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February 12, 2010
'Valentine's Day' MPAA rating: PG-13 for some sexual material and brief partial nudity Running time: 2 hours, 5 minutes Playing: In general release
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
“Mad Men” is almost always more successful when it approaches Important Social Issues obliquely rather than head-on. Last year's “The Flood” was widely panned for its awkward and heavy-handed depiction of Martin Luther's King's assassination and its aftermath. In contrast, “A Day's Work” may be the smartest, most sensitive this show has ever been on the subject of race, mostly because on the surface it's not about race at all, but rather an almost farcical chain of events set off by a bouquet of flowers.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2010
Thanks for the spot-on review of Garry Marshall's pedestrian "Valentine's Day," which wasted an amazingly diverse cast's talents ["Sweet to Some, Saccharine to Others," by Betsy Sharkey, Feb. 12]. You could have put it more succinctly by saying: "An unsuccessful American remake of Richard Curtis' 'Love Actually,' but missing the acting, style, finesse and joie de vivre of the British original." Lee Moldaver Santa Barbara :: Who sneezed on Betsy Sharkey's See's Candies?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Los Angeles police Monday night were looking for the killer or killers of a 63-year-old man who was fatally stabbed in Watts on Valentine's Day. Samuel Benton was lying on a sidewalk in the 1500 block of East 112th Street when he was spotted by a passerby about 7 p.m., the Los Angeles Police Department said.  Benton was taken to a hospital, where he died from his wounds. Police said detectives had not established a motive for the slaying. At least 72 homicides have been reported within a mile of Benton's killing since January 2007, according to The Times Homicide Report . HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim Anyone with information regarding Benton's slaying is asked to call detectives at (213)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
“Mad Men” is almost always more successful when it approaches Important Social Issues obliquely rather than head-on. Last year's “The Flood” was widely panned for its awkward and heavy-handed depiction of Martin Luther's King's assassination and its aftermath. In contrast, “A Day's Work” may be the smartest, most sensitive this show has ever been on the subject of race, mostly because on the surface it's not about race at all, but rather an almost farcical chain of events set off by a bouquet of flowers.
NATIONAL
February 14, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A northern Georgia sheriff took to the department's Facebook page and canceled Valentine's Day  because of dangerous, icy road conditions - succeeding in eliminating car crashes, but drawing some heat from lovers.  Here's Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry's cupid-killer message: “The Oconee County Sheriffs Office announces that Valentines Day has been CANCELED from a line North of I-16 to the Georgia/Tennessee border.  Men who live...
NEWS
February 14, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Thousands of roses and boxes of chocolates will be exchanged this Valentine's Day, but maybe it's time to rise above the cliche. Man up. Roll up your sleeves. Kick the sweets to the curb and toss those fresh flowers in favor of something called the "broquet. "  What, you ask, is a "broquet"? It's a bouquet of "flowers" made of crunchy potato chips. Because nothing says romance like salty potato chips and fingers ready for licking. Ruffles is encouraging people to create their own "broquet" and share them on the brand's Facebook page.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 2010 | By Ben Fritz
It was a great weekend for low-budget love and not so great for big-budget scares. Romantic comedy "Valentine's Day" dominated the box office with a record-setting $66.9 million take over the long Presidents Day weekend, according to an estimate from distributor Warner Bros., while big-budget horror remake "The Wolfman" generated a so-so $36.5 million. "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief," based on the popular kids' book series, opened to a fairly good $38.8 million in the U.S. and Canada.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2010 | By Ben Fritz
On Valentine's Day weekend, moviegoers are set to fall in love with an underdog on what's expected to be a packed weekend at theaters. Romantic comedy "Valentine's Day," from Warner Bros.' New Line Cinema unit, will almost certainly sell more tickets in the U.S. and Canada than Universal Pictures' and 20th Century Fox's bigger-budget event films "The Wolfman" and "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief." The big question for the weekend, distribution executives at several studios agreed, is whether all three films can comfortably coexist.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
How is it possible that, until this week, I had never read Anita Loos' “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”? Certainly, I've seen the Howard Hawks film. The book, however, managed to elude me -- until a new edition (W.W. Norton, $13.95) featuring a nuanced introduction by Jenny McPhee landed on my desk, just in time for Valentine's Day. If you're among the uninitiated, as I was, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” is a perfect read for this most saccharine of holidays: a cynical knife blade of a novel, barely 130 pages, that puts the lie to romance.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2014 | By Todd Martens
Ellen Page has been met with an outpouring of celebrity support after she fought back tears during an emotional speech Friday in Las Vegas in which she came out as gay. Utilizing her totem as an actress, Page early in her address singled out the entertainment industry as one that "places crushing standards on all of us. "  "Not just young people, but everyone," Page said at the  Human Rights Campaign 's inaugural "Time to Thrive" conference...
OPINION
February 14, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
As if the 405 Freeway hasn't broken our hearts and made us weep enough in the four years it's been under construction, it's now poised to make us miserable on Valentine's Day night and Presidents Day weekend. At 10 p.m. Friday, workers will start closing onramps and offramps, and by 1 a.m. Saturday, all lanes on the northbound 405 between Getty Center Drive and Ventura Boulevard will be shut down, making this no freeway of love for romantic revelers. Over the next 80 hours, three out of five lanes will be closed during the day and all five will be closed late at night.
WORLD
February 14, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Just weeks before South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius is due to face trial on charges of murdering his girlfriend, he posted a Valentine's Day message on his website, calling the shooting a “devastating accident.” The killing of Reeva Steenkamp, which took place on Valentine's Day last year, and the subsequent charges against Pistorius shocked South Africans. A bail hearing attracted massive global media attention. "No words can adequately capture my feelings about the devastating accident that has caused such heartache for everyone who truly loved -- and continues to love Reeva,” said the athlete, who rarely makes public statements or appearances.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google got into the Valentine's Day spirit Friday by creating a special doodle of love stories and with a fireplace visualizer for Chromecast users. When users headed to Google.com they will be greeted by six Sweethearts candies. Users can click on each one to listen to a love story and watch an animation. The stories include a guy who still has a crush on his wife, kids who talk about middle school relationships, and a man who discussed the sadness he felt when he realized his husband will one day die. The rest of the stories include a couple who recount the time they almost had their first kiss, a woman who had doubts about the man she's been married to for 42 years, and a high school senior who talks about her interactions with her crush.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | By Christopher Reynolds
This week should be a joyous one For couples back together. But all these storms chased off the fun, Replaced the love with weather.   St. Valentine would hardly cheer At all those stranded solo, Alone in airports, left to jeer As agents all say no-go.   The TSA did pat you down And maybe that was thrilling. But now your laptop's charge is gone With ten hours to be killing.   Your dreams of romance after sunset? In terminal condition.
SPORTS
February 14, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
Ron Artest's fighting days apparently died with his birth name. Meet Metta World Peace, a man who prefers teaching children about love over punching players and fans. In honor of Valentine's Day, the former Laker and current New York Knicks forward has released his second children's book, "Metta's World Peace and Love Stories. " "This book is a simple way to interact with your child, nephew, niece, younger siblings and instill at a young age the importance of love and family togetherness," World Peace said in a statement.  The book can be purchsed at mettaworldpeace.com and is also available on Amazon Kindle for $3.99.
NEWS
February 14, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
San Francisco wants to spread the love on Valentine's Day. The city deemed "most romantic" on several travel surveys plans to bring some of its charm to L.A.'s Union Station with an entire train wrapped as a cable car - and even a bit of fog too. The deal: The train is really Amtrak's Coast Starlight that travels from L.A. to Seattle via San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Oakland and other cities. Through April 30, it will be covered with a scene of riders on a San Francisco cable car and views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Coit Tower at each end. To hail the train's arrival, San Francisco Travel will host an event at Union Station with characters dressed as Snow White, star of a current exhibit at the Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio; and the " Girl With the Pearl Earring," from the Vermeer painting on display at the De Young Museum . Free Ghirardelli chocolates will be handed out too. When: The event will be held 7 to 10 a.m. Thursday (today)
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield
Just in time for Valentine's Day comes this romantic news: "Record number of educated women are 'marrying down.' " That's right: Blame women's lib. Blame evolution. Blame contact sports. Heck, blame President Obama. But apparently we're seeing an end to the war of the sexes - because women have won. Sort of. As my colleague Walter Hamilton reported : "Nearly 21% of married women in 2012 were better educated than their spouses, a threefold jump from 1960, according to the Pew Research Center.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
If you love movies, and you love romance, the DVD world has lots of new releases you can sample, depending on the kind of romantic you are. If you are a traditionalist, there is the "Keepsake Edition" of the BBC's 5 1/2-hour 1995 version of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice. " Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle are well-cast, and the set features an hour of new bonus features. If you like romance that's more off-center, Criterion has come up with a dual-format edition of Francois Truffaut's New Wave classic "Jules and Jim," starring Jeanne Moreau as a woman potent enough to intoxicate two men at the same time.
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