Interview: Weightlifting Champs and L.A. Trainers Jerzy and Aniela Gregorek

Aniela and Jerzy Gregorek, of The Happy Body in L.A. I had a chance to talk with world weightlifting champions and famous LA trainers Jerzy and Aniela Gregorek, coauthors of the award-winning book The Happy Body: The Simple Science of Nutrition, Exercise and Relaxation. With their newly released Happy Body Exercise Program DVD set, which […]

‘Star Wars’ costumes out in force at EMP

Do you suspect Darth Vader might really be your father? Well, you can visit dad, and all of his friends and foes, at EMP starting Saturday. An exhibition, “Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume,” is kicking of a 12-city tour in Seattle through Oct. 4. It features 60 costumes from […]

Movies you love to hate-watch

When you’ve finally crawled through the last show you can stand to watch on Netflix and Amazon Prime and, possibly, even YouTube … well, you’re going to go back through the movies you’ve already seen and liked on some level … The ones you truly like/love, you’ve watched 1,000 times and several dozen times in […]

Review: Something’s missing from the deck in ‘Wild Card’

It becomes quickly clear in “Wild Card,” the latest vehicle for the hunky, brooding British action star Jason Statham, that his character doesn’t need a gun to maim or kill. Guns are for wimps. Statham can wreak havoc with virtually any sharp implement, including his own head. What he does need, however, is a sharper […]

Convicted drug dealer charged with murder of movie executive

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A convicted drug dealer was charged Thursday with the murder of a 20th Century Fox executive, who mysteriously disappeared more than two years ago and whose remains were found in a northern Los Angeles County desert area in October. John Lenzie Creech, 42, was charged Thursday with 57-year-old Gavin Smith’s death, […]

‘Ida’ takes an unlikely road to the Academy Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Pawel Pawlikowski tried to make his film a flop. He shot it in black-and-white, in Polish and without any well-known actors. Commercial prospects were about as grim as the movie’s own exhumation of German-occupied Poland. “We did everything to make it inaccessible,” says Pawlikowski. “Not for any stupid reasons, but, like, […]

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Emily West ("Chandelier") Talks About Working with Cyndi Lauper

Emily West Emily West dazzled America’s Got Talent viewers last year on her way to the finals, singing iconic hits like “Nights In White Satin” by the Moody Blues, “You Got It” by Roy Orbison, and “Chandelier” by Sia, a performance which became a YouTube sensation. West has just released her new music video for […]

Music Review: Sasha’s Bloc

Heart on Fire, set for release in March, is the second album from Sasha’s Bloc, a Los Angeles-based nonet formed in 2012 by Russian-born bassist and songwriter Alex Gershman. Steeped in the traditions of jazz from back in the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s, the band is a collective of musicians from a variety of nationalities […]

SpongeBob online? Nickelodeon to offer Internet subscription

NEW YORK (AP) — SpongeBob fans rejoice: Nickelodeon is the latest cable channel to plan a stand-alone Internet offering. What’s not yet known is whether this offering will be the same channel as what cable and satellite TV subscribers now get. It’s possible the service will have just supplemental content or archives of past shows […]

Stocks fade late as oil dips, Fed gives investors pause

Investors struggled to figure out a barrage of signals from the Federal Reserve, oil markets and Corporate America Wednesday, and stocks fell sharply for second straight day. The Federal Reserve issued its first policy statement of the year, making clear that it would remain “patient” in raising interest rates from near zero, which was expected. […]

Malaysia says MH370 crash an accident to clear compensation

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s government formally declared still-missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 an accident on Thursday and said all those on board were presumed dead, paving the way for compensation claims but angering victims’ families still waiting for evidence of the plane’s fate. Civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said the search for […]