December 27, 2009 |
Contemporary Hollywood can feel like a creatively stagnant place, stocked with remakes, sequels and vehicles inspired by toys and television. But for anyone worried that the movie business has an originality problem, 2009 offered plenty of evidence to the contrary. Could that be a harbinger for the new movie year? True, studios in 2009 ransacked the 20th century for time-tested properties like "Star Trek" and "G.I. Joe" and went back to the global-disaster well for the umpteenth time with "2012."
March 12, 2014 |
"Frozen," the hit Disney animated musical about a girl who tries to save her kingdom and her ice-powered sister, has become the latest Hollywood movie to rile conservative commentators, with one pastor criticizing the film for indoctrinating homosexuality and bestiality in children. On the talk show Generations Radio, Kevin Swanson and his co-host, Steve Vaughn, took Disney to task for "leading the charge" in promoting a "pro-homosexual" agenda in "Frozen. " Swanson and Vaughn referred to posts by Steven D. Greydanus for the National Catholic Register and Gina Luttrell for the liberal PolicyMic -- the former of which critiques "Frozen's" alleged gay message (the commentators agree with this one)
January 1, 1986 |
Thieves may have thought they were stocking up for New Year's Eve, but police say the 30 cases of beer stolen from a distributor's shed are not fit for drinking. "It's bad beer. It's been in that shed since 1982. If they drink it, they're going to get sick," Greensburg police Capt. Richard DeFrank said. The beer was stolen Monday.
October 27, 1991 |
Hard liquor has taken a nose-dive in sales recently. And if the club scene is a barometer, beer and wine might be the next to crash. It's becoming more and more common for clubbies to consume so-called "smart drinks" made from vitamins, amino acids and oxygen, plus lots of hype. The Miss Kitty Koncession girls who stroll the clubs sell them powdered in packets to be mixed with water or fruit juice.
September 15, 2003 |
When a woman tries to keep up with a man -- drink for drink -- she's more likely to become intoxicated, and now a University of Missouri-Columbia study has found she's also more likely to have a hangover. "We don't know yet why ... but it may be due to differences between men and women, on average, in body weight, percentage of body water and fat," says lead author Wendy Slutske, associate professor of psychology. Whether women's hangovers are more severe has not yet been determined.
July 23, 2008 |
President Bush, in an unguarded moment, said Wall Street "got drunk and now it's got a hangover." He made the comment at a political fund-raiser in Houston last week after asking members of the audience to turn off their video cameras. Someone obviously ignored his request and a snippet wound up on a blog Tuesday by Miya Shay of ABC affiliate KTRK-TV in Houston. Bush was in a good mood as he addressed a crowd in a private home. The media were barred from the appearance.
October 19, 2010
It worked with Mike Tyson in "The Hangover. " But can director Todd Phillips make a celebrity cameo uncomfortably funny with a much more recently controversial figure? The New York Post reported Monday that Mel Gibson will play a Bangkok tattoo artist in "The Hangover 2. " Two people close to the production confirmed to The Times that Gibson ? who's maintained public silence since recordings apparently capturing his violent rants against ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva surfaced last summer ?
March 4, 2000 |
UCLA got no more than a few hours to celebrate its victory over California, going from the 40-point turnaround Thursday night in Berkeley to practicing late Friday morning at Stanford in preparation for today's nationally televised game against the top-ranked Cardinal. But going from 19 points behind in the first half at Cal to a 21-point victory may live on as a confidence boost.
January 16, 1999 |
The Trojans spent Friday recovering from a 17-point loss to Stanford, their second Pacific 10 Conference defeat in a row. "Some guys are down," guard Adam Spanich said. "It was tough." So tough that center Brian Scalabrine wondered after the game if the team was playing with enough heart. Spanich harbored no such doubts. "That's [Scalabrine's] opinion," Spanich said. "I'm a senior and I don't have too many games left. I know I played as hard as I could."
March 23, 1986 |
The worst day of vacation is not the last day of your trip. It's the one after that. It's the day that you go back to work after 10 days of carefree sloth. It's the day that your spouse or roommate goes back to work and leaves you with the luggage to unpack, the laundry to sort, the mail to decode and the bills, the bills. The Trash, the Phone It's the day that the toilet backs up and the plumber does not want to hear about the sun that was splashing on the ancient baths of Rome.