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December 11, 2009 | By BETSY SHARKEY, Film Critic
We're always looking for those performances that truly define an actor, where we can sit back and simply watch the talent soar. For Colin Firth, "A Single Man" is that film. Until now probably best known for his work in the "Bridget Jones" films -- the stuffy, sensitive suitor forever in the shadow of Hugh Grant's roguish charmer -- his portrayal of George, the single man that he imbues with amazing grace, should change all that. George is 52, a Briton transplanted to L.A., where he's been an English professor for years.
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HOME & GARDEN
March 7, 2014 | By Marty Fortney
I will meet more single women this week than most men will in their entire lives. The women will touch me, hug me, laugh at my jokes - and then walk out to their husbands, boyfriends or Chihuahuas and hike Runyon Canyon. I'm a casting director for TV commercials. On a typical day I interview 100 beautiful and spirited women, all of whom stare deeply into my eyes and listen to my every musing. Their very livelihood depends on it. If they catch just a nugget of something I say that the other women miss, it might lead to a callback, then a booking and maybe $25,000 in residuals.
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HOME & GARDEN
February 6, 2010
Colin Firth may have scored a lead actor Oscar nomination this week for "A Single Man," but for fans of California design, the film's equally deserving costars were residential sets that deepened the audience's understanding of the characters and their actions. The movie, the directorial debut by fashion designer Tom Ford, is set in mid-1960s Santa Monica but was filmed primarily at two locations to the east. One is a lushly landscaped Pasadena residence used as the home of Charley (Julianne Moore)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The gender wars continue in the trailer for "Think Like a Man Too," the coming sequel to the 2012 relationship comedy "Think Like a Man" that stars Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Taraji P. Henson and Meagan Good and hits theaters June 20. The original film, based on Steve Harvey's bestselling relationship-advice book "Act Like a Lady, Think Like A Man," pitted a team of dude archetypes -  player Romany Malco, mama's boy Terrence J., dreamer Ealy, divorcee...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2009 | By Michael Ordoña
Having just turned 20, Nicholas Hoult -- son of a piano teacher mother and a now-retired commercial pilot father in Wokingham, Berkshire (about 13 miles west of London) -- has already marked 13 years in the business. He has evolved from the round-faced boy of BBC television episodes and the Hugh Grant film "About a Boy" to the angular, runway-handsome epitome of searching, youthful beauty in Tom Ford's "A Single Man." "Some people grow up, they think they know who they are and there's kind of a beat where suddenly nothing makes sense around them, why they're here on Earth," he says of his character Kenny, a student who shows an unusual interest in one of his professors (played by Colin Firth)
NEWS
December 16, 2009
If you're a costume designer, could there possibly be anything more intimidating than working for the man who saved Gucci? Just to make things a little more frightening, let's also assume he's taking his first cut at directing a feature film. What do you do? If you're Arianne Phillips, whose credits include designing Madonna's concert costumes and such period films as the Johnny Cash biopic, "Walk the Line," you enjoy an utterly satisfying collaboration with fashion icon-turned-rookie director Tom Ford on his adaptation of the Christopher Isherwood novel "A Single Man."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2009 | By Rachel Abramowitz
Tom Ford has ruminated about death ever since he was a small boy growing up in Texas. It was the flip side to his early, genetic fascination with beauty. "Everything in life is bittersweet for me, because when I see something beautiful, I also see it aging, old, dead, gone," he says. "I was very aware of mortality. I was very aware of my time on the planet." Still today, almost every morning he awakes and wonders, "If I die tomorrow, what am I going to miss?" Ford speaks quickly and hypnotically, words rolling out with a seductive, almost aromatic intensity.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 2010 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
Not enough reality TV in your life? Talk about "The Real L Word." Showtime's new series, a reality spinoff of the network's defunct scripted series "The L Word," revolves around six Los Angeles-based lesbians and their everyday melodrama. Think any one of the "Real Housewives" editions meets "The L Word." (Sunday) If you like '60s fashion , talk about "A Single Man." The film, out on DVD, stars Colin Firth as George Falconer, a gay British university professor living in Southern California in 1962 who is struggling to cope with the death of his partner.
NEWS
February 27, 1989 | From Associated Press
Here are excerpts from Secretary of Defense-designate John Tower's appearance Sunday on the ABC-TV show "This Week With David Brinkley." Tower, a former senator from Texas, was questioned by Sam Donaldson, George Will and Cokie Roberts. DONALDSON: . . . You heard Sen. (Sam) Nunn this morning suggest that if the White House continues to leak, as he sees it . . .
ENTERTAINMENT
January 1, 2010 | By Roger Moore
Of all the acclaim that's come to Colin Firth's depiction of hidden grief in "A Single Man," precious little of it has focused on the physical Firth. At 49, the Golden Globe nominee looks 10 years younger and as fit as he was in those glory days as Mr. Darcy on TV's "Pride and Prejudice." "I pick up the script, and it says 'Naked man lies on bed.' And then a few pages in, 'Naked man jumps in ocean,' " Firth recalls. " 'Well,' I thought. 'It's time. One more push against gravity before I turn 50 and it's all downhill.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 2014 | By John Horn
PARK CITY, Utah -- Megan, a young woman about to move on to the next chapter in her life, makes some borderline decisions in "Laggies. " Played by Keira Knightley in a Sundance Film Festival feature from director Lynn Shelton, Megan isn't sure she's ready to get married, isn't sure what she wants to do for a career, and isn't sure what she really thinks of a single man she meets (played by Sam Rockwell). In an ensemble that includes Chloe Grace Moretz and Kaitlyn Dever as high school students, Mark Webber as Megan's boyfriend and Jeff Garlin as Megan's father, "Laggies" (a high school nickname for somebody who's lagging behind)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 2014 | By Reed Johnson
In one of Andrew Moore's photographs of Cuba, on display through Feb. 15 at Couturier Gallery in Los Angeles, a half-dozen men and women are hanging out at an aging ferry terminal. Their postures are casual and unself-conscious, yet they form a quasi-theatrical tableau. One couple appears absorbed in intimate conversation. A single man rests his head on his hands. Through the modest structure's three arched openings, the verdant tropical landscape can be glimpsed. The image is titled "La Espera," a Spanish word that can mean both "wait" and "hope.
SPORTS
September 25, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Lamar Odom, who has remained silent during the recent rumors about drug use and his  Aug. 30 arrest for allegedly driving under the influence, has broken his silence with a few tweets criticizing his father and defending his wife, Khloe Kardashian Odom, and the Kardashian family. The tweets appear to be in response to an interview Odom's father, Joe, gave to radaronline criticizing the Kardashians and blaming them for his son's misfortunes. "They brought him down," Joe Odom told the website.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
George Clooney and Stacy Keibler are a couple no more, or are simply on the rocks, depending on which source you put more stock in Monday morning. According to People and Britain's Sunday People, the two have called it quits after about two years of dating - meaning Clooney is once again a single man, a status the debonair leading man seems to enjoy. But then there's TMZ , which said the couple are still living together but having "trouble in paradise" due to schedules that are keeping the two apart.
BUSINESS
June 28, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Honda Motor Co.'s new electric vehicle comes with an unusual option: collision insurance without any deductible. It's the latest enticement to move electric cars off showrooms and narrow the cost gap with less expensive gasoline-powered vehicles. "It is a really interesting marketing tool," said Rebecca Lindland, an analyst with IHS Automotive. Detroit automakers have generally shied away from offering insurance for drivers. General Motors Co. experimented with the concept last year, offering a year of free auto insurance for new-car buyers in Oregon and Washington.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
On Monday, David Arquette's bar mitzvah made him a man. And soon enough, the divorce papers he filed last week will make him a single man as well. The actor, who has been separated from wife Courteney Cox since 2010, finally filed for divorce Friday, according to court documents posted Tuesday by TMZ . The two met on the set of "Scream" in 1996 and were married in 1999. When their living situation went public after several months in October 2010, the couple issued a statement explaining they'd separated to "better understand ourselves and the qualities we need in a partner and for our marriage.
HOME & GARDEN
March 7, 2014 | By Marty Fortney
I will meet more single women this week than most men will in their entire lives. The women will touch me, hug me, laugh at my jokes - and then walk out to their husbands, boyfriends or Chihuahuas and hike Runyon Canyon. I'm a casting director for TV commercials. On a typical day I interview 100 beautiful and spirited women, all of whom stare deeply into my eyes and listen to my every musing. Their very livelihood depends on it. If they catch just a nugget of something I say that the other women miss, it might lead to a callback, then a booking and maybe $25,000 in residuals.
NEWS
June 19, 2001 | STEVEN R. HAWKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was true, I knew. Still, seeing it there, in print, it seemed more than true. It seemed, well, meaningful. The words had meaning. A meaning I hadn't thought of. A meaning I wasn't sure I intended. A meaning I wasn't sure I liked. Still, I did as the escrow officer said. I checked the box. "Steven Roy Hawkins. A Single Man." Say what? I know I'm single, I know I'm a man, but when did I become "A Single Man"? When did I go from being single to being "A Single"?
NATIONAL
May 30, 2012 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
SEATTLE - An explosive day of violence ended Wednesday when a man believed to have shot five people in a cafe near the University District and a woman in a downtown parking lot shot himself in the head as police closed in. "We strongly believe that this is the person that committed the homicides," Assistant Police Chief Jim Pugel told reporters after the dramatic face-off in West Seattle. The shootings left six people dead, including the suspect, and one critically wounded. Among the four people killed at Cafe Racer, near the University of Washington, were two men who were members of the band God's Favorite Beefcake, which had performed over the weekend at the city's Folklife Festival, witnesses told KIRO television.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 2010 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Music Box, $29.95; Blu-ray, $34.95 The late Stieg Larsson's worldwide bestseller "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" is now so popular that it's going to be made into a Hollywood movie — even though a hit foreign-language film already exists. The Swedish version stars Michael Nyqvist as an investigative journalist looking into a decades-old missing-person case with the help of a brooding, punky computer whiz (played by Noomi Rapace). It's a grim, foreboding piece of work, but faithful to the novel and effectively gripping.
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