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October 23, 2011 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
Fittingly, it began with a date. Last year, Anton Yelchin, 21 and coming off his performance as Chekov in the film "Star Trek," was sitting nervously in the bar of a Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles, waiting for a woman five years his senior. On a flight from London, his dinner companion, the British actress Felicity Jones, was also trying to squelch the butterflies. "I remember thinking, 'I just hope he's a good guy,'" she recalled. The two were indeed rendezvousing to see whether they'd make a good couple — only not in real life.
February 25, 2002
On that depressing day that some choose to call Valentine's Day, I greatly enjoyed reading "The Quest for Fire" by Roy Rivenburg (Feb. 14). As the single mother of two, my Valentine plans included: Stationing myself at my front door to await the onslaught of floral and candy deliveries from "your secret admirer" and "your crazy lover Phil who is currently surrounded by nice men in their clean, white coats." Going to a posh candy store and looking pathetic until some kind man asks me out. Going to a florist shop and weeping until the owners fill my arms with flowers and beg me to leave because I am making the other customers uncomfortable.
February 15, 2010 | Sandy Banks
Yolanda Miranda spent two months planning for Valentine's Day this year -- assembling hundreds of cellophane-wrapped gift baskets, designing dozens of flower bouquets, hunting for deals on teddy bears, holiday mugs and picture frames. A year ago, she made $3,000 peddling Valentine's Day gifts from a folding table in a Northridge parking lot. This year, she doubled her offerings, staked out three spots, and imagined dollar signs over every heart. But on Sunday night, Miranda was pacing the sidewalk in front of her home, her melting candy, wilted roses and untouched pile of teddy bears crowding her tiny front lawn.
February 12, 2010 | By BETSY SHARKEY, Film Critic
To paraphrase that Southern philosopher Mama Gump, "Valentine's Day" is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get -- although I'm pretty sure ooey-gooey sweetness and absolutely no nutritional value is a given. Because the man handing out this particular box is Garry Marshall, definitely more a milk chocolate than dark bittersweet kind of guy, the hearts-on-sleeves sentimentality that saturates this romantic comedy won't come as a surprise. Funny-sweet terrain has proved a very good match for the director over the years, with "Pretty Woman" among his many nougats.
February 12, 1987
The colors, the shape, the way a greeting card looks may attract a person to pick it up and read it, but it's the wording that determines whether or not someone chooses to buy it and send it, especially when it comes to matters of the heart. To help us understand why we give and receive valentines, You Section editors went to the experts at Hallmark Cards, now in its 77th year in the greeting card business. Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., the company, ranked No.
February 9, 1999 | Greg Johnson
The National Basketball Assn.'s latest fan-friendly commercial--a Valentine's Day greeting featuring Los Angeles Laker star Shaquille O'Neal--aired during Monday night's broadcast of the Laker game with the San Antonio Spurs. The commercial, which also featured several other NBA stars who are jockeying to replace Michael Jordan as the league's best-known player, is part of a wider campaign aimed at persuading fans to return to NBA arenas and television broadcasts.
February 13, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Thousands of couples got Valentine's Day celebrations going early in the Philippines, kissing simultaneously at midnight in what organizers dubbed "Lovapalooza 2." The couples gathered along a popular seaside walkway in the capital and cheered as fireworks went off over Manila Bay.
February 3, 2005 | Leni Fleming, Special to The Times
Whiling away a few hours in the card aisle at the drugstore, I noticed there was a section labeled "Valentine/Romance" -- and a completely different one marked "Valentine/Wife." And you wondered why Valentine's Day is often more fun for singles than for couples? There is an old-fashioned innocence to this holiday, an aura of anticipation, of secrets and surprises. If you're single, the world's your oyster; the possibilities are endless.
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