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October 29, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald
Halloween is my favorite time of year. And I love to be scared. Over the years, I've been through my fair share of theme park mazes, independent haunted attractions and backyard spookfests. I even dress up every Halloween as a chainsaw-wielding maniac in a hockey mask and scare the neighborhood kids at the haunted house on our block. So I like to think I've seen it all - from the mundane to the extreme. But I've never experienced anything like McKamey Manor . > Photos: Inside the McKamey Manor backyard haunt in San Diego On Friday night I went through the backyard haunt tucked behind the three-bedroom, brick-and-stucco home of Russ and Carol McKamey in an otherwise ordinary San Diego subdivision near Poway.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Tumultuous marriages, father-son relationships and film censorship are just three of the themes explored in the 12 Iranian films featured at this year's UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema. Beginning Thursday, the series will show the films at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum in Westwood Village through May 14. Four of the screenings will be accompanied by Q&As with the movies' directors. Iranian cinema is "one of the most exciting on Earth," said Paul Malcolm, programmer at UCLA's Film & Television Archive, which presents more than 200 professionally curated public screenings each year.
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September 29, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
As we slip into October, I decided to assemble my first-ever Fantasy Halloween League of the Top 13 haunted mazes at theme parks around the world. Think of the Top 13 list as a nightmare fantastic park with the most demented, disturbing and disgusting collection of haunted attractions ever gathered in one virtual place. Or my definition of a dream vacation if I had a bottomless budget and unlimited vacation time to jet around the world to the best and most bizarre haunts.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2014 | By Denise Florez
Young adult authors at the Festival of Books on Saturday dove straight into their experiences in writing about young characters who deal with social, physical and mental limits, and how they find their own identities while writing about privilege, mutant grasshoppers, college or cryogenic experimentation.  Moderator Aaron Hartzler on a panel titled "Young Adult Fiction: Testing the Limits" started by asking panelists E. Lockhart, Rainbow Rowell,...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2005
RE "For 'Narnia,' Lots of Believers," by John Horn and Elaine Dutka, Dec. 12: Larry Ross, a savvy "media and public relations consultant," is quoted as saying, "Hollywood is realizing that the church -- and the nearly 250 million Americans who consider themselves 'Christian' -- represent a previously unrecognized market." This insensitive quote should have been edited from this story. If Hollywood has not recognized the "Christian market" until today, then who does Ross think Hollywood has been making movies for over the years -- terrorists?
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
HBO's "Game of Thrones" has a lot: exotic locations, rich characters, dense political intrigue, ice zombies and dragons! But what if George R.R. Martin had gotten together with series producers Dan Weiss and David Benioff and re-envisioned it as a wacky ensemble comedy set in a medieval theme park. You know, it could be called, "Medieval Land Fun-Time World. " That's the premise behind Bad Lip Reading's latest video, taking three seasons of murder, betrayal, incest, scheming, sex and dragons and turning it into something Judd Apatow could have produced.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 22, 2008 | Chris Lee
Over his nine years in the spotlight, singer-songwriter Josh Groban has had evocative descriptors attached to his name: "popera" singer, balladeer, multi-platinum-selling international superstar, total cheeseball. But "mash-up artist" wasn't on that list until Sunday night, when Groban ran through an impressive medley of some 27 theme songs from classic TV shows. More affecting still, he managed to pump a degree of genre authenticity into each tune. Groban's take on "The Jeffersons" was all soaring gospel; he rapped his way through the hip-hop opening of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," sounded authentically lounge lizard-y covering "The Love Boat" and even summoned a little Jamaican mojo to belt out Inner Circle's reggae anthem "Bad Boys," the theme for "Cops."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2008 | From a Times staff writer
Alicia Keys and Jack White have teamed to record the theme song for the new James Bond film, "Quantum of Solace," the producers said Tuesday. It's the first time in the 22-film Bond franchise that the theme will be a duet. The song, called "Another Way to Die," was written and produced by White, best known for his work with the White Stripes. The movie soundtrack will be out Oct. 28, a few weeks before the film.
SPORTS
November 1, 2009 | Ben Bolch
They picked the perfect theme song. Now they only needed a reason to sing it. The Hollywood Bernstein High Dragons did not win a game -- or score a point -- in 2008 during their first varsity football season. After finally scoring during a blowout loss against Los Angeles Eagle Rock in September, the Dragons mustered a half-hearted rendition of Chumbawamba's "I Get Knocked Down" in their locker room. "They didn't really get into it," Bernstein Coach Darrell Divinity said, "because we lost."
BUSINESS
April 4, 2009 | Dawn C. Chmielewski
In a sign that the recession is cutting into Walt Disney Co.'s parks and resorts business, the company said Friday that it eliminated about 1,900 jobs at its domestic theme parks. The bulk of the cuts occurred at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., where about 1,400 jobs were eliminated. About 300 jobs will be cut from the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, with the remainder coming from corporate headquarters in Burbank.
HOME & GARDEN
April 9, 2014 | By Anne Colby
Go ahead, play with your food, Niki Jabbour seems to be saying in her new book, "Groundbreaking Food Gardens" (Storey Publishing, $19.95, paper). The author of the bestselling "The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener" and host of the radio show "The Weekend Gardener" enlisted leading gardeners and designers to contribute themed food garden plans to "change the way you grow your garden. " They delivered handsomely. The food gardens in this illustrated book, subtitled "73 Plans That Will Change the Way You Grow Your Garden," are inventive, inspiring and instructive - and creatively named.
NEWS
April 1, 2014 | Brady MacDonald
As summer approaches, 2014 already looks like a great year for ride enthusiasts around the world as a number of new theme parks are planned for Europe and Asia and several major attractions are in the works for North America. PHOTOS: 32 best new theme park additions of 2014 Consider this a tentative and fluid list of new attractions on tap across the globe. As is often the case, some projects may get delayed while new ones get announced. Let's take a look at the 32 most anticipated additions planned for 2014 at theme parks close to home, across the United States and around the world.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Sarah Palin's upcoming cable series about the great outdoors officially has a theme song.  Sportsman Channel, which debuts "Amazing America with Sarah Palin" next week, enlisted the rock outfit Madison Rising for the tune. The group, self-described as "America's Most Patriotic Band," is probably best known for its unconventional rendering of "The Star Spangled Banner. " In keeping with the show's subject matter, the theme song's lyrics contain references to nature, flags, glory, dogs, horses, trucks and guns.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Construction is set to start later this year on a $2-billion Universal Studios theme park in Beijing, according to published reports. A park in Beijing has been under discussion for years, but details have remained murky. A spokesperson for Universal Studios Theme Parks, a division of NBC Universal, could not be reached for comment. The park would be the sixth for Universal, including four already in operation and one that is set to open in South Korea in 2016. Construction will begin in Beijing later this year, with completion scheduled for 2018, according to the website aastocks.com.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
Construction is set to start this year on a $2-billion Universal Studios theme park in Beijing, according to published reports. A park in Beijing has been under discussion for years, but details have remained murky. A spokesperson for Universal Studios Theme Parks, a division of NBC Universal, declined to comment on the latest report. The park will be the sixth for Universal, including four already in operation and one that is set to open in South Korea in 2016. Construction will begin in Beijing this year, with completion scheduled for 2018, according to the website Aastocks.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
South Carolina lawmakers voted Wednesday to cut $69,000 in funding to two public universities that had assigned gay-themed books as reading for incoming students. The books are "Fun Home" by Alison Bechdel, a finalist for the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award, and "Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio," a collection of stories broadcast on a South Carolina radio show. The University of South Carolina Upstate would lose $17,000 for assigning "Out Loud," while the College of Charleston would lose $52,000 for assigning Bechdel's "Fun Home," a memoir told in graphic novel form, to incoming freshmen.
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April 22, 1985 | Associated Press
The fourth annual National Consumer Week begins today by presidential proclamation, with the theme "Consumers Should Know," Virginia Knauer, presidential adviser for consumer affairs, said.
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June 8, 1985 | Bill Billiter
Newport Harbor High School's 1985 graduation theme, "We Are The World," turned out to be prophetic. Jon Elliott, 18, president of the school's Associated Student Body (ASB), said the selection of the theme led the seniors into an unusual gift-giving activity--selling sweatshirts to help poor families both in Orange County and in Africa. "Our goal is to raise $16,000, but we've already raised about $10,000," said Elliott.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
Elizabeth Gilbert's novel “The Signature of All Things” is a finalist for the Wellcome Book Prize for the best book on a medical topic, along with five nonfiction books, including Oliver Sacks' “Hallucinations.” The $50,000 prize recognizes books with “a central theme that engages with some aspect of medicine, health or illness.” The other finalists are: “Wounded: The Long Journey Home from the Great War,” by Emily Mayhew, which...
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February 25, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
On a recent weekday morning, a Starline tour bus swung open its doors at Fisherman's Village in Marina del Rey, and Australian tourists Laura Ross and Kate Lund surveyed the scene. The faux maritime shopping center - with eateries and gift shops built around a fake lighthouse - was mostly empty. Many of the trinket shops were barren, their windows dusty, the walls ripped out. The ocean air had long ago turned vibrant red, yellow and turquoise paint to pastels on the dilapidated wooden buildings.
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