Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Chewbacca on Hollywood Blvd. - ANYA COHEN
  • Anya Cohen
  • Chewbacca on Hollywood Blvd.

There are lots of characters in Los Angeles, but not many of them struggle into hot costumes, hover near the Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard in 90-degree heat and charge tourists to take their pictures. You see them hamming it up as you gamely review the Walk of Fame with your latest out-of-town guests, or lay on your horn in the rush-hour traffic.

But for all their familiarity, the men and women behind the masks are a mystery. Lucky for you, we've taken the time to get to know some things about the Boulevard irregulars. Like where they're from, how much they make -- and where they go to the bathroom:

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Justice for Randy Kagan.
  • Justice for Randy Kagan.
Randy Kagan, the L.A.-based comedian who was mauled by a patron at Hollywood Improv while doing a standup routine in April, was raving mad in the days that followed. Mad at the "fucking lunatic felon" who attacked him; mad at Improv security for not jumping in sooner; mad at the Improv in general for never paying him and treating their comedians like shit; mad at the LAPD for not having any leads; mad at L.A. Weekly for printing a witness account of his alleged back-and-forth with a girl in the audience.

But as of yesterday, everything seems hunky-dory:

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Prepare to get sucker-punched.
  • Prepare to get sucker-punched.
Updated after the jump: A witness confirms the girl-in-the-front-row story. Meanwhile, Kagan, who sounds like he's having the worst week ever, gets really, really mad at us. He also calls his attacker a "fucking lunatic felon" and the Improv a chicken-wing factory.

Originally posted at 12:05 p.m.

General etiquette at any Hollywood comedy show: When the stand-up comic on the stage derails from his script to poke fun at you or a loved one, you grin and bear it. (Are we right? Stand-up is not for the sensitive at heart!)

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

If only they had these things back when American Pie came out!

AMC gave the Motion Pictures Association of America a big old middle finger today, posting a printable Bully permission slip to its website. All kids have to do is get their parents to sign and date the thing, and they'll be admitted to any AMC screening of the documentary.

The Weinstein Company, who produced the film and has been fighting for its universal viewage, already had their middle-finger moment on Monday...

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Animal Rights

HBO Cancels Luck for Being Too Realistic

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Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Prepare to die. - HBO
  • HBO
  • Prepare to die.
Turns out David Milch and Michael Mann's hardcore new horse-racing show for HBO, the extremely well-received Luck, was a little too realistic for comfort.

PETA started the flamewar last month, enraged at the news that two horses had to be put down in a single season. And when word came today of a third horsey death, HBO caved to the pressure -- canceling the show entirely, halfway through a second season of filming.

But in the hard, fast world of THE races, three casualties is nothing:

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

You're welcome, Time Warner, for the free publicity. Don't get used to it. But this time, you knew exactly how to rope a lady blogger into covering your clunky, last-century cable services: all Ryan Gosling, all the time.

Gosling's marketability goes so far beyond hot-young-actor. These last couple years, he's become the Internet's ultimate girl meme -- especially via Tumblr. Call him the porn star of romance.

"Ryan Gosling on Demand" month? Genius.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

F off, daddy.
  • F off, daddy.
Little treat for First Amendment advocates on next week's episode of "Modern Family": Adopted two-year-old Lily will drop the F bomb all over set, much to the horror of her two dads. (Gay parents! Curse words! The controversies of the '90s are alive on prime time.)

Titled "Little Bo Bleep," the episode is perhaps not so accidentally aligned with a Supreme Court hearing today on the Federal Communications Commission's right to fine TV networks for airing profanity or nudity.

The fight between the FCC and and the entertainment industry has been a long and messy one...

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Oh no you didn't. - PARAMOUNT
  • Paramount
  • Oh no you didn't.
Low-budget horror film "The Devil Inside" made a killing (har har) on its opening weekend: $34.5 million. But that didn't stop employees at the AMC Santa Anita 16 from tattling on a man who whipped out his cellphone cam at the movie's midnight premiere.

Arcadia police showed up to the small-town Valley theater just after 1:30 a.m., where they cuffed 29-year-old Michael Johnson for violation of California's film piracy law.

Though Johnson told cops that "he was taking the footage for his wife who was home sick" ...

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Flash Mob America has news for you: When it comes to marriage proposals, flash mobs are the new baseball-game billboards! Or sky messages! Or tombstones, as the case may be! Thus completing the transition of the flash-mob concept from rebel's rally to gushy Hallmark musical. (See also: Disney flash mob at Apple Store, PacSun flash mob at the Grove.)

OK, we'll shut up now. This marriage proposal, set beneath the study lounge where former UCLA students Trang and Nam first met, is the cutest thing ever. In fact, we shed a single tear on our keyboard, and now the question-mark key doesn't work. Damn you, cute people!

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Friday, April 29, 2011

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'Twas the holy matrimony heard round the world: The great Prince William wed his favorite muggle, an impossibly lacy Kate Middleton, through the wee hours (PDT) last night. As soon as Kate stepped out of the queen's Rolls Royce, Hollywood's toughest and snarkiest critics were reduced to toe-kissing serfs with an incurable case of the love bug. Not a party pooper in the place.

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