September 17, 2013 |
"Mad Men" fans will have a bit longer to say goodbye to Don Draper. Following a trend set at AMC by "Breaking Bad," the seventh and final season of "Mad Men" will air in two, seven-episode halves, the network announced Tuesday. The first half of the season, dubbed "The Beginning," will air in spring 2014. The second, "The End of an Era," will air in spring 2015. "This approach has worked well for many programs across multiple networks, and, most recently for us with ' Breaking Bad,' which attracted nearly double the number of viewers to its second-half premiere than had watched any previous episode,” said AMC President Charlie Collier.
September 16, 2013 |
A prominent media analyst projects that Netflix will exceed 40 million streaming subscribers by the end of 2015, thanks to its low monthly price and the proliferation of Internet-connected devices. Netflix currently has about 30 million people in the United States who subscribe to its Internet service for on-demand access to TV shows and movies. BTIG media analyst Richard Greenfield wrote that he can "see no reason why" the service cannot surpass the 40 million streaming subscribers mark in 2015.
September 13, 2013 |
On Sept. 12, 2008, hundreds of Los Angeles-area commuters had begun their trips home from work, reflecting on their days and making plans for the evening ahead as they relaxed aboard Metrolink 111. At 4:22 p.m., however, those plans - and their lives - were shattered as the commuter train collided head-on with a Union Pacific freight train just west of the Chatsworth station. Twenty-four passengers and the Metrolink train's engineer lost their lives, and more than 100 passengers were hospitalized.
September 12, 2013 |
In a pair of news conferences on either side of the country Thursday, General Motors pulled the covers off the latest generation of its very large -- and very profitable -- lineup of full-size SUVs. In New York, GM's everyman brand Chevrolet debuted the all-new 2015 Tahoe and Suburban. Simultaneously in Los Angeles, the more upmarket GMC label had the 2015 Yukon, Yukon XL, and Yukon Denali on display. GM promised greater efficiency, safety and refinement for the entire lineup when it goes on sale in the first quarter of 2014.
September 11, 2013 |
The fourth installment of the "Jurassic Park" series is back on the schedule with Universal Pictures announcing Tuesday evening that "Jurassic World" in 3-D will bow on June 12, 2015. Steven Spielberg, who directed the first two films in the series, will return to produce the movie with Colin Trevorrow ("Safety Not Guaranteed") directing the action adventure based on the screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley also will produce. PHOTOS: Fall movie sneaks 2013 In May, Universal announced that it was delaying the release date of the movie, which at that time was slated for summer 2014.
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September 9, 2013 |
Building a proposed streetcar line in downtown Los Angeles may cost more than twice the original estimate, an adjustment that raises serious questions about the project's funding and future. The original estimate to build the Broadway streetcar line, about $125 million, did not include the cost of utility work, such as moving power lines. That could add up to $166 million, according to a recent city report, and other costs could rise by $28 million to $37 million. The funding gap of almost $200 million must be resolved before officials apply for federal transportation grants, which could total up to $75 million.
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August 19, 2013 |
The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games will be the largest sporting event to hit Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympics -- a logistical enterprise that seems impossible when you walk into the organizing committee's office downtown. About a dozen employees work out of the donated space, a cluster of empty cubicles strewn with half-opened boxes of business cards and printers that haven't been plugged in yet. But in two years, a full-time staff of 160 and an estimated 30,000 volunteers will put on competitions throughout Los Angeles for more than 7,000 athletes in an event that will bring an estimated $415 million to the regional economy.
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August 19, 2013 |
The long-awaited reopening of a hospital in South Los Angeles will cost $32 million more than anticipated due to "unforeseen site conditions" and may not be able to accept patients until early 2015, according to Los Angeles County officials. The new spending, expected to be approved Tuesday by the county Board of Supervisors, brings the total price tag of the project to $284.4 million, nearly $50 million more than originally budgeted for the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital.
August 5, 2013 |
Jeff Koons' big museum retrospective could be coming to Los Angeles after all, just not as soon as originally planned. The Museum of Contemporary Art said that the upcoming Koons exhibition has not been canceled, and is expected to arrive in L.A. in 2015. A spokeswoman for MOCA confirmed the details via e-mail, saying that the museum still is planning to present the show despite a Friday report from Bloomberg that said the exhibition would skip MOCA. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage The Koons show will debut at the Whitney Museum of American Art in June, according to a spokesman for the New York museum.
August 1, 2013 |
NASCAR on Thursday amended its television-rights pact with Fox Sports so that Fox Sports will show the first 16 Sprint Cup Series races of the season starting in 2015. Fox Sports already was set to carry the first 13 Cup races, as it does now, under an eight-year extension announced last October that was to last through 2022. Then last month, NASCAR announced another deal with NBC Sports -- a 10-year pact from 2015 through 2024 -- for NBC Sports to carry the final 20 races of the 36-race Cup schedule.