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January 27, 2012
SERIES Kitchen Nightmares: In this new episode, Gordon Ramsay visits three California restaurants he helped turn around in the past: La Frite in Sherman Oaks, Kingston Cafe in Pasadena and Capri in Eagle Rock, along with the Spanish Pavilion in Harrison, N.J. Are they continuing to succeed, or have they reverted to their bad old ways? (8 p.m. Fox). SoCal Connected: This new installment examines efforts by the U.S. military to "go green" by finding alternative sources of fuel and energy (9 p.m. KCET)
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January 25, 2003 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
You know something may be amiss when your host sounds slightly apologetic. Such is the case with "Me & Mrs. Jones," the latest installment of "Masterpiece Theatre." In his opening, Russell Baker invites viewers to relax and enjoy the two-hour program (which runs Sunday at 9 p.m. on KCET and KVCR) as sheer comic fairy tale even as it strains credulity.
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December 23, 2005 | F. Kathleen Foley
Some might think an Irish version of the quintessentially English "A Christmas Carol" a wee bit misguided, considering the fractious history between the two countries. However, in the spirit of the season, the folks at the Celtic Arts Center reach for -- and largely achieve -- cultural detente in "Christmas O'Carol," a distinctly Irish treatment of Dickens' beloved tale concluding tonight at the group's Valley Village enclave.
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June 29, 2012 | By August Brown
When we interviewed M83's Anthony Gonzalez earlier this year, the French epic-electronica producer mentioned film work as a major new goal. Recounting a trip to Joshua Tree, he said: " You just drive for an hour, and it's like being in a sci-fi movie out there, which was perfect for the kind of music I make. " He can now check "sci-fi epic score-writing" off that list -- he's been tapped to compose original music for Tom Cruise's new thriller, "Oblivion. " The Playlist reports that the film's director, Joseph Kosinski, who previously helmed"Tron: Legacy"(which had an original score by another French electronica act, Daft Punk)
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March 27, 2006 | Victoria Looseleaf, Special to The Times
First there is the face: Astonishing in its many guises, this is a visage simultaneously old and young, ecstatic and empty; one where a surprised look becomes a world of wisdom living within a sly, sweet smile. This is the face of Oguri, butoh master and L.A. jewel. That his body is also a pristine, pliant work of art makes an Oguri performance a profound journey unlike any other. And so it was Saturday at Venice's Electric Lodge, when the dancer presented "Caddy! Caddy! Caddy!"
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September 26, 2003 | Manohla Dargis, Times Staff Writer
In the film version of Frances Mayes' restoration drama "Under the Tuscan Sun," Diane Lane plays a version of the poet and professor also named Frances Mayes. Directed by Audrey Wells, who loosely based her screenplay on Mayes' book, the movie traces how Lane's Frances -- younger, thinner, blonder and now flying solo -- travels to Tuscany whereupon she instantly falls for a mysterious stranger with the headily romantic name of Bramasole. Reader, she bought Bramasole.
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April 23, 1993 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
"Wide Sargasso Sea" is so soaked in atmosphere it feels practically marinated. A lush, feverish tropical concoction filled with vivid colors, pounding drums and passionate liaisons, this Caribbean melodrama gets so overheated it doesn't even notice that its dramatic plausibility has vaporized into the steamy air. Not that that matters very much. Though its based on a celebrated novel, winner of several of Britain's top literary prizes, the appeal of this film is primarily to the visual senses.
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