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April 9, 2009 | Patrick Kevin Day
It took a heck of a lot more than a CD of haunted house sounds to give "The Haunting in Connecticut" its bumps in the night. Though nowhere did the postproduction work stand out more than in the climactic basement scene in which the undead spirit emerges from its sealed room to loom over Virginia Madsen. "That's a scene that was created absolutely from scratch," says editor Tom Elkins, who also created sound effects tracks with sound designer James Wallace.
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April 27, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Florida-based Spirit Airlines has topped another unflattering ranking. A few weeks ago the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund analyzed complaint rates among passengers over the last five years. The ultra-low-cost carrier came out on top of that list. Spirit now ranks at the top again - for the rudest flight attendants. A survey of 3,400 people by the travel website Airfarewatchdog found that 26% said Spirit has the rudest flight attendants. Air Canada came in second with 14%, followed by Frontier Airlines with 11% and Virgin America with 9%. Southwest Airlines was at the bottom of the list, with only 1%. The service given by flight attendants may reflect how they are treated by airlines, according to a flight attendants union.
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May 16, 2010 | From The Los Angeles Times
A shared spirit of wonder Lynn Lively's story of three friends celebrating 65th and 70th birthdays by backpacking to, over and down Mt. Whitney ("On Top of the World," May 9) would make the late Colin Fletcher, the backpacker and writer, smile. The narrator and her pals combine a grand sense of adventure with a goodly amount of planning. This is exactly the way Fletcher empowered a generation of young men and women to walk away from the car and the French fries and to carry what they could of their world of food and comfort into wild places with confidence and a spirit of wonder.
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April 27, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
“I don't know if we're a country band,” widely lauded singer and songwriter Jason Isbell said during his set Saturday at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio. “But I'm a country person and I wrote all these songs, so I guess we're a country band.” That issue typically arises in various guises throughout the run of the three-day festival, as acts that draw upon rock, R&B, hip-hop, country, bluegrass, folk, soul and other strains vie for fans' attention. The salient point of Isbell's admonition was that when anyone brings a genuinely great song to the table, the labeling becomes irrelevant.
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December 26, 2012 | By Jasmine Elist
As we roll into the final holiday parties of the year, spirits are high -- and flowing. “ The Book of Gin ” by Richard Barnett traces the history of gin, which was once believed to prevent plague, ease the pains of childbirth and treat a lack of courage. Barnett found in gin a story that combined pleasure, history, pain and politics. When not writing about gin, the award-winning author runs the Sick City Project , which explores how medicine intersects with public life.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2005
I could not disagree more with Mark Swed on the production aspects of Los Angeles Opera's "Der Rosenkavalier" ["Strange but True," May 31]. The headline said production was "utterly faithful to its spirit," but nowhere in the article was there a statement of what that spirit was. I submit that instead of illuminating the spirit of "Rosenkavalier," Maximilian Schell and Gottfried Helnwein distanced us from it. They dehumanized all the secondary players...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 9, 2008
Regarding Geoff Boucher's piece [" 'The Spirit' Moved Him," Nov. 2], I have little hope for this film. Frank Miller's constant harping that Will Eisner would have loved what he did sounds defensive and duplicitous. Eisner was embarrassed by the Spirit's mask and all the superhero trappings. That's why he took the series in a direction that almost ignored Spirit's mask. There was a gentle human touch to the Spirit stories, with real humanistic connections, none of which shows up in any of Miller's writings over the past 20 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1992
"Remember, don't be shy to sing!" implored Salvation Army Capt. James Halverson as he looked out over the crowd of about 100 at the local headquarters in Van Nuys. Those in uniform launched into "King of Kings," with some so taken by the spirit that they lifted their hands into the air in joy. But most of the audience sat in respectful silence. They were homeless people, here for the Salvation Army's traditional service and a meal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1992
I am reading Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" for the umpteenth time; one of those little traditions of the season I hold to. For some reason, perhaps due to the sheer quantity of bad news I've been receiving courtesy of the global village--Somalia, Bosnia, India and all--I began to think how much like poor old Jacob Marley we've become. Marley was condemned in death to wander the world and witness human pain and sorrows. There but a specter, Marley could only wail in torment at his helplessness to ease the slightest bit of human suffering.
BUSINESS
August 11, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Get ready for the takeoff of another super-cheap airline offering ultra-low fares with loads of passenger fees. Industry insiders say the new super-discount airline may soon be launched with the help of Indigo Partners, the Phoenix-based private equity firm that invested in Florida-based Spirit Airlines in 2006 and helped persuade its chief executive, Ben Baldanza, to adopt dirt-cheap fares and abundant fees. Indigo is reportedly negotiating to buy Denver-based Frontier Airlines from its parent company, Republic Airways Holdings.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
"Next Goal Wins" is an irresistible underdog story - sports-fan credentials not required. The lively documentary follows the biggest loser in international soccer as it tries to break a 17-year winless streak. To use the word "organization" is putting too fine a point on it: The team in question resides in the South Pacific territory of American Samoa, and the volunteer players are about as far removed as you can get - geographically and every other way - from the business of high-profile, high-stakes athletics.
BUSINESS
April 20, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
It may be no surprise that the U.S.-based airline that has drawn the most complaints per passenger over the last five years is Spirit Airlines. After all, the Florida-based carrier is known for super-tight seating and dozens of fees, including charges for soft drinks and carry-on bags. But the executives at the ultra-low-cost carrier are probably not sweating the study results because another report released last week said that Spirit also had the highest profit margin of any U.S. carrier in 2013.
NATIONAL
April 19, 2014 | By Colleen Mastony
The nurses on the 20th floor were the first to see them. "Oh my goodness," declared Colleen Forrester, 29, a nurse dressed in green scrubs, who pointed to the windows. Other nurses came to look and laughed. Were the children strong enough to come see? Soon, parents and nurses were leading kids out of their rooms. The children were small and frail-looking. Most were undergoing treatment for cancer and other serious disorders. But on this cold April morning, they had a precious moment of distraction.
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April 18, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
BOSTON - There's a tense excitement running through this city as it prepares for the 118th Boston Marathon, a uniquely Bostonian event, held on Patriots' Day, the third Monday of April, which celebrates the first battles of the Revolutionary War. Residents are waiting to see how much of the traditional carefree spirit of Marathon Monday will remain after officials implement security measures to make the 26.2-mile route "the safest place on the...
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April 17, 2014 | By David Pagel
Right now, the most beautiful place in all of Los Angeles may very well be the center gallery of Gary Lang's exhibition at Ace Gallery Beverly Hills. Eleven big, circular paintings, each a candy-colored rainbow of concentric rings, fill the space with enough visual warp and woof to make repeat visits thrilling. The setup is symmetrical: three dazzling paintings on each of three long walls and two more flanking the door through which you entered. The size of Lang's paintings matters, and it's measured in feet: 6, 9½, 11 and 13 at their diameters.
SPORTS
April 17, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
A win is a win. And Mike Scioscia figures his Angels need at least 90 of them to have a shot at returning to the postseason for the first time since 2009. But as Wednesday night stretched into Thursday morning, the giddy Angels were talking as if their last victory - a 5-4 win over the Oakland Athletics on Chris Iannetta's 12th-inning walk-off homer - might just be worth a little bit more. "It's character building, it's team-identity building, it's chemistry building," Iannetta said.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2013 | By Martin Tsai
A religious parable wrapped in a holiday gift basket featuring Susan Boyle, "The Christmas Candle" seems destined to be a Hallmark movie of the week. But in spite of the hammy histrionics requisite for the genre, it is not at all a turkey. Set in the 19th century, the film stars Hans Matheson of "The Tudors" as David Richmond, who left the pulpit for the Salvation Army after losing his religion. The village of Gladbury comes calling for him to fill the opening for vicar in its parish.
TRAVEL
August 25, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Electric street lights arrived in Genoa, Nev., the state's oldest permanent settlement, around 1920, thanks to local women who organized a fundraising "candy dance. " This summer the town's historic main drag is once again illuminated by replicas of the original lampposts, which guide visitors to the attractions in this surprisingly historic town. The tab: Excluding airfare to Reno, a one-hour drive, and a rental car, a two-night visit will cost about $300. That includes lodging at the upscale 1862 David Walley's Resort Hot Springs & Spa, a casual meal for two and drinks at Nevada's oldest watering hole.
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April 14, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
If “Mad Men” is a story of the '60s told from the perspective of those who “lost” the decade, then it's perfectly apt that the key line in the premiere of the show's final season comes from Richard Nixon, the man who championed the silent majority. In the closing minutes of “Time Zones,” Don shines his shoes as the new president delivers his inaugural address on television. One line from the speech stirs Don to attention: "We have found ourselves rich in goods but ragged in spirit.” Sound like anyone you know?
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April 12, 2014 | Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
This is not a review, exactly, of the new season of "Mad Men," its seventh and, depending on how you slice it, its last. In order to hang on to this jewel as long as is seemly, AMC will divide its 14 episodes into two parts, to conclude in 2015. It could dollop it out over 14 years, I suppose, each year bringing a single new hour, as precious as that new Wu-Tang album. But there is only so much the people will stand. This is also not a review partly because Matthew Weiner, whose creation this is, is finicky about spoilers - "finicky" doesn't really do it justice.
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