November 5, 2013 |
And I thought the manic pixie dream girl had run her course. Apparently not, for she rears her cute, perky head again in "A Case of You," star Justin Long's debut as a writer and producer. Here, Brooklynite Sam (Long) has tired of writing novelizations for movies like "Teen Vampire. " He finds inspiration in Birdie (Evan Rachel Wood), the friendly barista at his neighborhood coffee shop with artsy friends. But instead of risking that she won't like the real him, he shapes himself into her dream guy based on her Facebook page, learning judo, French cooking and how to strum Joan Baez on the guitar.
October 19, 2013 |
2009 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Barolo From a Barolo house founded way back in 1850 comes this fine 2009 Barolo. No single vineyard. No special aging. And yet at a time when Barolo prices edge ever upward, it's hard to believe this classic example of straightforward Barolo comes in at less than $45. A splurge, certainly, but it's a good bottle for any Nebbiolo d'Alba drinkers who want to upgrade to a bona fide Barolo. It has all the virtues of Barolo - silken texture, taste of violets, cherries and earth, and ripe but firm tannins.
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October 18, 2013 |
Photographer Karol Franks took some photos of Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch, along Route 66 outside of Victorville. The sunlight plays off the multicolored bottles. Franks wrote: "Besides being a beautiful gallery, the hollow bottles also whir a sweet tune when the wind passes through them. " Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our Flickr page or reader submission gallery . Follow us on Twitter or visit latimes.com/socalmoments for more on this photo series.
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October 16, 2013 |
Before Wes Anderson directed his first feature film, he'd hang out at an eclectic coffee shop in Dallas where he met a 70-something yoga teacher - Kumar Pallana - who was like a one-man Ed Sullivan variety show. To entertain customers in the cafe owned by his son, Pallana would juggle, do magic tricks and perform a vaudeville staple: plate spinning. Anderson and his buddy, actor-writer Owen Wilson, made Pallana an offer. "They said they were shooting a movie and 'Are you interested in being in it?
September 26, 2013 |
A Utah beauty queen pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor involving a plot to toss homemade bottle bombs around a Salt Lake City suburb. Kendra McKenzie Gill, 18, the former Miss Riverton, and three other 18-year-olds entered a plea in abeyance and accepted a misdemeanor charge of attempted possession of a chemical device. The charges will be dismissed after each defendant completes 200 hours of community service, pays a $500 fine and stays out of trouble for 12 months. Gill and the other teens -- John Patrick Reagh, Shanna Marie Smith and Bryce Christopher Stone -- entered their pleas in a packed Salt Lake courtroom.
September 20, 2013 |
NEW YORK - For a night, it was like the good old days on Wall Street. Bankers and traders in dark suits flocked to a Times Square blues lounge to sip cocktails and catch up after work. What made this gathering different was what was on the marquee outside: "LEH Rocks On. " The LEH referred to the old stock ticker of Lehman Bros., the investment bank whose collapse five years ago this week set into motion the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. This was a reunion of former employees, all watching the bank's former house bands jam cover songs such as the Talking Heads' hit "Burning Down the House.