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March 28, 2014 | By Susan King
Kurtwood Smith turned the image of the sitcom dad on its ear in the raucous Fox sitcom "That '70s Show" as Red Forman, the tough-nosed war vet father of Eric (Topher Grace). Red was the antithesis of such sweater-clad warm-and-fuzzy TV dads as Ozzie Nelson on "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" and Bill Cosby on "The Cosby Show. " In fact, Red was more Tasmanian devil than teddy bear. He loved his power tools, drinking beer, hunting and fishing. Red was known for his pungent put-downs of his son: "What are you going to put on your resume?
March 27, 2014 | By Marc Weingarten
Call it the Big Swerve: That point in one's adult life where decisions about the future - marriage, career, kids, mortgage payments - have to be reckoned with. It creeps up on us with little warning. Tramping our merry way through the marigolds of our youth, we suddenly encounter a crossroads. Priorities have to be straightened out, in a hurry. We all seem to be intent on not swerving in the wrong direction; one false move might send us down a rabbit hole of disappointment and regret that we will have great difficulty crawling out of. Michelle Huneven, a longtime L.A.-based writer whose prior novels limn the jagged paths of troubled misfits and outsiders, has created a protagonist in her fourth novel, "Off Course," who seems to be stuck in neutral or else unwilling to tread the path so neatly laid out before her. Unwilling, in other words, to swerve in any functional direction.
March 25, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Nick Cannon has donned whiteface to promote his upcoming album, "White People Party Music. " If this is what "post-racial" looks like, who knew it would come wearing plaid flannel? On Monday he posted an Instagram picture of himself done up as white skater dude "Connor Smallnut. " There's video too. " It's official... I'm White!!!," the caption reads. " #WHITEPEOPLEPARTYMUSIC #Wppm in stores April 1st!!!!!!Dude Go Get It!!!Join The Party!!!! #GoodCredit #DogKissing #BeerPong #FarmersMarkets #FistPumping #CreamCheeseEating #RacialDraft "Bro I got drafted!
March 24, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
For the first time since it premiered in 2009, I am worried about “The Good Wife.” A story of what happens to a wronged political wife after all the news conferences and scandal headlines, the CBS drama came out of the box impossibly perfect. The wife in question, Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), separated from her husband and returned to her career as a lawyer, which allowed the show to become an intoxicating hybrid of character drama and legal procedural. It remains one of the best dramas on television, with a cast any cable network would die for and an audience passionate in devotion and respectable in number.
March 23, 2014 | John Horn
Cycle of Lies The Fall of Lance Armstrong Juliet Macur Harper: 480 pp., $27.99 -- Wheelmen Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell Gotham: 384 pp., $27.50 -- The cycling section of Powell's Books in Portland, Ore., is vast. And as you stand before it, as I did recently, it's easy to split the volumes into distinct categories: before doping and after. In the first realm rest the hagiographies and how-to tomes mostly about or inspired by Lance Armstrong, including "It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life," "Lance Armstrong: Images of a Champion" and the now painfully ironic "The Lance Armstrong Performance Program: Seven Weeks to the Perfect Ride.
March 23, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
He was a neurosurgeon, a shipping magnate, a pompous headmaster, an autocratic father: He was the self-inflated, often weaselly authority figure whose long, narrow, aristocratic face was as well-known in films and television as his name was obscure. James Rebhorn, a journeyman character actor seen most recently as the father of super-spy Carrie Mathison on "Homeland," died Friday at his home in South Orange, N.J., of melanoma, his wife Rebecca Linn said. He was 65. Rebhorn had more than 100 TV and movie credits, including roles in "Scent of a Woman" and "My Cousin Vinny" - both released in 1992 - and "Meet the Parents" (2000)
March 23, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
Veteran character actor James Rebhorn, known for his roles in "Homeland," "White Collar" and dozens of TV shows and films over a five-decade career, has died of melanoma, his wife, Rebecca Linn, said Sunday. Rebhorn died Friday at his home in South Orange, N.J., at the age of 65. Able to perform in comedies or dramas, as well as on stage, TV or film, the Philadelphia native racked up an impressive list of credits, including playing the father of Claire Danes' character on "Homeland.
March 23, 2014 | By Vincent Boucher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Fans are counting the days until the return of Fox's "The Mindy Project" on April 1. What's next after the turbulence-induced airplane make-out session between fellow OB-GYN Danny Castellano (Chris Messina) and the lovelorn Dr. Mindy Lahiri? And, of course, they'll clamor to see what series star Mindy Kaling is wearing. That's because Kaling's character, with her everywoman figure, is TV's unlikely new style star in her signature jumble of contrasting prints and almost-clashing colors.
March 14, 2014 | Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Summer Dreams" (CBS, Saturday). A vivid, elegantly made, two-hour documentary centering on the NBA Summer League, a 10-day yearly event, held in Orlando, Fla., and Las Vegas, where pro-ball hopefuls and rookies run and dribble, pass and shoot before a worldwide array of coaches and executives -- a kind of last-chance marketplace for some, and a pre-season workout for contracted others. ("The 'American Idol' of basketball," Dallas Mavericks General Manager Donnie Nelson calls it. "It's a little stepping stool, man," says undrafted outsider Dwayne Davis.)
March 13, 2014 | By Robert Abele
As disarmingly bracing at times as the stunning Alberta mountains behind its love-frazzled characters, the romantic comedy "The Right Kind of Wrong" works often in spite of its willful eccentricities. Failed novelist turned dishwasher Leo (Ryan Kwanten) is an unwitting poster boy for marital disappointment thanks to his ex-wife's popular blog and book, "Why You Suck. " In rebounding, Leo decides feisty tour guide Colette (Sara Canning) is the woman of his dreams, despite the fact that he meets her on her wedding day. What follows is what you'd expect: a hapless dreamer's grand gestures, flabbergasted hand-wringing by the newlywed - whose bohemian mother (Catherine O'Hara)
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