November 9, 2011 |
The first shots in this year's War over Christmas have officially been fired. Just like TV retail store ads and decorative Starbucks cups, the battle, which typically involves some real or perceived slight toward the holiday, seems to arrive earlier every year. This season, so far at least, the front concerns a so-called 15-cent “Christmas tree tax” put in place by the Department of Agriculture to help promote the sale of living, needle-dropping trees instead of the plastic ones you keep in your basement all year.
December 21, 2009
The tradition of giving is writ large on the holiday season. Sadly, you also have to check the fine print. Especially when it comes to the gift cards that Americans love to bestow. More than 95% of us have given or received at least one, and in 2007 more than 60% of people surveyed said they planned to give a card that year. Sales of cards were predicted to reach $87 billion this year, and according to Consumer Reports, they are the most desired gift among women. But some of the cards come with sharp, Grinchy edges -- early expiration dates or monthly fees that kick in when the card isn't being used and that can drain down its value considerably over time.
December 17, 2009
Universal Studios Hollywood has enlisted L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca to help kick off its 13 Days of Grinchmas attraction by arresting the Grinch at a media event this morning for "crimes against Who-manity." The character won't be taken into custody, however, because he'll still be around to have his photo taken with visitors to the theme park from Saturday through Dec. 31, in an area that has been dubbed Grinchmas Winter Wonderland and features snow, a 60-foot Christmas tree and sets used in the film version of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."
November 17, 2009 |
Aww, the Grinch is just an old softy. OK, yeah, you know that already because as a child you, with someone you loved, flipped through the wild rhymes and even wilder illustrations of the original Dr. Seuss book "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" and as an adult you, with someone you love, still make appointment viewing of the Chuck Jones animated special. Heartwarming as they are, those versions also convey a hint of menace -- enough bad behavior to convincingly set up the Grinch's conversion to goodness once faced with the true spirit of Christmas.
October 28, 2009 |
The upcoming production of "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre has lost its Grinch. Actor Christopher Lloyd -- best know for playing Doc in the "Back to the Future" movies -- has withdrawn from the lead role due to a family illness, according to the show's promoters. He'll be replaced by Stefan Karl, who has performed in the musical in Boston and Baltimore. "Grinch" is set to open Nov. 10 and run through Jan. 3. -- David Ng
June 20, 2009 |
Birdie: The USGA. Golf's governing body called a penalty on itself for its Grinch-like inclement-weather policy that left Thursday's ticket-holders fuming. Officials ultimately decided that not only would first-round washout victims be admitted Monday, they would be entitled to a 50% refund if no golf is played Monday. -- Bogey: Ernie Els. The Big Easy will have a tough time making the cut after making four double bogeys in an opening-round 78. He's 12 over through 29 holes.