March 22, 2014 |
She shuffled and jerked. She collapsed on the Wiltern stage like a marionette, got up and then quickly dropped again. During "St. Johnny," the artist Annie Clark, her stark white hair jutting up and out, slithered and posed on stage stairs in overwrought exhaustion. And through it all the versatile artist, who performs as St. Vincent, didn't miss a beat, whether ruling the upper ranges during vocal runs -- "people turn the TV on it looks just like a window," she offered on "Digital Witness" -- or barking out declarations and confessions, whether offering quick synchronized dance moves or pouring forth oft-dissonant, breathtaking guitar solos and distorted, metal-esque riffs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 |
A former attorney who once handled some of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's toughest legal cases was convicted Tuesday of stealing nearly $2 million from the transit agency by submitting phony invoices and pocketing settlement money. James Vincent Reiss, who also was convicted of stealing more than $1 million from other clients, pleaded no contest to two felony counts of grand theft. He is expected to be sentenced to a decade in prison. Reiss defended Metro in multimillion-dollar injury lawsuits involving rail and bus passengers until officials realized he was defrauding the agency, said Jane Robison, an L.A. County district attorney's spokeswoman.
February 27, 2014 |
The uninvitingly titled "Chlorine" is a flat, undercooked suburban comedy. Or is it a drama? Or maybe a kind of satire? Regardless, it's short on style, substance or any clear raison d'être. Set in a vaguely upscale New England berg called Copper Canyon (but filmed in New Jersey), the story attempts to lay bare the desperate times and desperate measures - relatively speaking, that is - of a circle of locals caught in the orbit of a shady construction deal. The film's nominal protagonist, beleaguered banker Roger Lent (Vincent D'Onofrio, in a strangely sleepy performance)
January 23, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Prosecutors say Vincent Asaro expected to get rich off the infamous heist of about $6 million in cash and jewels from a Lufthansa vault in 1978, a crime that unleashed a murderous spree by a paranoid mobster and inspired Martin Scorsese's film "Goodfellas. " He didn't. "We never got our right money," Asaro is accused of grousing to an FBI informant in an expletive-laced conversation recorded in 2011. But Asaro did get arrested and charged Thursday as the FBI unsealed an indictment detailing allegations that he planned the record-breaking heist and was involved in other crimes dating back decades, including murder, arson and illegal gambling.
December 12, 2013 |
In "Sweet Talk," Delilah (Natalie Zea) is an erudite phone-sex worker who besides naming herself after the Biblical escort reads "Anna Karenina" and plays chess during routine calls. One "John" (for they're all named John) gets her attention, though, when he proposes that in lieu of the usual dirty talk, they tell each other tales - seduction by storytelling, a la Scheherazade. And get this: His real name is Samson (Jeffrey Vincent Parise). Scripted by Peter Lefcourt based on his stage play and directed by his wife, Terri Hanauer, the film gradually slips into the sweeping romances they spin for each other by depositing Samson and Delilah in her overalls and oversized sweat shirt in the settings they invent and eventually transporting the couple in full period costume to 1914 Budapest and 1939 Vienna.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2013 |
Driving across the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro at sunset, Aydin Palabiyikoglu photographed this scene with his HTC Amaze 4G phone on July 21. He had a camera in his trunk but he used his phone instead so he wouldn't miss this moment, he said. He adds that if you have favorable light and know what you're doing, you don't need expensive equipment to take good photos. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our Flickr page or reader submission gallery . Follow us on Twitter or visit latimes.com/socalmoments for more on this photo series.