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ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2012
SUNDAY It's a busy night for Ricky Gervais when the actor-comic voices a dolphin on "Family Guy" and appears as himself on "Life's Too Short," a new little-people-in-showbiz send-up starring "Harry Potter's" Warwick Davis. (Fox, 9 p.m.; HBO, 10:30 p.m.) "I Ain't Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac" salutes the late, great stand-up comic, below, who parlayed his gruff but lovable persona into a hit sitcom and scene-stealing roles in films like "Bad Santa" and "Ocean's Eleven.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In many ways, too many ways, HBO's new comedy "Life's Too Short" is "Extras" with a dwarf. If that sounds harsh and potentially offensive, well, "Life's Too Short" is that too. It is also, at times, extremely funny. A faux documentary starring the very talented Warwick Davis ("Willow," the "Harry Potter" series) as a down-market version of himself, "Life's Too Short" is another way for creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant to look at the reeking underbelly of the entertainment industry.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2012
SERIES Inside the Actors Studio: Oscar and Golden Globe winner George Clooney discusses his career with host James Lipton in this new installment (7 p.m. Bravo). American Experience: Sharpshooter Annie Oakley and the outlaw Jesse James are the latest Wild West figures to be profiled in back-to-back new installments (8 and 9 p.m. KOCE). Ringer: Mädchen Amick ("Twin Peaks," "Gossip Girl") guest stars on a new episode of the Sarah Michelle Gellar thriller (9 p.m. KTLA)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2012
SUNDAY Make sure to watch the "18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards" — because if there were no actors, most movies and TV shows would be little more than 30 to 120 minutes of sets and scenery, and maybe a little music. (TBS, 5 p.m.; TNT, 5 and 7 p.m.) For a pastime famously dubbed "the sport of kings," horse racing certainly attracts its share of lowlifes, and Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman plays one of them in "Luck," a gritty new drama from Michael Mann and "Deadwood's" David Milch.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2011 | Ramie Becker
Kristian Hoffman doesn't step out much to play his own music, being a much-in-demand bandleader and collaborator with the likes of Rufus Wainwright, Ann Magnuson, Lydia Lunch, Klaus Nomi, Dave Davies and others. Once part of L.A. punk band the Mumps, Hoffman is one of L.A.'s great musical raconteurs and has had his hands in an eclectic grab bag of projects since the 1970s. But Friday night, the local treasure is moving to center stage to debut his new album, "FOP," a 17-song collection he describes as "orchestrated baroque glam psych," at the Steve Allen Theater.
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