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September 24, 2010
'Enter the Void' MPAA rating: Not rated (no one younger than 18 will be admitted) Running time: 137 minutes Playing: NuArt, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A.
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SPORTS
April 3, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
It was the Clippers versus the Dallas Mavericks, so it almost seemed predetermined when the Clippers fell behind by double figures and trailed late in the fourth quarter. Then something unexpected happened, at least if you used the team's three previous meetings this season as a script. And it wasn't good for the Clippers. Dallas actually held on this time, emerging with a 113-107 victory Thursday night at Staples Center that bolstered the Mavericks' playoff hopes. BOX SCORE: Mavericks 113, Clippers 107 Of course, given the teams involved, there was nothing easy about it. Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki made a pair of three-pointers as part of a 10-0 run that transformed a tie score into what looked like a mild runaway midway through the fourth quarter.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2010 | By Robert Abele, Special to the Los Angeles Times
While mainstream, mind-bending blockbusters such as "Inception" light Hollywood's fire, French art-house bad boy Gaspar Noé throws down his own gauntlet with the spectacular head trip "Enter the Void. " The Argentina-born Noé last divided filmgoers with the assaultive and gimmicky "Irréversible," notorious for a one-shot rape scene that lasted eight minutes. Where that movie's pummeling sensibility felt cheap, though, this one works you over in order to stretch you out. Probing the fuzzy, synaptic turbulence of drug culture and life-after-death — "The Tibetan Book of the Dead" is referenced early on, while Stanley Kubrick and Kenneth Anger get visual shout-outs — "Enter the Void" displays a dizzying virtuosity with the cinema of altered states.
OPINION
April 2, 2014 | By David C. Williams
Drive through the dilapidated main strip in Terry, Miss., and it's easy to see that the town of 1,063 is a hardscrabble place. And last month, life there got harder when the last bank branch in town closed, leaving in the lurch residents who have long depended on it as a convenient place to manage their money. The same thing is happening in countless other small towns and inner-city neighborhoods across the country, which have been left behind as banks adjust to new financial realities by shuttering branches by the thousands.
SPORTS
June 25, 2005
I have a great idea for a new name for the Ducks. Call them the Anaheim Angels. That name is not being used any more. Tom Simmerman Fullerton
SPORTS
January 30, 2013
New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez has already admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs from 2001 to 2003. But now A-Rod is said to be one of several people who received PEDs from a now-closed Florida clinic as recently as last year, according to a report Tuesday by the Miami New Times. A spokesman for Rodriguez has denied the report. Writers from around Tribune Co. discuss whether the Yankees should try to find a way to void the slugger's hefty contract and if such an attempt would be successful.
SPORTS
April 8, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
Once boxing's heavyweight division put its ear to the ground 12 years ago, it hasn't been heard from much since. That ear, of course, belonged to Evander Holyfield, who, somewhat pathetically, continues on. The piece of Holyfield's ear went to the canvas when Mike Tyson bit it off. Tyson, who, somewhat pathetically, still hangs around the sport, achieved the near impossible. He sickened millions of boxing fans who assumed they couldn't be.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 2012 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Painting, especially abstract painting, is an inescapable metaphor for the human body. A canvas is a skin stretched taut over a skeleton of stretcher bars. Paint applied to the surface records humanity's condition at any given period in time. At the Museum of Contemporary Art, that condition is pretty grim in a new exhibition of older abstract painting. "Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949-1962" compellingly surveys an art of creative destruction in the generation following the unspeakable cataclysm of World War II. The void isn't what it used to be. During the war and its immediate aftermath, global civilization stared straight into the abyss.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2010 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
French filmmaker Gaspar Noé makes the kind of movies that require warnings. His brutal 2002 revenge drama, "Irréversible," arrived in theaters in England and Canada with a written alert about the possible side effects of a strobe-like sequence: "Some people may experience loss of consciousness or epileptic seizures when exposed to certain light effects or flashes of light. " The writer-director's 1998 debut feature, "I Stand Alone" — about a sociopathic butcher with incest and murder on the brain — carries an even less subtle warning.
SPORTS
June 27, 2009 | Lance Pugmire
Into the void of boxing without Oscar De La Hoya steps Oxnard's Victor Ortiz. Like the now-retired Golden Boy, Ortiz, 22, is poised for national attention at a young age. He doesn't have the platform of the Olympics, but Ortiz is headlining an HBO-televised main event today at Staples Center against Argentina's knockout specialist Marcos Rene Maidana (25-1, 24 KOs) for the interim World Boxing Assn. junior-welterweight title.
SPORTS
March 4, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Scan the fine print, check with legal, ask if people can no longer take a joke. The Dodgers obviously have to find a way to get out of this $215-million boondoggle of a deal they mistakenly gave Clayton Kershaw before the season starts and he takes the entire franchise under. It's panic in the streets! Or, you know, maybe not. Kershaw, the two-time Cy Young winner, has had a pair of rough starts to this spring. And eyebrows are raised everywhere? Really? There is actual, real-life concern?
SPORTS
February 9, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - In his time with the Dodgers, Zack Greinke has shared his opinions on everything from the organization's farm system to Ryan Braun's drug use. As for Clayton Kershaw's new seven-year, $215-million contract, Greinke said, "I think it was solid for both sides. He's the best pitcher, but pitching is a little less predictable than a position player long term. You can't give him a 10-year, $32-million-a-year deal. " Greinke said Kershaw received a better deal than expected.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
It's been many years since I interviewed the late producer Daniel Toscan du Plantier, then the president of Unifrance, the key promoter of French films overseas, but I always remember a comment he made. Toscan, as everyone called him, was talking about the fate of his country's films in the world marketplace as well as in the U.S., but what he said could be applied to foreign-language cinema in general. "If you are on a street full of hamburger shops, you finally want to eat something else.
WORLD
December 15, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
QUNU, South Africa - After the sermon was read, the 21-gun salute thudded and the "Last Post" played, Nelson Mandela was laid to rest Sunday in the rolling green hills of the Eastern Cape where he was born, leaving South Africans with a gaping sense that they will never see a leader as great as him again. The crowds left his grave site, a host of luxury vehicles drove away and a chilling downpour of rain blew in. About 4,500 mourners filled a vast domed tent for the state funeral, with relatives, princes, African leaders, celebrities and members of Mandela's ruling African National Congress arriving from dawn onward to say goodbye one last time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court on Tuesday unanimously overturned a Norwalk man's first-degree murder convictions for killing his estranged wife and an off-duty Los Angeles sheriff's deputy, ruling that detectives failed to properly advise him of his legal rights before he confessed. Reuben Kenneth Lujan was sentenced to life without parole for killing his estranged wife, Monica, 26, and her friend, Deputy Gilbert Madrigal, 45, by smashing their heads with a concrete block.
SPORTS
September 10, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Remember those wobbly, unfocused off-seasons the Kings once stumbled through? Indeed, they have become a thing of the past. Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi and his staff have been as efficient off the ice as the team has been proficient on it. They have sliced through another long to-do list this summer, largely keeping the core intact. As they will attempt to go deep into the spring for a third straight year, the Kings nevertheless face several questions with players arriving Wednesday and training camp officially opening Thursday.
NATIONAL
August 27, 2009 | Doyle McManus
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's death leaves a void in the firmament of American politics, one that will be difficult to fill -- not only because the Democratic Party has no understudy ready for his role, but also because Congress has changed so much in the more than four decades of his career. Kennedy was the polestar of old-fashioned Democratic liberalism, the constant point against which much of his party measured itself. "The commitment I seek is not to outworn views but to old values that will never wear out," he told the 1980 Democratic convention.
WORLD
September 6, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - A regional court Friday struck down sanctions imposed by the European Union against several Iranian companies, dealing a blow to Western efforts to maintain economic pressure on Tehran over its controversial nuclear program. The European general court rebuked the EU for relying on what it said was insufficient or inconclusive evidence as a basis for slapping restrictions on a group of Iranian financial, export and construction companies. The firms had appealed their placement on the EU's blacklist, which led to the curtailment of their business in Europe and the freezing of their assets.
BUSINESS
August 30, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
One way to judge the virtues of the city of Richmond's initiative to use eminent domain to help its strapped mortgage borrowers is by the hysterical reaction of the banks and investors holding the mortgage loans. Wells Fargo & Co. and Bank of New York have sued the East Bay city in federal court to throttle the plan even before its birth. (A court hearing on their request for an injunction is set for Sept. 13.) They've enlisted federal regulators in their hand-wringing over the damage little Richmond (pop.
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