November 1, 2013 |
For Joe Sacco, the decision to do "The Great War" (W.W. Norton: boxed, unpaged, $35) grew out of a kind of dare. The idea - to create a panoramic drawing of the Western Front, and more specifically, the first day of the Battle of the Somme - had been a source of late-night conversation in the 1990s, when he'd shared a New York apartment with a young editor named Matt Weiland, who, like Sacco, was fascinated by the First World War. Fifteen years...
November 1, 2013 |
Will Forte is the kind of person who's going to find something to be anxious about no matter the circumstances. So when the former "Saturday Night Live" cast member found himself unexpectedly cast in Alexander Payne's new seriocomic road-trip movie, "Nebraska," he felt all the natural emotions - excitement, gratitude, disbelief. But there was also a voice in his brain telling him, "This is nice, but somebody's going to talk some sense into Alexander, so don't get too happy. " "I tend to drive myself crazy like that, overthinking things," Forte said during an anxiety-free interview.
October 26, 2013 |
Things were starting to go bump in the night in the Houdini Seance Chamber at the Magic Castle, the private club in Hollywood that is the headquarters of the Academy of Magical Arts. Medium Misty Lee, who also appears at the castle as an illusionist, was attempting to contact the legendary escape artist and master magician Harry Houdini, who died on Halloween in 1926 at age 52 of peritonitis, the result of a ruptured appendix. "Harry, we have waited all night to see your face," she proclaimed as creepy, piped-in music got louder in the intimate room.
October 24, 2013 |
CAIRO - In these turbulent days, Egypt is a political satirist's paradise - or minefield. Bassem Youssef is about to find out which. The country's most popular comedian, whose cause was championed by Jon Stewart when Youssef's scathing stand-up humor drew the wrath of Egypt's then-Islamist government, is scheduled to return to the airwaves Friday night after a more than three-month hiatus. And Egyptians are buzzing about what his take on an authoritarian-minded new administration will be. Youssef has vowed to pull no punches and spare no punch lines.
October 17, 2013 |
Expect to see more vampires, werewolves and the undead come to life on television. In the latest sign of Hollywood's growing appetite for comic book properties, San Diego comic book company IDW Publishing is launching a television division managed by an executive producer of the hit zombie series "The Walking Dead. " IDW, also known as Idea and Design Works, already publishes a wide range of comic books and graphic novels based on film and TV titles, including "Doctor Who," "G.I.
October 16, 2013 |
For folks who can't get enough of George Wallace onstage in Las Vegas, the veteran comic will soon be providing even more laughs in his new book, “Laff It Off,” due out Monday. George Wallace , a familiar face on late-night TV, is in his ninth year headlining in the Flamingo Las Vegas showroom. He will be peddling the book after his performances; it also will be available through publisher Chaite Press . Several well-known celebrities sing the book's praises, including Jerry Seinfeld, who wrote the foreword.