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September 13, 2009 | Jay Jones
For first-timers to the lounge at Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon, entertainer Pete Vallee certainly lives up to his stage name: Big Elvis. At about 425 pounds, he seems ready to burst out of his bulging black jumpsuit, despite its 60-something-inch waist. Even those who have seen him perform are amazed by his size, not because he's so big but because he's so small. When he began performing at this Strip casino seven years ago, Vallee weighed 945 pounds. "I walked out on stage, and then I sat down.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
The class assignment in the bright, spare room of a West L.A. casting studio is simple: Turn to the stranger next to you. Then write down everything that comes to mind. "If somebody is ugly, write 'ugly.' You do not do anybody a favor if you are kind," Keith Johnson tells the students as they study one another and begin scribbling down adjectives. "If I look like a buttered popcorn-eating child molester, you know what? Cop shows need them every week!" Being stripped down to a first impression is both tantalizing and terrifying.
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BUSINESS
January 26, 1992
After having read the article, "Furor Over Smoking Camel" (Dec. 11), I am convinced we've gone from the ridiculous to the sublime. I cannot imagine being so weak-minded that a character in an ad could cause me to rush right out and buy a pack of Camel cigarettes; nor could a catchy logo cause me to purchase a box of cereal or a gorgeous hunk move me to purchase a pack of Marlboros. Diane Wilson Santa Ynez
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
While James Franco gears up to enchant us in "Oz the Great and Powerful," his younger brother Dave continues to work his own magic on girlfriend Alison Brie.  The "Mad Men" actress has been seeing Dave since late May (after he ended this relationship), and clearly the pair has kept the heat throughout the summer. Spotted on Saturday at the Thompson Hotel in Beverly Hills, Alison and Dave -- whom everyone referred to as "Davey" (is that what we're doing now?) -- rolled together to the birthday party of actress Danielle Panabaker.
SPORTS
June 18, 2009 | Diane Pucin
In the course of researching sports and Twitter, I've started following about 75 athletes, coaches, owners and leagues on Twitter. My cellphone is constantly beeping as new updates come in from Lance Armstrong, Shaquille O'Neal, Steve Nash, Andy Roddick, Nastia Liukin, Shawn Johnson, Barry Zito, Mark Cuban, Pete Carroll. I could go on and on, but I won't. In fact, now that the story is finished, I'm banishing some from my list. It's just too hard and you become an object of derision when you are at dinner with friends and stop just as the soft-shelled crab has arrived and yell, "Lance Armstrong just tweeted with a picture of his broken collarbone!"
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 1986 | KRISTINE McKENNA
The men of Chippendale's are so busting with high-spirited lust, they pert near snort and stamp the ground like wild stallions. Italian stallions, to be specific. Yes, though it's been nearly a decade since those sizzling palookas Travolta and Stallone muscled their way into the American libido, their brawny blueprint for sex appeal continues to thrive.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 1989 | DON WALLER
This second effort from the besuited British quintet best-known for the roiling, boiling single "Birth, School, Work, Death" (1988) is as bedrock-solid as it is ultimately unspectacular. Not a bum track in the bunch, but aside from "Walking, Talking Johnny Cash Blues"--a definite cult clas sick --and the current single "She Gives Me Love"--which pretty much packs everything these wise guys know into one lashing, slashing hunk of pop aggression--there's naught that memorable either.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 1999
Paul Brownfield's excellent article about the current laugh lull in the sitcom cycle cites NBC's "Jesse" as one example of a show unable to seize the advantage of a prime-time slot ("What's So Funny? Not the Sitcom," Nov. 1). "Must-See TV" has long been an oxymoron, but "Jesse" was a very likable diversion last season. The title role featured a plucky, resourceful single mom surrounded by her friends and family in her father's tavern, romanced by a good-guy hunk while resisting the pull of her ne'er-do-well ex. I liked her tenacity; the characters were well-drawn and multilayered.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 1991 | DAVID WALLACE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a year that has seen would-be action heroes Jeff Speakman and Brian Bosworth make well-orchestrated attempts to muscle their way into the action-adventure movie arena, Columbia Pictures is clearly betting that Jean-Claude Van Damme could be the next Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal--or even Arnold Schwarzenegger. "Double Impact," the $15-million action film in which Van Damme plays dual roles, opened well Aug. 9 and has grossed $15.
NEWS
August 28, 1994
I don't want to be rude, but what were you thinking when you wrote the cover story (TV Times, July 24) and did not mention anything about the male Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. They are teens; they are hunks. Gloria Banda, Los Angeles
NEWS
August 15, 2012 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON -- Before he was Mitt Romney's running mate, Paul D. Ryan was a prominent congressman, an intellectual leader of the GOP and, of all things, a stand-in for actor Ryan Gosling in an Internet meme. “Hey Girl, It's Paul Ryan” takes the Wisconsin representative and, with a bit of wordplay, turns him into an Internet sex symbol. Take, for example, this photo of Ryan , with the caption, “Hey girl, you know I can't inflate our love … and that would just devalue it anyways.” The site started when Emily Zanotti, an account services director for a Chicago-based communications agency, and two friends, Lyndsey Fifield and Lindsey Dodge, drew a connection between Ryan's stories of bare-handed “catfish noodling” ( popularized by the New York Times )
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 2012 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
On Sunday morning, artist Michael Heizer's eagerly anticipated environmental sculpture, "Levitated Mass," finally opens to the public at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. At an 11 a.m. ceremony, ribbons will be cut, speeches made, the artist and donors to the $10-million project thanked. It will also be a moment to rein in expectations. "Levitated Mass" is a good sculpture if not a great one. Commissioning new art always courts risk. All a museum can do is place its faith in a gifted artist like Heizer and use its institutional clout to help clear the way. This project encountered an unexpected hurdle.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 2012 | By Oliver Gettell
Could this be the be the beginning of a beautiful bromance? Hollywood beefcakes Channing Tatum and Joe Manganiello, stars of the upcoming male-stripper flick "Magic Mike," have recently been complimenting one another's dance moves. "True Blood" star Manganiello has hyped Tatum's upcoming appearance at the MTV Movie Awards this Sunday, pledging , "Everybody who watches … is going to be in for the ride of their life, because Channing Tatum is on another level as a dancer.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 2011 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
To oversimplify — though not by all that much — MTV's new high school comedy "Awkward. " (the period is part of the title) is a female twist on the network's phallocentric "The Hard Times of RJ Berger," though in the same way that teenage girls are more mature than their male classmates, it is less sophomoric and sex-obsessed than its predecessor. Created by Lauren Iungerich, it has the spirit of "Juno" behind it rather than the ghost of "Porky's. " If "Awkward. " doesn't always listen to what that spirit is saying, it gets that head start nonetheless.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
In a box office face-off this weekend between two well-coiffed heartthrobs, Bradley Cooper was deemed a more desirable leading man than Matthew McConaughey. Cooper, who has been best known for his supporting role in "The Hangover," proved he can open a movie without the help of goofy sidekicks, a tiger or Mike Tyson. His psychological thriller "Limitless" was the No. 1 pick by moviegoers, grossing a solid $19 million, according to an estimate from distributor Relativity Media. McConaughey's "The Lincoln Lawyer," in which he plays an attorney who runs his practice from the back of his car, collected a moderate $13.4 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2010 | By Michael Ordoña
There aren't a lot of surprises in store when a film is struck from Nicholas Sparks and is called "The Last Song." There will be young love in the picturesque South, there will be a battery of contrivances keeping those crazy kids apart, and there will be tragedy and much rending of hair. "Last Song" is one of those maudlin romantic melodramas you just can't warn folks off. They're going to see it, though they know the story before they get in the car. Sullen, half-heartedly goth teen Ronnie (Miley Cyrus sans "Hannah Montana" trappings)
NEWS
January 28, 2000 | BOOTH MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Let's face it: Relationships are hard work. Who hasn't felt--at least once--that a mate would be perfect if only he or she would just shut up. Permanently.That's why I think Susan Stofsky may have hit on something. The Van Nuys resident has created a male who can't say a word. "He doesn't care how much you spend or what you watch on TV," she said. "He lets you ask for directions. What can I say? He's the perfect guy."
NEWS
October 7, 1994 | FAYE FIORE
By now Californians know only too well that in the eyes of the East Coast, theirs is the land of the beautiful people, a population so obsessed with appearance that the demand for tucks, lifts and liposuction supports a thriving industry of plastic surgeons. But truth be known, on any given day in the United States Congress, one can look down from the visitors gallery onto a sea of (mostly) men and wonder if there is a strand of natural hair color in the room.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2009 | Dennis McLellan
Aaron Schroeder, a songwriter, independent music publisher and record producer who co-wrote 17 songs for Elvis Presley, including “It's Now or Never,” has died. He was 83. Schroeder, who had a rare form of dementia for about 18 years, died of heart failure Wednesday night at the Lillian Booth Actors Fund Home in Englewood, N.J., said his wife, Abby. FOR THE RECORD: Schroeder obituary: The obituary of songwriter Aaron Schroeder in the California section Dec. 6 said he co-wrote Barry White's "Love Theme.
TRAVEL
September 13, 2009 | Jay Jones
For first-timers to the lounge at Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon, entertainer Pete Vallee certainly lives up to his stage name: Big Elvis. At about 425 pounds, he seems ready to burst out of his bulging black jumpsuit, despite its 60-something-inch waist. Even those who have seen him perform are amazed by his size, not because he's so big but because he's so small. When he began performing at this Strip casino seven years ago, Vallee weighed 945 pounds. "I walked out on stage, and then I sat down.
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