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ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2013 | By Dennis Lim, Special to the Los Angeles Times
CANNES, France - The Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky has made only seven features in his nearly half-century career, but his legendary midnight movie "El Topo," a wigged-out peyote western that played to New York audiences for months in 1970, sealed his place in the annals of cult cinema. Jodorowsky last made a comeback in 1989 with the Oedipal melodrama "Santa Sangre," about a serial killer operating under the spell of his armless mother. When that project was announced at the Cannes Film Festival, a journalist wondered if a decade-long break from filmmaking had left Jodorowsky rusty.
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NEWS
May 9, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
After a year of construction, Universal Orlando  has finally admitted that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will expand in 2014 with a detailed re-creation of London's Diagon Alley from the wildly popular series of books and movies. Photos: Top 10 Wizarding World of Harry Potter rides and attractions The highly anticipated expansion of the Wizarding World themed land at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Fla., will see the introduction of a Gringotts Bank attraction in a second land at the adjacent Universal Studios Florida theme park.
NEWS
April 25, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
We still have more questions than answers about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter more than a year after plans were announced for a West Coast version of the themed land at Universal Studios Hollywood. Photos: Top 10 Wizarding World of Harry Potter rides and attractions With much of the what, where and when of the Wizarding World project still a mystery, let's start with what we do know before working our way to what we still don't know. Where will the new land be located?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2013 | By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
Long before the age of computer-generated special effects, Marcel Vercoutere helped create a scene widely considered among the most terrifying in movie-going history. In "The Exorcist," the 1973 horror film that became a pop-culture phenomenon, the head of a helpless young girl twists completely around as a young priest battles the demon that inhabits her body. With its wild, animated eyes, the life-size robot used as a stand-in for actress Linda Blair was built by Vercoutere, the film's special effects director, with help from its chief makeup artist, Dick Smith.
SPORTS
March 25, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
SAN FRANCISCO -- The doors to the Lakers' shoot-around opened, and there was Dwight Howard working on a series of mid-range jumpers. From 14 feet. Sometimes 16. A few from 18 feet. "He can make those," Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said Monday morning, sounding hopeful. Improving his outside touch can only help Howard offensively. He has been a diminishing star late in games. He had no fourth-quarter shots in the Lakers' loss Friday to Washington and also none a week ago in their loss to Phoenix.
SPORTS
March 24, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
It was only a matter of time, but the Clippers (48-22) locked in a higher playoff seeding than the Lakers (36-34) with their 101-95 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday. Both teams have 12 games left to play in the regular season. If the Lakers win them all with the Clippers losing 12 straight -- neither will happen, of course -- the teams would finish tied with 48 wins on the season. The Clippers have already earned the head-to-head tiebreaker by winning the season series against the Lakers, 3-0, with one game left to play.  It's inevitable that the Clippers finish atop the Pacific Division, 8 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Golden State Warriors (40-31)
SPORTS
March 24, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Mike D'Antoni laughed before the question could be completed, fully knowing where the query was headed. Was the Lakers coach referring to Kobe Bryant when he criticized his team's defense on Trevor Ariza and its tendency to go one-on-one Friday during an appalling loss to Washington? "Am I talking about Kobe?" D'Antoni said Sunday, the first time he had spoken with reporters since his postgame rant. "I'm talking about Kobe, I'm talking about me, I'm talking about Dwight [Howard]
SPORTS
March 22, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers (36-33) host the Washington Wizards (24-43) on Friday night at Staples Center.  Kobe Bryant (ankle) and Pau Gasol (foot) are both expected to return from injury against the Wizards. Coach Mike D'Antoni said he intends to return Gasol to the starting lineup although he might give it a few games for Gasol to build up his conditioning. The Wizards are better than their record.  Point guard John Wall missed 33 games, which killed Washington's playoff hopes before they began.
SPORTS
March 22, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Wizards 103 - Lakers 100 (final) Once up by 18 points, the Lakers lost to the Washington Wizards, 103-100, on Friday night at Staples Center. The Lakers got Kobe Bryant (ankle) and Pau Gasol back (foot) from injury but after a strong first half, the Lakers looked fatigued (despite three days off) against the younger, energetic Wizards. Washington was led by Trevor Ariza, who hit 7-of-12 from three-point range. The former Lakers forward seemed to be open all game in the corners - often ignored by Bryant defensively.
SPORTS
March 22, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
According to Kobe Bryant's Twitter feed, the Lakers All-Star guard is probable for the Lakers' battle at Staples Center Friday night against the Washington Wizards. Ankle was a lil sore from practice yesterday but should be good to go tonight #mambaface - Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) March 22, 2013 A Lakers spokesman confirmed that Pau Gasol and Bryant are probable to start against the Wizards.  Gasol has missed more than six weeks with a foot injury.  Bryant has been out for almost three full games with a sprained ankle.  Gasol would get the nod over Earl Clark at power forward.
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