December 22, 2011
A star such as Jim Carrey doesn't come around every day, but wax sculptors say they can reproduce him in about six months, down to his brown eyes and signature toothy grin. The celebrity replicas featured at the Hollywood Wax Museum and at Madame Tussauds are crafted using some similar techniques. Research. Both wax museums collect photos, death masks or other renditions of the celebrity. Whenever possible, Madame Tussauds invites the celebrities for a sitting to have more than 250 measurements taken.
December 21, 2011 |
Dissing Angelina Jolie normally isn't the best way to get ahead in this town. But tough times call for tough tactics in the war of the Hollywood wax museums. Madame Tussauds, which considers itself the ne plus ultra of wax artistry — with the $25 ticket price to match — is trying to best its cheaper competitor, the Hollywood Wax Museum, with a new marketing blitz stressing the defects in its rival's paraffin starlets, singers and comics. In a wax version of a cola taste test, Madame Tussauds plans to let visitors decide whose figures most closely resemble their glamorous living counterparts.
August 16, 2011 |
In a way, it all comes down to the ass' jawbone. Students of musical Americana will hear plenty of rustic sounds when David Wax Museum plays Wednesday night at the Wiltern, including shades of folk, blues, rock and bluegrass, along with the Mexican regional varietals of son jarocho , son huasteco and son calentano . Guitars, fiddles, accordions and the Mexican jarana , a baroque eight-string cousin of the guitar, all are part...
July 22, 2009 |
A wax war is heating up on Hollywood Boulevard. For 44 years, the Hollywood Wax Museum has been Tinseltown's only wax attraction featuring celebrities, a monopoly that has kept it open through wars, recessions and riots. But that all is changing with the opening of Madame Tussauds, Hollywood Boulevard's newest multimillion-dollar attraction, next to the historic Grauman's Chinese Theatre. The 40,000-square-foot building officially opens to the public Aug.
October 26, 2006 |
TIM BURTON knows the dark side. He's not evil, exactly, but his films often take grotesque elements and twist them into something more endearing than repulsive. Take the Pumpkin King in "The Nightmare Before Christmas" who scares good boys and girls with well-meaning presents that explode or chase them around the house. Or the tender young man in "Edward Scissorhands" who can't fit in because of those enormous shears at the end of his arms.
October 26, 2006 |
Can Hollywood be too ... Hollywood? Madame Tussauds, the legendary London wax museum, proposes to build a flashy $55-million branch in Hollywood -- its first on the West Coast -- on a parking lot next to historic Grauman's Chinese Theatre. However, the two-century-old entertainment company that invented the "Chamber of Horrors" may not be the most welcome addition to the neighborhood.