In the Spotlight: Photos Reveal Real Story of Now-Famous Kazakhstan

SAN DIEGO — Thanks to “Borat,” the glorious nation of Kazakhstan emerged from a bundle of obscure central Asian countries to a popular one that many moviegoers could pronounce, maybe even identify on a map. Too bad the Foreign Ministry threatened to sue star Sacha Baron Cohen for his “derogatory” depiction of the state after his social experiment hit theaters.
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In the Spotlight: Diva Smackdown Hits the Stage in ‘Legends!’

SAN DIEGO — Hair-pulling, face-slapping and downright bitchiness make for an epic catfight — and almost everyone secretly enjoys watching one. Joan Collins and Linda Evans know this all too well. In the 1980s, the duo sent television ratings soaring as “Dynasty’s” glamorous rivals — Alexis and Krystal Carrington. Now they have reunited for “Legends!,” Tony Award-winning author James Kirkwood’s classic catfight comedy that centers on two somewhat desperate and waning movie stars named Sylvia (played by Collins) and Leatrice (played by Evans).
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In the Spotlight: Something Familiar About Twins’ Performance

SAN DIEGO – Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Cher, Neil Diamond and Rod Stewart all have one thing in common: People like to impersonate them. While many fail miserably, there are a select few, including California-born identical twin brothers Anthony and Eddie Edwards, who have become famous in their own right by portraying legendary celebrities so well.
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Close-Up: Sami Ladeki of the Ladeki Restaurant Group

SAN DIEGO — Walking alongside Sami Ladeki is akin to sharing space with a local celebrity. The moment the restaurateur enters the patio of Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza on a Monday afternoon, a table of four greet him. Minutes later a woman walks by, pats his shoulder and exclaims she knew “this guy” before the first Sammy’s opened on Draper Avenue and Pearl Street in La Jolla 16 years ago.
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