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October 19, 2012
After reading Rev. Bryan Griem's response in the Oct. 14 In Theory question, “Should yoga class should have been banned from church,” I suggest that the News-Press allow him to appear in a new feature column entitled, “In Theory - the Comedy.” Upon finishing reading his response I couldn't stop laughing. His conclusion that Christians should not practice yoga because they might get “yoked” was hilarious. Jon Stewart couldn't have done better. I suppose he would also suggest not running a marathon, since its origin is with the polytheist Greeks, nor the study of algebra, because it was invented by a Muslim.
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Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 21, 2011
The room already smelled of a freshly home-cooked meal when Cherie Mercer Twohy’s students arrived to learn how to prepare a six-course meal. This particular class would use only Trader Joe’s products to make “Meatball Minestra,” “Gorgeous-and-Good-For-Ya-Salad,” “Fab, Fast Frittata,” “Chicken with Leeks and Mushrooms,” “Roasted Butternut Squash with Chiles” and “Puff Pastry Pillows.” Twenty students, mostly couples and cliques of girlfriends, faced Twohy’s kitchen, which is equipped with a mirror and television monitor for a bird’s-eye countertop view.
NEWS
September 15, 2004
Lisa Dupuy The Victory Theatre in Burbank proves its reputation for being "one of the bravest ... theaters in Los Angeles" as it takes on the U.S. premiere of the Irish play, "The Glorious Uncertainty." The title refers to the unpredictability of horse racing and love, two motifs conjoined in the plot. Playwright Brinsley MacNamara is known in Dublin as the man who wrote the play that kept The Abbey Theater solvent during the mid-1900s. "The Glorious Uncertainty's" long-standing success was likely due to the popularity of horse racing as well as to its welcome humor at a time of political unrest in Dublin.
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August 13, 2003
Matt Bellner of Burbank is a music librarian and an actor. "American Wedding" is the third slice of the "American Pie" series and it's three times as gross and just as filling as the other two films. I saw this movie with a packed audience and the group had a blast. It is, by no means, a great film, but it does have some classic moments. If you are not easily offended, I recommend this picture. Most of the actors from the previous films return, but the new movie belongs to Stifler, played by Seann William Scott.
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February 18, 2004
Helen Fower, 17, of Glendale, is a senior at Holy Family High School in Glendale. Adam Sandler's "50 First Dates" is hilarious. It's full of comedy and jokes that will make you laugh every minute. Sandler plays Henry Roth, a stud around the island of Oahu who plays with girl's hearts until he meets Lucy Whitmore (Drew Barrymore). He's instantly drawn to her, but what he doesn't know is that she has short-term memory loss and won't remember him the next day. But he doesn't let that get in the way and he tries to win her heart everyday all over again.
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February 16, 2000
Only first half was funny Geoff Nuanes of Tujunga is a freshman at Providence High School in Burbank. "Snow Day," a Nickelodeon movie starring Chevy Chase, was obviously made to appeal to children under the age of 8, but it has parts that appeal to every age group. In the first half of the film, I thought is was kind of interesting and funny, but throughout the rest of the movie, I not only became uninterested, but I also stopped laughing. And I wasn't the only one. Most of the audience seemed to be as bored as I was with the film's un-funny humor.
NEWS
November 26, 2004
Rosette Gonzales Long lines, the biggest shopping day of the year and enough holiday cheer to maximize a credit card -- the holidays can be joyful, but for some but they can also be filled with stress and heartache. That's exactly why Reverend Bonnie Rowsell decided to deliver her sermon "Think and Laugh" at 10 a.m. this Sunday at Glendale Church of Religious Science, 2146 E. Chevy Chase Drive. "This is especially why I brought it up. We can make jokes while we're standing in line," Rowsell said.
NEWS
April 23, 2003
Jackson Bell is the news assistant for the News-Press and Burbank Leader. After sitting through "Malibu's Most Wanted," actor Jamie Kennedy's most recent foray into frivolity, my only thought was "by whom?" The painfully unfunny story is set in the most famous and prestigious beach community in the United States, where Kennedy's "B-Rad" Gluckman, an over-privileged Jewish kid, is enamored by black hip-hop culture and has suggestively modeled himself after rapper Eminem.
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By Andy Klein | June 13, 2013
Zack Snyder's new take on the most famous of comic book heroes could just as easily be called "Superman Returns...Again," but Warner Bros. presumably was in no hurry to remind us of Bryan Singer's 2006 disappointing "Superman Returns. " Compared to the four-film run of the 1978-1987 series, Singer's Superman apparently returned just for a quick visit. The events of that film have vanished into the Phantom Zone in the world of this re-reboot. In the lead, Henry Cavill ("Immortals")
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December 25, 2012
If you're offended by naughty language, you don't want to watch “Ted.” Seth MacFarlane's first feature is off-color throughout; it also made me laugh as much as any other film this year. MacFarlane (“Family Guy,” “American Dad!”) not only wrote and directed; he also provides the voice of the title character, a teddy bear who comes to life to answer a little boy's wish. Twenty-seven years pass: the little boy turns into Mark Wahlberg; Ted grows up to be foul-mouthed, drug- and alcohol-abusing, and hooker-carousing - all in his original teddy bear form.
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October 19, 2012
After reading Rev. Bryan Griem's response in the Oct. 14 In Theory question, “Should yoga class should have been banned from church,” I suggest that the News-Press allow him to appear in a new feature column entitled, “In Theory - the Comedy.” Upon finishing reading his response I couldn't stop laughing. His conclusion that Christians should not practice yoga because they might get “yoked” was hilarious. Jon Stewart couldn't have done better. I suppose he would also suggest not running a marathon, since its origin is with the polytheist Greeks, nor the study of algebra, because it was invented by a Muslim.
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By Andy Klein | May 18, 2012
Sacha Baron Cohen's central shtick - semi-documentary episodes in which he entraps real people - has always, by its nature, had a built-in self-destruct mechanism. The more famous he becomes, the less likely that anyone will fall for his masquerades as Ali G, Borat and Bruno. With “The Dictator,” he finally abandons his “Candid Camera”-like stunts for a fully written script - perhaps with some improvisation - acted by professionals. In other words: No innocent bystanders were humiliated in the production of this motion picture.
NEWS
February 1, 2012
Monica Mark   Monica Mark, February 11, 1961-December 23, 2011. After a courageous battle with breast cancer, Monica passed away peacefully at her home in Las Vegas.  Monica was born in Monterey Bay, California, and later graduated from Crescenta Valley High School.  She worked as a legal secretary for over 20 years and loved what she did. Monica was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Frieda Lawrence and is survived by...
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By Cassandra M. Bellantoni | July 14, 2011
Dina Morrone invited me to come see her new play, "Moose On The Loose," in Hollywood to write about it for Beverly Hills Times Magazine, one of my many freelance jobs, but it was so good, I'm writing about here too. Morrone wrote and performed in the play along with some excellent actors, many of which you've seen on television and in films. I love L.A.! Check my name, I get the humor around Italian immigrant characters and so does Morrone because she nails every line and cast the perfect actors for each member of the lively Tappino family as they come together over a moose on the loose.
NEWS
April 14, 2011
Patricia Haist   Patricia Haist passed away peacefully on March 4, 2011.  She was 71 years old.   Patricia was born December 27, 1939 in San Diego, California.  She moved to Glendale, California in 1945 and graduated from Glendale High School in 1956.  Patricia worked for the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department after high school.  In May 1958, a co-worker introduced her to Frank Haist and they married that September.  They...
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 29, 2011
Sitting in his Glendale office, Steven Hovagimian clicks through Facebook pictures at his desk. One shows him in a dress, wig and jewelry pretending to be an old Armenian woman in a comedy skit to raise money for Glendale’s Unified Young Armenians group. In that same photo, the real woman standing next to him, he said, is his wife. “She says I’m crazy, but says, ‘You’re doing all this for the kids, so, why not?’” He supports Unified Young Armenians (UYA) with encouragement, time and his endearing sense of humor when he’s not working as a social worker for Los Angeles County or as a deacon with the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church or as a TV show host on “Cornerstone” (“Himnakar” in Armenian)
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Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 21, 2011
The room already smelled of a freshly home-cooked meal when Cherie Mercer Twohy’s students arrived to learn how to prepare a six-course meal. This particular class would use only Trader Joe’s products to make “Meatball Minestra,” “Gorgeous-and-Good-For-Ya-Salad,” “Fab, Fast Frittata,” “Chicken with Leeks and Mushrooms,” “Roasted Butternut Squash with Chiles” and “Puff Pastry Pillows.” Twenty students, mostly couples and cliques of girlfriends, faced Twohy’s kitchen, which is equipped with a mirror and television monitor for a bird’s-eye countertop view.
NEWS
January 22, 2011
I have just received a letter from the parking division of the city of Los Angeles. Seems they want me to pay the already-late parking ticket on my black Jaguar. Apparently, they have no silly hang-ups about whether this is actually my car. It's not. Jags are way out of my league. The car, I might be able to afford; but the towing and repair bills no doubt would bankrupt me. The city didn't even have any compunctions about demanding the $25-fee from someone named "June Casagrqande" and sending it to "June Casagrande.
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