Top Chef: Finito! Season 17, Ep 14
The final three all stars face off in an epic Italian showdown to cook the meal of their lives in an effort to take home the ultimate title and prize. [more inside]
Top Chef: Parma Season 17, Ep 13
The chefs are treated to a culinary dream trip to Parma, the legendary home of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and Prosciutto di Parma ham; the chefs must feature the ingredients in two courses and serve their dishes to a table of 16 Michelin stars. [more inside]
Top Chef: Lucca Season 17, Ep 12
The final five travel to Italy, where the chefs must make an aperitivo for 30 locals from the town of Lucca that pairs perfectly with a Peroni beer; then, they hunt the elusive white truffle which they must use in a dish for a Tuscan food festival. [more inside]
Top Chef: Michael's Santa Monica Season 17, Ep 11
Tom makes his final decision from "Last Chance Kitchen" on who should return to the competition; the chefs take off in a Quickfire with Padma and Jonathan Waxman making a two-course business class dish for an airline. [more inside]
Top Chef: Colossal Coliseum Kaiseki Season 17, Ep 10
With only six chefs remaining, the challenges get even more difficult, when pastry super-chef Sherry Yard awaits the all stars for a dreaded dessert Quickfire; chefs endure a blindfolded taste test to pick their ingredients. [more inside]
Top Chef: Cabin Fever Season 17, Ep 9
The chefs head to the mountains outside of Los Angeles to go to a summer camp where they are challenged to an outdoor grilling Quickfire for Padma and "Top Chef" Kentucky winner Kelsey Barnard Clark. [more inside]
Top Chef: Restaurant Wars Season 17, Ep 8
It's Restaurant Wars and this season Padma takes all the limitations off the table as the chefs can make as much food as they want and shop wherever they choose; two chefs are given 48 hours to pick their teams and create the restaurants. [more inside]
Top Chef: Pitch Perfect Season 17, Ep 7
A Last Chance Kitchen winner re-enters the competition, Danny Trejo drops by, and the chefs must pitch a concept for the upcoming Restaurant Wars. [more inside]
Top Chef: Get Your Phil Season 17, Ep 6
Padma gets a real rise out of the chefs when she tasks them to make a Quickfire dish without any All-Purpose flour. Instead chefs must work with alternative flours from Blue Corn and Buckwheat to Coconut and Hazelnut. James Beard Award-Winning Chef Chris Bianco serves as the guest judge for the Quickfire Challenge. Then, the chefs are whisked off to the famous Walt Disney Concert Hall to meet legendary conductor Gustavo Dudamel who is about to celebrate the LA Philharmonic’s 100th anniversary. The Maestro inspires the chefs to treat their flavor profiles like musical instruments, each providing a counterbalance to the other. For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs serve Dudamel and members of the LA Philharmonic at award-winning Otium restaurant along with Padma, Tom, Gail and Guest Judge, Bocuse d’Or finalist Timothy Hollingsworth. [more inside]
Top Chef: The Jonathan Gold standard Season 17, Ep 2
This week the chefs honor the late, great Pulitzer-Prize winning food critic Jonathan Gold. Using Gold’s last guide list, the chefs fan out all over Los Angeles to sample the unique taquerias, food trucks, mom-and-pop cafes, upscale eateries and ethnic cuisine only found in the City of Angels. Drawing inspiration from this one-in-a-lifetime culinary odyssey, the chefs create dishes to serve 200 of Jonathan Gold’s friends, family, and restaurateurs that he loved at the iconic Union Station. Noted food writer and personal friend of Jonathan Gold, Ruth Reichl serves as guest judge alongside Padma, Tom and Gail. [more inside]
Cherish the Day: Catharsis Season 1, Ep 8
Series Finale: Gently hosts a birthday party for Miss Luma and most of the gang gathers. A surprise visitor from the past turns up.
Cherish the Day: Synopsis Season 1, Ep 7
Gently and Evan shop for counselors and recap their relationship thus far.
Cherish the Day: Nemesis Season 1, Ep 6
Conflict between Evan's focus on work and a newly-buttoned-down Gently boils over at a dinner.
Cherish the Day: Analysis Season 1, Ep 5
Differing expectations and backgrounds clash, resolve and clash again as Gently, Evan and their families plan a big day. The two dads meet for the first time and find they have much in common, and Evan's mother tries her best. Bonus: extended interview with Ava DuVernay in which she discusses the love story's origins in her documentary 13th, the actors choosing not to use an intimacy coordinator for the sex scenes, and why she "really wanted to embrace a darker-skinned sister" for the romantic female lead role.
Cherish the Day: Basis Season 1, Ep 4
Evan has a stressful breakfast with Gently's uncles. Miss Luma is in on a scheme. Evan takes Gently for a hike and fancy dinner, only to find the two of them have different conceptions of time. Evan ignores the advice of a friend. Ava DuVernay's one-day-per-episode look at love between two black professionals in Los Angeles continues. Bonus video: DuVernay talks about how she achieved gender parity in the first season by making sure over 50% of the show's entire crew (not just writers and directors) are women.
Cherish the Day: Oasis Season 1, Ep 3
Three months into their renewed relationship, Evan brings Gently to meet his parents at their 40th anniversary party. Gently’s own mother suddenly shows up in town as well, after years of absence.
Cherish the Day: Synthesis Season 1, Ep 2
One year after their first encounter, Gently and Evan meet again at an art gallery and spend the day together, with Evan running into the Friend Test from Gently’s BFF. Bonus bowling alley and emergency room visits.
Cherish the Day: Genesis Season 1, Ep 1
Ava DuVernay's new series tracks the relationship between Gently (Xosha Roquemore) and Evan (Alano Miller), two young African-Americans in south Los Angeles. Each of the 8 episodes takes place during one day, across what the series will cover as five years. In the premiere the two meet at the library and spend the day getting to know each other via cheesecake and a refrigerator. Cicely Tyson has a supporting role as a sharp, sly aging film star. Airing, like DuVernay's Queen Sugar, on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had been cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual fire alarm. As one fireman recounted, “Once that first stack got going, it was ‘Goodbye, Charlie.’” The fire was disastrous: it reached 2000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library—and if so, who? [more inside]
L.A. Dodgers vs. Boston Red Sox. Best-of-seven series starts tonight at 8pm eastern; come on in here to chatter, predict, and livewatch.
Two best-of-seven series to determine who will go to the World Series! The L.A. Dodgers vs. the Milwaukee Brewers for the National League Championship, and the Houston Astros vs. the Boston Red Sox for the American League Championship.
A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies. [more inside]
A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter. [more inside]
A young woman from Kansas hires LA private detective Philip Marlowe to find her missing brother. [more inside]
Bikram Choudhury begins his journey to fame, wealth, and scandal in 1970s Los Angeles. He takes Beverly Hills by storm, using his Hollywood connections and rags-to-riches origin story to build a devoted following and lay the foundation for a yoga empire. Reported by Julia Lowrie Henderson. Hosted by Jody Avirgan. More information at 30for30podcasts.com/bikram
A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point. [more inside]
A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. [more inside]
After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality. [more inside]
Two homies, Smokey and Craig, smoke a dope dealer's weed and try to figure a way to get the $200 they owe to the dealer by 10 p.m. that same night. [more inside]
A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her ten year old son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg. [more inside]
As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice. [more inside]
Star Trek: Voyager: Future's End Rewatch Season 3, Ep 8
This is the time-jump of the starship Voyager. Its 1996 mission: To bring Dolly the Cloned Sheep to the 24th century. To prevent the launch of Fox News Channel. To boldly go and see the Spice Girls live! (Part 1 of 2) [more inside]
A jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) and an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) in Los Angeles meet, with lots of dancing, singing, and bright colors. Directed and written by Damien Chazelle. Co-starring: the city of Los Angeles. Now playing in a few cities; a wider release coming Friday December 16th. [more inside]
O.J.: Made in America: Part 3: Rockingham Season 1, Ep 3
The police arrived at the condo on Bundy Drive at 4:25 a.m. on June 13th, 1994. It was a gruesome murder scene, clearly the result of a violent confrontation that had left two people dead - one of whom, they'd quickly discover, was the estranged wife of O.J. Simpson. [more inside]
O.J.: Made in America: Part 2: Lack of Community Involvement Season 1, Ep 2
There was never one Los Angeles, California. There were always two. [more inside]
O.J.: Made in America: Part 1: U.S.C. Culture Season 1, Ep 1
To many observers, the story of the crime of the century is a story that began the night Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were brutally murdered outside her Brentwood condominium. But as the first episode of "O.J.: Made in America" lays bare, to truly grasp the significance of what happened not just that night, but the epic chronicle to follow, one has to travel back to points in time long before that. [more inside]
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story: The Verdict Season 1, Ep 10
The jury reaches its decision, and not everyone agrees with it.
The Dream Team goes across the country to acquire the Mark Fuhrman tapes.
Months into the trial, cut off from their families, society and the media, the jurors grow stir crazy and start becoming unlikely targets for the prosecution and the defense. Meanwhile, the country gets an introduction to the science of DNA evidence.
Does the glove fit?
Tensions rise as the defense starts taking aims at racial implications in the case, and as Marcia faces an ongoing divorce and negative representation in the media.
The trial begins.
As jury selection gets underway, the entrance of Johnnie Cochran adds an interesting energy to the case.
With a provocative strategy devised, Robert Shapiro begins putting together O.J. Simpson's legal counsel.
O.J. Simpson's lawyers must handle an intense situation when he goes missing.
Anyone up for a Film Noir club? It could cover classic noir through neonoir. I'm thinking maybe start with a series of exclusively Los Angeles films, including some that have already been posted to FanFare (Chinatown, Inherent Vice, The Big Lebowski, The Long Goodbye, Strange Days, Double Indemnity) and then some that haven't (Kiss Me Deadly, D.O.A., Blade Runner, L.A. Confidential, Farewell My Lovely, Devil in a Blue Dress, the list goes on and on).
Detective Philip Marlowe tries to help a friend who is accused of murdering his wife. [more inside]
True Detective: Down Will Come Season 2, Ep 4
Ani and Ray find another connection that leads through Ani's family. Frank tries to reclaim his old life in crime. Paul makes a major breakthrough in the case. All the while Ani gets some bad news, Ray tries to reconnect, and Paul sees a new opportunity. The task force closes in on a suspect, but it doesn't quite go as planned. [more inside]
Starlee and her friend Miranda get stopped at a red light and see something shocking.
Reports of palm theft have appeared in LA, San Diego, and Texas; palm rustling also gets a mention in Susan Orlean's The Orchid Thief. What the palm tree* means to America, what they're worth, and how they've democratized the California Dream. [more inside]
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