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November 29, 2012 | By Gary Goldstein
Talk about a bad Santa. In the mechanically effective horror thriller "Silent Night," said to be "loosely based" on 1984's apparently reboot-worthy "Silent Night, Deadly Night," a psycho in a creepy St. Nick costume goes on a murderous Christmas Eve rampage in small town Cryer, Wisc. The movie's intended audience will likely be satisfied by its parade of gory mayhem, cheap thrills and groan-worthy dark humor. Everyone else: You're on your own. The logic-challenged story finds Cryer's earnest deputy sheriff, Aubrey Bradimore (Jaime King)
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December 13, 2013 | By Chris Erskine
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1998
We are sitting in the patio on this warm evening. A nice, soft breeze makes us feel good. Everything is in bloom, the grass is juicy green. But! Where are the birds? Where are the flies? What happened to the mosquitoes? Where are the grasshoppers, the ants, the butterflies? Where did the squirrels go? Have they sprayed against the fruit flies without telling us? It is gruesome--unreal. The darkness closes in on the silent night. GERHARD HENSCHKE Van Nuys
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October 25, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Pop & Hiss premieres the title track from singer-songwriter Mindy Smith's new five-song holiday EP “Snowed In.” The Long Island-born, Nashville-based musician returns to the seasonal music she explored movingly in her 2007 album “My Holiday” because “a lot of people really gravitated to the holiday record, more than I anticipated. When I made it, of course, you hope that happens.” The song “Snowed In” approaches Christmas as a time to spend with a loved one, set to a wistful melody that Smith sings with sweetness and a trace of melancholy.
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December 24, 2010 | By Carla Hall, Los Angeles Times
When people show up for midnight Mass on Friday night at Corpus Christi Church in Pacific Palisades, they will find the same Christmas Eve magic as always. Gauzy angels will be suspended on high as if flying over the congregation. Brightly lit Christmas trees will twinkle in the sanctuary. The story of the shepherds in the field learning of the birth of Jesus will still captivate: "And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them?" FOR THE RECORD: Midnight Mass: In some editions of the Dec. 24 LATExtra section, an article about the move by some Catholic churches to schedule traditional midnight Masses at earlier times contained a garbled quote.
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June 12, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
O come, all ye faithful "Duck Dynasty" fans: Santa Claus is not the only jolly man with a beard who will be celebrating Christmas this year. The men -- and women -- of the Robertson family that stars in A&E's "Duck Dynasty" will be putting down their duck calls and putting on their most festive camouflage gear for their first Christmas album, "Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas". Universal Music Group of Nashville will release the album on Oct. 29. PHOTOS: Redneck TV  The family members will show off their church-trained voices, as well as their brand of down-home humor, on the album, which will also feature some special guest stars.
WORLD
December 15, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A New Zealand woman with Christmas lights on her house that play carols has been asked for an old favorite -- silent night. A noise-control officer told Robin Adams the carols coming from her decorations were too loud and asked her to turn the lights off, the New Zealand Press Assn. reported. Before the complaint, Adams said, she turned the decorations off before midnight out of respect for the elderly living nearby, saying the carols could become annoying.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 1987 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
Critics have continuously sniped at movie sequels, cruelly damning them as clones of the original. Many of them are. But "Silent Night, Deadly Night, Part 2" may indicate a frightening new trend. This sequel, for much of the way, actually is the original. For about 40 minutes of this 85 minute film, director-editor Lee Harry simply runs "Silent Night, Deadly Night" over again.
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December 16, 1996 | NATALIE NICHOLS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There was hardly an acoustic instrument, nor much holiday cheer, on stage during Saturday's six-hour installment of KROQ's "Almost Acoustic Christmas" concerts at the Universal Amphitheatre. Still, the crowd was primed for a long winter's night of rockin', and the radio station delivered: Its seventh annual gift to listeners was a holiday Whitman's sampler of modern alternative rock, from Republica's crunchy techno pop to the Presidents of the United States' punk-funk bonbons.
NEWS
October 19, 1989 | ROBERT A. JONES
On the morning after, the city woke to the sound of helicopters. They had come in the night and now hovered everywhere, like carrion insects, looking for the ruins. In my hotel room there was no light, no electricity, no clocks, but I knew the dawn had come when I heard the thumping of their blades against the window. The long, strange night had ended. In the lobbies of all the hotels, sleeping bodies were everywhere.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
O come, all ye faithful "Duck Dynasty" fans: Santa Claus is not the only jolly man with a beard who will be celebrating Christmas this year. The men -- and women -- of the Robertson family that stars in A&E's "Duck Dynasty" will be putting down their duck calls and putting on their most festive camouflage gear for their first Christmas album, "Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas". Universal Music Group of Nashville will release the album on Oct. 29. PHOTOS: Redneck TV  The family members will show off their church-trained voices, as well as their brand of down-home humor, on the album, which will also feature some special guest stars.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2013 | By David Ng
Composer Caroline Shaw has won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for music for her a cappella composition "Partita for 8 Voices. " The two finalists in the category this year were Aaron Jay Kernis for "Pieces of Winter Sky" and Wadada Leo Smith for "Ten Freedom Summers. " "Partita for 8 Voices" was released in October by New Amsterdam Records, featuring the vocal group Roomful of Teeth. On her website, Shaw states that the 26-minute piece was inspired by Sol LeWitt's "Wall Drawing 305" and that it was written for Roomful of Teeth.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2012 | By Claire Zulkey
Without a single spoken word about current events, “Saturday Night Live” last night paid touching and graceful tribute to those killed during Friday's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. The cold open consisted of the New York City Children's Chorus singing, without any introduction or musical accompaniment, “Silent Night.” The song, perhaps more than any other carol, elicits the imagery of the childhood innocence, while the singers themselves were near the age of some of the victims of the shooting.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2012 | By Gary Goldstein
Talk about a bad Santa. In the mechanically effective horror thriller "Silent Night," said to be "loosely based" on 1984's apparently reboot-worthy "Silent Night, Deadly Night," a psycho in a creepy St. Nick costume goes on a murderous Christmas Eve rampage in small town Cryer, Wisc. The movie's intended audience will likely be satisfied by its parade of gory mayhem, cheap thrills and groan-worthy dark humor. Everyone else: You're on your own. The logic-challenged story finds Cryer's earnest deputy sheriff, Aubrey Bradimore (Jaime King)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2011 | By Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times
Last-minute shoppers at Fashion Island in Newport Beach won't hear one of the most familiar sounds of Christmas: the Salvation Army bell. Salvation Army workers and their red kettles are stationed outside Bloomingdales and Macy's at the upscale mall with an ocean view, but they have agreed to a request to not ring their bells. "You have to respect store owners, people," said Salvation Army Major Antonio Orta, who oversees the three bell ringers — their actual job title — on the property owned by the Newport Beach-based Irvine Co. "We have to comply because we solicit on their premises," Orta said.
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December 24, 2010 | By Carla Hall, Los Angeles Times
When people show up for midnight Mass on Friday night at Corpus Christi Church in Pacific Palisades, they will find the same Christmas Eve magic as always. Gauzy angels will be suspended on high as if flying over the congregation. Brightly lit Christmas trees will twinkle in the sanctuary. The story of the shepherds in the field learning of the birth of Jesus will still captivate: "And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them?" FOR THE RECORD: Midnight Mass: In some editions of the Dec. 24 LATExtra section, an article about the move by some Catholic churches to schedule traditional midnight Masses at earlier times contained a garbled quote.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2000 | NATALIE NICHOLS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The anticipation was palpable as a capacity crowd gathered Saturday at the Wiltern Theatre to hear Smash Mouth, Bon Jovi and Hootie & the Blowfish perform during the Star 98.7 (KYSR-FM) Not So Silent Night holiday show. But the excitement slowly eroded, and less than two-thirds of the audience remained after 3 1/2 hours. The lack of seasonal songs didn't turn people off, nor did the hosts' shameless shilling for the modern adult-contemporary station's compilation charity CD.
TRAVEL
December 12, 1993 | JIM JOHNSON, Johnson is a Millbury, Mass.-based free-lance writer
Few melodies are more peaceful, haunting and well-known than "Silent Night." As a frequent visitor to this city, I know Salzburg as Mozart's hometown and as the backdrop for "The Sound of Music." But the region also gave birth to the popular Christmas carol--175 years ago this Christmas Eve--and I returned recently to find traces of the song and of the two men who wrote it.
SPORTS
May 8, 2010 | By Mike Bresnahan
Reporting from Salt Lake City -- First, there was an apology, person to person. Then there was one acted out on the court. Ron Artest addressed his Twitter rant with Lakers Coach Phil Jackson on Friday afternoon and followed it up a day later with 20 points in the Lakers' 111-110 victory Saturday over the Utah Jazz. Artest apologized, and so did Jackson, saying he was "sympathetic" to Artest's feelings when they talked about the issue, which began Thursday morning when Artest was late for practice after neglecting to inform Lakers officials he was at a funeral for a music executive.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2009 | Reed Johnson
Two or three years ago, if you asked the so-called Three Amigos -- Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu -- to name the most promising young contemporary Mexican director, their voices would unite in praise of Carlos Reygadas. They weren't alone in that opinion.
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