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  • Review: 'Poking a Dead Frog' by Mike Sacks

    Review: 'Poking a Dead Frog' by Mike Sacks
    A more ponderous proposition there is not than a scholarly analysis of what comedy is and why we laugh at something. Take Arthur Schopenhauer — please. Humor, Schopenhauer writes, can be "traced to a syllogism in the first figure with an...
  • 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...
  • 2014 Emmy Awards: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Fargo' Lead Nominations

    HBO again led the way in nominations for the 66th annual nighttime Emmy Awards, buoyed by the strong showing of new drama "True Detective" and the movie "The Normal Heart," as the voting again tilted heavily toward cable and new players such as Netflix....
  • '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...
  • Thursday's TV Highlights: "Our America With Lisa Ling" on OWN

    Thursday's TV Highlights: "Our America With Lisa Ling" on OWN
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of July 27 - Aug. 2, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies --------------------   SERIES The Quest This ambitious new...
  • 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...
  • Bulletin Board

    Wednesday Art Cinema, classic to contemporary films, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 27, Crest Theatre, Delray Beach Center for the Arts, Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave. Tonight, Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles" $10. Visit DelrayArts.org...
  • 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...
  • Highland Park native and director remembers Robin Williams' early career

    Highland Park native and director remembers Robin Williams' early career
    Director Brian Levant can boast two blockbuster films ("Beethoven" and "The Flintstones") and a holiday perennial ("Jingle All the Way"), but the former Highland Park resident said he takes immense pride in his contribution to comedy history: Robin...
  • 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...