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Disney goes bearded, Sundance goes silent, Vanilla Ice goes hipster and Tracy Morgan goes home

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Marina Abromovic at New York's Museum of Modern Art

Today's pop culture roundup:

  • Clearly staged, but if seeing Vanilla Ice singing "Ice, Ice Baby" and "Ninja Rap" as an Echo Park indie rock hipster doesn't make you happy, you, sir or madame, have no heart:
    (via the Daily What)
  • Disney is finally lifting their legendary ban on facial hair for theme park employees. So next time you're at Disneyland, you may see some well-groomed goatees. Well-groomed, because there are still limitations, such as keeping the facial hair less than a quarter of an inch. Still banned? Soul patches. Disney knows that's still wrong.
  • Tracy Morgan returned to Los Angeles after collapsing at Sundance, but it sounds like it was unrelated to his struggles with alcohol. He's blaming the high altitude. Morgan also suffers from diabetes, which is known to be harder to manage at high altitudes. (via The Atlantic Wire)
  • What animals lived in the La Brea Tar Pits, and what happened to them? The New York Times shows the West Coast a little love, answering that question. (via L.A. Observed)
  • L.A. has lost this battle to San Francisco for which city is the coolest: At San Francisco Sketchfest, most of the original cast, plus a few comedian pinch hitters, united to do a live radio play version of "Wet Hot American Summer."
  • How did artist Marina Abromovic follow up her 2011 gala at L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art where everyone was put in lab coats? She went to Sundance and threw a party where everyone wore lab coats and had to remain silent for the first hour of the event. (I feel like this is an idea stolen from the mind of Bjork.)
  • I never thought I'd say this, but "I'm interested in booking a flight to Cleveland!" The Cleveland airport is putting on a display to celebrate the city as the birthplace of Superman, as he was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster when they were teenagers growing up in the city.
  • Dick Tufeld, who did the voice of the robot on "Lost In Space," passed away Sunday here in L.A.
  • Have you moved on from Steve Jobs' death yet? Here, let this video help you:
    (via the Mary Sue)
  • Update: The guy who did the Megaupload song and is currently facing charges after the site was shut down by the feds is making an entire album.
  • Be sure to check out my colleague Leslie Berestein Rojas's piece on Latino Oscar nominees, notably Demián Bichir, who was nominated for Best Actor.
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