April 11, 2009
Every once in a while a movie will come along that absolutely blindsides you with surprise at its greatness. Usually it?s a film that either transcends its genre or, more likely than not, its marketing. ?Adventureland? is one of the great modern American films. It?s an insightful, poignant multicharacter coming-of-age story hidden ? by its advertising ? inside a teen sex comedy. We first meet James (Jesse Eisenberg) at a party being dumped by his girlfriend (of 10 whole days). James, who is about to graduate from college, is headed home with big plans for a European summer vacation and then off to New York City for graduate school.
April 27, 2005
Mark R. Madler The foundation established by a late illustrator and designer with the Walt Disney Co. has made a $1-million donation toward a planned cancer center at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center -- the largest gift so far for the project, officials said. The donation from the John Hench Foundation is significant because it will be put toward a research area, said Dr. Raymond Schaerf, the medical center's past chief of staff. "It will include not only books, but the Internet and multi-dimensional video to allow a physician, a patient, their family members or a consultant to research what is out there so the fear of the unknown is taken away," Schaerf said.
July 23, 2005
Disneyland was born in the mind of Walt Disney, but conceived in Burbank. But the city was just too small for his imagination. His vision of making his stories come to life grew and grew until Disneyland would not fit on the original site across Riverside Drive from where Disney studios are now. The rest is 50 years of history -- in Anaheim -- where Dumbo, Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy keep smiling, every day on...
July 16, 2005
Mark R. Madler Fifty years ago, Mary Alice O'Connor and her family made their way south from Burbank to Anaheim for the opening of the world's first theme park. Out of an orange grove had been carved a place where visitors could take a cruise through an African jungle, a spin on giant teacups or a ride on a 19th century riverboat. "It was a wonderful experience," said O'Connor, whose late husband A. Kendall O'Connor was longtime Disney employee.