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November 15, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
Guy Fieri shot back at New York Times critic Pete Wells for a scathing review of his new Times Square restaurant, Guy's American Kitchen & Bar (written entirely in rhetorical questions). Some are even calling it the most brutal restaurant review ever. On today's "Today" show in an interview with Savannah Guthrie , the spiky-haired Food Network star said: "I thought it was ridiculous. I mean, I've read reviews - there's good and there's bad in the restaurant business, but that to me went so overboard, it really seemed like there was another agenda.
April 27, 2014 | By Rick Schultz
There was a sense of occasion at the Alex Theater in Glendale on Saturday night when Jeffrey Kahane led the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in works by Hannah Lash, Chopin and Haydn. The day before, Kahane announced he would be leaving his post after the 2016-17 season, making his run as music director an even 20 years, the longest in the ensemble's history. The farewells began after intermission when the orchestra's executive director, Rachel Fine, announced that at the end of his tenure he would be named the orchestra's first conductor laureate.
September 4, 2009
"Gamer," an R-rated futuristic thriller, opens in general release today but did not screen for critics. The review will appear online at as soon as it is available.
April 25, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
There's a twinkly dual meaning to the title of the French import "Bright Days Ahead. " It refers to the optimistic name of a seaside town's senior activities club as well as to the immediate future of the group's newest member, 60-year-old retired dentist Caroline (Fanny Ardant, gorgeous and self-assured). How director Marion Vernoux, who co-wrote with Fanny Chesnel (based on Chesnel's novel), melds these two halves makes for an enjoyable and unfussy portrait of growing older - and feeling younger.
April 2, 2010
"Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?," a PG-13 comedy, opens Friday in general release but did not screen for critics. The review will appear in Monday's Calendar and online as soon as it is available.
June 4, 2010
"Killers," a PG-13 action-comedy from Lionsgate, did not screen for film critics. The review will appear online and in print as soon as it is available.
May 20, 2011 | By Gary Goldstein
The cleverly titled documentary "The Big Uneasy" is a highly informative but, frankly, dull dissection of why, as writer-director Harry Shearer credibly posits, the floods that devastated New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina were not caused by a natural disaster but one that was uniquely man-made. This data-dense film is structured largely around dry testimony from two scientific investigators — UC Berkeley's Robert Bea and hurricane expert Ivor Van Heerden — along with Maria Garzino, a whistleblower from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' L.A. district.
May 13, 2010
The true story of how Hawaii lost its sovereignty and became annexed to the United States may have been an interesting one, but it makes for starchy entertainment in the historical drama "Princess Kaiulani." Written and directed by Mark Forby and told through the eyes of its title character, a half-Hawaiian, half-Scottish princess (bloodlessly played by "The New World's" Q'orianka Kilcher) who, in the late 1800s, defended her homeland against American injustice, the film is too reverently drawn and self-consciously played to muster any real momentum.
April 21, 2011 | By Kevin Thomas
"Meeting Spencer," a lame, tedious comedy, wastes the estimable Jeffrey Tambor as Harris Chappell, a noted Broadway director, who, after a series of Hollywood flops, returns to New York with a recently deceased famed playwright's last work that he is convinced will put his name back in lights. To that end he has booked a table in a popular theater district restaurant where he hopes to land a backer for his venture and line up a leading man. Lending him staunch support is an elegant former flame (Melinda McGraw)
April 25, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
In the new revenge comedy "The Other Woman," Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton play a trio of scorned women seeking to give their cheating mutual beau (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) his comeuppance. According to film critics, though, they would have been better off directing their ire at the movie itself, for its lazy cliches and pseudo-feminist slant. The Times' Betsy Sharkey calls "The Other Woman" the "quintessential anti-date movie" - ironic, as it's directed by Nick Cassavetes, who did "The Notebook" - and says it's "out of control and intent on running down a certain kind of male.
April 25, 2014 | By David Willman
WASHINGTON - Amid concerns about its effectiveness and multibillion-dollar cost, the Department of Homeland Security has canceled plans to install an automated technology that was meant to speed the 24-hour operations of BioWatch, the national system for detecting a biological attack. The cancellation of the "Generation 3" acquisition was made Thursday at the direction of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, according to a memorandum circulated by Michael V. Walter, the BioWatch program manager.
April 25, 2014 | Jonathan Gold
The night of the lunar eclipse, I was having a late supper at Red Medicine out on Wilshire, a few tables over from a man who had decided to dress as Jesus for the evening, a slender young man with long, straight hair and white robes flowing around his ankles. I can't be sure, but I think he ordered the tasting menu. After dinner, I walked outside in time to see the last sliver of the moon disappear into the Earth's shadow. An elderly man plucked at my arm, eager to know what I was looking up at, and I pointed at the moon, at Mars shining bright and pink in its penumbra.
April 25, 2014 | By David C. Nichols
It's Christmas in Chinon, France, circa AD 1183, and yuletide is anything but harmonious at the Plantagenet homestead. Dad is in a blustering royal frenzy over his legacy. His three sons are backstabbing each other to inherit the English crown. The French princess intended for whoever does so is Pop's enervated mistress. And then there's Mum, on holiday prison leave, scheming to destroy her husband through their children. Well, as she puts it, what family doesn't have its ups and downs?
April 25, 2014 | By Chris Barton
If Chick Corea and B é la Fleck ever grow weary of touring the country and transfixing audiences with virtuoso musicianship, chances are a future as a two-man comedy team awaits. While the idea of a piano-banjo duet recital may sound unconventional to some, Corea and Fleck have collaborated numerous times before. After appearing on each other's projects beginning in the mid-'90s, the two came together most prominently on  the 2007 album "The Enchantment," which somewhat counter-intuitively earned a pair of Latin Grammy awards for the celebrated artists' already crowded mantles.
April 25, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Yes, he even falls with grace. Mikhail Baryshnikov doesn't get much opportunity to dance in "Man in a Case," a performance piece that has been adapted from the Anton Chekhov short stories "The Man in a Case" and "About Love. " The most he offers is a few moves wreathed in air quotes. But there's a point in the production, which opened Thursday at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, when he slides down a steep flight of steps that is more revealing of his character than anything thus far in his portrayal.
April 25, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Depending on your knowledge of the material and expectations going in, the touring version of "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess," which opened Wednesday at the Ahmanson Theatre, might be either an ingenious, audience-friendly re-creation or a bastardization of this classic American show. Both perspectives can reside within the same spectator, as they do within me, one alternately gaining the upper hand over the other. Undeniable, however, is the majesty of the score, which begins after the Overture with "Summertime" and keeps soaring with "My Man's Gone Now," "Bess, You Is My Woman Now" and "I Loves You, Porgy.
April 25, 2014 | By Richard S. Ginell
Violinist Gil Shaham's career has been taking some very intriguing left turns lately. He came up with a terrific programming idea recently, recording as many of the worthy violin concertos written in the 1930s as he can lay his Stradivarius on -  the standards and the obscurities - for his own label, Canary Classics. There is also a curious new item where, in recognition of “research” on classical music's alleged repellent effect on teenagers, Shaham slapped together some excerpts from his recordings and packaged them in a CD with the title “Music to Drive Away Loiterers.” Of course, it was released on April Fools' Day.  All of this brainstorming seems to have invigorated Shaham.
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