February 10, 2010 |
Irish filmmaker Tomm Moore knew exactly what many skeptical film fans were thinking last week when it was announced that his small film, "The Secret of Kells," had been nominated for best animated feature. "They're all going, 'What the hell is this film that got nominated?' " the director joked via telephone from Ireland, where he was en route to tape an interview for a local television station. The hand-drawn film, which has been out in theaters in Ireland nearly a year now, tells the story of a young boy trying to protect the national treasure, "The Book of Kells," from the Vikings.
September 14, 1990 |
The body of a 10-year-old boy was discovered in an abandoned grain silo after his frightened playmates, who witnessed his accidental fall, revealed the secret they had kept for months. Ricky Rodriguez disappeared April 26. On Thursday, the mother of one of Ricky's playmates called police to say she learned what had happened: He fell from an abandoned silo at a deserted brewery while bouncing with his companions on conveyor belts.
May 25, 1991
If the ballot is secret in voting for the NBA's most valuable player, it's just as well. We would otherwise know the names of the 10 certifiable idiots who left off the name of Magic Johnson entirely. Envy often overcomes admiration. FRED SEIFERS, Downey
November 11, 2005
Re "GOP Leaders Urge Prison Leak Inquiry," Nov. 9 A week after the news of our secret "gulag" prisons came out, Republican leaders in Congress are calling for a leak investigation. These are the same people who have stalled for more than a year an investigation into whether President Bush lied us into a war. And, of course, the White House also stonewalled the Rove-Libby investigation. How do you spell hypocrite? ALEX MAGDALENO Camarillo How interesting to hear Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.
September 18, 1993
We've just seen the delightful movie "The Secret Garden." But the scene of the children around the fire, chanting some gobbledygook to bring Colin's father home, bothered me. So I referred to the book and found no such scene. What I did find was the scene of the children in the garden singing a doxology--you know, a hymn of praise to God: "Praise God from whom all blessings flow, praise Him all creatures here below, praise Him above ye Heavenly Host, praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost."
January 5, 1986 |
Scientists in this Arctic city, where midwinter darkness affects the sleeping habits of up to one-quarter of the population, say they may have unlocked some of the secrets of insomnia and pointed the way to a cure. Research elsewhere in the world has pinpointed the hormone melatonin as playing a vital role in sleep, but a Norwegian biochemist believes his team may be close to being able to alter the human "body clock" to eliminate sleepless nights.
March 18, 1994 |
Mike and Don try to figure it out on their own. With rented snowboards underfoot, they grab a chairlift to the mid-heights of Mammoth Mountain and begin their descent. Twenty minutes later, sore and exhausted, they tumble to the bottom. "Nightmare" is the word they use to describe the experience. Now they're taking a lesson, which is where I join in. Unlike these two law students--whose names have been changed to protect their egos--I have been warned about learning to snowboard on my own.
April 28, 2010 |
So an Apple engineer walks into a beer garden…. A story that begins like that should have at least a little potential. Especially when you learn that, in said beer garden, the young software engineer loses a top-secret prototype of a next-generation iPhone. A stranger finds the phone. The stranger sells the phone to a tech blogger for $5,000. And the blogger posts his assessment of the new (and possibly improved, though that's not so clear) iPhone. Now here comes the neat punch line … only there isn't one, because now the tech blog Gizmodo.
August 20, 2009 |
It's a good thing Frank Bruni is such a talented writer, or "Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater" would be a lot tougher to digest. The outgoing restaurant reviewer for the New York Times writes frankly about gargantuan binges and drastic weight-loss strategies in this alternately rollicking and sobering memoir. A book of comic excesses and culinary appreciation, it ends on a cautiously optimistic note: Bruni mostly has his eating under control, but doesn't take it for granted.