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September 24, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Grace Bradley Boyd, an actress who came to Hollywood as a Paramount contract player in the early 1930s but abandoned her career after marrying the love of her life, William "Hopalong Cassidy" Boyd, has died. She was 97. Boyd, the keeper of the "Hoppy" flame after the death of her western movie-hero husband of 35 years in 1972, died of age-related causes on her birthday Tuesday at her home in Dana Point, said Jane Mak, a longtime close friend. As Grace Bradley, Boyd appeared in 35 films, including "Too Much Harmony," starring Bing Crosby; "The Big Broadcast of 1938," with W.C. Fields and Bob Hope; and "Come on Marines" with Richard Arlen and Ida Lupino.
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BUSINESS
April 3, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn and Chris O'Brien
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - Silicon Valley, with its influence and economic clout soaring to all-time highs, is having its pop culture moment. But the stream of movies, books, even a reality TV show spotlighting nerdy start-up culture have all been widely panned locally as cheap caricatures. With Sunday's kickoff of Mike Judge's "Silicon Valley" comedy series on HBO, the geeks here say Hollywood finally gets them - even as it mocks them. "It was like watching a bizarro version of your own reality," said Tesla Motors Chief Executive Elon Musk, after the Silicon Valley premiere Wednesday night at this city's historic Fox Theatre, where stars of the show walked the red carpet and the tech glitterati came out in force.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2011
Goldie Hawn The first breakout star of the comedy-variety series, Hawn was the show's loopy hippie who would giggle and often flub her lines. Hawn won the supporting actress Oscar for 1969's "Cactus Flower. " Henry Gibson The late actor was best known on the show as "The Poet" ? complete with Nehru jacket and an artificial flower ? and a Catholic priest zinging one-liners. He gave a powerful dramatic turn as a famous country-western singer in Robert Altman's 1975 film "Nashville.
OPINION
March 24, 2014 | By Carol Starr Schneider
Even in the emergency room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at 5 a.m., while waiting to be seen after a fall, my 92-year-old dad knew a straight line when he heard one. "Are you comfortable?" a nurse asked, propping him up with a pillow. "I make a living," he said without missing a beat. My father, Ben Starr, was the son of immigrants who fled Russia with their senses of humor intact, and he put that cultural inheritance to good use throughout his life. Growing up in Brooklyn, he was known as "Peanut" because of his size.
NEWS
December 11, 2011 | By Maeve Reston
A day after the GOP candidates met for a fiery debate in Des Moines, Mitt Romney shrugged off criticism of the $10,000 bet he tried to make with Rick Perry on Saturday night. Romney did not mention what was widely viewed as a damaging gaffe during a town-hall-style meeting with New Hampshire voters Sunday. But he was prepared with a line when asked by a reporter whether he regretted the bet because of its potential to reinforce the impression that he is out of touch with average voters.
BUSINESS
April 17, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The West Hollywood home of actor Alan Sues, who portrayed several wacky characters on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" starting in the late 1960s, is on the market at $1.175 million. The Spanish-style house, built in 1927, is entered through a gated courtyard with a fountain. The 1,830 square feet of living space includes a wood-beam ceiling in the living room, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The backyard contains a koi pond, a gazebo and a brick patio. Sues, who died in December at 85, appeared onstage and in film as well as television.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2011 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Alan Sues, the actor best known as a flamboyantly campy regular on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" in the late 1960s and early '70s, has died. He was 85. Sues died Thursday night while watching television at his home in West Hollywood, said Michael Gregg Michaud, a longtime friend. "He had been in failing health the last couple of years, but it was nothing you could put your finger on; just old age," said Michaud. "Mentally, he was funny and 'on' as usual. He was a delightfully funny man, with a wonderful career that spanned six decades.
OPINION
December 22, 2011 | Meghan Daum
As fans of the late Christopher Hitchens cycle through the five stages of grief, it's interesting to see which of his opinions can still inspire the kind of anger that is unlikely to ever fade into acceptance. There are, of course, the obvious candidates: his characterization of Bill Clinton as "a rapist" or his vilification of Mother Teresa as "a fanatic, a fundamentalist, and a fraud. " There is also his oh so chivalrous shout-out to the Dixie Chicks, whom he called "fat slugs" (or "slags" or "sluts" depending on your source)
NEWS
February 25, 1998
I would just like to thank you for the joy that the jokes in "Punch Lines" bring me each day. If I am sad, it really makes me laugh. SALLY ANNE HOOFE Los Angeles
NEWS
July 31, 2003
Re "Heat, J. Lo, Ben: Enough's Enough," by Paul Brownfield (July 24): I've been assuming it was pronounced "G-Glee" and was actually about jeans. But then, I live in the Valley where apparently we haven't any dew point at all. Anyway, I got a good laugh from Paul Brownfield's piece. Glen Doll Burbank
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
Some filmmakers want to show you their heart, while others are content to train their cameras on their navels. Director-writer-star Kevin Hamedani opts for the latter category with his quasi-autobiographical buddy comedy "Junk," an insular, fitfully amusing look at the film festival world from the perspective of two novice screenwriters. Hamedani and his co-writer and costar Ramon Isao made the political B-movie "Zombies of Mass Destruction. " In "Junk," they play fictionalized versions of themselves - Kaveh and Raul, feuding writing partners who collaborated on the political B-movie "Islama-Rama 2: Mustafa Lives" and need to produce another screenplay on the quick to impress a powerful Japanese genre producer Yukio Tai (James Hong)
SPORTS
February 21, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - Sandy Koufax was struck in the head by a line drive Friday morning, but walked out of the Dodgers' spring-training complex a few hours later with a smile on his face. "I'm fine," Koufax said. The Hall of Famer was watching rookie right-hander Ross Stripling warm up in the bullpen at one of the practice fields when he was hit by a foul ball off the bat of Andre Ethier . "I never saw it," Koufax said. "It's one that has your name on it in the morning. " Koufax, 78, is in the camp as a special instructor.
SPORTS
February 21, 2014 | By Dan Loumena, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
U.S. luge star Kate Hansen and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel pulled off a hoax -- a wolf supposedly walking down the hallway in a dorm at the Sochi Olympics -- that created a worldwide stir, but a spokesman for the International Olympic Committe took the prank in stride. Hansen allowed Kimmel to post the video on her Twitter account. It was actually a wolf wandering down a hallway that was fabricated at Kimmel's studio to look like the U.S. dorms at the Olympic Village in Sochi, Russia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Los Feliz was buzzing Sunday afternoon as crowds of people lined up for hours to grab a cup of coffee from, uh, Dumb Starbucks. The mock store, which quietly opened Friday, is nearly identical to a typical Starbucks location, with tumblers and CDs, including "Dumb Jazz Standards," on display - but not for sale. Drinks are served in cups that mock the Seattle coffee giant's logo, while pastries are pulled from display cases straight in their Vons' packaging. The menu features such offerings as Dumb Iced Coffee, Dumb Frappuccinos and Wuppy Duppy Latte.
SPORTS
January 19, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Tom Lasorda recycles more stories than Reader's Digest, but that doesn't mean he still can't come up with a fresh gem. Saturday night at the annual Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation dinner, he was presenting the Tommy Lasorda Managerial Achievement Award to San Francisco's Bruce Bochy when he got off a good one. “When I said my prayers last night, first I asked God for forgiveness,” Lasorda said. “I said, 'Dear Lord, I'm going to have to give a trophy to ... a Giant.'" Bochy, however, was more than up to the task of receiving his award from Lasorda.
SPORTS
January 18, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
BROOKLYN AT NEW YORK: Monday, 11:30 a.m. PST. TV: ESPN. The Nets and Knicks must have tired of seeing themselves on "Late Show" top-10 lists. They're starting to play better basketball after dreadful starts that provided daily fodder for comedy writers. Brooklyn has won six of its last seven games and actually would make the playoffs if they started Sunday (though that says more about the awful Eastern Conference than the mediocre Nets). New York has won six of its last 10, including victories over Miami and San Antonio, while shrugging off the quirks of Shoelace Bandit J.R. Smith.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2001
U.S. politicians and the news media delight in criticizing Asia for dictatorships, single-party political systems, human rights, etc., a la American style. Two of the most populous countries in Asia, Indonesia and the Philippines, have women presidents now. Asia can laugh at the U.S. civil rights/human rights, a la Asian style. Will the laugh last 100 years? Steve Lau Huntington Beach
NEWS
June 24, 1990
This letter is being sent in response to the premature and immature comment printed on May 27 about "In Living Color." Keenen Ivory Wayans is a genius in his own right. He can create a great skit and then make people laugh. Instead of putting the man's work down, I believe we should thank him. In today's society, we need laughter. Wanda Broome, Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Robert Abele
The gurgling caldron of Z-grade schlock that has always been outlier film company Troma's point of pride is on full display in the vigorously offensive comedy "Return to Nuke 'Em High Volume 1. " Part sequel, part update and, well, part part - Volume 2 is to come - this movie revisits the environmental satire of Troma's 1986 "Class of Nuke 'Em High," but replaces that era's nuclear hazard riffing with modern-day fears about contaminated food....
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
I don't speak a word of Russian. But I've come to believe some sort of strange symbiosis exists between the language of Tolstoy and the language of Shakespeare. Russia gave birth to that master of English-language prose named Vladimir Nabokov. Half a century later, another writer who grew up with Cyrillic characters is gleefully writing American English as vivid, original and funny as any that contemporary U.S. literature has to offer. That writer is Gary Shteyngart, who wrote three excellent novels propelled by his ecstatic voice.
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