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October 2, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The man of many imitations suddenly felt a loss for words. Lakers center Dwight Howard has relished any chance he has to imitate Kobe Bryant's serious demeanor. Howard shared it at his introductory press conference. He continued last week when he appeared on "Ellen. " During the 2008 Olympics, Howard often mimicked the Lakers star on the team bus and in the locker room. On cue, Howard often has mimicked Stan Van Gundy's high-shrieked yell, Charles Barkley's enunciation of the word "Turrible," and Shaquille O'Neal's monotone voice.
Christina Ricci, Samuel L. Jackson, Drew Carey, Lisa Kudrow and Dustin Hoffman, along with studio brass Sherry Lansing (Paramount), Joe Roth (Disney) and Jeffrey Katzenberg (DreamWorks), were among the Hollywood elite who turned out for Sunday's benefit premiere of "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace" at Westwood's Avco theater.
February 28, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Disneyland will celebrate Leap Day on Wednesday by offering late-night shows, music, food and character meet-and-greets while keeping the Anaheim theme park open for 24 hours straight. RELATED: 7 tips for tackling Disneyland in a day As part of the One More Disney Day marketing campaign, both Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom in Florida will open at 6 a.m. local time on Wednesday and operate until 6 a.m. Thursday. Here are the highlights planned for Disneyland on Leap Day: > Free limited-edition mouse hats handed out to the first 2,000 visitors entering the park at 6 a.m. (Lineups begin at 10 p.m. Tuesday)
March 19, 2005 | From Associated Press
The intensity of the action and themes in the next "Star Wars" film probably will earn it a PG-13 rating, George Lucas says. The first five "Star Wars" movies were rated PG. Lucas offered theater owners a preview of his final "Star Wars" chapter at the ShoWest convention in Las Vegas this week. Opening May 19, "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith" spells out the last dark steps the once good-hearted young Anakin Skywalker takes to become the villain Darth Vader.
January 1, 1998
* Why did the gum cross the road? It was stuck to the chicken's foot. (Allison Stinson, 11, Huntington Beach, Mesa View School) * What kind of phone does a turtle use? A shellular phone. (Alexandra Maize, 5, Beverly Hills, Hawthorne School) * Why do hummingbirds hum? Because they forgot the words. (Gianni Villalobos, 8, La Puente, Fair Grove Academy) * Why can't tennis players get married? Because love means nothing to them.
June 3, 2005 | From Associated Press
While moviegoers are flocking by the millions to see him brandishing a light saber as Obi-Wan Kenobi in "Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith," Ewan McGregor is singing and dancing in a London revival of the classic Broadway musical "Guys and Dolls." In his first stage musical, McGregor heads the cast as Sky Masterson, the gambling playboy who wins the heart of a missionary.
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