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Energy runs high at Hot 92.3's Freestyle Explosion

Tue Oct 21, 2014

With an entire evening dedicated to the ’80s equivalent of disco, Hot 92.3’s Super Freestyle Explosion functioned as a variety show of sorts, showcasing the subgenre’s most beloved performers. Largely influenced by the big-band funk of the ’70s and the rhythm-and-blues of the ’60s, freestyle channeled melody

Gwen Stefani won't return to 'The Voice'

Tue Oct 21, 2014

It was one in and one out for Orange County last week on “The Voice,” as singer Troy Ritchie from Trabuco Canyon advanced, but we learned that local icon Gwen Stefani would not return as a coach next season. Host Carson Daly announced on “Today” that Christina Aguilera would return for Season 8 to reclaim the seat

On the heels of Fox's 'Utopia,' here are some of TV's biggest flops

Tue Oct 21, 2014

Every fall brings failure to a few hopeful new shows, but rarely do they fall as hard as “Utopia.” Fox committed a ton of money to producing the reality series – reportedly $50 million – and spent a lot of time promoting it this past summer, giving it a harder push than any of its other new fall programs.

Open & Shut: Taco Bell heats up K.C. menu with sriracha

Sat Oct 18, 2014

The Kansas City Royals aren’t the only ones on a hot streak in the city. Roughly 70 Taco Bells in the Kansas City market are testing a spicy menu of seven sriracha-laced items, including a scrambled egg breakfast with sriracha cream sauce. Other items – including tacos, beef grillers and a quesarito –feature sriracha se

Creamistry to open third location in Long Beach

Sat Oct 18, 2014

Ice cream shop Creamistry is opening its third shop later this month in Long Beach. The Yorba Linda-based company will open at 4725 E. 2nd St. in Belmont Shore. A grand opening is slated for Nov. 10, after a so

Disneyland's Haunted Mansion is a house of fancy frights

Sat Oct 18, 2014

No one in Orange County decorates a house for Halloween quite like the creative minds behind the Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland. It has been 14 years since the seasonal “Nightmare Before Christmas”- themed overlay was launched at the classic Haunted Mansion, and the ghoulish meets quirky meets elegant design continues to evolv

Pitt unleashes 'Fury'

Fri Oct 17, 2014

This bit of heroics isn’t “what I wanted to do,” Brad Pitt’s battle-scarred sergeant, and a hundred movie sergeants before him, growl. “But it’s what we’re doing.” “Fury” is the sort of World War II movie Hollywood used to churn out four or five times a year – a gritty, gr

Video: Boy Scouts want you to take the plunge – from 17 stories up

Fri Oct 17, 2014

Eighth-grader John-Aaron Bozanic balances atop the concrete barrier surrounding the roof of the Irvine Marriott Hotel, stares down 17 floors and disappears over the edge. Like Batman. It’s Thursday, and on this day I am Robin to Bozanic’s Batman. Together and on separate ropes, we plan to rappel to the concret

Hewitt: CBS, HBO announcements will mean a major change in how we watch TV

Fri Oct 17, 2014

The TV business took a big leap into the future this week, as CBS and HBO announced online subscription services that will allow viewers to bypass cable companies. This will mean more choices for consumers, experts agree. Whether it will save consumers any money remains to be seen. CBS unveiled a $5.99-a-month Internet su

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