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October 25, 2007 | Kenneth Turan
Someone asked me last week (they really did) what I thought was the hardest kind of movie to make. I said nothing is more difficult than a film that deals honestly with warm human emotions without going overboard into the saccharine and the sentimental. Which is exactly what "Lars and the Real Girl" accomplishes.
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April 5, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Haylie Duff has cooked up something exciting and it's no joke: She and boyfriend Matt Rosenberg are engaged. The actress-turned-cookbook-author announced the news on her food blog, the Real Girl's Kitchen, on Thursday, noting that the proposal took place on April Fools Day. "This week has seriously just become the best week of my life!" the self-taught cook wrote. "As if announcing The Real Girl's Kitchen tv show wasn't enough, Matt just took me by total surprise and proposed…on April Fool's Day of all days!
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April 13, 2008 | Noel Murray, Special to The Times
The backlash against indie comedy hit "Juno" began long before teenagers started saying "shenanigans" all the time. Let's face it, the movie lost some potential fans in its first five minutes, when Rainn Wilson's snarky convenience store clerk tells the pregnant heroine that a baby ain't like an Etch A Sketch -- "This is one doodle that can't be un-did, home skillet," he clucks -- and singer-songwriter Kimya Dawson's girly monotone rises on the soundtrack.
SPORTS
February 4, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The El Camino Real girls' soccer team will have three players sign on Wednesday. They are Peyton Cline (Fresno State), Leslie Ramirez (Georgia State) and Madison Lipton (Rider). Coach Eric Choi has sent 18 players to colleges since becoming head coach in 2006-07.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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October 12, 2007 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
"Lars and the Real Girl" is the darndest thing. Starring Ryan Gosling as the romantically challenged Lars, this is a film whose daring and delicate blend of apparent irreconcilables will sweep you off your feet if you're not careful. For what screenwriter Nancy Oliver, director Craig Gillespie and a top cast have done is construct a Frank Capra-style fable, a throwback tribute to the joys of friendship and community, around a sex toy.
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December 29, 2010 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Derek Cianfrance's "Blue Valentine," starring Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling, is a beginning and an ending, an intensely intimate rendering of love that limits itself to that first falling in and that last falling out. Without a middle, the writers ? Cianfrance, Joey Curtis and Cami Delavigne ? have still put in everything we need to know about a relationship that is fraying faster than either Cindy (Williams) or Dean (Gosling) grasps. It is painful and moving to watch as they lose hold of the few threads still connecting them, including 5-year-old daughter Frankie (a soulful young Faith Wladyka)
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April 4, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey
Ryan Gosling, currently starring opposite his real-life love Eva Mendes in the darkly wrought drama of "The Place Beyond the Pines," is always chemically combustible on screen. That romantic power crystallized early on in 2004's "The Notebook. " His rain-soaked embrace of co-star Rachel McAdams, also an off-screen love for a time, made him into an overnight heartthrob. But Gosling was never a one-night stand. Over time the roles, and the performances, have only gotten better - opposite Michelle Williams in "Blue Valentine," showing killer charm with Carey Mulligan in "Drive," the player gone soft on Emma Stone in "Crazy, Stupid, Love" with that impossible "Dirty Dancing" lift.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2008
Noel Murray ["Indie Flicks With a Quirk Ethic," April 13] takes shots at Nancy Oliver's fine script for "Lars and the Real Girl," claiming "the movie is overly coy in the way it treats the central relationship. Put bluntly: Lars and his sex doll never have sex." Gee, I'm sorry you were disappointed. Were you expecting porn? The whole point of the story is that emotionally scarred Lars is desperate to make a human connection, and the people of his town care enough about him to "befriend" his new girlfriend in order to guide him back to a healthier and more fulfilling life.
TRAVEL
September 17, 2010 | By Alice Short, Los Angeles Times staff writer
If you grew up female in the second half of the 20th century in the United States, you might hold these "truths" about children's literature to be self-evident: •Nancy Drew commanded a certain loyalty from readers, but we all knew that real-life 18-year-olds couldn't live as she did, thwarting danger at every turn. And the boyfriend? Ned Nickerson was not only a ridiculous name, but Ned Nickerson was also a superfluous human being. Nancy Drew's girl friends, Bess and George, played important roles in the teen sleuth's dramas.
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January 6, 2008 | Dan Neil, Dan Neil can be reached at dan.neil@latimes.com.
Bianca was born in San Marcos, a prosperous, well-scrubbed bedroom community near San Diego. She was always very quiet, often spending hours--actually, 24 hours a day--staring out the window. Her hobbies included staring, posing seductively and falling over. She had dreams, I'm sure. What girl doesn't dream of her Prince Charming on a white horse who orders her off the Internet? But she could have scarcely imagined that one day she would star in a major motion picture, one of the art house hits of the season.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
What if you could date Siri? That's kind of the question at hand in "Her," the new film written and directed by Spike Jonze. The movie, a trailer for which hit the Web on Wednesday, stars Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore Twombly, a lonely writer trying to recover from a failed relationship. When an advanced operating system comes on the market that creates tailor-made virtual companions, Theodore signs up. It's then that he meets "Samantha," an engaging female voice program that comes to win his heart.  The Oscar-nominated filmmaker's latest project feels particularly timely, given the rise of "Catfish," the MTV program about strangers who meet their longtime online paramours.
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April 4, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey
Ryan Gosling, currently starring opposite his real-life love Eva Mendes in the darkly wrought drama of "The Place Beyond the Pines," is always chemically combustible on screen. That romantic power crystallized early on in 2004's "The Notebook. " His rain-soaked embrace of co-star Rachel McAdams, also an off-screen love for a time, made him into an overnight heartthrob. But Gosling was never a one-night stand. Over time the roles, and the performances, have only gotten better - opposite Michelle Williams in "Blue Valentine," showing killer charm with Carey Mulligan in "Drive," the player gone soft on Emma Stone in "Crazy, Stupid, Love" with that impossible "Dirty Dancing" lift.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 2010 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Derek Cianfrance's "Blue Valentine," starring Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling, is a beginning and an ending, an intensely intimate rendering of love that limits itself to that first falling in and that last falling out. Without a middle, the writers ? Cianfrance, Joey Curtis and Cami Delavigne ? have still put in everything we need to know about a relationship that is fraying faster than either Cindy (Williams) or Dean (Gosling) grasps. It is painful and moving to watch as they lose hold of the few threads still connecting them, including 5-year-old daughter Frankie (a soulful young Faith Wladyka)
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December 26, 2010 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
He's played a Jewish neo-Nazi, a crack-addict schoolteacher and a man who falls in love with an inflatable doll. But suggest to Ryan Gosling, an independent-film poster child for the better part of a decade, that he chooses roles for their complexity rather than their commercial appeal and he'll wave you aside. "When I make these movies, I don't think, 'I want to make a little indie movie and I want to stay in the indie world because I think it's cool,'" says the twinkle-eyed Canadian actor.
TRAVEL
September 17, 2010 | By Alice Short, Los Angeles Times staff writer
If you grew up female in the second half of the 20th century in the United States, you might hold these "truths" about children's literature to be self-evident: •Nancy Drew commanded a certain loyalty from readers, but we all knew that real-life 18-year-olds couldn't live as she did, thwarting danger at every turn. And the boyfriend? Ned Nickerson was not only a ridiculous name, but Ned Nickerson was also a superfluous human being. Nancy Drew's girl friends, Bess and George, played important roles in the teen sleuth's dramas.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2008
Noel Murray ["Indie Flicks With a Quirk Ethic," April 13] takes shots at Nancy Oliver's fine script for "Lars and the Real Girl," claiming "the movie is overly coy in the way it treats the central relationship. Put bluntly: Lars and his sex doll never have sex." Gee, I'm sorry you were disappointed. Were you expecting porn? The whole point of the story is that emotionally scarred Lars is desperate to make a human connection, and the people of his town care enough about him to "befriend" his new girlfriend in order to guide him back to a healthier and more fulfilling life.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 2010 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
He's played a Jewish neo-Nazi, a crack-addict schoolteacher and a man who falls in love with an inflatable doll. But suggest to Ryan Gosling, an independent-film poster child for the better part of a decade, that he chooses roles for their complexity rather than their commercial appeal and he'll wave you aside. "When I make these movies, I don't think, 'I want to make a little indie movie and I want to stay in the indie world because I think it's cool,'" says the twinkle-eyed Canadian actor.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Haylie Duff has cooked up something exciting and it's no joke: She and boyfriend Matt Rosenberg are engaged. The actress-turned-cookbook-author announced the news on her food blog, the Real Girl's Kitchen, on Thursday, noting that the proposal took place on April Fools Day. "This week has seriously just become the best week of my life!" the self-taught cook wrote. "As if announcing The Real Girl's Kitchen tv show wasn't enough, Matt just took me by total surprise and proposed…on April Fool's Day of all days!
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 2008 | Noel Murray, Special to The Times
The backlash against indie comedy hit "Juno" began long before teenagers started saying "shenanigans" all the time. Let's face it, the movie lost some potential fans in its first five minutes, when Rainn Wilson's snarky convenience store clerk tells the pregnant heroine that a baby ain't like an Etch A Sketch -- "This is one doodle that can't be un-did, home skillet," he clucks -- and singer-songwriter Kimya Dawson's girly monotone rises on the soundtrack.
MAGAZINE
January 6, 2008 | Dan Neil, Dan Neil can be reached at dan.neil@latimes.com.
Bianca was born in San Marcos, a prosperous, well-scrubbed bedroom community near San Diego. She was always very quiet, often spending hours--actually, 24 hours a day--staring out the window. Her hobbies included staring, posing seductively and falling over. She had dreams, I'm sure. What girl doesn't dream of her Prince Charming on a white horse who orders her off the Internet? But she could have scarcely imagined that one day she would star in a major motion picture, one of the art house hits of the season.
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