December 23, 2011 |
Ebenezer Scrooge was a heartless miser in desperate need of reinvention. It should come as no surprise, then, that he eventually found his way to Hollywood for numerous makeovers spanning more than a half century. Charles Dickens reportedly dashed off the story, "A Christmas Carol," as a way to quickly pay some debts, dreaming up the tight-fisted businessman in 1843. But the writer had more than money on his mind. He was ruminating on heavy issues like consumerism, morality and redemption.
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December 18, 2011 |
He would be making a list and checking it twice, with the intention of finding out who's been naughty and nice. But first Santa needed a drink. All the Santas did. On Saturday, several hundred St. Nicks gathered in Hollywood for SantaCon 2011, a Twitter-driven all-day-and-into-the-night bar crawl that took place in more than 200 locations worldwide. PHOTOS: SantaCon 2011 People who signed up weren't told until Friday night where the party would begin. "Are we meeting at the North Pole?"
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December 17, 2011 |
Reporting from San Francisco -- Ebenezer Scrooge is a corporate banker, busy foreclosing on the hapless masses. Bob Cratchit and his beleaguered family live in a chilly tent in an anonymous Occupy encampment. The ghost of Christmas future sports a flowing black robe of taped-together trash bags and plastic sheeting. Tiny Tim dies. At least that's how the San Francisco Mime Troupe's resident playwright, Michael Gene Sullivan, has re-imagined "A Christmas Carol" for the troubled 21st century.
December 7, 2011 |
We have a love/hate relationship with Christmas carols. By the time Thanksgiving has rolled past, the limp versions favored by malls and their ilk have sucked the life out of even the best of them. But of course in the right hands, these evergreens can be full of energy and good cheer. Only grinches could hate on a candlelit chorus of "Silent Night" or a choir, brass and organ rendering of "Adeste Fideles. " Several big caroling concerts are coming to town. Non-singers may enjoy the Los Angeles Master Chorale's Festival of Carols, while those who like to belt out a tune or 10 will find the Holiday Sing-Along at Disney Hall just the ticket.
December 25, 2010 |
Christmas cards, Christmas dinner, "A Christmas Carol" ? the United States has borrowed many of its holiday traditions from its imperialistic progenitor across the pond. But while Christmas crackers and mince pies show up regularly if not universally, Americans have not embraced one of the British mainstays: Christmas Day television. In Britain, TV is all about Christmas, and vice versa, for much of December, including specials (and, of course, the Queen's Speech) on the feast day proper.
December 18, 2010
'Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol' Where: Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica When: 4 p.m. Saturday Price: $11 Info: http://www.americancinematheque.com
March 13, 2010 |
In a cost-saving move, Walt Disney Studios is shutting down Robert Zemeckis' ImageMovers Digital studio in Marin County, which employs 450 people. Those employees will be phased out over the course of the year until the facility closes by January. The director and producer's San Rafael-based studio, which Disney has been bankrolling, produces motion-capture animation technology that was used in Zemeckis' 2009 big-budget holiday movie "A Christmas Carol."
February 4, 2010
Celebrate Charles Dickens and his characters at the annual Riverside Dickens Festival , themed this year "A Visit to the Old Curiosity Shop." Costumed Victorian figures will help turn Mission Inn Avenue into a London marketplace with exhibits, vendors and street performers. Enjoy children's activities, scenes from "A Christmas Carol" and fashion and food from the Dickens era. Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside. 9:45 a.m.-5 p.m. Thu.-Sun. www.dickensfest.com.
December 23, 2009
Yes, Virginia, there are many Christmas movies out in the cinematic universe other than the old faithfuls "It's a Wonderful Life," "Miracle on 34th Street," "A Christmas Story," "A Christmas Carol" and "Home Alone." "Remember the Night," one of the best Christmas movies you've probably never heard of, has finally arrived on DVD (available at www.tcm.com) and airs at 5 p.m. Thursday on Turner Classic Movies. And like so many holiday films, including "Miracle on 34th Street," which was released in May 1947, the romantic comedy-drama "Remember the Night" came out in January 1940, a full 11 months before the holidays.