February 25, 2011 |
Following a stormy month that culminated with wayward star Charlie Sheen attacking his employers in vitriolic public rants Thursday, CBS and Warner Bros. announced that they would cancel the rest of the season of the hit sitcom "Two and a Half Men," casting a pall over the fate of TV's most-watched comedy. Interviewed on the radio program "The Alex Jones Show," Sheen, who is said to be vacationing in the Bahamas, called his boss, Executive Producer Chuck Lorre, "a clown," and referred to him as "Chaim Levine" (Lorre's birth name is Charles Michael Levine)
January 19, 2011 |
Today, class, we're looking at an alternative sports career, a freaky way to fake a living. Not for everyone, such jobs, just for folks who don't want to sit around some office waiting for their bones to calcify. First up, Shorty Gorham. At work, Shorty gets stomped on, kicked, head-butted and chewed. On his IRS form, under occupation, it should read "roadkill" or "bait. " Here's the dude's resume: Broken vertebra, shattered left shoulder, broken sternum. This one time, a co-worker ?
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December 6, 2010 |
Scores of people in outlandish costumes, colorful wigs and bulbous red noses transformed a portion of downtown Los Angeles into a circus Sunday to honor a traditional Mexican holiday that pays tribute to the comical buffoons who make us laugh. The annual Dia de los Payasos ? Day of the Clowns ? held in the Olvera Street Plaza, attracted large crowds of onlookers who laughed at the antics of nearly 60 clowns drawn from as far away as Phoenix, Las Vegas and San Francisco. The morning started with a blessing of the participants at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels before the daylong performance.
December 5, 2010 |
Jim Murray once called Meadowlark Lemon an American institution, a description the longtime Harlem Globetrotters star claims mystifies him. "I don't know what that means," he says. Oh, but he does. "We were part of something that America needed at one time," Lemon says of the Globetrotters. "America needed Joe Louis. America needed Arnold Palmer. America needed Sammy Davis Jr. and Louis Armstrong. "And America and the world at one time needed people like the Harlem Globetrotters and Meadowlark Lemon.
November 11, 2010 |
Betty Anne Waters spent almost two decades trying to free her brother Kenny from prison, where he was serving a life sentence for a crime she was sure he didn't commit. On the surface, "Conviction" is the true story about the lengths a sister will go to save her brother. But the film delves far below that surface. As acted by Hilary Swank, the loyalty Betty Anne has for Kenny is almost superhuman. Her journey is complicated because Kenny is as engaging as he is volatile, and as embodied by Sam Rockwell, that combination could very well be lethal.
September 30, 2010
Once upon a time, 52-year-old professional clown Gail Choate couldn’t run 60 seconds without stopping. Now, the Florida mom will run the Oct. 10 Chicago Marathon. And she did it, according to a South Florida Sun-Sentinel story, with the help of an iPhone app. Let's put aside the clown-to-marathoner part, for a moment: The fact that she turned herself around with electronic encouragement from a little program that simply told her when to walk and when to run is pretty impressive.
September 29, 2010 |
This Halloween season, for the first time, Universal Studios Hollywood introduced a character based on the Latin American myth of La Llorona in its annual Halloween Horror Nights in an effort to connect with Southern California's sizable Latino population. The legend of La Llorona has gone through many variations over the years. It is a folktale about a woman who drowned her children after she was abandoned by their father. Tormented by what she has done, the woman's spirit wanders the earth, crying out for her dead children.
April 2, 2010 |
Bat in hand, headphones in his ears and sweat covering his face, Manny Ramirez walked across the Dodgers' clubhouse on the last day of spring training in Arizona. The locker room was nearly empty. A clock in the middle of the room indicated it was 8:42 a.m. Avoiding eye contact and saying nothing, Ramirez headed toward a computer in the back of the room. The gray shirt he was wearing spoke for him. "I got 99 problems but my swing ain't one," the shirt read, a play on words in the chorus of a Jay-Z song.
December 24, 2009 |
Growing up in Kansas City, Kan., Eric Stonestreet pictured his future behind bars, not as a convict but as a prison administrator. But he also had a streak of clown in him. That's clown as in circus -- as in red nose and big shoes. What would it be, warden or entertainer? Stonestreet chose laughs, and today he's one of the breakout stars of the TV season as lovable, larger-than-life Cameron on ABC's "Modern Family." "I got fascinated by clowning as a kid," he says. "And I actually worked as a clown, doing birthday parties.
November 28, 2009 |
George Carlin was stand-up comedy's transformational man. He went through it time and again through the decades, first as a young hipster hungry to fit into the showbiz life, then slowly finding his voice and a roomful of laughs as a counter-culture hero and finally abandoning it all once more for something sharper and even more authentically his own. Carlin realized he was less an entertainer than an artist -- a true master of "the vulgar art"...