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November 8, 2009 | Associated Press
at No. 1 Florida 27, Vanderbilt 3: Tim Tebow accounted for two touchdowns, Caleb Sturgis kicked two field goals and the Gators beat the Commodores in a lackluster effort. Florida extended its winning streak over Vanderbilt, as well as its streak overall, to 19 games. Tebow completed 15 of 20 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown, but a big chunk of his yardage came on a 64-yard run-and-catch by Aaron Hernandez late in the fourth quarter. at Arkansas 33, South Carolina 16: Ryan Mallett completed 23 of 27 passes for 329 yards to lead the Razorbacks.
March 13, 2014 | By Robert Abele
Out to prove that the comic-book movie needn't be mega-financed behemoths, the scrappy superhero-noir indie "Sparks" busks its 1940s saga of dark redemption with considerable visual energy, if not always coherence or competence. Starting with wounded, wanted vigilante Ian Sparks (Chase Williamson) barging into a newspaper to report his own murder, the movie flashbacks - and flashbacks - to unravel a convoluted story stemming from a superpower-bestowing meteorite crash, Sparks' teaming with masked crime fighter Heavenly Lady (Ashley Bell)
December 6, 1997
In his article " 'Doctor Zzzhivago'?" (Dec. 3), Patrick Goldstein wrote that Robert Zemeckis' film "Contact" "received a lackluster box-office reception." "Contact" grossed more than $100 million in the U.S and Canada alone. Since when is $100 million considered lackluster? If the $200-million budgeted film like "Titanic" grosses only $100 million, now, that would be lackluster, don't you think? RENE SOLIVAN West Hollywood
January 31, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
If there was a winner among the piles of gifts given to children this Christmas, Barbie certainly wasn't it. The fashion doll - possibly the best-known player in Mattel Inc.'s stable of products - endured a 13% sales slide during the company's fourth quarter. "We just didn't sell enough Barbie dolls," Mattel Chief Executive Bryan G. Stockton said Friday in a conference call with analysts. Several other brands from the El Segundo toy maker also fared poorly. Fisher-Price, whose lineup focuses on infants and young children, also suffered a 13% revenue plunge.
January 6, 2002
Last year was a record year for retail sales. This year [2001] was approximately 2% better than that ["Deep Discounts Not Expected to Spark Lackluster Shopping Season," Dec. 25]. How can this be gloom and doom for retailers? Elaine Lindelef Glendale
June 29, 2008
Sparks basketball: An article about a Sparks game in Friday's Sports section said center Lisa Leslie told the crowd after the overtime loss to the Washington Mystics: "We apologize to you all for the lackluster effort tonight. We're going to correct this and, next game, you're going to see a different Sparks team." The quote should have been attributed to the Sparks' DeLisha Milton-Jones.
November 1, 1998
I find it amazing that none of the "experts" quoted in "Here's an Idea . . . Take This Film to Broadway" (by Patrick Pacheco, Oct. 18) could cite the most obvious reasons most film-to-stage adaptations fail: the availability of the same material on cable and video as well as lackluster casting in the leading roles. Unless a producer comes up with a novel approach of putting the story on stage (a la "The Lion King"), audiences are savvy enough to realize they're being taken for a ride.
November 21, 1993
I was impressed--not blown away, but impressed--by the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas ("Pyramid Power," Oct. 17). It definitely had the MGM's mustard-colored stucco lion beat hands down. But as I moved closer, the Pharaoh lost its luster. Inside, there is a collection of structures with all the charm of a portable science exhibit. Then there are the three brief film-based attractions that are surely the most convoluted, overpublicized, overpriced ($15) attractions in town. Should you stop at Luxor?
It appeared a case of school property defacement, likely the work of a prankster. Years ago, an assistant coach at Claremont McKenna College came upon an old desk while cleaning out a weight room in the athletic department. The culprit had carved into the wood, the way lovebirds might scrawl a heart into a tree. Except this inscription was curious: it read "I Love This College" and was signed "John Zinda." The assistant reported what he thought was an act of mockery to the football coach.
November 1, 2008 | Ken Bensinger, Bensinger is a Times staff writer.
In tough times, Nissan Motor Co. is hoping less is more. On Friday, the Japanese carmaker said it would begin selling a cut-rate version of its Versa sedan in the U.S. for $9,990 -- more than $1,000 less than the cheapest new car currently sold in America. The frills-free Versa -- which is made in Mexico and will be available starting Nov. 18 -- will come without power windows or air conditioning and will be the only new car available in the U.S. for less than $10,000.
January 26, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
We saw gravity-defying hair, mother-and-son dressing and one batty hat, a striking wide-brimmed Smokey Bear-style worn by Pharrell Williams. But fashion with a capital "F?" There wasn't much of it on the Grammys red carpet this year. In fact, it was kind of a bust. One reason? Though she performed, style diva Beyoncé didn't walk the walk, neither did Rihanna. No Gaga or Miley either. But Taylor Swift did, and she was the best-dressed of the rest, leading the charge in the metallic brigade.
December 19, 2013
It was like taking an open-book quiz two days after a far more challenging test. Practically all the Clippers had to do was make sure they brought their class materials against the sub.-500 New Orleans Pelicans, who will never be confused with the San Antonio Spurs even with Anthony Davis back in the lineup. Despite a low-energy start and star pupils Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford struggling through horrid shooting nights, the Clippers focused long enough to earn a 108-95 victory over the Pelicans on Wednesday at Staples Center.
October 22, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- After a lackluster September employment report, a top White House official warned Tuesday that the partial government shutdown led the labor market to worsen this month and probably cost the economy "a decent number of jobs. " Jason Furman, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, noted that September was the 43rd straight month of private sector job growth. In a report delayed by the shutdown, the Labor Department said the economy added 148,000 jobs overall last month, well below analyst expectations of 185,000.
August 22, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
"The Frozen Ground" is a grim, undistinguished procedural thriller based on the true case of serial killer Robert Hansen who, from 1971 to 1983, abducted, raped and murdered at least 17 young women in Alaska. Although writer-director Scott Walker seems committed to not overly exploiting his lurid subject matter, the movie is just too dreary, disjointed and generically creepy to be persuasive. The story, set in 1983, finds upright Alaska state trooper Jack Halcombe (Nicolas Cage), reportedly an amalgam of several real-life characters, struggling to bring Hansen (John Cusack)
May 2, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Girl power didn't last long on stage: Producers announced Thursday the Spice Girls musical will close early in London after a lackluster six-month run. The final performance is June 29. “Viva Forever,” based on the hits by the 1990s British pop band, had added girl power behind the scenes. “Absolutely Fabulous” comedian Jennifer Saunders penned the show, and mega-hit "Mamma Mia!" creator Judy Craymer served as producer. Although the musical underwent tweaks after a disappointing opening in December, “we just can't make it work," Craymer said in a statement.
April 18, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Whether it's signing his photographs and his books, participating in a documentary or talking at all, Bert Stern can barely be bothered. Which is a flaw that "Bert Stern: Original Mad Man" never overcomes. It's not that Stern didn't take any memorable photographs or lacked for dramatic incident in his life. Quite the contrary. A creator of images who helped revolutionize the use of photography in advertising, he became celebrated for Marilyn Monroe's last sitting as well as the shot that became the celebrated poster for Stanley Kubrick's "Lolita.
April 1, 1992
Re "New Games Fail to Revive Lottery's Lackluster Sales," March 18: Sluggish sale of lottery tickets due to lack of money for advertising? Come on! It's a classic case of not listening to the customer. What ticket buyers get is the same old idea in new dresses; what they want is somebody in Sacramento listening to their main complaint, the 20-year rule. They dream of winning millions and if they do, the money is stretched thin over 20 years.
October 29, 1996 | CLAUDIA PUIG
For the second week in a row, "Sleepers," starring Brad Pitt, Dustin Hoffman and Robert DeNiro, was the top box-office draw, while "First Wives Club" remained in the Top 5 and continued to be the fall's top grosser, reaching $88.7 million. But because of the glut of offerings, the weekend was lackluster. "It was sort of a flat weekend, there was so much product out there chewing each other up," said John Krier, president of Exhibitor Relations.
March 7, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Americans hit the stores in February - but with only the barest of enthusiasm as they worried about bad weather, delayed tax refunds and the federal mix of tax increases and spending cuts known as sequestration. Three separate measures of sales at stores open at least a year showed revenue dampened by economic factors such as higher gas prices, stubbornly high unemployment and a payroll tax boost. Pasadena student Elisa Jimenez, 21, said her paycheck as a sales associate mostly went for school and fuel last month.
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