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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1988
A Christmas postcard from the U.S. Postal Service proclaiming "Fear Not, Yule Get It There on Time" arrived in my mailbox on Jan. 22. Bah, humbug. CHRIS FRANZEN Santa Ana
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2013 | By Annlee Ellingson
No "Angels Sing" in this holiday melodrama stripped of any religious significance suggested by its title, but Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Lyle Lovett do. Disappointingly, star Harry Connick Jr. does only a little, for he's the Grinch in this Yuletide tale about Michael, a loving husband and father who can't stand Christmas. Early scenes suggest his distaste stems from the commercialization of the season, but the reality is he's still grieving a tragedy that struck on Noel when he was a boy. In the market for a new home, Michael finds that Christmas comes early when an old coot named Nick (Nelson, skinnier and hipper than his patron saint is usually portrayed)
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 25, 2009 | Greg Kot; Mikael Wood; August Brown; Margaret Wappler
Arctic Monkeys "Humbug" Domino 1/2 The Arctic Monkeys didn't bother to knock in 2005 when they came busting through the door into instant pop fame in England. Creating a huge following through Internet file-swapping and live gigs, the teenage quartet became the fastest-selling band in United Kingdom history when it finally debuted with the album "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" in 2006 and its inescapable single, "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor."
OPINION
December 27, 2009 | By Peter Schrag
Maybe the saddest thing about California in 2009 is that the bad news was so predictable. It's a long list: the ongoing budget-process meltdown in Sacramento, the ugly combination of escalating fees and reduced programs and access at the California State University and University of California systems; the K-12 teacher layoffs and, along with them, the increasingly crowded classes; the Friday closings of state offices. Nor should we be surprised at the near-record voter-disapproval numbers for Governor Schwarzenegger and Legislature or the predictions from the state legislative analyst that, barring major fixes, California faces a $20-billion deficit in the 2010-11 budget year and more of the same for some years beyond.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1987
I cannot help but respond to an unfortunately misleading interpretation of Sri Lankan communal struggle by Paul Johnson (Editorial Pages, June 9), "Taste of Humbug, Risk of Danger," which appeared in your esteemed paper. I am not the one to support India's foreign policy--I never do--in the post-Nehru era, but I could not tolerate Johnson's grossly distorted and naive interpretation of the current Sri Lankan events; it is historically flawed and shows Johnson's personal bias against Indians everywhere.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2009 | Denise Martin
It's not too late to talk up: "Nurse Jackie" It's true. We can't get enough "True Blood" or "Mad Men" these days, but let's not forget about Edie Falco's comedy, which is every bit as good as its more heavily hyped cable competition. In the season finale, Jackie's got a full plate: a new ring from the hubby, a brewing confrontation with the boyfriend and an important patient en route. Hmm, what's a hopped-up nurse to do? (Monday) You should be talking about: Arctic Monkeys But you aren't, according to the sales of the British indie rock band's last two albums, which are among the U.K.'s fastest selling.
BOOKS
September 17, 1989 | Ricky Jay, Jay is the author of "Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women" and the host of a forthcoming CBS-TV special of the same name. He is the curator of the Mulholland Library of Conjuring and the Allied Arts in Los Angeles
Welcome to the world of Mysterious Aztecs, Ferocious Zulus, Annamite Dwarfs, Invincible Afghans, Pagan Burmese Priests, the Fejee Mermaid, the Wooly Horse, Tom Thumb, Jenny Lind and the Three Ring Circus. Welcome to the world of a man who counted as his friends or acquaintances Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Joaquin Muller, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry Ward Beecher, Abraham Lincoln, Queen Victoria and Brigham Young. Welcome to the world of Phineas Taylor Barnum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1992
"Christmas a humbug?" Is anything happening in the world today that might bring us Christmas cheer? Our military troops are in Somalia, trying to aid a culture 4,500 years behind our own. Decades of taking from productive businesses have caused severe and prolonged unemployment, which in turn has led to outbreaks of random violence such as Los Angeles saw again earlier this month (Dec. 14). Christmas a humbug? Yes, it is--when its meaning is shackled to the pernicious spirit of sacrifice.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 1994 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The world of Phineas Taylor Barnum was a world created for the child in all of us. Whether they admit it or not, people love to be fooled, to believe in humbug. * So if the musical "Barnum" is in large portions humbug, that's just fine, and probably is one of the reasons the play is becoming so popular with youth theaters. It offers the colors and shapes of the very sort of magic with which P.T. would awe his circus audiences a century ago.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1993
Scrooge was hunkered over his computer contemplating his next merger, takeover and pension raid when his revelry was broken by his nephew's burst. "Merry Christmas, Uncle!" shouted the nephew filled with exuberance and good cheer. "Bah!" said Scrooge, taken aback by this sudden interruption. He turned to face his nephew with the scowl of the devil in his soul. "What is there to be merry about? The massacre in Oxnard? The massacre on the Long Island Rail Road? The Polly Klaas murder?
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2009 | BETSY SHARKEY, FILM CRITIC
Have you ever wanted to strangle a ghost? You may well feel the urge after seeing "A Christmas Carol," Robert Zemeckis' exasperating re-imagining of the Dickens classic as a 3-D action-thriller zooming through Victorian London and the fever dreams of that most miserly of men, Ebenezer Scrooge. The "it's better to give than receive" moral to this story is almost lost under the snowdrifts of special effects. Then there is the blizzard of Jim Carrey's theatrics to weather. The actor voices eight characters, including Scrooge at all ages as well as the three ghosts who haunt him -- you can just see him in the recording studio pingponging manically around during one of the Scrooge-ghost tête-à-têtes.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 25, 2009 | Greg Kot; Mikael Wood; August Brown; Margaret Wappler
Arctic Monkeys "Humbug" Domino 1/2 The Arctic Monkeys didn't bother to knock in 2005 when they came busting through the door into instant pop fame in England. Creating a huge following through Internet file-swapping and live gigs, the teenage quartet became the fastest-selling band in United Kingdom history when it finally debuted with the album "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" in 2006 and its inescapable single, "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor."
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2009 | Denise Martin
It's not too late to talk up: "Nurse Jackie" It's true. We can't get enough "True Blood" or "Mad Men" these days, but let's not forget about Edie Falco's comedy, which is every bit as good as its more heavily hyped cable competition. In the season finale, Jackie's got a full plate: a new ring from the hubby, a brewing confrontation with the boyfriend and an important patient en route. Hmm, what's a hopped-up nurse to do? (Monday) You should be talking about: Arctic Monkeys But you aren't, according to the sales of the British indie rock band's last two albums, which are among the U.K.'s fastest selling.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2007 | Chris Erskine, Times Staff Writer
SOON enough, Santa will be loading his sleigh, checking the wipers and piloting his little chariot -- the ultimate hybrid -- through the relatively balmy skies of Southern California. But before he goes, he'll probably put on his WGA lapel pin in support of the striking writers. Santa's always had a deep appreciation for folks who work with their hands. But with writers, it's more than that. Santa knows that without the writers there would be virtually no Christmas.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 2007 | Christine N. Ziemba
The marketing folks at 20th Century Fox delivered an early Christmas gift to newsrooms this year: "Alien vs. Predator: Requiem" ornaments with the cheery tagline: "This Christmas There Will Be No Peace on Earth." We can just picture trees now -- decorated with tinsel, stars, bells, angels, lights and Alien and Predator balls.
WORLD
April 25, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A Dutch company that is blanketing roadside sheep with its logo faces a $60,000 fine, but the company says it is the mayor of a small town nearby who should feel sheepish for trying to halt the ad campaign. The hotel bookings company Hotels.nl began covering sheep with blankets bearing its logo along highways near Amsterdam, Leiden, Groningen and The Hague on April 1. The mayor of the northern town of Skarsterlan said the firm had violated a local law that bans advertising along freeways.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 1996
Re: the book "Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot" (April 4). Al Franken is a four-eyed geek. This name-calling stuff is fun. What's more, I don't even have to back it up with facts or logic. No wonder Franken was able to get a sleazy book out of it. He should pay Limbaugh a percentage for help in reviving Franken's so-called career. MARK NICOLAY Pasadena
OPINION
December 28, 2004
Re "Ho! Ho! Is More Like Uh-Oh," Dec. 23: As an amateur mall Santa, I think it might be interesting to hear another side of the story. Being a retired high school teacher and grandfather of four, I took on the role of Santa Claus three years ago at a local mall for the simple reason that I love children. I earn a fraction of the amount mentioned in the article, and I work only five weeks, not two months. I don't belong to an organization, read manuals, have insurance or become cynical at the end of the season.
SPORTS
December 25, 2004 | J. A. Adande
Shaquille O'Neal should be cheered today. Cheered loud and long, because for all the headaches and missed free throws along the way he ultimately made the Lakers winners, because things haven't been quite the same since he left and because, not-so-deep inside, he really needs to hear the approval of everyone except a certain resident of Newport Beach.
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