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October 19, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
There is something nicely unexpected about "Dancing on the Edge," writer-director Stephen Poliakoff's seductive drama of jazz and England in the early 1930s. The series, which begins Saturday on Starz (it has already aired on the BBC), forms a kind of "Upstairs/Backstage" story with a mystery attached and comes in five parts, plus an epilogue - appendix might be the better word - in the form of interviews. To be sure, jazz has often lurked at the background of British period pieces - Lord Peter Wimsey dragged to some Soho cellar, Bertie Wooster knocking out a chorus of "Minnie the Moocher.
October 17, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Guys hoping to pique the interest of the cool ghouls and lady demons this Hallow's Eve should consider donning a Batman costume or dressing up as Jay Gatsby. That's one of the takeaways from a recent survey of more than 2,000 singles conducted by dating website  PlentyOfFish .  In response to the question: "Which is the male costume that women are most interested in meeting this Halloween?" 24% of women responded with the Caped Crusader, narrowly edging out Jay Gatsby at 23%. (While you might be curious about the other 53%, we're actually wondering how Redford's Ralph Lauren Gatsby might stack up against DiCaprio's Brooks Brothers Gatsby.)
October 16, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey
If you haven't caught Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the delightfully out-of-her depth vice president in her Emmy-winning HBO comedy "Veep," and have only dim memories of Elaine, "Seinfeld's" yuppie princess with a pea, "Enough Said" is an excellent example of her goofy, gracious way with comedy. Writer-director Nicole Holofcener's bittersweet romantic comedy about the difficulties of middle-age relationships is right in the actress' sweet spot, where insecurities and good intentions battle it out. Both Louis-Dreyfus and costar James Gandolfini (in his final role)
September 26, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Kaley Cuoco knows how to seize an opportunity: "The Big Bang Theory" actress and tennis-player beau Ryan Sweeting are engaged! Seems like only yesterday she was debuting him on the red carpet. Oh, wait, it was only this past weekend , wasn't it? Cuoco's rep confirmed the engagement to Us Weekly on Thursday, and quoted a source close to the star as saying, "When you know, you know. " That of course being a reference to the fact that the two have been dating for only three months or so.  Sweeting popped the question Wednesday, according to the mag, though Sports Now says the engagement was rumored during tennis' U.S. Open earlier this month.
September 26, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
According to US Weekly magazine, rumors during the U.S. Open tennis tournament were true.    Actress Kaley Cuoco, best known for her starring role in the highly popular TV comedy "The Big Bang Theory" and her role in Priceline commercials with actor William Shatner, is engaged to American tennis player Ryan Sweeting, who played at Florida before joining the ATP Tour. Sweeting is ranked No. 582 on the ATP Tour computer and his career-high ranking was 64. He won his first ATP-level tournament in Houston in 2011.
September 24, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Entrepreneur, reality star and new mom Kim Kardashian said she is coming out with her fifth fragrance, True Honey, designed to be "light, sweet ... but also powerfully seductive. " [People] In an embroidered dress, Kiernan Shipka was one of the best dressed at the Emmy Awards on Sunday. Like it? The Delpozo dress is for sale for $5,200 on website Moda Operandi through 11 p.m. EDT on Sept. 29. Not the exact one she wore, of course -- the same design. [Racked] Since Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour became creative director of Conde Nast, she has revamped Lucky and Conde Nast Traveler.
September 23, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
If you're fascinated by up-tempo college football offenses, here's an early-season survey of just how fast, or slow, your favorite team is playing. The study examines the first three weeks of the season so does not include last weekend's slate of games. The fastest-paced team is not Oregon, as you might have imagined. The quickest team out there was Brigham Young, which averaged 96 plays  in its first two games. The Cougars ran a play every 17.8 seconds. BYU is followed by Wyoming (80.3-play average through three games at every 18 seconds)
September 23, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Kaley Cuoco has made her new man red-carpet official. "The Big Bang Theory" star stepped out with boyfriend Ryan Sweeting at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday and its related events throughout the weekend. Cuoco, 27, had been posting photos of herself and her tennis-player beau all summer long. And over the weekend he passed the red carpet test - twice. The pair made their initial appearance Friday at Entertainment Weekly's pre-Emmys party at Fig & Olive Melrose Place in West Hollywood, E!
September 14, 2013 | By Lily Dayton
Walking into one of the studios at Hot 8 Yoga in Santa Monica, I feel like I've crossed into a different latitude. The temperature is 100 degrees, and the moisture in the air is palpable - think tropical rain forest or Southern bayou. Everyone is lying on mats, eyes closed. The instructor, Carmen Guerrero, a striking woman with floral tattoos that curl up her arm, encourages us to feel our breath throughout our bodies, preparing us to "awaken the fire within. " Though I've practiced yoga for several years, this is my first foray into a heated studio.
September 9, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Federal efforts to protect growers of sugar beets and sugar cane epitomize everything that's wrong with U.S. farm programs. At times they've artificially raised the price of sugar, costing consumers billions of dollars; at other times they've stuck taxpayers with the bill for the surplus sugar production they've promoted. The fact that the sugar program is likely to survive the latest rewrite of the farm bill unscathed is a testament to how limited the bill's "reforms" are. Sweeteners are ubiquitous in processed foods, and sugar is the most popular by far. There are two primary sources in the United States: sugar beets, which are grown in parts of California (mainly in Imperial County)
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