thousands in cash (alongside Drake), hearing the words “new Rihanna video” certainly grabs your attention. Her last clip, for strip club anthem “Pour It Up,” was a gloriously tawdry, NSFW twerk fest. In her video for “What Now,” which she premiered on Friday, the pop star toned it down - sort of. Filmed in Thailand -- sometime between cuddling with an endangered slow loris and watching a Thai woman do unspeakable things with a bird and ping-pong balls -- the clip for the morose piano ballad largely shows her singing the song, emoting and not allowing her dark sadness from keeping her seductiveness at bay. Exclusive: Rihanna to receive 'Icon' honor at American Music Awards But this is a Rihanna video, and she didn't become the most-watched artist on Vevo/YouTube without offering some drama in her videos.
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January 23, 2014 |
Authorities are investigating sexual abuse allegations against a former Alhambra vice principal made by a former student who secretly recorded what she presented as a telephone confrontation with the educator and posted the video on YouTube. The case has generated wide attention because the video went viral, racking up more than 1 million views since last Friday. Andrea Cardosa, 40, resigned from her post at Alhambra High School last Friday, a few hours after the video went live and someone forwarded it to school administrators.
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September 2, 2013 |
A handcuffed woman was ejected from a moving Los Angeles Police Department patrol car, in a dramatic incident that left her seriously injured and raised questions about the involved officers' version of how the fall occurred. In the early morning hours on March 17, after a night out in Koreatown, 28-year-old Kim Nguyen and two friends were waiting in a restaurant parking lot for a sober friend to pick them up, Nguyen said in an interview with The Times. A pair of LAPD officers drove by in a marked patrol car, stopped, and approached Nguyen, she said.
June 14, 2013 |
Astronomers have put the known universe in a box on your computer screen - the 120 million light-years of it within our grasp, at least. With a mellifluous French-accented narration, some light piano music and sweeping computer animation, the video could become a stoner classic. It also happens to be the most detailed modern cosmography of all that is visible in the sky - and a great deal of what is not. At nearly 18 minutes long (that's less than one side of Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon")
October 5, 2012 |
Apple is dedicating its website to its late co-founder Steve Jobs, who died a year ago today. The homepage for Apple.com features a video montage filled with black-and-white photos of Jobs set to Yo-Yo Ma's rendition of the prelude from Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 . The video is heartwarming and inspiring, and calls to mind Apple's famous " Think Different " commercial that ran at the start of Jobs' second stint with the Cupertino-based company....
September 5, 2012 |
"Mad Men" is famous for its obsessive devotion to 1960s pop culture. Which is why clicking on this "Mad Men" remix video delivers the perfect delivery of a Rickroll at a time when the meme seems to have fallen out of fashion. For those who have forgotten, Rickrolling involves posting a link to a video or story with an enticing headline only to have it play Rick Astley's 1987 hit song "Never Gonna Give You Up. " British stand-up comedian Richard Sandling has gained a reputation for his "Perfect Movie" re-creations of famous film scenes using comedians, but his latest takes clips from the first four seasons of the hit AMC series and remixes them so that Don Draper and company are singing the words to the Astley hit. Rickrolling may be tired at this point (it's been around since 2007)
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March 3, 2014 |
Patrons of the Moby Dick Restaurant on Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara were "shocked and stunned" after a huge wave crashed into the restaurant Saturday, breaking a window and prompting employees to evacuate the dining room. Gerry Mora, a manager at the restaurant, told The Times he was concentrating on a waiting list that was building up at about 9:30 a.m. when he heard "screaming and shouting. " One of the servers ran from the back of the restaurant saying "the window's broke, the window's broke," Mora recalled.
April 23, 2014 |
After conquering the desert with star-studded sets at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival the last two weekends, Pharrell Williams' iron-clad grip on the pop conversation continues with his latest video, “Marilyn Monroe.” The video, which debuted Wednesday, doesn't boast much of a plot. It does, however, offer plenty of gorgeous women, flashy choreographed vignettes and lots of shots of his beloved, oversize hat. There's even an appearance by Kelly Osbourne. Here are five things we learned from watching: PHOTOS: Faces of Coachella 2014 1. He loves all kinds of women, OK. Pharrell faced some pretty harsh, and woefully unfair, criticism when he released the cover art to his album “Girl,” which featured him and three women all clad in robes and sunglasses.
August 20, 2012 |
If you've never worked with an artichoke before, this edible thistle might come across as more than a bit daunting. The vegetable (it's actually a flower bud) takes a little bit of work before it's ready to serve, but the results are well worth it. Click on the video link to the left of this post for a demonstration. And check here for tips on how to choose an artichoke. If you have any kitchen tips or questions you'd like me to explore, leave a comment below or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org . ALSO: Go behind the scenes at the Test Kitchen 134 recipes for your favorite restaurant dishes Browse hundreds of recipes from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen You can find Noelle Carter on Facebook , Google+ , Twitter and Pinterest .
October 23, 2012 |
The Dow got shellacked Tuesday as a number of companies reported disappointing earnings. We took a look at the market action during today's KTLA-TV Channel 5 Consumer Confidential segment. We also looked at the growing number of U.S. workers who say they expect to remain on the job into their 80s, and the eerily accurate use of Halloween masks to determine the outcome of the presidential election.