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January 5, 1998 | ADRIAN MAHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Voice-over performer Don LaFontaine barrels into a Hollywood recording studio, snatches a page of copy and crouches in front of the microphone. "Don't miss the most gripppping . . . terrrrifying and nail-biiiiting film of the year," he hisses, his rich, smoky baritone imploring an unseen audience of millions of would-be moviegoers into their seats.
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November 1, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Two days after the California Department of Public Health released its new form requiring parents who want to exempt their kids from required vaccinations to speak with a doctor, an association of public health officers is voicing concern over an option on the form that allows parents to easily bypass the requirement. A box parents can check allows them to skip talking to their doctor if they vouch that they're "a member of a religion that prohibits me from seeking medical advice or treatment from authorized healthcare practitioners.
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September 14, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
Is the man who directed an anti-Islam film that sparked riots in Egypt and Libya the same person who directed soft-core porn movies with titles such as "Young Lady Chatterley," "The Sexpert" and "The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood"? And might he be using an alias? Casting notices for the movie under the name "Desert Warrior" listed Alan Roberts as the director for the film, which was shot in Los Angeles County in the summer of 2011. The producer was listed as Sam Bacile, which is believed to be an alias for Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a Los Angeles-based, 55-year-old Coptic Christian and a felon.
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October 19, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Susan Bennett, a 64-year-old Zumba-loving Atlanta suburbanite, shocked tech geeks, over-connected teens and men attracted to the sound of her digital voice when she revealed this month that she is the original voice of Siri, the iPhone persona who helped Zooey Deschanel identify the sound of rain and Samuel L. Jackson find organic mushrooms for his risotto. She has a storyline on "The Big Bang Theory" and makes the seemingly far-fetched premise of Spike Jonze's upcoming film "Her," about a man who falls in love with the voice of his phone's operating system, not so unbelievable.
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September 21, 2012 | By Richard Verrier and Ben Fritz
A crew member died on the set of Walt Disney Studios' big-budget film "The Lone Ranger," the Burbank studio said Friday. "We regretfully confirm that a 'Lone Ranger' crew member has passed away after being taken to a local hospital. Our hearts and thoughts are with his family, friends, and colleagues at this time, and our full support is behind the investigation into the circumstances of this terrible event," Disney said in a statement. The incident involved a diver who reportedly drowned while prepping a tank for an underwater shooting scene in the Los Angeles area, and did not occur during filming, the studio said.
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November 27, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Discovery Communciations has developed a taste for Middle Eastern food. The cable programming giant whose holdings include Discovery Channel and TLC has struck a deal to acquire Dubai-based Takhayal Entertainment, the parent company of Fatafeat, a popular food network in the region. "The acquisition of Takhayal, the premier company for cuisine and culinary programming in the Middle East, significantly strengthens our portfolio in this important region and adds content in a genre that has proved popular with our viewers around the globe," said  Mark Hollinger, chief executive of Discovery Networks International.  Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but people with knowledge of the transaction put the price at less than $10 million.
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February 19, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Many actors are finding easy money in doing voice-over work for radio and television commercials. But it is very unlikely that anyone landed an easier gig than Al Pacino, who didn't lift a finger to get a plum voice-over spot with Chrysler Jeep. The unmistakable voice of Pacino can be heard in the new television commercial touting the Jeep Grand Cherokee. In the spot, Pacino is giving an inspired speech about how life is a "game of inches. " If it sounds familiar, it is. The speech comes from a pivotal scene from the 1999 Oliver Stone movie "Any Given Sunday," which stars Pacino as an aging football coach.
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November 15, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
With “Catfish: The TV Show” debuting to strong numbers on MTV this last week, the company behind the series is expanding its television efforts. RelativityReal, the TV unit of Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity Media, is making two new overall production and development deals, including one with the company of teen producer Oliver Bogner. RelativityReal Chief Executive Tom Forman is expected to announce Thursday the division has signed pacts with Bogner Entertainment as well as This Is Just a Test Prods.
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December 5, 2012
Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, mother of News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch, has died at her home in Australia at the age of 103. Murdoch was well known for her philanthropy and remained active late into her life. "Throughout her life, our mother demonstrated the very best qualities of true public service," Rupert Murdoch said in a statement published in the News Corp.-owned Wall Street Journal. "Her energy and personal commitment made our country a more hopeful place and she will be missed by many.
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December 11, 2012 | By Joe Flint
The three public television stations that serve the New York-New Jersey region got the greenlight from the Federal Communications Commission to broadcast Wednesday's "12-12-12," which is the concert that Cablevision President Jim Dolan, the Weinstein Co. chief Harvey Weinstein and Clear Channel executive John Sykes are putting together to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Because this is a fundraising event, the noncommercial stations needed permission from the government to telecast it as public TV stations are prohibited from raising funds for organizations other than themselves.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison
The speaker of California's Assembly and two state senators took environmental regulators to task before an angry crowd Tuesday over their failure to regulate a battery recycler in Vernon whose emissions have been deemed a health risk to hundreds of thousands of people. The people in this community feel "completely ignored by those in government," said Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, who arrived midway through the community meeting with regulators including the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.
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August 14, 2013 | By Susan King
One in a series of occasional articles about the lives and careers of character actors in Hollywood. Fred Melamed's timing has always been a bit askew. Melamed didn't marry until he was 42. He didn't become the father of twin boys until he was 47. And he didn't get his first substantial movie role until he was 53, in Joel and Ethan Coen's 2009 "A Serious Man. " But Melamed, who was a voice-over superstar for 20 years, has been making up for lost time since he delighted critics and audiences with his villainous turn as the Machiavellian Sy Ableman in the Coens' dark comedy.
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August 10, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
Actor Lake Bell makes her debut as the writer-director of a feature-length film with this weekend's release of "In a World... " The comedy about a struggling vocal coach, played by Bell, who succeeds in the fierce world of movie-trailer voice-overs earned her the Sundance 2013 Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. You've said that you're obsessed with the voice - over world. Why is that? I think I'm more specifically obsessed with the idea of the blind voice and voice acting, the voice as a tool to express oneself, whether in characterization or in life.
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August 8, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"In a World…" Sitting on a page staring at you, the words feel flat. Now imagine, if you will, one of those deep baritone voices pouring drama and jeopardy into each syllable, rich tones that resonate to the very marrow. Now pull back and see headphones, the mike and the man, because it usually is a man, with a scarf warming that million-dollar instrument. The one that keeps him at the top of the cutthroat Hollywood subculture of movie trailer voice-overs. That is the world that 30-year-old Carol Solomon (Lake Bell)
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June 25, 2013 | Steve Lopez
On my first trip to Valley Village, I was thinking up excuses to turn around and go home. But Kristene Wallis had struck me as a lovely person, and I couldn't turn back after she'd generously offered to give me a bit of training. Plus, it was a chance to enter a world I knew little about. Who were all those people doing voice-overs on radio and TV, and how had they learned to speak that way? I'd met Wallis several months ago when she was working on a documentary about Al Martinez, the legendary former Times columnist.
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April 20, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Tom Jones sits in a cozy booth along one wall of a favorite Beverly Hills restaurant. At 72, his curly hair and neatly manicured mustache and goatee are more salt than pepper after his decision to give up black hair dye a few years ago. But Jones appears dapper as usual, ultra-tan and fit in his smart black suit and dark, ribbed crew-neck shirt. The era-spanning entertainer is here to talk about his new album, "Spirit in the Room," coming out Tuesday. His latest work continues a career rejuvenation that kicked off in earnest three years ago with "Praise & Blame," a collection produced by Kings of Leon producer Ethan Johns.
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November 1, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
More summer tent-pole movies boosted Sony Pictures' results in the quarter ended Sept. 30, but the studio still suffered in comparison to the same period last year. This year's summer was full of costly event movies, though the results were mixed, with "The Amazing Spider-Man" a hit, "Total Recall" a flop, and "Men in Black 3" a modest disappointment. However, more big movies resulted in higher theatrical revenue. Summer 2011 was a light one for Culver City-based Sony, with a successful big-screen version of "The Smurfs" its only relatively big-budget tent pole.
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September 18, 2012 | By Joe Flint
When people think about the big stars that turned the National Football League into America's No. 1 sport, the names that are usually mentioned  include legendary quarterbacks Joe Namath, John Elway and Tom Brady. Steve Sabol also belongs on that list. The longtime president of NFL Films who died Tuesday at the age of 69 after a battle with brain cancer , was with his father Ed a chronicler of the league's history for four decades.  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called Sabol a "creative genius whose legacy will be part of the NFL forever.
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February 19, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Many actors are finding easy money in doing voice-over work for radio and television commercials. But it is very unlikely that anyone landed an easier gig than Al Pacino, who didn't lift a finger to get a plum voice-over spot with Chrysler Jeep. The unmistakable voice of Pacino can be heard in the new television commercial touting the Jeep Grand Cherokee. In the spot, Pacino is giving an inspired speech about how life is a "game of inches. " If it sounds familiar, it is. The speech comes from a pivotal scene from the 1999 Oliver Stone movie "Any Given Sunday," which stars Pacino as an aging football coach.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 2012 | By Joe Flint
The three public television stations that serve the New York-New Jersey region got the greenlight from the Federal Communications Commission to broadcast Wednesday's "12-12-12," which is the concert that Cablevision President Jim Dolan, the Weinstein Co. chief Harvey Weinstein and Clear Channel executive John Sykes are putting together to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Because this is a fundraising event, the noncommercial stations needed permission from the government to telecast it as public TV stations are prohibited from raising funds for organizations other than themselves.
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