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April 22, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
It's one of the more silly web gags to hit the Internet lately, and even its star, Amy Poehler , seems to know it. In a new "Billy on the Street," which is hosted by comedian Billy Eichner for the Funny or Die website, Poehler dons a paper mask of the rapper Pitbull while Eichner drags her around the streets of New York City screaming at random passersby. "That's not Pitbull! It's Amy Poehler!" shouts Eichner as Poehler pulls up her mask grinning from ear to ear and sometimes jumping up and down.
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April 22, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
It's one of the more silly web gags to hit the Internet lately, and even its star, Amy Poehler , seems to know it. In a new "Billy on the Street," which is hosted by comedian Billy Eichner for the Funny or Die website, Poehler dons a paper mask of the rapper Pitbull while Eichner drags her around the streets of New York City screaming at random passersby. "That's not Pitbull! It's Amy Poehler!" shouts Eichner as Poehler pulls up her mask grinning from ear to ear and sometimes jumping up and down.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
As "The Simpsons" enters its second quarter-century, its still getting major notoriety for one minor aspect of the show: the ever-changing couch gag that opens most episodes. Hot on the heels of the Guillermo del Toro-directed Halloween couch gag comes another couch gag with a Del Toro connection. Sunday's episode, titled, "Four Regrettings and a Funeral," features an extended 90-second couch gag that plays as an homage to "The Hobbit," the trilogy of films that Del Toro was scheduled to direct for many years before moving on to other projects.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The extremely likable Tyler Labine, whose constitutional buoyancy has kept him bobbing back into view even as the ships beneath him ("Mad Love," "Sons of Tucson," "Animal Practice," the relatively long-lived - two seasons! - "Reaper") go one after another to the bottom, is now the star of "Deadbeat," a new paranormal stoner comedy on Hulu. He is, in that respect - to get a little inside for a sentence - the David Walton of Actors Who Are Regularly Compared to Jack Black, whom he resembles in shape, beardedness and a certain rockitude.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Fantasy and horror filmmaker Guillermo del Toro does big, big, big movies. But he's going very small for his next side project: he's directing the couch gag for an upcoming episode of "The Simpsons. " The couch gag -- the short little bit that constantly changes at the end of every opening credits sequence of "The Simpsons" -- has long been a place for the show to do blatant parodies of other shows' opening credits, such as "Game of Thrones," and invite suggestions from people not on the "Simpsons" staff.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1988
Your editorial "A Gag on Science" (July 27) stirs me to action which I hope others will want to implement in ways of their own. I am sending copies of the editorial, along with brief relevant comments in each case, to Energy Secretary John S. Herrington, to several members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives as well as our state Senate and Assembly, to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and to key people (including regents)...
OPINION
March 27, 2013 | By the Los Angeles Times editorial board
A California Assembly bill that would require anyone who videotapes, photographs or records incidents of animal cruelty to turn over the evidence to authorities within 48 hours - or be charged with an infraction of the law - sounds like a tough new measure to crack down on abuse. It's not. In reality, it's one of a crop of disturbing "ag-gag" bills being introduced across the country. Although AB 343 is not as bad as some others that ban outright recording and videotaping at animal facilities, it would effectively hamper animal welfare undercover investigators and employee whistle-blowers who are collecting information on systemic animal cruelty at meatpacking plants, slaughterhouses, livestock ranches and farms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1986 | NANCY GRAHAM and BOB POOL, Times Staff Writers
John J. Merrick did not have the typical background for a judge, but he was not judging typical people. Merrick was a comedy gag writer before he became the no-nonsense judge of a sleepy community that was growing into a favored home of celebrities. As the lone judge in a judicial district that eventually covered 186 square miles, he presided over front-page marriages and also signed the search warrant that led to the arrest of one of the century's most notorious mass murderers.
SPORTS
May 2, 2009
Fishermen, surfers and swimmers should carry ducks with them at all times because Sharks seem to gag on Duck meat. Howard Cohen North Hills
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 1991
Regardless of one's point of view on the Arab-Israeli conflict, the concept of an "evenhanded" presentation of a coldblooded terrorist murder makes me gag. Next, Sellars and company will do an "evenhanded" production of the gas chambers at Auschwitz. SIMON A. SAYRE Ojai
NEWS
March 3, 2014 | By Melissa Magsaysay
During one of Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres' several crowd-involving comedy bits on Sunday, she solicited money from Brad Pitt, Harvey Weinstein and Lupita Nyong'o to tip the pizza delivery man she had summoned for snacks during the evening. Nyong'o reached into her clutch and handed DeGeneres a blue-and-white tube of Clarins HydraQuench lip balm, which has now caused a social media frenzy anchored by the hashtag #lupitaslipbalm. The hashtag began appearing next to others such as, #PharrellsHat and #Oscaritems just minutes after the night's supporting actress winner dropped the tube of balm into the "Happy" singer's hat. The tweets and GIFs made from the Oscar beauty moment have spawned through-the-roof sales for the French beauty brand.
NATIONAL
February 18, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Striking back at a proposed Idaho law that would ban undercover filming at farms, an animal rights group released video Tuesday of a dairy worker sexually abusing a cow. The graphic scene, recorded in 2012, was not initially released when Los Angeles-based Mercy for Animals pushed authorities to investigate animal abuse at Bettencourt Dairies in Idaho. The original video showed about two minutes of lashings, beatings and stompings suffered by cows. The dairy quickly fired five people after that video was released and installed surveillance cameras throughout its facility.
NEWS
February 4, 2014 | By Matthew Fleischer, guest blogger, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
The recent spritz of rain notwithstanding, California is in the midst of what Gov. Jerry Brown called “perhaps the worst drought [the state] has ever seen.” And yet, despite the desperate state of affairs, every day the city of Los Angeles flushes hundreds of millions of gallons of potentially potable water out to sea. I'm talking about treated sewage. In 2000, Los Angeles actually completed a sewage reclamation plant capable of providing water to 120,000 homes - the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in Van Nuys.
SPORTS
December 23, 2013 | Wire reports
A judge might impose a formal gag order in the murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez after his attorneys accused the state of allowing leaks they contend could jeopardize his right to a fair trial. At a hearing in Fall River (Mass.) Superior Court on Monday, defense attorney Michael Fee blamed prosecutors for out-of-court statements reported in the media that he says have tarnished the ex-player. "Mr. Hernandez is entitled to a fair trial," Fee told Judge Susan Garsh during the hourlong proceeding.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Every time I see Ron Burgundy, a.k.a. Will Ferrell, hawking Dodge Durangos on TV - which seems like a million times a day - what strikes me is how brilliant the "Anchorman" conceit is in small bits. The carefully manicured hair, the flashy suits, all just window dressing for that marvelously bloated ego, the absurd made irresistible in 60-second increments. That, I'd suggest, should be the recommended dosage. At nearly two hours, the nonsense of Ron and the news game, which Ferrell and co-writer and director Adam McKay skewered so effectively in 2004, is harder to sustain the second time around.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
As "The Simpsons" enters its second quarter-century, its still getting major notoriety for one minor aspect of the show: the ever-changing couch gag that opens most episodes. Hot on the heels of the Guillermo del Toro-directed Halloween couch gag comes another couch gag with a Del Toro connection. Sunday's episode, titled, "Four Regrettings and a Funeral," features an extended 90-second couch gag that plays as an homage to "The Hobbit," the trilogy of films that Del Toro was scheduled to direct for many years before moving on to other projects.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2013 | By Amy Nicholson
Poor Charlie Sheen! In the opening of "Scary Movie V," no sooner does he bed Lindsay Lohan - both barely convincing playing themselves - than a ghost kills him and kidnaps his three kids. (Legal troubles aside, Lohan is fine.) Three months later, Snoop Dogg finds the now-crabwalking moppets in a haunted cabin in Humboldt County and delivers them and their new ghost mom back to civilization. Three months is auspicious. "Scary Movie V" lifts its plot from Jessica Chastain's surprise horror hit "Mama," released in January, and if you think three months is an impossible amount of time to write and produce a feature film, well, it is. In the Oscar nominee's role is former Disney star Ashley Tisdale, here seen having her way with a microwave.
SPORTS
November 7, 2009
Whoever is in charge of the NHL stats at The Times sure has a well-developed sense of humor. Here it is November, and your standings show the Kings with one of the best records in the league and Anze Kopitar as one of the league's scoring leaders. It may be an early April Fools gag, but until the joke ends, this Kings fan is enjoying every minute of it. Grace Ulaby Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Fantasy and horror filmmaker Guillermo del Toro does big, big, big movies. But he's going very small for his next side project: he's directing the couch gag for an upcoming episode of "The Simpsons. " The couch gag -- the short little bit that constantly changes at the end of every opening credits sequence of "The Simpsons" -- has long been a place for the show to do blatant parodies of other shows' opening credits, such as "Game of Thrones," and invite suggestions from people not on the "Simpsons" staff.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2013 | By Tony Perry
The mother of kidnap victim Hannah Anderson was bound, gagged and beaten to death before the killer set his home ablaze and fled with the teenager to the Northwest, according to the San Diego County medical examiner. Christina Anderson, 44, a medical assistant, died of blunt force injury to the head with a minimum of 12 blows to her face and head, an autopsy report released Monday said. A crowbar was found near the body. She also had a broken arm and her throat was slashed, although the latter apparently was done after she was dead, the report said.
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