July 19, 2013 |
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.
June 27, 2013 |
"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.
May 17, 2013 |
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.
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.
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.
April 19, 2010 |
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."