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Opinion L.A.News that IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn allegedly sexually assaulted a hotel maid in New York City has set opinionators' tongues wagging. The two leading trains of thought: 1) What was France's leading socialist doing staying in an upscale hotel, in......
Culture MonsterIt's not easy to catch Gustavo Dudamel, the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and PlÃ¡cido Domingo, general director of the Los Angeles Opera, sitting in the same spot at the same time. Los Angeles Times photographer Genaro Molina......
Culture Monster"Black Swan" is an over-the-top movie; Jim Carrey is an over-the-top comedian. Clearly, the two are a match made in spoof heaven. Carrey's sendup of "Black Swan" this weekend on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" featured the actor wearing a tutu......
Los Angeles TimesSome years ago, I shared a barber with the late Mel Tormé. It was a small, low-key shop where the talk was usually sports and the music on the radio was always jazz or vocals from the American Songbook. One morning, Tormé and I found ourselves pausing...
Tags: Radio, The Godfather (movie), Movies, Jazz (genre), Eli Wallach
Special to the Los Angeles TimesThe Lucky Ones One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America Mae Ngai Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 288 pp., $26. American history is a far bumpier ride than it used to be in the good old days. Mae Ngai is far more interested in the...
Tags: History, New Zealand, Family, Children, Immigration
Sam Butera, a hard-swinging tenor saxophonist who formed a rowdy and successful onstage partnership with entertainers Louis Prima and Keely Smith in the 1950s, died Wednesday at a hospital in Las Vegas. He was 81. He had Alzheimer's disease, according to...
Henry Gibson, a veteran character actor who came to fame in the late 1960s as the flower-holding poet on TV's landmark satirical comedy show "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In," has died. He was 73. Gibson died late Monday night at his home in Malibu after a...
Ed McMahon, a television pioneer who warmed "The Tonight Show" couch for nearly 30 years as Johnny Carson's jovial sidekick and announcer, died early Tuesday. He was 86. McMahon died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, according to his publicist,...
Tags: Lou Rawls, MC Hammer, Super Bowl, Garry Shandling, Mortgages
Charles Eastman, a playwright and screenwriter whose credits included the 1970s films "The All-American Boy" and "Little Fauss and Big Halsy," has died. He was 79. Eastman, the brother of the late "Five Easy Pieces" screenwriter Carole Eastman, died July...
Tags: Movies, Gaming, Bing Crosby, Obituaries, Family
The talk-show tumult involving Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien and David Letterman wouldn't have fazed viewers half a century ago in Southern California. They were used to chaos and controversy on the local TV chat circuit during that free-wheeling era of live...
The Morning Fix: Time Warner's strong start! News Corp. readies pay wall. Pilot chatter in full bloom.Company TownBefore the coffee. After taking a moment to mourn Ernie Harwell and your own childhood. Time Warner on a roll. Time Warner profit rose almost 10% to $725 million in the first quarter, compared to the same period a year......
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