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  • Hail Caesar! How Catskills helped define America's sense of humor

    Hail Caesar! How Catskills helped define America's sense of humor
    Your favorite jokes would be very different — you certainly wouldn’t tell them the same way — if it were not for a generation of Jewish comedians who helped define America’s sense of humor in the Catskill Mountains from the 1930s...
  • Sundance 2014: At ground zero for U.S. film, a Persian wave

    Sundance 2014: At ground zero for U.S. film, a Persian wave
    The teenage girl Sepideh only wants to look at the stars. A student of astronomy and worshipful devotee of Albert Einstein, she dreams of joining the young men who trek out nightly in the desert south of Tehran to gaze at constellations. But such...
  • Not your bubbe's film festival

    Not your bubbe's film festival
    The director of the Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival for only six months, Ellen Wedner says she has already dispeled the perception that it is "another doom-and-gloom Holocaust festival." "I think all Jewish film festivals get pigeonholed by people...
  • Drury Lane does its best with 'Frankenstein' monster

    Drury Lane does its best with 'Frankenstein' monster
    So you have to hand it to director William Osetek and the Drury Lane Theatre. They've gone a long way toward rehabilitating Mel Brooks' “Young Frankenstein” musical which, on Broadway in 2007, was a $20 million dog. As he proved a couple...
  • Richard Dreyfuss, Maureen O'Hara, Mel Brooks added to TCM fest

    Richard Dreyfuss, Maureen O'Hara, Mel Brooks added to TCM fest
    TCM has added three screen legends and a tribute to an Oscar-winning actor to the roster of the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival, which takes place April 10 to 13 in Hollywood. Maureen O'Hara, who is best known for her work in John Ford films including...
  • Don't pit 'August' the movie vs. play

    Don't pit 'August' the movie vs. play
    Curiously, the major reviews for "August: Osage County," the John Wells movie, have been turning into a referendum — a spectacularly ill-informed referendum, to boot — on "August: Osage County," the Pulitzer Prize-winning Tracy Letts play that...
  • Sochi Olympics opening ceremony moment: Egghead history, Daft Punk

    Note: This is part of an ongoing series documenting the Sochi Olympics from a TV perspective. Every morning of the Games, we’ll look at a key moment from the previous day that NBC captured, elevated, honored, bungled or otherwise reported in a...
  • Sid Caesar, Master of TV Comedy, Dies at 91

    Sid Caesar, one of the first stars created by television via his weekly live comedy program "Your Show of Shows," died Wednesday in his home. He was 91. Caesar, partnered with Imogene Coca, is credited with breaking ripe comedic ground with the 90-...
  • Sid Caesar and the 'My Favorite Year' connection

    Sid Caesar and the 'My Favorite Year' connection
    Sid Caesar was a comic pioneer on television, anchoring “Your Show of Shows” with his irreverent, often physical comedy. But the actor, who died Wednesday at 91, also made his presence felt in a hit movie several decades later. In 1982's...
  • Sid Caesar: A Larger-Than-Life Figure, With a Longer Shadow

    Sid Caesar can be judged, in part, by the company he kept. As the star of "Your Show of Shows," he famously provided a spawning ground for numerous titans of comedy, with a writing staff that included Woody Allen, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart, Mel Brooks and...
  • Elon Musk spends $6.75 million for former Gene Wilder home

    Elon Musk spends $6.75 million for former Gene Wilder home
    Elon Musk, who heads electric-car company Tesla Motors, has shelled out $6.75 million on the former Gene Wilder estate in Bel-Air, property records show. That's a lot of clams for a cracked driveway. [Updated 10:59 a.m. PST Nov. 5: The sellers are...
  • Watch Brad Garrett at the Writers Guild Awards online with The Times

    Watch Brad Garrett at the Writers Guild Awards online with The Times
    Comic actor Brad Garrett has been tapped by the Writers Guild of America, West to host the 2014 Writers Guild Awards on Feb. 1, and you can watch how he works the room with a live webcast of the ceremony along with pre-awards nominee interviews –...