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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2013
Few holiday movies give such cinematic chestnuts as "It's a Wonderful Live" and "White Christmas" a real run for their money, but, every now and then, one takes off. In 1983, it was the wry, nostalgic "A Christmas Story. " Twenty years later, it was the cute, disarming "Elf" with Will Ferrell. Like "A Christmas Story," "Elf" was transformed into a musical about three years ago and has enjoyed a good deal of success. The show, which tells the story of a sweet, super-naive orphan named Buddy who is raised in the North Pole and travels to New York in search of his father, has played Broadway a couple times since 2010.
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NEWS
December 21, 2013
Each year, the staff of Baltimore ad agency Planit puts together a video Christmas card, something cute to send to clients and friends. This year, the creative directors got a little more creative than usual. They ushered employees into a back room decorated with glittering trees and giant presents and told them to sing carols for the camera. A few minutes into the song, BAM! — a guy wearing a scary mask and elf costumes popped out of the box. The reactions are priceless.
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By Sarah Kickler Kelber and The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2012
This Christmas Eve, I find myself struggling with how much to feed the story of Santa. I mean, we've told our 4-year-old that Santa is bring him a gift, and he visited with him and got his picture taken. He remembers last year that we put out cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer and asked to do that again. But technology is adding a new aspect to the story -- NORAD is tracking Santa in real time -- with videos! Google has a Santa tracker , too! You can create a personalized video from Santa with apps like Portable North Pole !
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2013
Few holiday movies give such cinematic chestnuts as "It's a Wonderful Live" and "White Christmas" a real run for their money, but, every now and then, one takes off. In 1983, it was the wry, nostalgic "A Christmas Story. " Twenty years later, it was the cute, disarming "Elf" with Will Ferrell. Like "A Christmas Story," "Elf" was transformed into a musical about three years ago and has enjoyed a good deal of success. The show, which tells the story of a sweet, super-naive orphan named Buddy who is raised in the North Pole and travels to New York in search of his father, has played Broadway a couple times since 2010.
NEWS
By Marego Athans and Marego Athans,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | January 28, 2001
MOUNT SINAI, N.Y. --- The three demi-mansions, scorched but still standing, loom above the snowy grounds of a former Long Island farm - the objects of a late December arson strike by the Earth Liberation Front. "If you build it we will burn it" and "Burn the Rich," warned spray-painted signs on a fourth luxury house. A loose collection of environmentalists and animal rights supporters, the ELF is setting fires and committing other acts of "economic sabotage" against developers, mink farmers, bioengineering companies and animal-research labs around the country - anyone the group considers foes of the Earth and the wild.
BUSINESS
By Monty Phan and Monty Phan,NEWSDAY | November 18, 2003
Shares of Ohio Art Co.'s stock were up 33 percent a week ago, and the only reason anyone could think of for the sudden jump was the movie Elf. The correlation might seem odd, but a little background makes the connection clear: Ohio Art, based in Bryan, Ohio, makes the Etch A Sketch , which appears prominently in Elf, a new comedy starring Will Ferrell that made $32 million its first weekend in release. The company's stock price leaped from $11.75 to $15.63 Nov. 10. Product placement in a popular movie will do that, as was the case when Reese's Pieces appeared in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
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By William Hyder and William Hyder,special to the sun | December 29, 2006
Here's a coincidence: Two shows about the Santa Claus at Macy's department store in New York are being performed in Columbia. The Santaland Diaries, playing at Rep Stage through Jan. 7, provides an ironic counterpoint to the current attraction at Toby's Dinner Theatre (reviewed Dec. 15). Here's Love, at Toby's, is a musical version of the movie Miracle on 34th Street. It is strong on sentiment, calculated to kindle a warm glow in the audience. The show's Santa Claus is just what we would want him to be -- sincere, loving, selfless.
FEATURES
By Knight Ridder/Tribune | December 4, 1998
In the old days, when addresses had numbers and streets instead of dots and slashes, kids wrote their letters to Santa using pencil, paper, an envelope and a stamp.They addressed the missives to the North Pole and then just waited. Only on Christmas morning would we know for sure if Santa got the letters.Nowadays, kids type a note to Santa, send it via e-mail and get a reply from the jolly fellow himself. The kids log onto Email Santa at http: //www.emailsanta.com/. They read the form letter and then fill in the blanks.
FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | November 7, 2003
Elf tries so hard to be a holiday classic, to be a sweet-natured, charming little piece of holiday gloss, it's tempting to declare it so and simply go with it. But such calculation rarely translates into genuine sentiment, and while Elf succeeds at being a humorous little trifle - thanks largely to Will Ferrell's go-for-broke exuberance as the title character, a human raised as one of their own by Santa's elves - it doesn't capture the essential holiday...
NEWS
By N.Y. TIMES NEWS SERVICE | February 11, 2000
PARIS -- A French prosecutor has asked that former Foreign Minister Roland Dumas, a past mistress and six other people stand trial on corruption charges stemming from a sex-and-kickback scandal involving the former national oil company. The prosecutor, Pierre Dintilhac, told investigators in the case that evidence was sufficient to try Dumas as an accomplice in a scheme to embezzle corporate funds. The prosecutor said Dumas had helped his former mistress, Christine Deviers-Joncour, get a job as a lobbyist with the former national oil company, Elf Aquitaine, from which she later received millions of dollars in illegal payments.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2013
One of Santa's helpers, a man who tilts at windmills, and Toto, too, will be part of the 2013-2014 season of the Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric. One of the country's most distinguished dance companies, the Joffrey Ballet, is also scheduled. Based on the hit film of the same name, "Elf" is a musical with a score by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, a book by Thomas Meehan (his credits include "Hairspray") and Bob Martin. The family show, which has been a presence at holiday time on Broadway, will play the Lyric Nov. 22 to Nov. 24. The plot follows the adventures of an orphan who winds up working with the other elves at the North Pole, figures out he's human, and heads to New York to find his father and, of course, what is invariably called the true spirit of Christmas.
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By Sarah Kickler Kelber and The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2012
This Christmas Eve, I find myself struggling with how much to feed the story of Santa. I mean, we've told our 4-year-old that Santa is bring him a gift, and he visited with him and got his picture taken. He remembers last year that we put out cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer and asked to do that again. But technology is adding a new aspect to the story -- NORAD is tracking Santa in real time -- with videos! Google has a Santa tracker , too! You can create a personalized video from Santa with apps like Portable North Pole !
SPORTS
By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2012
Rick Carrion has never met Lin and Larry Pardey, but the retired high school science teacher from Cecil County and the couple who met in California and have spent the past six decades not staying put share a special passion for sailing in general and wooden boats in particular. Carrion, who retired in 2005 after teaching earth science and environmental science at Elkton High for 30 years, and the Pardeys will be among the wooden boat aficianados to descend on Annapolis Sept. 22-24 for the third annual Classic Wooden Boat Rendezvous and Race on the Severn River.
NEWS
By PETER HERMANN and PETER HERMANN,peter.hermann@baltsun.com | December 25, 2008
(An exchange of holiday greetings between The Baltimore Sun and the city's Police Department.) The cop shop reporters were snug at their desks, While visions of prizes danced in their heads. But the scanner was quiet; no crime to report; Nothing, nada; the blotter, quite short. The editors moaned; this can't be, they mused; Christmas cheer doesn't sell! We need bad news! Away to the windows, reporters ran like a flash Notebooks in hands, they threw open the sash. And there to behold, under a bright shining star, The flashing blue lights of a city police car!
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 2008
theater Stoop Holiday Hoopla: Sheila Dixon will be one of seven storytellers this week at the popular Stoop Storytelling Series, which has moved to bigger digs at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. We can find out which treats Bawlmer's top politico leaves out for Santa and vice-versa. Stoop Holiday Hoopla: A Charm City Seasonal Spectacular is 7 p.m. Monday at the Meyerhoff, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets $20. Call 800-838-3006 or go to stoopstorytelling.com. Mary CaroleMcCauley art 'Strange Bodies': Creations by Jean Dubuffet, Willem De Kooning, Philip Guston and Franz West are among more than 40 works featured in Strange Bodies: Figurative Works From the Hirshhorn Collection, which opens today and runs through early 2010 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street S.W., Washington.
NEWS
By LAURA VOZZELLA | December 30, 2007
Finally, we discover how Precious the Skateboarding Dog II keeps busy when it's not parade season. The canine political activist dresses up like an elf and shimmies to a jazzy "Jingle Bells" with Martin O'Malley, Anthony Brown and her owner, human political activist Don Crockett. Yes, the governor and lieutenant gov of Maryland appear in fur-trimmed elf outfits, candy-cane striped stockings and shoes with turned-up toes, swinging their hips with the parade fixture and her mustachioed human companion.
TOPIC
By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | December 12, 2004
WHEN ARSONISTS torched a 206-unit housing project under construction in an environmentally sensitive area of San Diego last year, they left behind a 12-foot banner declaring: "If you build it, we will burn it. The ELF's are mad." The acronym is for Earth Liberation Front, a loosely organized ecoterrorism group that FBI officials say is setting a rising number of fires nationally targeting urban sprawl, SUVs and other symbols of harm to the environment. The ELF has avoided killing or injuring people, but it usually leaves a sign to make a political statement, according to the FBI. Last week, when 26 new homes were burned near an environmentally sensitive area in Charles County, investigators found no signs of ELF or similar groups, no spray paint and no e-mails to media claiming credit.
SPORTS
By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,Sun reporter | June 26, 2007
EARLVILLE -- In its prime, it cut an impressive figure. A racing yacht with a hull of wrist-thick timbers and a half-acre of taut sail overhead. Some sailors called its type "man killers" for their ability to turn on unsuspecting captains and crews and capsize. Elf was quite striking when it was launched in early 1888 and during regattas along the New England coast. But it wasn't so striking in 1970, when Rick Carrion, a 19-year-old college student, saw the boat at the Granary docks on the Sassafras River.
ENTERTAINMENT
By [SARAH KICKLER KELBER] | December 13, 2007
What's the point? -- Looking for some personalized, goofy, holiday-themed fun? Upload photos of as many as four people, and this site will create an e-card you can send to folks with your (or another person's) head atop a singing, dancing elf body. New this year, you can also make a free phone call and record a voice message - one of the elves will then speak the message. What to look for --After finishing up your bizarre creation, copy it or e-mail it to others. At first, they might think you are crazy.
FEATURES
December 4, 2007
Supermodels including Heidi Klum, Adriana Lima and others show off the latest lingerie styles at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13). The Spice Girls and will.i.am are among the musical performers. Network THE BIGGEST LOSER -- 8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11 / The final six face the challenge of working in a pizzeria. How cruel. NBC. RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER -- 8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13 / This 1964 classic animated musical features Burl Ives as the voice of the narrator.
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