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Jazz drumming is spotlighted in 'Whiplash'

Jazz drumming is spotlighted in 'Whiplash'

Miles Teller is a star on a rapid rise, while veteran actor J.K. Simmons has featured in many varied theater, movie and television roles. Together they are kinetic in the new film “Whiplash,” where Teller plays aspiring jazz drummer Andrew Neyman and Simmons is Fletcher, the stern,...

Dining: Trip to Bountiful Bakery is sweet indeed

Dining: Trip to Bountiful Bakery is sweet indeed

The economic downturn of 2008 was a curse and a blessing for Denise Assad. After a prestigious career in advertising and design, she lost her job. Using her unemployment checks as start-up cash, she began baking and selling the fruits of her labor to parents...

Free and mesmerizing jazz from singer Thurston every weekend

Free and mesmerizing jazz from singer Thurston every weekend

Saturday mornings in Burbank have gotten a lot cooler recently, thanks to jazz singer Perlene Thurston’s free, weekly 11 a.m. gigs at Olive Avenue’s Backstage CafĂ©. Teamed with the veteran guitarist Doug McDonald, Thurston’s brand of...

Film Review: 'Automata' delivers enjoyable futuristic tale

Film Review: 'Automata' delivers enjoyable futuristic tale

“Automata” takes place 30 years from now, when environmental abuse has wiped out all but 21 million of us. Most of the world is a parched, radioactive wasteland. Any activity outside one of the few safe zones must be accomplished by sophisticated...

Film Review: The turns are better left unsaid in David Fincher's 'Gone Girl'

Film Review: The turns are better left unsaid in David Fincher's 'Gone Girl'

In reference to “Gone Girl” director David Fincher, Gillian Flynn — the novel’s author (and now the film’s screenwriter) — has asserted that “...even as I was writing the novel, there were certain scenes I pictured him...

DVD Review: Cynicism hasn't deadened 'The Innocents'

If Amazon comments are any indication, few films demonstrate the change in audience expectations over the last 50 years better than “The Innocents,” director Jack Clayton's classic 1961 adaptation of Henry James' “The Turn of the Screw.&...

Pizza chain turns up the heat

Pizza chain turns up the heat

With the proliferation of build-your-own-pizza places around town, I was not enthusiastic about trying another one. But 800 Degrees pizza, a small chain out of West L.A., took over the old Louise’s Trattoria at Colorado Boulevard and Fair Oaks Avenue and...

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Read On: Taking a trip to Ferguson, Mo.

Read On: Taking a trip to Ferguson, Mo.

I have to admit that when Barack Obama was elected president of the United States back in 2008, it seemed not only historic but incredibly exciting to everyone in my liberal-minded circle. A black...