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August 5, 2011 | By Steven Zeitchik and Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
For the first time in 45 years, Jerry Lewis will not be pleading for donations in front of a camera Labor Day weekend after he was abruptly dismissed as the host of the Muscular Dystrophy Assn.'s telethon, an event that drew attention to the childhood disease and in its heyday was an annual television highlight. The group said the 85-year-old legendary comedian would not appear on this year's telethon, and would no longer serve as its national chairman, a position he held for nearly 60 years.
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February 22, 2014 | By David Macaray
So Ellen DeGeneres is set to host the 86th Academy Awards next week. Nothing against her or, for that matter, Billy Crystal (who has hosted nine telecasts), Whoopi Goldberg (who has hosted four) or Steve Martin (who has done three), but when was it decided that this most glamorous awards show needed to be funny to sustain an audience? After all, it's not as if comedy so dominates the proceedings that only a professional comedian is worthy of hosting it. In fact, the opposite is true.
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August 12, 2013 | By John Horn
Even Jerry Lewis admits his unreleased 1970s Holocaust movie is “bad, bad, bad” - no minor fact because the 87-year-old comedian directed, wrote and starred in the film. Now, thanks to some leaked video, people can see how Lewis might have been right. A seven-minute report from a 1972 Danish television show about the making of “The Day the Clown Cried” surfaced recently, and based on that, the movie looks hammy and self-important at the same time. VIDEO: Upcoming summer films Shot more than 40 years ago, the movie stars Lewis, in one of his first serious turns as an actor, as a circus performer arrested by the Gestapo and thrown into a concentration camp.
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August 12, 2013 | By John Horn
Even Jerry Lewis admits his unreleased 1970s Holocaust movie is “bad, bad, bad” - no minor fact because the 87-year-old comedian directed, wrote and starred in the film. Now, thanks to some leaked video, people can see how Lewis might have been right. A seven-minute report from a 1972 Danish television show about the making of “The Day the Clown Cried” surfaced recently, and based on that, the movie looks hammy and self-important at the same time. VIDEO: Upcoming summer films Shot more than 40 years ago, the movie stars Lewis, in one of his first serious turns as an actor, as a circus performer arrested by the Gestapo and thrown into a concentration camp.
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May 23, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
CANNES, France - Jerry Lewis is premiering his new film - his first in 18 years - in Cannes on Thursday night, as the Daniel Noah-directed “Max Rose” plays for festgoers. But the octogenarian was creating a little in-person drama at the festival Thursday afternoon, when he let loose at a press conference with a barrage of hammy material that didn't always land. Wearing a bright red sweater, Lewis made noise from the moment he entered, hectoring an unseen person who was presumably in charge of audio at the press conference.
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September 13, 2012 | By Susan King
Hey lady!! Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor and sound designer Ben Burtt will be chatting with the one and only Jerry Lewis on Thursday evening at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. “Both Sides of the Camera: The Innovative Jerry Lewis,” presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Science and Technology Council, will examine the advances in technology Lewis made during his long film career. The following evening at the Goldwyn, Oscar-winning animator/animation historian John Canemaker will host “An Academy Salute to John and Faith Hubley.” The innovative animation team who were blacklisted in the 1950s earned three Academy Awards.
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December 17, 2011
Jerry Lewis: Method to the Madness infobox 12/17/11 'Jerry Lewis: Method to the Madness' Where: Encore When: 8 p.m. Saturday Rating: TV-PG (may be unsuitable for young children)
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August 4, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Thursday. Change of plans: You won't get get to see Jerry Lewis on the MDA telethon one last time this year. He's out of the organization completely. ( Huffington Post ) President Obama's 50th birthday party is looking as if it'll be decidedly unstarry. ( Los Angeles Times ) CNN's Piers Morgan and Paul McCartney's ex, Heather Mills, are having a phone-hacking spat of their own. ( Los Angeles Times ) Her Royal Highness, Kate, has gained entry into the International Best Dressed list.
OPINION
August 8, 2011
Lewis' contribution Re "Jerry Lewis ousted by MDA," Aug. 5 The Times mentions the strides made in muscular dystrophy research almost parenthetically to Jerry Lewis and the telethon. To be sure, the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. is more than a telethon and more than Jerry Lewis, but the great advances in treatment were due in no small measure to Lewis' efforts. The article quotes Lewis as saying, "Get the cure for muscular dystrophy, then I'm fine. " The fact is, his efforts and that of the MDA may well have led to just that.
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November 20, 1993
As a member of the audience at the same performance of "Jerry Lewis . . . Unlimited" that was reviewed in The Times on Oct. 23, I was surprised and disappointed by the negative review (" 'Jerry Lewis': Corny, Outdated, Slapshtick"). There is room in the world for many styles of entertainment, and Lewis is a master of his craft. I loved the show. What bothered me the most about the review is that Lawrence Christon neglected to mention that the audience that night was extremely receptive and enthusiastic.
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June 17, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
In recent years, the Muscular Dystrophy Assn.'s annual telethon has undergone dramatic transformations from its early days as a live Labor Day weekend broadcast spanning almost two days with an endless parade of stars, pleas for charity and the anything-goes antics of host Jerry Lewis. The hours were gradually reduced, and the most jarring change came in 2011 when the MDA abruptly ousted Lewis as host and national chairman without much explanation. The event continued without him, airing on local and cable stations, but lost much of its entertainment value, which had been tied to Lewis' unpredictable persona.
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May 24, 2013 | By John Horn
Given that he hasn't had a good joke since Eisenhower was in the White House, Jerry Lewis probably shouldn't have complained that he doesn't find female comedians funny. At a Cannes Film Festival news conference to tout his new film, “Max Rose,” the 87-year-old former telethon host said of women stand-ups, "It bothers me. I cannot sit and watch a lady diminish her qualities to the lowest common denominator. I just can't do that. " Even though Lewis' slapstick shtick makes him a Nobel Prize expert on lowest-common-denominator gags, it was a poorly timed complaint, given that a)
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May 23, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
CANNES, France - Jerry Lewis is premiering his new film - his first in 18 years - in Cannes on Thursday night, as the Daniel Noah-directed “Max Rose” plays for festgoers. But the octogenarian was creating a little in-person drama at the festival Thursday afternoon, when he let loose at a press conference with a barrage of hammy material that didn't always land. Wearing a bright red sweater, Lewis made noise from the moment he entered, hectoring an unseen person who was presumably in charge of audio at the press conference.
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October 13, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
A series in Sunday Calendar about what Times writers and contributors are listening to right now... In early 1964, Jerry Lee Lewis' career couldn't have been in worse shape. The Beatles had exploded on U.S. shores, igniting the British Invasion that rendered the seminal American rockers who preceded - and profoundly influenced - them virtually obsolete. In addition, Lewis was a pariah in many circles for having married his 13-year-old cousin Myra, leaving him off-limits to disc jockeys, TV show hosts, record company executives and many fans who had originally supported him a few years earlier when he was one of the prime architects of rock 'n' roll.
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September 13, 2012 | By Susan King
Hey lady!! Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor and sound designer Ben Burtt will be chatting with the one and only Jerry Lewis on Thursday evening at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. “Both Sides of the Camera: The Innovative Jerry Lewis,” presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Science and Technology Council, will examine the advances in technology Lewis made during his long film career. The following evening at the Goldwyn, Oscar-winning animator/animation historian John Canemaker will host “An Academy Salute to John and Faith Hubley.” The innovative animation team who were blacklisted in the 1950s earned three Academy Awards.
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April 26, 2012 | By Chris Willman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
You'd be hard-pressed to find a musical with less dramatic tension than "Million Dollar Quartet" anywhere this side of a "My Little Pony" touring show. The production that opened Tuesday at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts really just wants to let the good times roll, so you can be glad it devotes only about 10 minutes of its 105-minute running time to drumming up token conflicts between Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash and their visionary producer, Sam Phillips.
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June 20, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Comedian Jerry Lewis is back working the phones for his annual Labor Day telethon as he recuperates on his boat in San Diego after heart surgery, his manager said Monday. "He's recovering and already working on the telethon," his longtime manager, Claudia Marghilano, said about Lewis' benefit for the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. Lewis was released from a hospital Saturday after having surgery to insert a stent in an artery after a June 11 heart attack, she said.
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May 24, 2013 | By John Horn
Given that he hasn't had a good joke since Eisenhower was in the White House, Jerry Lewis probably shouldn't have complained that he doesn't find female comedians funny. At a Cannes Film Festival news conference to tout his new film, “Max Rose,” the 87-year-old former telethon host said of women stand-ups, "It bothers me. I cannot sit and watch a lady diminish her qualities to the lowest common denominator. I just can't do that. " Even though Lewis' slapstick shtick makes him a Nobel Prize expert on lowest-common-denominator gags, it was a poorly timed complaint, given that a)
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December 17, 2011
Jerry Lewis: Method to the Madness infobox 12/17/11 'Jerry Lewis: Method to the Madness' Where: Encore When: 8 p.m. Saturday Rating: TV-PG (may be unsuitable for young children)
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December 17, 2011 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
Earlier this month, in a plush aisle seat, Jerry Lewis watched much of his professional life flash before his eyes. Clutching a water bottle, the 85-year-old entertainer's eyes were riveted on the huge screen of Paramount Studio's main theater as a younger version of himself mugged, mimed, spun, wreaked havoc and generally made a fool of himself. Lewis was attending the premiere of Encore's "Jerry Lewis: Method to the Madness," a feature-length tribute to the funnyman and filmmaker that debuts Saturday on the premium cable channel.
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