2014 Archive Stories

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  • Ozzy shares 'Memoirs of a Madman' BY KELLI SKYE FADROSKI
    Ozzy Osbourne has had an illustrious musical career. The 65-year-old performer released several albums in the ’70s with his influential metal band Black Sabbath, as well as the group’s most recent effort, “13,” which debuted last year. He’s also had a successful solo run that includes 11 studio albums, spread over t
    Fri Oct 10, 2014
  • Shooting a sunset? Here's how to outdo your friends BY LAYLAN CONNELLY
    Catherine Gregory tries to sit back and enjoy the sky’s beauty when the colors pop like a vibrant painting. But she can’t. Any time a great sunset appears, the San Clemente photographer reaches for her camera, points it toward the ocean-bound sun, and clicks. “It’s like Mother Nature&rs
    Fri Oct 10, 2014
  • Tom Petty rocks out in Anaheim BY KELLI SKYE FADROSKI
    Tom Petty was in top form Tuesday night at Honda Center in Anaheim during the first of his series of O.C. and L.A. dates. Petty and the Heartbreakers also perform at Honda Center on Wednesday before heading to the Forum in Inglewood Friday and Saturday. The current tour (which kicked off on Aug. 3 in San Diego) is in support of the band&
    Wed Oct 08, 2014
  • Screenwriter's happy to do film the old-fashioned way for Hallmark channel BY MICHAEL HEWITT
    Gary Goldstein doesn’t write a movie for Hallmark every week – it just seems that way. The Los Angeles-based screenwriter will see his seventh and eighth productions for Hallmark come to the screen in a rare celestial conjunction, their premieres separated by less than a week. “Along Comes a Nanny,&rdquo
    Wed Oct 08, 2014
  • New Downtown Disney store unleashes a 'Frozen' frenzy By LISA LIDDANE
    ANAHEIM – Karley Sweer wanted only one thing for her birthday: a “Frozen” makeover. At half past 10 on Monday, the 8-year-old from Litchfield, Ariz., got her wish when her hair was styled and sprinkled with glitter, her lips dabbed with gloss and her nails painted pale blue, all inspired by the characters of the animated blockb
    Tue Oct 07, 2014
  • How cute are these kids? Check out the latest Halloween costumes they'll love BY NOEL BESUZZI
    Children often live in the world of imagination, and costumes play a huge part of their adventures. Toddlers are often spotted running through the aisles of the local supermarket in superhero capes long after Halloween is over. This month is the perfect time to stock up on all the creative characters your children will enjoy throughout t
    Tue Oct 07, 2014
  • What you need to know about Stagecoach 2015 tickets, camping, performers BY VANESSA FRANKO
    On Monday, concert promoter Goldenvoice announced the headliners and ticket information for the 2015 Stagecoach Country Music Festival, which returns to the Empire Polo Club in Indio April 24-26, 2015. Here’s what you need to know to go:
    Mon Oct 06, 2014
  • Shelton shines bright in sold-out Bowl concert BY GEORGE A. PAUL
    As Blake Shelton neared the end of his sold-out, first headlining show at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday night, he looked at the crowd and marveled, “Nobody would’ve believed how many country fans are here now in Hollywood.” Truth be told, Southern California has long been a popular bastion for recorded country music an
    Mon Oct 06, 2014
  • Elton John brings all the hits in return to L.A. BY PETER LARSEN
    When Elton John walked on stage at Staples Center on Saturday night and flipped the tails of his sparkly blue frock coat behind him as he sat at the piano to play “Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding,” his customary show opener, it marked the start of his first proper arena show in Los Angeles in more than 13 years. Hard
    Mon Oct 06, 2014
  • Kareem to Kareem
    Q. Thank you for talking to me again so soon after our last interview. A. I always look forward to your thoughtful questions. Q. It’s just that last time, I, uh, may have been responsible for your toilet overflowing. A. That was you! (Kareem jumps up and storms out of the room.)
    Sun Oct 05, 2014
  • Football poll shakeup: UCLA drops 10 spots, USC out of top 25 By RALPH D. RUSSO
    STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi and Mississippi State are tied for third in The Associated Press college football poll after a wild day of unexpected results brought major changes to the Top 25. Just about the only thing that didn’t change this week was No. 1: Florida State is still top-ranked, with 35 first-place votes.
    Sun Oct 05, 2014
  • Wilson, Angels in must-win situation BY JEFF FLETCHER
    KANSAS CITY – If the good version of C.J. Wilson shows up on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium, it will erase a lot of the damage done this summer by the bad version. The Angels enigmatic left-hander, whose performances have been all over the spectrum this year, is starting Game 3 of the division series against the Kansas City Royals.
    Sun Oct 05, 2014
  • A trip to Santa Barbara needn't exhaust your savings BY MARLA JO FISHER
    Most people know that Santa Barbara is a beautiful, quaint, charming city that attracts visitors from around the world. And, if you’ve ever stayed there, you also know you can spend a fortune without blinking an eye. But here’s the good news: It’s low season right now, even though the weather’s still great. No
    Sun Oct 05, 2014
  • 'The Judge' a family affair for Robert Downey Jr. By: DERRIK J. LANG
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Robert Downey Jr. thinks courtrooms are dull. That didn't stop the "The Avengers" leading man from landing on "The Judge" as the inaugural film from his production company Team Downey, which he formed with his wife, Susan. Other than the 2010 buddy comedy "Due Date," the legal family drama marks Downey's first movie i
    Sat Oct 04, 2014
  • Corky Carroll: October packed with surfing fun By CORKY CARROLL
    This weekend and next are packed with great surfing and beach-related events at both ends of the county. Saturday and Sunday is the annual Rainbow Sandals, Gerry Lopez “Battle of the Paddle” at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point. This is the No. 1 event in the world for Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP). I’ll be announcing. This year&rsq
    Sat Oct 04, 2014
  • Agree or disagree? The best breakfast places in Orange County By BRAD A. JOHNSON, NANCY LUNA AND ANNE VALDESPINO
    It’s Saturday morning, a prime day for breakfast out in Orange County with tables filling quickly at popular spots such as Kimmie’s, the Original Pancake House and the Sugar Shack in Huntington Beach. According to food industry analyst Technomic Inc.’s recent Breakfast Report that’s typical: 20 percent of Americans are ea
    Sat Oct 04, 2014
  • 'Maple and Vine' a ticket to the 1950s BY ERIC MARCHESE
    In films, novels, television shows and plays, the 1950s have been idealized more than any other 20th-century decade. We’re fascinated with the Eisenhower era and the dramatic or comedic potential inherent in it. From “Pleasantville” to “Happy Days” to “Ozzie and Harriet,” we may be convinced that
    Sat Oct 04, 2014
  • Dudamel, L.A. Phil give epic Mahler BY TIMOTHY MANGAN
    Gustavo Dudamel, who began his sixth season of subscription concerts as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic on Thursday, continues to amaze. As the hype becomes history, as the honeymoon of conductor and orchestra settles into routine married life, he still has the capacity to make the music seem fresh and new and exciting. I believe
    Sat Oct 04, 2014
  • Inspired by Bruno, money to be raised at Angels game for police dog statues BY ART MARROQUIN
    ANAHEIM – Angels fans headed to Game 2 of the American League Division Series will be asked for donations to build a pair of bronze monuments honoring Anaheim’s police canines. Police officers, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other volunteers will collect the money under the giant red hats at the front of Angel Stadium for ab
    Fri Oct 03, 2014
  • CBS, NBC claim premiere week victories BY STEVEN HERBERT
    CBS finished first in total viewership during the opening week of the prime-time television season for the sixth consecutive year, while NBC led for the third consecutive year among young adults. CBS combined such ratings stalwarts as “The Big Bang Theory” and “NCIS” with “Thursday Night Football” and
    Fri Oct 03, 2014
  • 'Color City' stays within the lines BY ROGER MOORE
    “The Hero of Color City” is a computer-animated cartoon that looked good enough on paper to attract the voice talents of Owen Wilson, Craig Ferguson, Christina Ricci, Rosie Perez and Sean Astin, among others. Five credited screenwriters later, it comes out as a colorless affair, a crayon box version of “Toy Story”
    Fri Oct 03, 2014
  • HALLOWEEN 2014: Universal taps 'The Walking Dead,' Slash for mazes BY KELLI SKYE FADROSKI
    Universal Studios Hollywood’s annual Halloween Horror Nights will have some big scares from popular names on select nights through Nov. 2. Zombie apocalypse television series “The Walking Dead” has a live-action attraction for fans to get up-close-and-personal with the show at the park. For the past three years
    Fri Oct 03, 2014
  • Want to beat the heat? Try these weekend beach events By LAYLAN CONNELLY
    Apparently, no one sent summer the memo that it’s over. A high-pressure system hovering over the region will make people sweat this weekend, a summer swell coming from the south will bump up waves, and several events on the coast will keep the beaches busy. The National Weather Service warns that temperatures will b
    Fri Oct 03, 2014
  • Angels waste too many chances in Game 1 loss to Royals BY JEFF FLETCHER
    ANAHEIM – A mixture of bad at-bats and bad luck is never a good way to get a series started. The Angels lost 3-2 in 11 innings in Game 1 of the division series against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night, thanks to a collection of opportunities both lost, and taken away. By the time Mike Moustakas’ homer against
    Fri Oct 03, 2014
  • 'Left Behind' is, simply, dull BY ROGER MOORE
    “Left Behind” is Rapture-fiction as a dull zombie movie in which the living dead are nonbelievers. The Christian faithful have disappeared, all over the world. That moment, 32 minutes into director Vic Armstrong’s film, is this remake’s lone grabber. A college coed (Cassi Thomson) loses her little brother in midhu
    Fri Oct 03, 2014