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December 26, 2004 | Scott Martelle
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.
December 28, 2005 | Steve Lopez
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 | R. Kinsey Lowe, Times Staff Writer
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 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
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 | Maria Elena Fernandez, Times Staff Writer
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 | Michael Hiltzik
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 | KEVIN THOMAS
THERE have been a substantial number of good-to-better Hollywood films this year and a wide range of notable independent and foreign films.
December 18, 2005 | Chris Pasles
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.
February 26, 2005 | Booth Moore, Times Staff Writer
"I am sick, sick, sick of broadtail and I'm already sick of crochet!" This rant overheard after the Gucci show Wednesday night may sound like idle complaining (even if their ennui is over the fur of fetal lambs no less), but the sentiment is real. Because after several days of lackluster runway shows here, and a less-than-stellar season in New York, fashion watchers are still looking for the next big thing.
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