December 25, 2002 |
Out with the yuletide, in with the "Yentl": The cable network Turner Classic Movies is airing four Jewish-themed movies today, beginning with "Fiddler on the Roof" at 5 p.m. In a programming block dubbed "A Very Jewish Christmas," TCM will air "Yentl," starring Barbra Streisand at 8:30, "Cast a Giant Shadow," featuring Kirk Douglas, and the original version of "The Jazz Singer," starring Al Jolson.
December 24, 2012 |
Happy holidays from everyone's favorite existentialist cat and YouTube star, Henri, Le Chat Noir. The melancholy feline has released " The Worst Noel ," a new video based loosely on Charles Dickens' novella "A Christmas Carol. " The video opens with Henri philosophizing that the holidays are "just another excuse for the world to intrude on my solitude. " Annoyed by everything, he retreats to sleep, where he can truly be alone. Meeting Henri, Le Chat Noir (Kudos to filmmaker Will Braden for his artful effects work in this section.
December 25, 2004
The editorial that derides the Catholic League for protesting Hollywood's anti-Christian bigotry ("Merry C-Word," Dec. 20) looks rather foolish in light of a new study by the Parents Television Council. It analyzed 2,344 treatments of religion constituting 2,385 hours of prime-time television and concluded that "anti-Catholic bigotry" was "rampant" on network shows. The editorial says, "Despite its official-sounding name, the Catholic League has no connection with the Catholic Church."
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December 6, 2000 |
Remember the days when you'd call up the electric company this time of year and a friendly recorded voice would offer season's greetings? Here's what I got late Tuesday afternoon from Edison International: "Due to a shortage of generation resources, the California Independent System Operator has declared a Stage 2 emergency, advising the public that power shortages are likely to occur. . . . You can help by turning off all unneeded lighting, equipment and appliances."
November 14, 1995 |
A minor character in the pleasant but innocuous new musical "Happy Holidays" mentions how scary the movie version of "A Christmas Carol" is. The Dickens tale is, of course, the holiday show of choice for many theaters. Pasadena Playhouse officials were probably trying to avoid doing the umpteenth "Christmas Carol" when they commissioned a new holiday musical from Bill Castellino.
December 4, 1986 |
It is not selfishness that gets us into trouble this time of year; just the opposite, it's our desire to share--to do more, and to take part, that causes us to overdo. Several years ago, at our children's school program, I sat next to a friend who was calmly enjoying the pageant. Wringing my hands, I was anxious to get home to finish a quilt, a doll and a down vest while this woman sat calmly taking pictures and enjoying her children. Leaning over, I asked, "What's your secret?"