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'Citizenfour' shines a harsh light on U.S. surveillance

Thu Oct 30, 2014

“I’m not the story,” Edward Snowden insists to his journalist handlers in the absorbing, thrilling “Citizenfour.” Too late. Directed with deft technical touch by Laura Poitras, “Citzenfour” is the much-anticipated documentary on how Snowden, a former contractor with the National Security

Marilyn Manson acts up at Observatory

Thu Oct 30, 2014

Marilyn Manson does whatever the heck Marilyn Manson wants to do. He’s dramatic, likes to be mysterious and has exhibited some of the most annoying diva-like behavior in past performances in the area. The 45-year-old frontman had The Observatory in Santa Ana absolutely packed to the gills Wednesday night for arguably his most intimate gig

Wine Wednesdays: 5 favorite restaurants to get discounted bottles

Thu Oct 30, 2014

I don’t know when or where it started, but Wine Wednesdays have become a thing. And I like it. I like it a lot. Here’s what’s happening: Every Wednesday, a bunch of restaurants throughout the county are bringing date-night back to the middle of the week by offering full bottles of wine at a huge discount, typically half the nor

Danny Elfman reprises 'Music From the Films of Tim Burton'

Thu Oct 30, 2014

When performer and composer Danny Elfman stepped out onstage at the Royal Albert Hall in London last year for the very first run of “Danny Elfman’s Music From the Films of Tim Burton,” he was absolutely terrified. It had been 18 years since Elfman, who fronted Los Angeles’ beloved rock/new wave band Oingo Boingo f

5 minute recipe: This fudge is so good, it should be illegal

Thu Oct 30, 2014

Felony Fudge is an irresistible combination of chocolate, peanut butter chips, nuts, butter and sweetened condensed milk. It was sent to the Register more than 10 years ago by reader Donna Zager of Ontario. It takes less than five minutes to prepare if you use a microwave oven, a little longer if you melt the ingredients in a double boiler. Zage

Has TV utopia arrived? Not so fast

Thu Oct 30, 2014

Good news keeps coming for consumers staggering under cable TV bills that are rising much faster than inflation – or so it seems at first glance. Those hoping to “cut the cord” and trade their cable subscriptions for cheaper Internet-based service got a boost this week when Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom

Berries get a Halloween costume

Sat Oct 25, 2014

I’m a sucker for Halloween treats with candy eyes. Last year I made a ghost cake covered with comical goblins adorned with goggle-y eyes. Laughing for days over the whimsy of that ghost gateau, I was delighted to see the white chocolate-dipped, ghost-themed strawberries created by the folks at Driscoll‘s strawberries. Look for candy

This isn't your father's pasta: The future of Italian cuisine has arrived

Sat Oct 25, 2014

The future of Italian cuisine has arrived. And while it’s nothing short of a revolution in Los Angeles, it’s a movement that has mostly evaded Orange County. It used to be that if you went out for Italian cuisine, you knew what to expect. You knew before you got there exactly what you would be eating: Caprese salad, fried

Reeves gets the action right

Sat Oct 25, 2014

“John Wick” transforms the current zeal for hit-man movies into a mix of propulsive homicide and giddy farce. Keanu Reeves plays a retired killer who aimed for a new life with his new wife but whose plans faltered when Mrs. Wick died mid-romance. Then her parting gift to John, an adorable puppy, is the victim of an attack fro

Michael Keaton soars in impressive 'Birdman'

Sat Oct 25, 2014

When we first see Michael Keaton in “Birdman,” Alejandro G. Inarritu’s bracingly inventive and accomplished new film about fame, relevance, self-worth and lots of other intense stuff, he’s sitting in his white undies, in the middle of a dressing room. No, really in the middle. Like, in the air. He’s levitati

Bake it? Carve it? Paint it? There's a pumpkin for that

Sat Oct 25, 2014

Sad but true: Despite the nursery rhyme you memorized in childhood, Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater wouldn’t actually have been able to keep his wife in a pumpkin shell. That’s because the pumpkins that make good eating are soft, not sturdy. And those grown with high, thick walls strong enough to withstand carving into jack-o&rsquo

TLC cancels its 'Honey Boo Boo' series

Fri Oct 24, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The TLC network on Friday canceled its colorful series about child beauty pageant contestant Honey Boo Boo and her Georgia family. The network had already completed filming of another season of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" and was

Food report: Steak 'n Shake coming, McRib returns, Melting Pot closes

Fri Oct 24, 2014

Three years after revealing plans to bring Steak ’n Shake to the West Coast, the iconic steak burger chain is finally landing closer to Orange County. Owned by Texas-based Biglari Holdings, Steak ’n Shake will open Tuesday in Santa Monica. This is the second Steak ’n Shake to open in California after a loc

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