June 7, 2013 |
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks broke out a familiar cliche when they arrived back home Friday. Leading the Kings three games to one in the Western Conference finals, they promised to play Game 5 on Saturday as if they were behind. "You know the other team's going to come at you hard," captain Jonathan Toews said. "But it's up to you to motivate yourself. " Nothing new there. Toews did talk some strategy, however, saying his team has a formula for playing hard. "We keep saying in the locker room that we need all four lines and no one has to go out there and try to do too much," he said.
June 6, 2013 |
A couple of would-be vanquishers of Earth opt instead to play bluegrass in a Brooklyn bar in the sweetly wacky caper "The History of Future Folk. " Building a decidedly low-fi origin story around a real-life musical duo, the movie could have made its points - war is bad; music is the universal language - in half the time. But the harmonies are sweet, the acoustic picking impressive. And if the matter of Planet Hondo's fate is more a thinly veiled showcase for the two-man band than an involving story, J. Anderson Mitchell and Jeremy Kipp Walker's ultra-low-budget sci-fi comedy delivers a few intergalactic laughs with down-to-earth warmth.
May 31, 2013 |
After a month of mediocre early-season apricots, the prime varieties, sweet, juicy and flavorful, are here or will be soon. Beyond the celebrated Blenheim, there are other worthwhile varieties, and a few are even better. Here are the leading apricots and apricot-like hybrids, in order of ripening, rated on a scale of 1 to 10 for flavor. The crop is about a week early this year and looks good in size and quality. • Apache (5 rating). Season typically May 5-25. Introduced by Ledbetter, USDA, 2002; has Royal and Perfection in its pedigree.
May 28, 2013 |
The indie film festival Dances With Films is celebrating its sweet 16th anniversary this year. The festival, which annually attracts some 8,000 attendees, will feature nearly 100 films from around the world including 60 world premieres, as well as industry conversations and panels over an 11-day period. It begins Thursday and continues through June 9 at the TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood. Dances With Films opens with the world premiere of HBO Documentary Films' “Miss You Can Do It,” which shines a spotlight on Abbey Curran, Miss Iowa 2008, who was the first woman with a disability to compete at the Miss USA Pageant.
May 26, 2013 |
Lore Music Box, $29.95; Blu-ray, $34.95 Available on VOD May 28. Australian writer-director Cate Shortland garnered international attention with her 2004 debut feature, "Somersault," about a teen runaway discovering the power of her sexuality. Shortland's long-in-coming follow-up adapts the Rachel Seiffert novel "The Dark Room" (with a screenplay co-written by Robin Mukherjee), about another adolescent girl, who helps her brothers and sisters travel across postwar Germany after their Nazi parents are arrested as war criminals.
May 23, 2013 |
As Socrates so sagely suggested when he stopped by the set of "Fast & Furious 6" - "Yo, know thyself... " Dom and crew certainly took the words to heart. For all the excess in the latest installment of the adrenaline-injected street-racing action franchise, its humble, low-budget 2001 beginnings are still visible today in the rear-view mirror of Dom's super souped-up 1969 Dodge Daytona Charger. Buildings topple, bridges crumble and speed limits are shamelessly broken as "Fast & Furious 6" roars through the streets of London.
May 20, 2013 |
"The Goodwin Games" is family comedy debuting as a late midseason replacement with only a seven-episode order. So even at Fox, a network not known for hit comedies, hopes are not high. On the other hand, there is a lot of talk these days of rethinking the old models of American television, including making the standard network season (22 to 24 episodes) more like the cable model of 10 to 12. At this year's upfronts, where networks roll out their new fall lineups for advertisers in New York City, Fox discussed several "limited" or "event" series.
May 11, 2013
1 hour. Serves 4 to 6 as an appetizer 1 cup bulgur, medium (No. 2) or fine (No. 1) (about 5.5 ounces) Salt 1 cup hot water 3 small green onions 5 tablespoons fruity extra-virgin olive oil, or more to taste, divided 1 brown onion (about 8 ounces), chopped (about 1 2/3 cups) 2 red bell peppers (about 1 pound), finely diced (about 2 2/3 cups) 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 1/2 tablespoons Turkish-style pepper paste, preferably hot, or to taste 3 to 4 tablespoons lemon juice, or to taste, divided Freshly ground pepper Pinch of red pepper flakes, or to taste (optional)
May 11, 2013 |
Dear SOS: On a trip up the coast of Maine, we found a wonderful bakery in Portland called Standard Baking Co. Everything was delicious, but my husband declared the oatmeal cookies the best he'd ever had, and we made a special detour on the return route to buy more cookies. I'd love it if you could obtain their recipe, so I could surprise him with a batch. Helene Morrison Arroyo Grande Dear Helene: If I didn't know how easy they were to make, I'd plan a vacation in the area just so I could get my fix of these cookies.
April 29, 2013 |
Monday may be the least-loved day of the week, but at least it brings some Twitter #MeatlessMonday fun. Kale and sweet potatoes are just a few of the vegetable stars that were shared during Monday morning's #Weekendeats chat on Twitter. Here are the highlights: Susan Orlins highlighted kale with five recipes including kale chips, sauteed kale, kale sandwiches, kale lasagna and a green smoothie. Jessica Chirstensen from City Tavern in Culver City also kept things green with a whole lot of guacamole . Shulie Madnick from the blog FoodWanderings.com made some oven-baked sweet potato fries, and JFranziska on Twitter shared a photo of her roasted sweet potato and figs . PHOTOS: 139 of the latest recipes from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen Rebecca O'Brien shared a picture of her spicy Thai lentil soup with a salad; Sarah Simmis, also known as LaFemmeEpicure, shared a photo of her spring crudites and hummus ; and the Adirondack Chick shared a photo of a monster veggie burger and a recipe for her summer pasta salad . For dessert, try a sweet-potato-and-nutmeg cake with icing from Alice Good of ABCooking.com or take a look at Remil, a.k.a.