2014 Archive Stories

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  • 'Chef' too sweet to swallow By MICHAEL SRAGOW
    Writer-director–star Jon Favreau, who wrote the script for “Swingers” and directed “Iron Man,” returns to indies with this excessively ingratiating foodie/family movie. He plays Los Angeles chef Carl Casper, who regains his edge when a critic (Oliver Platt) pans his gilded-cage restaurant, where he’s paid well
    Thu May 08, 2014
  • 'Moms' Night Out' a leap of faith for Patricia Heaton BY BARRY KOLTNOW
    Show me an actress who can work a quote from “The Godfather” into an interview, and I’ll show you a happy interviewer. To a celebrity interviewer, there is no greater attribute an actress can possess (forget looks, brains and talent) than to drop “Leave the gun, take the cannoli” into a response. But
    Thu May 08, 2014
  • Hoffman can't lift 'God's Pocket' out of dramatic limbo By MICHAEL SRAGOW
    Philip Seymour Hoffman, in one of his last two completed films, blends right into the saloon and butcher shop atmosphere of “God’s Pocket,” “Mad Men” star John Slattery’s directorial debut – a flavorful, deeply flawed adaptation of Pete Dexter’s novel about a fictional hard-knocks neighborhood in P
    Thu May 08, 2014
  • Koltnow: A plate of beans and a legend is born
    In 1973, Hollywood was still eating beans. In 1974, the beans ate Hollywood. The beans of which I speak are the beans eaten by cowboys around a campfire in Mel Brooks’ 1974 comedy classic “Blazing Saddles.” What other beans could I possibly be discussing? The impact of those beans was immediate. Never has so muc
    Thu May 08, 2014
  • Failure finds success in a new millennium By: KELLI SKYE FADROSKI, STAFF WRITER
    For more than a decade, L.A.-based singer-songwriter
    Thu May 08, 2014
  • Avicii, Foster the People top next Weenie Roast bill By: BEN WENER, POP MUSIC CRITIC
    Moving away from mainstays like Coldplay, Linkin Park and Foo Fighters, modern-rock radio Goliath KROQ/106.7 FM has selected Sw
    Mon May 05, 2014
  • Los Lobos bring East L.A. to Griffith Park By: STEVEN MIRKIN, CONTRIBUTING WRITER
    Ask a dozen Angelenos to identify where the city&rsquo
    Mon May 05, 2014
  • Stagecoach 2014: Rootsy upstarts kick off Day 1 By: KELLI SKYE FADROSKI, ROBERT KINSLER AND GEORGE A. PAUL
    This year's Stagecoach country mus
    Fri Apr 25, 2014
  • Iron men of Sabbath to roar through again BY KELLI SKYE FADROSKI
    Everything seemed cheery that morning in late 2011 at the Whiskey a Go Go. That’s when quintessential metal band Black Sabbath announced that all four original members – frontman Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler, guitarist Tony Iommi and drummer Bill Ward – would reunite for an extensive tour as well as a new album. Helmed
    Thu Apr 24, 2014
  • Kiss trophy? No, but you can stand next to it BY DAVID MONTERO
    ANAHEIM – For Kiss fans who couldn’t get to Brooklyn for the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this month, the LA KISS will bring a taste of that honor to Saturday’s Arena League Football game, giving fans a chance to pose for pictures with the trophy. Schuyler Hoversten, president of LA KISS, s
    Thu Apr 24, 2014
  • Filmmaking locals get a moment in the sun BY RICHARD CHANG
    Greg MacGillivray started making his first film when he was 11, shooting with a Brownie 8-millimeter movie camera purchased with S&H Green Stamps. Now, 57 years later, the Laguna Beach filmmaker has crafted dozens of award-winning films – most of them for the giant IMAX screen – that have surpassed $1 billion at the box o
    Thu Apr 24, 2014
  • Newport Beach Film Festival celebrates 15 years BY RICHARD CHANG
    Josh Goldstein was born and raised in Orange County. He grew up in Tustin Hills and is a proud graduate of Foothill High School in unincorporated Santa Ana. Through family connections, he had a laminated family pass to go to Edwards Cinemas. He used to attend movies whenever possible, particularly at Edwards Big Newport in Newport Beach.
    Thu Apr 24, 2014
  • Timberlake, OutKast, Arcade Fire add shows By: BEN WENER, POP MUSIC CRITIC
    Justin Timberlake: When JT decides to tour, he really doesn’t stop. He’
    Thu Apr 24, 2014
  • Frederica von Stade not enough to lift 'A Coffin in Egypt' BY TIMOTHY MANGAN
    Ricky Ian Gordon’s “A Coffin in Egypt,” which was given its West Coast premiere Wednesday night at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, is nothing to get excited about. This new chamber opera in one act, based on a play of the same name by Horton Foote, ambles along agreeably enough for 80 minut
    Thu Apr 24, 2014
  • Watch this, skip that BY MICHAEL HEWITT
    FEATURED SHOW “Modern Family,” 9 p.m. ABC The annual vacations for the extended Pritchett clan have produced some of the classic “Modern Family” episodes. Tonight, the three households head down under in search of Phil’s Australian roots. In a subplot, Mitchell and Cameron link up with an old &l
    Tue Apr 22, 2014
  • 'Friday Night Lights' shined brightly
    As excellent as the first episode of the FX series “Fargo” was, it has a long way to go to claim the title of best series based on a theatrical movie. That honor still resides with “Friday Night Lights,” the homespun drama about a small-town Texas high school football team. “Friday Night Lights” had ple
    Mon Apr 21, 2014
  • Who did something where and when did they do it and why BY MARYANNE DELL
    RIVERSIDE – A lovely story yes this is. Someday it’ll be the great american novel. This will change in both stories. as if. amazon.com Q. TYpe away just write a story. A. A lovely story yes this is. Someday it’ll be the great american novel.
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • This head is so much better BY MARYANNE DELL
    Story. story and more story. Awfully short story. Beautiful story, really. Even if short.
    Mon Apr 14, 2014
  • Local trio carve up rounds in Ecuador By FRED SWEGLES
    Surfing America’s USA surf team is at Salinas, Ecuador, this week battling for a team title at the International Surfing Association’s World Junior Championships, where early reports about three San Clemente surfing ambassadors were looking good. As of Wednesday, San Clemente’s Griffin Colapinto had cleared the first th
    Fri Apr 11, 2014
  • Surfing icon Hobie Alter remembered in first of 2 memorial events By LAYLAN CONNELLY
    More than 500 people showed up in Laguna Beach on Thursday afternoon to honor Hobie Alter, the man known for bringing surfing and sailing to the masses but also remembered as a generous and kind family man and friend who was more than his inventions. “Not much about him was usual,” said his daughter Paula Alter. “He liv
    Fri Apr 11, 2014
  • Plan to regulate paddleboarding lessons heading to Laguna council BY SHIRIN GHAFFARY
    LAGUNA BEACH – Laguna would become one of the first cities in Southern California with rules governing commercial stand-up paddleboarding lessons if an ordinance recommended by the Planning Commission on Wednesday night is passed by the City Council. The regulations endorsed by the commission – including permits and CPR licen
    Fri Apr 11, 2014
  • Coachella 2014: Women dominate the early sets BY BEN WENER AND PETER LARSEN
    Never let it be said that there aren't enough female artists at Coachella. This year's afternoon kickoff certainly has had a number of men in the mix, including the
    Fri Apr 11, 2014
  • "Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic" retraces the history of your favorite characters BY SCHARDE VALLONE
    Take more than 60 characters and 24 songs from 18 Disney and Pixar movies including “The Lion King,” “Mulan,” “Aladdin,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Toy Story,” “Finding Nemo” and “The Incredibles,” add an enchanted castle and a large skating rink and you get &ldquo
    Fri Apr 11, 2014
  • Jonny 'Two Bags' finally debuts 'Salvation Town' By: KELLI SKYE FADROSKI, STAFF WRITER
    For years, guitarist Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham had kicked around the idea of releasing a solo album. The Southern California nativ
    Fri Apr 11, 2014
  • Promoters cancel Hootenanny 2014 By: KELLI SKYE FADROSKI, STAFF WRITER
    It was announced late Tuesday via Twitter that the annual Hootenanny Festival, held each
    Fri Apr 11, 2014