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Babylon & BeyondLast year, the smash-hit Turkish soap opera Noor spellbound millions of viewers across Turkey and the Arab world. These days, a new media drama is gripping the nation anew with its juicy ingredients of money, power and famous main characters.......
Partway through W.R. Burnett's 1956 noir "It's Always Four O'Clock," one of the central characters, a pianist named Royal Mauch, gives a disquisition about jazz. "It's the only live art in the world today," he tells the novel's narrator, Stan Pawley. "[...
Tags: Coca-Cola, James Joyce, Dashiell Hammett, Genres
Show TrackerWhen "Boardwalk Empire" creator and executive producer Terence Winter called Steve Buscemi to tell him that he had landed the lead role in HBO's new epic series about Atlantic City in the 1920s, the highly respected actor didn't believe it;......
It's not quite fair that a novelist who has had such success in the adult world -- among many awards, Jane Smiley won the Pulitzer Prize for "A Thousand Acres," her novel based on "King Lear" -- can shift gears apparently effortlessly and write for...
Tags: Pulitzer Prize Awards, Family, Fiction, Horse (animal), Children
L.A. NOWThis cruise offers a different view of the Southern California coast. The 2 1/2 -hour excursion takes passengers through a seascape short on the picturesque but full of concrete and metal -- a ride through exhaust-tinged air and past power......
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterSpooky rumors have persisted for decades that there are clandestine graves at a secluded ranch used as a hide-out by the Charles Manson clan after a 1969 killing rampage. Today, Inyo County sheriff's investigators and scientists packing portable ground-...
Tags: Nature, Sharon Tate, National Parks, Crimes, Gardens and Parks
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterAngel Island State Park, Calif. The views were mesmerizing: A shroud of fog enveloped the Golden Gate Bridge. Waves washed onto the Berkeley shores. A sailboat tacked its way under the Bay Bridge. But I had little time to sit and absorb the scenery from...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterWashington, D.C. America's fascination with crime will take a new turn Friday -- opening day for the National Museum of Crime and Punishment. In film classics such as "Little Caesar" and "Dial M for Murder" and today's TV staples of "CSI" and "Law &...
I was a client of the notorious "D.C. Madam." Psych! Not really. I just wanted you to hear that from somebody, anybody, since the bombshell over Deborah Jeane Palfrey turned out to be such a dud that 20/20's pulse-pounder on the D.C. madam might easily...
Times Staff WriterTHE French tricolor flew above Place du Général de Gaulle on a misty morning as white-gloved gendarmes in snappy blue uniforms, rifles across their chests, stood at attention and the band struck up "La Marseillaise." It was July 14, Bastille Day. I was...
Tags: Fishing, New York Weather, France, Vehicles, Charles de Gaulle
Chicago Tribune Staff WriterNot everyone can make it to Washington for the inauguration, but can we find another way to pass a winter weekend and still feel some of that presidential pizazz? Yes we can. And Chicago is just the place to do it. As President-elect Barack Obama...
When the coroner put Jack Whalen's body on a slab, it measured 72 inches, just 6 feet. For years, people had described him as 6-foot-2 or 6-4. But "the Enforcer" was smaller in death than life. On the death certificate, his family gave his occupation...
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