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Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem can’t resuscitate director Sean Penn’s grim romantic drama ‘The Last Face’

There’s a big, fat romantic wartime drama desperate to bust through the bloodshed, anguish and proselytizing that overwhelm director Sean Penn’s grimly earnest, wannabe epic “The Last Face.” But its capable, charismatic stars, Charlize...

Small fire interrupts Blue and Expo service in downtown L.A. for Metro commuters

A signal box fire at the 7th/Metro Center station in downtown Los Angeles triggered a shutdown of subway service early Thursday morning along the Blue and Expo lines, according to officials. The blaze erupted in a signal box after 7 p.m. Wednesday,...

Gerard Butler is a big miss in overbearing and treacly drama ‘A Family Man’

In the wrong-headed drama “A Family Man,” Gerard Butler plays Dane Jensen, a slimy, hard-charging team leader at a Chicago corporate placement firm who’s competing with his female counterpart (Alison Brie) to replace their semiretiring...

Twitter reports $116-million loss and no user growth since last quarter

Twitter Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $116.5 million in its second quarter. On a per-share basis, the San Francisco company said it had a loss of 16 cents. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 8 cents a share. The results...

New thrill rides for Independence of the Seas include a trampoline park

Thrill seekers take note: Royal Caribbean International is planning to add a trampoline park, escape rooms and laser tag to its ship Independence of the Seas, which is scheduled to be refurbished. The multimillion-dollar upgrade, planned for...

Devon Sawa bellies up to the coffee bar in his ‘chill room’

Sometimes, Devon Sawa just wants a bit of coffee and quiet. When he’s not filming his role in the drama “Somewhere Between” — now airing on ABC — the actor is facing off against the occasional creepy crawly in his Calabasas home, running...

‘Other Desert Cities’ at Theatricum

Jon Robin Baitz has never been afraid of putting politics onstage. He has a gift for channeling current events into complex and nuanced plays, practically in real time. His dark comedy “Vicuna,” which ran at L.A.’s Kirk Douglas Theatre...

To land the big L.A. home sale, this agent flies to overseas clients

To sell a Los Angeles mega-mansion, Aaron Kirman grabs his passport and heads to the airport. “I’m not waiting for someone to knock on my door to buy a $40-million house,” said Kirman, 39, president of the international estates...

A weekend escape to Colorado’s deep, steep Black Canyon of the Gunnison

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison was considered deep, dark and impenetrable not only by white settlers but also by Utes native to western Colorado. The area was seldom seen until the 1930s, when Mark Warner, a conservationist and Presbyterian...

Scaramucci tweets, deletes, compares his and Priebus’ relationship to Cain and Abel

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said Thursday that he doesn’t know if his relationship with White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus can be repaired, and he urged Priebus to publicly prove that he has not leaked...