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December 23, 1989 | KARI GRANVILLE
It is lunchtime at Soudani's, the most fashionable eatery in this Upstate village, the home town of actor Samuel E. Wright. The actor delivered an indelible performance in one of the country's hottest movies, and yet, not a head turns when Wright enters the restaurant. The oversight is forgivable, given the lack of physical similarity between Wright and his on-screen role. Wright is a tall, spindly black man. His character is 4 inches high and lobster red.
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December 23, 1989 | KARI GRANVILLE
It is lunchtime at Soudani's, the most fashionable eatery in this Upstate village, the home town of actor Samuel E. Wright. The actor delivered an indelible performance in one of the country's hottest movies, and yet, not a head turns when Wright enters the restaurant. The oversight is forgivable, given the lack of physical similarity between Wright and his on-screen role. Wright is a tall, spindly black man. His character is 4 inches high and lobster red.
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November 16, 1991 | LYNNE HEFFLEY
If actor Samuel E. Wright wasn't worried about being typecast as the dancing grape in those Fruit of the Loom commercials, he's positively upbeat about being taken for the definitive cartoon crustacean. Wright gave voice to Sebastian the Crab in Disney's "Little Mermaid" movie and has continued the gig in Disney Channel concerts, personal appearances and on two subsequent albums, including the just released "Sebastian's Party Gras." He says he's downright grateful to his crabby alter-ego.
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November 17, 1991 | LAUREN LIPTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With 4.1 million U.S. births predicted for 1991, there are sure to be a lot of new parents with questions. Take heart: Discovering the First Year of Life, a new Family Channel documentary, sets out to answer some of these questions, exploring a child's first year of growth and development. Hosted by Judith Nolte (whose own show, "American Baby," airs on the Family Channel) and pediatric expert Dr. Steven P.
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November 17, 1989 | LEONARD FEATHER
"Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser" (at the AMC Century 14) breaks the mold that has long been evident in movies about jazz artists. Unlike the fictional and heavily downbeat "Round Midnight," or the fictionalized facts of "Bird," or the depressing Chet Baker documentary "Let's Get Lost," this is a superbly crafted mixture of old and new footage. (Monk died in 1982 at 63.
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March 2, 2000
Some broadcast and cable programs contain material included in the public school curriculum and on standardized examinations. Here are home-viewing tips: Today--"48 Hours" (KCBS, 10-11 p.m.) This science documentary surveys viruses, infections and fungi--including the strachybotrus fungus, streptococcus B and E. coli--"invisible killers" threatening the human population. Friday--"Lonely Planet" (TRAV, 5-7 p.m.) This geography documentary describes the Sinai region of the Middle East (Pope John Paul II made a historic pilgrimage to Mt. Sinai last month)
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October 14, 1988 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
The Bird of Time has but a little way To fly--and Lo! the Bird is on the Wing. --Khayyam's "Rubaiyat" I lit my fire. I greased my skillet. And I cooked. --Charlie (Yardbird) Parker Few Hollywood biographical movies have shown more devotion to their subject than Clint Eastwood's "Bird" (citywide). Taking a hard story--the short, sad life of jazz revolutionary Charlie Parker--Eastwood and his collaborators neither flinch from the dark nor ignore the light.
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September 10, 1992 | CHARLES SOLOMON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Darling, it's better, down where it's wetter . . . under the sea," sang Sebastian, the calypso-voiced crab, to Ariel, the title character of Disney's 1989 hit feature, "The Little Mermaid." But is it better on TV? Audiences will get a chance to find out Friday night with "A Whale of a Tale," a prime-time special airing on CBS (8 p.m., Channel 2) that introduces the Saturday morning version of "The Little Mermaid," which premieres the following day at 7:30 a.m.
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September 21, 2000 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The legendary Judy Garland gives the performance of her career in the 1954 musicaldrama "A Star Is Born." This terrific remake of the 1937 Hollywood classic about the star on the rise who marries the star on the slide is making its DVD debut this week (Warner, $25). The fantastic two-sided disc includes the wide-screen edition of the beautifully restored George Cukor-directed drama, which also stars a magnificent James Mason as the ill-fated Hollywood star Norman Maine.
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May 5, 1998 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Ragtime," the musical adaptation of E.L. Doctorow's novel about American life in the early 20th century, garnered 13 of Broadway's Tony Award nominations on Monday, two more nods than Disney's stage adaptation of "The Lion King," which inspired new respect from the theatrical community for its producer. The nods intensify the competition between the two corporate giants--Livent, which produced "Ragtime," and Disney--who have recently become major fixtures on Broadway.
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