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January 25, 2014 | By Cindy Chang
Kristina Wong has crashed Miss Chinatown pageants as a pimply, cigar-smoking, over-the-hill contestant. She has posed as a rabid Jeremy Lin fan, waving sexually suggestive signs at the NBA player's games. On a sewing machine in her Koreatown apartment, she makes vagina puppets out of colored felt. So when she found herself in front of television cameras discussing the popularity of Asian women on the dating scene, Wong was in her element. "Suck it, white ladies! I got it!
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2014 | By Elena Howe
Comic actor Brad Garrett has been tapped by the Writers Guild of America, West to host the 2014 Writers Guild Awards on Feb. 1, and you can watch how he works the room with a live webcast of the ceremony along with pre-awards nominee interviews - from film and television -- starting at 5 p.m. PST at www.latimes.com/envelope . While Garrett, best known for costarring on "Everybody Loves Raymond," skewers the best of Hollywood, the awards themselves...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
"For us, as writers, this is what we do: Use our voices. We want to be heard," says Kelly Rudnicki. She expects to get her masters in professional writing from USC in the spring of 2015 -- and if all goes as planned, she'll be one of the program's last graduates.  However, students and alumni are trying to disrupt the plan. Faculty members and students learned last fall that the MPW program will be shuttered by 2016. Now students are rallying a letter-writing campaign appealing to Steve Kay, dean of USC's Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, hoping to keep the  MPW alive.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2014 | By John Horn
- Maya Forbes knew the story all too well, but she waited a long time to write a script based on her childhood. It's understandable why the writer-director wasn't rushing. Her father was manic-depressive, and when her mother left their Cambridge, Mass., home to attend graduate school in New York, a 10-year-old Forbes and her sister were largely left in their father's care, which was far from normal - let alone safe - parenting. Forbes, 45, who has writing credits on "The Larry Sanders Show" and the animated movie "Monsters vs. Aliens," said as a parent she has encouraged her children not to be timid.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
As police in Santa Ana continued their hunt for four suspects in the beating of a 23-year-old woman, friends and family gathered at the victim's hospital bedside where she remains on life support. Kim Pham was hit and stomped as she waited outside the Crosby in downtown Santa Ana early Saturday, an altercation that was captured on video. Police said she was unconscious by the time they arrived. A recent Chapman University graduate, Pham was with a group of friends standing in line to get into the trendy nightspot when they got into an argument with another group.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 2014 | By David Ng
This is a Christopher Plummer interview without any questions about "The Sound of Music. " Not that the veteran stage and screen actor would have minded talking about Captain Von Trapp, but he has more pressing items at hand. His one-man show "A Word or Two" at the Ahmanson Theatre opens Wednesday, and each performance requires him to command the stage for nearly an hour and a half. The show, which previously ran at the Stratford Festival in Canada, is a literary stroll through works by the actor's favorite writers.
HOME & GARDEN
January 17, 2014 | By Robert Masello
This afternoon, I did something shameful. Something I shouldn't even admit to. I put on my windbreaker, loaded the pockets with Milk Bones and then drove to the Joslyn Park dog park off Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica. Without a dog. There, I sat on a bench, leafing through a magazine and waiting for loose dogs - not immoral dogs, mind you, just unleashed ones - to wander into range. Whenever they did - while innocently chasing a ball or an errant Frisbee - I reached out and patted their furry little heads or gave their muzzles a friendly shake.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2014 | By Jasmine Elist
In F. Scott Fitzgerald's second novel, “The Beautiful and Damned,” he referred to alcohol as “the rose colored glasses of life.” When taking a close look at the lives of America's greatest authors, it may come as no surprise that often there has been a strong link between creativity and alcohol. The relationship between a writer and liquor is typically a love-hate relationship: beginning with love and following up with dependence, denial, anxiety and resentment. It was this complicated interaction of creativity and alcoholism that inspired author Olivia Laing to write “The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking” (Picador, $26)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2014 | By Chris Kraul and Andres D'Alessandro
Argentine poet Juan Gelman, an exile whose writings were colored by personal tragedy he suffered at the hands of his country's brutal military dictatorship, died in Mexico City on Tuesday. He was 83 and had been battling leukemia. Gelman, a leftist with working-class origins, won the Cervantes Prize, perhaps the most prestigious Spanish language literary honor, in 2007 for his stark, soulful verse. But the son of Jewish Ukrainian immigrants also personified the tragedy suffered by thousands of Argentinian families under the 1976-1983 military dictatorship.
WORLD
January 10, 2014 | By Alexandra Zavis
Barbara Demick, the Los Angeles Times bureau chief in Beijing and author of the book “Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea,” has reported extensively about North Korea. She answered questions Friday on Reddit about life inside the reclusive country and about leader Kim Jong Un , who celebrated his 31st birthday this week at an exhibition basketball game where he was serenaded by former NBA star Dennis Rodman. Here are a few of the questions that generated interest.
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