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November 17, 2012 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - Few people would think that Douglas Hodge's last two Broadway parts had anything to do with the other: Albin in "La Cage Aux Folles" and the title role in "Cyrano de Bergerac. " But the British actor says the drag queen and the disfigured romantic are actually opposite sides of the same character - people trying to create an identity hiding their true nature. "While they are two very different people, they do appear to be cousins," Hodge said. "They have constructed a personality - forged a life - that is bigger than their selves, a suit of armor to put on. " After his 2010 best actor in a musical Tony Award for "La Cage Aux Folles," Hodge returned to New York last month to star as Cyrano, the secret poet at the center of Edmond Rostand's 1897 tragedy.
November 3, 2012 | T.J. Simers
So much bellyaching in sports today, so many athletes talking about the adversity they overcome, and Octavio Sanchez loses his right hand, two fingers on his left, his nose burns off and he says, "I've been blessed. " It's a lump-in-your throat UCLA Saturday night in the Rose Bowl, Fontana's very own Sanchez on the field between the first and second quarters, victory already his. "It'd be a beautiful thing if I could throw a football to my kids," he says, but he's just fine with the prosthesis prongs working now as his right hand; painting the house, working on cars and waving to UCLA football fans.
November 2, 2012 | By Chris Erskine and Adam Tschorn
Editor's Note: True beauty knows no boundaries, so we asked staffers Adam Tschorn and Chris Erskine to try out a new product aimed at removing pesky nose hair. Nad's Nose Wax for Men & Women, recently launched in Australia and available in the U.S. online, is designed to be used once a month, unlike hair trimmers, which often must be employed more frequently. That's convenient. But waxing inside the nose? Ouch! Luckily, the guys were intrepid. And they lived to talk about it: Chris: I am struck by [developer]
October 13, 2012 | By Sang Yoon
I promise you this isn't a story about dog treats. If you've been dining out at some of L.A.'s hippest chef-driven restaurants lately, you might have noticed a recurring ingredient on the menu. Pig ears. You heard me, pig ears. Recently, at the L.A. Times Taste event, I decided to serve a pig ear terrine dish from my restaurant Lukshon. Cold, thinly sliced pig ears marinated in black vinegar, Sichuan spices and white sesame oil with thin slices of pickled carrots and scallions.
September 12, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Tom Brady is often referred to as a pretty boy, and for a pro football player that's not always a compliment. Still that pretty face of his may have helped the New England Patriots quarterback land his supermodel wife, Gisele Bundchen. Anyone who was worried that Tennessee's Kamerion Wimbley messed everything up by giving Brady what may or may not be a broken nose during a sack Sunday can rest at ease. Brady says his wife is actually fond of his newly scarred facial feature. “Yeah, it's OK,” Brady said of his nose during a 12-minute media session Wednesday.
September 11, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Tom Brady isn't worrying whether he has a broken nose. No word on what super-model wife Gisele Bundchen  thinks, though. The New England Patriots quarterback was bloodied in their season-opening 34-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. He wore a bandage during the game after getting sacked by Titans defensive end Kamerion Wimbley and was wearing another following it. When asked by a Boston Globe reporter if it was broken, Brady said, "I don't know. I have no idea what a broken nose feels like.
July 11, 2012 | By Nardine Saad
Evan Rachel Wood got her nose pierced, again, and she wants to share every moment of the squeamish experience with you. The "Mildred Pierce" actress led up to her real-life pierce Tuesday night with a few less-than-cryptic messages on Twitter with a warning that the YouTube video documenting her ordeal isn't for the faint of heart. "I may or may not have just gotten my nose pierced again.... And i may or may not have see where this is going?" she tweeted . Belatedly adding , "I must warn you, do not watch that last video if you are squeamish.
July 9, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Fido the dog and Ginger the cat need not worry about being replaced by a new baby - in fact, they could be helping parents raise healthier children. A new study finds that children who lived with dogs or cats during their first year of life got sick less frequently than kids from pet-free zones. The study, published in Monday's edition of the journal Pediatrics, provides fresh evidence for the counterintuitive notion that an overly clean environment may not be ideal for babies.
April 26, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
No. 11 Kansas City Chiefs: DT Dontari Poe, Memphis - - The 346-pound Poe was a tour de force at the scouting combine, when he ran a 4.96-second 40, recorded a 29 1/2-inch vertical leap, and bench-pressed 225 pounds 44 times. “I think I'm explosive -- very explosive,” he said before that performance. “That's probably my biggest strength. Most people think just because I'm big I do nothing but [overpower] you, things like that. I try to use my quickness to my advantage.” The question many scouts have is, where is that potential on tape?
April 26, 2012 | By Chris Foster
UCLA was working on goal-line plays during practice Thursday when, suddenly, the wrong guy was in the backfield. Nose tackle Brandon Willis shed a block, then wrapped up running back Johnathan Franklin as he got the handoff. "He's an anvil, he's a piece of metal in there," defensive line coach Angus McClure said. "He's hard to move. " Willis is done moving. He crisscrossed the nation three times the last two years, from North Carolina to UCLA and UCLA to North Carolina.
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