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February 22, 1988 | PATT MORRISON and ANN WIENER, Times Staff Writers
They arose early and got themselves all decked out: she in a midcalf dress of some soft beige, he in a jacket and tie--the first tie Scott Roston's roommate had ever seen him wear. Scott Roston and Karen Waltz raced to Las Vegas on Feb. 4 in his leased red Toyota two-seater and were wed in a $25 civil ceremony in a marriage commissioner's office enlivened by some blue and white artificial flowers. Then they raced back to Santa Monica.
April 23, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Move over, "Fifty Shades of Grey. " Instead of romance, a book by French economist Thomas Piketty on income inequality and capitalism is the No. 1 best-selling book on Piketty's "Capitalism in the Twenty-First Century" is generating so much interest among economists and policy makers that it's temporarily out of stock on Amazon. PHOTOS: The 10 richest people in the world At nearly 700 pages, it's not a book for beach reading by casual readers -- unless a mix of dense economic data and history is your thing.  Piketty examined decades of historical data from 20 countries to compare income inequality over time and concluded that the U.S. economy has seen the wealth of the 1% grow to dizzying new heights.
January 31, 1989 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
There was no shortage of drama at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. Five countries boycotted, either because of the Soviet Union's invasion of Hungary or the tension in the Middle East over the Suez Canal. Hungarian athletes hauled down their flag in the Olympic Village and tore off the Communist emblem. A water polo encounter between the Soviets and Hungarians had to be stopped because of violence.
April 12, 2014 | Scott Martelle
Reading is such an improbable idea -- a miracle, really. Yet simple squiggles on a page, arranged just so, can convey ideas that change the way we think or introduce to us characters we love for a lifetime. In celebration of reading -- and of this weekend's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books -- we asked four readers (who also happen to be writers) to celebrate books that mattered in their lives. The book was called "The Royal Road to Romance," and to a pre-adolescent boy with a fear of anything girlish, it sounded an awful lot like a bodice-ripper.
April 3, 2011 | By Irene Lacher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Christina Haag, 50, a Santa-Monica-based theater, television and film actress, recounts her five-year romance with John F. Kennedy Jr. during the late '80s in her memoir, "Come to the Edge," which arrived in bookstores last week. You haven't spoken publicly about your relationship with John F. Kennedy Jr. before. Why are you writing about it now? What I was really writing about is a love story, and it happens to be with a boy I met in high school, lived with in college as roommates and then fell in love with when I was about 25. We were together about five years and parted.
November 20, 2009
Dear Amy: I have often heard that a great place to meet guys is at the grocery store. Well, they were right. I ran into a cute, interesting guy at my local grocery. We struck up a conversation as we were weaving around the store. I have to admit that I'm a little shy and not well versed in dating, so I didn't know how to extend this chance meeting into a date. I feel I would be coming off as desperate by giving out my number to someone I just met. In addition, we both had frozen food in our carts, so it's not as if I could have invited him out for coffee.
June 3, 2013
Gloria Swanson and Laurence Olivier's only film together, the 1933 romance "Perfect Understanding," makes its DVD and Blu-ray debut Tuesday from the Cohen Film Collection. The screen legends play a society couple who have a "perfect understanding" that they can have extramarital affairs but will never become jealous. Swanson also was a producer of this pre-code British film. Though uncredited, one of the film's co-writers was a young Michael Powell, who would go on to write, produce and direct such classic films as "The Red Shoes" with Emeric Pressburger.
January 30, 2010 | By Susan King
There's a legend surrounding Rome's Trevi Fountain -- toss a coin into the water and you're ensured another visit to the Eternal City. Movie producers must have been throwing coins into the Trevi for years because Hollywood keeps returning to Rome to shoot comedies and dramas dealing with love and romance. The new Disney romantic comedy "When in Rome," starring Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel, is just the latest film to use the Eternal City as its backdrop. In fact, there have been so many films set in Rome that there are two others with the same name: 1952's "When in Rome" is a quirky buddy film about a young priest (Van Johnson)
February 4, 2010 | By Amy Kaufman >>>
Hours before the Hollywood premiere of "Dear John" earlier this week, bestselling author Nicholas Sparks was sitting in the expensive hotel room he'd been put up in, continually glimpsing at his iPhone as it lighted up with phone calls and text messages. "That's my literary agent," he said. "And now here's a producer from the film." Sparks, 44, had flown in earlier that day from his home in North Carolina for the opening of the fifth movie adaptation of one of his books. The sixth, "The Last Song," starring Miley Cyrus, is due out in April, and an adaptation of his novel "The Lucky One," already in the works, will potentially make seven.
February 12, 2011
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April 11, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Stephen Graham Jones may be the best prolific writer you haven't heard of yet, partly because his specialty is literary horror and partly because, despite having a specialty, he's quick to switch genres and hard to pin down. Count up his books and stories and anthologies and e-magazines and e-releases and he has been published 201 times -- but that was in early March, before his Texas noir "Not For Nothing" was published, and before the YA novel he co-wrote with Paul Tremblay, "Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't Fly," came out in April.
April 10, 2014 | By Joe Flint
This is not the time for CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves or Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler to go on a diet. That's because New York City and Los Angeles are going to be wooing them to be the home of Stephen Colbert's new late-night show, and that will probably mean a lot expensive meals at five-star restaurants. When CBS said Thursday that Colbert was taking over for David Letterman as host of "The Late Show" next year, it didn't mention where the show will be based. While Colbert's current Comedy Central show is produced in New York and he was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in South Carolina, the network is said to be willing to listen to pitches and be wooed.
April 9, 2014 | By Richard Blanco
What does it take to be a writer: A room of one's own? A weakness for words? To celebrate the Festival of Books , we asked some celebrated authors to recall a turning point in their evolution as writers. How did I decide to become a poet? Well, that's like asking how I decided to fall in love with Mark, my partner of 14 years. I don't think anyone really makes conscious decisions when it comes to matters of love or vocation. Still, I understand the spirit of such a question, which is really asking: How did I meet and fall in love with poetry?
April 6, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details. Michael Milosh and Robin Hannibal of Rhye are believers in mystery at a moment of enforced accessibility. Last year, the L.A.-based pop-soul duo worked to create an air of uncertainty around its exquisite debut album, “Woman,” on which Milosh sings in a breathy, high-pitched croon that many took to be female; Rhye's infrequent concerts and photo shoots -- and its relatively low profile on social media -- allowed that fantasy to flourish.
April 2, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
If we checked in with "The Office's" Kelly Kapoor today, she might very well be in the midst of a talking spree about Tuesday's episodes of "The Mindy Project" "I would hope she'd tune in -- it's totally up her alley," Mindy Kaling told The Times during a recent sit-down. The woman behind the fast-talking, pop-culture-obsessed character on the since-departed NBC comedy, for which she also served as a writer -- branched out on her own in 2012 with Fox's "The Mindy Project. " The workplace/looking-for-love comedy, now in its second season, has been one of the softest performers in the network's Tuesday block, averaging just below 4 million viewers before it was benched for two months -- a move that had viewers wondering if its days were numbered.
March 28, 2014 | By Amy Helmes
Approaching self-declared spinsterhood, I blamed Jane Austen. Having read all her novels and watched achingly gorgeous film adaptations thereof, I would consider only men who epitomized one of those gallant and stouthearted Regency-era heroes (barring the breeches and riding jackets because, well, I had to be realistic). Yet here was the sad but universal truth: If Jane Austen couldn't find a suitable mate in her day and age - she never married - there was no way in hell I'd ever find my "Mr. Darcy" in L.A., of all places.
March 23, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Regrets? Had a few? Strains of "My Way" notwithstanding, Americans do have more than a few regrets -- and they are primarily about love. Family relations, education and career followed for the what-could-have-been crowd, a new study says. Researchers at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne analyzed a phone survey of 370 adults who were asked to describe one thing they regretted in detail. Love and work seem to divide the sexes in the regret department.
February 14, 2012 | By David Lazarus
Happy Valentine's Day. It's an occasion for romance and love, right? Yeah. But it's also an occasion for big business. The average American will pony up about $126.04 to mark the day, according to the National Retail Federation. That's up more than 8.5% from the $116.21 spent in 2011 (with guys shelling out about twice what ladies will pay). With that in mind, is anyone surprised that retailers routinely jack up prices for the spending spree? Have you checked out the prices at flower and chocolate stores?
March 27, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
Strangers on a train, played to perfection by Emmanuelle Devos and Gabriel Byrne, are destined for a brief encounter, Parisian-style, in "Just a Sigh. " The blah title suggests bad middle-school poetry (the original French, " Le Temps de l'aventure ," at least has energy), but the film is a bracingly romantic drama that's alive with a mature sense of passion and mystery. Devos, a performer with a singular, sometimes off-putting combination of abrasiveness and fragility, is riveting as Alix, an actress.
March 21, 2014 | By Stephanie Blank
Could a cat lover from Pasadena and a dog lover from Mar Vista ever find long-lasting love? I was about to investigate this not-so-proverbial question as I zeroed in on my soon-to-be new love on my computer screen. Freshly divorced and 20 years away from the dating scene, I hesitatingly found myself searching for a match again. I'd heard horror stories from my single friends about online dating, which was an entirely new thing for me, so I did some research. was just too overwhelming, EHarmony too serious, Christian Singles too Christian, JDate too Jewish, Gluten Free Singles too flour-less and VeggieDate too meatless.
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