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September 12, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The $20-million Wild Eagle at Dollywood in Tennessee is on track to be the first winged coaster in the U.S. when it opens in March 2012. > Photos: Wild Eagle winged coaster at Dollywood With riders sitting on either side of the track in a winged formation, Dollywood's sixth coaster will feature trains themed as bald eagles with outstretched wings. The Bolliger & Mabillard Wing Rider would be the second coaster of its kind in the world following the 2011 debut of Raptor at Italy's Gardaland . Similar B&M Wing Rider coasters also are scheduled to open next year at Six Flags Great America outside Chicago ( X-Flight )
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October 18, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Here are three words we thought we'd never hear at Pop & Hiss: “Dolly Parton raps.” But there are things that we come across -- or in this case pops up in our inbox -- so outlandish, and amazing, they can't be ignored.  Parton has parodied herself for our entertainment and it's only right we share it with the world. The country legend hasn't abandoned her throne at Dollywood to try a hand at a new career. But the Grammy-winning legend made a surprise visit to “The Queen Latifah Show” to perform a freestyle she wrote in honor in Latifah, her costar in the 2012 movie “Joyful Noise.” PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Clad in her own version of hip-hop couture -- a blond wig, chic gold chains, chunky earrings and a sleek black dress and leggings combo -- Parton delivered a spry 16 bars and looked hot in the process (too far, or no?
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BUSINESS
August 22, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Dollywood -- the Pigeon Forge, Tenn., theme park that dates back to 1961 -- has big plans that will take the park beyond what it's best known for, award-winning live music. "We're finally building our resort," Dolly Parton told the Associated Press. The singer became a partner in the enterprise in 1986. She told AP that a 300-room resort is in the works as part of a $300-million expansion to take place over the next decade. Included are a fishing pond and fire pits where guests can make s'mores.
BUSINESS
August 22, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Dollywood -- the Pigeon Forge, Tenn., theme park that dates back to 1961 -- has big plans that will take the park beyond what it's best known for, award-winning live music. "We're finally building our resort," Dolly Parton told the Associated Press. The singer became a partner in the enterprise in 1986. She told AP that a 300-room resort is in the works as part of a $300-million expansion to take place over the next decade. Included are a fishing pond and fire pits where guests can make s'mores.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Amiable and upbeat though it is, the documentary "Hollywood to Dollywood" lacks a compelling reason to see it. Unless you are a Dolly Parton zealot, which its two protagonists definitely are. Twin brothers Gary and Larry Lane, originally from a small town in North Carolina but now bona-fide Hollywood residents, are devoted to Parton, both as a performer and as a nonjudgmental source of inspiration. The twins are gay, but unlike Parton, their religious mother apparently does not accept them the way they are. For the last four years, they have put their "heart and soul" into a movie about their life, and they are bound and determined to have Ms. Parton star in it. So they and Gary's partner, Mike Bowen, rent a massive RV they nickname Jolene and take off on a 2,200-mile, eight-state road trip down Interstate 40. Their destination?
NEWS
May 4, 1986 | ANN HEROLD
--Ecstatic students and faculty members at Clara Barton Open School in Minneapolis released hundreds of helium-filled balloons when they got the news that physical education teacher Anne Bancroft had reached the North Pole. Bancroft was one of six dog-sledders--four Americans and two Canadians--whose expedition became the first in 77 years to reach the North Pole carrying all of its own supplies.
NEWS
November 8, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Duggars' announcement Tuesday on "The Today Show" that the family is expecting its 20th child really shouldn't raise eyebrows. Just about every time parents Michelle and Jim Bob have a "surprise" to share, it's the same "surprise. "  But here's what is surprising: Nobody gets left behind when the brood hits the road, whether it's a road trip to the West Coast or a goodwill trip to El Salvador. For someone who rarely checks luggage, I am riveted by the Duggars' packing routine.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 2010
SERIES Dad Camp: The expectant couples learn to keep the romance alive in this new episode of the reality series (11 a.m., 9 and 10:30 p.m. VH1). Come Dine With Me: Amateur chefs compete to see who can host the best dinner party in this new reality series (6 and 9 p.m. BBC America). The Choir: This new reality series charts a music teacher's efforts to put together a vocal ensemble at a British high school (7 and 10 p.m. BBC America). Locked Up Abroad: The dark days of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's regime are revisited in this new installment (7 and 10 p.m. National Geographic)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Here are three words we thought we'd never hear at Pop & Hiss: “Dolly Parton raps.” But there are things that we come across -- or in this case pops up in our inbox -- so outlandish, and amazing, they can't be ignored.  Parton has parodied herself for our entertainment and it's only right we share it with the world. The country legend hasn't abandoned her throne at Dollywood to try a hand at a new career. But the Grammy-winning legend made a surprise visit to “The Queen Latifah Show” to perform a freestyle she wrote in honor in Latifah, her costar in the 2012 movie “Joyful Noise.” PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Clad in her own version of hip-hop couture -- a blond wig, chic gold chains, chunky earrings and a sleek black dress and leggings combo -- Parton delivered a spry 16 bars and looked hot in the process (too far, or no?
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 2012
The 2012 Fall Movie Preview is a broad snapshot of films opening through early November. Release dates and other details, as compiled by Oliver Gettell, are subject to change. Friday Bachelorette On the eve of their old friend's wedding, three bridesmaids go out looking for fun and end up on a wild adventure. With Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, James Marsden and Lizzy Caplan. Written and directed by Leslye Headland. Radius-TWC Beauty Is Embarrassing A documentary portrait of the prolific artist, designer and puppeteer Wayne White.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Amiable and upbeat though it is, the documentary "Hollywood to Dollywood" lacks a compelling reason to see it. Unless you are a Dolly Parton zealot, which its two protagonists definitely are. Twin brothers Gary and Larry Lane, originally from a small town in North Carolina but now bona-fide Hollywood residents, are devoted to Parton, both as a performer and as a nonjudgmental source of inspiration. The twins are gay, but unlike Parton, their religious mother apparently does not accept them the way they are. For the last four years, they have put their "heart and soul" into a movie about their life, and they are bound and determined to have Ms. Parton star in it. So they and Gary's partner, Mike Bowen, rent a massive RV they nickname Jolene and take off on a 2,200-mile, eight-state road trip down Interstate 40. Their destination?
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 2012
The 2012 Fall Movie Preview is a broad snapshot of films opening through early November. Release dates and other details, as compiled by Oliver Gettell, are subject to change. Friday Bachelorette On the eve of their old friend's wedding, three bridesmaids go out looking for fun and end up on a wild adventure. With Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, James Marsden and Lizzy Caplan. Written and directed by Leslye Headland. Radius-TWC Beauty Is Embarrassing A documentary portrait of the prolific artist, designer and puppeteer Wayne White.
NEWS
August 23, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
PIGEON FORGE, TENN. - Set against the Great Smoky Mountains, Dollywood is surrounded by a green canopy of hardwood trees and colorful blankets of flowers that envelop every ride and attraction in the Tennessee wilderness. Photos: Top 10 Dollywood rides and attractions The 150-acre theme park in Pigeon Forge traces its origins to the 1961 debut of the Rebel Railroad, a five-mile steam train ride into the foothills of the Smokies, complete with Indian attacks and train robberies.
NEWS
November 8, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Duggars' announcement Tuesday on "The Today Show" that the family is expecting its 20th child really shouldn't raise eyebrows. Just about every time parents Michelle and Jim Bob have a "surprise" to share, it's the same "surprise. "  But here's what is surprising: Nobody gets left behind when the brood hits the road, whether it's a road trip to the West Coast or a goodwill trip to El Salvador. For someone who rarely checks luggage, I am riveted by the Duggars' packing routine.
NEWS
September 12, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The $20-million Wild Eagle at Dollywood in Tennessee is on track to be the first winged coaster in the U.S. when it opens in March 2012. > Photos: Wild Eagle winged coaster at Dollywood With riders sitting on either side of the track in a winged formation, Dollywood's sixth coaster will feature trains themed as bald eagles with outstretched wings. The Bolliger & Mabillard Wing Rider would be the second coaster of its kind in the world following the 2011 debut of Raptor at Italy's Gardaland . Similar B&M Wing Rider coasters also are scheduled to open next year at Six Flags Great America outside Chicago ( X-Flight )
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 2010
SERIES Dad Camp: The expectant couples learn to keep the romance alive in this new episode of the reality series (11 a.m., 9 and 10:30 p.m. VH1). Come Dine With Me: Amateur chefs compete to see who can host the best dinner party in this new reality series (6 and 9 p.m. BBC America). The Choir: This new reality series charts a music teacher's efforts to put together a vocal ensemble at a British high school (7 and 10 p.m. BBC America). Locked Up Abroad: The dark days of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's regime are revisited in this new installment (7 and 10 p.m. National Geographic)
NEWS
August 23, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
PIGEON FORGE, TENN. - Set against the Great Smoky Mountains, Dollywood is surrounded by a green canopy of hardwood trees and colorful blankets of flowers that envelop every ride and attraction in the Tennessee wilderness. Photos: Top 10 Dollywood rides and attractions The 150-acre theme park in Pigeon Forge traces its origins to the 1961 debut of the Rebel Railroad, a five-mile steam train ride into the foothills of the Smokies, complete with Indian attacks and train robberies.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 13, 1985 | DEBORAH CAULFIELD DEBORAH CAULFIELD..DL: PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.
There's but one business for the 2,800 folks in this Smoky Mountain foothill town to pursue--and it ain't makin' moonshine. It's tourism. The town gets lots and lots of tourists--about 4 million a year. Pigeon Forge is one of two places in Tennessee to be officially given Premier Resort City status by the state General Assembly. But the other day, entrepreneurial concerns were cast aside momentarily while residents celebrated the return of a local lady who hadn't been around for a spell.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Dolly Parton announced today that her Dollywood Co. has signed agreements with International Industry Development Inc. of Tokyo to negotiate the development of a Dollywood Theme Park in Japan. The concept calls for the pioneer- and country music-themed Dollywood to be one of seven theme parks connected by a common transportation system. When complete, the cluster of theme parks and recreational facilities would create one of the largest tourist destinations in the world.
NEWS
May 4, 1986 | ANN HEROLD
--Ecstatic students and faculty members at Clara Barton Open School in Minneapolis released hundreds of helium-filled balloons when they got the news that physical education teacher Anne Bancroft had reached the North Pole. Bancroft was one of six dog-sledders--four Americans and two Canadians--whose expedition became the first in 77 years to reach the North Pole carrying all of its own supplies.
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