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June 27, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Cameron Diaz has been cast in the new film version of the musical "Annie" in the role of Miss Hannigan, which might have some scratching their heads. Will this mean a sexy villain? Other actresses who have ably filled the role of Miss Hannigan aren't without an alluring side -- Dorothy Loudon, Carol Burnett, Katie Finneran, Jane Lynch, etc. But can you picture them as Charlie's Angels? Perhaps Diaz will give Miss Hannigan a whole new spin. PHOTOS: Cameron Diaz career in pictures As the Los Angeles Times' Steve Zeitchik notes, Diaz is mid-transformation . On screen, the 40-year-old actress has kicked butt and partied and been both sweet and sultry, but in more recent years she seems to be honing her edge.
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April 18, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Two iconic female screen presences will return to the multiplex after an extended absence in "Maleficent," Disney's retelling of "Sleeping Beauty": star Angelina Jolie, and the title character she portrays. In a new featurette about the film, which opens May 30, Jolie and her fellow cast and crew say the tale will answer questions about the past and future of Maleficent, the sorceress who cursed Princess Aurora into a death-like slumber in the 1959 animated musical version of the classic fairy tale.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2012 | By Steve Appleford, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Marilyn Manson greets his guests with the lights out and the curtains drawn. With only a few flickering candles and a violent prison film projected against the wall for light, Manson sits in his cluttered loft space - an ivory-haired cat he calls Lily White by his side - as he talks of reconnecting with the creative muse of his starving, young shock-rocker days. It's here, in West Hollywood above an anonymous storefront, where the provocative metal icon recorded his new album, "Born Villain.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Adam Driver's character on the HBO series "Girls" has been accused of being a cruel, heartless weirdo. Now, Driver could be indulging his dark side further as the villain in "Star Wars: Episode VII. " According to a report in Variety, the 30-year-old Indiana native is close to signing a deal to play the main antagonist in J.J. Abrams' highly anticipated "Star Wars" sequel. Details of the character are unknown, the report says , but he's expected to be in the vein of the iconic bad guy Darth Vader.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
It's slightly depressing that some of the most riveting recent disaster films are dramas driven by precisely the sort of deceit that helped derail Wall Street. Last year there was the extraordinarily callous desperation of "Margin Call's" moneymen. Now comes "Arbitrage," taking a sophisticated swing at a hedge-fund magnate who is bankrolled by, and bets with, other people's money. Writer-director Nicholas Jarecki squarely lands that punch, creating a tense and chilling horror story for financially fraught times.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
James Gandolfini, the most important actor in the most influential television series of the last decade and a half, died suddenly Wednesday, in Italy. He was only 51, and though he had been a busy working actor -- in film and onstage as well as on TV -- for two decades, and had (with writer David Chase) created a character for the ages, he was also at what, especially in light of an early death, felt like the beginning of his career. Even though he spent the years of "The Sopranos" and afterward taking parts that told the world there was more to him than a New Jersey mob boss -- that is to say, waste management consultant -- its length and depth, its cultural mass, guarantee that Tony Soprano is the role for which he'll be most remembered.
SPORTS
July 10, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
PHOENIX - Just when the baseball world thought it had seen everything that Yasiel Puig could become, the Dodgers phenom has added yet another tool. It's not as overwhelming as his bat, or as strong as his arm, but it can be just as powerful - or powerfully destructive - as both. The hot young outfielder and hitter is also now officially a villain. It happened this week in Arizona, where the charging Dodgers swept through the first-place Diamondbacks against a backdrop of boos, accusations and rips.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2010 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
It isn't easy being despicable. Just ask the creators of "Despicable Me," who started out trying to make a movie about a villain from the villain's perspective and ended up with a 3-D animated feature so saccharine that sappy sentimentality is more of a danger than exposure to evil. As that exercise in false advertising indicates, watching "Despicable Me" can be something of a chore, especially when you factor in a penchant for what the MPAA ratings board characterizes as "rude humor."
SPORTS
January 11, 2011 | Mark Heisler
"The way he did it wasn't the right way but ... he lives with it every day and he seems pretty happy.... Do I agree with it? Do people agree with it? No, but they're not him. " ? Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls Actually, no one was ever close to being LeBron James and, in the way of all-time greats, no one may ever be as hyped, adored and reviled by 25. That's how old he was when he signed with Miami, and the Heat's image changed from squeaky-clean and corporate to Attila and the Huns.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2012 | By F. Kathleen Foley
After seeing director Bart DeLorenzo's lively staging of “Cymbeline” at A Noise Within, one wonders why Shakespeare's rollicking romance is not more frequently produced. Reputedly one of Shakespeare's final four plays, “Cymbeline” is a tragicomic mélange that freely samples Shakespeare's earlier works. Among other delightfully unlikely plot elements, there's a young heroine dressed as a boy, a villain who steals a souvenir to malign a faithful wife, even a potion that induces a death-like sleep.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2014 | By Stacey D'Erasmo
The risks that Helen Oyeyemi takes in her fifth novel, "Boy, Snow, Bird," are astonishing in their boldness. "Nobody ever warned me about mirrors," begins the narrator, Boy, a pale white girl in Manhattan's East Village whose rat-catcher father beats her until she runs away to a small town in Massachusetts and marries a man she doesn't love. It is 1953. The man she doesn't love, a widower, has a small child, also very pale and very beautiful, and very beloved by all, named Snow. In time, Boy and her husband have their own child, Bird, who is black; this is how Boy discovers that her husband and much of his family have been passing for white.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Answers start to be revealed in the new trailer for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” as the movie picks up the scent of mysteries left open by the first film. That's particularly true in the matter of Peter Parker's father and his knotty past relationship with shady Oscorp, for which he once worked. The first movie left open what it is that the older Parker did for the company and why those doings led to his disappearance, but such events seem to be at the heart of this film's revelation and action.
OPINION
November 25, 2013 | By Andrew Slack
Last spring, CoverGirl announced a makeup line called the Capitol Collection, a marketing tie-in with the "Hunger Games" film franchise, based on the novels by Suzanne Collins. The makeup is supposed to draw its users closer to the world of Panem, where Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) must fight to the death against other teenagers who have been forced by the powerful Capitol to participate in the nation's annual blood sport. Lionsgate, the studio responsible for the films, is promoting "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and CoverGirl makeup with a website, Capitol Couture . The site is a visually stunning, in-character spectacle, with contributors pretending to work for, and live in, the Capitol.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
L.A.'s invigorating jazz-swing-gospel-theater collective Vaud & the Villains has called the funky Club Fais Do-Do its home since launching several years ago, but Friday night the band moves into the great outdoors with a performance at the cozy Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood. The group, which pulls as many as 20 singers, instrumentalists and dancers onstage during its rollicking shows, also is expanding its reach with an increasing number of performances outside the Southland.
SPORTS
July 10, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
PHOENIX - Just when the baseball world thought it had seen everything that Yasiel Puig could become, the Dodgers phenom has added yet another tool. It's not as overwhelming as his bat, or as strong as his arm, but it can be just as powerful - or powerfully destructive - as both. The hot young outfielder and hitter is also now officially a villain. It happened this week in Arizona, where the charging Dodgers swept through the first-place Diamondbacks against a backdrop of boos, accusations and rips.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 2013 | By Susan King
Though British actor Lionel Atwill had a long career in theater and in silent movies, it wasn't until the talkies that he came into his own as one of cinema's most menacing villains. Beginning Thursday and continuing through July 25, the American Cinematheque is celebrating the career of the actor with its "Lionel Atwill Lurks Here" series. The malevolent fun begins Thursday at the Egyptian with a triple bill of Atwill delights -- 1939's "Son of Frankenstein," the third film in the "Frankenstein" franchise which inspired Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein.
NEWS
August 5, 2010 | By Rebecca Ascher- Walsh, Special to the Times
Some people have a midlife crisis and buy a fancy car. Michael Emerson opted for a new career. And what a scary one it's been: The 55-year-old, who won an Emmy last year, has earned his fourth nomination for playing "Lost's" Benjamin Linus, a man who makes sociopaths seem endearing. "I always thought I was supposed to be an actor, but I couldn't figure out how," the Iowa native says in his trademark gentle, perfectly punctuating voice. Eking out a paycheck as a magazine illustrator, Emerson found himself in his mid-30s in what he calls "an extreme life situation."
BOOKS
April 19, 1998 | SHERMAN ALEXIE, Sherman Alexie is the author, most recently, of "Indian Killer."
Editor's Note: The following essays by Sherman Alexie, J.D. McClatchy, Robert Pinsky, Mona Simpson and Ted Kooser are included in a recent anthology published by Milkweed Editions, entitled "The Most Wonderful Books: writers on Discovering the Pleasures of Reading." They are reprinted here with the kind permission of the publisher and the authors. * I learned to read with a Superman comic book. Simple enough, I suppose.
NEWS
June 27, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Cameron Diaz has been cast in the new film version of the musical "Annie" in the role of Miss Hannigan, which might have some scratching their heads. Will this mean a sexy villain? Other actresses who have ably filled the role of Miss Hannigan aren't without an alluring side -- Dorothy Loudon, Carol Burnett, Katie Finneran, Jane Lynch, etc. But can you picture them as Charlie's Angels? Perhaps Diaz will give Miss Hannigan a whole new spin. PHOTOS: Cameron Diaz career in pictures As the Los Angeles Times' Steve Zeitchik notes, Diaz is mid-transformation . On screen, the 40-year-old actress has kicked butt and partied and been both sweet and sultry, but in more recent years she seems to be honing her edge.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
James Gandolfini, the most important actor in the most influential television series of the last decade and a half, died suddenly Wednesday, in Italy. He was only 51, and though he had been a busy working actor -- in film and onstage as well as on TV -- for two decades, and had (with writer David Chase) created a character for the ages, he was also at what, especially in light of an early death, felt like the beginning of his career. Even though he spent the years of "The Sopranos" and afterward taking parts that told the world there was more to him than a New Jersey mob boss -- that is to say, waste management consultant -- its length and depth, its cultural mass, guarantee that Tony Soprano is the role for which he'll be most remembered.
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