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October 17, 2009 | Debra Prinzing
Martha Stewart returns to Los Angeles on Monday for a 5 p.m. book signing at Sur La Table at the Grove. If you've ever witnessed the mob known as a Martha Stewart book signing, you'll know why we called ahead and talked in advance. Though she craftily steered the conversation to "Dinner at Home: 52 Quick Meals to Cook for Family & Friends," a 272-page cookbook released by Clarkson Potter this week, we did manage to slip in a few questions about recession entertaining. Is home entertaining more important than ever?
April 27, 2014 | By Simon Mundy
  The plot of the South Korean television series "My Love From the Star" is farfetched, dealing with an alien who falls in love with a pop star. But the drama dominated a morning of debate for a Chinese Communist Party committee last month when delegates lamented the inability of homegrown offerings to match the show's runaway success in China. "The Korean drama craze … is resulting in a lack of confidence in our own culture," warned Xu Qinsong, a party official from Guangdong.
December 3, 2000
Thank you for the article by Sylvia Thompson about Gloria Stuart ("Martini Time in the Garden of Allah," Holiday Entertaining Issue, Nov. 5). What fun to know that Stuart "used all of her friends' stoves and refrigerators" when she entertained. I once met Thompson and Stuart at a book fair in Riverside. Stuart was as lovely and gracious in person as she appears to be in this article. Ella Webb Hemet As a child of Holocaust survivors, I find Thompson's piece bemoaning U.S. wartime shortages, and how the Hollywood elite survived, petulant and downright offensive.
April 25, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - DMG Entertainment, the Beijing-based company that co-produced Hollywood films including "Iron Man 3" and "Transcendence," is in the process of going public on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. The move will see DMG enter the exchange through a reverse takeover with meat-processing company Sichuan Gaojin Foods. The deal still needs regulatory approval. According to DMG and Sichuan Gaojin, the deal values DMG at $970 million. That's three times the value of Gaojin at the end of 2013.
May 5, 2007
CAN we once again dispense with the over-analyzing and the over-theorizing about television, this time when it comes to the declining numbers for "24" and What It All Means ["Some '24' Fans Call It a Day," by Scott Collins, April 30]? Ain't got nothing to do with fatigue or politics or demographics or bad guys. Doesn't even have to do with the ol' essay-question chestnut known as 9/11, pulled out of the pundit drawer once a week since 2001 to explain everything from How We Feel to What We Eat. The "24" ratings are dragging because the current season stinks!
November 25, 2004 | Barbara King, Barbara King can be reached at
It was for uplift and derring-do in this season of heightened social pressures that I turned to Dorothy Draper. She's the kind of gutsy dame you rarely encounter anymore except in old black-and-white movies. From the '20s through the '50s, Draper reigned as a New York doyenne of high drama and operatic style. The original mix-and-match interior decorator, she combined the classical with the cha-cha: oversized architectural details, lipstick red with violet, big stripes with bigger florals.
January 3, 2002
Design Notes: Easy Entertaining A New York City retrospective examines the innovations of Russel Wright, who pioneered a more relaxed style of entertaining with his purely American home design and tableware, such as these casual china carafes. E2
December 29, 1985
Monty Hall's Variety Clubs International show honoring President Reagan should be repeated. It was most entertaining. Benjamin Bernstein, Palm Springs
March 8, 1987
Thanks to "The Facts of Life Down Under" movie for making Sunday night at home entertaining for the whole family. Gwen Galeon, Torrance
November 27, 1997
Re "The Enduring Dorothy Day" (Nov. 19): The article about Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, was informative and inspirational. Readers might like to know that a feature film about her, "Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story," is now available in video stores. THOMAS GREENING, Westwood
April 21, 2014 | By August Brown
Yes, SZA is the first female artist signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, the vanguard L.A. hip-hop label behind Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q. But her album "Z" represents high ambitions for the label. It's a lean, dreamy and genre-destroying debut that steers the TDE ship into new waters. The 23-year-old, New Jersey-raised singer isn't an obvious signing for a label devoted to hard-won tales of redemption and introspection in South L.A. But she's a perfect complement to that catalog.
April 12, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
If you ask Ian Rush, Sunday's English Premier League match between first-place Liverpool and fast-closing Manchester City is about more than soccer supremacy. Oh, sure, it will be a clash of styles and philosophies, one that will push the winner closer to the Premier League title with less than a month left in the season. But to hear Rush tell it, it will also be a battle of the banks, one matching the haves against the have-mores. "Manchester City, you expect it because of the amount of money they pay for players," says Rush, Liverpool's all-time scoring leader and now an ambassador for the club.
April 10, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
A new report on spurring job growth in Los Angeles covers the bases, but leaves Hollywood out of the picture. The Los Angeles 2020 Commission report, titled "A Time for Action," was commissioned last year by City Council President Herb Wesson and offers various prescriptions to reverse a net decline in jobs over the last two decades. The recommendations include such ideas as promoting bioscience research, establishing a regional tourism authority and combining the ports of L.A. and Long Beach.
April 8, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Nick Stepka knew what gift would make his daughter's third birthday a hit, and it wasn't a toy or doll. He gave her a tablet - not a sleek new iPad or a hand-me-down Samsung, but one specifically designed and marketed for little ones. It even came with a purple protective casing and loaded with kids' apps and games. "Her eyes lit up when she opened it," said Stepka, 34, a Shakopee, Minn., father of three. "Everything else got put to the side. " That's exactly what tablet makers and companies that create children's entertainment were hoping for. PHOTOS: Top 10 gadgets we want to see this year Stepka's household is part of a growing group of consumers for whom traditional children's toys and games are not enough.
April 6, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
The cowboy rides away a winner, as veteran Texas singer George Strait collected the top honor for entertainer of the year Sunday at the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. The fan-voted award comes as Strait is in the midst of his Cowboy Rides Away farewell tour, after announcing last year his decision to quit touring. "Wow," the 61-year-old musician said as he was greeted by a standing ovation in the MGM Grand Garden Arena. "You know, I've always said I had the best fans in the world, and I heard this was a fan-voted thing, so I rest my case.
March 26, 2014
John Corrigan is the assistant managing editor for Arts and Entertainment, leading one of the Los Angeles Times' largest editorial departments in its coverage of film, television, culture, music, media and the fine arts. Corrigan has worked at The Times since 1999, serving as Business editor from 2009 to June 2012. He greatly expanded the Business section's online presence, adding daily video reports and building up its Tech Now and Money & Co. blogs. Corrigan directed several of The Times' most ambitious projects, including stories that won Loeb Awards in 2010 and 2012.
February 21, 1999
The amount of salt in the recipe for spaghetti alla carbonara ("A Paternal Pasta," SoCal Entertaining, Jan. 24) was incorrect. It should have been 1 teaspoon.
December 18, 1988
TV is in a sad state of affairs when the ads become more interesting than the programming. Viewers are not so gullible as to watch anything. Give us credit, and please give us quality and entertaining programs. Rebecca Lewis, Temecula
March 19, 2014
Dr. Hans von Leden Treated voice ailments in entertainers, attorneys, ministers and politicians Dr. Hans von Leden, 95, an ear, nose and throat specialist who taught at UCLA and USC and treated voice disorders in singers, attorneys, teachers, politicians, pastors and other professionals, died March 5 at his home in Los Angeles, his family announced. No cause was given. Known as a go-to doctor for entertainers stricken with laryngitis, Von Leden traveled to Las Vegas, Reno and elsewhere on short notice to relieve a singer's or actor's symptoms.
March 17, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
Layoffs are underway at Sony Pictures Entertainment, the Sony Corp.-owned film and television studio that vowed late last year to significantly reduce its overhead. The cuts, which began Monday and will continue this week, include employees at divisions throughout the studio, according to a source with knowledge of the matter. The layoffs were felt at the studio's Culver City headquarters and at international offices. Among the divisions said to be deeply affected by the staff reductions is Sony Pictures Interactive, the studio's digital marketing arm.  "We are continuously evolving the business to make SPE more efficient and competitive," Sony Pictures spokesman Charles Sipkins said in a statement.  PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV At an investors conference in November, Sony Pictures executives outlined  $250 million in budget cuts that were already underway.
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