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October 28, 1994 | ALAN EYERLY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Reviving "Hair," the counterculture musical that heralded the dawning of the Age of Aquarius with profane lyrics and onstage nudity, is presenting an age-related challenge at Brea's Curtis Theatre. Producer Mary Engwall and director Gary Krinke have avoided controversy by cutting the famous nude scene at the end of the first act.
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November 5, 2009 | Chris Lee
You'd be forgiven for not recognizing Mariah Carey in her role as a dowdy welfare caseworker in the urban drama "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire." The legendarily high-maintenance pop diva underwent a soup-to-nuts physical transformation, checking her glossy celebrity patina at the door in order to convincingly portray the film's Ms. Weiss: a drab but deeply empathetic soul helping a troubled teenager in '80s Harlem. Far from the image Carey has cultivated for years, the character is no oil painting of music-video pulchritude, with her lank hair, a wardrobe of rayon sweater-coats and, yes, even a sparse mustache creeping across her upper lip. "I had to lose all vanity," Carey said.
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November 5, 2009 | Chris Lee
You'd be forgiven for not recognizing Mariah Carey in her role as a dowdy welfare caseworker in the urban drama "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire." The legendarily high-maintenance pop diva underwent a soup-to-nuts physical transformation, checking her glossy celebrity patina at the door in order to convincingly portray the film's Ms. Weiss: a drab but deeply empathetic soul helping a troubled teenager in '80s Harlem. Far from the image Carey has cultivated for years, the character is no oil painting of music-video pulchritude, with her lank hair, a wardrobe of rayon sweater-coats and, yes, even a sparse mustache creeping across her upper lip. "I had to lose all vanity," Carey said.
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October 28, 1994 | ALAN EYERLY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Reviving "Hair," the counterculture musical that heralded the dawning of the Age of Aquarius with profane lyrics and onstage nudity, is presenting an age-related challenge at Brea's Curtis Theatre. Producer Mary Engwall and director Gary Krinke have avoided controversy by cutting the famous nude scene at the end of the first act.
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December 5, 1986 | JOHN DREYFUSS, Times Staff Writer
Beware of the Breath Blasters: Victor Vomit, Ms. Morningmouth and their various cousins. Of the tens of thousands of playthings evaluated in 15 years of surveying toys, "the products of the sickest mind" are these 4-inch figures that stink according to their names, the Americans for Democratic Action declared this week in its annual "Toy Box/Trash Box" evaluation of new toys.
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October 15, 1990 | RAY LOYND
Ibsen's spare and austere "Ghosts" leaps from its Victorian time period with a fierce, unrelenting directness on Bravo's "BBC Showcase" tonight at 6 and again at 11. British stage actress Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh (Oscar nominee for "Henry V") enact the tormented Mrs. Alving and her febrile, syphilitic son Oswald with passions that allow us to see these characters clear to the bone.
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February 9, 1992
In the Jan. 26 "Film Clips," Columbia and Francis Ford Coppola are suggesting that their new movie, "Bram Stoker's Dracula," will keep faith with Stoker's intentions by offering the "complete story" and playing up the eroticism of the novel. Since Stoker's novel was pretty much straight-ahead Gothic horror with minor sexual overtones, the new version sounds like another step in the wrong direction. Anyone who reads the novel will notice the eroticism, in the form of lascivious behavior that some of the vampires employ to trap their victims.
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January 13, 2000 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This weekend, Steven Bochco premieres his new series, Fox Family Channel unveils its new drama and everyone's favorite mobsters, "The Sopranos," return for a new season on HBO. Four of star Dick Van Dyke's grandchildren appear in this episode of CBS' "Diagnosis Murder," tonight at 8. PBS' "Mystery!" presents a new season of the acclaimed British mystery series "Touching Evil," tonight at 9 on KCET.
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August 14, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Shailene Woodley, who is currently starring in the indie drama "The Spectacular Now" and will next be seen in the dystopian sci-fi film "Divergent," is known for a lot of things: her warm personality, penchant for all things eco-friendly, acting chops ... and her hair. But as of this weekend, those long brown locks will no longer be a defining characteristic of the 21-year-old actress best known for her role in "The Descendants. " Woodley, who is shooting the adaptation of John Green's novel "The Fault in Our Stars" in Pittsburgh, will be chopping her hair to play Hazel Grace Lancaster, a teenage cancer patient who falls in love with another ill child.
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June 26, 1994 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On a suddenly red-hot U.S. soccer team, Tony Meola is a celebrity. He is young, photogenic, a budding movie star who has been on the cover of national news and sports magazines--one of the few team members who draws stares on the street. But in the eyes of three young sisters from Mission Viejo, the international soccer star is just Tony.
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August 26, 1996 | BEVERLY BEYETTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Stephen Tarmichael gets an emergency summons to Malaysia, China or Indonesia, it's apt to mean one thing: Barbie's having a bad hair day. Tarmichael, 29, is Barbie's hairdresser. Officially, he's a senior creative hairstylist for Mattel Toys. His "salon" is a corner of Mattel's top-secret design center in El Segundo, where he and a staff of five tame the tresses of not only Barbie, Ken and friends, but Pocahontas and her Disney cousins and the Cabbage Patch Kids.
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April 25, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Incredible Crew" ( Cartoon Network , Thursdays). This single-camera teenage sketch comedy, created by Nick Cannon, premiered the last of its 13 episodes in mid-April, but they continue in rotation, are highly re-watchable and deserve your attention, whether or not you fit the target demographic. This is one of the most imaginative shows the year has produced -- absurdist, energetic, silly and smart, with high production values and a cast of talented performers locked in with one another from the get-go.
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