2014 Archive Stories

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  • '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
    Grab some overalls, put the kids in the van and load up on the sunscreen. An Inland tradition, the Southern California Fair returns to Perris on Saturday. Organizers have added some new rides, including the Big Splash log flume that should be especially popular during the very hot weekend, and new culinary options, including Cold
    Fri Oct 03, 2014
  • Full scream ahead on Queen Mary BY KELLI SKYE FADROSKI
    The ghosts, ghouls and freaks have waited all year to come out and play at the Queen Mary’s annual Dark Harbor in Long Beach. The horror-themed event kicks off today and runs on select nights through Nov. 2. Last year, the boisterous Ringmaster made her grand entrance, and, along with her demonic circus, struck a deal with the
    Thu Oct 02, 2014
  • Neon Trees strut their stuff at the Observatory BY KELLI SKYE FADROSKI
    A stop in Orange County wasn’t going to be one that pop rock band Neon Trees were willing to skip while out on their First Things First Tour in support of third album “Pop Psychology,” which dropped in April. The band was forced to cancel several dates on this jaunt – mainly in the Midwest – so bassist Branden Campb
    Thu Oct 02, 2014
  • Angels-Royals Division Series Preview
    The Angels, back in the playoffs for the first time since 2009, will send ace Jered Weaver to the mound for Game 1 of their American League Division Series in Anaheim on Thursday night. After finishing with the best record in baseball, can they continue their run in search of the franchise's second World Series title? Here are li
    Thu Oct 02, 2014
  • Disney's Napa Rose gets a refreshed culinary stage By NANCY LUNA
    On Day 2 of Napa Rose’s rebirth, the staff is running at half speed – serving a limited number of diners as line cooks and chefs put their new culinary playground to the test. The award-winning fine dining restaurant at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa closed temporarily in early August to renovate its ico
    Thu Oct 02, 2014
  • OC International Auto Show makes it 50 years and counting BY SUSAN CARPENTER
    The first time the OC Auto Show threw open its doors, the Beatles dominated radio, hamburgers cost 19 cents and the Ford Mustang had just come on the market. Fifty years later, musical tastes have changed, as have McDonald’s prices, but the Mustang will again be parked on the show carpet – this time in both its 1965 and 2015 model ye
    Thu Oct 02, 2014
  • 7-Eleven jumps onto health food bandwagon By NANCY LUNA
    7-Eleven, best known for its giant sugar-packed Slurpees and grab-and-go junk foods, is testing a line of healthful meals in Southern California. Partnering with fitness guru Tony Horton, 7-Eleven is adding a line of sandwiches, salads, wraps and cold-pressed juices at 104 stores in the Los Angeles area. The items are being made in 7
    Thu Oct 02, 2014
  • Riders stranded for two hours on Ferris wheel at Disney California Adventure By DOUGLAS MORINO and JOSEPH PIMENTEL
    The iconic Ferris wheel at Disney California Adventure Park malfunctioned Thursday afternoon, stranding riders for nearly two hours. It is not clear how the ride, known as Mickey’s Fun Wheel, temporarily broke down. The last rider exited the wheel around 6 p.m. after workers were able to manually restart it. No injuries were report
    Thu Oct 02, 2014
  • Larry the giant lobster returned to sea By KELLY ZHOU
    DANA POINT – Brendan Dirks said goodbye to Larry the lobster on Wednesday, saluting and then dropping him back into his ocean home two days after catching the nearly 16-pound whopper. The 26-year-old seasoned spearfisher was free-diving in 20-foot waters with friend Ace Wallace at the Dana Point Headlands when he spied the Cali
    Thu Oct 02, 2014
  • Coffee lounges, marbled restrooms and massages at five fab gas stations in Orange County BY MORGAN COOK
    Let’s get real. The best gas station is the closest one when you’re running on empty. But if you’re hankering for something specific – say, an unbeatable price, a Squeegee-clean bathroom, a giant aquarium, a free massage chair or a marble sink – we’ve got you covered. Here are our picks based o
    Wed Oct 01, 2014
  • O.C.'s 'Amazing Race' couple talk dating, how the show starts, but not how it ends BY PETER LARSEN
    Isabelle Du and Dennis Hour focused hard on the goal. Three times they’d auditioned for “The Amazing Race,” their favorite show since they were students at Chapman University, back when they were just good friends, not yet a romantic couple. Twice they’d gotten nowhere but earlier this year, as the
    Tue Sep 30, 2014
  • Demi Lovato focuses on the future BY PHILIP COSORES
    It’s been said before, but there isn’t anything Hollywood likes better than a comeback story. And Demi Lovato had all the opportunity to milk that angle for all it was worth with her headline set at the Staples Center on Saturday night. Instead, Lovato used one of her addresses to the audience, which filled the lower tier of
    Mon Sep 29, 2014
  • Canines carve the waves at Surf City Curf Dog competition
    The sport of dog surfing is riding high. The sixth annual Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach on Sunday was the most popular in its young history – attracting approximately 2,500 people, raising an early estimate of more that $6,000 for its nonprofit partners and throwing about 65 dogs into the ocean to vie for the t
    Sun Sep 28, 2014