January 30, 2012 |
Manny, Moe & Jack are going private: Aftermarket auto parts chain Pep Boys is selling itself to Los Angeles investment firm Gores Group for $791 million in cash. Expansion-minded Pep Boys executives say the total enterprise value of the deal is about $1 billion. The $15-per-share price reflects a 24% premium on Pep Boys' Friday closing price of $12.08. Philadelphia-based Pep Boys, which has benefitted from a trend of drivers holding on to their existing cars rather than buying new ones, watched its stock jump 23% to nearly $15 during midday trading Monday.
September 20, 2011 |
Would Homer Simpson sell his house to Moe Szyslak, Apu, Chief Wiggum or Comic Book Guy? Dan Castellaneta , the voice of Homer on "The Simpsons," has done just that, selling to Hank Azaria , who voices those characters and more on the 22-season-and-counting animated sitcom. Castellaneta and his wife, television writer Deb Lacusta , sold their Pacific Palisades home of five years for $5.5 million. Azaria is downsizing from a 9,000-square-foot home in Bel Air with seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms that he sold earlier this month for $11,065,000.
September 11, 2011 |
Hank Azaria, 47, drops the funny accents to play a guy who looks suspiciously like himself in the new NBC comedy "Free Agents," based on the British series of the same name. Kathryn Hahn costars as his character's coworker and the other half of an on-again, off-again couple. How did this come about? Who went after whom? [Executive producers] John Enbom, Karey Burke and Todd Holland said, "Do you want to do this?" I was very on the fence because of the schedule — it's a very rough job. Half-hour one-camera shows, if you're the lead in it?
March 26, 2009
Stooges film: MGM says it has lined up recent Oscar winner Sean Penn to play Larry in a Farrelly brothers movie about the Three Stooges. The roles of Curly and Moe haven't been cast yet, but Jim Carrey is reported to be in negotiations.
July 8, 2008 |
Kevin O'Keefe has a thing or two to say about the average citizen. The average American can name all Three Stooges but not all three branches of the federal government. He lives within three miles of a McDonald's, he has no ambition to be famous and he prefers whole milk to other kinds. And O'Keefe, author of "The Average American: The Extraordinary Search for the Nation's Most Ordinary Citizen," is just warming up.
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July 1, 2008 |
More couch potato than jungle swinger, Moe the chimp used to relax by watching animal shows at home on TV rather than romping through rain forests. That's why his owners were frantic Monday to find the 42-year-old chimpanzee raised in captivity who apparently disappeared from a refuge into San Bernardino County's mountains. A West Covina celebrity for decades, Moe is said to have been rescued from Tanzanian poachers in 1967 by St. James Davis.