CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2009 |
As lawmakers wrangled last week over how to plug California's giant deficit, the governor who once called them "girlie men" sent the state Senate leader a package that has some Capitol insiders tsk-tsking over what they see as an ill-timed display of machismo. The gag gift from Gov.
May 8, 2009
Re "Some late-night laughs are cheap," May 4 Here's the no-joke bottom line: Top-banana comedians paying for one-liners is nothing new. In the 1930s, mirth masters like Bob Hope and Milton Berle would pay about five bucks a gag or steal the jokes that young, nonunion writers (there was no WGA then) sent on penny postcards into the newspaper columns of Ed Sullivan and Walter Winchell at the six or seven local dailies. I guess some things have changed since then. Hank Rosenfeld Santa Monica
May 3, 2009 |
Much has been made of Judd Apatow's uncanny eye for talent, populating his shows and films with such discoveries as Seth Rogen, Jason Segel and Jonah Hill. So, when he first saw actress Leslie Mann on the set of the 1996 film "The Cable Guy," which he produced, he was typically assured in his appraisal. He said to a friend, "There goes the future Mrs. Apatow." The present Mrs. Apatow confirms the story, with a twist. "Yeah, and I don't even remember meeting him."
February 6, 2009 |
"The Pink Panther 2" slinks into theaters this week with all the stealth of a monster truck with a bad muffler, or a Howie Mandel game show (or use your own favorite over-the-top analogy here). It is all about excess and extremes with any shred, sliver or speck of nuance as elusive as the Pink Panther diamond and apparently Jeremy Irons' self-esteem, but more on that later.
January 16, 2009 |
Everywhere in these tough times, people are trimming the excess from their lives. The Indian martial arts comedy "Chandni Chowk to China," however, which stars Akshay Kumar as a hapless food-stall worker who goes from chopping vegetables to hand-chopping bad guys, approaches entertainment with a more-is-more ethos.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2008 |
When new members were welcomed to an e-mail group called the Easy Rider Gag List, they were warned that they would soon be receiving a steady diet of tasteless humor. The warning came from the Easy Rider himself: Alex Kozinski, one of the highest ranking and most intellectually respected federal judges. On the gag list, Kozinski periodically distributed jokes to a group of friends and associates, including his law clerks, colleagues on the federal bench, prominent attorneys and journalists.
August 26, 2008 |
PHILADELPHIA -- I'm worried about Joe Torre. This is no time to sound clueless, the Dodgers going flat against the Phillies again, the manager asked what he might say to his team, and Torre appearing befuddled. "There's nothing I can tell them," he said. I don't get paid by the Parking Lot Attendant, and for that matter a lot of the Dodgers don't either, but I know what I'd tell our heroes. "OK, guys, gather around. We're on our way to Washington. Those clowns have lost 14 of their last 16. An automatic sweep -- no reason to even use Jonathan Broxton, so everyone can rest easy.
August 17, 2008 |
Question: I live in a condominium complex near Studio City. At the association's general meetings there is an "open forum" for discussion. If an owner raises an issue that is not on the agenda during the open forum, the board president says it cannot be discussed under the Davis-Stirling Act. The president says that because this issue was not on the agenda, discussion must wait until the next month, when it can go on the agenda. Is she correct in her interpretation of the Davis-Stirling Act?
March 4, 2008 |
The generals, to put it mildly, can't take a joke. But the Moustache Brothers make their living mocking fools, including those who wear military uniforms. So they have drawn a battle line in this country's long struggle for democracy with a small stage that cuts across their cramped living room, site of the three-man comedy troupe's nightly performance. The military regime silenced street protests last fall by arresting and, in some cases, shooting peaceful demonstrators.