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January 15, 2009 | Michael Ordona
The king is in a new court. And it's like the junior high BMOC stumbling into the varsity locker room. "I was nervous about it because I'd worked with Adam [Sandler] before, and Will [Smith] before that, but . . . you know, I was sick of carrying those guys," says Kevin James of his lead in "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" with his cheerful deadpan. "I really felt connected to this character and wanted to make it the most physical thing I'd ever done.
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December 10, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Smile, Adam Sandler - the joke's on you! Or maybe the joke's on us, the collective moviegoing audience? Sandler leads Forbes' 2013 list of the most overpaid Hollywood actors, with "Jack & Jill" and "That's My Boy" as cases in point, illustrating the kind of product that served up only a $3.40 return on every star-salary dollar spent. ("Grown Ups 2" missed the cutoff.) Forbes assembles the top 10 list using data from Box Office Mojo combined with salary data found in its own annual Celebrity 100 list, which cuts off at June 2013.
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July 30, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
After being grilled about controversial past statements on immigration and climate change, former mayoral candidate Kevin James was confirmed as a new appointee to the Los Angeles Board of Public Works by the City Council. The council voted 11-0 on Tuesday to appoint James, a Republican, to the board, with some members saying deference should be given to Mayor Eric Garcetti, who nominated James, in picking commissioners. “The mayor has been elected, chosen by the people and he has a duty, obligation and right to make appointments,” said Councilman Gil Cedillo, one of those who pressed James about his stance on immigration reform.
NEWS
August 19, 2013 | By Robert Greene
When the Department of Water and Power tried to prevent City Hall from filling the utility's payroll and burdening its retirement fund with about 1,400 uninvited workers, was it standing up against securities fraud? Or simply throwing a “global hissy-fit tantrum”? It depends on how you view the DWP's role, and which former-mayoral-candidate-turned-current-mayoral-aide you believe. Well before the campaign, Jan Perry was a staunch crusader against DWP management, practices and, especially, rate hikes; the “tantrum” language was hers.
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July 13, 2012 | By Jim Newton
One of the tougher judgment calls in political reporting is giving the right consideration to unconventional candidates. Anyone can take out papers to run for mayor, for instance, but not all of them deserve the same attention and credit. In the case of the mayor's race this year, there are three declared candidates who clearly deserve coverage, if for no other reason than that they've proved their ability to run and win. City Council members Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry have won elections in their districts and hold public offices.
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July 12, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Friday named former rival Kevin James, who placed third in the March 5 primary election, to serve on the powerful Board of Public Works. James, a Republican radio host who campaigned aggressively for Garcetti in the run-up to the May 21 runoff election, was one of six new appointees announced by the newly installed mayor. Other public works commissioners announced by Garcetti are Matt Szabo, former deputy chief of staff to former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Barbara Romero, a planning commissioner under Villaraigosa; former Assemblyman Mike Davis, who represented part of South Los Angeles until last year; and Monica Rodriguez, an executive with the California Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2013 | By Jean Merl
Former mayoral candidate and radio talk show host Kevin James has endorsed Ron Galperin for Los Angeles city controller in the May 21 runoff. James is the second prominent Republican - former Mayor Richard Riordan was the first - to endorse Galperin, a Democrat, in the technically nonpartisan race. Galperin's opponent is City Councilman Dennis Zine, a former Republican now unaffiliated with a political party. “Ron clearly has the competence, honesty and independence needed to confront the many challenges facing the next controller,” James, a former federal prosecutor, said in a statement released by the Galperin campaign.
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February 24, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant and Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
First in a series of articles focusing on key periods in the lives of the mayoral hopefuls. If it weren't for paparazzi shooting topless photographs of actress Jennifer Aniston, Kevin James might never have become a talk radio show host - or gone on to run for mayor of Los Angeles. In an only-in-Hollywood tale, James got his first taste of talk radio in 2002, when he was representing Aniston and then-husband Brad Pitt in a lawsuit against adult magazine publishers who had run the racy photos.
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March 15, 2013 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
Kevin James' Los Angeles mayoral bid may have fallen short, but the long-shot candidate's third-place finish has given him newfound clout in the runoff between Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti. Eyeing the nearly 47,000 voters who supported James, both Democrats are actively seeking the Republican attorney's imprimatur. James had a two-hour dinner with City Councilman Garcetti last Saturday at Pace restaurant in Laurel Canyon. The previous day, he met for an hour and a half with City Controller Greuel in his Century City law office.
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October 23, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
It's not easy to out-charisma Kevin James, who has made a career of playing nice, non-threatening guys who manage to get the girl and save the day. But in "Here Comes the Boom," Bas Rutten steals the show. Rutten plays Niko, a former MMA fighter who trains James' character, biology teacher Scott Voss, as an MMA fighter so Voss can raise money to save the music program at his school. Rutten has several funny scenes in the movie, as he also teaches yoga and several other classes at the local gym. Oh, and Rutten sings during the movie, and his voice gives you a glimpse of why he went into MMA and not singing.
OPINION
August 3, 2013
Re "Public Works seat OKd for James," July 31 As one who voted for Republican Kevin James in L.A.'s mayoral election, I was surprised to see that now, needing a job in Mayor Eric Garcetti's administration, he finds the conservative views he espoused as a radio host evolving, as he told City Council members this week. And here I thought I was finally voting for a candidate who was honest. No wonder turnout in recent elections has been so low. Robert McArthur Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: Negotiating Mideast peace Letters: America's fortress mentality Letters: The Zimmerman case and the law
OPINION
August 3, 2013
Re "Flipping again for SoCal housing," July 29 As Americans, we've let ourselves be convinced that profit is sacred. We act as if anyone who can figure out a way to make money should be allowed to do it. But it's grossly immoral to deliberately drive up the cost of housing, especially here in California, where families struggle so desperately to pay the rent. We don't have to permit this housing frenzy nonsense to start again. Another bubble is forming. Are we going to sit back and let it happen?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2013 | By David Zahniser
The Los Angeles Board of Public Works voted Wednesday to make Kevin James its new president, the latest move in the formation of Mayor Eric Garcetti's administration. One day after he fielded questions from the City Council about controversial statements he made as a talk radio host, James was chosen unanimously to preside over the powerful five-member board, which oversees such matters as street maintenance, sidewalk repairs and trash pickup. The board is the only city commission with a full salary, paying members more than $136,000 annually.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
After being grilled about controversial past statements on immigration and climate change, former mayoral candidate Kevin James was confirmed as a new appointee to the Los Angeles Board of Public Works by the City Council. The council voted 11-0 on Tuesday to appoint James, a Republican, to the board, with some members saying deference should be given to Mayor Eric Garcetti, who nominated James, in picking commissioners. “The mayor has been elected, chosen by the people and he has a duty, obligation and right to make appointments,” said Councilman Gil Cedillo, one of those who pressed James about his stance on immigration reform.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
After being grilled about controversial past statements on immigration and climate change, former Los Angeles mayoral candidate Kevin James was confirmed Tuesday as a member of the powerful Board of Public Works, which is expected to play a key role in Mayor Eric Garcetti's effort to improve basic services. The City Council voted 11 to 0 on Tuesday to appoint James, a Republican, with some members saying deference should be given to Garcetti, who nominated James, in picking commissioners.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Adam Sandler hasn't had an easy time at the box office these last couple of years. The one-time king of comedy -- between 2002 and 2008 he had at least one $100-million grosser every year -- has struck out a lot more than he's made contact. His would-be “Tootsie” moment in “Jack and Jill” in the fall of 2011 elicited middling commercial results.  The porn-comedy “Bucky Larson,” his attempt at producing-only that same year, was a critical and commercial disaster, notching just $2.5 million and a resounding 0% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
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March 4, 2005 | From a Times staff writer
Kevin James, a former legal analyst and substitute host at KABC-AM (790), has been chosen to host the talk station's night-owl show, "Red Eye Radio," beginning Tuesday. James is a former assistant U.S. attorney who has hosted a morning show in Oklahoma City. On "Red Eye Radio," which airs Tuesdays through Saturdays from midnight to 5 a.m., he replaces Doug McIntyre, who now hosts the weekday morning show on KABC.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles mayoral candidate Kevin James on Tuesday accused rival Wendy Greuel of unlawfully using her position as city controller to advance her campaign for mayor. Greuel's newly released appointment calendars, James said, show an alarming abundance of campaign meetings and events during business hours, often with city staff assigned to attend. "If you review the city ethics code, you can find any number of violations as a result of these activities," James told reporters outside City Hall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Friday named former rival Kevin James, who placed third in the March 5 primary election, to serve on the powerful Board of Public Works. James, a Republican radio host who campaigned aggressively for Garcetti in the run-up to the May 21 runoff election, was one of six new appointees announced by the newly installed mayor. Other public works commissioners announced by Garcetti are Matt Szabo, former deputy chief of staff to former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Barbara Romero, a planning commissioner under Villaraigosa; former Assemblyman Mike Davis, who represented part of South Los Angeles until last year; and Monica Rodriguez, an executive with the California Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Friday named third-place mayoral candidate Kevin James to the powerful Board of Public Works - the latest appointment to go to a political supporter. James, a Republican radio host who campaigned aggressively for Garcetti in the run-up to the May 21 runoff election, was one of six new appointees announced by the newly installed mayor. He has already tapped former mayoral candidate Jan Perry, who also endorsed him in the campaign, to run a new economic development agency on an interim basis.
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