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August 28, 2011 |
Author and folklorist Stetson Kennedy, who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan six decades ago and exposed its secrets but decades later was criticized for appearing to exaggerate his exploits, died Saturday at a medical center near St. Augustine, Fla. He was 94. The death was announced on his website . In his 1954 book "I Rode With the Ku Klux Klan," Kennedy wrote that he gained entrance to the Klan by posing as an encyclopedia salesman and...
July 15, 2011 |
"Salvation Boulevard," starring Greg Kinnear and Pierce Brosnan, is a murder mystery farce set inside a megachurch that delivers a surprisingly spiritual message about sinners, saints, Satan and satire. Not soul-quenching comedy by any stretch, but a mildly uplifting diversion if you're in a very silly mood. The film opens with Kinnear's Carl, a former Deadhead who ran out of gas and got religion, giving his testimony for a promotional push for Pastor Dan's (Brosnan) church. But as we all know, into every life a little rain must fall, or in this case a little murder.
June 29, 2011
Honestly, it's not that we go out of our way to razz San Francisco as the home of nutty ideas. It's just that lately, the city has been making it hard to do otherwise, giving unexpectedly serious consideration to a series of odd proposals: The November ballot measure that would ban male circumcision of children, which isn't expected to pass. The Happy Meal ban, which did pass. And now, the goldfish ban. Actually, it's not just a goldfish ban. The measure being pushed by San Francisco's Animal Control and Welfare Commission would ban all sales of all pets: kittens, snakes, hamsters, goldfish.
June 27, 2011 |
"Double Dhamaal" — "Fun" in Hindi — features four goofy unemployed guys so desperate to strike it rich they will do just about anything to grab some cash. They are Adi (Arshad Warsi), Manav (Jaaved Jaaferi), Roy (Riteish Deshmukh) and Boman (Ashish Chowdhry), and they could easily be called the Four Stooges. The four hard-working comedians, director Indra Kumar and writer Tushar Hiranandani are awe-inspiring in their sheer stamina and seemingly inexhaustible energy in sustaining a 138-minute running time that by Hollywood standards is about 50 minutes too long for comedy but is typical for Bollywood.
June 19, 2011 |
Reporting from Milford, Conn. — There are generally two types of sports talk shows: loud and louder. And then there's Dan Patrick. The former ESPN anchor who along with Keith Olbermann helped establish the cable channel in the cultural zeitgeist through their dry wit and repartee, has carved out a second act as host of a sports talk show that relies more on brains than brass. Broadcasting on radio and simulcast on television for three hours every weekday morning from a converted apartment here known as the "man cave" Patrick — backed by his four sidekicks, "The Danettes" — has created a hit that has become an important stop not only for athletes but actors, musicians and the occasional super model.
April 27, 2011 |
Declaring that he and the country have "better stuff to do" than fight about where he was born, President Obama on Wednesday morning released his long-form Hawaii birth certificate and asked that the "sideshows and carnival barkers" stop raising the issue. Even as he stood before reporters to make the surprise announcement, Obama said he believed there would be a "segment of people" for whom the full document is not enough to settle the issue. But he said he was speaking to the "vast majority of Americans" and to the media in asking that they turn their focus to other issues, particularly the contentious budget talks in the weeks to come.
March 20, 2011
Times reader Steven Tramz took this photograph of the Silly Symphony Swings ride at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim. To read about what's in store for the amusement park, check out this post from Times Travel blogger Brady MacDonald . Visit our Disney California Adventure page for complete coverage. Interested in feedback from Los Angeles Times photographers? Come join us at the Los Angeles Times Travel & Adventure Show , continuing Sunday at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Panel topics include tips for better travel photos and family vacation photos made easy.
February 20, 2011 |
I am far past childhood, but I still like watching TV made for kids. Some of this is out of professional interest, obviously, but in the long span of my life and working life, the professional interest is comparatively recent, and I have never really stopped paying attention to children's television, never felt above it, or beyond it. Indeed, the more I've watched it, the more I've grown to think of it as the medium's better self ? by its very nature more colorful, wilder, weirder, purer.
December 30, 2010 |
Parents with younger kids: New Year's Eve in the club is back on ? and it doesn't mean a puppet show! Ushering in 2011 on a wave of laughs, husband and wife team Bob and Naomi Odenkirk, fixtures in the L.A. comedy scene, are putting on their second annual "Not Inappropriate Show," and it promises to be a sophisticated yet silly mix of humor for adults and kids alike. Playing Friday and Sunday at the edgy Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Hollywood, the "Not Inappropriate Show" brings together some of L.A.'s best funnymen (and women)
October 25, 2010 |
How would you like to see an honest-to-goodness witch flying by your place at midnight this Halloween? Just put your clothes on inside out, start walking around backward, and it'll happen. At least that's how the superstition goes. If you believe in that sort of thing. And there's a good chance that you do. Polls consistently show that about half of all Americans hold some superstitious beliefs (although not necessarily the fly-by one). Superstitions are claims of a particular type ?