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September 25, 2013 | By David Ng
"Homeland," Showtime's critically acclaimed series set in the world of CIA operatives, is a serious and brooding drama about the fight against terrorism. Which of course makes it a natural fit for the musical stage. A new spoof of the Emmy Award-winning drama series has surfaced online, re-imagining it as a frothy Broadway production. The target of the parody isn't so much "Homeland" but Broadway's unstoppable (some might say artistically dubious) penchant for turning popular screen titles into bright, shiny musicals designed to inhale money.  PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage The spoof is the latest online lampoon from Above Average, a Web series created by "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels' production company Broadway Video.
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BUSINESS
April 22, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
AOL Mail has changed its policies to prevent spammers from sending messages out of addresses that are made to look like real AOL email accounts. The company announced the change Tuesday afternoon after numerous users took to Twitter to complain that their accounts were being used to send spam and that changing their passwords was not resolving the issue. Some users complained that spam was being sent from AOL accounts that had been deleted. That was possible because the spam messages were not being sent from users' actual accounts.
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NEWS
February 9, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
In a spoof within a spoof, Stephen Colbert's "super PAC" is the target of a new campaign launched by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to get “special interest money” out of political campaigns. Pelosi posted a satirical political ad Thursday on YouTube in which she explains that she and Colbert used to be friends - until he started a super PAC that he has used to attack her "friend," the GOP presidential contender Newt Gingrich. (That's a reference to the 2008 ad she filmed with Gingrich, which has brought him grief on the presidential campaign trail.)
NEWS
December 16, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
"Homeland," which wrapped its third season Sunday, has had its share of parodies. "Saturday Night Live" did a bit with Anne Hathway as a frantic Carrie Mathison. And then the Web series "Above Average" debuted a musical spoof with frothy, Broadway-style numbers like "Smile for me, Dana. " But the cutest parody of Showtime's award-winning drama might be from pet product retailer Barkbox, which cast canine equivalents as Carrie and crew. 'Homeland' recap: Season 3 ends in tragedy, redemption "Boneland" starts with a Scottie dog Saul Berenson making sure Carrie Mathison (a yellow Labrador)
NEWS
December 16, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
"Homeland," which wrapped its third season Sunday, has had its share of parodies. "Saturday Night Live" did a bit with Anne Hathway as a frantic Carrie Mathison. And then the Web series "Above Average" debuted a musical spoof with frothy, Broadway-style numbers like "Smile for me, Dana. " But the cutest parody of Showtime's award-winning drama might be from pet product retailer Barkbox, which cast canine equivalents as Carrie and crew. 'Homeland' recap: Season 3 ends in tragedy, redemption "Boneland" starts with a Scottie dog Saul Berenson making sure Carrie Mathison (a yellow Labrador)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
In the grand tradition of "Late Night" TV parodies " Game of Desks " and " Downton Sixbey " comes "Joking Bad," a spot-on spoof unveiled Wednesday targeting everyone's favorite meth drama, "Breaking Bad. " In the epic, 13-minute sketch, Jimmy Fallon, rather than being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, is given six months to come up with new material for "The Tonight Show. " PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of 'Breaking Bad' His quest for the finest jokes leads to encounters with a number of "Breaking Bad"-inspired characters (and at least one real one)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt, A correction has been added to this post, as indicated below.
TBS has greenlighted a police procedural spoof called "Tribeca" from Steve Carell and his wife, actress Nancy Carell. The single-camera, half-hour comedy was developed by the Carells in conjunction with Steve's production company, Carousel Television. TBS' new comedy vice president, Thom Hinkle, headed up Carousel during the show's development and helped sell it to TBS before joining the network early last month. PHOTOS: Fall TV sneaks 2013 "Tribeca" seems to be in the same vein as the new Fox cop comedy and Andy Samberg vehicle, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2012 | By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
The El Monte lifeguards fired for riffing on a South Korean crossover pop phenomenon have drummed up nearly as much attention as the "Gangnam Style" video they spoofed. The 14 part-time employees who lost their jobs have pulled in support from around the world. Thousands have "liked" their page on Facebook, with messages pouring in from Minnesota, Kentucky, Florida, Britain and Belgium. Psy, the male performer behind "Gangnam Style," questioned why city officials were inflexible.
NEWS
May 20, 2008
Will Elder obituary: The obituary of Mad magazine cartoonist-illustrator Will Elder in Saturday's California section quoted Mad Editor John Ficarra as saying that Elder drew the illustrations for the magazine's Superduperman spoof. They were drawn by Mad artist Wallace Wood.
BOOKS
December 27, 1987
Why is Fred Holley's review of "The Cat's Pajamas: A Fabulous Fictionary of Familiar Phrases" by Tad Tuleja (The Book Review, Dec. 13) found under "Non-fiction" in your column, "Title Page"? The review said " . . . it's a spoof . . . wildly false etymologies . . . " and the reviewer's main concern was that "they could easily mislead." JEAN BABCOCK Corona, Calif.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt, A correction has been added to this post, as indicated below.
TBS has greenlighted a police procedural spoof called "Tribeca" from Steve Carell and his wife, actress Nancy Carell. The single-camera, half-hour comedy was developed by the Carells in conjunction with Steve's production company, Carousel Television. TBS' new comedy vice president, Thom Hinkle, headed up Carousel during the show's development and helped sell it to TBS before joining the network early last month. PHOTOS: Fall TV sneaks 2013 "Tribeca" seems to be in the same vein as the new Fox cop comedy and Andy Samberg vehicle, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
With more than 190 million views in two months, the YouTube viral sensation "The Fox" by Norwegian comedy weirdos Ylvis hardly needed help getting seen. It got that help anyway, thanks to an 'SNL' spoof of the song starring "Scandal" star Kerry Washington and Jay Pharaoh. Titled "My Girl," the song finds Pharaoh confronting a righteously jealous Washington as she demands to know about all the "hos" in his phone. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV The nonsensical and hilarious Ylvis refrain "What does the fox say?"
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Close your eyes and say the title of "Big Ass Spider!" to yourself, exclamation point included. Smile. Enjoy it, it's fun. And now you have more or less seen "Big Ass Spider!" The film exists in a strange, unique position of being exactly the movie it looks like - a goofy contemporary riff on cheapie creature features - yet somehow still feels like a letdown, in part for its lack of surprise or invention. The movie has a fan's heart, a sense of loving every goofball moment, but as directed by Mike Mendez it also seems perpetually caught between being a spoof or playing it straight and winds up falling between the cracks rather than rising above.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 2013 | By David Ng
"Homeland," Showtime's critically acclaimed series set in the world of CIA operatives, is a serious and brooding drama about the fight against terrorism. Which of course makes it a natural fit for the musical stage. A new spoof of the Emmy Award-winning drama series has surfaced online, re-imagining it as a frothy Broadway production. The target of the parody isn't so much "Homeland" but Broadway's unstoppable (some might say artistically dubious) penchant for turning popular screen titles into bright, shiny musicals designed to inhale money.  PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage The spoof is the latest online lampoon from Above Average, a Web series created by "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels' production company Broadway Video.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
In the grand tradition of "Late Night" TV parodies " Game of Desks " and " Downton Sixbey " comes "Joking Bad," a spot-on spoof unveiled Wednesday targeting everyone's favorite meth drama, "Breaking Bad. " In the epic, 13-minute sketch, Jimmy Fallon, rather than being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, is given six months to come up with new material for "The Tonight Show. " PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of 'Breaking Bad' His quest for the finest jokes leads to encounters with a number of "Breaking Bad"-inspired characters (and at least one real one)
BUSINESS
September 9, 2013 | By Shan Li
Even the Internal Revenue Service likes to splurge sometimes. The agency, which has come under fire for its spending practices and targeting of certain groups, recently released a parody video styled after "The Apprentice," the reality television show starring business mogul and hair icon Donald Trump. Price tag for making the video: $10,000 The four minute, 10 second video was filmed and produced for a 2011 conference of the Small Business/Self Employed Division of the IRS and includes an actor in the role of Trump, complete with puffy wig. Most dangerous jobs: 10 professions with the highest fatalities in America Various leaders of the IRS division are depicted in a darkly lit boardroom pitching ideas, ironically, for cutting the division's travel budget.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2009
The films "Armored," a PG-13 action thriller; "Transylmania," an R-rated horror spoof; and "Paa," an unrated Indian drama, open today but did not screen for critics. Those reviews will appear online as soon as they are available at la.
NEWS
May 6, 1990
"In Living Color" is hilarious, and I'll watch it every week. But how could creator Keenen Ivory Wayans claim in the April 15 cover story that he doesn't watch TV? Every single skit was a spoof on TV! (Talk about "everybody has their own version of each other's shows.") I look forward to his "original" programming. D. W. Heller, Palms
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2013 | By Robert Abele
Horror spoofs have become something of a spawning menace these days, especially when horror movies themselves are often ridiculous enough to warrant laughter. At least "Hell Baby" has the distinction of coming from two funny parents - writers-directors-stars Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon ("Reno 911!") - and emphasizes a gallery of amusingly offbeat characters brandishing shtick over ripped-off-from-classic-movies sight gags. The simple set-up has eager parents-to-be Jack (Rob Corddry)
NEWS
July 30, 2013 | By Jay Jones
A parody of the wildly popular erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey," which deals with bondage and bad-boy-good-girl romance, will make its way -- fittingly -- this fall to the stage in Las Vegas. “ Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody ” will be staged Oct. 18 to Nov. 9 at the Golden Nugget Las Vegas .  The production “brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life [including] steamy and fun performances from the hunky leading man,” a news release says. Like the book , the musical will probably appeal mostly to women.
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