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March 22, 1999 | ART MARROQUIN
Millions of movie fans may have been transfixed on a little man named Oscar, but about 500 collectors of action figures only had eyes for G.I. Joe on Sunday afternoon. Collectors and fans of the military-themed toy--some even clad in camouflage--gathered at the ninth Action Figure Show and Sale at the Ramada Inn, buying everything from books and clothes to expensive plastic vehicles and figurines of the boys' answer to Barbie. The show was originated by James DeSimone, an avid G.I.
July 25, 1997 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
Wasp-waisted Barbie, she of the anatomically impossible contours, is irreverently lampooned in Rebecca Hughes' "Plastica Fantastica" at the Actors' Gang El Centro. (In the play, the pouty protagonist's name is 'B***ie'--the asterisks evidently intended to forestall legal action from M***el). Let's not ponder too closely the point that, whereas little boys have action figures, little girls have . . . well, Barbie.
Hoping to create revenue opportunities, Irvine-based software developer Blizzard Entertainment unveiled a line of toy action figures over the weekend that ties into its most popular titles, the shoot-'em-up action games WarCraft and StarCraft. There's only one small problem. Traditionally, the majority of people who buy these tiny toys are boys, ages 8 to 12. The folks who flock to Blizzard's games are also boys, but in their late teens and 20s.
March 11, 2004 | David A. Keeps, Times Staff Writer
The most unlikely Hollywood action figures to emerge in recent years are Ashley Judd and Angelina Jolie, glamorous women who've made fortunes playing rough. Next week, they go head-to-head in cop thrillers, as Jolie's "Taking Lives" opens against Judd's "Twisted" (which has grossed $16.8 million in two weeks). Who will make the big box office collar? On the blotter, they appear equally matched.
June 5, 2011 | By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
On a bright Saturday morning, Emily Nelson Guzman packed a beet-red Prius for the journey that would take her once more to Lumpkin, Ga., with its forlorn town square and sleepy barbecue joint and the nation's largest immigration detention center. Her husband was there, locked away. Nineteen months earlier, federal agents had arrested him in his yard. She loaded into the Prius a bag holding the old tight jeans she could finally squeeze into again, the ones she would model so he could see, through the visitation window, how much weight she had lost.
February 12, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - A digital Barbie vanity mirror that allows makeup experimentation without the mess. Customizable figurines mounted on spinning tops that battle in a portable arena. New Play Doh Plus that's fluffier and more malleable. The hippest new toys showcased at the American International Toy Fair this week are interactive, adaptable and, often, more than a bit familiar. "We're reinventing older brands so that kids can rediscover them as if they were new," said John Frascotti, chief marketing officer for Hasbro Inc., at the show in New York City.
April 24, 2011
SUNDAY Remember "Everwood," the five-years-gone family drama on the now-defunct WB network? Well, that series' Emily VanCamp (below) and Treat Williams are reunited in the inspirational fact-based TV movie "Beyond the Blackboard. " (CBS, 9 p.m.) If you know what it means to miss New Orleans, get back to the Big Easy with "Treme. " David Morse ("St. Elsewhere") and Jon Seda ("The Pacific") join the cast of the music-tinged post-Katrina-themed drama, which returns for its second season.
May 12, 2004 | Rachel Uslan, Times Staff Writer
Imagine the ultimate science fair, with room after room of students displaying their work but without any baking soda volcanoes that won't explode or potatoes with electrodes sticking out at awkward angles. That was the vibe at the 2004 Otis College of Art and Design senior show, where the sculpting, digital rendering, sketching and sewing was at such a professional level that it was easy to forget the work had been done by students. Which, of course, is the point.
What won't most viewers be doing after viewing CBS' new action-adventure series? Answer: "Raven." Pardon our pun, but a show by that name, even if it weren't as silly as this one, would in any case virtually cry out for a one-word review: nevermore .
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