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December 16, 2013 |
It's not every day I get to play elf to a Santa whose sleigh is a motorcycle. So I couldn't resist the offer from Kim Airs, who let me ride along on Sunday as she tooled around in her Santa Claus gear, handing out gifts to strangers. I might have declined if I'd seen the dorky outfit I'd be wearing: a billowy green velour jacket, huge red-and-white striped pants, and bells attached to my helmet. It's an elf costume created by her sister to match Airs' customized Santa suit, fake eyebrows and beard.
December 17, 2003 |
Two of the biggest hits of the year, "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" and "Elf," were powered by knockout comic acting -- Johnny Depp as a grunge pirate and Will Ferrell as the oversized elf. Their performances, like Bill Murray's in "Lost in Translation," Jack Black's in "School of Rock" and Ellen DeGeneres' voice work in the animated "Finding Nemo," excited critics and fans alike. Whether their work can translate into Oscars, however, is another matter entirely.
July 15, 2011
The gripping documentary "If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front" offers an intimate look at the radical environmental group, which, from 1996 to 2001, perpetuated a series of arson-related measures to protest perceived abuses. The film's director, co-editor and co-writer Marshall Curry, and co-director Sam Cullman focus largely on Front member Daniel McGowan, who was indicted in late 2005, along with a dozen other cell collaborators around that time, for his role in ELF activities.
June 9, 2001 |
A partial list of acts of vandalism for which the Earth Liberation Front has claimed responsibility since 1997: * May 21 arsons at the University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle and the Jefferson Poplar Farms in Clatskanie, Ore. The fire at UW caused as much as $3 million in structural damage; the Oregon fire caused at least $500,000 in damage. * Jan. 1, Superior Lumber Co. in Glendale, Ore., is burned. * Dec.
February 13, 2005 |
Unlike "Star Trek" (which is real, of course), "The Lord of the Rings" has inspired many a fantasy costume since J.R.R. Tolkien's mythic saga was first published in 1954. During the '60s, there was even an attempt by the Beatles to film "LOTR" starring John Lennon as Gollum, George Harrison as the wizard Gandalf, Paul McCartney as Frodo and Ringo Starr as Frodo's sidekick Sam. Decades later, Peter Jackson secured the movie rights, and the rest is history, or rather, fantasy.
December 21, 1997 |
When David Sedaris was a little Christmas guy, he thought the holiday ought to have another theme besides Santa and elves and yadda, yadda, yadda. One year the theme was Louis Vuitton. "He'd make us Louis Vuitton outfits and handbags made out of cardboard," says his sister Tiffany. "We were his models and we were forced to exercise. . . . It's not like you go home for Christmas and put your feet up." OK, so Sedaris was a bit of a holiday nazi.
March 21, 1989 |
Pennwalt Corp. dealt a severe blow to an investor group's hostile takeover bid Monday by agreeing to a $1-billion "white knight" buyout by the French government-controlled Societe Nationale Elf Aquitaine. Some analysts said they did not expect any rival bids to top the French oil and chemical company's $132-a-share offer for each of Pennwalt's approximately 8 million common shares outstanding.
December 23, 2004 |
We'd lived in the neighborhood maybe three months when we started hearing about the elves. It was just after Thanksgiving. The 9-year-old burst through the door, panicked. "We need an elf!" she cried. "Everyone here except us has elves!" We looked at her blankly. "Little magic guys? Fairy wings? So they can fly around with little presents and scrolls?" Evidently, it was some micro-custom that had overtaken our block in Orange County.
December 20, 1998 |
Oh, Christmas weed, oh Christmas weed, how lovely are thy . . . um, sprouts. Drivers here are getting a smile from a decorated plant sprouting from the concrete median of a four-lane highway. An anonymous elf has been adding decorations for weeks to the 5-foot, uncultivated plant--conveniently shaped like a Christmas tree. "I've no idea who did it, but it's a lot of fun," said Kelly West, who passes the plant on her daily commute from Cerro Gordo.