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August 25, 2011
COMEDY More than 20 top comics step up to the mike at the Showtime Laugh Out Loud Comedy Festival. Rita Rudner, Jay Mohr, Tommy Chong and others perform 11 shows filmed for Showtime's "LOL Comedy Series. " California Theatre of the Performing Arts, 562 W. 4th St., San Bernardino. 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Thu., 6, 8 and 9:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun. californiatheatre.net.
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July 25, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Steven Soderbergh, hot off the success of his HBO movie, "Behind the Candelabra," is returning to TV again, this time to direct all 10 episodes of a new Cinemax series called "The Knick. " Starring Clive Owen, "The Knick" is set in the Knickbocker Hospital in New York City, circa 1900. It tells the story of the doctors, nurses and staff who did their best to advance medicine in a time where medical standards were far, far more primitive than they would be just three decades later.
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July 25, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Tommy Chong thinks the controversy over his daughter Rae Dawn using a racial slur to describe Oprah Winfrey should just go up in smoke.  Earlier this month, former "The Color Purple" costar Rae Dawn Chong kicked up a fuss when she called the queen of talk TV a "field [n-word]" and a "fat" "ugly" "bee-yotch. " But now her 75-year-old dad -- half of the popular 1970s reefer-smoking comedy team of Cheech & Chong -- is downplaying the whole thing. "Knowing Oprah, she would probably read it and just chuckle and probably agree with Rae Dawn ... she probably would be working in the field," Chong told TMZ in a video interview.
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July 25, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Tommy Chong thinks the controversy over his daughter Rae Dawn using a racial slur to describe Oprah Winfrey should just go up in smoke.  Earlier this month, former "The Color Purple" costar Rae Dawn Chong kicked up a fuss when she called the queen of talk TV a "field [n-word]" and a "fat" "ugly" "bee-yotch. " But now her 75-year-old dad -- half of the popular 1970s reefer-smoking comedy team of Cheech & Chong -- is downplaying the whole thing. "Knowing Oprah, she would probably read it and just chuckle and probably agree with Rae Dawn ... she probably would be working in the field," Chong told TMZ in a video interview.
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November 26, 2002 | Gina Piccalo;Ann Conway
There was something suspiciously rehearsed about the Tommy Chong art show at Ghettogloss, a new Silver Lake gallery, and it wasn't simply the fact that nearly every piece could double as a bong. Even the tattooed locals appeared well-cast. Actor Michael Perrick stood in the center of the low-ceilinged gallery amid a modest crowd of neon-haired guests, studying what appeared to be a glob of melted glass water pipes.
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August 12, 2006 | Jonathan Shapiro, Special to The Times; Jonathan Shapiro is a writer and executive producer of the new Fox drama "Justice."
THE prison memoir is an interesting genre. While in custody, freed from the distractions of the outside world, blessed with time, that scarcest of commodities, such prisoners as Gandhi, Malcolm X, Oscar Wilde and Solzhenitsyn wrote highly personal, transformative pieces exploring fundamental issues: man's relationship to society, the nature of liberty and the responsibility of the artist to remain creatively and spiritually free, regardless of his corporeal status.
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February 20, 2005 | Hugh Hart, Special to The Times
Tommy CHONG is fit, free and about as mellow as you could expect anyone to be after serving nine months in prison for selling a bong. Most afternoons he can be found at the World Gym in Marina del Rey working on his deltoids and kibitzing with Zabo, the 80-year-old bodybuilder who performed as a stunt double in Cheech and Chong movies. Zabo returned the favor in July when Chong finished his sentence by giving the movie star a job at the gym.
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June 26, 2000 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Last season, the producers of Fox's "That '70s Show" needed someone to play the small part of Leo, the quintessential, laid-back hippie doper dude. They didn't have to look far. Who better than Tommy Chong, who virtually holds the patent on laid-back pothead characters as the bearded half of the iconic, '70s doper comedy team known as Cheech and Chong? Indeed, the studio audience went wild when Chong made his first entrance.
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July 19, 2013 | By Scott Collins
The entertainment world hasn't thought much about Rae Dawn Chong lately, but now she's become the latest celebrity trying to backpedal away from an N-word controversy. In a radio interview, Chong -- a veteran of 1980s movie hits like "Commando" and the daughter of comic Tommy Chong -- launched a tirade against Oprah Winfrey, her costar in 1985's "The Color Purple. " Chong -- whose ethnic makeup includes Afro-Canadian and Cherokee roots -- attacked Winfrey for everything from being too fat to too black.  PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times "Sixty years ago she would have been a housekeeper, luckily," she said on "Matty P's Radio Happy Hour.
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February 25, 2005 | Don Shirley
The national tour of "The Marijuana-Logues," starring Tommy Chong, is up in smoke. It was canceled because Chong's permit to appear in it has been revoked by his parole officer, Chong said Thursday. According to the terms of his parole, which followed a recent nine-month stint in prison for selling drug paraphernalia, "I can't be in places where substances are being sold or used," Chong said.
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July 19, 2013 | By Scott Collins
The entertainment world hasn't thought much about Rae Dawn Chong lately, but now she's become the latest celebrity trying to backpedal away from an N-word controversy. In a radio interview, Chong -- a veteran of 1980s movie hits like "Commando" and the daughter of comic Tommy Chong -- launched a tirade against Oprah Winfrey, her costar in 1985's "The Color Purple. " Chong -- whose ethnic makeup includes Afro-Canadian and Cherokee roots -- attacked Winfrey for everything from being too fat to too black.  PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times "Sixty years ago she would have been a housekeeper, luckily," she said on "Matty P's Radio Happy Hour.
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June 27, 2013 | By Susan King
"It will make you feel very funny" was the tag line for Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong's 1978 hit comedy, "Up in Smoke. " The granddaddy of stoner movies, "Up in Smoke" has become part of popular culture and influenced drug-fueled slacker comedies over the last three decades. Now Film Independent at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is paying tribute to the Lou Adler-directed comedy that Variety described as a "mixture of fitful slapstick and toilet humor," July 25 at the Bing Theater.
BUSINESS
May 17, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actor Nick Nolte has put a Malibu compound up for sale that has seen a galaxy of stars come through its arched entryway. Besides Nolte, other notables to have owned the house include comedian Tommy Chong, Don Felder of the Eagles and music producer David Foster. Priced at $8.25 million and set in the Bonsall Canyon area, the two-acre retreat is covered with sycamore and pine trees. The main house, built in 1963, features 19-foot vaulted ceilings, skylights, six stone-and-carved-wood fireplaces, marble floors and mahogany French doors.
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August 26, 2011
EVENTS 2011 Exxxotica The L.A. Convention Center will host two events this weekend that should be able to play together nicely: The 2011 Exxxotica adult fair, which bills itself as the largest event in the country devoted to love and sex, and Hemp Con, dedicated to celebrating medical marijuana. L.A. Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St. Exxxotica: 4-11 p.m. Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-7 p.m. Sunday. $35 a day. exxxoticaexpo.com. Hemp Con: 3-9 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 25, 2011
COMEDY More than 20 top comics step up to the mike at the Showtime Laugh Out Loud Comedy Festival. Rita Rudner, Jay Mohr, Tommy Chong and others perform 11 shows filmed for Showtime's "LOL Comedy Series. " California Theatre of the Performing Arts, 562 W. 4th St., San Bernardino. 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Thu., 6, 8 and 9:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun. californiatheatre.net.
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April 19, 2010 | By Michael Ordoña, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In a puff of smoke, they were gone for 25 years. But on Tuesday (4/20 to fans of pot culture), Cheech and Chong, those aging icons of stoner comedy, will be everywhere — in theaters, video on demand, DVD, even on iTunes, PlayStations and Xboxes. Did that just blow your mind? "They're always looking for new methods of how to look for an audience," says Cheech Marin, 65, of the Weinstein Co.'s multiplatform release of the duo's new concert film, "Cheech and Chong's Hey Watch This."
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May 14, 2003 | From Reuters
Actor Tommy Chong of the spaced-out, dope-smoking comedy duo Cheech & Chong pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal conspiracy charge of selling drug paraphernalia over the Internet. Chong, 64, of Pacific Palisades, and his family-run business, Nice Dreams Enterprises, admitted to conspiring to sell marijuana pipes via Web site promotions that featured the comedian's celebrity endorsement.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 1986
While Rae Dawn Chong is co-starring in the current hit "Soul Man," Tommy Chong called us to boast about his other actress-daughter, Robbi Lynn Chong. A fashion model working out of Paris (she's got three pages in the current Vogue), where she shares digs with Dale Robertson's daughter Rochelle, Robbi's just landed her first star role--a terrorist--in a French thriller called "Public Security."
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2008 | Joshua Sandoval, Times Staff Writer
IN SEPTEMBER, Cheech and Chong will reunite for a tour, 26 years after their last live performance. That is, if Cheech doesn't read Tommy Chong's newest book, "Cheech & Chong: The Unauthorized Autobiography." Here, Chong aims to detail the duo's years of success, and to explain why they split. But the big smoke cloud he left in the 1970s and 1980s might have fogged his ability to focus, which he freely admits.
SPORTS
March 12, 2007 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
If the NCAA basketball tournament ever adopts a theme song, a 34-year-old hit by the comedy duo Cheech & Chong would be a worthy contender. "Basketball Jones" is a bracket-buster, to be sure -- not to mention a gut-buster -- and worthy of a No. 1 seeding. Like March Madness itself, "Basketball Jones" is madcap fun, over the top and in your face. It's loud and boisterous, freewheeling and frivolous. It speaks to obsession.
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