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August 14, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
Hot on the (stiletto) heels of "Tiny Times," which broke box-office records in China, the romantic melodrama "Tiny Times 2" arrives here just weeks after the first installment, offering more fashion-shoot-ready Shanghai locations in a soapy package. The same quartet of pretty young up-and-comers hope and scheme, weep and strut, never forgetting to schedule time for wardrobe changes. Working from his bestselling series of novels, writer-director Guo Jinming continues to wield hammy visuals and pop-song overkill while trying to strike a less-carefree tone.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
Hot on the (stiletto) heels of "Tiny Times," which broke box-office records in China, the romantic melodrama "Tiny Times 2" arrives here just weeks after the first installment, offering more fashion-shoot-ready Shanghai locations in a soapy package. The same quartet of pretty young up-and-comers hope and scheme, weep and strut, never forgetting to schedule time for wardrobe changes. Working from his bestselling series of novels, writer-director Guo Jinming continues to wield hammy visuals and pop-song overkill while trying to strike a less-carefree tone.
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NEWS
November 27, 1986 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN, Times Staff Writer
Question: I have a 1983 Nissan Sentra Wagon, which needs strut shock absorbers badly. The only place I can find them is at the high-priced dealer. Does anybody else make shocks for this very popular car?--L.B. Answer: Your problem is typical of many owners of aging Japanese cars with McPherson-strut front suspensions, which can cost an arm and a leg to service.
NEWS
July 18, 2013 | By Susan Denley
NBA phenom LeBron James wore a red tux with black lapels. U.S. soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo donned a short black and white dress. Hurdler Lolo Jones glowed in a yellow, halter-neck cocktail dress. Olympic gold-medal swimmer Michael Phelps was in a suit meant for red carpets, not pools, while Paralympian swimmer Victoria Arlen was elegant in a formal pink gown. The red carpet at Wednesday night's ESPY (or, formally, Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Awards offered a fun chance to look at athletes we usually see in shorts and tanks, swimsuits or  leotards in more glamorous attire, right alongside other celebs (like actors Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis, dancer Cheryl Burke, music stars Nelly and Selena Gomez.)
MAGAZINE
January 28, 1990
"The Long Crusade" incorrectly stated that skinheads "strut about in heavy boots with steel toes, known as Doc Martens." It is true that some do in fact wear Doctor Martens, but stating that skinheads strut about in these is like saying that anyone who wears the same type of clothes as Tom Metzger or his son, John, is indeed a blatant racist. Please don't overlook the fact that someone in a business suit, or someone with long hair, can be racial. Because your whole article is about not judging a book by its cover, or a horse by its coat, don't judge someone by the shoes they wear.
MAGAZINE
September 15, 1991
I've been meaning to write about Schwarzenegger ever since I took my granddaughter (age 7) to see "Kindergarten Cop." Call me naive, but I never realized that this film, which pandered to small children in all of its advertising, would be filled with such ugly, obscene violence. As an educator, I also was appalled as Schwarzenegger's character led his class in a Nazi-style strut with a whistle to control them. We walked out with my granddaughter crying because of her disappointment.
SPORTS
December 12, 1992
The NFL is rapidly approaching parity--with the World Wrestling Federation, that is. I'm referring to the highly irritating poses and antics performed by "pro" football players after nearly every down in the NFL. In the recent Phoenix-Washington game, some Cardinal went so far as to strut his stuff upon making a tackle after an interception --a game his team lost, 41-3, for crying out loud. What's next, moonwalking after winning the opening coin toss? DAVE CARR Agoura
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1999 | Christine Castro, (714) 966-7440
Performers of all ages will strut their stuff Saturday in the city's third annual Talent Showcase, 7 to 9 p.m. at Cypress High School's Centurion Theater. The city-sponsored show benefits the Cypress Senior Center. The show sells out every year, organizers said. Tickets cost $2 and can be purchased from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the senior center, 9031 Grindlay St. Tickets also can be bought at the door. Information: (714) 229-2005.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2010
Stand-up students in the Groundlings comedy program strut their stuff in "Attack of the 50-foot Sunday," a weekly series beginning Sunday. Brimming with fresh talent, including Tom Blank, Laurel Coppock and Jeff Galante, the cast presents new sketches each week as well as a closing improv set at the end of each show. Groundlings Theater, 7307 Melrose Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. $15. (323) 934-4747. http://www.groundlings.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2011
The Official Twilight Convention: Finally, somebody starts paying attention to little Stephenie Meyer's fantasies of repressed teen desire filtered through the prism of bloodthirsty but sort of ethical vampires. There will be something for every fanatic at this conference celebrating Meyer's series of books and movies, including a panel on bloodsucker lexicon, a karaoke party with Tinsel Korey and Julia Jones, and a vampire ball where you should be able to strut in your finest velvet and high collar.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 9, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - On Broadway's biggest night, a feel-good cross-dressing musical kicked up its heels. “Kinky Boots,” the Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper show about a struggling shoe factory that turns to fetish-wear to survive, took home six awards, including the top prize of best musical during the 67th Tony Awards Sunday night at Radio City Music Hall. While accepting the award for score, Lauper brought a bit of working-class charm to the ceremony with her trademark outer borough accent.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Divorce and its impact on children caught in its crossfire may be thought of as an issue of recent generations, but more than 115 years ago, Henry James made it the foundation of his novel "What Maisie Knew. " A new film version of the 1897 book, updating James' story of a young girl's emotional education to contemporary New York City, opens May 17 in Los Angeles. Co-director David Siegel calls the film "more of a touchstone than an adaptation," and as it opens, we find Susanna (Julianne Moore)
NEWS
April 24, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Priscilla and her camp crew are set to march into the Mojave Desert as “ Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical ” opens an 11-week run on June 18 at the Venetian in Las Vegas . Fans of the 1994 movie, which morphed into a musical in Sydney, Australia, in 2006, will want to dust off their feather boas and polish up on the lyrics to Gloria Gaynor's “I Will Survive” before opening night. The story features a trio of friends -- two drag queens and a transsexual -- as they traverse the Australian Outback in a battered bus, searching for love during the road trip of a lifetime.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2013 | By Patrick Pacheco
NEW YORK - Cyndi Lauper, garlanded in enough jewelry to make the Queen of Sheba jealous, is wondering if she should add yet another bauble. "It's a whatchamacallit, like a Sicilian good luck charm. Whaddya think?" she asks a coterie of assistants buzzing around Sardi's restaurant in Manhattan preparing her for a photo shoot. "Less is more," someone pipes up. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage Lauper fixes her with a self-aware gaze. "Look who you're talkin' to," she says.
NEWS
February 26, 2013 | By Jay Jones
A singer, a comedian, two magicians and some acrobatic animals are among the performers taking to the stage for seven weeks as “ America's Got Talent Live in Las Vegas ” opens at the Palazzo resort. The first- and second-place finishers from 2012's Season 7 of the TV talent contest are among the entertainers in the seven-week stint that began Monday. Olate Dogs , the performing pooches that wowed fans and took home the $1 million top prize, will headline the show in the Palazzo Theatre . On television the dogs, trained by the father-and-son team of Richard and Nicholas Olate, delighted audiences with their backflips and other stunts.
AUTOS
February 13, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
It is like having a “booth babe” come out of the print advertisement.  Overseas, Toyota has used a cross-dresser to sex up its advertising. Now the Japanese automaker, known for its conservative cars, is leveraging Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit issue published Tuesday and smartphone technology to juice up the advertising for its new Lexus IS here in the U.S. In a print ad it calls “Blend Out,” Toyota said it cast three swimsuit models to pose with the Lexus IS and “camouflaged the models within the scene - actually making them part of the set design.” Readers can use smartphones to scan a QR code on the ad so that “when they place their phones on the page, the models come to life, walking out from the background and revealing themselves in their swimsuits.” The QR code triggers a video of the sexy models cavorting next to the new IS. The viewer can slide the phone to the next model in the advertisement and see her dancing, too. It's pretty racy for a brand whose average buyer age is well into the 50s, especially considering that about half of IS sales are to women.
NEWS
December 1, 1985 | ROBERT STEINBROOK, Times Medical Writer
At least 147 times in the last eight years, a small metal strut has cracked or broken in a mechanical heart valve made by Shiley Inc. of Irvine and implanted in 84,600 patients worldwide. In 65% of the cases when this happened, the patients have died. When the strut breaks, the valve stops working, impairing the flow of blood out of the heart. Unless immediate surgery is performed to replace the valve, the patient is unlikely to survive more than a few hours.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1985 | MARIA L. La GANGA, Times Staff Writer
An Irvine-based medical products firm is recalling one of its controversial artificial heart valves because of a mechanical defect that already has caused 14 deaths, a company spokesman said Friday. Shiley Inc. is asking surgeons not to implant any of its 29-, 31- and 33-millimeter Bjork-Shiley 60-degree Convexo-Concave heart valves manufactured between March and June, 1982, because the struts that hold the valve together could fracture.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Let us now, in our hearts or with our bodies, do a funky little dance, a cocky little walk, in praise and memory of Sherman Hemsley, who played George Jefferson for a dozen years in the 1970s and 1980s -- and in scattered cameos thereafter -- and died Tuesday at age 74. As a recurring character on "All in the Family," Jefferson served as a kind of counterweight, if not exactly a counterpart, to Carroll O'Connor's Archie Bunker: an irascible, abrasive,...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 2012 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
Justin Pike, the talented bartender at the Tasting Kitchen in Venice, draws detailed pictures of the artisanal ingredients and specialty liqueurs he uses in his cocktails on the restaurant's large chalkboards. Pike, who studied illustration at Massachusetts College of Art, initially started bartending to buy time to draw before emerging as a star of the city's impressive craft cocktail scene. Similar stories exist all over Los Angeles, where bartending is a lucrative way to float other artistic dreams.
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