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FilmWeek: 56 Up, Broken City, Mama and more

FilmWeek: 56 Up, Broken City, Mama and more

Director Allen Hughes and Mark Wahlberg attend the “Broken City” screening at Kerasotes Showplace ICON on January 6, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Credit: Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell, Henry Sheehan and Charles Solomon to review the week’s new film releases including 56 Up, Broken City, Mama and more. […]

Are Lena Dunham’s ‘Girls’ sex scenes too realistic to appeal to viewers?

Are Lena Dunham’s ‘Girls’ sex scenes too realistic to appeal to viewers?

Actress Zosia Mamet, actress/writer Lena Dunham, and actress Allison Williams pose with Best Series Award in the press room during the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images Lena Dunham’s breakout HBO series Girls has attracted a lot of […]

To Sell is Human

To Sell is Human

“To Sell Is Human” by Dan Pink Do you have any experience in sales? Well, if you have a job in today’s society, author Dan Pink says the answer is yes. While one in nine Americans work in a traditional sales department, the other eight draw upon the same techniques salespeople use every day. Pink […]

Which all-American food is helping consumers avoid eating up their finances?

Which all-American food is helping consumers avoid eating up their finances?

“Creamy & Crunchy” by John Krampner Creamy, crunchy, salty or plain – how do you like your peanut butter? Although  it’s not popular in other countries, more than 75% of the American population consumes over one billion pounds of it annually. However, peanut butter has not been immune to social and economic trends. Sales dropped […]

Setting sights on practical solutions to gun violence

Setting sights on practical solutions to gun violence

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) makes brief remarks to the press after a meeting with Cabinet members and sportsmen’s, wildlife and gun interest groups at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building January 10, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Barack Obama appointed Biden to oversee a task force on gun violence and also was to […]

Money down the drain? Stormwater cleanup parcel tax proposed by LA County Flood District

Money down the drain? Stormwater cleanup parcel tax proposed by LA County Flood District

A beach closed sign on October 9, 2010 in Malibu warns against contaminated water due to rain runoff. Credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images The LACFD is proposing an annual fee to help pay for cleanup of stormwater runoff.  Toxins, sewage and debris ranging from plastic water bottles to soccer balls regularly find their way Southern California’s […]

Can Kickstarter replace old money models in entertainment?

Can Kickstarter replace old money models in entertainment?

Director of the film program at Kickstarter, Elisabeth Holm speaks during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. Credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images It’s been just three years since Kickstarter was created, and already it’s being called one of the most notable Internet ventures ever. Almost anyone with a Facebook page has friends hitting them up for money […]

2013 Oscar nominations

2013 Oscar nominations

A general view of atmosphere at the AMPAS Monday Nights with Oscar screening at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International on December 13, 2010 in New York City. Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images Now that the Oscar nominations have been announced, Larry is joined by Los Angeles Times Film Writer Nicole Sperling to discuss this year’s Academy […]

‘Gangster Squad’ director Ruben Fleischer on his snappy vision of LA, film noir

‘Gangster Squad’ director Ruben Fleischer on his snappy vision of LA, film noir

Director Ruben Fleischer arrives at Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Gangster Squad” premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on January 7, 2013 in Hollywood, California. Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images A team of merciless cops go after a mob boss, by any means necessary. It’s the classic film noir premise, and in this time set in a moonlit mid-century […]

Huell Howser, iconic host of ‘California’s Gold,’ dies

Huell Howser, iconic host of ‘California’s Gold,’ dies

Huell Howser amidst the poppies, California’s Gold. Credit: Huell Howser Viewers loved him for his genuine sense of wonder. Californians loved him because he shone a light on some of the state’s most beautiful, interesting and unique areas, businesses and events. To the sorrow of many, Huell Howser has died today. RELATED: Huell Howser is retiring: […]