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Except for the remarkable "The Sixth Sense," the hottest summer on record is finally beginning to show some signs of cooling down. The weekend's three new films all opened on the mild side, with only the Mafia comedy "Mickey Blue Eyes," starring Hugh Grant, demonstrating any sparkle, mainly with older audiences. "Mickey" came in at an estimated $10.4 million in its 2,573-theater debut, placing third.
April 26, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Like most kids growing up in Brazil, Roberto Gurgel dreamed of being on the field for a World Cup. That never happened. So this summer, Gurgel is settling for the next-best thing by helping to build five of the fields that will be used for the first World Cup in his native country in 64 years. Gurgel is executive director of research for Sod Solutions, a South Carolina-based company that develops and licenses varieties of grass. One of those varieties, a deep blue-green Bermuda called Celebration, will be used in five of the 12 World Cup venues this summer.
June 13, 2011
'Summer of Silents' When: Mondays at 7 p.m. through Aug. 8 (no screening on July 4) Where: Samuel Goldwyn Theatre, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills Admission: $5 for general public; $3 for academy members and students with valid I.D. Passes are $25 for the general public; $20 for academy members and students. Information:
April 25, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
If the clang and clutter of summer superhero movies and action behemoths aren't for you - or even if you just want a break - there are still plenty of options in the months ahead, both at the art house and the far corners of the multiplex. Which isn't to say that even these movies don't have some of the same features as their louder, bigger cousins. There's the end credits stinger of "Calvary," which instead of teasing a sequel hauntingly shows the locations from the movie without people, or the microbudget action sequence of "Happy Christmas," when a frozen pizza forgotten in the oven sets off smoke alarms and panic.
August 17, 2012
Olive oil 1 yellow onion, coarsely chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced Salt Freshly ground pepper 1 1/2 pounds eggplant 3 sweet red peppers 3 small zucchini, to equal 1 pound, ends trimmed and soaked in cold water 30 minutes 6 plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 3 tablespoons assorted fresh herbs (parsley, thyme, basil, marjoram and oregano) Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in medium non-stick saute pan over medium-high heat.
August 9, 2006
  California summer pudding Total time: 25 minutes, plus 12 hours chilling time Servings: 6 to 8 3/4 pound brioche, challah or egg bread 1 1/2 pounds peaches 3/4 pound blackberries 1/2 cup sugar 3 tablespoons brandy 1. Trim the crusts from the bread and if it has not been sliced, cut it in roughly one-third-inch slices. Stack the slices and cut them in half diagonally to make triangles. 2. Line a 6-cup mold or bowl with plastic wrap, fitting the wrap tightly into the corners.
August 8, 2007
Total time: About 1 hour, 45 minutes, plus resting time for the pasta dough Servings: 6 to 8 Note: From Donna Deane. This recipe calls for a pasta machine to make the noodles. You can substitute purchased fresh fettucine. If desired, serve with toasted slices of baguette. 1/2 cup flour plus extra for kneading 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 egg, beaten 2 cups onion, cut into 1/4 -inch dice 1/4 cup olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 9 cups good-quality chicken broth 2 to 3 large tomatoes, grated (about 1 3/4 cup grated)
June 7, 2011
The Summer Without Men Siri Hustvedt Picador: 182 pp., $14. Paper
August 16, 2009 | Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist at the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky. His work also appears in USA Today.
Cartoonists can really put the spite in respite. Even when we're kicking back, contemplating the waning sunny days of summer, we find something to kick about. Signe Wilkinson's banner day at the beach was seasickening. Stephanie McMillan's domestic policy piece kidded about stay-at-home kids. And as the days grow ever shorter, so do Dan Wasserman's pharm-boys of summer. Dogging people, even in the dog days, that's a cartoonist's natural pastime. -- Joel Pett Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist at the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky.
May 30, 2011
"Raiders of the Lost Ark" Harrison Ford introduced adventurer-professor Indiana Jones in this blockbuster directed by Steven Spielberg. "Superman II" Christopher Reeve returned as the Man of Steel in the second installment of the Superman movies, which was directed by Richard Lester. It went on to be a critical favorite and box-office hit. "Arthur" Though the dreadful 2011 remake disappeared quickly, this comedy starring Academy Award-nominated Dudley Moore was a huge hit and won the legendary John Gielgud an Oscar.
April 25, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
With spring arrives a fresh blossoming of seasonal metaphors to suggest new birth. A sprouting of unheard music arriving after months of cultivation. Proverbial butterflies crawling out of their cocoons. Bears stretching after deep sleep. In the immortal words of Peter Sellers' character Chauncey Gardiner in “Being There”: “In the garden, growth has it seasons. First comes spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter. And then we get spring and summer again.”  So it goes in late April, with the arrival of young music throughout the marketplace, the best of which is gunning for song-of-the-summer punch, making early moves toward July ubiquity.
April 23, 2014 | By David Wharton
Michael Phelps will launch his comeback from retirement on Thursday, but the 22-time Olympic medalist won't make any promises about competing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. "I'm doing this because I want to get back in the water," he said at a Wednesday afternoon news conference. "I'm having fun. " Phelps will compete in the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, Ariz., this week. He is scheduled to swim in only one event Thursday morning, sticking with the 100-meter butterfly after announcing that he will skip the 100-meter freestyle.
April 23, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
USA Network has its eye on summer, unveiling its summer slate of premieres -- including the launch of two new dramas. June is to be the month of returns, with "Royal Pains" making its sixth-season rollout on Tuesday, June 10. The following night will see the return of "Suits" and "Graceland. " "Covert Affairs" will be waiting a bit longer, getting its start on June 24. Once the veterans warm things up, USA plans to unveil a pair of new dramas on July 17. "Rush," a medical drama with a hard-partying, bad-boy doc (Tom Ellis)
April 22, 2014 | By August Brown
Hard Summer may have temporarily moved from its traditional Chinatown locale, but that hasn't slowed down the fest's bookings for this year. The annual electronic music blowout has announced its lineup for 2014: Headliners include the Dutch EDM titan Tiësto, recent Coachella heros Disclosure, the Diplo/Skrillex side project Jack U and the Harlem rap crew ASAP Mob. The fest, which takes place at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area on Aug....
April 18, 2014 | By Chris Lee and Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
INDIO, Calif. - Dee Dee Penny, lead singer of the Dum Dum Girls, is no stranger to performing at giant summer musical events. At the first of the two-weekend Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival events last Friday, her retro-rock act played before thousands of ecstatic fans. She was just one of an eclectic roster of female artists who galvanized Coachella audiences. Teenage provocateur Lorde dazzled amid a howling dust storm in her summer music festival debut. R&B diva Solange got a surprise assist from her superstar sister, Beyoncé Knowles.
April 16, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Beyonce and Jay Z surprised festival-goers at Coachella last weekend with a few unannounced appearances . But music's most famous couple have a bigger trick up their sleeves: a summer stadium run. The married superstars will launch their first joint tour in June, a source close to the production told The Times. Page Six first broke news of a trek that is slated to hit 20 cities in the U.S., including a possible Fourth of July appearance in New York City. PHOTOS: Unexpected musical collaborations Expected to be named, aptly, the Mr. and Mrs. Carter Tour, according to our source, the U.S. leg will launch June 13 in Atlanta and wrap Aug. 6 in San Francisco.
June 8, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Scrape the bugs off your windshield and check your radiator coolant because the next few months are stacking up to be one of the top summers for road trips in years. With consumer confidence up, fuel prices down and frustration over airline fees growing, Americans are expected to hit the road in big numbers over the next few months, rolling to such hot spots as Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Lake Tahoe. Travel experts and surveys conducted in the last few weeks point to a season of busy freeways and crowded roadside attractions.
July 10, 2009
April 14, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
This summer, actor David Suchet will complete a task 25 years in the making when the final adaptations of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot mysteries are aired. However, if fans want to see Poirot's final three adventures, they'll need a good broadband Internet connection. The English actor Suchet has been playing Christie's Belgian detective creation in a series of adaptations of all 70 of her Poirot stories since 1989. This summer, the 13th series of adaptations, made up of five TV movies, will debut in America, but not all episodes will air on PBS' "Masterpiece Mystery," which has been the show's stateside home for most of its run. The first two films, "The Big Four" and "Dead Man's Folly," will air on PBS on July 27 and Aug.  3, respectively.
April 11, 2014 | By Amy Wilentz
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. My grandfather's house on the New Jersey shore was a huge 1880s double-parlor Victorian with 11 bedrooms, a wraparound porch and a big green couch in the living room next to the piano.
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