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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.
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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...
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.
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.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
If you watch local news, especially in the days before Valentine's Day, then chances are good you've heard this phrase: "Those with a special someone may look to their mobile device to help them say 'I love you.'" Sound familiar? If not, it definitely will after watching this segment from Thursday night's "Conan" in which Conan O'Brien once again pointed out the depressing sameness of local news around that country with prepackaged stories that various anchors read with varying degrees of inflection.
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.
NEWS
January 21, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
If you can't put a price on love, then why not spend a ridiculous amount of money for an over-the-top Valentine's Day hotel package? With these Southern California and New York City picks, $10,000 doesn't even get you in the game. Don't worry about taking out that line of credit from the bank; the experience at these luxury hotels will make it all worth it. $100,000: Don't even think about the Proposal of the Century package at the Langham Huntington (1401 S. Oak Knoll St., Pasadena)
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Is romance dead? That's the question my colleague Chris Erskine posed in his Middle Ages column last week after noticing a decline in RomComs and love songs. “Imagine a life without romance. Well, that's exactly what we've come to in our pop culture - a joyless run of techno-pop, superhero flicks and this year's dour collection of best picture nominees,” he lamented . Erskine continued: “If you ever get the chance, watch TV sometime. Most of today's shows are raucous and smart, but not the least bit winsome or romantic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
“You guys wanna go on the love train?” a Metro employee called out. As soon as Sam Oglesby stepped onto the Red Line car with roommate Jack Meighan, they introduced themselves to a nearby woman and began talking over the din - the roar of the train and the unusual chatter of nearly two dozen strangers. Two Metro cupids in red and white costumes, wings and all, made rounds with passengers who rode from Union Station to Hollywood and back on designated cars adorned with hearts, garland-wrapped poles and cupid window stickers.
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