December 22, 1998 |
Helen Harris is blind, but she still "sees" Christmas every year, from the strings of popcorn and brightly colored decorations on the tree to a roly-poly Santa with a long, white beard, soot-dusted red suit and shiny black boots. It's all due to Harris' own perseverance and the wide range of celebrities she's persuaded to lend their time, and their holiday memories, to a special television broadcast, "Eyes of Christmas."
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August 3, 1995 |
Being blind accounts for Helen Harris' unusual vision for the movie industry. In her mind, she sees thousands of other sightless people sitting in theaters, enjoying the latest films by listening to a running account of the on-screen action through headphones. That explains why two stars from the 1948 movie classic "Little Women" were back on the old MGM lot in Culver City on Wednesday dubbing a new soundtrack for the 1994 remake of the Louisa May Alcott story.
December 23, 1995 |
Call it an infomercial for the blind. A Woodland Hills-based nonprofit group called Retinitis Pigmentosa International has purchased time on KCOP-TV Channel 13 Sunday for a broadcast of the 1978 movie "Heaven Can Wait" with a special soundtrack that describes what's happening on screen for those who can't see.
December 21, 2002 |
This year, the Frank Capra Christmas classic "It's a Wonderful Life" features former President George H.W. Bush in a major role. He cannot be seen, but he can be heard by viewers whose televisions come equipped with the secondary audio program option. The new version of "It's a Wonderful Life," including Bush's narrative, first aired on Dec. 7 and will repeat Tuesday at 8 p.m. on NBC.
November 7, 1999 |
While James Cameron's "Titanic" unspools on two monitors, actor Efrain Figueroa is laying down an audio play-by-play in Spanish, bringing the action into the realm of the blind. At this relatively calm moment in the film, Titanic survivor Gloria Stuart settles her 101-year-old eyes on Leonardo DiCaprio's nude portrait of Kate Winslet. "El retrato esta en solucion liquitada para no se desintegre," Figueroa intones (The drawing sits in clear liquid to keep it from drying out).
April 17, 2010
High school basketball: In Thursday's Sports section, one of the photos accompanying an article about colleges' signing basketball recruits identified the player pictured as Ray McCallum, who had been pursued by UCLA. The photo was of Jared Sullinger, another top prospect. Deadmau5: An article in Friday's Calendar section about the electronic music act deadmau5 said that Joel Zimmerman, the man behind the act, was from Niagara Falls, N.Y. He is from Niagara Falls, Canada.