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SPORTS
December 4, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Robert Griffin III has had his share of magical moments throughout his NFL career -- all 12 games of it. Even when RG3 makes a mistake it can still turn into something positive for the Washington Redskins. Take a play from the first quarter of the Redskins' 17-16 win over the New York Giants on Monday night. The quarterback picked up 12 yards on a running play deep in Giants territory but had the ball stripped by Stevie Johnson on the way down. Normally that would be disastrous, a scoring opportunity down the drain.
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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
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!
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?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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.
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