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April 19, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Back when I was young and the world was new and only one kid we knew had a (very small, black-and-white) TV in his room, my cousins, my brother and I used to put on plays in the basement. We were big fans of "Night Stalker," so these were often quite violent plays, involving pentagrams, blood rituals and monsters constructed with whatever we had on hand - my mother's old hula skirt got a lot of use, as did her sheared raccoon coat, a ratty old "That Girl" wig and the fake blood we breathlessly purchased with Our Own Money from the back of comic books.
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NEWS
April 11, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
Properly made, comfort food is an art. Mashed potatoes are no exception. And while personal preference may have a lot to do with what you might consider the "perfect" mash -- do you like your potatoes smooth or lumpy? Creamy or fluffy? -- there are nevertheless some tips you can follow to elevate your spuds above the rest of the pack: What potatoes do I use? For light or delicate mashed potatoes, use bakers, like russets. With their high starch content and low sugar, they'll whip up nice and fluffy, perfect for soaking in all the cream, butter and sour cream you can throw at 'em. If you prefer mashed potatoes that are denser, like those trendy "smashed potatoes," use boilers.
NEWS
February 18, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Monday morning's #Weekendeats chat on Twitter was a bit of a culinary mash-up. Our chat participants indulged this weekend in dishes such as chicken wings, uni and pizza. Here's a look at the highlights: Pictures of these two dishes almost made me cry with jealousy. Check out this recipe for fish sauce wings with a mound of garlic from the Ravenouse Couple blog. And if you're an uni lover, you'll want to get some tissues ready. Here's a photo from Danny, a.k.a. KungFooPanda, of homemade uni orecchiette with uni cream sauce and a ton of fresh uni on top. Just had to wipe my brow.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
From Geoffrey of Monmouth to Dan Brown, when it comes to driving narrative, it's hard to beat a good heroic quest. Whether it's the Holy Grail, the one ring, the ark of the covenant or Moby-Dick, draw up a map, create a barely attainable, possibly mystical item to find and/or destroy and you've immediately got the attention of millions. Unfortunately, even for those of us who prefer our conspiracies biblical and our talismans magical, ABC's "Zero Hour," while initially tantalizing (priests, Nazis, Anthony Edwards, an unholy birth, a secret map - I'm in!
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 2013 | By Todd Martens
The best thing the Grammys telecast attempts to do is also its most tricky feat to accomplish: the artist pair-up. For every Elton John and Eminem, there's a Stevie Wonder and the Jonas Brothers. For every Mumford & Sons and Bob Dylan, there's a record-scratcher like Taylor Swift and Stevie Nicks.  Yet these collaborations are one of the main reasons we watch the Sunday telecast, which will be broadcast live except for the West Coast on CBS. Rare is it to see legends from one genre working with today's pop celebrities.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Even with Hollywood's magic touch, zombies may never beat out those seductively stylish vampires for a Vanity Fair cover, but something about the unfashionable undead makes them ripe for irony in the right hands - so many possibilities lurk behind those blank stares. The right hands at the moment seem to belong to Jonathan Levine. The writer-director certainly has a good grip on what to do with those cold souls in "Warm Bodies," a surprisingly sentimental mash-up starring Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer and John Malkovich.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2013 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
Zombies are people too. Or they were, before they became the flesh-craving, brain-eating undead. The new film "Warm Bodies," opening Friday, is an unlikely hybrid of horror film and young adult romantic comedy that transforms a zombie apocalypse into a last stand for feelings. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Isaac Marion, adapted for the screen and directed by Jonathan Levine. Set in a future where many people have inexplicably turned to zombies, the story opens with a zombie narrator (Nicholas Hoult)
NEWS
December 6, 2012 | By Janet Kinosian
The Leo Tolstoy classic "Anna Karenina" has seen its share of adaptations. In its latest turn, from director Joe Wright, the love story gets a bold, creative and visually beautiful reworking of the Russian tale with truly inventive costuming. Starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law, Focus Features' film is strikingly original in its setting - the drama is staged on a decaying theater set - which gave Wright's longtime costume designer Jacqueline Durran, [who has been nominated for an Oscar for two previous projects with Wright, "Pride & Prejudice" and "Atonement"]
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Last month Brad Pitt appeared in a head-scratching commercial for the fragrance Chanel No. 5. This month he's starring in the small-time gangster flick "Killing Them Softly. " How are these things related? They're not. But on Thursday night's episode of "Conan," Conan O'Brien and his writers took the opportunity to slip Pitt's bizarre spoken-word non sequiturs from the Chanel No. 5 ad into a scene with Pitt opposite his old "True Romance" co-star, James Gandolfini. The results, surprisingly, aren't bad. And some might argue it improves the film, which has received mixed reviews.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"The Collection" is an effective if ultimately disappointing sequel to the 2009 grunge-horror flick "The Collector," both films directed by Marcus Dunstan and written by Dunstan and Patrick Melton. (The new film's poster brags that the duo wrote "Saw" sequels 4-to-7. Make of that what you will.) Here, a superhuman psychopath wreaks havoc on a city, spiriting away victims for crude experiments. When he abducts a rich man's daughter (Emma Fitzpatrick), a team of hired guns grab Arkin, the only guy who's ever escaped from the killer, to help rescue her. Josh Stewart reprises his role from the first film, but he's also familiar from a small, standout role as a henchman in "The Dark Knight Rises.
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