January 25, 2013 |
From a story once passed down in the oral tradition comes a version transmitted by repetitive audio-visual assault in "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. " The notorious folkloric tale about lost little siblings encountering the worst kind of sugar-coated bad news has been given a jokey R-rated once-over by Norwegian writer-director Tommy Wirkola, whose calling card as a purveyor of wink, wink, splatter, splatter entertainment was the 2009 undead Nazis romp "Dead Snow. " There's little to suggest, however, that shifting from zombies to witches has shaken his love of obliterating bodies by any means necessary.
November 22, 2012 |
The holidays provide an opportunity for comedians and other celebrities to let loose their funny on social media. In honor of Thanksgiving 2012, here are Ministry of Gossip's hand-picked top 10 Turkey Day celebrity tweets: -- "Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! I'm grateful for each & every one of the 3,354,714 of you. (Except @KrazyMike15)" -- Rainn Wilson ("The Office," "Super," "Juno") -- "I bet those pilgrims didn't shower before Thanksgiving dinner either. " -- Jim Gaffigan ("My Boys," "It's Kind of a Funny Story")
May 13, 2011
Will Ferrell, who honed his impression of President George W. Bush on "Saturday Night Live" and crossed over to make a career in movies, was named Thursday to receive the nation's top humor prize from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Ferrell will be honored Oct. 23 with the 14th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, an honor that previously has gone to Bill Cosby, Steve Martin and Tina Fey, among others. Ferrell starred for seven seasons on "Saturday Night Live.
April 29, 2011 |
"Matt Braunger. You know what I like about him? And here's a sign that I'm 43 years old. First off, he really makes me laugh. But also, I can watch him with my daughter. My 10-year-old daughter really likes him too. And in a smart way, she gets it. And he's not, like, filthy dirty. He's very likeable and fun, and yet it's smart at the same time. You know where I've seen Matt Braunger? I literally go on YouTube and I get all his videos, and we sit and watch him. I've never seen him live.
December 12, 2010 |
Despicable Me Universal, $29.98/$34.98; Blu-ray, $39.98/$49.98 The computer-animated "Despicable Me" follows a supervillain named Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) as he tries to restore his standing in the evildoers' community ? an effort complicated by the arrival of three adorable orphans. The movie's sentimental side is pretty pat, but Gru's various capers are wittily staged, and any scene involving his tiny yellow minions is pure slapstick gold. "Despicable Me" is recommended for parents who want to introduce their kids to actual comedy.
October 20, 2010
JAZZ Billy Cobham Born in Panama, raised in New York and a resident of Switzerland for more than a quarter-century, the drummer and his inspirations are nothing if not worldly. Cobham, a founding member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra in the early 1970s, takes his jazzy ? and jazz fusion-y ? stylings to the stage of the Catalina Bar & Grill for a four-night engagement at the historic Hollywood jazz club. Catalina Bar & Grill. 6725 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. 10 p.m. $20. www.catalinajazzclub.