Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsJoker
IN THE NEWS

Joker

FEATURED ARTICLES
NATIONAL
July 27, 2012 | By Ian Duncan
A Maryland man who called himself “a joker” and threatened to go on a shooting rampage at his office with an arsenal of weapons was committed to a hospital on mental health grounds, police said Friday. Police said the suspect, identified in a police warrant as Neil Edwin Prescott, was wearing a T-shirt that read “Guns don't kill people, I kill people” when he was initially interviewed by police this week. Prince George's County, Md., Police Chief Mark Magaw said at a news  conference that the suspect had made multiple threats to his colleagues by phone.
ARTICLES BY DATE
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Batkid -- the pint-sized cancer survivor who captured the nation's heart this month while “saving” San Francisco -- was called upon again Monday, this time to battle the Joker in New York City. On Nov. 15, 5-year-old Miles Scott lived out his dream of becoming a superhero on live television thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and thousands of volunteers who turned out to cheer him on. As he set out in San Francisco, his missions -- including busting the Riddler and saving the Giants' mascot -- turned into a national spectacle as news stations carried the footage live.  PHOTOS: Batkid to the rescue in San Francisco Even members of Congress issued video pleas for help, and President Obama offered kudos in a brief video: “Way to go Miles, way to save Gotham.” Miles has battled acute lymphoblastic leukemia since he was 20 months old. His cancer went into remission and, with his last round of chemotherapy in June, he said he wanted to be Batman.
Advertisement
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 2009 | Mark Milian
When cryptic posters portraying President Obama as the Joker from "The Dark Knight" began popping up around Los Angeles and other cities, the question many asked was: Who is behind the image? Was it an ultra-conservative grass-roots group or a disgruntled street artist going against the grain? Nope, it turns out, just a 20-year-old college student from Chicago. Bored during his winter school break, Firas Alkhateeb, a senior history major at the University of Illinois, crafted the picture of Obama with the clown makeup using Adobe's Photoshop software.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Shakira is not yet a mommy, no matter what her partner, Gerard Pique, might say. "Ya ha nacido nuestro hijo!" Pique wrote Thursday in his native Spanish on Twitter, announcing the "birth" of the couple's new son. "Estamos muy felices! Gracias a todos por vuestros mensajes!" (Roughly translated, that's, "We're very happy, thanks to everyone for the messages. ")  So, was it baby time? Not exactly. Just the father-to-be taking part in a little local tradition. Again tweeting in Spanish, the soccer player said 10 hours later (translated)
NATIONAL
July 20, 2012 | By Richard Simon and Richard A. Serrano
New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said that the suspected gunman at a Colorado showing of the latest Batman movie had painted his hair red and called himself the Joker, one of the villains populating the comic book world of Gotham. At a news conference, Kelly said he had been briefed about the attack, which occurred early Friday at a post-midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.” At least 12 people were killed and 59 injured in the rampage in Aurora, Colo. “It clearly looks like a deranged individual.
NATIONAL
July 27, 2012 | By Ian Duncan
A Maryland man who police say described himself as “a joker” and threatened to go on a shooting rampage at his former office appears to have worked at a facility that handles security for mail for the U.S. House of Representatives. Police said they foiled a plot by the man, identified in a search warrant as Neil E. Prescott of Crofton, Md., and raided his home early Friday morning. Officers said they found a cache of 25 guns, including semiautomatic rifles, pistols, shotguns and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 30, 1990
"Batman" Thompson: Sorry, pal. As I'm sure a much more famous Jack (as in Nicholson) would agree, you read for the wrong role. You're the Joker. RICHARD S. BORDEN Moorpark
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2009 | David Ng
There's nothing like a controversial political caricature to get people talking, blogging and tweeting. But when it comes to understanding those same cartoons -- as opposed to rehashing, reblogging and retweeting them -- context is key. The New Yorker magazine's infamous cover illustration of Barack and Michelle Obama in radical drag, bumping fists in the Oval Office as an American flag burns in the fireplace, is understood to be a parody of...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 1989
This is one fan who has not had a "change of heart" over the casting of Michael Keaton as Batman in the upcoming movie (Pat H. Broeske's "Man Behind the Mask," May 14). Keaton, as talented as he is, lacks the physical presence to make you believe he could intimidate criminals. Keaton isn't a wimp; he just doesn't project the toughness of a Sean Connery or Clint Eastwood. Jack Nicholson as the Joker, . . . well, maybe 15 years ago. The Joker is supposed to be very thin, something 'ole Jack hasn't been in a while.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2009 | associated press
Heath Ledger's family said Friday it was "proud and excited" by his posthumous Academy Award nomination, but that the recognition could not heal the pain caused by his untimely death. Exactly one year after he died from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs, Ledger was nominated for supporting actor for his portrayal of the Joker in the Batman movie "The Dark Knight." "To us . . . it seems like merely yesterday, and we are all still nursing broken hearts," Kate Ledger, the actor's sister, said in Australia.
NATIONAL
December 10, 2012 | By Jenny Deam
CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- The handling of a key piece of evidence in the Aurora movie massacre fell under scrutiny on Monday as defense attorneys raised the question of whether law enforcement officers were careless when they confiscated a notebook that might have detailed suspect James E. Holmes' plans in advance. An intriguing, even eerie, fact emerged about the notebook tied to the man who is accused of opening fire on a crowded theater showing a Batman movie: The notebook  has been stuffed with money that had been burned.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 2012
NPR to cover diversity National Public Radio, criticized in recent years over diversity of its staff and coverage, is using a $1.5-million grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to put together a six-person team to report stories on race, ethnicity and culture. NPR said Thursday that it would launch "a major storytelling initiative focused on the racial, ethnic, ideological and generational issues that define an increasingly diverse America. " The team will include two digital journalists, a correspondent, two reporters and an editor.
NATIONAL
August 1, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
A Maryland man who threatened to shoot up his workplace will be charged with misdemeanor telephone misuse because the state lacks the type of law necessary to charge him with a more serious offense, officials said Wednesday. Neil E. Prescott, 28, will remain hospitalized for psychiatric evaluation, Angela Alsobrooks, the state's attorney for Prince George's County, said at a televised news conference. Prescott could also face federal weapons charges. A onetime supervisor of Prescott told police last week that Prescott had referred to himself as "a joker" in telephone calls in which he threatened to shoot up a former workplace in Maryland.  TIMELINE: Mass shootings in the U.S. The calls came in the wake of the July 20 mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater.
NATIONAL
July 27, 2012 | By Ian Duncan
A Maryland man who called himself “a joker” and threatened to go on a shooting rampage at his office with an arsenal of weapons was committed to a hospital on mental health grounds, police said Friday. Police said the suspect, identified in a police warrant as Neil Edwin Prescott, was wearing a T-shirt that read “Guns don't kill people, I kill people” when he was initially interviewed by police this week. Prince George's County, Md., Police Chief Mark Magaw said at a news  conference that the suspect had made multiple threats to his colleagues by phone.
NATIONAL
July 27, 2012 | By Ian Duncan
A Maryland man who police say described himself as “a joker” and threatened to go on a shooting rampage at his former office appears to have worked at a facility that handles security for mail for the U.S. House of Representatives. Police said they foiled a plot by the man, identified in a search warrant as Neil E. Prescott of Crofton, Md., and raided his home early Friday morning. Officers said they found a cache of 25 guns, including semiautomatic rifles, pistols, shotguns and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
NATIONAL
July 20, 2012 | By Richard Simon and Richard A. Serrano
New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said that the suspected gunman at a Colorado showing of the latest Batman movie had painted his hair red and called himself the Joker, one of the villains populating the comic book world of Gotham. At a news conference, Kelly said he had been briefed about the attack, which occurred early Friday at a post-midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.” At least 12 people were killed and 59 injured in the rampage in Aurora, Colo. “It clearly looks like a deranged individual.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2008
August |Brothers fight to keep their start-up company afloat on Wall Street a month before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The Dark Knight |Batman returns in his crusade to clean up Gotham City but faces a new challenge: the Joker. Felon |A man is imprisoned for killing a man while protecting his fiancee and young child. The Grocer's Son |A coming-of-age story about a son who rediscovers life and love in the French countryside. Kenny |Kenny maintains Porta Potties and heads to the Pumper and Cleaner Expo.
NATIONAL
April 23, 2011 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
Of course this Las Vegas suburb would break an electoral tie with nothing more than a deck of cards. Nevada's press-your-luck culture stretches far beyond the video poker screens embedded in many bar tops. Its economy cratered when the Silver State wagered everything on the casino and construction industries. Ties in local elections? They're also left to fate. This stucco-and-asphalt city of more than 200,000 residents, once among the nation's fastest-growing, recently held a City Council primary that most voters blew off. The winner, Pamela Goynes-Brown, nabbed just 27% of ballots.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2010 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
The Jokers A Novel Albert Cossery, translated from the French by Anna Moschovakis NYRB Classics: 146 pp.,$14.95 paper A Splendid Conspiracy A Novel Albert Cossery, translated from the French by Alyson Waters New Directions: 216 pp., $14.95 paper Albert Cossery, who died in 2008 at age 94, ought to be a household name. He's that good: an elegant stylist, an unrelenting ironist, his great subject the futility of ambition "in a world where everything is false.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|