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 |
THOMAS W. MORRIS Artistic director, Ojai Music Festival I actually have a vivid best, the touring performance of Osvaldo Golijov's "Ayre," with Dawn Upshaw and Eighth Blackbird, which came through Cleveland. It was one of the most refreshing and real concert experiences of the year. As for "worsts," I can't think of a performance this year that says "dog" all over it.
January 5, 2006 |
PRODUCERS and writers famously don't always see eye-to-eye, but they found some common ground Wednesday when they announced respective nominees for their members' best work of the year. "Brokeback Mountain," "Capote," "Crash" and "Good Night, and Good Luck" scored with both the Writers Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America. The Johnny Cash biographical drama "Walk the Line" rounded out the list of nominees for the PGA's Darryl F. Zanuck producer of the year award.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2005 |
In 2005, voters may approve plans for Orange County's tallest building to rise in the center of Santa Ana -- or they may not. The sheriff's political career will continue to shine, or be muddied by the stain of controversy. A long-envisioned light-rail line may chug ahead, or be derailed. And Anaheim will either find itself in the running for an NFL team, or be thrown for a loss. Uncertainty beats at the heart of many of the county's ongoing news stories in 2005.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2006 |
New laws governing young drivers, homeowners associations, the marketing of fish and the sale of puppies take effect with the new year. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed 729 bills into law in 2005. That was fewer new laws than in any year since at least 1967. Lawmakers took a number of actions to protect the privacy of Californians. They made it a crime to use e-mail ruses to try to dupe people into revealing private information.