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August 30, 2013 | By David Lazarus
Patricia is a landlord, and she's noticed a consistent trend when it comes to payments from her tenants. They'll typically set up their bank accounts so that a payment is made on the first of the month. But she often won't see the money in her bank account until four or five days later. Why the lag? ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions Welcome to the world of bank floats, where a bank places people's money in limbo for a brief interval yet manages to draw (and keep)
October 1, 2012 | By Jevon Phillips
"Once Upon a Time" is back, and apparently, so is magic. Viewers know that when we left Storybrooke last season, Emma Swan had saved her son Henry and broken the city's memory curse with true love's kiss. Also, Mr. Gold/Rumpelstiltskin, again using true love, released magic into the "real" world. With that, there were bound to be fireworks, right? Right?! Well ... There were at least some romantic sparklers. Prince Philip found and awoke his sleeping beauty, Princess Aurora, with his warrior partner in tow -- Mulan!
September 26, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
In a little more than 48 hours, we'll have a pretty clear indication of whether Ang Lee's CGI-kissed, 3-D adaptation of "Life of Pi" casts a spell of magic or nausea. Given Lee's resume and undeniable talent, we'll err toward the former, but the international trailer below, released Wednesday in advance of the movie's Friday evening premiere at the New York Film Festival, doesn't exactly soft-sell its charms. Coldplay and Sigur Ros? Computer-generated armies of meerkats and dolphins?
April 10, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
LAS VEGAS - Telling friends that you're heading to Las Vegas for some Shakespeare is a bit like claiming you read Playboy for the interviews. Well, I did indeed head to Vegas last weekend to see "The Tempest," and I can guarantee that I was the only person on my morning flight reading Harold C. Goddard's classic "The Meaning of Shakespeare. " Just a few pages from the chapter on "The Tempest," mind you. The guys downing pre-lunch wine and cocktails around me were whooping it up "Hangover"-style.
May 26, 2013 | By Cristy Lytal
The hand is quicker than the eye, according to David Kwong, magic consultant for the upcoming film "Now You See Me" from Summit Entertainment. But that's not the only trick behind how the film's central characters - a gang of four magicians played by Isla Fisher, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco and Woody Harrelson - pull off multiple bank heists. Kwong, 32, got his introductory abracadabra when he was about 7. He was at a pumpkin patch, where a magician performed a trick involving a disappearing and reappearing red sponge ball.
February 18, 1989
Leave it to Buck to figure out a way to get the big guy into his final All-Star game. In baseball, you sacrifice for runs batted in. In basketball, you do it for friendship and camaraderie. Another nice move by Magic. RANDY LARSCHEID Huntington Beach
August 31, 2013 | Robyn Brown, Brown is a freelance writer and editor in Los Angeles. She recently completed a TV pilot and young adult sci-fi romance novel
"I've waited this long for Mr. Right," my 38-year-old sister said as she leaned toward me over her albacore protein roll, the sushi restaurant buzzing with sake-soaked conversation. "I'm not going to settle for anything less than magic. " I knew the adrenaline rush she meant. In the wake of my divorce eight years ago, I'd fallen hard for a new boyfriend -- a contemporary artist who was scruffy in a way I thought very Julian Schnabel but my friends considered merely dirty -- and my life of petty arguments and lawyer phone calls suddenly seemed dusted with a dreamy shimmer of serendipity.
May 25, 2010 | K.C. Johnson
Reporting from Boston Jeff Van Gundy is the brother of Orlando Magic Coach Stan Van Gundy and one of the wittiest voices in the NBA. But broadcasting trumped brotherhood during the Boston Celtics' Game 3 dismantling of the Magic, prompting Jeff to humorously wonder why Monday's Game 4 should even be played given Orlando's woeful effort last Saturday. Here's why: Magic 96, Celtics 92. In overtime. On the road. Anyone questioning the Magic's heart now? "If you don't think you can win the series, then it's just too easy to let go," Stan Van Gundy said.
August 9, 2009
Re: "Balboa Island still lives large," July 31: Having lived three miles northwest of Balboa for the last 12 years in west Newport Beach, I am quite familiar with the quaintness, the magic and the overall seagoing atmosphere of Balboa Island. I frequent the island occasionally via my bike and a short ferry ride across the bay. Hugo Martin's article sadly but accurately points out that even the well-to-do who spend between $3,000 to $5,000 a week to vacation on the island are looking for ways to budget their money like cooking their own meals rather than eating out. For most of us who can ill afford to stay there, however, the island still welcomes everyone who can get there and enjoy the magic and ocean atmosphere of a user-friendly village.
February 28, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Pity poor Jack. There he was, minding his own business in some dusty fairy tale book when the powers that be dragooned him into active service as the front man for the would-be blockbuster "Jack the Giant Slayer. " Of course, Jack's been through the Hollywood shuffle before. Research reveals that he appeared in an Edison film as far back as 1902 and that his story has been embraced by talents as diverse as Gene Kelly, Chuck Jones and the Three Stooges. But there may never have been a Jack tale that delivered so little pleasure for so many dollars as what we have here.
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