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  • 'Sid Made Us Laugh': Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Billy Crystal Remember Sid Caesar at Paley Center

    Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Billy Crystal and Eddy Friedfeld took to the Paley Center Wednesday to salute the late, great Sid Caesar in a panel discussion full of love and laughs following the comedian's passing in February. "It's the dream of a lifetime to...
  • MOVIES

    MOVIES
    "Blazing Saddles": The bandit who utters the much-repeated phrase "Badges? We don't need no stinking badges" is, of course, Mexican. And that may be the least offensive stereotype in Mel Brooks' hilarious 1974 send-up of westerns and political...
  • Mel Brooks Recalls His First Mention in Variety in 1952

    Even the "2000 Year Old Man" had to start somewhere. Back in 1952, 26 year-old Mel Brooks was just another struggling comedy writer, penning sketches for a revue -- albeit one backed by names like Milton Berle, Jimmy Durante and Eddie Cantor. "Curtain...
  • Desiree Akhavan's 'Appropriate' sense of identity

     Desiree Akhavan's 'Appropriate' sense of identity
    Most references to director, writer and actress Desiree Akhavan place a neat three-word descriptor by her name: bisexual Iranian American, often followed by the words "the next Lena Dunham." Yet Akhavan isn't trying to fit into an already defined...
  • NBA Finals, World Cup, Hillary Clinton, 'Duck Dynasty': This week

    NBA Finals, World Cup, Hillary Clinton, 'Duck Dynasty': This week
    In a week when the NBA Finals and the World Cup will consume many hours, viewers also will get Hillary Clinton, "Duck Dynasty" and a Jane Fonda tribute. How's that for variety? The NBA Finals: The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs meet in Game 2 at 8 p....
  • L.A. theater openings, June 22-29: 'Othello,' 'Jersey Boys' and more

    L.A. theater openings, June 22-29: 'Othello,' 'Jersey Boys' and more
    Blair Underwood is "Othello" at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, "Jersey Boys" takes the stage at Segerstrom Hall, and the Morgan-Wixson Theatre proudly presents "The Producers." The Hollywood Fringe Festival Fifth annual event featuring more than 100 new...
  • Paul Mazursky made incisive, edgy comedies without a mean streak

    Paul Mazursky made incisive, edgy comedies without a mean streak
    It's hard not to take the death of Paul Mazursky personally. When Jill Clayburgh's character was unceremoniously uncoupled in Paul Mazursky's "An Unmarried Woman" in 1978, a generation of American women were right there with her, rocked by the realities...
  • Anthony Goldschmidt dies at 71; designed memorable movie posters

    When E.T., the extraterrestrial, and his human chum Elliott reached across the cosmos to share a luminous touch of the fingertips, Anthony Goldschmidt was the unseen hand that brought them together. Goldschmidt also was on the job when Thelma and Louise...
  • Kenneth Turan's DVD picks: Westerns with a difference

    Kenneth Turan's DVD picks: Westerns with a difference
    I love watching westerns, even when they depart from the straight and narrow. Two new releases offer cases in point. Though Howard Hawks didn't do as many westerns as John Ford, those he did were memorable, and none more so than "Red River." Concerned...
  • Variety, Comedy or Music Special Emmy Category Relies on Wow Factor

    The Emmy nominees for variety, comedy or music special can seem like a mishmash of shows, with everything from awards shows to comedy specials to concerts and fundraisers in the mix. Last year, the category's nominees couldn't be more disparate: CBS'...
  • Watch Trailer for Jerry Seinfeld 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee' Season 4 (VIDEO)

    Sony Pictures Television's Crackle will debut season four of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" from Jerry Seinfeld on June 19. The series, the digital network's biggest hit, returns with guests including Aziz Ansari, Robert Klein, Sarah Jessica Parker,...