February 15, 2013 |
The modest charmer "Shanghai Calling" tells the story of a hotshot New York lawyer of Chinese descent (Daniel Henney) whose path to partnership means a three-month stint in Shanghai first. Sent to kick-start a satellite office and presumably facilitate deals because of his race, Sam Chao is primarily a hapless, aggressively Westernized, culture-impaired transplant who doesn't speak the language and doesn't care about fitting in. As a lead character, Sam makes for a nifty jumping-off point for writer-director Daniel Hsia's cross-cultural comedy about the fine line between expat and immigrant in the new global economy.
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February 14, 2013 |
Jeremiah MacKay was a regular at Liam's Irish Pub in Colton. He always had a pint of Guinness and a smile, said Yara Alves, the bar's owner. He had Irish roots, and he'd show up, guaranteed, every St. Patrick's Day wearing a kilt and bringing his bagpipe. "He never had anything sad or negative to say," Alves said. "It was as if he never had a bad day. " Alves choked up as she spoke about MacKay, 35, a San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy who was killed in a firefight Tuesday in an isolated area near Big Bear.
February 7, 2013 |
"Identity Thief" is a larcenous bit of funny business. It probably should be locked up for its crimes and misdemeanors against moviemaking. But its stars, Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, steal so many laughs from such improbable places that the bumps in this revenge/road trip farce can be mostly forgiven, though not forgotten. Directed by Seth Gordon, the film has the same R-rated tenor of his relatively horrible "Horrible Bosses" and his really dreary "Four Christmases. " More problematic, it has the same difficulty with the connective tissue - anything but the really funny stuff sags or is superfluous.
February 5, 2013 |
As the housing market collapsed in 2007, an analyst at Standard & Poor's composed a little tune for colleagues -- "Analyst D's" own version of "Burning Down the House" by the Talking Heads. The email, cited in the U.S. Justice Department's lawsuit against the ratings agency filed in Los Angeles late Monday, came in March 2007 after the analyst conducted a risk analysis of bonds packed with souring mortgages the previous year. "With apologies to David Byrne," the email began, "here's my version of 'Burning Down the House' Watch out Housing market went softer Cooling down Strong market is now much weaker Subprime is boi-ling o-ver Bringing down the house Hold tight CDO biz -- has a bother Hold tight Leveraged CDOs they were after Going -- all the way down, with Subprime mortgages Own it Hey you need a downgrade now Free-mont Huge delinquencies hit it now Two-thousand-and-six-vintage Bringing down the house.
February 1, 2013 |
Kimberly Bornstein stands blindfolded at the front of a small stage at Hollywood's Magic Castle. Behind her a man from the audience stares intently at a dollar bill in his hands while Bornstein's husband, Jeff, looks on. Slowly, Kimberly recites a list of numbers that comprise the serial number of the dollar bill. The man gasps and says something unprintable under his breath. This is the pinnacle of the Bornsteins' show "Mind Meld," which the celebrated mind-reading duo are performing for the next few weeks at Hollywood's Acme Comedy Theater.
January 30, 2013 |
Jason Alexander is bringing a bit of the Borscht Belt to Los Angeles. The "Seinfeld" star, who's a Tony-winning actor as well as artistic director of L.A.'s financially challenged Reprise Theatre Company, is directing a new comedy-musical revue based on the 1960s humor albums "You Don't Have to Be Jewish" and "When You're in Love the Whole World Is Jewish. " The albums, written by the comedy team Bob Booker and George Foster, feature sketches, short bits and songs that poke fun at Jewish culture.
January 7, 2013 |
An Ohio teenager videotaped laughing hysterically as he makes jokes for more than 12 minutes about the alleged rape of a 16-year-old girl is "ashamed and embarrassed" but had nothing to do with the criminal case that has roiled his small town, an attorney said Monday. The attorney, Dennis McNamara, described himself as a spokesman for the family of the 18-year-old, identified only as Michael. Michael has not been charged with a crime, but his comments and cackling laughter have helped catapult the Steubenville, Ohio, case to national attention.
January 6, 2013 |
The Transportation Security Administration wants you to know that crowds of airport screeners are not sitting around giggling at naked images of you. The TSA said such unprofessional behavior by officers who review images made by full-body scanners is unlikely because screeners sit alone in private rooms, trying to spot weapons hidden beneath clothes of screened passengers. “The resolution room is used only for the viewing of the images and is not a gathering place or break room for other officers as the officer viewing the images has to be focused in order to prevent any dangerous items from entering the airport,” the TSA said in an online post last week.
January 5, 2013 |
Bravo's "Real Housewives" franchise has inspired many things. Plastic surgery. Prenup agreements. Divorce. But on BET it's led to a new comedy series called "Real Husbands of Hollywood. " The series, which premieres Jan. 15, spoofs the long chain of "Housewives" programs and focuses on celebrity friends who hang out together, usually while their famous actress wives are working. The series stars Kevin Hart, Boris Kodjoe, Nick Cannon, J.B. Smoove, Robin Thicke and Duane Martin and, like the Bravo reality series, features a lot of screaming, cursing and fighting.
January 4, 2013 |
The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Miami and Beverly Hills will soon have some competition in the fighting ring of reality television. The "Real Husbands" are climbing into the arena, and they have their own scores to settle among each other. BET's "Real Husbands of Hollywood" spoofs the long chain of "Housewives" programs, and zeros in on celebrity friends who hang out together, usually when their famous wives are working. The semi-scripted series stars Kevin Hart, Boris Kodjoe, Nick Cannon, J.B. Smoove, Robin Thicke and Duane Martin, and like the Bravo series, features a lot of screaming, cursing and fighting.