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June 28, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
Ted, the foul-mouthed animated star of Friday's R-rated buddy comedy of the same name, may smoke more marijuana than "Family Guy's" Peter Griffin, but the two sound awfully similar. Of course, both are voiced by writer-director Seth MacFarlane, so it's easy to understand why they are so alike. Or is it? MacFarlane also voices "Family Guy's" baby Stewie, the dog Brian, and the next-door neighbor Quagmire, and all three have completely different accents. MacFarlane said he tried to find a voice for Ted that would be distinct from Griffin's Rhode Island dialect, but was challenged by the task from the beginning.
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January 16, 2014 | By Robert Abele
Cloying and smug when it's not being unfunny and crass, the high school reunion comedy "Back in the Day" hits lows with a frequency that suggests a world-class sharp shooter or free-throw king. With every thudding gross-out gag or mistimed bit of sentimentality, writer-director-star Michael Rosenbaum's movie acts as if it deserves a high-five. Instead, this aggressively clichéd tale of Jim (Rosenbaum), a struggling Hollywood actor attending his Midwestern high school reunion, is about as entertaining as watching two guys vomit simultaneously, to name one of the movie's prouder moments of dreary raunch.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 4, 2003
MANY try to imitate Howard Stern, invariably without success ("King Stern's Legacy: He Launched the Raunch," by Brian Lowry, Jan. 1). Few understand the true reason for his popularity. It's not the raunchiness, vulgarity or mean-spiritedness. When I tune in, I hear real people speaking the way we do while among friends. To put that on the radio was a stroke of genius, in an industry defined by phoniness. Holden Caulfield would have been a loyal listener. Tony Elka Studio City ONE must agree -- irrespective of how distasteful the acceptance -- that Brian Lowry is absolutely correct that Howard Stern "launched the raunch."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2013 | By Annlee Ellingson
When Patrick Moote's girlfriend rejected his proposal on the Jumbotron at a UCLA basketball game, his mortification wasn't complete until later, in private, when she told him why: She wouldn't marry him because his penis was too small. So in "Unhung Hero," Patrick sets out to fix his problem, documenting the pumps, pills, exercises, accessories and procedures he's willing (and not willing) to endure to increase his penis size in full-on Morgan Spurlock mode. Director Brian Spitz's documentary travels the world asking the question, "Does size matter?"
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
On Sunday, Miley Cyrus became the latest in a long line of young women to take to the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards with the express purpose of stirring up controversy. And so far, the media have obediently complied, clutching their pearls en masse over her raunchy but otherwise mediocre performance -- one that made Britney Spears' snake-dancing seem like high art by comparison. With "The View" in repeats this week, however, the predictable chorus of outrage has been lacking a few critical voices.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2011 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
I love summer at the cinema, the prime season for serving up all the racy, bawdy, lewd and salty — served roasted or raw — by the purveyors of R-rated comedies and all those heavy-breathing PG-13 wannabes. But here's my beef: "Funny," as defined by Hollywood these days, is little more than a barrage of F-bombs and other indecent over-exposures that studios believe will ring up millions more at the box office. But easy, breezy, sleazy profit has come at a price — a creative crisis.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2010 | By BETSY SHARKEY, Film Critic
There is one particular question that has long bothered and befuddled some of our greatest minds -- Freudians, Jungians, Judd Apatowians, Seth Rogenians and other noted R-rated auteurs alike: Can an attractive female fall in love with, and I use the scientific term here, a schlub? It remains a huge philosophical debate of course, so props to "She's Out of My League" for wading, unapologetically and unafraid, into the fraught and frothy surf of the "I'm not worthy" genre of films.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2011 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
House of Holes A Book of Raunch Nicholson Baker Simon & Schuster: 262 pp., $25 Nicholson Baker wasn't kidding when he subtitled "House of Holes," his new novel, "A Book of Raunch. " Indeed, it's a bona fide filth-fest, so unrelentingly graphic that there's not much I can quote from it in this review. At the same time, there's an innocence to "House of Holes," which is (if such a thing is possible) a dirty book without prurience, intended less to titillate than to amuse.
NEWS
June 3, 1990
Good thinking on the parts of Nora Dunn and Sinead O'Connor for boycotting "Saturday Night Live" on May 12. I expected Andrew Dice Clay's tiresome raunch, but SNL writers and actors took the ball from him and ran with it. The show was greatly disrespectful toward women. I wish I had boycotted it too. Andrea E. Hennum, Torrance
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
Adults came out to the multiplex in droves this weekend, as two R-rated films - "Ted"and"Magic Mike" - dominated ticket sales. The weekend winner was "Ted," "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane's raunchy comedy starring Mark Wahlberg and a talking, potty-mouthed teddy bear. The movie collected a robust $54.1 million upon its debut, while Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike" started off with $39.2 million. The latter film, which stars Channing Tatum, is loosely based on the actor's brief stint as a stripper at age 18. Tyler Perry's "Madea's Witness Protection," meanwhile, opened with a solid $26.4 million - slightly ahead of the $25 million the director-actor-writer's last "Madea" film debuted with last summer.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 2013 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
"The right ring finger. ... No, THE LEFT RING FINGER!" It's minutes before sunrise at Westchester's Kerlan-Jobe sports medicine clinic and Johnny Knoxville has very nearly, accidentally, authorized orthopedic surgery on the wrong hand. His uninjured hand. A clinic administrator taking down Knoxville's information shakes her head in disbelief. Within the hour, the co-creator and breakout star of MTV's cultishly beloved series "Jackass" - and a trio of spinoff movies that have a combined gross of more than $335 million - will be under general anesthesia and no longer able to rectify any self-inflicted finger fiascoes.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
On Sunday, Miley Cyrus became the latest in a long line of young women to take to the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards with the express purpose of stirring up controversy. And so far, the media have obediently complied, clutching their pearls en masse over her raunchy but otherwise mediocre performance -- one that made Britney Spears' snake-dancing seem like high art by comparison. With "The View" in repeats this week, however, the predictable chorus of outrage has been lacking a few critical voices.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2013 | By Robert Abele
Susan Seidelman's "The Hot Flashes" is a post-"Bridesmaids" case of raunch lite, a change-of-life comedy that could have used a change of scripts. We're dropped into a suburban (and caricature-ridden) Texas town about to lose its mobile mammogram clinic to bankruptcy. It spurs menopausal go-getter wife/mom Beth (Brooke Shields) to corral a few of her peers - Wanda Sykes' uptight mayoral candidate, Camryn Manheim's pot-smoking biker chick, Virginia Madsen's chain-smoking divorcee and Daryl Hannah's closeted cowgirl - to play some charity basketball games against the high school girls' team.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
Adults came out to the multiplex in droves this weekend, as two R-rated films - "Ted"and"Magic Mike" - dominated ticket sales. The weekend winner was "Ted," "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane's raunchy comedy starring Mark Wahlberg and a talking, potty-mouthed teddy bear. The movie collected a robust $54.1 million upon its debut, while Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike" started off with $39.2 million. The latter film, which stars Channing Tatum, is loosely based on the actor's brief stint as a stripper at age 18. Tyler Perry's "Madea's Witness Protection," meanwhile, opened with a solid $26.4 million - slightly ahead of the $25 million the director-actor-writer's last "Madea" film debuted with last summer.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
"Magic Mike" was stripped of the top spot at the box office by a debaucherous teddy bear, as "Ted" dominated ticket sales at the multiplex this weekend. "Ted," an R-rated raunchfest from "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, debuted with a strong $54.1 million, according to an estimate from distributor Universal Pictures. "Magic Mike," loosely based on star Channing Tatum's own experience as a stripper, also overperformed with a robust opening of $39.2 million. Meanwhile, Tyler Perry's "Madea's Witness Protection" - the filmmaker's first movie to hit theaters during the summer - launched with a solid $26.4 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
Ted, the foul-mouthed animated star of Friday's R-rated buddy comedy of the same name, may smoke more marijuana than "Family Guy's" Peter Griffin, but the two sound awfully similar. Of course, both are voiced by writer-director Seth MacFarlane, so it's easy to understand why they are so alike. Or is it? MacFarlane also voices "Family Guy's" baby Stewie, the dog Brian, and the next-door neighbor Quagmire, and all three have completely different accents. MacFarlane said he tried to find a voice for Ted that would be distinct from Griffin's Rhode Island dialect, but was challenged by the task from the beginning.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2000
Unlike most of the so-called adult programming cable TV offers, "Sex and the City" actually is about sex: the complications, the vulnerability and the messiness ("An Outrageous Voice of Sex and the City," by Paul Brownfield, Sept. 6). The most remarkable and groundbreaking aspect of the series has been its ability to reintroduce the human touch to sex on TV. Who would have guessed that a show widely known for its raunch content would, in recent episodes, provide television's most honest and affecting depiction of the pain of adultery?
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2005 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
MAKING a risque comedy turns out to be a lot harder than it looks. It's more than merely cooking up enough off-color jokes to fill a couple of hours. The real challenge is paring down all that R-rated raunch so that an involving, practically G-rated romance can emerge. And so it was with "The 40 Year-Old Virgin," a comedy about hooking up -- or, more accurately, not hooking up.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Two very different trailers debuted on the same day in April for "Ted,"the new comedy movie starring Mark Wahlberg as a man whose best friend is a talking, cursing, sex-obsessed teddy bear. One that ran with the sweet R-rated "American Reunion" focused on Wahlberg cutting ties with his plush toy pal for the sake of a new girlfriend. It generated laughs from Ted's bad driving and the way he squeaks "I love you" when he's hugged. The other, shown alongside hard R-rated comedies such as "The Dictator," featured less emotion and got its laughs from bong hits, simulated oral sex and a song in which practically every third word is unprintable in a family newspaper.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 2011 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
In "The Sitter," it's hard to decide who is more to blame - the kids, the adults or the filmmakers. I'm going with the filmmakers as the folks most responsible for perpetrating this terribly unfunny and overwhelmingly raunchy film that stars the normally likable, or at least comically forgivable, Jonah Hill. He is neither here. I don't think it's a case of everyone simply going for the big bucks either. It's actually hard to figure out who "The Sitter" would appeal to, though I'm sure director David Gordon Green ("Pineapple Express")
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