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Los Angeles Times Staff WriterEven before Mel Gibson's drunken, anti-Semitic tirade this summer, his upcoming film "Apocalypto" was a tough sell. Graphically violent, subtitled and cast with relatively unknown actors who speak their lines in an obscure dialect, Gibson's tale of a...
Tags: Tickets, ABC (tv network), Drunk Driving, Judaism, Marketing
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIn Hollywood it pays to have connections, even if you are the son of former Disney Chairman Michael Eisner. Stories of back-lot feuding, deceitful negotiations and high-strung egos are all part of a drama unfolding in the wood-paneled Los Angeles...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterWould you believe . . . $39.2 million? The old espionage spoof trick worked to push Steve Carell's "Get Smart," the big screen update of the 1960s spy sitcom, to the top of the box office over the weekend. Although reviews were mixed, the Warner Bros....
Blue Demon Jr. is in trouble. His tag-team partner has been knocked into a stupor and the other men in the ring have pinned Demon in a corner, where one pounds at his midsection while the other pulls at the blue-and-silver Lycra hood that envelops his...
Tags: Entertainment, Wrestling, AT&T Corp., Crimes, Politics
"The Office" is sagging and it is a conundrum to which there is only one real solution: fire Michael Scott. Or Steve Carell. Whatever it takes. Early on, taking after Ricky Gervais' David Brent on the original British version of the show, Michael was a...
The producers of "Sahara" wanted to cast Jack Black as Al Giordino, the wisecracking sidekick to Dirk Pitt. But Black passed, producer Karen Baldwin said. "If he had to choose between schlepping around the desert for three months or sitting on his sofa...
Tags: Rentals, Travel, Steve Zahn, Rooms and Sublets, Vehicles
The Associated PressJack Black's Po the panda outgunned Adam Sandler's Zo the hairdresser. Black's cartoon comedy "Kung Fu Panda" pulled in $60 million to premiere as the weekend's No. 1 movie, while Sandler's salon romp "You Don't Mess With the Zohan" opened in second...
Tags: Entertainment, Angelina Jolie, Cartoons, Movies, Television
Staff WriterEveryone knows who Hannah Montana is. But perhaps only kids know she's been unseated as TV's reigning tween queen by one Carly Shay. When no one was looking, Carly, the plucky 15-year-old star of the Nickelodeon comedy "iCarly," overtook Disney Channel's...
Jack Nakano, an educator who launched the nonprofit Youth Theatre Productions in Santa Barbara in the early 1960s and later founded and was artistic director of the Hollywood-based California Youth Theatre and YouTHeatre-America!, has died. He was 75....
Tags: Eva Marie Saint, U.S. Army, Eric Stoltz, Arts, Crossroads
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterSqueezed into a fluorescent green superhero suit, Jack Black opened Nickelodeon's 21st Annual Kids' Choice Awards by singing a wacky ode to the wonders of slime, playing the bongos and finishing off with a swift karate chop that demolished a stack of...
Times Staff WriterThey were friends and neighbors. She remembers him calling her late at night to bum a cigarette and discuss their lives as struggling writers and actors in Hollywood. He remembers bonding over their love of animals and helping her search the hills when...
Tags: O.J. Simpson, Crimes, Cat (animal), Television, Dog (animal)
Special to The TimesJON BRION'S last night at Largo was epic. The singer-songwriter's free-for-all Fridays at the tiny Fairfax Avenue nightclub had been drawing capacity crowds for more than a decade, but his May 2 show was historic: his final turn before owner Mark Flanagan...
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