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2008-10-28 09:00:23

When Willy Wonka calls, teens nationwide listen--and sing! Today, Wonka revealed the winner of Loss for Lyrics, a national contest and song search launched in July, 2008 to help the Oompa Loompas sing about new Giant Chewy NERDS. Akeem Denny, 15, of Columbus, OH, came to the rescue, winning the contest, with the most creative song, embodying the wondrous spirit of Willy Wonka and his latest candy creation. "Thanks to all of the talented young ladies and gentleman who submitted tantalizingly...

2008-10-28 00:00:14

***  (106m | PG) The playfully warped imagination of director Tim Burton is ideally suited for remaking Roald Dahl's twisted-as-taffy children's tale, and the result is a sourball confection of pure movie magic. Gifted Freddie Highmore ("Finding Neverland") plays Charlie, the impoverished lad who wins a coveted tour of a mysterious candy plant. Once inside, Burton brings delicious, Technicolor-bright life to Dahl's chocolate rivers, everlasting gobstoppers, magic glass elevators...

2008-08-21 21:00:25

By Melody Chiu How do you win a ticket to the chocolate factory? Just ask Diamond Bar middle-schoolers Madison Carney and Caitlin Chan. They've got the golden ones. The dynamic duo just finished performing in the La Habra Depot Theatre's production of "Willy Wonka Jr." "I love singing. It's my favorite thing to do," insisted Madison, who played a number of roles in the musical, including Charlie's good friend, Matilda. Any similarities between the Chaparral seventh-grader and the...

2008-08-21 15:00:43

LOVELL - A jug band plays homemade music. Nothing fancy, just catchy songs played on wooden instruments, made up by musicians while sitting around the kitchen table. It's the sound of people having a good time. Thursday, Aug. 28, that sound will echo throughout the Brick Church for the Performing Arts when the Half Moon Jug Band takes the stage. Band members play banjos, guitars, mandolins, drums and electric bass. They round out their sound with strong vocals, trumpet and kazoo. And...

2008-08-20 21:00:25

By Melody Chiu Correspondent How do you win a ticket to the chocolate factory? Just ask Diamond Bar middle-schoolers Madison Carney and Caitlin Chan. They've got the golden ones. The dynamic duo just finished performing in the La Habra Depot Theatre's production of "Willy Wonka Jr." "I love singing. It's my favorite thing to do," insisted Madison, who played a number of roles in the musical, including Charlie's good friend, Matilda. Any similarities between the Chaparral...

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2005-07-15 18:15:00

A big studio film that really works. A remake that improves on the original. Hollywood is truly in fantasy land with "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," Tim Burton's wildly imaginative take on Roald Dahl's beloved children's book. This is the sort of visual feast Burton was born to make. It's a film packed with chaste delights for young children and plenty of sophisticated, cryptic edge to entertain and puzzle their parents. Then there's Johnny Depp. As candy man Willy Wonka, Depp puts...


Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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