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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.
June 21, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have finally revealed the name of their baby girl, according to several reports. And it's a doozy. The name is North, as in North West. (They may as well have named her Doozy...) PHOTOS: Oddly fantastic celebrity baby names TMZ cited  a birth certificate it obtained from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where the reality TV starlet, 32, and her Grammy-winning rapper boyfriend, 36, welcomed their child Saturday, several weeks earlier than her July 11 due date.
June 18, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
It was a graduation speech. Each fifth-grader at Burlingame's Lincoln Elementary gave one. They were allotted one minute to describe their favorite school memory. Some talked about their first teacher. Others talked about a recent field trip to the Hyatt. A blindingly hopeful 10-year-old named Casey Johnstone changed the subject, using his moment to speak for the blinding hope of generations. In the heart of San Francisco Giants country last Friday night, he stepped to the microphone in his bright blue shirt and talked about his love for the Dodgers.
June 14, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
PITTSBURGH - The Dodgers reacted with bemusement and amusement Friday after Major League Baseball issued eight suspensions to Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks personnel for their roles in a violent brawl during the teams' game Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. Aside from a clear disdain for Arizona pitcher Ian Kennedy - whose 10-game suspension they viewed as insufficient after he struck rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig in the face with a fastball and nearly did the same to pitcher Zack Greinke - the Dodgers seemed to get a kick out of what they viewed as an arbitrary set of punishments.
June 14, 2013 | By F. Kathleen Foley
Playwright Sarah Ruhl is a proven practitioner whose buoyantly surreal plays are moored by cosmically serious themes. Pulitzer-nominated in 2005, Ruhl's “The Clean House” exploited a comical situation -- a Latina domestic worker's quest for the perfect joke -- to explore larger issues of death and loss. And in “Eurydice,” recently seen in a stellar production at A Noise Within, Ruhl slanted the Greek myth of Eurydice and Orpheus into a moving story of undying paternal love -- Ruhl's moving valedictory to her own dead father.
June 6, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
A couple of would-be vanquishers of Earth opt instead to play bluegrass in a Brooklyn bar in the sweetly wacky caper "The History of Future Folk. " Building a decidedly low-fi origin story around a real-life musical duo, the movie could have made its points - war is bad; music is the universal language - in half the time. But the harmonies are sweet, the acoustic picking impressive. And if the matter of Planet Hondo's fate is more a thinly veiled showcase for the two-man band than an involving story, J. Anderson Mitchell and Jeremy Kipp Walker's ultra-low-budget sci-fi comedy delivers a few intergalactic laughs with down-to-earth warmth.
May 14, 2013 | By Jason La
J. Michael Elliott photographed these zebras at the Los Angeles Zoo on April 14. "On this particular day, this one zebra was unusually animated," said Elliott, a frequent visitor to the zoo. "I was excited by the dramatic lighting, interesting pose and her unique expressions, so I quickly took several photos. This one is my favorite. I'm not sure what prompted these expressions, but to me it looked like she was laughing at her own joke. " Elliott used a Canon EOS 7D. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers.
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