February 29, 2012 |
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. Leap year is serving up its bonus day today, Feb. 29, 2012. Known as leap day, Feb. 29 is an added day that seems to magically show up on the calendar every four years. You might be wondering, what is leap year and leap day, and why do we mess with the calendar? We called the super-smart folks over at the National Institute of Standards and Technology for some answers. (Feel free to crib from it and play the know-it-all when talking to friends today.)
February 15, 2012 |
I'm not sure if "leapling" is really a word, but if you are one - someone born on leap day -- you may stay free at Mammoth Mountain ski resort on Feb. 29. There's finally snow, too (about a foot from a recent storm, as of Tuesday) at the resort that got off to a snowless start in December and January. The deal: Leap Year Babies Stay Free offers a choice of one free night (with a second person) at Juniper Springs Resort, the Village Lodge, Tamarack Lodge or Mammoth Mountain Inn on their birthday.
February 13, 2012 |
If you haven't made leap year plans (and really, who has?), Marriott is hoping to lure you to one of its Florida hotels in Orlando or Miami. The incentive? Two companion airfares to anywhere in the continental U.S. with a two-night stay that includes "leap day" Feb. 29. The deal: This offer is an extension of Marriott's Stay Here, Fly There deal . It requires staying Feb. 28 and 29 at one of five hotels: Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami; Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina in Stuart; and JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes , Orlando World Center Marriott ; or Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld . The two-night stay comes with a $100 resort credit and two free companion airline ticket vouchers for flights within the continental U.S. (You pay for one ticket and companion fare is included.)
July 1, 2011 |
The deeply unsettling, psychologically acute "Leap Year" (Ano Bisiesto) won writer-director Michael Rowe, an Australian living in Mexico, Cannes' Camera d'Or prize for best first feature. Lowe and his co-writer Lucia Carreras wisely take their time establishing the character of Laura (Monica Del Carmen), a freelance journalist living and working in a Mexico City apartment. Laura is dark-skinned, pretty and desperately lonely; the sight of the uninhibited young couple across the way fills her with longing.
January 11, 2010 |
"Avatar" has become a must-see movie, especially in 3-D. Coming off a phenomenal holiday period that saw the James Cameron-directed blockbuster sell more than $1 billion worth of tickets worldwide in less than three weeks, "Avatar" experienced the smallest decline of any picture playing nationwide this weekend, signaling that it will run well into the winter. Among three new movies, Lionsgate's vampire flick "Daybreakers" started well, while Universal Pictures' romantic comedy "Leap Year" opened soft and "Youth in Revolt" was another disappointment for Weinstein Co. Domestic ticket sales for "Avatar" were $48.5 million from Friday through Sunday, according to an estimate from distributor 20th Century Fox, down just 29% from the previous weekend.
January 8, 2010 |
We're told by the "Leap Year" production notes that writers Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont are "well-known as Hollywood 'script doctors.' " Yikes. Is there a doctor for the doctors in the house? Mid-January and already there's another romantic comedy that makes you weep for the genre. Honestly. After "P.S. I Love You," "27 Dresses," "Bride Wars" and "The Ugly Truth," Beatrice and Benedick from "Much Ado About Nothing" are going to step right out of the first folio edition of Shakespeare's play and go on a revenge killing spree.