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December 27, 2009 | By Steven Zeitchik >>>
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."
February 14, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman and Steven Zeitchik
When audiences turn out for “21 & Over” in theaters beginning March 1, they'll see a celebration of a prominent aspect of the American college experience -- the one involving beer pong, pep rallies and sexually liberated sorority girls. The film's Chinese audiences, however, will be exposed to a different message: the perils of a hedonistic West and the importance of embracing one's roots. That's because two different versions of the R-rated Hollywood comedy have been cut. There's the  version that most of the world will see that that takes place entirely in the U.S. and expounds on the joys of campus distraction--and an edition for Chinese moviegoers that contains a more, er, wholesome message.
January 12, 2013 | By James Fell
The band Shinedown has been around for more than a decade, selling more than 10 million albums worldwide. In 2012 they launched their fourth album, "Amaryllis," which made its debut at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. But the last year has been more than just about launching a new album for Brent Smith, the band's lead singer. After battling drug and alcohol addiction, becoming obese and being insulted on national television for his weight, a loving woman and the inspiration of his son and fans straightened him out, he said.
January 1, 1986 | Associated Press
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 | THE SOCIAL CLIMES STAFF
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 | Dianne Partie Lange, Special to The Times
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 | From the Associated Press
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.
March 4, 2000 | By SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER
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 | DAVID WHARTON
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."
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