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ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting kicked off 2014 as husband and wife: The couple were married on New Year's Eve. "The Big Bang Theory" star, 27, and her tennis player beau, 26, rang in 2014 by tying the knot during fire-and-ice themed nuptials  at Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Santa Susana, according to several reports.  The Spanish-style villa boasts an open-air venue draped with fabric and chandeliers. The couple's ceremony space appeared to be under a draped canopy adorned with crystals and white flower arrangements.
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NEWS
December 19, 2013 | By Jay Jones
The Christmas feast doesn't have to include ham and candied yams - at least not on the Las Vegas Strip, where nearly every restaurant will be open Dec. 25.  Many will be dishing up special palate pleasers on Christmas. Here's a sampling of seven that await diners. Eggs Benedict will be among the multitude of dishes for Christmas brunch at the Buffet at Wynn . Six varieties of the dish will be offered. Artichoke and black truffle soup , served with toasted mushroom brioche and black truffle butter, will be just one of nine courses at Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace . The Christmas Prestige dinner costs $375 per person.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2013 | By Annlee Ellingson
In "Sweet Talk," Delilah (Natalie Zea) is an erudite phone-sex worker who besides naming herself after the Biblical escort reads "Anna Karenina" and plays chess during routine calls. One "John" (for they're all named John) gets her attention, though, when he proposes that in lieu of the usual dirty talk, they tell each other tales - seduction by storytelling, a la Scheherazade. And get this: His real name is Samson (Jeffrey Vincent Parise). Scripted by Peter Lefcourt based on his stage play and directed by his wife, Terri Hanauer, the film gradually slips into the sweeping romances they spin for each other by depositing Samson and Delilah in her overalls and oversized sweat shirt in the settings they invent and eventually transporting the couple in full period costume to 1914 Budapest and 1939 Vienna.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
The virtue of words gets a sweet, funny, at times profound close-up in "The Great Passage," Japan's entry for 2013's foreign-language Oscar. Director Yuya Ishii, working off a gentle, finely textured script by Kensaku Watanabe (adapted from the novel by Shiwon Miura) takes his time telling this warm story of the 15-year creation of a definitive print dictionary, but it's a worthy journey. Initially set in 1995, on the cusp of a tech explosion that would gradually render physical books an endangered species, the film follows the trajectory of Mitsuya Majime (Ryuhei Matsuda)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
As much as any directors working today, the brothers Coen, Ethan and Joel, are unmistakable auteurs, filmmakers who place their own distinctive stamp on everything they do. But while the bleak, funny, exquisitely made "Inside Llewyn Davis" echoes familiar themes and narrative journeys, it also goes its own way and becomes a singular experience, one of their best films. Like the Coens' earlier "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," "Inside" sends a protagonist with links to Homer's Odyssey (here it's an ornery cat named Ulysses)
IMAGE
November 29, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt
Healing energies, handcrafted ceramic vessels and fashionable floral designs: The season's best new home fragrances have way more to offer than just a sweet scent. --Venerable Parisian candlemaker Diptyque recently opened its first Southern California boutique at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. New designs include limited-edition holiday candles in jeweled hues and a refillable Hourglass Diffuser, which can be used with a range of scented oils and is also an appealing objet. --Create the ambience of an at-home speak-easy with Antica Farmacista's new Manhattan diffuser, inspired by the retro cocktail and the city that never sleeps.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2013 | By Amy Reiter
The Top 8 singers on "The Voice" gave us a lot to love on Monday night. In addition to elaborately staging (Choreography! Exciting lighting! Fleets of backup dancers! Sprawling backing bands!), the evening's performances provided bursts of impressive vocal pyrotechnics, as well as compelling, quieter moments. Savvy song selections helped some singers hit their sweet spots, moving their coaches to seek out new ways to praise them. CeeLo Green even wrote his sole remaining contestant, Caroline Pennell, a mash note, declaring her to be, at the very least, the winner of his heart!
NEWS
November 15, 2013 | By Cathleen Decker
For Republicans who found themselves on the losing end in November - and particularly the Republican who lost to President Obama - the events of the last few weeks have been sweet comeuppance. First the website portal for Obamacare, the healthcare plan the GOP had railed against throughout 2012, collapsed at its Oct. 1 opening. Then the president was forced to acknowledge that, contrary to his oft-uttered line, some people would lose their insurance policies as a result of his plan.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2013 | By Allyssa Lee
And the stars just keep on falling. In another shocking “Dancing With the Stars” Season 17 elimination, actress Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Valentin Chmerkovskiy were ejected from the glitterverse in the quarterfinal round of competition. This unexpected result landed about as well as Nomi pushing Cristal down the stairs. The “Saved By the Bell” actress just came off a perfect 30 score. A routine the judges thought was her best ever. They all joked about “ab envy.” She had just danced with a shirtless Gleb Savchenko.
OPINION
October 20, 2013 | By Robert N. Proctor
We're quietly approaching the 100th anniversary of the modern cigarette, but don't expect much in the way of fanfare. Cigarette sales have been falling since 1981, when 630 billion were smoked in the United States. Now we smoke only about 300 billion in any given year, mostly in the style of the "American blend" introduced by Camels. Camels were first sold in October 1913. Only 1 million were sold that first year, but this quickly grew to 425 million in 1914 and to 6.5 billion two years later.
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