Reflected in a bus stop movie poster, John Geronilla and Stephanie Hoston are struggling to make it in Hollywood in a real-life LA LA Land on January 17 in Panorama City, Calif. He's a filmmaker and she's a singer and actress. They've been dating since high school.<br>Gina Ferazzi, Los Angeles Times/TNS

‘La La’ reality: Two dreamers try to beat the odds in the City of Stars

Beyond a stretch of thrift stores and nail salons, in a small Panorama City house he shares with eight people, four dogs and a lot of crucifixes, John Geronilla is in the grip of a Hollywood daydream. A Filipino immigrant and aspiring filmmaker, he is bound for Chicago in the morning to work on a successful TV series.

It’s not just you — breakups in your 30s are uniquely hard

This breakup felt different. Neil and his girlfriend were considering making big life changes for each other — him moving from Chicago to New York, for one. So when the relationship fell apart and he found himself single at 30, it felt heavier than similar previous splits.

Achoo! The distance germs can travel is nothing to sneeze at

We all do it. Some of us do it quite loudly. Others do it not once, but several times in a row. Sneezes are everywhere these days, during this, the height of cold and flu season. The chorus of achoos in offices, on buses and in homes often sends bystanders scrambling to get out of the line of germ-spreading fire.

Oscars made strides, but Octavia Spencer wants more growth

Even though Octavia Spencer is pleased with the record number of blacks nominated for acting Oscars this year, she’s still disappointed by the lack of recognition for other people of color.

Women and movies: Some progress for an industry still woefully in need of it

If, as expected, “La La Land” wins the Oscar on Sunday, it would be the first best-picture winner since Clint Eastwood’s “Million Dollar Baby” to feature a woman nominated for lead actress. Let that rattle around your brain a minute.

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Alom Dee brings spicy Thai fare to Landstuhl

Alom Dee, a Thai restaurant and sushi bar, doesn’t look like much from the outside. Or the inside. Good thing the bare interior and worn wooden tables of the cafe in Landstuhl, Germany, aren’t on the menu. Just about everything else is, though. The expansive menu is the size of a small book.

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Fat Tuesday now just a painful memory

By now, two months into 2017, most people have given up on their New Year’s resolutions to lose weight. I’ll admit it, I give up every year around this time, and the chronic pattern of lose-gain-guilt-lose-gain-guilt repeats itself in perpetuity.