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June 5, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
Being a television star isn't all wine and roses - at times, it can even be a bit embarrassing. Just ask Jake Johnson of "New Girl" or Don Cheadle of "House of Lies," two of the participants at a recent Envelope Emmy Roundtable on the subject of TV comedy. "They make me dance a lot," Johnson said of his role on "New Girl" as the aimless but lovable bartender Nick Miller. "I really don't like to. I'm not very good at it. " WATCH: The Envelope Emmy Roundtable | Comedy Johnson recalled one painful scene in which he danced to the Taylor Swift song "22" for 45 minutes.
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September 16, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 15 - 21, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES Dads Two college buddies (Giovanni Ribisi and Seth Green) who became rich off an idea for a video game company are surprised by their fathers (Martin Mull and Peter Riegert), both of whom want to move in. Vanessa Lachey also stars in this new comedy.
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May 7, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
As "New Girl" fans eye next week's season finale and its surprising Taylor Swift-ness, one of the show's stars is preparing to turn his attention elsewhere: to the movies. Jake Johnson, who plays the slacker-y Nick Miller opposite Zooey Deschanel's quirky Jess, is set to spend his hiatus in New Orleans shooting an action comedy titled "Let's Be Cops" opposite Damon Wayans Jr. This after premiering his new movie "The Pretty One" at the Tribeca Film Festival last month and his other new movie, "Drinking Buddies," at SXSW in March (that one's set to come out from Magnolia Pictures)
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August 30, 2013 | By Robert Abele
The names are bigger, the flow is smoother, but the voyeuristic aimlessness still prevails in indie stalwart Joe Swanberg's latest film, the breezily charming "Drinking Buddies. " The action - a term used loosely with regards to Swanberg ("Hannah Takes the Stairs," "LOL") - swirls around craft brewery coworkers Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson), cozy chums whose jokey, caring, pint-hoisting closeness has everything a relationship seemingly needs except deal-clinching carnality.
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August 30, 2013 | By Robert Abele
The names are bigger, the flow is smoother, but the voyeuristic aimlessness still prevails in indie stalwart Joe Swanberg's latest film, the breezily charming "Drinking Buddies. " The action - a term used loosely with regards to Swanberg ("Hannah Takes the Stairs," "LOL") - swirls around craft brewery coworkers Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson), cozy chums whose jokey, caring, pint-hoisting closeness has everything a relationship seemingly needs except deal-clinching carnality.
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June 3, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
Guest characters are a time-tested way to spice up television shows, whether by providing an intriguing new foil, upping an episode's star power or just providing a bit of fan service. At a recent Envelope Emmy Roundtable, Mindy Kaling, creator and star of "The Mindy Project," and Jake Johnson, one of the stars of "New Girl," discussed how the right guests can motivate everyone on a show to elevate their game. Asked by moderator and Times television critic Mary McNamara about "Mindy Project" guest star Chloe Sevigny, Kaling said the "Big Love" veteran brought something unique to the show.
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June 17, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
It's easy enough to pick out the star of a sitcom or drama: Just look for the person whose character the title refers to or whose name comes up first in the credits. Reality TV, however, can be trickier. Is it the host? One of the judges? A contestant? At a recent Envelope Emmy Roundtable about reality TV, longtime "Survivor" host Jeff Probst offered his own theory. "The star of 'Survivor' is the format," Probst said. "It works. It works all over the world. " He added that the same could be said of his fellow panelists' shows: Carson Daly's "The Voice," Mark Cuban's "Shark Tank" and Cat Deeley's "So You Think You Can Dance?"
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June 20, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
Reality TV contestants have a reputation for being highly competitive, unabashedly outspoken and sometimes downright catty. The same isn't usually true of the shows' mild-mannered hosts - not without a bit of prodding, at least. During a conversation at the Envelope Emmy Round Table about the challenges of gauging a show's success, "The Voice" host Carson Daly alluded to another popular TV singing competition but didn't name names. "You look at shows that might put out an artist that infiltrates pop culture and becomes a top-10 [artist]
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September 16, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 15 - 21, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES Dads Two college buddies (Giovanni Ribisi and Seth Green) who became rich off an idea for a video game company are surprised by their fathers (Martin Mull and Peter Riegert), both of whom want to move in. Vanessa Lachey also stars in this new comedy.
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June 11, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
Is anyone out there enjoying this season of “The Bachelorette”? Because I am not. In fact, I am finding it downright difficult to tolerate. I haven't found any guys to root for yet. The cheesy dates aren't funny or romantic or redeeming in any way. And Des? What of our Katie Holmes lookalike? I mean, she's fine. I guess. She's cute and happy and doesn't have veneers. But there doesn't seem to be much there there. Like Monday night, right? Only three episodes in, we had the potential for some real drama.
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June 20, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
Reality TV contestants have a reputation for being highly competitive, unabashedly outspoken and sometimes downright catty. The same isn't usually true of the shows' mild-mannered hosts - not without a bit of prodding, at least. During a conversation at the Envelope Emmy Round Table about the challenges of gauging a show's success, "The Voice" host Carson Daly alluded to another popular TV singing competition but didn't name names. "You look at shows that might put out an artist that infiltrates pop culture and becomes a top-10 [artist]
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
It's easy enough to pick out the star of a sitcom or drama: Just look for the person whose character the title refers to or whose name comes up first in the credits. Reality TV, however, can be trickier. Is it the host? One of the judges? A contestant? At a recent Envelope Emmy Roundtable about reality TV, longtime "Survivor" host Jeff Probst offered his own theory. "The star of 'Survivor' is the format," Probst said. "It works. It works all over the world. " He added that the same could be said of his fellow panelists' shows: Carson Daly's "The Voice," Mark Cuban's "Shark Tank" and Cat Deeley's "So You Think You Can Dance?"
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
Is anyone out there enjoying this season of “The Bachelorette”? Because I am not. In fact, I am finding it downright difficult to tolerate. I haven't found any guys to root for yet. The cheesy dates aren't funny or romantic or redeeming in any way. And Des? What of our Katie Holmes lookalike? I mean, she's fine. I guess. She's cute and happy and doesn't have veneers. But there doesn't seem to be much there there. Like Monday night, right? Only three episodes in, we had the potential for some real drama.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
Being a television star isn't all wine and roses - at times, it can even be a bit embarrassing. Just ask Jake Johnson of "New Girl" or Don Cheadle of "House of Lies," two of the participants at a recent Envelope Emmy Roundtable on the subject of TV comedy. "They make me dance a lot," Johnson said of his role on "New Girl" as the aimless but lovable bartender Nick Miller. "I really don't like to. I'm not very good at it. " WATCH: The Envelope Emmy Roundtable | Comedy Johnson recalled one painful scene in which he danced to the Taylor Swift song "22" for 45 minutes.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
Guest characters are a time-tested way to spice up television shows, whether by providing an intriguing new foil, upping an episode's star power or just providing a bit of fan service. At a recent Envelope Emmy Roundtable, Mindy Kaling, creator and star of "The Mindy Project," and Jake Johnson, one of the stars of "New Girl," discussed how the right guests can motivate everyone on a show to elevate their game. Asked by moderator and Times television critic Mary McNamara about "Mindy Project" guest star Chloe Sevigny, Kaling said the "Big Love" veteran brought something unique to the show.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
As "New Girl" fans eye next week's season finale and its surprising Taylor Swift-ness, one of the show's stars is preparing to turn his attention elsewhere: to the movies. Jake Johnson, who plays the slacker-y Nick Miller opposite Zooey Deschanel's quirky Jess, is set to spend his hiatus in New Orleans shooting an action comedy titled "Let's Be Cops" opposite Damon Wayans Jr. This after premiering his new movie "The Pretty One" at the Tribeca Film Festival last month and his other new movie, "Drinking Buddies," at SXSW in March (that one's set to come out from Magnolia Pictures)
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November 5, 1988
Who is this man Dirk Sutro? His jazz review ("Spotlight" column, Oct. 29) has made me quite upset. I was in the Horton Grand Hotel to hear Bill Hunter play at a time when Sutro must have been there. His statements do not meet the standards of accurate, or fair, reporting about the musicians who played. Bill Hunter is a serious pianist. He pleases his audience all the time. And he does not deserve to be dismissed as he was by Sutro. I was surprised that your jazz reporter feels the need to compare San Diego to New York.
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September 20, 2011
SERIES NCIS: An agent lies dead after Tony's (Michael Weatherly) months-long search for his target in the season premiere (8 p.m. CBS). The Biggest Loser: In the season premiere of the weight loss series the contestants are asked to choose one of three trainers (8 p.m. NBC). NCIS: Los Angeles: The new season of this procedural drama opens with questions left over from last season (9 p.m. CBS). New Girl: After a woman (Zooey Deschanel) becomes the roommate of three guys (Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield and Damon Wayans Jr.)
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