2014 Archive Stories

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  • Real Colbert to move to 'Late Show' BY MICHAEL HEWITT
    CBS on Thursday named Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman on its “Late Show” when Letterman retires sometime next year. No, not that Stephen Colbert. The other one. As the host of Comedy Central’s Emmy-winning “The Colbert Report,” Colbert has brewed a large and loyal fan base playing a character: a c
    Fri Apr 11, 2014
  • Kevin Costner tackles football in 'Draft Day' BY BARRY KOLTNOW
    Kevin Costner’s growth spurt came a little late for him to realize his childhood dream of a professional sports career, but it came just in time for him to fulfill another dream –acting in some of the best sports movies of all time. His latest is “Draft Day,” which follows in the cleats of baseball films “Bu
    Fri Apr 11, 2014
  • Aerosmith, Santana set dates for summer shows By: BEN WENER, POP MUSIC CRITIC
    Aerosmith: The Boston legends had been teasing something big was coming since last week, when they t
    Wed Apr 09, 2014
  • Escape from Indio: Navigating Localchella shows By: BEN WENER, POP MUSIC CRITIC
    We thought about sharing top picks for Coa
    Wed Apr 09, 2014
  • Review: 'Just a Sigh' for just a day, and no more BY STEPHEN HOLDEN
    French star Emmanuelle Devos plays Alix, a rudderless, beautiful, middle-age actress first glimpsed in Calais waiting to go onstage in a production of Ibsen’s “The Lady From the Sea.” Alix commutes between Calais and Paris, where she lives with Antoine (voice of Denis Ménochet), her lover of eight years. He is a document
    Wed Apr 09, 2014
  • 'Mad Men' braces for its final season BY MICHAEL HEWITT
    Don Draper, meet Peter Max. As “Mad Men” ventures into its final 14 episodes beginning Sunday night, viewers looking for clues about plot and characters are greeted with the show’s traditional stone wall. But photos and promotional posters do offer a hint: psychedelic colors. The traditionally muted tones and in
    Wed Apr 09, 2014
  • The Watcher: Letterman, Walters will call it a day – and a night By MICHAEL HEWITT
    It’s hard to imagine a weekday without Barbara Walters in the morning and David Letterman at night, but we’ll be facing that situation soon, as both announced their retirements in the past week. Although neither departure is a surprise, they are still notable for their “end of an era” implications. Letterm
    Wed Apr 09, 2014
  • Escape from Indio: Navigating the Localchella shows BY BEN WENER
    We thought about sharing top picks for Coachella 2014, as we pretty much have since the desert bacchanal began in 1999. There’s certainly reason to get excited over OutKast and the Replacements, this year’s big reunions, and it would have been easy to blather on about how amazing Queens of the Stone Age should be or speculate who mig
    Wed Apr 09, 2014
    Last week’s high school baseball action saw Lakewood drop a game to Jordan for the first time in almost a decade and lose three straight Moore League games for the first time in more than two decades. Meanwhile, the Wilson Bruins met Gahr in a matchup of the two teams with the b
    Mon Apr 07, 2014
  • Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold plan big shows By: BEN WENER, POP MUSIC CRITIC
    Arctic Monkeys: Yes, they did co-headline the Hollywood Bowl last year with TV on the Radio, and the Brits, led by Alex Turner (above), finally have
    Thu Apr 03, 2014
  • Schoolboy Q lives up to the hype at the Observatory By: RAMON GONZALES, CONTRIBUTING WRITER
    The first of a pair of sold-out show
    Thu Apr 03, 2014
  • Review: 'Captain America' a real marvel BY MICHAEL SRAGOW
    “I’m 95 – I’m not dead!” declares Steve Rogers, aka Captain America. You can say that again. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” injects new life into the Marvel movie universe and the superhero genre. The directing team of Anthony and Joe Russo fulfill Captain America’s potential as a un
    Thu Apr 03, 2014
  • Review: Down the rabbit hole with Donald Rumsfeld in 'The Unknown Known' By MICHAEL SRAGOW
    “Cheshire Cat.” That’s one note I made after watching Errol Morris’ Q&A-based documentary about Donald Rumsfeld, “The Unknown Known,” culled from 33 hours of interviews the filmmaker conducted with the two-time secretary of defense. Morris himself has since compared Rumsfeld to that grinning feline
    Thu Apr 03, 2014
  • 'Mamma Mia' bandleader recalls his O.C. roots BY PAUL HODGINS
    When he was a student at Marina High School in Huntington Beach many moons ago, Kevin Casey wasn’t dreaming of being a professional musician. But then he played keyboards with the Mariners, the school’s show choir, and everything changed. “That was the first time I had ever played with other musicians,” Casey reca
    Thu Apr 03, 2014
  • For Foose, 'Overhaulin' is just as often getting back in touch BY SUSAN CARPENTER
    It’s the rare builder who sees design improvements in the gentle curves of a classic Porsche, or who can craft a musical instrument out of a car. Millions of garage monkeys can only dream they had such an eye and the ability to make their visions a reality. But for Chip Foose, “It’s almost a curse,” he said. &ldqu
    Thu Apr 03, 2014
  • IQs fall as MPH rise in 'Need for Speed' BY MICHAEL SRAGOW
    Can Aaron Paul be as dynamic a big-screen star as he was a cult figure on AMC’s “Breaking Bad?” Not if he acts the way he does as an underground street-racing champ named Tobey Marshall in “Need for Speed.” He glares at the bad guy, Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper), and lowers and roughens his voice to gravel –
    Fri Mar 14, 2014
  • Kristen Bell still rings true in tinny 'Veronica Mars' BY MICHAEL SRAGOW
    In movies as diverse as “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” (2008) and “When in Rome” (2010), Kristen Bell has been a first-rate comic actor with a mastery of pert, fed-up, sometimes wistful deliveries. In “Fanboys” (2009) she was a subtle and beguiling parodist, echoing the spunky, curvy tomboys of George Lucas and S
    Fri Mar 14, 2014
  • Arts focus of Santora building gets fuzzier BY ALEJANDRA MOLINA AND RICHARD CHANG
    Kathie Warren was working as a graphic artist when she stumbled upon a thriving art scene in downtown Santa Ana. It was the late '90s. Neutral Grounds, where Lola Gaspar restaurant now stands, would host poetry readings and open mic sessions. She found herself in the presence of muralists such as Emigdio Vasquez and Sergio O'Cadiz.
    Fri Mar 14, 2014
  • Lady Antebellum stays on the road to maturity By: TIMOTHY GUY, STAFF WRITER
    Lady Antebellum – the trio of Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley, which has become
    Fri Mar 14, 2014
  • Krewella heads to Coachella ready to roar By: BEN WENER, POP MUSIC CRITIC
    Some people go to Coachella strictly to spend thre
    Fri Mar 14, 2014
  • Sublime with Rome's frontman slates solo show By: BEN WENER, POP MUSIC CRITIC
    So December's benefit Mouse House benefit shows from Sublime with Rome didn't sate your appetite for blunt
    Wed Mar 05, 2014
  • Linkin Park, Thirty Seconds to Mars team for tour By: BEN WENER, POP MUSIC CRITIC
    We knew a tour announcement had to be forthcoming. What other reason would there be for gathering up members o
    Wed Mar 05, 2014
  • Johnny Carson's best 'Tonight Show' interviews get new life on TCM BY PETER LARSEN
    There was a kind of magic that happened many nights when Johnny Carson, the legendary host of “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” invited a Jimmy Stewart or an Angie Dickinson, a Sylvester Stallone or a Lucille Ball onto his stage and into our homes, says documentary filmmaker Peter Jones. For one thing, they’d o
    Wed Mar 05, 2014
  • Lewis Black brings 'The Rant is Due' to Anaheim BY KELLI SKYE FADROSKI
    Lewis Black is known for his quick wit, sharp tongue and no-holds-barred approach to stand up comedy. The 65-year-old’s fiery rants often lead him to tightly ball his fists and cause veins to protrude from his neck and the middle of his forehead, as he vents frustrations via smart satirical bits about politics, religion and basic human stu
    Wed Mar 05, 2014
  • Pixies to make Hollywood Bowl debut in fall By: BEN WENER, POP MUSIC CRITIC
    KCRW’s annual World Festival series at the Hollywood Bowl already looke
    Wed Feb 26, 2014