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February 7, 1997 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's hard to imagine Craig Rosenberg's "Hotel de Love" appealing to anyone who isn't hung up on romance novels, but if you're into unrequited love, this may be for you. The twist in this exceedingly minor Australian romantic comedy is that this time it's the men instead of the women who are pining away for love. Simon Bossell's Stephen tells us how he and his fraternal twin Rick (Aden Young) fell hard for a visiting beauty, Melissa (Saffron Burrows).
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February 28, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
The affections of the New Yorkers in the drama "Almost in Love" are unsteady, in flux, half-articulated. But director Sam Neave is unequivocal in his love for the two most gorgeous times of day, dusk and dawn, setting his improvising actors against the changing light. If the romantic fate of the central triangle never matters, the sumptuous wistfulness of the filmmaking does. Neave shapes his story as a double dose of unrequited love that plays out at two parties, separated by a year and a half.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 1991 | DANA PARSONS
Wednesday's column was about a woman who, until being taken away by county social workers in recent weeks, lived for many years under the trees and in the bushes between two office buildings in Newport Beach. The few people I talked to had heard rumors about the woman over the years, but no one was quite sure what her story was, and I suggested that perhaps we never would know.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2012 | By F. Kathleen Foley
“Ghost-Writer,” now in its West Coast premiere at International City Theatre, starts off sluggishly, with an extended expositional monologue that, while poetical, seems a somewhat logy way to commence. Ignore that static prelude.  Playwright Michael Hollinger, who has penned such well-regarded works as “Opus” and “Incorruptible,” soon has us in the grip of his assured creative hand. The play was inspired by an anecdote about Henry James' secretary, who claimed she continued channeling the master's words after his death.
MAGAZINE
April 2, 2000 | Jamie Purviance
As a child, I spent several summers on the coast of Maine, which included a lot of time down on the fishing docks of a town called Prouts Neck. The old harbor master there, Mr. Smythe, had covered his office walls with the paraphernalia of his profession: rusty crab pots, foam buoys and broken brass compasses. He had hung a few seashells from the walls, too, but one in particular positively dazzled me--an abalone shell he had brought from Southern California in the 1950s.
NEWS
July 12, 1992 | VICKI TORRES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
William Barnes, a skinny, stringy-blond-haired survivalist and paint-gun warrior, fancies himself a freedom fighter. Although he never served in the Army's Green Berets or in Vietnam, he lists himself as a veteran of both in a book he wrote on paint-gun warfare tactics. And although never romantically linked to Dolores Esparza, he apparently considered himself her liberator from her marriage to a darkly handsome Chicano activist and musician named Carlos Vazquez.
NEWS
February 3, 1998
As Valentine's Day approaches, we're especially interested in dreams about l-u-v: good love, bad love, old love, new love, sexual and platonic love, hoped for and unrequited love. Cynthia Richmond can help you sort it all out in a special column that will run Feb. 13. Write to her at "In Your Dreams," Life & Style, Los Angeles Times, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles, CA 90053; send a fax to (213) 237-0732, or e-mail her at cynthrich@aol.com.
NEWS
September 29, 1997 | SANDY BANKS
An 11-year-old boy--distraught over being rejected by his 12-year-old girlfriend over the Internet--hanged himself in the bathroom of his family's home, after telling the girl via e-mail that she would not hear from him again. --From the Los Angeles Times, Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2007 | PAUL YOUNG
Unlike many of her British peers, Tracey Emin has earned an enviable reputation for her exceedingly frank -- make that naughty -- depictions of herself. She's perhaps best known for "My Bed," which caused a ruckus in 1999 when she was nominated for the Turner Prize. It featured the mattress, replete with fecal stains, used condoms, vodka bottles and cigarette butts, that Emin refused to leave after enduring an abortion.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2012 | By Ernest Hardy, Special to the Los Angeles Times
From the moment Azealia Banks swagger-sashayed onstage before a capacity crowd at the Fonda Theatre on Saturday, she radiated old-fashioned star magnetism and immediately showed why she'd been tagged one of hip-hop's brightest new stars - even though she'd distanced herself from the genre, saying she'd "rather be a dance artist. " Dressed in a sheer bodysuit with strategically placed strips of material and sporting her signature thick mane of mermaid-style hair, the 21-year-old unleashed a rat-a-tat-tat stream of perfectly enunciated words - creating that most foundational of relationships between a rapper and her fans.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
It's been a big week for R&B star Frank Ocean. On Wednesday, he posted a letter to his Tumblr account in which he described falling in love with another man. Though he stopped short of labeling himself as either “gay” or “bisexual,” the admission was widely heralded as a huge step forward for hip-hop . Monday on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” Ocean had a coming-out of another kind: his first television performance....
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2011
SERIES A Gifted Man: Michael (Patrick Wilson) tries to save a pregnant friend with a brain tumor and a little boy with sickle cell anemia in this new episode (8 p.m. CBS). Kitchen Nightmares: Chef Ramsay gives the owners and staff of a family-owned establishment in Springfield, Mass., a dose of tough love in this new episode (8 p.m. Fox). CSI: NY: Max (Gary Sinise) and the team investigate the death of an awkward teenager and discover that he was trying to woo a sexy punk-rock chick (Aly Michalka)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2007 | PAUL YOUNG
Unlike many of her British peers, Tracey Emin has earned an enviable reputation for her exceedingly frank -- make that naughty -- depictions of herself. She's perhaps best known for "My Bed," which caused a ruckus in 1999 when she was nominated for the Turner Prize. It featured the mattress, replete with fecal stains, used condoms, vodka bottles and cigarette butts, that Emin refused to leave after enduring an abortion.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 2007 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
WILLIAM (Mark Webber) is a 20-year-old actor born in Texas and raised in New York after his parents divorced when he was a child. Some 15 years later, the trauma is still fresh in his mind, sparking flashbacks to his conception and, later, to his father's advice never to stray too far from Texas in his heart. William dutifully follows the tip, incorporating down-home elements in his hipster (hickster?) wardrobe and affecting a mopey cowboy demeanor.
NEWS
June 14, 2007 | Kathleen Clary Miller, Special to The Times
ON the day the doctor placed my father in a facility, the director of Family Services handed me a book to read -- a party favor, as it were, for having completed the hours of paperwork that was required of me. It was titled "Talking to Alzheimer's," a sort of self-help guide to entering the bizarre and uncharted territory of conversation with a loved one whose brain no longer recognizes itself.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 1990 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There's such a warm, sentimental glow to the often playful "Buddies" (at the Little Tokyo Cinemas) that it's easy to overlook its subtlety and complexity, both as a consideration of the sometimes thorny nature of friendship and beyond this, the treacherousness of nostalgia. What's more, if you were amused by Ken Takakura's starchy cop loosening up in Ridley Scott's "Black Rain," you will enjoy even Takakura even more in one of the richest roles of his career.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2006 | Ann Powers;Richard Cromelin;Steve Hochman;Agustin Gurza
John Mayer "Continuum" (Columbia) * * 1/2 JOHN MAYER is 28 years old, and he's facing mortality. "Continuum" (in stores Sept. 12) has the musical gentility that's made him the favorite mellow love man of the text-messaging generation, but the lyrics tell another story. Our hero is "slow dancing in a burning room" with his soon-to-be-ex lady love; he's eyeing vultures outside his door. "Keep me where the light is!" he moans on the soul ranter "Gravity." He's in the throes of a serious reckoning.
BOOKS
June 11, 2006 | Jane Ciabattari, Jane Ciabattari is the author of the short-story collection "Stealing the Fire" and a member of the board of the National Book Critics Circle.
MARTHA McPHEE'S ambitious third novel, "L'America," is the latest, and in many ways the least explicit, of the recent novels shaped by the post-Sept. 11 world.
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