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ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2010 | By Saul Austerlitz, Special to the Los Angeles Times
An episode of "Saturday Night Live" contains, on average, 11 sketches. Given the 35 (!) seasons of "SNL" and an average of 20 episodes per year, that makes for approximately 7,700 sketches written, rehearsed and performed on the influential comedy show. Out of that enormous trove of raw material, a handful of sketches have received the honor of being bulked up to feature-film length. After a decade-long hiatus (anyone remember 2000's "The Ladies Man," starring Tim Meadows?), "SNL" returns to the big screen Friday with the action-film parody "MacGruber," featuring cast members Will Forte and Kristen Wiig (joined by Ryan Phillippe, Powers Boothe and Val Kilmer)
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NEWS
February 14, 1986 | BETTY GOODWIN
When designer Andre Laug died of a heart attack a little more than a year ago, his friends and associates had reason to believe that he had a premonition about his passing: He left behind some 4,000 sketches that could be used for future collections. Since his death, Laug's faithful coterie of employees has remained intact in his Rome atelier, and so has the Laug tradition of conservatively stylish, quality clothing.
NEWS
May 24, 1992 | STEPHEN BROWN, REUTERS
Sick of body odor on subway trains and chain smokers in restaurants? Had your car boxed in by double parking or a good film ruined by the couple in front chatting? Fed up with litterbugs and road hogs? Take heart. In Portugal at least, slobs and other public nuisances are getting their wrists slapped by a government television campaign telling them to mind their manners.
NEWS
March 21, 1985 | BOB WILLIAMS, Times Staff Writer
Pete Ambagtsheer, a 57-year-old former sailor who dances and sings for tourists at Ports o' Call village in San Pedro, is mourning the theft of his puppet collection, along with other art works created over a lifetime as an itinerant artist. Ambagtsheer said he suspects that a waterfront transient he befriended took the ancient camper truck he lived in with his near-life-size puppets, and "everything--my puppets, my tools, my sketches, my home!" ". . .
BOOKS
January 26, 1986 | Charles Champlin
Even amid the endemic and fashionable gloom-unto-suicide of turn of the century Czechoslovakia, the melancholy of Rudolf Tesnohlidek was something special. His father was an animal skinner, and in a brief biographical afterword to "The Cunning Little Vixen," Robert T. Jones, one of the translators, says that Tesnohlidek as a boy would run screaming from the moans of the dying beasts. That might have given anyone a dark vision of existence.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 2012 | By Claire Zulkey
Sketches about funny voices and the 2012 election dominated the opening of "Saturday Night Live's" 38 th season. Host Seth MacFarlane, creator and voice actor of “Family Guy” and “Ted,” tended to rely upon his vocal characters for most of his starring scenes (a dark sketch about a damaged puppet class attendee was arguably the most successful in terms of both humor and originality), although the host did take a stab at celebrity impression during a fond Weekend Update tweak at the genial dimness of Olympics star Ryan Lochte.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 1987 | BILL STEIGERWALD
The most astonishing thing about "NBC Presents the AFI Comedy Special" isn't that it's so consistently and so pathetically unfunny. It's that NBC doesn't seem to have a clue that it's created yet another TV crime against comedy (tonight at 10 on Channels 4, 36, 39).
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Bill Gold was just 21 and a recent graduate in illustration and design from the Pratt Institute in New York when he was hired in the advertising department of Warner Bros. in New York City. His first poster was for the 1942 classic " Casablanca. " Over the next 60 years, Gold was responsible for either designing or working with illustrators on about 2,000 motion pictures, including Elia Kazan's 1951 "A Streetcar Named Desire" and 1955's "East of Eden," Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 "Dial M for Murder," Stanley Kubrick's 1971 "A Clockwork Orange" and 1975's "Barry Lyndon," and 35 Clint Eastwood movies.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 1998
Sid Caesar, the real-life model for Max in Neil Simon's "Laughter on the 23rd Floor," dominated network television in the '50s with Milton Berle, Groucho Marx, Lucille Ball, Jackie Gleason, Phil Silvers and Jack Benny. "Your Show of Shows," Caesar's NBC program (1950-54) nurtured the best comedy writers--among them Mel Brooks, Woody Allen and Larry Gelbart, who all went on to stage and screen careers, and of course Simon, our most successful commercial playwright.
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