| Dec 24, 2013
| 11:07 AM
As a director and star trying to extend into new territory, Ben Stiller is his own best friend. With wild and crazy films like "Zoolander" and "Tropic Thunder" in his past, Stiller's taken a different turn in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," but,...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 5:16 PM
SACRAMENTO — A California firefighter who was severely burned when her crew was trapped during a 2007 wildfire received a pardon from the governor Tuesday for crimes she committed in her youth.
Gov. Jerry Brown's order, citing Brooke Linman's...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 1:54 PM
Natalie Hammond thought it might have been the sound of pipes banging when the furnace kicks in.
Other teachers figured a janitor had knocked over a toolbox, or perhaps a stack of metal folding chairs had slipped off a cart, or maybe it was just the...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 5:14 PM
In my first summer as a Newport Beach lifeguard, I would sit silent and wide-eyed, entranced by veteran lifeguards and the stories they would tell.
From narratives of heroic rescues at The Wedge to tales from the infamous "summer of '97," an El Nino...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 8:50 AM
Chang-rae Lee starts his new novel, "On Such a Full Sea," with the kind of stock beginning that seems disappointingly similar to those of the multivolume behemoths ceaselessly cranked out for the young adult market the past few years. The heart sinks; not...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 9:23 AM
The debate over whether Edward Snowden should receive leniency from the federal government -- revived by a New Year's Day editorial in The New York Times -- tracks the larger debate over Snowden encapsulated in the question: "Hero or traitor?" In other...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Tapping into patriotism, Universal's Navy SEALs action film "Lone Survivor" is playing powerfully at the U.S. box office with a projected $33 million to $35 million weekend according to estimates based on Friday showing.
Projections have doubled over the...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 6:37 PM
There isn't a gang in Los Angeles that the new Fox crime drama "Gang Related" doesn't explore.
Russian, Korean, Latino, African American, white and more are brought to vivid, bloody life over the course of the first season, which stars Ramon Rodriguez...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 2:55 PM
I enjoy the periodic notes I receive from my readers; it’s nice to know that someone appreciates my thoughts. Recently I received a question from a reader, “Dr. Joe, I read the poem ‘Thermopylae’ by Constance Cavafy you used as a...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 5:10 PM
Aristotle placed spectacle near the bottom of his list of tragedy's essentials, and anyone who ventures to see "An Iliad" at the Broad Stage will agree that special effects aren't needed to bring to the stage Homer's deathless epic in all its agonizing,...
| Jan 19, 2014
On Oct. 18, 1958, a bizarre-looking apparatus responded to a blaze at a lumberyard on Cermak Road, raised a steel arm hinged in the middle like an elbow, and revolutionized firefighting the world over.
"A fireman in a crow's nest at the top of the tower...