December 31, 2005 |
1. White Sox Win It All * They swept the defending champions and media darlings, the Boston Red Sox, in the first round of the playoffs. They beat the Angels in the American League championship series, four games to one, with a controversial assist from umpire Doug Eddings. They swept Roger Clemens and the Houston Astros to win their first World Series since 1917. The only thing they did wrong was not play their home games in Boston or New York. 2.
December 30, 2005 |
What else to do this week but peruse the various year-end quote compilations of 2005? And, as always, what fun. Among the menu items: Howard Dean hating Republicans, Pat Robertson calling for the head of the Venezuelan president, Vice President Dick Cheney swearing in -- not at -- reelected Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, Sen. Richard J. Durbin becoming the latest pol to learn that Nazi comparisons never work, Kanye West saying George W.
December 30, 2004 |
Consider the weekends you lost in 2004 to activities that were merely necessary. Visiting in-laws. Studying for an exam. Painting the bathroom. In 2005, you have 53 opportunities to do better; a quirk of the calendar gives the year one extra weekend. To help, we've selected a promising activity for each and every weekend -- rooting for the Dodgers, tanning at Coachella or appraising King Tut's stash at LACMA, for starters. We had to choose between ballet and baseball.
December 26, 2004 |
Robert Anderson Novelist/short-story writer Anderson takes a blurred-line approach in his first novel, "Little Fugue," about the ramifications of Sylvia Plath's suicide on her husband, Ted Hughes; his mistress, Assia Gutmann Wevill, who killed herself six years later; and a fictional Anderson's infatuation with Plath.
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December 28, 2005 |
Any year in which you don't stumble forward and drop dead from the side effects of an inadequately tested pharmaceutical company drug can be counted as a pretty good year, and most of us seem to have survived 2005. I can't think of a better way to celebrate our collective health and prosperity than with my annual review of noteworthy achievements in the business world. Vioxx Maker Is Accused of Scientific Misconduct "A cardiologist testifying in Merck & Co's.
December 27, 2005 |
Universal's "King Kong," which has struggled to gain a toehold with audiences since its much-hyped opening, slipped behind "The Chronicles of Narnia" before climbing back ahead to emerge the holiday weekend winner -- but not by much. Disney's family adventure film had inched ahead of "Kong" on each of the four days preceding Sunday. But business for Peter Jackson's epic remake of the classic beauty-and-the-beast story surged ahead by $1 million on Christmas Day: "King Kong" grossed $21.
December 29, 2005 |
Procrastinators again gave retailers a last-minute present this holiday season, as sales in the week before Christmas rose 3.9% from a year earlier. The International Council of Shopping Centers, reporting its tally of 69 chains nationwide, said Wednesday that sales volume and customer traffic accelerated in the seven days before the holiday.
September 14, 2005 |
There's a new kind of buzz in Hollywood this week, the kind typically reserved for a guy named Oscar and his movie stars. But this time, surprisingly, it's all about television. Unlike movies, which have been in the doldrums, it's been a big year for the small screen, with viewers flocking to sexy new shows such as "Desperate Housewives" and "Lost."
November 7, 2005 |
At a gilded moment that seems eons ago but was only mid-June, I wrote with great enthusiasm about the special election campaign then in the offing. The campaign, I observed, was bound to be a rich source of manna for famished newspaper columnists. In contented reverie, I anticipated spending the next few months snoozing in the yard "while ripe nuggets of electoral hypocrisy fall upon me from the skies, like pellets of guano." I wasn't disappointed. Who could be?
December 18, 2005 |
THERE have been a substantial number of good-to-better Hollywood films this year and a wide range of notable independent and foreign films.