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August 15, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
For a disorganized film that has trouble deciding what it's about, "When Comedy Went to School" can be a lot of fun. Nominally the story of why the resorts of New York state's Catskill Mountains witnessed the birth of modern stand-up comedy, this documentary is best when it sticks to footage of those very funny comics, either being interviewed or doing bits. Erratically created by directors Mevlut Akkaya and Ron Frank and screenwriter Lawrence Richards, "When Comedy Went to School" certainly knows who's funny.
August 10, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Life is so good to the Dodgers these days that they can laugh at their mistakes. Actually, life is better than that. The Dodgers can hold a ceremony to laugh at their mistakes. And so it was that, after Saturday's 5-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, the Dodgers gathered in their clubhouse so that Adrian Gonzalez could present Juan Uribe with third base, the very base upon which Uribe was not standing when the Rays fooled him with the hidden-ball trick. BOX SCORE: Dodgers 5, Rays 0 "You can do those things when you're winning," infielder Nick Punto said.
August 7, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
Writer Dan Mazer, a longtime Sacha Baron Cohen collaborator, brings his taste for the comedy of discomfort to the rom-com realm in "I Give It a Year. " The jaundiced sentiment of the title hints at an inside-out reworking of the happily-ever-after formula. But instead of subversion, Mazer's first outing as a feature director offers only a tweak of genre conventions. He does achieve an above-average share of laugh-out-loud moments - welcome compensation in a romp that grows more forced with every turn.
August 6, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Talk about unlikely pen pals. The ongoing carriage dispute between CBS Corp. and Time Warner Cable, which has left CBS-owned TV stations dark in Los Angeles, New York and elsewhere, has the two company's chief executives trading and leaking to the media pointed letters about the failed negotiations and who is to blame. On Monday, Time Warner Cable's Glenn Britt   sent a letter to CBS' Les Moonves proposing , among other things, to make CBS an a la carte channel - in other words, letting pay-TV subscribers choose whether to pay for it. PHOTOS: Cable versus broadcast ratings On Tuesday, Moonves sent his expected response: Not a chance.
August 6, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Let's start with the story behind "We're the Millers," the new comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis. The writers of the very funny "Wedding Crashers," Bob Fisher and Steve Faber, came up with the idea and wrote the first drafts of "The Millers," about a small-time drug dealer who uses a fake family as cover for one major score. Sean Anders and John Morris, who crafted "Hot Tub Time Machine" - also funny, also raunchy - finished the script. What's mystifying is why anyone thought combining these two writing teams' sensibilities made sense.
August 4, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Mark Sanchez, the veteran New York Jets quarterback embroiled in a battle to be the starter with rookie Geno Smith, finally caught a break at training camp in Cortland, N.Y., on Saturday after getting booed by fans. The former USC star from Orange County threw a 57-yard touchdown pass at the end of a scrimmage and then had cornerback Antonio Cromartie get his back after it. Sanchez, who had a pass intercepted by Cromartie earlier in the scrimmage, stumbled and fell when untouched on a play.
July 25, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Tommy Chong thinks the controversy over his daughter Rae Dawn using a racial slur to describe Oprah Winfrey should just go up in smoke.  Earlier this month, former "The Color Purple" costar Rae Dawn Chong kicked up a fuss when she called the queen of talk TV a "field [n-word]" and a "fat" "ugly" "bee-yotch. " But now her 75-year-old dad -- half of the popular 1970s reefer-smoking comedy team of Cheech & Chong -- is downplaying the whole thing. "Knowing Oprah, she would probably read it and just chuckle and probably agree with Rae Dawn ... she probably would be working in the field," Chong told TMZ in a video interview.
July 16, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Prepare to laugh a lot more on Catalina Island this summer. The Laugh Factory Comedy Club in Hollywood is bringing its brand of stand-up comedy to the elegant Catalina Country Club in Avalon this summer. Shows run at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. every Friday through Aug. 30 at the club's courtyard. Tickets cost $30 per person, $40 for VIP entry (which guarantees you a table seat) plus a two-drink minimum. Guests have access to a full bar and dining menu during the shows. You can purchase tickets online , at any Santa Catalina Island Co. ticket booth on the island, and at the Pavilion Hotel and the Hotel Atwater . And there's more to the emerging nightlife scene on the island too. Weekend Beach Parties at the Descanso Beach Club in Avalon, where a live DJ and full bar are featured from 2 to 5 p.m., are held Saturday and Sunday afternoons in July and August.
June 26, 2013 | By Amy Nicholson
On the eve of his wedding, the unnamed Man (Adam Brody) of "Some Girl(s)" embarks on a cross-country tour to apologize to his exes. But the fiction writer and former cad is still a cad, a narcissistic coward who can't just shut up and let each girl protect her dignity by pretending he's forgiven. Once he's prodded them to cry, rage or exact revenge, he blithely heads to the next town to bungle another big moment. What's the motivation of this self-described "fearless cartographer of the soul"?
June 23, 2013 | By Dana Ferguson
"The Conjuring," a horror thriller by James Wan, conjured up more laughs than screams or shivers Friday night at its premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival. It seemed as though the audience had either attended the reception prior to the screening and enjoyed one too many cocktails or was attempting to disguise its terrible discomfort and fear as laughter. Wan addressed the laughter afterward by saying the audience should imbibe a little less prior to seeing his films. But he said he was glad people had enjoyed the film.
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