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June 26, 2009 | Associated Press
Vince Carter is going home to Orlando, and to the Eastern Conference champion Magic. The New Jersey Nets dealt the eight-time NBA All-Star, who grew up in Daytona Beach, Fla., and lives in Orlando, and forward Ryan Anderson to the Magic on Thursday for point guard Rafer Alston, shooting guard Courtney Lee and power forward Tony Battie. The trade gives the Magic another star in a lineup that already includes Dwight Howard and Rashard Lewis.
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OPINION
March 19, 2007 | David Ehrenstein, L.A.-based DAVID EHRENSTEIN writes about Hollywood and politics.
AS EVERY CARBON-BASED life form on this planet surely knows, Barack Obama, the junior Democratic senator from Illinois, is running for president. Since making his announcement, there has been no end of commentary about him in all quarters -- musing over his charisma and the prospect he offers of being the first African American to be elected to the White House.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2009 | Patrick Kevin Day
In order to make 54-year-old Bruce Willis' surrogate robot look like a man in his mid-30s in the sci-fi film "Surrogates," Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Mark Stetson oversaw some work worthy of a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon. "We started out with makeup," Stetson said. Makeup supervisor Jeff Dawn oversaw the application of straightforward cosmetic makeup, which was enhanced by cinematographer Oliver Wood's lighting. Then the digital-effects artists went in to the roughly 200 shots of Willis' surrogate and removed the creases of the actor's face frame by frame.
BUSINESS
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
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?
HOME & GARDEN
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.
SPORTS
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
SPORTS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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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