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October 9, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Oh, behave, Microsoft. As the tech giant looks for a new chief executive to regain some mojo, a super-weird video of current CEO Steve Ballmer and previous CEO Bill Gates dressed up as characters from the Austin Powers movies is circulating on the Internet. The clip shows Ballmer dressed up as Dr. Evil while Gates shows up as the title character from the comedic films starring Mike Myers. You can see the video above, but proceed with caution -- it's really bizarre. PHOTOS: Top 11 hidden, cool features in Apple's iOS 7 The Austin Powers spoof has been on YouTube since 2009, but it didn't start making the rounds on the Web until this week.
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October 9, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Oh, behave, Microsoft. As the tech giant looks for a new chief executive to regain some mojo, a super-weird video of current CEO Steve Ballmer and previous CEO Bill Gates dressed up as characters from the Austin Powers movies is circulating on the Internet. The clip shows Ballmer dressed up as Dr. Evil while Gates shows up as the title character from the comedic films starring Mike Myers. You can see the video above, but proceed with caution -- it's really bizarre. PHOTOS: Top 11 hidden, cool features in Apple's iOS 7 The Austin Powers spoof has been on YouTube since 2009, but it didn't start making the rounds on the Web until this week.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 1998 | HEIDI SIEGMUND CUDA
Lava Lounge diva Michelle Marini had a pre-birthday bash at her sweet l'il Hollywood cocktail haven on Saturday night, and guests were encouraged to show up in their finest Austin Powers garb, and lemme tell ya, we've got two words for ya, "Yeah, babee." There were some fine-looking retro babes in the bar and numerous swinging men, one in particular really sunk his teeth into the character by showing up with dead-on replicas of Power's gnarly chops. . . .
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2010 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Back when Shrek, a fearsome, swamp-dwelling ogre, first entered the film landscape nearly a decade ago, hardly anyone involved imagined the unsightly animated creature could become internationally beloved. Even the man who wound up voicing the role had early reservations. "Jeffrey asked me if I'd be interested in being in an animated movie … called 'Shrek,' " Mike Myers said with a grimace last week as he recalled his conversation with DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 1999 | ROBERT W. WELKOS
"Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" crushed the competition with $54.9 million--$57.4 million including Thursday night's advance screenings, making it the highest-grossing comedy debut in history. Weekend Box Office *--* Three-day gross/ Screens/ Weeks in Movie (Studio) Total (millions) Average Release 1. "Austin Powers" $54.9 3,312 1 (New Line) $57.4 $16,581 2. "Star Wars" $25.6 3,024 4 (Fox) $297.0 $8,476 3. "Notting Hill" $11.3 2,780 3 (Universal) $67.5 $4,050 4. "Instinct" $6.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 1999 | STEVE HOCHMAN
The language and style of hip-hop have become the essence of '90s pop culture, but there's something else that in the last couple of years has also cast a spell on America's youth. And it's shagadelic. You can hardly turn on the radio or watch TV--and certainly not enter a schoolyard--without encountering someone making a reference to Mike Myers' 1997 movie "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2002
For now, we'll call it "Austin Powers, Part 3": New Line Cinema is in trouble over planned use of "Austin Powers in Goldmember" as the title for its summer release. Seems they didn't get clearance from keepers of the "Goldfinger"/ James Bond properties.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 1999
Yeah, baby! This week, New Line Cinema rolls out its much-anticipated sequel, "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me," starring comedian Mike Myers as that swinging '60s spy who was unfrozen in the '90s. With the movie opening on about 3,300 screens throughout North America Friday, the summer movie season shifts into high gear. Up until now, studios have for the most part delayed releasing their bigger films because of George Lucas' blockbuster, "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace."
BUSINESS
June 18, 1999 | CLAUDIA ELLER
Mike Myers won't make a George Lucas-sized killing on his hot summer movie, but he stands to shag $20 million or more from his "Austin Powers" blockbuster sequel. And because the movie is such a phenomenal hit after just one week in release, Myers will almost assuredly make that kind of money as an upfront fee on the franchise's next installment. That would put him in the company of Hollywood's highest-paid stars, among them Leonardo DiCaprio, Jim Carrey, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks and Will Smith.
BUSINESS
March 5, 1998 | Bloomberg News
New Line Productions, maker of the hit comedy "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery," has sued a Maryland ad agency for allegedly copying the zany character in a drugstore commercial. Los Angeles-based New Line, a unit of New York-based Time Warner, released "Austin Powers," starring comedian Michael Myers, in May 1997. The suit, filed in U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 2009 | Debra Levine
"Tough luck, duck!" the narrator drawled amid the cheerful hullabaloo of choreographer Robyn Gardenhire's family-friendly 1960s-retro ballet, "Peter and the Wolf Jump Cool," which opened John Anson Ford Amphitheatre's 17th summer season Saturday. Seated on a perch smartly clad in emerald green, actress Sloan Robinson read her own scripted version of the children's fable, her witty words interwoven with jazz composer-arranger Oliver Nelson's 1966 adaptation of Prokofiev's beloved score.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Sit beside Steve Martin for a screening of "The Jerk," share a theater with Mike Myers for a showing of "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" or squirm in your seat alongside Jodie Foster during "The Silence of the Lambs." These stars -- plus Dustin Hoffman, Cameron Diaz, Denzel Washington, Annette Bening, Jim Carrey, Shirley MacLaine, Rita Moreno and Keanu Reeves -- will share some of their films at "Target Presents AFI Night at the Movies." The Oct. 1 event will be at the ArcLight Hollywood, the American Film Institute announced Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2008 | Harriet Ryan
Actor Verne Troyer dropped his $20-million lawsuit against a celebrity sex-tape broker and an adult film distributor Friday after they agreed not to market a video of him having sex with a former girlfriend. "We got what we wanted: a permanent injunction," said Edwin F. McPherson, an attorney for the actor best known for playing Mini Me in the "Austin Powers" films. Troyer also abandoned his suit against the gossip site www.TMZ.com, which had posted clips of the video. According to terms of the settlement filed in federal court, broker Kevin Blatt and distributor SugarDVD are barred from selling the video without permission from Troyer and his ex-girlfriend, Ranae Shrider.
SPORTS
March 17, 2008 | Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writer
Texas point guard D.J. Augustin's freshman season ended with a thud in the Longhorns' 87-68 loss to USC in the second round of the NCAA tournament. "You watch it all the time when you're younger, on TV. You always dream of those moments. Then once you get there, it's kind of scary," said Augustin, who fouled out with only six points on one-for-eight shooting. "I felt like once we were on the court, we played our hearts out. But last year we didn't know much. We're coming in more experienced this year.
NATIONAL
March 20, 2004 | Nick Anderson, Times Staff Writer
Republicans likened John F. Kerry to the comic movie character Austin Powers on Friday in a short video e-mailed to GOP partisans that describes the presumed Democratic presidential candidate as an "international man of mystery." For their part, Democrats circulated an e-mail to their supporters that uses a cartoon format to criticize President Bush for allowing the federal budget deficit to balloon. The e-mails sent by the Republican and Democratic national committees showed how the two parties are searching this year for fresh ways to communicate with activists and attract attention to their messages at low expense.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2003 | From a Times staff writer
"Austin Powers in Goldmember" was rated PG-13, but that didn't stop it from being voted favorite movie of the year at the Nickelodeon's 16th annual Kids' Choice Awards. Other big winners in the ceremony at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica Saturday night were Adam Sandler and Amanda Bynes, who picked up two awards each. Sandler was named favorite movie actor for "Mr. Deeds" and favorite voice from an animated film for "Eight Crazy Nights" (also rated PG-13).
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 1997 | From Associated Press
"Volcano" lost its No. 1 box-office spot after just a week as audiences turned to the new thriller "Breakdown" and the comedy "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery." "Breakdown" topped the weekend box office with $12.7 million in ticket sales, followed by "Austin Powers" with $10 million, according to industry estimates Sunday. "Volcano" was in third place with a gross of $9.5 million. Its gross dropped 35% from its opening weekend.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 1999 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Yeah, baby, it's true. "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" (New Line, $25) is grooving in the DVD universe. All one can say is be-have while viewing the disc, baby. In this sequel to "International Man of Mystery," the super agent travels back to 1969 to retrieve his mojo, which has been stolen by Dr. Evil's henchman, Fat Bastard. Mike Myers returns as the groovy spy who is catnip to women, and as Dr. Evil and Fat Bastard.
NEWS
August 22, 2002
The five top-grossing movies at the weekend box office: 1. "XXX"; 2. "Signs"; 3. "Blue Crush," starring Kate Bosworth, above; 4. "Spy Kids 2"; and 5. "Austin Powers in Goldmember."
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