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ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Robert Abele
Countless movies are funnier, cuter, livelier and smarter than "Go With Le Flo," but few match this proudly cheapo dud's near-contemptuous lack of thoughtfulness and entertainment value. Seemingly made for a rare breed of moviegoer who's never seen a romantic comedy before, it asks us to care for a dopey, klutzy Francophile Berliner named Florian (Denis Aubert) who runs a French deli and (somehow) has a shallow, glitzy Gallic girlfriend (Leslie Dubreuil) he hopes to marry. All along though his kind, beautiful best friend Jenny from the nearby bakery pines for him, because, one can only assume, she's never met any other man. (The smiles on the sweet-faced actress playing her, Marina Senckel, look forced.)
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OPINION
April 10, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
How's this for irony: Having allowed federal unemployment benefits to run out in December, some lawmakers are balking at a bill to renew them retroactively because it might be hard to figure out who should receive them. Congress made this task far harder than it should have been, but the technical challenges aren't insurmountable. Lawmakers should restore the benefits now and leave them in place until the unemployment rate reaches a more reasonable level. Federal jobless benefits, which are provided only in times of high unemployment, kick in after people have exhausted their state benefits, which typically last for six months.
NEWS
April 10, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey
AUSTIN, Texas -- President Obama said Thursday that the country was still caught up in the kind of debates that marked the civil rights movement as he called on Americans to set aside cynicism and push for the ideals reflected in the Civil Rights Act. As he offered a tribute to President Johnson at a 50th anniversary celebration of the law, Obama recalled the political gridlock and ideological division he faced -- and overcame. “If some of this sounds familiar, it's because today we've become locked in the same great debate, about equality and opportunity, and the role of government in ensuring each,” Obama said.
NATIONAL
April 9, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey
AUSTIN, Texas - President Obama has tried to model Abraham Lincoln's team of rivals and Teddy Roosevelt's power of the bully pulpit. He's lauded Ronald Reagan's communication skills and linked himself to the Kennedy clan. He's praised his onetime nemesis, George W. Bush, as well as his onetime adversary, Bill Clinton. But Obama has rarely cozied up to the predecessor some argue did more than any other modern president to pave the way for his election as the nation's first black president: Lyndon B. Johnson.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Golden Globes co-hosts and BFFs Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are set to reunite on the big screen for the upcoming Universal comedy "The Nest," according to a Showbiz 411 report. Poehler and Fey will play adult sisters who suddenly learn that their parents have put their house up for sale to move into a condo. With the deal about to close, the two siblings decide to spend one last wild weekend at home. Fey, who has been trying to up her film game since "30 Rock" went off the air last year, was previously announced as a star and producer.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - In its ascent up the mountain of American popular culture, the NFL has studiously protected its brand, turning down many Hollywood offers to collaborate and limiting the extent of the partnerships it has forged. So much for all that. The NFL's famously cautious mindset goes the way of leather helmets and the single-wing offense on Friday when Summit Entertainment releases "Draft Day," a film from and about professional football. The movie - the product of a marriage brokered by Hollywood mainstay WME - thrusts the league into the world of big-time film and sets a new standard for cooperation between a professional sports entity and entertainment-world heavyweights.
NEWS
April 9, 2014 | By Brian Bennett and Lisa Mascaro, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
WASHINGTON - After meeting with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus voiced confidence Wednesday that if the Republican-led House fails to undertake immigration reform this year, the administration will act by executive action. Last month, President Obama promised Latino leaders that his administration would review its deportation policy and enforce laws "more humanely. " Under Obama, deportations hit the 2-million mark, often separating families.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to plug a financing gap that threatened community programs once paid for with federal dollars, devoting more than $1.9 million in reserves to help sustain programs that include neighborhood beautification and youth activities. The city has scrambled to figure out how to keep a host of programs running after the Department of Housing and Urban Development told the city it was violating rules governing federal grants, spending more of the federal funding than allowed on “public services.” To make sure that federal money for community redevelopment and renovation doesn't end up paying mainly for public services that cities would ordinarily cover on their own, federal rules cap the percentage of grant money that can be used for those kinds of services.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
If the producers of the HBO series "Getting On" go to Costa Mesa to see Samuel D. Hunter's "Rest," the American theater might lose another talented playwright to television. This prolific dramatist's latest play, which is having its world premiere at South Coast Repertory in a finely acted production directed by Martin Benson, put me in mind of the American version of the dark British television comedy in which the old and frail are tended to by caregivers who could use some urgent care themselves.
NEWS
April 7, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - Republican Jeb Bush knew that calling illegal immigration an "act of love" was going to light up the political world even before he made the unorthodox comment, and then he did it anyway. The former Florida governor and potential 2016 Republican presidential contender served up a tough-love message to his party, which has tried but largely failed to soften its often rough tone against immigrants. "We need to get beyond the harsh rhetoric to a better place," he said over the weekend during a 25th anniversary celebration of his father's presidency at the George H.W. Bush Library and Museum in Texas.
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