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November 30, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
When you're a “Lord of the Rings” superfan, it pays to have your own talk show. On Monday “The Colbert Report” will kick off “Hobbit Week,” with guest appearances from the cast and crew of the upcoming “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” -- Sir Ian McKellan, Martin Freeman, Peter Jackson and Andy Serkis. It's bound to be an exciting time for Colbert, who's made no secret of his obsession with the work of J.R.R. Tolkien and is also rumored to make a cameo in the film.
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January 2, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
One South Florida superfan of the show "Breaking Bad" has seen his life turn into something out of the show he idolized when he was arrested in the early morning hours of New Year's day on drug charges. According to Florida TV station WPTV, 28-year-old Ryan Lee Carroll of San Carlos Park, Florida was booked in the early morning hours of New Year's Day on felony charges of possessing a synthetic narcotic with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver and a count of possession of a controlled substance.
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January 14, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
A self-proclaimed "super fan" of Huell Howser, the beloved host of "California's Gold" who died Jan. 6, is staging a grass-roots effort to put together a tribute book that will honor the folksy public television host. Robert DaGasta, a buyer and seller of pop culture memorabilia, has been traveling around the city visiting numerous locales that Howser featured in his program to solicit "tribute pages" that would feature photos and remembrances of Howser. The pages, he said, give locals a chance to say farewell to Howser in a personal way. "We love Huell, and we really wanted to do something to honor him," DaGasta said.
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November 21, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
With Peter Jackson's “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” set to hit theaters, the work of J.R.R. Tolkien is again about to satisfy millions of moviegoers. But what about the man who created it? Tolkien led a complicated and colorful life. Now a new Hollywood biopic looks to tell his story. “Tolkien,” as the project is tentatively called, will examine the author's life, particularly his formative years at Pembroke College and as a soldier in World War I, and how it influenced him and his work, according to a person familiar with the project who was not authorized to talk about it publicly.
SPORTS
November 17, 1990
Ed Bieler is an entertaining and well informed radio host. When he made a mistake, Larry Stewart was more than willing to write about it in detail. He was Mr. Bieler's biggest critic and no doubt happy to see him go. I will miss Superfan. BRIAN LOCKWOOD Glendale
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October 21, 2013 | By Christy Khoshaba
Is it hot in here, or does someone have a super-hot case of Justin Bieber fever? Meet Toby Sheldon, or, as his friends call him, Toby Bieber. He's a 33-year-old Los Angeles songwriter who has dropped about $100,000 and devoted five years to chisel himself into the image of his Canadian crooner idol Justin Bieber, who's 14 years his junior, the British tabloid Mail Online reported. "Once Justin shot to fame his face was everywhere and all I kept thinking when I saw his picture was, 'I want to look like him,"' Sheldon told the Mail Online .   Skeptical?
SPORTS
August 16, 2008 | Mark Heisler, Diane Pucin, Bill Plaschke, Lisa Dillman
BEIJING -- For years Jimmy Goldstein, the Los Angeles superfan with the wild wardrobe -- he's especially fond of snakeskin, so if you've ever seen him, you'd remember him -- has been courtside at every big NBA game, whether the Lakers or Clippers were involved, not to mention sitting in on the postgame news conferences -- without credentials. However, he just pulled his masterpiece. Jimmy turned up at Tuesday's Spain-China game -- having just flown in and come directly from the airport, he said.
SPORTS
February 4, 1995
I would like to quote a radio sports talk show host of a few years back: "In the department store of human affairs, sports is, after all, the toy department." On your first page of Saturday's sports section, the articles pertained to a cancer death, a brother on death row, an ex-athlete convicted of bank fraud, an athlete going to jail for tax evasion, an abusive father, and a commissioner discussing economics. Some toy department, Superfan! KEN JOHNSON Pinon Hills It makes me sick to see such a "heartwarming" and pathetic story, "Inside Looking Out" (Jan.
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November 21, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
With Peter Jackson's “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” set to hit theaters, the work of J.R.R. Tolkien is again about to satisfy millions of moviegoers. But what about the man who created it? Tolkien led a complicated and colorful life. Now a new Hollywood biopic looks to tell his story. “Tolkien,” as the project is tentatively called, will examine the author's life, particularly his formative years at Pembroke College and as a soldier in World War I, and how it influenced him and his work, according to a person familiar with the project who was not authorized to talk about it publicly.
SPORTS
November 3, 1990 | LARRY STEWART
Ed (Superfan) Bieler's second stint at radio station KABC is over. Bieler announced on the air Friday that he has resigned. Bieler, who served as the host of KABC's "Sportstalk" from 1973 through '76 before being fired, was rehired last fall. He said on the air Friday that, for some time now, he and station management have disagreed on the direction "Sportstalk" should go. It was recently cut from four hours to two.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2013 | By Christy Khoshaba
Is it hot in here, or does someone have a super-hot case of Justin Bieber fever? Meet Toby Sheldon, or, as his friends call him, Toby Bieber. He's a 33-year-old Los Angeles songwriter who has dropped about $100,000 and devoted five years to chisel himself into the image of his Canadian crooner idol Justin Bieber, who's 14 years his junior, the British tabloid Mail Online reported. "Once Justin shot to fame his face was everywhere and all I kept thinking when I saw his picture was, 'I want to look like him,"' Sheldon told the Mail Online .   Skeptical?
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
"Today" has lost its biggest fan: Linny Boyette, who made the trek to Rockefeller Plaza to join the show's live audience nearly every weekday for the past 20 years, died Sunday due to complications from a heart attack . He was 71, according to "Today. " The program confirmed the sad news Sunday night via Twitter , where Meredith Vieira and Willie Geist both mourned his passing. On Monday morning, the show aired a segment remembering Boyette, a military veteran who lived in the Bronx.
BUSINESS
May 22, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Devotees of Nutella hazelnut chocolate spread can call off the riots -- the brand's Italian parent Ferrero says it reached a peaceful understanding with the superfan founder of World Nutella Day, an annual appreciation event that the company tried to shut down. Nutella aficionados worldwide were shocked when, on May 16, Sara Rosso posted a note online that she had received a cease-and-desist demand from Ferrero's lawyers. Rosso, an American blogger living in Italy who launched World Nutella Day in 2007, wrote that she would darken the website for the unofficial Feb. 5 holiday along with all social media promotion on May 25 in response to the legal challenge.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
A self-proclaimed "super fan" of Huell Howser, the beloved host of "California's Gold" who died Jan. 6, is staging a grass-roots effort to put together a tribute book that will honor the folksy public television host. Robert DaGasta, a buyer and seller of pop culture memorabilia, has been traveling around the city visiting numerous locales that Howser featured in his program to solicit "tribute pages" that would feature photos and remembrances of Howser. The pages, he said, give locals a chance to say farewell to Howser in a personal way. "We love Huell, and we really wanted to do something to honor him," DaGasta said.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
When you're a “Lord of the Rings” superfan, it pays to have your own talk show. On Monday “The Colbert Report” will kick off “Hobbit Week,” with guest appearances from the cast and crew of the upcoming “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” -- Sir Ian McKellan, Martin Freeman, Peter Jackson and Andy Serkis. It's bound to be an exciting time for Colbert, who's made no secret of his obsession with the work of J.R.R. Tolkien and is also rumored to make a cameo in the film.
BUSINESS
August 16, 2011 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Looking to profit from the lucrative sports market, apparel chain Old Navy will open Superfan Nation, an in-store shop featuring licensed sports gear, at its U.S. stores this month. Beginning Thursday, Old Navy will sell apparel and accessories from NFL and select collegiate sports teams at about 1,000 stores, with each catering to the local community's favorite teams. Merchandise from 32 NFL teams and 71 schools will be represented across several product categories: men, women, kids, baby and accessories, the company said.
SPORTS
February 12, 1986 | LARRY STEWART
Ed (Superfan) Bieler, the controversial host of KABC's "Sportstalk" radio show the mid '70s, is returning to the Los Angeles airwaves. Beginning Monday, Bieler will do daily sports news and commentary on KGIL (1260) at 7:15 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. In 1974, Bieler was sentenced to a year in prison for defrauding the federal government in 1969, when he was in the trucking business. He served 4 1/2 months, then returned to his old job at KABC, where he was fired in 1976.
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November 9, 1990 | LARRY STEWART
When Ed (Superfan) Bieler went to work for radio station KABC in 1973, he was a novelty. In an era dominated by housemen and apologists in the electronic media, Bieler took on the Establishment. He fought for the little guy. Bieler, a former trucking executive, came out of nowhere to become a star and a ratings success, No. 1 in his time slot. But the station fired Bieler in 1976, saying he was irresponsible. He was threatened with several lawsuits.
SPORTS
August 16, 2008 | Mark Heisler, Diane Pucin, Bill Plaschke, Lisa Dillman
BEIJING -- For years Jimmy Goldstein, the Los Angeles superfan with the wild wardrobe -- he's especially fond of snakeskin, so if you've ever seen him, you'd remember him -- has been courtside at every big NBA game, whether the Lakers or Clippers were involved, not to mention sitting in on the postgame news conferences -- without credentials. However, he just pulled his masterpiece. Jimmy turned up at Tuesday's Spain-China game -- having just flown in and come directly from the airport, he said.
SPORTS
February 4, 1995
I would like to quote a radio sports talk show host of a few years back: "In the department store of human affairs, sports is, after all, the toy department." On your first page of Saturday's sports section, the articles pertained to a cancer death, a brother on death row, an ex-athlete convicted of bank fraud, an athlete going to jail for tax evasion, an abusive father, and a commissioner discussing economics. Some toy department, Superfan! KEN JOHNSON Pinon Hills It makes me sick to see such a "heartwarming" and pathetic story, "Inside Looking Out" (Jan.
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