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    Atheist, Agnostic, Non Religious? Join the Club

    6:32 PM April 16, 2014

    Jared Plotkin is a first year graduate student in the Political Science Program at Cal State LA, and taking the program at double speed. Plotkin will be done with his graduate studies by the end of the Spring quarter. This quarter though, he took on another challenge by starting the “Atheist, Agnostic and Non Religious Student Alliance. Full story

    LA KISS reinventing Arena Football

    6:20 PM April 16, 2014

    This year marks the first in five years that Los Angeles has had a professional football team, the last being the Los Angeles Avengers in 2009. This year will be the first year that the LA KISS will play for the AFL. The team gained popularity during the last year because of its ownership from KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley along with their manager Doc McGhee. Full story

    Sophomore Links Underground Art Scene to CSULA

    6:17 PM April 16, 2014

    A Fashion and Music Exhibition will take place on Wednesday, April 23rd, from 12PM to 3PM in the University Student Union Plaza.  Organized by Marketing Major Jelani Khalfani, this event will focus on linking the Underground Artist Community to the Cal State LA community. Full story

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    Convivio in The CSLRC

    0:00 AM April 14, 2014

    It seems the Chicana/o Latina/o Student Resource Center (CLSRC) has a great quarter ahead of them! This center is located on the second floor of the student union, inside the Cross Cultural Centers room. The center had its first CLSRC event called CONVIVO and many students attended, enjoying its activities. Full story

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    LACMA College Nights

    3:50 PM April 10, 2014

    Once a month, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) hosts a free evening event made specifically for college students. Also known as “College Night,” college students from all over the nation are offered free admission to the museum after hours to attend exhibits and gallery discussions. Full story

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    After Life exhibit at the Luckman

    3:49 PM April 10, 2014

    The Luckman Gallery on campus is now home to a new exhibit called After Life, an exhibit that was curated by independent curator Kristine Thompson. According to the Luckman website, After Life features historical and contemporary artwork that examines the different death, memorials and mouring traditions that have changed over time. Full story

    Advice- Save that money: Accessory or Necessity

    5:37 PM April 9, 2014

    Loans!grants!scholarships!financial aid money! As college students, we have plenty of sources for income available to us and yet we are usually broke. That is probably because we are not always handling our money in the most beneficial ways. If you have any sense of self-control then you are extremely fortunate, but if you do not, consider some helpful tips that will hopefully improve your financial state. Full story

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    CicLAvia – Angelinos Rediscovering their City

    5:30 PM April 9, 2014

    How did you spend your Sunday, April 6? Over ten thousands Angelinos of all ages participated in the ninth edition of the CicLAvia festival that ran six miles along Wilshire Boulevard. Streets were blocked off and turned into a car free zone from Pershing Square all the way to the Miracle Mile-area west of Hauser Boulevard. Full story

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    Dorming Life

    3:54 PM April 7, 2014

    When sophomore, Music major Joshua Perez started school at CSULA, he commuted from Montebello. This involved waking up early to beat the traffic and drive “on a good day, 15 to 20 minutes, and on a bad day, 45 to 50 minutes.” Now, Perez’s commute only takes a quick bound up a flight of stairs, one of the many perks when you dorm in CSULA’s Housing Complex. Full story

    The Good Nature EP by Faulty Rotation —- Night Owls’ New Favorite

    9:59 PM April 4, 2014

    If you are sitting in front of a laptop at 11PM with the company of a cup of hot tea, trying to brainstorm for some refreshing ideas but keep falling asleep like myself, chances are you must be craving for some good music to help. Lucky for me, my friend gave me a CD of Faulty Rotation’s newest album, The Good Nature EP. Full story

    Three Spots to Enjoy

    9:57 PM April 4, 2014

    Do you want to live in a different era? How about the 1950s? Ever wanted to go to a drive-in movie theater? Good news for you because this still exists today. Why not go to the Vineland Drive-in.  The Vineland drive-in is open 7 days a week and the gates are open at 6:30PM during the week and 6PM on the weekends. Full story

    Letterboxing

    9:56 PM April 4, 2014

    Over the years, people can’t imagine their lives without technology. Technology has helped us find old friends and meet new ones; it may leak our personal data onto the world. Over the years, the Internet has its advantages and disadvantages. We are always up to date and curious about the new gadgets that are going to be old in a matter of days. Full story

    Hermanos Unidos Hosts “Men Can Stop Rape” Workshop

    9:55 PM April 4, 2014

    In honor of Sexual Awareness Month, CSULA’s organization, Hermanos Unidos is hosting a workshop titled, “Men Can Stop Rape” to educate the public about Sexual Assault, and how it can be prevented.  Organized by Luis Dominguez, the workshop is designed to address that the responsibility doesn’t pertain only in the hands of females, but males as well. Full story

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    Los Feliz Pub Crawl

    0:00 AM March 21, 2014

    If you’re looking to get away from the typical Hollywood nightlife experience of selecting through an endless sea of clubs and overpriced drinks, Atwater Village in Silverlake is home to many revamped bars and restaurants off the beaten path that are worth trying out. Full story

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    Box Office Movies Spring 2014

    2:21 PM March 21, 2014

    If you are in need of a place to take your date, relax before midterm madness begins or if you’re just itching to watch a movie but aren’t sure what films are coming soon, then this article is for you. With a variety of films to choose from, this Spring is sure to have something just for you as various highly anticipated movies are set to release. Full story

    Commucications 150 Winter 2014 Showcase

    0:00 AM March 18, 2014

    On March 12th CSULA’s Communications Department held its quarterly Comm 150 Speech Showcase. Every quarter at CSULA each Comm 150 (Oral Communication), elects a speaker to represent their respective classes and compete against other sections. The Showcase focuses on persuasive speeches, the third type of speech taught in Comm 150. Full story

    Senior-itis!

    7:53 PM March 14, 2014

    Not only are finals here for the Winter quarter but graduation is approaching soon and with it, many things need to be done during a short amount of time. Some students work fulltime while attending school. It is especially difficult for those who are planning to walk (or graduate) this Spring, to stay on top of all the assignments, deadlines, and special events. Full story

    Hiking Safety

    7:52 PM March 14, 2014

    Hiking seems to be LA’s exclusive “work out” choice and the lovely weather makes great opportunities to enjoy the sun. Although hiking might seem like second nature to some Angelenos, it’s important to always be fully prepared. On Sunday, March 9th a man died on the famous Runyon Park hike where he collapsed and died before paramedics could assist. Full story

    Celebrating Women’s Her-Story

    7:46 PM March 14, 2014

    On Tuesday, February 4th the Cross Cultural Center hosted an event to celebrate Women's Her-Story Month. The evening event included live performances and poetry readings from student. Elba Y Pineda, a Psychology major with a minor in Spanish is the program coordinator for the Cross Cultural Centers (CCC) and she shares her experience as a Chicana woman. Full story

    Danger While Crossing

    7:45 PM March 14, 2014

    The opening of the TVF-Media Studies Center was an important project, and finally in September 2013 it was officially open for use. The center, which is located on the hill overlooking the northeast area of the campus, is equipped with top-of-the-line resources available to students in all aspects of media production and critical studies. Full story

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    Golden Eagle Radio President Receives Golden Eagle Award of Excellence

    0:00 AM March 10, 2014

    If you have been living under a rock the last 3 quarters would you have failed to notice that Golden Eagle Radio has been in full swing since it’s launch back in April. President of the club, Nicolle Fedor and her Golden Eagle Radio team have turned this nonexistent radio station into one of the newest, and fastest growing clubs on campus. Full story

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    The 29th Annual Jean Burden Poetry Series Honors Li-Young Lee

    5:49 PM March 3, 2014

    Li-Young Lee will be the first Asian American poet honored at the Jean Burden Poetry Series on March 6th, 2014 in the Golden Eagle Ballroom where he will be reading from his latest book of poetry, Behind My Eyes. This event is free and open to the public. Full story

    Shifts Happens

    10:36 PM February 25, 2014

      Jewels Diamond Taylor, a life coach, motivator, and personal development expert held a student empowerment workshop with the objective of keeping students motived. Since my arrival during Fall 2013 quarter, the past few months have been overwhelming for me a transfer student. Full story

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    The Paley Center Hosts Paleyfest 2014

    8:29 PM February 24, 2014

    The Paley Center for Media, located at 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, leads the discussion for creativity, innovation. It also leads the significance of television, radio and film for the surrounding community and the media-interested. Full story

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    Mariachi Aguilas Serenade President Covino

    0:00 AM February 19, 2014

    As I arrived to the Music building in my charra outfit and violin Cindy Rifler the director of Mariachi Aguilas de Oro of Cal State LA announced that we were going to serenade President Covino. For a moment, I thought she was kidding but she continued, “Dr. Full story

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    Third Attempt At Ethnic Studies Motion Ends Unsolved

    0:00 AM February 17, 2014

    Tuesday, January 11th, in front of the CSULA bookstore, a press conference took place in regards to making an Ethnic Studies course mandatory within one of the two already required GE Diversity courses. On a campus where 90% of the student’s body is students of color, the next fact may not come as a surprise. Full story

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    ASI Goes To The National History Museum

    0:00 AM February 10, 2014

    On Friday, February 7, ASI provided 50 students with free tickets to the Natural History Museum's First Friday event. Attendees were able to enjoy some of the Natural History Museums exhibits, a talk with Dr. Regina   Wetzer and Dr. Roberta Marinelli, as well as a concert with the band named Peaking Lights and Baths. Full story

    I’m single and it’s Valentine’s Day

    11:27 PM February 7, 2014

      Although this might sound a bit sad, it’s not. Valentine’s day is not only for couples. It is also a day where you celebrate the love and friendship that you have in your life. When I was in kindergarten, Valentine’s Day was so important that I made sure to have the cutest Valentine cards. Full story

    CSULA Students Go To Sundance Festival

    0:00 AM February 6, 2014

    Between Jan 21st and 26th several students from the TVF (Television, Video, and Film) department traveled with Professor Jane McKeever to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The Festival was filled with various events including panels with directors, film screenings, art installations, and a music café. Full story

    A Winning Resume

    0:00 AM February 6, 2014

    On January 30, 2014, the Sociology Club held a workshop on how to write a winning resume and cover letters.  Guest speaker Ms. Joanna Martel from CSULA’s Career Development Center led the very informative workshop.  Martel, who has been a career counselor, went over tips on writing cover letters, preparing for interviews, resumes and the importance of thank you letters. Full story

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    Carlos Mollura at Luckman Fine Arts Complex

    0:00 AM February 3, 2014

    The Luckman Fine Arts Complex on campus at one time or another has been home to many local and worldwide artists. Andy Warhol’s Polaroid’s last year caused a fury with original photographs from the artist’s legendary life and last quarter Antonio Adriano Puleo used paintings and sculptures to turn the Luckman into an architectural space. Full story

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    CSULA Alumni Gets Hired At LACMA

    6:38 PM January 29, 2014

      California State University, Los Angeles alumni Antonio de la Torre was hired at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s newest film program, LACMA9 Art and Film Lab last month. Hired as a lab coordinator, De la Torre works with Los Angeles’ best film editors and directors. Full story

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    Grubbing In The Unniversity Club

    0:00 AM January 22, 2014

    When it comes to dining on campus, students have very few options. Fast food from the food court is the most accessible option and if students want a nice sit down meal and to be served, the only choice is The University Club. The University Club is known for being the only place on campus that serves alcohol and that the food can get pricy for the average college student. Full story

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    Photos January 18-25

    0:00 AM January 21, 2014

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    #Here4YOU Campaign

    0:00 AM January 21, 2014

    Do you sometimes find yourself going insane over the madness of college, and need to somehow re-direct or re-focus before finals come along? Well, have no fear; the Here4You team is here--and they’re here for YOU! You might even recognize their superpowers without even knowing it. Full story

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    Submit To Statement

    0:00 AM January 13, 2014

    Calling all writers and artists! Statement Magazine wants you! CSULA’s very own university-run publication, Statement Magazine, is now accepting submissions through January 30th for this year’s issue.  “Anybody and everybody can participate,” explained editor of Statement, Mike Sonksen, also known as Mike the Poet. Full story

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    Best Albums of 2013

    0:00 AM December 9, 2013

    Jared Leto, lead singer of 30 Seconds to Mars, once said, “Music is subjective to everyone’s unique experience.” Another year is coming to an end and that means another year of amazing and not-so-amazing music. From top 40 artists to some you may have never heard of, here are my favorite album releases of 2013. Full story

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    First Time Solo: CSI Unplugged with Josh Hernandez

    3:57 PM December 2, 2013

      It’s just a young man and his guitar on a chilly Tuesday night at the Forest Lounge Balcony. He starts to tune his guitar and ask the audience “how’s the hot chocolate?” Josh Hernandez, 20, was invited by an old friend to perform for CSI’s Unplugged edition at CSULA and attends Los Angeles Community College. Full story

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    To Intern Or Not to Intern: A Career Development Center Workshop

    0:00 AM November 25, 2013

      On November 12th, the Career Development Center programmed an internship workshop at their CDC library. CDC counselor Ziedy Cabrera facilitated the workshop and covered the basics of internships. In her presentation Cabrera said, “Internships help students discover what they want to do. Full story

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    CSULA Welcomes The American Sabor Exhibit During an Evening Reception

    0:00 AM November 18, 2013

      The American Sabor exhibit kicked off its stay in Los Angeles on Wednesday, November 13 with a reception outside the Fine Arts Building.  At the evening reception, many were able to experience the essence of Latin American flavor with delicious food, music, and of course, the exhibit as the main attraction. Full story

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    3D Printing Comes to CSULA

    0:00 AM November 13, 2013

    CSULA has stepped their technology game up by purchasing a 3D printer and offering a course to go along with it. The Makerbot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer is a new brand of consumer grade 3D printers, which retail for  $2,199.  CSULA Professor of Theatre Arts, Anne McMills not only teaches the course that instructs students on how to use this printer, she also played a significant role in obtaining the Makerbot for the school. Full story

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    Shaking Nerves: CSI Unplugged

    0:00 AM November 6, 2013

    The Campus Student Involvement (CSI) showcased last week a live intimate acoustic performance from CSULA’s Isabel Vasquez. The show was taken place last Tuesday the 29th at the Los Angeles room in the Student Union mid-afternoon. The setup was real intimate; the room was smaller than normal and had the lights dimmed to display the arrangement of lights around the stage. Full story

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    Green Porno Stimulates Mind and Body

    6:10 PM November 6, 2013

        The event put on by KSPC on Saturday the 2nd of November attracted all of who had become enamored by Isabella Rosselini's Green Porno videos, and wished to see her perform. As an attendee, I expected some of the same, but walked out pleasantly surprised with the change of scenery. Full story

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    “Relationships 101” - A Guide To A Healthy Relationship

    7:41 PM November 4, 2013

      The Student Health Center was the location of the “Relationships 101” workshop on Wednesday October 23rd, where students were invited to find out and learn about what they want out of a relationship. This workshop was intended for students to learn to distinguish if they were part of an abusive relationship. Full story

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    ‘Tis The Season with EPIC!

    4:46 PM October 28, 2013

    The holidays are just around the corner and it is time to get into that jolly holiday spirit! What better way to do that than by giving back to your community? EPIC is now hosting their 42nd Annual Toy and Food Drive. EPIC (Educational Participation in Communities) has been assisting low income families in the greater Los Angeles area for years. Full story

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    CSULA Halloween Costumes!

    0:00 AM November 4, 2013

    Our UT photographers went out looking for cool costumes this Halloween so we hope you like our pictures!  Don't forget to follow us on Instagram at @csulauniversitytimes and like our Facebook page @ facebook.com/csulaut where you can find t Full story

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    Wear Your School Pride

    7:09 PM October 23, 2013

    What better way to show your school spirit than wear a Cal State Los Angeles University hoodie or T-shirt? The collegiate-licensed apparel consists of brands ranging from Champion, Jansport, Russell Athletic and Under Armour. While these are only a few brands, the CSULA store carries a large amount of variety. Full story

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    Eating Green and Healthy With Farmbox

    4:16 PM October 21, 2013

    Healthy options can be hard to find, but with the CSULA Student Dietetic Association’s (SDA) Farm Box program, members of the CSULA community can get fresh fruits and vegetables for an affordable price. Starting from 2011, Farm Box has provided students with a chance to order organic produce three times a quarter. Full story

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    Gravity: A Review

    0:00 AM October 17, 2013

      There is no way for me to do this review without providing way too many spoilers. And for this type of film, that is the last thing I want to do. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón, the very one who directed Harry Potter: The Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men, and Y Tu MamáTambién, this is probably his opus. Full story

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    Arts and Letters Premiere Event

    6:47 PM October 16, 2013

      The college of Arts and Letters held a premiere event welcoming all their students as well as those curious about the college in front of King Hall on Tuesday, October 8.  Students were greeted by a DJ blasting music and were able to meet their advisors, join clubs and organizations such as Golden Eagle Radio, Statement Magazine, and the Korean Student Association, and grab a free late afternoon snack provided by A. Full story

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    The End to a Summer’s Dream: L.A. County Fair Review

    11:50 AM October 14, 2013

    There is in everyone’s lifetime one day out of the year when the consumption of food in one’s system has no limit. That day for me was two weeks ago, when I attended the Los Angeles County Fair at the Pomona Fairplex. The L.A. Fair has been putting smiles and extending belt sizes for Southern Californians since 1922. Full story

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    ‘Gravity’ expected to crater newcomer ‘Captain Phillips’ at box office

    9:32 PM October 10, 2013

    LOS ANGELES — With “Gravity” still floating atop the box office, “Captain Phillips” may find itself adrift this weekend. “Gravity,” the 3-D space drama starring Sandra Bullock, got off to a great start last weekend and has even attracted moviegoers to the multiplex midweek, grossing $5. Full story

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    I Got 99 Problems, But Parking Shouldn’t be One

    0:03 PM October 7, 2013

    For returning students, we understand that higher education comes with many stressful obstacles that cannot be avoided and parking shouldn’t be one of them. There are three student parking lots on campus, roughly housing seven thousand spaces. Off campus parking requires a valid parking permit and quite the hike. Full story

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    Is there a revenue stream in streaming music?

    11:20 AM October 4, 2013

    CHICAGO — The question on Justin Roberts’ lips summed up the angst of an ever-anxious music world: “Why would anyone want to purchase a record ever again if you can just listen to it for free?” The Chicago-based, Grammy-nominated kids musician was discussing his decision to make only the title track of his new album, “Recess” — rather than all of its songs — available on the increasingly popular and controversial on-demand streaming service Spotify. Full story

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    Horror producer surprises with the Christian drama ‘Grace Unplugged’

    11:33 AM October 3, 2013

    LOS ANGELES — The last three movies produced by Mark Burg — a sequel to “Saw,” the remake “Texas Chainsaw 3D” and a violent revenge tale called “The Tortured” — were all rated R for “grisly” and “sadistic” violence and were hardly pleasant experiences for characters trying to remain alive. Full story

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    Crime hit ‘GTA V’ not the only game in town

    5:28 PM October 2, 2013

    If a video game player you love appears to have gone missing recently, it’s not hard to figure out what happened. They’re probably playing “Grand Theft Auto V” ($60-$150 in various editions for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Rated M for Mature), the latest opus from Rockstar Games. Full story

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    Space odyssey ‘Gravity’ pushes filmmaking boundaries

    0:14 PM September 30, 2013

    MIAMI — In the opening sequence of “Gravity,” Sandra Bullock and George Clooney play two astronauts conducting some repairs on the Hubble telescope orbiting Earth when disaster strikes, sending her hurtling through space, untethered, floating farther and farther away until she’s just another tiny white light in the cosmos. Full story

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    ‘Masters of Sex’ blunt, funny, heart-rending

    11:10 AM September 27, 2013

    When Showtime announced a new series called “Masters of Sex,” it was reasonable for some viewers to imagine this was another explicit late-night reality series of the sort that keeps many people subscribing to premium channels. In fact the series, which premieres at 10 p. Full story

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    For ‘Rush,’ Niki Lauda relives James Hunt rivalry and return to racing

    11:30 AM September 25, 2013

    TORONTO — It was 37 years ago, but Niki Lauda recalls his brush with death as if it happened this morning. The Austrian Formula One driver had been in a ferocious nip-and-tuck battle for most of the season with his British rival, James Hunt, when he crashed on a rain-slicked track at the German Grand Prix. Full story

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    Bingeing on the many ways to watch TV

    7:38 PM September 24, 2013

    LOS ANGELES — In the opening segment of Sunday’s 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, host Neil Patrick Harris said the industry had gathered to celebrate the best in television. “For our younger audience, that’s the thing you watch on your phones,” Harris quipped. Full story

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    As ‘Dexter’ ends, Hall recalls his years as the charming psychopath

    1:48 PM September 20, 2013

    LOS ANGELES — For more than 10 years, first as a closeted funeral home director on Alan Ball’s “Six Feet Under,” then as the coolly charming psychopath at the center of Showtime’s “Dexter,” actor Michael C. Hall has demonstrated a skillful facility with characters who conceal their emotions — or lack thereof — from even those closest to them. Full story

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    New documentary explores tiki culture

    4:25 PM September 19, 2013

    MIAMI — Grass skirts. Aloha shirts. Limbo dancing. Live music. Hula girls. Fire-breathing mermaids. Exotica. Kitsch. And lots and lots of delicious rum drinks. Those are some of the building blocks of contemporary tiki culture, named after the giant wooden sculptures of the ancient half-god deity that was an integral part of Polynesian culture. Full story

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    Digital Savant: Print comic books peacefully coexisting with digital (for now)

    3:42 PM September 18, 2013

    The bug was quick and efficient. It didn’t take long to infect me in a big way. Back in May, I took my daughters to a bookstore for Free Comic Book Day. We picked up a handful of comic books gratis, from superhero fare to “The Walking Dead,” “Ugly Doll Comics” and an “Archie” digest. Full story

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    Emmys: Looking for clues from the Creative Arts awards

    8:14 PM September 17, 2013

    LOS ANGELES — Bob Newhart and Melissa Leo won Emmys on Sunday night. Jane Fonda and Michael J. Fox didn’t. Do the results from the Creative Arts Emmys offer any clues for this Sunday’s Primetime Emmy Awards show? Probably not. Or maybe they are remarkably revelatory. Full story

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    With the best work often now on small screen, film stars are happily signing on

    1:35 PM September 16, 2013

    The Berlin Wall was a thing of chicken wire and Kleenex compared with the barrier that once stood between film and television in America. Unlike British actors, who moved easily between stage, television and film, American movie stars were essentially instructed not to bother with TV. Full story

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    10 new broadcast series worth your time-shift

    5:46 PM September 13, 2013

    There are people who’ll tell you there’s no such thing as a fall TV season anymore, that new television shows can pop up anytime, anywhere, and that the idea of releasing a few dozen of them at once and hoping they’ll catch on is so last century. They’re right. Full story

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    Warner Bros., Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling cut new movie deal

    2:47 PM September 12, 2013

    LOS ANGELES — Warner Bros. and “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling are going to try to catch lightning in a bottle again. The Hollywood movie studio and best-selling writer have unveiled a new agreement to make movies based on Rowling’s work. While Harry Potter may be over, the witches and wizards that can be found in Potter’s Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” along with the adventures of fictitious author Newt Scamander will live on. Full story

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    My Fall Movie Bucket List

    11:25 PM September 11, 2013

    I think what I love most about beginning new quarters (especially Fall) is thinking of the things that are happening in the entertainment world such as TV shows coming back on screen, Award Shows, Fashion Trends, and of course, MOVIES. I admit, I’m terrible when it comes to making the effort of going to the theater and purchasing a movie ticket (and of course popcorn!) because I never seem to have time a lot of time for myself anymore, but when this time of each quarter comes around, I love to make lists of things I want to do and see if I ever do follow through with any of them. Full story

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    Digital Savant: Smarter software for teaching may be the future of the classroom

    3:08 PM September 11, 2013

    AUSTIN, Texas — Nat Giambalvo, a high-energy middle school math teacher, doesn’t need gimmicks to keep the attention of his students, but he’s not above trying one out now and then. He has Albert Einstein and “Welcome Back, Kotter” costumes that he trots out on occasion when he wants to play characters. Full story

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    It’s a time of change for the Pixies

    9:52 AM September 10, 2013

    LOS ANGELES — Charles Thompson, known to Pixies fans by his pseudonyms Frank Black and Black Francis, has some ideas about the band he co-founded in 1986. They’re pretty basic. “I believe in my heart that the agenda for the Pixies has always been, from the beginning, to be a rock band,” he said on the phone from Boston a few weeks ago, in advance of a string of concerts. Full story

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    Swift lessons: How Taylor became a superstar

    5:24 PM September 9, 2013

    MINNEAPOLIS — Look what’s happened to Miley and Biebs. Twerking on TV and peeing in a bucket in public. But while Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber have been making fools of themselves, Taylor Swift is demonstrating how to sustain stardom and effectively navigate into adulthood. Full story

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    ‘Riddick’s’ Vin Diesel flexes muscle behind the scenes too

    1:51 PM September 6, 2013

    LOS ANGELES — On-screen, Vin Diesel’s default setting can be described as coiled rage and brutal efficiency. In the films that put him on Hollywood’s star map, the buff and bald actor hefts big guns: from artillery to his own softball-sized biceps. He punches the accelerator on the fastest hot rods and pummels enemies into submission without hesitation or fear. Full story

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    In 2012, Connick said judging ‘Idol’ would be like ‘watching NASCAR’

    2:36 PM September 5, 2013

    ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Harry Connick Jr. is a pretty talented singer – and one who sure can change his tune pretty quick. Connick on Tuesday was officially announced as a new judge for the upcoming 13th season of “American Idol." That’s surprising considering an interview he gave less than a year ago, when he was in Bethlehem, Pa. Full story

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    Naomi Watts and Robin Wright chase forbidden fruit in ‘Adore’

    0:07 PM September 4, 2013

    The acronym “BFF” was new to the world when Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing’s novella “The Grandmothers” was written. But she touched on the rewards, temptations and consequences of that sort of all-consuming, enduring female friendship that lasts from childhood through adulthood, into adultery and then grandmotherhood. Full story

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    ‘The Butler’ works OT for third straight No. 1 finish

    10:14 AM September 3, 2013

    LOS ANGELES — One Direction’s legion of teenage fans couldn’t overpower Oprah Winfrey at movie theaters this Labor Day, as “The Butler” cleaned up at the box office for the third consecutive weekend. Heading into the holiday, audience surveys indicated that “One Direction: This Is Us” would be the big winner — and the new 3-D concert documentary did sell more tickets from Friday through Sunday than “The Butler. Full story

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    ‘Mad Men’ star Christina Hendricks talks her passion for fashion

    2:45 PM August 29, 2013

    CHICAGO — Christina Hendricks’ Joan Harris may be the soul of the AMC drama “Mad Men” as she maintains control and her moral center amid a 1960s workplace all too happy to treat women as eye candy. Likewise, the 38-year-old actress, who this year received her fourth supporting-actress Emmy nomination, finds herself balancing her love of the fashion world with some ambivalence about being judged on her appearance. Full story

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    Music Festival Rocks Echo Park

    0:00 AM August 28, 2013

    Music lovers, food trucks, and over 120 bands flocked in the streets of Los Angeles’ east end in Echo Park. The second annual festival surely grew in size since the last one, making it a competitive gig for bands to get booked and even wilder activities for fans to attend, namely the blocks of bars and venues that sponsored the event. Full story

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    Summer cinema season ends, so it’s time for S’mOscars

    11:40 AM August 28, 2013

    The kids are back in school, the popcorn poppers are cooling off and the theaters they operate in are back on fall hours. So that’s a wrap on this year’s summer cinema season, that First of May-to-Labor Day epoch when movie budgets are big and movie theater soft drinks are bigger. Full story

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    ‘Short Term 12’ beats long odds

    5:32 PM August 27, 2013

    LOS ANGELES — Just after graduating from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Destin Daniel Cretton took a job at a local short-term care facility for at-risk teenagers, hoping to save money to make short films on his own while he figured out what to do next. Full story

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    The Riff Report: New music this week

    0:36 PM August 26, 2013

    Franz Ferdinand — “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action”: There are moments in “Right Thoughts” that seem poppier than ever for Franz Ferdinand, and these moments find them better off for it. Those instances come in different forms, whether it’s with the slinky flow of “Evil Eye” or the straightforward, straight-up guitar-pop of the aptly named “Bullet. Full story

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    Wong Kar-wai’s ‘The Grandmaster’ is sweet martial arts feast

    5:14 PM August 23, 2013

    LOS ANGELES — “The Grandmaster” is like a meal of all desserts, with maybe the tiniest bit of protein thrown in. You’ll feel decadent enjoying it, but everything is so tasty, it would be foolish to object. An exercise in pure cinematic style filled with the most ravishing images, “The Grandmaster” finds director Wong Kar-wai applying his impeccable visual style to the mass-market martial arts genre with potent results. Full story

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    Pasadena's $2 Movie Theater

    9:10 PM August 22, 2013

      Ever since the beginning of time, well at least the beginning of nickelodeons the prices to go see a film in theaters have been on the rise. Back when film was making the scene, mostly foreign immigrants viewed this entertainment outlet with little to no money at all. Full story

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    ‘World’s End’: Bruisingly funny, deliciously smart

    3:10 PM August 22, 2013

    “The World’s End” is about five pals on a reunion booze-up that goes seriously haywire. The film itself is a reunion that’s triumphant. The uproarious English comedians Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reunite with Edgar Wright (who directed the team’s “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz”) for a third go-round. Full story

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    Movie guide alt: Independent, limited release and foreign-language films

    0:46 PM August 21, 2013

    Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one younger than 17 admitted. Full story

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    Pegg, Frost & Friends face a sudsy apocalypse in ‘World’s End’

    7:34 PM August 20, 2013

    “The World’s End” feels like a grand last hurrah, a victory lap for those “Hot Fuzz/Shaun of the Dead/Spaced” mates Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and their writer/director-partner-in-crime, Edgar Wright. A rollicking, drunken romp through beer, weepy co-dependency and alien pod people conspiracy theories, it allows these no-longer-lads one last chance to be lads — playing guys who have aged out of getting drunk and hitting every pub in town, but trying to recapture that past. Full story

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    The Last of the Los Angeles Summer X Games

    0:44 PM August 19, 2013

    The downtown LA area once again hosted thousands of fans for the summers most anticipated extreme sports event. From August 1-4 downtown La Live was the epicenter for X Games 2013. This summer X Games experience would be the last of its kind, because Los Angeles would no longer be holding the summer X Games. Full story

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    Gary Cole talks about ‘The Good Wife,’ ‘Veep’ and ‘Suits’

    0:28 PM August 19, 2013

    CHICAGO — “Didn’t he play a serial killer?” an editor asked when I brought up Gary Cole’s name not long ago. Not a serial killer, but the 1984 TV miniseries “Fatal Vision” was Cole’s first major role. Playing Jeffrey MacDonald, the real-life Army doctor who was convicted in 1979 of killing his wife and children, Cole — a mainstay of Chicago’s then-burgeoning Off-Loop theater scene — stepped into the role with barely any on-camera experience. Full story

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    Kevin McKidd happy to stay put on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

    0:00 AM August 16, 2013

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — One of his co-stars on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” has announced that she’ll be leaving the show at the end of the coming season, and another races cars to add some excitement to his life, but Kevin McKidd says that he’s happy just where he is, thank you. Full story

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    Al Jazeera America faces more than the usual new-kid challenges

    0:00 AM August 15, 2013

    LOS ANGELES — The combination of Al Jazeera and America doesn’t exactly sound like a match made in Heaven, or Jannah for that matter. But that’s not stopping the deep-pocketed media giant, funded by the government of Qatar, from spending hundreds of millions of dollars to once again try to build a presence in the United States. Full story

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    Ke$ha is sharpening her power tools

    0:35 PM August 14, 2013

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ke$ha isn’t sure where she is. “Am I in Virginia?” she asks someone nearby. No, she’s not drunk — though almost every hit the 26-year-old pop princess has put out over the past four years is drenched in beer and Jack Daniels. She’s just on concert No. Full story

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    Dogtooth

    9:48 AM August 13, 2013

    There are those films that you simply come across, in which you aren’t really sure if you’re into it, but turn it on anyways with an open mind. One night called for that when deep in the portal we call Netflix. Meddling through the foreign film sections, the titled Dogtooth (2009) was incessantly making itself known amidst the dozens of titles that were no way decipherable to my English vocabulary. Full story

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    Bravo dishes out an online hors d’ouevre for ‘Top Chef’

    0:05 PM August 9, 2013

    LOS ANGELES — As fans wait for the new season of “Top Chef,” which is set to take place in New Orleans and premieres in October, Bravo has decided to serve them an appetizer. The network will release a six-episode prequel series online, “Padma’s Picks,” in which longtime “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi takes to the streets of the Big Easy to find local talent who will compete for a spot on the cable show. Full story

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    Presenting two Linda Lovelace stories in one biopic

    3:37 PM August 8, 2013

    LOS ANGELES — Depending on when she wrote and talked about her life, Linda Lovelace had two very different perspectives about her work on “Deep Throat” and in adult cinema. She initially said she performed willingly and embraced becoming an icon of sexual freedom, then insisted she was forced to make sex films at gunpoint and became a leader in the anti-pornography movement. Full story

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    Robin Thicke Takes On The Feminist Movement

    0:00 AM August 8, 2013

    “Hey, Hey, Hey…I know you want it”, are lyrics that have gotten stuck in the minds of many this summer as chart topper ‘Blurred Lines’ stayed on top for seven straight weeks.  Though, Thicke has been given a lot of slack for the topless women parading in his video for “Blurred Lines’. Full story