October 9, 2009 |
Reunions are difficult things. Whatever joy there is to be had in reclaiming the past from the dustbin of history, these monuments to elapsed time inevitably carry the faint, acrid odor of mortality. Which makes Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," with its Greek-tragicomic aura of inescapable fate -- that is usually to say, of failure -- the perfect venue in which to stage a "Seinfeld" reunion. It's the only venue, really, and one that does not infect the occasion -- which is actually kind of thrilling -- with an air of confetti-ed celebration the original had no time for. "These reunion shows, they're so lame, really, they never work," said Larry David -- that is, the Larry David-like character, henceforth called "Larry," that Larry David, henceforth called "David," plays on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" -- on last Sunday's episode, the third of the series' seventh season and the beginning of the "reunion arc."
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June 17, 2013 |
"Curb Your Enthusiasm" actor and comedian Jeff Garlin was arrested over the weekend in the alleged smashing of another motorist's windows during a fight over a parking space, LAPD officials said. The 51-year-old actor was booked on suspicion of felony vandalism Saturday afternoon after the parking-space spat allegedly turned violent in Studio City. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department records show Garlin is out on $20,000 bail. He has an initial court appearance scheduled for July 11. Garlin plays the manager of "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David on the successful HBO show.
May 15, 1994
Re "When We Loved to Curb Our Appetites" (Around Town, April 29): In addition to the drive-ins mentioned, growing up in West Los Angeles in the 1940s, '50s or '60s meant being able to cruise Delores' Drive-In. Ordering into a speaker box those "Suzi-Qs" (stringy French fries) or a "J.J." (Jumbo-Jim hamburger) with extra "Z" sauce and a cherry Coke and having the carhop bring your order on a tray and affix it to your car window was all a phenomenon never again to be recreated. All gone the way of my 1960 Chevrolet Impala convertible, but so cool they will never be forgotten.
June 6, 2010 |
Shutter Island Paramount, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99 The ongoing collaboration between director Martin Scorsese and star Leonardo DiCaprio takes a weird (and weirdly profitable) turn with "Shutter Island," a gothic thriller based on a Dennis Lehane bestseller. DiCaprio plays a lawman in 1954 investigating a disappearance at a mental institution and uncovering a conspiracy involving McCarthy-era hysteria, atomic paranoia, and a secret from his own past. Scorsese goes way over the top with the visuals but never loses track of the dark emotions at the center of the piece.
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August 6, 2013 |
Eggplant gardens, at least for now, are officially protected in Los Angeles. Mayor Eric Garcetti told me Tuesday that he has instructed city staff to "cool their jets" after learning from this column about two citizens who'd been ordered to remove vegetable gardens from curbside strips. Meanwhile, City Council President Herb Wesson introduced a motion Tuesday to "immediately suspend enforcement of Municipal Code Section 56.08(e) in those cases where parkways are being occupied by vegetable gardens....
September 17, 2008
Which show will win the Emmy for comedy series? 1. "Curb Your Enthusiasm" 2. "Entourage" 3. "The Office" 4. "30 Rock" 5. "Two and a Half Men" Log on to TheEnvelope.com to vote.