April 17, 1988
The lead paragraphs of your April 3 article on "surprise" tax bills are a definite attention grabber ("A Surprise Plucking: Loss of Deductions, Shelter Benefits Begin to Take a Toll From Some Taxpayers"). Someone's tax jumping from $4,300 to $27,000 is shocking. However, what I find amazing is that on a net income of over $82,000 (estimated from the $27,000 tax bill, using my handy 1987 tax rate tables), which implies a gross income of near $100,000, that the taxpayer used as an example was truly surprised that the very well-publicized tax law changes of last year would affect him. Perhaps he should fire his accountant for not warning him that all those nice tax shelters had been axed.
July 23, 2010 |
Over the years, Comic-Con's movie-centric Hall H has offered some pretty great surprises. Robert Downey Jr. has been involved with a few of them. Hugh Jackman, who unexpectedly turned up at a "Wolverine" panel back in 2008 and sent the crowd into a tizzy, helped make for a classic moment. But lately the Comic-Con surprise has felt about as fresh as your Uncle Murray's surprise birthday party. The problem? So many of these types of moments have been orchestrated over the years that they've ceased to be, well, surprising.
March 19, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Uma Thurman is bopping around a downtown Asian-fusion restaurant in this city she calls home, having just enthusiastically ordered some of the fried specialties ("I never met a dumpling I didn't like"), her 6-foot-frame and luminous skin incongruous among the normal-sized and average-complected people around her. Thurman has a demonstrative personality that some would call actress-y, though it seems less like a put-on than simply the grand way she chooses to go through life.
October 11, 2013 |
There are lots of surprise standouts after the first six weeks of the high school football season. Besides the ones mentioned in Friday's column , here are some additional players: Noah Whitney, Dorsey, Sr. Primarily a backup last season, Whitney's passing success has been a big plus for the Dons. He had a school-record 359 yards and four touchdown passes against Fairfax. He had four TDs against Venice. Grant Kraemer, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, Sr. Kraemer was a backup receiver last season.
August 19, 1996 |
In nearly all of Jim Carrey's movies, the rubber-faced actor's eyebrows leap like caterpillars on amphetamines. Jack Nicholson's eyebrows arch wildly to imply devious deeds are afoot. Even Bob Dole, known for his expressly unanimated speaking posture, has been known to cock an eyebrow to italicize his remarks.
April 30, 2006
L.A. Opera marks its 20th anniversary at an April 19 'Performance and Gala' at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.