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May 14, 2010 | By Mike Bresnahan
The doors opened to another Lakers practice. The players off the court were almost as notable as those on it. No Kobe Bryant. No Andrew Bynum. The Lakers continued to prepare for the Phoenix Suns with two starters logging more time in the trainer's room than the locker room, Bryant because of a sore right knee and Bynum because of torn cartilage in his right knee. The entire team watched video together for about an hour Friday. Then the healthy ones headed to the court while Bynum and Bryant retreated to padded tables.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Now that the debauched "Hangover" film franchise seems to have slowed, star Zach Galifianakis has been keeping himself occupied with his painfully, purposely awkward online talk show "Between Two Ferns. " Hosting his most recent guest - none other than President Obama -  Galifianakis delivered his usual mix of stilted conversation and deadpan insults that have made the show a Web favorite, but the commander in chief matched him joke for joke. Galifianakis, for example, asked Obama what it's like to be "the last black president" and followed up by noting that he can't run for a third term.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2006 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
What might John Prine have wanted for his 60th birthday a couple of weeks ago? Maybe the household-name renown of Bruce Springsteen, whose most poignant songs seem built from the Prine blueprint but without the zinging wit and whimsy? Or the fame and fortune of Jimmy Buffett, who shares Prine's whimsy but lacks his depth? Nah.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2013 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK CITY - Sofia Coppola could have easily gone the studio route in choosing a distributor for her new movie, "The Bling Ring. " Instead she chose the upstart company that set loose the viral image of James Franco as a resplendently thugged-out Jesus. The Facebook posting of the actor in his "Spring Breakers" lizard-king persona, surrounded by his bikini-clad costars, director Harmony Korine and rapper Gucci Mane at a "Last Supper"-style banquet table, spread across the web in late March with a tide of 20,000 thumbs-up.
NEWS
May 12, 1992 | DIANNE KLEIN
In one sense, there was some surprising news the other day about Channel One, the made-for-the-classroom news program that has been banned in California's public schools because it laces its learning with commercials. Whittle Communications, the owner of Channel One, actually paid for a study concluding that its own product hasn't done much to increase high school students' knowledge of current affairs.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2010
Reviews by David Pagel (D.P.) and Leah Ollman (L.O.). Compiled by Grace Krilanovich. Critics' Choices Richard T. Walker: successive inconceivable events Walker's short video, "successive inconceivable events," is part romantic meditation, part confessional love letter. The object of Walker's affection? The landscape itself, which he addresses in the voice of a confused suitor, unsure where he stands. "I think you're really beautiful and quite amazing," he bellows into the wilderness, "and yet there's a lack of some sort of connection."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2010 | Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19): Like watching a magician, when you know what to overlook, you can sit back and let the magic happen. Taurus (April 20-May 20): You can have an excellent time with someone who doesn't share your likes and dislikes, but at least one of you has to have an open mind. Today it has to be you. Gemini (May 21-June 21): We all tell ourselves lies from time to time, but a certain friend of yours makes sure to dispel yours as soon as she catches wind of them.
SPORTS
May 19, 2001 | MARK HEISLER
Good thing I've been in the biz long enough to know not to take anything I read seriously . . . especially in the sports section in the days leading up to a big event. This was a particularly handy lesson this week. If you believed everything you read about the Lakers and Spurs, you would have concluded that: * David Robinson is mean.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 1987
As he has done so triumphantly in the past, the Great Communicator ended a broadcast address by looking Americans squarely in the eye and appealing to them to tell the Beltway insiders just what they thought about taxes and spending. "Because believe me," President Reagan said, "if some in Congress won't see the light, I know you can make them feel the heat." Such an appeal used to hit Washington switchboards like so many blinking Christmas trees.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2009 | Elina Shatkin
If you think you have trouble maneuvering through downtown Los Angeles traffic, imagine how difficult it was for a herd of elephants -- on Tuesday morning, no less. Holding trunk-to-tail, 10 Asian elephants, weighing between 6,500 and 10,000 pounds each, marched three miles from the train yard in Vernon to the loading dock at Staples Center. Yes, the circus is in town, and as in past years, Ringling Bros.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 29, 2012 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
"The Producers" returned to Los Angeles for three performances this past weekend at the Hollywood Bowl. And during the curtain call at Friday's opening, Mel Brooks, who wrote the giddy score and co-wrote the zany book with Thomas Meehan, came onstage to express his gratitude to the audience and to compliment the cast for pulling it together in a short period of time. "They're almost good," he kidded, which pretty much sums up my appraisal of the production, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, whose two Tony wins added to the show's record-breaking haul of 12. The rushed logistics of producing a big musical at the Bowl didn't allow Stroman to live up to her perfectionist reputation.
TRAVEL
May 20, 2012 | By Peter Mandel, Special to the Los Angeles Times
DELHI, INDIA - Delhi, India, is closed today. My guide, a solemn man named C.K. Gupta, is deeply apologetic. It is, he informs me, not a holiday, but a peaceful protest. "Too high prices in the shops. " It is 2010, and I am in Delhi on vacation. It is my first time here. Receiving this piece of early-morning information, I am all set for empty sidewalks. The occasional whining ambulance. Maybe a bus. But when we leave my rented car near the Defence Colony, it is impossible to move.
FOOD
December 29, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times
Here are some good Bloody Mary mixes to get you started. • Hoosier Momma, not for wimps, this new kid on the block may become the gold standard; available in Southern California only by mail order at http://www.hoosiermomma.com . • Zing Zang, award-winning peppery blend, almost as thick and turbo-charged as Hoosier Momma, and available in most supermarkets and liquor stores. • Dr. Swami & Bone Daddy's, another rich blend. Rule of thumb, if it's red as a firetruck, it's no good.
FOOD
December 29, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times
Molotov had his cocktail; I have mine - a fiery Bloody Mary, three parts tomato juice, 1 part vodka. Crumble in bits of crispy bacon, add a splash or two of horseradish and hot sauce for extra tingle. There's more to this classic drink, but that's the basic plotline, the can't-miss equation. Stick with me a moment and you'll know more about Bloody Marys than you do your own mom. True, mothers are hard to know - so saintly, so selfless, I don't even try anymore. By comparison, Bloodys are easy to understand.
FOOD
December 1, 2011 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
Dear SOS: My boyfriend and I had the most amazing meal at Firefly Bistro in South Pasadena. Everything was absolutely delicious, but my favorite dish was the Brussels sprouts with a tomato relish and smoked paprika cream ... soooo yummy. Would love to have the recipe! Michelle Elowe Pasadena Dear Michelle: Firefly Bistro was happy to share its sautéed Brussels sprouts recipe with us, which we've adapted below. Enjoy! Total time: 30 minutes Servings: 2 Note: Adapted from Firefly Bistro in South Pasadena.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2011 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Sucker Punch," Zack Snyder's violent mash-up of Dickensian dark morality with Moulin Rouge couture is stun-gun gorgeous, psychosexually unnerving, fantasy action-riffic and most definitely not for the faint of heart. Starring the pretty pout of Emily Browning's Babydoll ? sporting machine guns, Mary Janes, black stockings and little else ? the film is, existentially speaking, a Freudian nightmare gunning for debate as much as entertainment. Some will see the worst sort of objectification in its Victoria's Secret-esque femme front line that also includes the scantily clad corps of Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens and Jamie Chung.
BUSINESS
July 13, 1998 | KAREN KAPLAN
Say goodbye to the World Wide Wait. San Francisco start-up Zing Network has introduced a free software program that takes advantage of those annoying waiting periods when Web pages are downloading by entertaining Web surfers with jokes, famous quotes, pictures of cars or even foreign-language flash cards. When a Web browser goes looking for a new site, the program produces a pop-up screen that displays images from one of eight categories, ranging from rock stars to fine art.
NEWS
January 22, 1995
Re Howard Rosenberg's comments about the circus in TV Times (Jan. 1): You are so right. All animal acts should be abolished. Training animals to jump through hoops and stand on their hind legs is positively disgusting. Lois Williams, Altadena While I'm sure it was not Howard Rosenberg's intention to "STOP" the entire production of "Circus of the Stars," but only its usage of circus animals, it was quite a shock to wake up to the cover of the Los Angeles Times TV section on New Year's Day. Mr. Rosenberg certainly has the right to side with the animal activists, but why would he denigrate the "Walter Mittyism" of the hundreds of TV and movie stars who, over the past 19 years, have trained and rehearsed to make their circus daydreams come true?
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2010 | Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19): Like watching a magician, when you know what to overlook, you can sit back and let the magic happen. Taurus (April 20-May 20): You can have an excellent time with someone who doesn't share your likes and dislikes, but at least one of you has to have an open mind. Today it has to be you. Gemini (May 21-June 21): We all tell ourselves lies from time to time, but a certain friend of yours makes sure to dispel yours as soon as she catches wind of them.
SPORTS
May 14, 2010 | By Mike Bresnahan
The doors opened to another Lakers practice. The players off the court were almost as notable as those on it. No Kobe Bryant. No Andrew Bynum. The Lakers continued to prepare for the Phoenix Suns with two starters logging more time in the trainer's room than the locker room, Bryant because of a sore right knee and Bynum because of torn cartilage in his right knee. The entire team watched video together for about an hour Friday. Then the healthy ones headed to the court while Bynum and Bryant retreated to padded tables.
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