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By Michael Ollove and Michael Ollove,SUN STAFF | May 30, 1997
Boy oh boy, was "My Cousin Vinny" a mistake for director Jonathan Lynn.The pacing was sure, the performances hilarious, the script crisp and clever. Altogether an enjoyable time at the movies.So naturally, when Lynn returns to courtroom farce, as he does in "Trial and Error," what other film is it going to be compared with? You got it. And next to "My Cousin Vinny," "Trial and Error" is cruel and unusual punishment.The film is out of calibration. Performances are either too broad or too flat.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | June 14, 2009
WASHINGTON - Them Jews aren't going to let President Obama talk to me." - the Rev. Jeremiah Wright "I hate gay people ..." - Tim Hardaway, former NBA star "A Third World country."
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | May 15, 1998
It was a based on a clever concept. But, in the end, the final episode of "Seinfeld" last night was mainly for die-hard fans. By no standard could you call it great.The concept involved putting Jerry, Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), George (Jason Alexander) and Kramer (Michael Richards) on trial for "criminal indifference," the very charge real-life critics of the series are making against the characters as "Seinfeld" ends its popular nine-year run.The finale started out promising enough, neatly resurrecting the fictional sitcom, "Jerry," that Jerry and George had created and tried to sell to NBC five years ago. A new NBC president, played by Peter Riegert, stumbles upon the pilot and offers them a contract for 13 episodes and the use of the company jet.The four decide to have a "fling in Paris" at NBC's expense before Jerry and George move to Los Angeles.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,mary.mccauley@baltsun.com | January 25, 2009
In his trademark deadpan delivery, comic Larry Lancaster tells the audience at Magooby's Joke House that underachieving African-American men like him are ambivalent about Barack Obama's election to the highest office in the land. "A lot of black guys have mixed feelings about Obama being president," Lancaster says. "Now, we have no more excuses. Every time someone says, 'Hey, Tyrone, how come you don't have a job?' we can't say, 'Damn, The Man is holding me down.' " Lancaster switches roles, enacting the part of Tyrone's heckler.
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May 7, 2007
Concert UMBC Chamber Players perform Under the direction of E. Michael Richards, the UMBC Chamber Players will perform the music of Beethoven, Rorem, Prokofiev, Matsudaira and others. Admission is free, and the performance begins at 8 p.m. University of Maryland, Baltimore County is at 1000 Hilltop Circle. Call 410-455-1000 or go to umbc.edu/arts.
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May 14, 2004
On May 12, 2004; ALVIN S. ROBINSON, beloved companion of Joan Orlando; beloved father of Michael Richards of New Jersey, Nancy Dell of Owings Mills, MD; Philip Robinson of Owings Mills, MD, Jeffrey Orlando of Boca Raton, FL and Cheryl Labaziewitz; devoted father-in-law of Thomas Dell; devoted brother of Jeanne Kornrich and Carolyn Weiss; loving grandfather of Robbie Dell, Audrey Richards, Zachary Robinson, Nellie and Jack Richards; dear ex-husband of...
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | November 26, 2006
"Throw his ass out! He's a nigger! He's a nigger! He's a nigger! A nigger! Look, there's a nigger!" - Michael Richards, The Laugh Factory in Hollywood, Nov. 17 "I'm not a racist. That's what's so insane about this." - Michael Richards, "The Late Show with David Letterman," Nov. 20. You'd think one of the first things a stand-up comic learns is how to deal with hecklers. One recalls Richard Pryor's jab at some fool who blew a whistle in the middle of his monologue. "This ain't Kool & the Gang, mother ----!"
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By Barry Koltnow and Barry Koltnow,ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER | September 24, 1995
The man with the most memorable on-camera entrances in show business lives up to his billing in the film "Unstrung Heroes," a touching drama directed by Diane Keaton.Michael Richards, who has turned the offbeat Kramer on TV's "Seinfeld" into a national cult figure, makes his grand entrance in the film through a window. It is one of many hysterical moments in a film that is not what one would consider a comedy.Being light among the dark was of serious concern to Mr. Richards, who says he turned down considerably more lucrative offers to do film comedies so that he could appear in this relatively low-budget drama.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,sun music critic | December 14, 2006
The title Coming to Life: Generation, Transition, Interlocking of Phases could be mistaken for a scientific treatise. So could the analytical note that Italian composer Carlo Alessandro Landini provided for this dense and arresting work, which was premiered Tuesday night at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In that note, Landini relates his music to thermodynamics, phase transition, the "lowest derivative of the free energy," entropy and disintegration. It's enough to make anyone leery of hearing the 20-minute score, commissioned and premiered by the fine contemporary music ensemble Ruckus to commemorate UMBC's 40th anniversary.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | August 25, 1994
No complaints at all today. The first new series of the fall season is unveiled tonight, and it could well wind up as the best of the bunch. It's called "My So-Called Life" -- and if you miss it, it's your so-called fault.* "My So-Called Life" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., Channel 13) -- Last season, the unknown redhead who shot to stardom was David Caruso. This season, it ought to be Claire Danes, who is, and plays, a 15-year-old on this superb new series from the creators of "thirtysomething." I don't want to sound excessively enthusiastic, but I loved every minute of it, and so did my 12-year-old daughter, who saw as much truth and entertainment in "My So-Called Life" as I did. Executive producers Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick, and writer-producers Winnie Holzman and Scott Winant, have concocted something that's visually and viscerally powerful.
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May 7, 2007
Concert UMBC Chamber Players perform Under the direction of E. Michael Richards, the UMBC Chamber Players will perform the music of Beethoven, Rorem, Prokofiev, Matsudaira and others. Admission is free, and the performance begins at 8 p.m. University of Maryland, Baltimore County is at 1000 Hilltop Circle. Call 410-455-1000 or go to umbc.edu/arts.
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By BILL CONLIN and BILL CONLIN,Philadelphia Daily News | January 1, 2007
It should have been the biggest story of the young century. The abuse of performance-enhancing, illegal, anabolic steroids and human growth hormones should have dwarfed the 1919 Black Sox Scandal both in scope and impact. The Eight Men Out who dumped a World Series shamed themselves and cast suspicion on whether the national pastime was manipulated by mobsters. But no records of the day were compromised. And records, the timeless array of revered numbers under constant challenge, are the hard coin of major league baseball's realm.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,sun music critic | December 14, 2006
The title Coming to Life: Generation, Transition, Interlocking of Phases could be mistaken for a scientific treatise. So could the analytical note that Italian composer Carlo Alessandro Landini provided for this dense and arresting work, which was premiered Tuesday night at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In that note, Landini relates his music to thermodynamics, phase transition, the "lowest derivative of the free energy," entropy and disintegration. It's enough to make anyone leery of hearing the 20-minute score, commissioned and premiered by the fine contemporary music ensemble Ruckus to commemorate UMBC's 40th anniversary.
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By Clarence Page and Clarence Page,Chicago Tribune | November 28, 2006
Until his racist rant at a Los Angeles comedy club threw his faltering stand-up comedy career onto a bonfire of insanity, Michael Richards was best known to millions as The Guy Who Used to Play Kramer on Seinfeld, one of the most popular shows in TV history. Now he's known as the mixed-up weirdo who gave us something besides sports and the midterm elections to talk about over Thanksgiving dinners. By now you know the story: A raging Mr. Richards was caught on video camera spewing the N-word and making obscene lynching references at some black hecklers in the audience.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | November 26, 2006
"Throw his ass out! He's a nigger! He's a nigger! He's a nigger! A nigger! Look, there's a nigger!" - Michael Richards, The Laugh Factory in Hollywood, Nov. 17 "I'm not a racist. That's what's so insane about this." - Michael Richards, "The Late Show with David Letterman," Nov. 20. You'd think one of the first things a stand-up comic learns is how to deal with hecklers. One recalls Richard Pryor's jab at some fool who blew a whistle in the middle of his monologue. "This ain't Kool & the Gang, mother ----!"
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May 14, 2004
On May 12, 2004; ALVIN S. ROBINSON, beloved companion of Joan Orlando; beloved father of Michael Richards of New Jersey, Nancy Dell of Owings Mills, MD; Philip Robinson of Owings Mills, MD, Jeffrey Orlando of Boca Raton, FL and Cheryl Labaziewitz; devoted father-in-law of Thomas Dell; devoted brother of Jeanne Kornrich and Carolyn Weiss; loving grandfather of Robbie Dell, Audrey Richards, Zachary Robinson, Nellie and Jack Richards; dear ex-husband of...
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By Bloomberg Business News | January 29, 1994
ATLANTA -- The scenario hasn't changed much from last year: the same two teams butting heads to claim pro football's top prize as the same TV network carries the big game. Only this time, prices have gone up.NBC is charging $900,000 for a 30-second commercial during Super Bowl XXVIII in Atlanta, up from the $850,000 it was demanding last year. Just as fans clamored for tickets to see the Dallas Cowboys play the Buffalo Bills tomorrow, advertisers bought up the limited ad time weeks in advance.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | June 14, 2009
WASHINGTON - Them Jews aren't going to let President Obama talk to me." - the Rev. Jeremiah Wright "I hate gay people ..." - Tim Hardaway, former NBA star "A Third World country."
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | January 1, 2001
It has been a very good year for a certain kind of reality television. Recall the almost-naked body of Richard Hatch, the phenomenal success of the "Survivor" series in which he appeared, and the slew of failed sitcoms starring such big names as Michael Richards and John Goodman, and it might seem that 2000 was a television year too horrible to contemplate. But look beyond the realms of staged reality and the sitcom and into the worlds of documentary and even docudrama, and the picture is far different.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | May 13, 2000
NBC, which appears headed for a third-place finish this season, is nevertheless sticking with its long-time formula -- a lineup dominated by familiar faces in sophisticated sitcoms. When the Peacock announces its fall schedule on Monday, it will feature four new comedies starring Michael Richards ("Seinfeld"), Katey Sagal ("Married ... With Children"), Steven Weber ("Wings"), Delta Burke ("Designing Women") and David Alan Grier. By the end of next week, all six networks will have announced their fall schedules, and started selling advertising time for the 2000-2001 season.
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