August 28, 2008 |
The ghoulish, stop-motion-animated sights in Halloween Town have never looked sharper than they do in Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas: 2-Disc Collector's Edition" ($33), released Tuesday on DVD. The delightfully macabre tale, whose style can best be described as Rankin/Bass meets "Beetlejuice," has become a holiday classic in the 15 years since its theatrical release. And by "holiday," I mean Christmas and Halloween, which might explain why Disney is pushing the DVD so early in the season.
April 29, 2010 |
No matter how fierce your devotion to popular culture, odds are you've never heard of Samuel Bayer, who makes his feature directing debut Friday with the reboot of "A Nightmare on Elm Street." But you're almost certainly familiar with his work. A prolific commercial and music-video director, Bayer has been responsible for some of the most memorable images of the last 20 years: Kurt Cobain thrashing around a gym in Nirvana's music video for "Smells Like Teen Spirit"; the bespectacled girl in a bumblebee tutu finding elusive companionship in Blind Melon's "No Rain" video.
May 11, 2012 |
We are a city on the brink. Lakers basketball has, long ago, gone beyond casual entertainment to become community treasure. The purple flags are embedded in our psyche. But will they be flying at half-mast Sunday morning? Are we on the verge of another Jack Kent Cooke, balloons-in-the-rafters embarrassment? So much rides on Game 7 on Saturday night. With a loss, the couches in the doctors' offices all over Los Angeles will be in heavy use. Tell us, Jack Nicholson, how does this feel?
August 22, 1987
To err is human; to forgive is to be a Dodger fan. BRAD STERN Santa Monica
November 14, 2011
Moving into a new market, the Los Angeles Times on Monday will release its first e-book, "A Nightmare Made Real," by staff writer Christopher Goffard. "Nightmare" is the first of eight to 10 titles The Times plans to release in the coming year. The expansion into e-books will enable the news organization to leverage its content into models "that expand the reach of our unique storytelling," Times President Kathy Thompson said. "A Nightmare Made Real" is an expanded version of Goffard's two-part series this summer on Louis Gonzalez III, a Las Vegas banker accused of kidnapping, torture and sexual assault.
July 29, 1992 |
One of the surprises of the basketball competition so far is that Brazil has lost its first two games, to Croatia and Spain. The Brazilians gained attention by beating the United States in the 1987 Pan American Games, but they must finish among the top four teams in the six-team pool to advance to the medal round. Only three preliminary games are left, and one of those is a sure loss to the United States. "Our goal now is to beat Angola and Germany," Brazil Coach Jose Medalha said.
January 30, 1994 |
I was a teen-ager when a 7.2 earthquake hit Japan in 1943. It happened in the early morning, before dawn. I was sleeping on the second floor of a Japanese house that was 10 years old. I remember they didn't report very much on the earthquake at that time because of the war. The Japanese government did not fully report on the earthquakes because information like that could be used against Japan by the Allies. Old houses collapsed, but there was no fatality that I remember in my village.
May 21, 2011
Of the 254 players on the All-Star ballot, the Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers produced 11 to 13 each. No American League team produced that many, with the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays leading the way at 10 apiece. … Here's hoping the Kansas City Royals' Vin Mazzaro bounces back faster from his 14-run nightmare Monday against the Cleveland Indians than the Chicago Cubs' Jeff Stevens has from throwing a career-high 89 pitches when Mike Quade left him in to take one for the team after Casey Coleman's 51-pitch inning April 22. Stevens has been a mess at triple-A Iowa.
October 24, 2013 |
There are things worse than death. One could, for example, wake up each morning to find it's the day before your 16th birthday - again. In "Haunter," Lisa (Abigail Breslin) lives this "Groundhog Day" nightmare day after day, a rebellious teen doomed to eat the same meatloaf, do the same laundry and watch the same episode of "Murder, She Wrote" for the rest of eternity. Her plight is made worse by the fact that the rest of her family is in the same boat, but they're oblivious to their situation.
May 28, 1996 |
In Karin Salber's final-exam nightmare, she finds herself before a psychology class to give a 25-minute oral presentation, but she is up to her waist in notes. Frantically diving through the paper, she fails to retrieve the printout of her presentation. As if that weren't enough, the next night, the 21-year-old Cal State Fullerton undergrad has final-exam nightmare part two. She is to give a slide presentation for the same class but, somehow, vacation slides end up in the projector.