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Nicolas Cage Meditates On Movies, Music And What Makes Him Happy
LOS ANGELES — Nicolas Cage and I are sitting in the middle of the Nuart Theatre, the art house bastion that has been a fixture on Santa Monica Boulevard since it opened in 1930. Cage saw David Lynch's "Eraserhead" here, more than once, midnight showi
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Commentary: OSHA Has Long Failed To Protect Some Of Our Most Vulnerable Workers
The Supreme Court decision that killed the federal vaccine-or-test rule for large businesses is a defeat for employee health and safety. But even aside from the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government doesn’t devote sufficient resources to protect
Los Angeles Times4 min letti
Now That Hollywood's Guilds Have Weighed In, Do We Have A Best Picture Oscar Front-runner?
LOS ANGELES — Oscar nominations voting began Thursday morning, the same day the Producers Guild, the Directors Guild, the Writers Guild and American Cinema Editors announced their nominees. Judging from these groups' slates, it would appear that refl
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Bill Plaschke: For Rams Coach Sean McVay To Be Truly Great, He Must Beat Nemesis Kyle Shanahan
LOS ANGELES — Five seasons later, he's the face of professional football in Los Angeles, the lightly bearded guru working the levers on this city's extravagant championship dreams. It's hard to believe Sean McVay is still the youngest coach in the NF
Los Angeles Times4 min letti
Review: ‘The Afterparty’ Is The Exceedingly Delightful Murder Mystery You Need To Watch Next
“The Afterparty,” which premiered Friday on Apple TV+, is an exceedingly delightful, cleverly constructed, adeptly acted comedy-mystery set around a 15-year high school reunion. Created and directed by Christopher Miller, with his customary partner,
Los Angeles Times4 min letti
Jean Guerrero: The Term Latinx Wasn't Made By 'Woke' Whites. Stop Erasing Its Creators
The dubious claim that the term Latinx is a creation of white liberal elites — one being vigorously promoted in right-wing circles — is gaining ground. The campaign to police and ban one word has scored numerous wins in recent weeks: a flurry of edit
Los Angeles Times4 min lettiCrime & Violence
Commentary: Trump May Believe In His Own Big Lie, But That Shouldn’t Save Him From A Guilty Verdict For Election Tampering
Many experts doubt the ultimate ability of the criminal justice system to convict Donald Trump because it’s possible he really believed he’d won the election. The argument goes this way: His conduct — trying to overturn a legitimate election — may lo
Los Angeles Times5 min letti
The Pandemic Pushed More Families To Home School. Many Are Sticking With It
LOS ANGELES -- Before the pandemic, Karen Mozian had a concrete vision of her son's K-12 education: He would go to public school, just as she had. But then schools shut down in March 2020 and Mozian saw 9-year-old Elijah glued to Zoom at the kitchen
Los Angeles Times4 min letti
George Skelton: California Is Headed For Another Bruising Vaccine Fight. Newsom Should Embrace A School Mandate
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Children are getting COVID-19, being hospitalized and dying. Sure, it's in relatively small numbers. But how many kids' deaths must there be to count as significant? Just one if you're the parent. Or a brother or sister or a gran
Los Angeles Times4 min lettiAmerican Government
Jackie Calmes: Breyer's Retirement Gives Democrats A Chance To Confirm A New Justice — And For A Political Reboot
Better late than never came the news on Wednesday that Justice Stephen G. Breyer will retire after the Supreme Court's term ends in June, and before the midterm election that could restore Mitch McConnell and his fellow Republicans to power in the Se
Los Angeles Times3 min letti
Review: Hong Sang-soo's Latest Makes A Short, Sharp And Resonant 'Introduction' To His Work
Hong Sang-soo's "Introduction" begins with a prayer, a man's private plea for a second chance from God. We never learn exactly what's troubling him or if God ever comes through. Really, we don't learn much about this particular character (he's played
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No. 15 USC Stunned By Stanford Again
LOS ANGELES — Two weeks back from its lengthy layoff, two losses after its undefeated start was spoiled by Stanford, USC had seemed to finally find its footing. The defense that ranked among the nation’s best before its COVID-19 pause was back on tra
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'Drive My Car' Deserves A Best Picture Nomination. Will The Oscars Take Notice?
LOS ANGELES — I think "Drive My Car," the much-acclaimed drama from Japanese writer-director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, is the best picture of 2021. I'm not alone. A quietly transcendent road movie about life, art, grief and desire, exquisitely elaborated fr
Los Angeles Times4 min letti
California State Strongly Indicates It Will Permanently Scrap SAT, ACT Admission Requirement
California State University trustees strongly indicated Wednesday they will permanently scrap SAT and ACT testing requirements for admission — a move that would align the nation's largest four-year higher education system with the University of Calif
Los Angeles Times3 min letti
Antonee Robinson’s Goal Lifts USMNT Over El Salvador In World Cup Qualifier
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Antonee Robinson’s goal early in the second half Thursday lifted the U.S. to a 1-0 victory over El Salvador, moving the Americans a big step closer to returning to the World Cup this fall in Qatar. With five games remaining in the ei
Los Angeles Times2 min letti
Wildfire Burning Near California's Big Sur 65% Contained; Drier Conditions Expected Overnight
LOS ANGELES — A wind-driven wildfire that burned right up to the iconic Bixby Creek Bridge on the Big Sur coast last week is now 65% contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The Colorado fire has burned 700 a
Los Angeles Times6 min letti
Björk's Response To The Pandemic? 'Dance Like A Crazy Person'
Despite more than two years of being anchored with family in Iceland and nearly as long without looming artistic deadlines, Björk sounded a little out of breath during a recent phone conversation from Reykjavik. She was on a walk outside during a b
Los Angeles Times4 min letti
Commentary: Attacks Like The One In Colleyville Are About More Than Antisemitism
The Colleyville synagogue hostage-taking was a nightmare, a vicious, antisemitic attack on a vulnerable Jewish community. It is tempting to obsess on the antisemitism, to see it as the great, sole evil. But if we want change, we must recognize that C
Los Angeles Times4 min letti
Ariana DeBose Wants You To Feel Anita's Presence Before You Even Hear Her
Ariana DeBose is not Anita. She doesn't even speak Spanish. Hearing her, seeing her in her civilian guise (really, how long before she becomes a Marvel heroine?), it becomes almost humorously clear just how much of a performance her star-making turn
Los Angeles Times2 min letti
Neil Young Fans Slam Rogan Decision: 'Hey, Hey, My, My, Spotify Picked The Wrong Guy'
When Neil Young gave Spotify an ultimatum — him or Joe Rogan — the streaming giant picked Rogan. Big mistake, say Young's fans. The veteran musician's supporters have flooded social media with messages condemning Spotify after the platform opted Wedn
Los Angeles Times5 min letti
For LA 'Battlefield Hospital,' Latest COVID Surge Comes With A Familiar Rhythm
LOS ANGELES — A man with painfully swollen legs from congestive heart failure lies on a gurney outside the emergency room, looking up at a leaden sky that is threatening rain. A wife helps her husband into a triage tent, after his dialysis center ref
Los Angeles Times4 min letti
Esteban Torres, Longtime LA Congressman Who Championed Latino Rights, Dies At 91
LOS ANGELES — Esteban Torres, a son of East Los Angeles who emerged from the Chicano civil rights movement to become an eight-term congressman who pushed for social and economic change to help empower Latinos, has died at 91. A former union leader wh
Los Angeles Times6 min lettiCrime & Violence
Killing Of LAPD Officer Brings Scrutiny On One Of LA's Oldest And Largest Gangs
LOS ANGELES — Seven decades ago, Latino youths in South Los Angeles banded together to form a gang. They called themselves Florencia, after the east-west thoroughfare that ran through the heart of their territory. Years of violent conflict over that
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Super Bowl Week Adds Another Star: Usher To Perform At Annual Chairman's Party
LOS ANGELES — Athletes aren't the only celebrities who will take center stage in Los Angeles the week of Super Bowl LVI. In addition to the all-star hip-hop halftime show featuring Dr. Dre, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar — and local arena concerts by Mile
Los Angeles Times2 min letti
MSNBC Taps Stephanie Ruhle To Succeed Brian Williams As '11th Hour' Host
MSNBC's daytime host Stephanie Ruhle is moving to late night where she will take over the NBCUniversal-owned cable news channel's "The 11th Hour." Ruhle, who is also senior business analyst for NBC News, will occupy the 11 p.m. ET time slot vacated
Los Angeles Times3 min letti
Rams' Cooper Kupp Still Learning His Most Valuable Lessons With 49ers Ahead
LOS ANGELES — Rams receiver Cooper Kupp this week was announced as the NFL offensive player of the year by the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a candidate to collect a similar accolade when the annual NFL Honors program is broadcast before
Los Angeles Times3 min letti
Ansel Elgort's 'West Side Story' Co-stars Address Sexual Assault Claim Against Him
Despite the passage of time and the splashy release of Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story" remake, a 2020 sexual assault allegation still lingers around star Ansel Elgort. It's an allegation his female co-stars were just called upon to address. Nine
Los Angeles Times2 min letti
No. 7 UCLA Defeats California To Take Top Spot In Pac-12 Standings
LOS ANGELES — In case UCLA was tempted to linger in the giddy afterglow of its biggest victory of the season, another setback brought some unease before tipoff Thursday. Leading scorer Johnny Juzang, one of only three players to avoid being placed in
Los Angeles Times4 min letti
Robin Abcarian: Should Kids Need Parental Consent For Vaccines? Read This Before You Decide
Should children as young as 12 be allowed to get vaccinated without their parents' knowledge or consent? I was taken aback when I read that California state Sen. Scott Wiener has proposed a bill that would essentially strip parents of the right to ma
Los Angeles Times2 min letti
‘Nightmare Alley,’ ‘CODA,’ ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ And More Nab 2022 WGA Screenplay Nominations
LOS ANGELES — Twisty noir “Nightmare Alley” by Guillermo del Toro and Kim Morgan, eco-satire “Don’t Look Up” from Adam McKay and documentary “Like a Rolling Stone: The Life & Times of Ben Fong-Torres” by Suzanne Joe Kai are among the nominees for the
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