March 15, 2013 |
Amid stirring surroundings and breathtaking views, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu will hold its annual Easter sunrise service March 31. It's one of a variety of Easter weekend activities - religious and secular - on Oahu. The military park, located on 116 acres inside the crater of the now extinct Punchbowl volcano, is the final resting place of more than 13,000 American soldiers and sailors who died during World War II. Roughly 5 million visitors a year come to the cemetery to pay their respects and to enjoy the inspiring views from the rim of the crater.
November 20, 2012 |
In DreamWorks' new animation adventure "Rise of the Guardians," Santa has tats, he goes by the name North and he sounds like Alec Baldwin. Jack Frost is a renegade kid, a snowboarding/ice skating ace brought to life by Chris Pine, who brings all of his "Star Trek" swagger. The movie's total nightmare of a boogeyman is Pitch, who lurks around in the dark and drips with sinister sarcasm courtesy of Jude Law. It's as if hip-hop has come to Candyland, bringing an urban edginess to the traditional storybook rap. But that's only the tip of the 3-D iceberg.
October 31, 2012 |
Do Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny know each other? That logical question came, of course, from the mind of a child, specifically, Mary Katherine Joyce, the then-5-year-old daughter of writer and filmmaker William Joyce. Twenty years later, Mary Katherine's dad has answered that question, not just with the animated movie "Rise of the Guardians," but also a series of books that explores and expands the mythology behind some of the legendary figures of our childhoods. DreamWorks Animation held a special screening for the film Tuesday night at the ArcLight Hollywood as it positions "Guardians" as an animated feature Oscar contender.
April 6, 2012 |
Chocolate is what everyone looks for in their Easter baskets, so perhaps a visit to a chocolate factory this weekend is in order. Ethel M Chocolates in Henderson, Nev., hosts three days of kid-centric activities that include a visit from the Easter bunny. The deal: The Spring Spectacular features free activities good for families with children. Photos with the Easter bunny, face-painting and balloon creations are planned at the company's factory near Las Vegas . The Saturday lineup adds a jazz band and a show of artwork created by people with disabilities who are affiliated with Opportunity Village ; sales benefit the charity.
April 6, 2012 |
That Bo is one lucky dog: He's going into the record books as the first White House pet to have his very own commemorative Easter egg. Look closely at the White House's 2012 set of collector's Easter eggs, above. You can make out the black-and-white Portuguese water dog's image -- the red one, center -- alongside the Easter bunny emblems that decorate the rest of the eggs in the souvenir set. The wooden Easter eggs are sold through the National Park Foundation , which raises money to preserve and maintain America's open spaces.
April 5, 2012 |
The National Rifle Assn. has been so successful at pushing back gun-control laws that it has run out of laws to push back on. Once you can buy all the weapons you want at unrestricted gun shows and pack a pistol in a national park, it is harder to feel your 2nd Amendment rights are being infringed. And this is not good for the NRA because if folks are no longer scared of losing their guns, they might stop sending money to the gun lobby. To stifle any incipient sense of security, gun-rights advocates have been busy inventing new laws to solve problems that do not exist.