December 28, 2012 |
Seated inside a cavernous auditorium in Charleston, S.C., just days before that state's presidential primary in January, I was feeling downright gleeful. Spread out before me was a vast, gaudy, multi-screen, red-white-and-blue stage set worthy of “American Idol.” A CNN producer was warming up a big crowd of well-dressed Republicans, coaching them about when to cheer, when to laugh and when to shut up as if they were rubes in a “Tonight Show” studio audience. Within moments, the candidates for the Republican nomination would be trooped out, one by one - each introduced as if he were in the starting lineup of the Lakers.
December 20, 2012 |
Despite her promise not to retaliate against him, two weeks after taking office, new Los Angeles Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey has reassigned her political rival in a “lateral” move to a job with a lower profile and less prestigious cases. ALSO: Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons 2012 endings: What we'll miss most Slideshow: Social media hits and misses in 2012 Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
November 29, 2012 |
Having a two-thirds legislative supermajority for the first time in more than a century, California Democrats are facing intense pressure from the left to use their new powers, which they always said they wanted and needed -- before they got them. ALSO: Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons Republicans, stop the grasping: You've won GOP -- and Obama -- should stop torturing Susan Rice Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
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November 15, 2012 |
Lucille Bliss, who provided the voice of the cartoon character Crusader Rabbit in the early days of television and gained recognition a generation later as the voice of Smurfette in the 1980s television hit "The Smurfs," has died. She was 96. Bliss died Nov. 8 from natural causes at an assisted living center in Costa Mesa, according to the Orange County coroner. Bliss parlayed a childhood love of radio theater into a career as an animation voice actress that stretched more than 60 years.
November 15, 2012 |
The Republican Party in California may have effectively been doomed to electoral irrelevance. ALSO: CA to GOP: Adios Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons Wanted: Smarter American voters Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
November 8, 2012
The composer Raymond Scott shaped a generation of young minds with his scores for popular cartoons of the era. But he was also an early electronic-music pioneer, and at this show members of Oingo Boingo re-create some of his best work and unravel the legacy of a musician whose vision helped define early pop. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. 8:30 p.m. Fri. $20. redcat.org.
October 29, 2012 |
Dan Harmon is headed back to the small screen with a new animated series, "Rick and Morty," which just got picked up for 10 episodes by Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. According to reports, Harmon's new series, co-created with "Fish Hooks" animation writer Justin Roiland, will join the Adult Swim lineup sometime in 2014. The series reportedly follows the adventures of a genius inventor and his less-than-genius grandson. Harmon has had a long-standing love of animation. Even before he worked stop-motion and traditional animation into his otherwise live-action NBC series "Community," he was known as co-writer of the computer animated feature film "Monster House.
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October 7, 2012 |
"Sheriff" John Rovick, the beloved Los Angeles children's TV show host whose gentle, fatherly persona made him a welcome guest in homes throughout the 1950s and '60s, died Saturday morning. He was 93. Rovick died in his sleep at a nursing facility in Boise, Idaho, said his wife, Jacqueline. A Toledo, Ohio, native who launched his broadcasting career in radio, Rovick was a newly hired staff announcer at KTTV-TV (Channel 11) when the Los Angeles station first went on the air in 1949.
October 4, 2012 |
Gov. Jerry Brown vetoes a bill that would have led to meal and rest breaks for nannies, maids and other domestic workers. ALSO: Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons Arnold Schwarzenegger's latest bad acting job Endorsements: Yes on Proposition 30, no on Proposition 38 Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
September 26, 2012 |
The turtles are being unleashed in the nick of time. On Saturday morning, Nickelodeon will take the lid off a slicker, hipper version of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. " The armed reptiles, a hugely popular cartoon franchise in the '80s and '90s, are the latest effort by the children's network to combat a dramatic ratings plunge. Over the past year, Nickelodeon has lost 28% of its young audience, according to ratings firm Nielsen. The network's signature programming, "SpongeBob SquarePants" and tween sensation "iCarly," have lost cache with kids who are turning to other channels and other entertainment such as video games.