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The godfather of comedy looks back on a lifetime of laughs

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| When Budd Friedman opened a dingy brick-walled nightclub called The Improvisation in New York in 1963, there were no other major comedy clubs to speak of in the U.S.

Geoffrey Rush steps down from Australian screen academy after allegations of inappropriate behavior

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The actor has denied any inappropriate behavior at the Sydney Theatre Company. The allegation reportedly dates to his starring role in "King Lear" in 2015.

Craft hard cider is bubbling up

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The fizzy, alcoholic libation is having a moment. Over the past four years, the number of cider breweries across the country has doubled.

A rare chance to see works by Caravaggio, the Billy the Kid of great Italian painters

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He lived and worked all over Italy, moving around to escape punishment over money, murder and mayhem — even as he became one of the country's foremost artists.

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'Bad Sex In Fiction' award goes to novelist who compared skin to stained bathtub

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American writer Christopher Bollen received the, uh, honor, which was announced on Thursday. His novel "The Destroyers" featured a memorable pair of less-than-appealing analogies.

​Sphinx from 'Ten Commandments' set unearthed in central California

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DeMille's set included more than 20 sphinxes. After the filming DeMille ordered everything buried in the dunes 175 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

James and Dave Franco tell one of Hollywood's weirdest stories in 'The Disaster Artist'

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Before it became a cult classic, "The Room" was a spectacular flop — maybe the best "so bad it's good" movie of all time.

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7 things to do this weekend in SoCal

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Some events to check out include a Scandinavian Christmas celebration, a rumba dance party, a tamale food festival and the LA Auto Show.

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Jim Nabors, who played affable klutz Gomer Pyle, dies at 87

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The actor and singer starred as Pyle for years — first in The Andy Griffith Show, then in Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Nabors parlayed the stardom of the beloved goof into a long career on stage, TV and film.