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October 1, 2010
"Case 39," an R-rated thriller, and "Like Dandelion Dust," a PG-13-rated drama, also open Friday in general release but were not screened in advance of press time. The reviews will appear in Calendar and online at latimes.com/movie reviews as soon as they are available.
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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.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2009
The R-rated horror films "Final Destination: Death Trip" and "Halloween II" and the PG-13 dramedy "The Open Road" open today but did not screen for critics. Those reviews will appear online at latimes.com/moviereviews.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2008
And now for a review in English . . . please ["Welcome to His Jungle" by Ann Powers, Nov. 23]. What a long-winded diatribe that is completely useless other than illustrating why art critics are deluded, self-important wannabes. What is a rococo guitar riff? What is florid loveliness? If "November Rain" moves you, the joke is on you. Posted by: Steve -- I respect music critics for their reviews, good and bad, as a music fan. But this may be the first time in my 30-plus years any critic has talked loud and said nothing.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2009
"Madea Goes to Jail," a PG-13 comedy, opens today in wide release. "Delhi 6," an unrated Indian film, also opens today in selected theaters. The distributors, Lionsgate and UTV, respectively, did not screen the movies for critics. The reviews will appear in Monday's Calendar and online as soon as they are available.
BOOKS
November 12, 1989
It has been my habit since it was first published to pluck the Book Review Section from every Sunday Times, to savor in bed during the precious pre-sleep hours during the week, clipping reviews of appealing books as I go. While I went through October without clipping any reviews, I recently arrived at (oh, joy!) your Oct. 8 issue. My "want-list" from that issue sets a new record. All of the books have common appeals to me: 1. The reviewers enjoyed the books, and wrote with enthusiasm about them.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2009
"I Can Do Bad All by Myself," the latest Tyler Perry movie, and "Sorority Row," an R-rated horror movie, did not screen for critics. Look for those reviews online soon at latimes.com/moviereviews.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 1993
For the last seven years, I have been reading Kevin Thomas' reviews in Calendar. I noticed that Thomas reviews a spectrum of films. I realized that he has a great eye for human themes that promote understanding, friendship and positive attitudes in the world of images. I feel strongly about such reviews in the capital of cinema, where junk movies dominate the media. It's really hard to find out what's worth watching unless you get prior information. In that aspect Thomas is very helpful.
BUSINESS
August 29, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
A company recently sued for allegedly posting fake reviews of two dozen car dealers to Edmunds.com has agreed to a settlement, the automotive information website announced this week. Humankind Design Ltd. had been accused by Edmunds.com of breaching the Santa Monica company's membership agreement by creating more than 2,200 user accounts in an apparent attempt to post phony reviews. As part of the settlement, Humankind is barred from Edmunds.com and will pay an undisclosed sum toward the company's legal fees.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
In a summer filled with CGI-driven tent pole movies, writer-director Richard Linklater's coming-of-age drama "Boyhood" makes use of a unique special effect: Time. To tell the story of a 6-year-old boy and his journey into young adulthood, Linklater and his cast shot the movie over the course of a dozen years, and the results can be glimpsed in the newly released trailer. Ellar Coltrane, who was 7 when filming began, plays Mason, a dreamy grade-schooler dealing with his single mother's (Patricia Arquette)
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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?
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NATIONAL
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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