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How The 'Aladdin' Remake Redefines A Disney Princess With Naomi Scott's Jasmine
LOS ANGELES - Growing up in England, Naomi Scott, like so many other young girls, fell in love at an early age with Disney's animated heroines - particularly Mulan, Pocahontas and Jasmine from "Aladdin." But while those three are officially part of D
Los Angeles Times7 min read
In Netflix's 'The Perfection,' Allison Williams And Logan Browning Are Destined For Greatness
(Warning: The following article contains minor plot spoilers for the Netflix thriller "The Perfection." You'll see another warning before discussion of the film's last act.) In order to portray a pair of musical prodigies for Richard Shepard's psycho
Los Angeles Times4 min readPolitics
With Anti-American Movies And Memories Of The Long March, China Digs In For A Struggle Bigger Than The Trade War
BEIJING - The 10-minute segment that ran on Chinese state television this week showed cadet trainees of the People's Liberation Army scrambling over towering walls, dragging enormous tires, crawling through mud and shouting motivational slogans as Pr
Los Angeles Times4 min read
Amy Sedaris Channels Her Vintage Aesthetic In Her Trump-free Analog Show 'At Home'
NEW YORK - Amy Sedaris' apartment, tucked away on a quiet block in Greenwich Village, is a riot of flea-market whimsy, decorated with paintings of her pet bunny rabbits, paper-flower garlands and a lamp made of hair color samples. The cheerful maxima
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Homeless Artist Wants To 'Be The Light' On LA's Skid Row
LOS ANGELES - He keeps his spray paint cans in an old cooler. His acrylic paints and chalk are stashed in a cracked milk crate. They are piled under a blue tarp beside two large dog kennels. A pair of well-trained pit bulls, Big Ugly and Space Ghost,
Los Angeles Times5 min readPolitics
Trump Returns To Japan For A Visit Heavy On Sumo And Symbolism
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump leaves Friday for his second trip to Japan - with a return visit planned next month - as both governments seek to repair an alliance that has seen cracks in the last two years. The three-day visit will feature seve
Los Angeles Times7 min read
An Iranian Refugee's Dream Finally Comes True. But He Can't Stop Thinking About Those He Left Behind
KENT, Wash. - Sirvan Moradi doesn't feel right. He knows he should be relieved to be in America. He knows he should be grateful to have escaped Iran, where his family was under threat for following a faith the government calls a "false cult." He know
Los Angeles Times4 min readPolitics
Nipsey Hussle's Plan To Fight Gentrification In South L.A. Has Made It To Congress
LOS ANGELES - Inside the U.S. Capitol, in a historic room where Abraham Lincoln forged friendships with colleagues from both parties, members of the Congressional Black Caucus huddled Wednesday with an unlikely coalition that included an L.A. city co
Los Angeles Times3 min readPolitics
Harvey Weinstein Reaches $44 Million Settlement With Accusers And Creditors
Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has reached a tentative $44 million settlement with women who have accused him of sexual assault as well as creditors of his former studio, according to two people familiar with the arrangement. The proposed dea
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Boeing Reportedly Facing SEC Probe Over Investor Disclosures Related To 737 Max
Embattled aerospace giant Boeing Co. is reportedly facing a probe by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission concerning whether the company properly disclosed issues related to its 737 Max airplanes. Citing people familiar with the matter, Bloomb
Los Angeles Times2 min readPolitics
Future Of Horse Racing In California Discussed At Tension-filled Meeting
ARCADIA, Calif. - The agenda of the May meeting of the California Horse Racing Board at Santa Anita was generally filled with routine procedural matters, leaving center stage to the heightened, and at times, hyperbolic rhetoric over what should be th
Los Angeles Times4 min read
Hot Property: Desert Digs Are A Fit With Supermodel Cindy Crawford
LOS ANGELES - Supermodel Cindy Crawford and husband Rande Gerber have found a fashionable spot in the desert, paying $4.9 million for a home in La Quinta's exclusive Madison Club. The stone-finished contemporary home, built in 2013, is entered throug
Los Angeles Times4 min read
Dodgers Reliever Pedro Baez Shrugs Off Boos, Quietly Gets The Job Done
PITTSBURGH - Pedro Baez does not talk much at work. To his teammates. To the coaching staff. To the media. The stout right-handed pitcher is, by all accounts, particularly quiet. His peers, Spanish speakers included, say he's always been that way. He
Los Angeles Times3 min readSociety
After More Guilty Pleas, Focus In Admissions Scandal Shifts To Parents Fighting Charges
LOS ANGELES - Three California parents pleaded guilty Friday to fraud conspiracy and admitted their roles in a test-fixing and bribery scheme, wrapping up an early string of guilty pleas for federal prosecutors in their investigation into college adm
Los Angeles Times5 min read
USC Was Told Gynecologist Could Be Preying On Asian Students, Records Show
LOS ANGELES - After decades of complaints about a campus gynecologist, administrators at the University of Southern California hired a team of medical experts to evaluate him. The experts came back with a disturbing report saying there was evidence D
Los Angeles Times3 min readPolitics
Michael Hiltzik: Trump's $16-billion Farm Bailout Means You're Paying For His Tariff War Twice
We'll say this for President Trump: When he misunderstands something, he misunderstands it more than anyone else in creation. Take the business of tariffs. Trump is unshakably convinced that his tariffs are a tax on China. He repeated this grossly er
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Slava Voynov's Suspension Is Reduced, But He Won't Play For Kings Again
LOS ANGELES - The lengthy domestic abuse case of former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov ended Thursday when the team cut ties with him after his seasonlong suspension was cut in half by an independent arbitrator. The Kings in a statement ru
Los Angeles Times3 min readSociety
Prosecutors Subpoenaed Records Of 9 Chapman University Students In Admissions Scandal
LOS ANGELES - Chapman University turned over records for nine students to prosecutors investigating ties between the Orange County school and a Newport Beach consultant who has since admitted to orchestrating a national test-rigging and bribery schem
Los Angeles Times8 min readPsychology
She Got Into College With Extra Help, Without Cheating, And Extraordinary Effort
Emma Taylor doesn't remember exactly when she drew the poster that defined her young life. Definitely elementary school. Possibly third grade. By then the learning disability that has shaped each of her 25 years had already sent her to a neuropsychol
Los Angeles Times5 min read
Volvo's 2019 V60 Wagon Handles Snowstorms Like A Champ
Our plane landed in Denver just past midnight. It was April and blizzard season wasn't done yet. Snow fell thick and heavy. My wife, my daughter and I packed our gear into a new 2019 Volvo V60 station wagon and set off for Copper Mountain, where 13-y
Los Angeles Times5 min readScience
Southern California's Rainy Winter Portends More Wildfire Disasters
LOS ANGELES - Giant green stems with budding yellow flowers greeted hikers along a narrow path beneath the soaring Santa Monica Mountains on a recent drizzly day. This is where, just seven months ago, the worst fire in Los Angeles County history swep
Los Angeles Times2 min readPolitics
A 102-year-old Woman Is Being Evicted From An LA County Home After Nearly 30 Years
LOS ANGELES - A 102-year-old woman is being evicted from her longtime residence in unincorporated Ladera Heights in Los Angeles County so the landlord's daughter can move in instead, according to an eviction notice the woman received. Thelma Smith wa
Los Angeles Times2 min read
Princess Diana's Death Is A Draw At The New National Enquirer Live! Theme Park
Who needs Disneyland's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge when you have this new theme park offering: a re-creation of the 1997 fatal car crash of Diana, Princess of Wales. No, we're not kidding. The attraction can be found at the new National Enquirer Live! w
Los Angeles Times4 min read
Review: Olivia Wilde's 'Booksmart' Is Wickedly Sharp, And More Than Meets The Eye
For anyone who spent their high-school years studying hard, racking up extracurriculars, avoiding parties and sneering at the popular kids who were clearly destined to peak in 12th grade - I'm not thinking of anyone in particular, of course - the ope
Los Angeles Times2 min read
Jasmine Won't Go 'Speechless' In New 'Aladdin' Song. But Is It 'Let It Go'?
Princess Jasmine sang only one song in Disney's 1992 animated version of "Aladdin." And it was a duet. Sure, it was "A Whole New World," arguably the film's most famous song. But it wasn't her own. Now the headstrong princess has a lot more to say -
Los Angeles Times3 min read
GLAAD Report: LGBTQ Representation In Films Is Up, But Less Diverse
Hollywood made some gains last year when it came to representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer characters in mainstream films, but it has plenty of room for improvement, according to a new study from GLAAD. The media advocacy gro
Los Angeles Times2 min read
Rotten Tomatoes Launches Audience Verification Tool
Rotten Tomatoes, which relies on credible ratings to drive traffic to its website, on Thursday took a step to prevent fake movie reviews. The Beverly Hills, Calif.-based company said it would offer a new feature that shows reviews and ratings by veri
Los Angeles Times4 min read
'Diego Maradona' Is The Newest Documentary By Oscar-winning Director Asif Kapadia
CANNES, France - It's not as if master documentarian Asif Kapadia, whose films have profiled Formula One legend Ayrton Senna and revered singer Amy Winehouse, is unfamiliar with famous folk. But there is fame, and there is Diego Maradona. In his prim
Los Angeles Times4 min read
Narendra Modi Is Headed For A Second Term As India's Prime Minister
NEW DELHI - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on the cusp of winning a second five-year term on Thursday, fighting off concerns about rising unemployment and religious violence to prevail in one of the country's most divisive election campaigns
Los Angeles Times5 min read
'Aladdin' Stars Explain 12 Ways The New Remake Stands Out From The Original
LOS ANGELES - The story of the diamond in the rough is back, with some of the rough spots worked out. Disney's live-action version of "Aladdin" debuts Friday, 27 years after its animated original. Writer-director Guy Ritchie gives the story some nece
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