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November 26, 2012 | By Mark Olsen
Just as a political candidate waits to announce a candidacy until just the right moment, the holiday weekend saw a splashy launch for the big-screen adaptation of the blockbuster stage musical “Les Miserables” complete with a simple, core message - the singing was done live on set by the actors - and something akin to an oft-repeatable stump speech. In an ambitious series of screenings on both coasts, the film played three times across two venues in New York City on Friday (as well as in Los Angeles to the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the producers of this year's Oscars telecast and a small coterie of talent reps)
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February 13, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
During her four seasons gliding through "Dancing With the Stars" in skin-tight, bedazzled body suits and spray tans, professional ballroom dancer Julianne Hough confidently guided an Olympic gold medalist and an Indianapolis 500 champion to victory. Getting Hollywood directors to consider her a true leading lady, however, hasn't been easy. "When people's primary association with you is dancing around in a sequin costume being sweet and happy, that sophistication doesn't always come through," said Diablo Cody, the writer of films including "Juno" and "Young Adult" who encountered Hough when looking for stars for her directorial debut, "Paradise," due out later this year.
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May 15, 2012 | By Laura Bleiberg, Special to the Los Angeles Times
LA JOLLA - From Florenz Ziegfeld's synchronized showgirls toAndrew Lloyd Webber's roller-skating actors to aSpider-Man who flies, musical theater has often encouraged dance and movement extravaganzas. So imagine the anxiety of the team putting together the new musical, "Hands on a Hardbody," which has its premiere Saturday at the La Jolla Playhouse. The story's 10 characters are tied - figuratively - to a Nissan pickup truck. How do you take that reality and turn it into a show-stopping number?
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November 26, 2012 | By Mark Olsen
Just as a political candidate waits to announce a candidacy until just the right moment, the holiday weekend saw a splashy launch for the big-screen adaptation of the blockbuster stage musical “Les Miserables” complete with a simple, core message - the singing was done live on set by the actors - and something akin to an oft-repeatable stump speech. In an ambitious series of screenings on both coasts, the film played three times across two venues in New York City on Friday (as well as in Los Angeles to the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the producers of this year's Oscars telecast and a small coterie of talent reps)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
During her four seasons gliding through "Dancing With the Stars" in skin-tight, bedazzled body suits and spray tans, professional ballroom dancer Julianne Hough confidently guided an Olympic gold medalist and an Indianapolis 500 champion to victory. Getting Hollywood directors to consider her a true leading lady, however, hasn't been easy. "When people's primary association with you is dancing around in a sequin costume being sweet and happy, that sophistication doesn't always come through," said Diablo Cody, the writer of films including "Juno" and "Young Adult" who encountered Hough when looking for stars for her directorial debut, "Paradise," due out later this year.
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May 11, 2000 | Judy Silber, (714) 966-5988
Over 500 students from John F. Kennedy High School will combine song and dance in a popular music show May 18 to 20. The performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Cook Auditorium at Anaheim High School, 811 W. Lincoln Ave. Tickets cost $6 before the performance and $7 at the door. Information: (714) 220-3032.
SPORTS
May 11, 1999
Horses with dance-related names and their finish in the Preakness: 1. Dance Floor: Fourth in 1992 2. Gate Dancer: First in 1984 3. Dancer's Image: Eighth in 1968 4. Whirlaway: First in 1941 5. Jig Time: Fifth in 1968 6. Song And Dance: "Unplaced" in 1894 7. Fox Trot: 14th in 1917 Source: World Features Syndicate and NTRA
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November 25, 2010
An all-new musical production of "A Christmas Carol," adapted and directed by Christina Harris, will feature traditional song and dance ? and unexpected musical flourishes. Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 26-Dec. 18; 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 28-Dec. 19; 2:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19; 8 p.m. Dec. 21-23. $23. (626) 355-4318. http://www.sierramadreplayhouse.org .
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April 8, 2010
There's nothing quite like the over-the-top spectacle of an old-fashioned circus, which is just what you'll get when the Shrine Circus comes to town. Acrobats, clowns, lions and elephants will vie for your attention alongside a host of sweet treats and lots of song and dance. Shrine Auditorium, 655 W. Jefferson Blvd., L.A. 10 a.m. and 2 and 7 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sun. $20-$100. (213) 748-5116. www .shrineauditorium.com.
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October 5, 1985 | DAN SULLIVAN, Times Theater Critic
How about a musical based on "Mutiny on the Bounty?" At first glance, it sounds like an unwieldy project. At second glance, it sounds impossible. But it has actually been attempted, in London. "Mutiny!" is the title, with an exclamation point, and the London critics even attacked that. Michael Coveny in the Financial Times, for instance: "Musicals have to be really good to justify an exclamation mark. 'Oklahoma!' passed the test. 'Marilyn!' did not. Nor, I'm afraid, will 'Mutiny!'
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August 19, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Irene Cara was only 13 when she was cast as the title role in the original"Sparkle,"the musical-drama about three African American sisters who form a singing group in the late 1950s. Sparkle, the youngest of the group, ends up becoming a star. There's been renewed interest in the influential 1976 film, which featured a classic R&B score by Curtis Mayfield, since the high-profile remake - starring "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks in the role Cara made famous and the late Whitney Houston, in her final film as Sparkle's mother - opened Friday.
HOME & GARDEN
August 18, 2012 | By Kim Lockhart
When people ask us, "How did you meet?" we pause while we try to gauge just how much interest the person has in our story. If she's being polite, she'll get the short version: "We met through friends after college. " But here's the real story: Part 1: Memorial Day Weekend Dave and I first met at a party two years after I graduated from college in 1998. I was talking to his friend Mike, and Dave tried to join our conversation by throwing out a few friendly openers. I smiled but kept quiet.
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May 16, 2012 | By Charlotte Stoudt
He's holy, he's handsome, he's dead. The good works - and good looks - of Pope John Paul II form the touchstone of “Charity: Part III of a Mexican Trilogy,” now at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. This soulful story of a Latino family losing its moorings has a big heart, albeit a meandering style. “Charity” is playwright Evelina Fernández's sequel to “Hope,” which followed the struggles of the assimilated Garcia clan against the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the death of JFK. Now it's 2005, and former teen rebel Gina (Fernández)
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May 15, 2012 | By Laura Bleiberg, Special to the Los Angeles Times
LA JOLLA - From Florenz Ziegfeld's synchronized showgirls toAndrew Lloyd Webber's roller-skating actors to aSpider-Man who flies, musical theater has often encouraged dance and movement extravaganzas. So imagine the anxiety of the team putting together the new musical, "Hands on a Hardbody," which has its premiere Saturday at the La Jolla Playhouse. The story's 10 characters are tied - figuratively - to a Nissan pickup truck. How do you take that reality and turn it into a show-stopping number?
NEWS
January 28, 2012 | By Chris Erskine, LosAngeles Times Staff Writer
A half dozen singers and dancers from Fiji's Conservancy of Music are performing at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show show on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, the lively exhibit was drawing healthy crowds and serving the traditional kava, a non-alcoholic drink made from the root of the pepper tree. In Fiji, it¿s used as medicine, and also to mark important occasions, such as wedding, or a new tribal chief.Also, ask about a “tapa, a piece of Fijian artwork. Free samples were being given away at the booth as supplies last.The booth is easy to find, located right next to the show¿s climbing wall.
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December 6, 2011 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
"You gotta get a gimmick," Stephen Sondheim advised struggling starlets in the deliriously crackpot number he wrote with Jule Styne for "Gypsy" that had one veteran stripper breaking out a trumpet. The song parodies its point, but the branding wisdom it offers entertainers is as relevant today as it was a half century ago. Hugh Jackman, currently appearing in "Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway" at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York, has no problem separating himself from the pack. How many other movie star pinups are also giddy song-and-dance men?
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December 14, 1990 | IRV LETOFSKY
Considering that this is the season for warming hearts, general sentimentality and all-around mushiness, "The Kid Who Loved Christmas," a loving little foster-family drama, will not disappoint. It airs at 8 tonight and Sunday at 6 p.m. on KTLA Channel 5. The movie has some distinctions, among them a winning black cast of Michael Warren and Esther Rolle as the major antagonists, plus Cecily Tyson, the late Sammy Davis Jr., Della Reese and Vanessa Williams.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2011
MOVIES A Trip to the Moon Even in its well-worn state, George Méliès' classic 1902 fantasy film "A Trip to the Moon" is a visual wonder, with imaginative sets and surprising special effects. Here is a chance to see a newly restored version of an original hand-colored print, along with a program of other early film experiments. Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. 7:30 p.m. $5. (310) 247-3600. http://www.oscars.org. THEATER Rob Zabrecky The Possum Dixon front man-turned-prestidigitator performs his second full-length, one-man variety show.
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November 27, 2011 | By Jean Lenihan, Special to the Los Angeles Times
At the pre-show warm-up for "Bring It On: The Musical," performers in their 20s are stretching and assuming yoga postures, others are jumping rope or jogging softly in place. It's what you might expect from any cast of a musical. Then suddenly, downstage right, there's a complicated, unfamiliar moving shape that turns out to be a man flat on his back, doing fast, full push-ups into the air with a tiny young woman standing straight on his hands. A similar surprising amalgam of styles is being seen by audiences at the Ahmanson Theatre.
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