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September 20, 1998 | KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A promotional event at KCET's Glendale store turned into a marketing fiasco early Saturday when the store was unable to produce life-sized characters from the popular Teletubbies television program, disappointing hundreds of young children and their parents. Glendale police were called in to maintain order when some in the crowd of more than 600 got loud, shouting charges like "false advertising" and "scam."
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April 21, 2013 | By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
Long before the age of computer-generated special effects, Marcel Vercoutere helped create a scene widely considered among the most terrifying in movie-going history. In "The Exorcist," the 1973 horror film that became a pop-culture phenomenon, the head of a helpless young girl twists completely around as a young priest battles the demon that inhabits her body. With its wild, animated eyes, the life-size robot used as a stand-in for actress Linda Blair was built by Vercoutere, the film's special effects director, with help from its chief makeup artist, Dick Smith.
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MAGAZINE
May 19, 1991
Your all-new Los Angeles Times Magazine has such a big, life-sized format! But such an itty-bitty typeface! Bet you have some real interesting stories beside and below those big photos. But many of us older folks only use our magnifying glasses for tax forms and other must-read stuff. Many of us just pass along our Times Magazine to younger relatives--who say it's pretty good. JACK AND HELEN KENNETT Laguna Hills
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2012 | By Rosanna Xia, Los Angeles Times
The artists who installed the life-size "sunbathers" in an empty lot in downtown Los Angeles said they were pleased with the public's reactions - and may even have plans for other abandoned parcels around town. "We're getting people to see things," said Calder Greenwood, 32, a New York native working in Los Angeles as a multimedia artist. "It takes what's otherwise invisible, and it gets people to notice. It pointed out the fact that the lot was big and empty. " His partner in the installation, who asked to remain anonymous, has lived in L.A. for two decades and has been doing similar street art since 2000.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 1985
In "Life-Size Bronzes of Men at Work" (by Nina Green, Dec. 23), a prospective buyer complains he could hire real painters for the cost of J. Seward Johnson Jr.'s life-sized bronzes. This concept of working people as "art" to decorate the property of the priviliged classes represents a new trivialization of labor, thinly disguised as realism. If supposedly enlightened "artists" such as Coppola and Johnson (along with their influential patrons) put forth these attitudes, it's little wonder why American culture, with its vast potential for uplifting the spirit, has instead degenerated into reactionary hokum.
NEWS
December 25, 1986
When the two life-sized, mahogany lions were reported missing, they were described as priceless icons representing the roaring symbol of the Metro Goldwyn Mayer motion picture studio. Lorimar-Telepictures, which took over the former MGM studio lot in Culver City last month, feared that the lions had been stolen and came up with a reward that . . . well, it would have done justice to a past generation of press agents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1987 | Herbert J. Vida
You can't imagine the bleak, cold solitude until you work inside an ice-storage house. "But that's the way I want it," said Mark Daukas, who was working in 30-degree temperature while sculpting a rearing, winged horse from a block of ice. Bare light bulbs, the sound of electric power tools and a blaring radio accented the eerie, mist-filled setting. "I do it by myself in the ice box.
REAL ESTATE
March 25, 1990 | LOIS GIBSON, Gibson is a Malibu free-lance writer.
"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful," wrote 19th-Century tastemaker William Morris. This good advice was easier to follow when labor was cheap. Today's homeowner--eager to restore an old house, add distinction to a bland one or create a neoclassic--soon learns that period architectural details are hard to find and cost a small fortune to duplicate.
SPORTS
May 17, 1987 | THOMAS FERRARO, United Press International
Joe Paterno shifts uncomfortably on the couch of his office at Penn State University and makes a confession about his holier-than-thou image. "It scares the heck out of me," booms the hallowed football coach. "Because I know I'm not that clean. Nobody is that clean." "I don't want to appear to be any more than I am," says Paterno, now speaking in a near whisper. "And that's a good, hard-working coach who is a decent guy, a family guy, who doesn't want to cheat." "I lose my temper sometimes.
NATIONAL
February 15, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Elvis Presley fans will soon have a place in the islands to fondly remember why they couldn't help falling in love with the star of "Blue Hawaii." Wearing his signature flare-legged, big-collared, bejeweled and strategically snug ensemble, the King will appear in the form of a life-sized bronze statue marking the site of his historic 1973 concert "Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii." The statue will be unveiled in July in front of the Neal Blaisdell Center in Honolulu.
BUSINESS
November 18, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Nintendo's 3DS handheld video game system features glasses-free 3-D screens that allow images to appear as if they're jumping off the display. So, in an effort to help hype up the latest 3DS release, Mario Kart 7, Nintendo went to West Coast Customs (known for its past work on the MTV show "Pimp My Ride") to bring the cars from the 3-D game into real-life 3-D at the Los Angeles Auto Show. "This is a first time for a Nintendo presence at any auto show," said Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America Inc. "We thought it was appropriate.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2011 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
At last, some of the players at Staples Center are on a winning streak. We're not talking about members of the Lakers, Clippers, Sparks and Kings ? the downtown arena's four professional sports teams. We're talking about Omri Amrany and Julie Rotblatt-Amrany and Gary Tillery of Highwood, Ill., and Erik Blome of Martinez, Calif. ? the artists who are responsible for the five statues of L.A. sports greats that stand outside Staples Center. Blome's Wayne Gretzky, captured standing on the hockey ice and waving to his fans at the moment he bid farewell to the sport he had dominated like no other, was the first to go up, arriving in October 2002.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2010 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Introducing CulverLand ? for a limited time only. This newest attraction won't be confused with Disneyland, but it accomplishes the unlikely: creating a reason to celebrate Southern California traffic. Both artwork and game, CulverLand occupies an 18-by-90-foot stretch of unfinished sidewalk in front of the Culver Hotel in Culver City. Colored squares mark a rectangular path, with rules that riff on SoCal car culture and Candy Land, a child's game in which players advance by drawing cards of different colors.
SPORTS
November 10, 2009 | Mike Penner
It was a November Saturday in Minneapolis and it wasn't snowing. What else did local sports fans have to do with their time than line up by the thousands for a Metrodome garage sale? With the Twins moving to an outdoor stadium in 2010, lots of merchandise at the Metrodome was priced to move. There were autographed baseballs, banners celebrating Kirby Puckett's entrance into the baseball Hall of Fame, life-sized cardboard cutouts of Kent Hrbek. Some fans arrived at dawn for an event scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. By the time the gates opened, the line of fans nearly ringed the stadium.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2009 | Bob Pool
Leonardo DiCaprio, Harrison Ford and Elizabeth Taylor are hanging around a Newbury Park warehouse today, waiting for the hammer to drop on their careers as a Hollywood attraction. They are among more than 200 hand-sculpted figures that will be auctioned off tonight by the Hollywood Wax Museum as part of a celebrity look-alike shake-up. Some of the life-size replicas made of oil-painted wax are being permanently removed from the Hollywood Boulevard tourist attraction.
NATIONAL
February 15, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Elvis Presley fans will soon have a place in the islands to fondly remember why they couldn't help falling in love with the star of "Blue Hawaii." Wearing his signature flare-legged, big-collared, bejeweled and strategically snug ensemble, the King will appear in the form of a life-sized bronze statue marking the site of his historic 1973 concert "Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii." The statue will be unveiled in July in front of the Neal Blaisdell Center in Honolulu.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2000 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In "Life-Size," a vacuous family comedy presented by "The Wonderful World of Disney,"supermodel Tyra Banks wears a staggering number of outfits as Eve, a plastic "Barbie"-type fashion doll come to life. You can't call it a stretch, but gorgeous, wide-eyed Banks' almost alarming naturalness in the role is where credibility ends in this lighter-than-lightweight script by Mark Rosman and Stephanie Moore. (Rosman also directs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2010 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Introducing CulverLand ? for a limited time only. This newest attraction won't be confused with Disneyland, but it accomplishes the unlikely: creating a reason to celebrate Southern California traffic. Both artwork and game, CulverLand occupies an 18-by-90-foot stretch of unfinished sidewalk in front of the Culver Hotel in Culver City. Colored squares mark a rectangular path, with rules that riff on SoCal car culture and Candy Land, a child's game in which players advance by drawing cards of different colors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2006 | Sharon Bernstein, Times Staff Writer
California has spent billions retrofitting freeway overpasses and public buildings to make them safer in earthquakes. But in the absence of a real quake to test their strength, it has been impossible to say for certain how the structures would hold up. Some older regulations thought to protect structures against earthquakes have been proved by real temblors to be inadequate.
NEWS
February 5, 2006 | Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press Writer
Masa sits on the couch in his apartment with his arm around Konoha's shoulders, gently brushing her hair away from her bright blue eyes. Iris stands behind them, decked out in a frilly dress. Masa speaks warmly to Konoha and Iris, greeting them brightly each morning and when he returns from work, but they never answer. His companions are life-sized dolls. Konoha is his favorite.
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