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October 28, 2009 | Scott Glover
Alex Kozinski, chief judge of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, has apologized for having maintained an e-mail "gag list" in which he distributed crude jokes and other humorous material, according to an opinion made public Tuesday. Kozinski was admonished earlier this year in a separate case for being "judicially imprudent" and "exhibiting poor judgment" by placing sexually explicit photos and videos on an Internet server that could be accessed by the public. The opinion released Tuesday by the Judicial Council of the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals said the investigation into the gag list was concluded after Kozinski said he had stopped e-mailing the jokes and "apologized for any embarrassment to the federal judiciary."
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
"How you doin', baby?" Marlon Wayans said, leaning down to kiss a doll on the lips. The toy, a prop from Wayans' latest movie, "A Haunted House 2," was propped up in a chair across the table from the actor at a stuffy Beverly Hills restaurant. The doll, named Abigail, was meant to resemble a creepy figurine from 2013's "The Conjuring": Both shared the same dead green eyes, sooty peasant dress and pigtail braids. Wayans, 41, has long been known for his outrageous comic taste. He dressed as a Caucasian female FBI agent in "White Chicks" and has been poking fun at the horror genre for years, launching the hit "Scary Movie" parody franchise in 2000.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2014 | Nardine Saad
Kids, in the spring of 2014, "How I Met Your Mother" aired its final episode, and part of its legacy may be its knack for long-running gags.  See, the genius behind the CBS comedy wasn't just the nonlinear storytelling, but the writers' way of weaving inside jokes and recurring story lines to sometimes deliver a humorous slap to the face stronger than Marshall's storied slap of a thousand suns. With "How I Met Your Mother" having come to a close Monday and Ted (Josh Radnor) having revealed how he meets the titular mother of his two children (and what shockingly happened after that)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The extremely likable Tyler Labine, whose constitutional buoyancy has kept him bobbing back into view even as the ships beneath him ("Mad Love," "Sons of Tucson," "Animal Practice," the relatively long-lived - two seasons! - "Reaper") go one after another to the bottom, is now the star of "Deadbeat," a new paranormal stoner comedy on Hulu. He is, in that respect - to get a little inside for a sentence - the David Walton of Actors Who Are Regularly Compared to Jack Black, whom he resembles in shape, beardedness and a certain rockitude.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2009 | BETSY SHARKEY, FILM CRITIC
Ever wonder what would happen if you locked some screenwriters in a room with a history of man, an Old Testament, some really potent pot and a tape recorder? Ever wonder what would happen if that were made into a movie? "Year One," the new buddy comedy starring Jack Black and Michael Cera, seems to be trying to answer these burning questions in this turn-back-the-clock, take-a-look-at-our- ancestors fable with fart jokes.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2012 | By David C. Nichols
English pantomime comes to Pasadena with a sitcom wink, a Top 40 backbeat and enough topical in-jokes to make Jon Stewart woozy in “A Snow White Christmas.” This larky take on the classic fairy tale, which opened at the Pasadena Playhouse on Wednesday, isn't exactly high art, but that won't hinder the enjoyment of undemanding audiences. The brainchild of Lythgoe Family Productions -- son Kris wrote the script, mom Bonnie directs and paterfamilias Nigel turns up in a video cameo -- “Snow White” seeks to Americanize the essentials of the panto tradition.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Selfies are great, particularly yours. But wouldn't they be better if they could be used as your and your loved ones' Gmail inbox background pictures? That's what Google thinks. To lead into one of its jokes for April Fools' Day 2014, Google is jumping on the selfie bandwagon by letting users upload their self-portraits to use as Gmail inbox themes. The company is also letting users share these themes with one another. They're shareable selfies, or as Google likes to call them, "Shelfies.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2013 | By Chris Lee
In his widely panned bow as Oscars host, “Family Guy” and “American Dad!” creator Seth MacFarlane lived up to his reputation for transgressive frat-boy humor by biting the proverbial hand that feeds. He attempted to bag on just about every A-list actor and Hollywood heavyweight within his sightline at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday night in a performance that, nonetheless, many observers found boring while also failing to live up to the host's usual standard of crassness. “MacFarlane was occasionally crude and mildly offensive; unfortunately, he wasn't very funny,” Mary McNamara observed in The Times.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Monday. Miley Cyrus laughed about being a "stoner," but a rep says it was only a joke. ( Access Hollywood ) Christian Bale says "The Dark Knight Rises" is his last go-round as Batman. ( Los Angeles Times ) Chaz Bono finally got an engagement ring for his fiancee, Jennifer Elia. ( Los Angeles Times ) Director Ken Russell has died. Right now, the angels are cavorting naked. ( Los Angeles Times ) Now you can own actual Dunder-Mifflin paper from "The Office.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Jay Leno worked in some jabs at his bosses at NBC and its corporate parent Comcast on Monday's "Tonight Show," the first show taped since the late-night program had to lay off roughly two dozen employees and Leno himself took a pay cut. Leno kicked off the program telling the audience, "Welcome to 'The Tonight Show,' or as Comcast calls us, 'The Expendables!'" He continued, "As you may have heard, our parent company has downsized 'The Tonight Show.' And we've been consistently No. 1 in the ratings.
SPORTS
April 1, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
DeMarcus Cousins has never worried about getting too technical. The temperamental Sacramento Kings center devised what could have been the perfect April Fools' joke, retweeting a cover picture of his debut R&B album “Misunderstood” under the stage name - how cool is this? - Boogie Smooth. The album was set to include the single “Emotional” with Chance The Rapper. Everything seemed perfectly plausible for someone who leads the NBA with 15 technical fouls and doesn't like to schmooze after games with the Clippers.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2014 | Nardine Saad
Kids, in the spring of 2014, "How I Met Your Mother" aired its final episode, and part of its legacy may be its knack for long-running gags.  See, the genius behind the CBS comedy wasn't just the nonlinear storytelling, but the writers' way of weaving inside jokes and recurring story lines to sometimes deliver a humorous slap to the face stronger than Marshall's storied slap of a thousand suns. With "How I Met Your Mother" having come to a close Monday and Ted (Josh Radnor) having revealed how he meets the titular mother of his two children (and what shockingly happened after that)
BUSINESS
March 31, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Selfies are great, particularly yours. But wouldn't they be better if they could be used as your and your loved ones' Gmail inbox background pictures? That's what Google thinks. To lead into one of its jokes for April Fools' Day 2014, Google is jumping on the selfie bandwagon by letting users upload their self-portraits to use as Gmail inbox themes. The company is also letting users share these themes with one another. They're shareable selfies, or as Google likes to call them, "Shelfies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
A Los Angeles County sheriff's candidate who is currently one of the department's highest-ranking officials was chastised for using a mock ethnic accent during a joke phone call played at a retirement party, internal sheriff's records show. In the 2010 incident, a recording of which was obtained by The Times, Assistant Sheriff James Hellmold calls a station watch commander, and appears to imitate a vaguely South Asian accent. He criticizes the watch commander while mispronouncing words in a sing-songy rambling rant, according to the recording.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
In his new rapid-fire spelling-bee comedy, "Bad Words," Jason Bateman opens his mouth in more ways than one. When a young Indian boy is talking too much, his 40-year-old spelling-bee contestant, Guy Trilby, tells the boy to "point his curry hole" in another direction. When a chubby kids calls him a weirdo, he fires back, "Your chair called me for help. " Some of his vicious quips are funny; others less so. But the pleasures in "Bad Words" aren't the jokes themselves. It's the idea of the jokes - or, more specifically, the idea that someone can make jokes that others won't.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier understands the art and craft of making movies, the power the form is capable of combined with the skill and means to achieve it, about as well as anyone working in the world today. He also seems to believe in cinema as an apparatus for the creation of bad feelings, a means for exploring the bleakest of human emotions and the darkest corners of our souls. Lucky us? Even the title of his latest film, "Nymphomaniac: Volume 1," seems some odd combo of put-on and provocation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2013 | By Steve Marble
Just past sundown the kids, the punks, the surf rats swarmed up Main Street in Huntington Beach and decided - well, what the heck - let's riot. Shirtless and clad in board shorts, they taunted the police. One guy grabbed a stop sign and plunged it through a bike shop window and then raised his arms as if celebrating a fourth-quarter touchdown. They set fires, smashed a defenseless news rack and tipped over portable toilets, one poor occupant actually spilling onto the street.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi
Los Angeles County sheriff's officials are trying to figure out how a comedian who unleashed a string of racist and raunchy jokes was hired to entertain at a law enforcement event Wednesday. "It's a lesson learned," said sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore. "It's not gonna happen again. " Many in the crowd at the Sheriff's Day Luncheon on Wednesday, estimated to be between 600 and 700 people, were dressed in their uniforms, including Sheriff Lee Baca, who thanked comedian Edwin San Juan with a plaque after the off-color performance.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2014 | By David Ng
Adele Dazeem was a big hit at the Academy Awards when she sang "Let It Go" from the Oscar-winning Disney animated movie "Frozen. " And now the exotically named actress will be headlining a Broadway musical. In a social media joke circulating on Twitter, a fake playbill notice for the Broadway musical "If/Then" states that its star, Idina Menzel, will be replaced by her alter-ego, Adele Dazeem. The notice says that Dazeem's previous Broadway credits include the musicals "Nert" (i.e.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2014 | By John Horn
Was it ultimately a race about race? The best picture Oscar is meant to honor the year's greatest achievement in film, and "12 Years a Slave" had no shortage of supporters before winning the top honor Sunday. But for all the film's artistry, the undercurrent of many "12 Years a Slave" conversations hinged on race and how Hollywood has for decades given short shrift to one of the most inglorious chapters in the nation's history. The film's distributor anchored its awards campaign around the line "It's time," easily interpreted as an attempt to exhort members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences into voting for the movie because it was the right thing to do. FULL COVERAGE: Oscars 2014  |  Complete list of winners The film's director, British filmmaker Steve McQueen, said repeatedly during the long awards season that Hollywood appeared more comfortable making Holocaust movies than slavery stories.
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