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June 20, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
“The Bachelor” doesn't have a great track record when it comes to forming lasting relationships. But show creator Mike Fleiss and host Chris Harrison are hoping that their new venture will inspire more meaningful love connections. “The Bachelor” veterans on Wednesday unveiled At First Sight, a dating app aimed at helping singles connect through video profiles. The app, available for free on iOS and Android , was developed by Perceptual Networks, a tech start-up whose investors include Silicon Valley notables such as PayPal founder Max Levchin and YouTube co-founder Steve Chen.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 9, 2013 | By Elaine Woo
Bob Thompson, a composer and arranger who supplied swinging bachelors in the 1950s with sophisticated, jazz-inflected tunes that came to be known as "Space Age bachelor pad" music, died May 21 in Los Angeles at age 88. Times obituary writer Steve Chawkins writes that Thompson, a California native, wrote and arranged music that "allowed hi-fi buffs to turn the lights down low, mix the perfect martini and show off their tweeters and woofers.......
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins
Sometime between ring-a-ding-ding and hunk-a hunk-a burning love, America slipped into something more comfortable and Bob Thompson was there to help. Thompson was one of the foremost composers and arrangers of what came to be known as "Space Age bachelor pad" music - tunes that allowed hi-fi buffs to turn the lights down low, mix the perfect martini and show off their tweeters and woofers. With cascading strings, upbeat rhythms and - as in his piece "Mmm Nice!" - breathy female singers, Thompson's music set a mood, but was more than mood music.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2013 | By Margaret Gray
Even as I enjoyed Crown City Theatre's tuneful, compactly staged revival of the Stephen Sondheim/George Furth musical “Company," my mommy radar was on high alert: Who's watching the kids? Several characters allude to having them. These kids evidently do their own homework and go to bed early, leaving their parents free to drink, get high and shed a queasy light on the institution of marriage. What about soccer practice? Director Albert Alarr situates his interpretation of this 1970 Tony Award magnet in the present, incorporating video games, smartphones, emails and Facebook posts.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
"Bachelor" Jason Mesnick's wife, Molly Malaney Mesnick, has given birth to a baby girl named Riley Anne Mesnick.  "We welcomed the most beautiful healthy baby girl to our family today Riley Anne Mesnick. Thank you all for all your well wishes!" Mesnick, 36, tweeted Thursday. Riley was born in Seattle on Thursday and weighed in at 6 pounds, 8 ounces. She was 18¾ inches long, People magazine reported . PHOTOS: The Hollywood baby boom She "has a full head of hair -- probably more than I'll have in the next few years," Mesnick told the magazine.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
Sean Lowe may have walked away with a fiancee on the season finale of "The Bachelor" on Monday night, but he's not stopping there. The beefy Texan wants his shot at the mirror ball trophy too. Mere hours after Sean placed a shiny diamond ring on Catherine Giudici's finger on national television, ABC announced that their golden boy would be a last-minute addition to the upcoming season of "Dancing With the Stars. " Sean, a former Kansas State University linebacker, will join the already-announced cast that includes "American Idol" veteran and country singer Kellie Pickler, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Lisa Vanderpump, professional boxer Victor Ortiz and uh, Andy Dick.  PHOTOS: Meet the cast of Season 16 'Dancing with the Stars' Sean won't have much time to prepare: The new season begins Monday, and he'll be paired with professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd.  "Bachelor" alumni have a mixed record on the highly rated program.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
It's been less than 24 hours since Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici went public as a couple, and it doesn't seem like the newly engaged pair will be drifting from the spotlight anytime soon. First, ABC announced early Tuesday morning that Sean would be joining the cast of "Dancing with the Stars," which starts airing in less than a week. Then -- as part of their nonstop media tour -- Sean and his lovely lady jumped on a call with journalists to discuss their wedding, which will be televised later this year.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
I got everything I wanted out of Monday night's “Bachelor” finale, but somehow I still don't feel satisfied. Sean chose Catherine, the bubbly, self-proclaimed weirdo who has been my favorite for weeks. Meanwhile, Lindsay -- who Sean long only seemed into due to a strong physical attraction -- didn't get a Neil Lane sparkler. But even after the picture-perfect proposal and reunion on the “After the Final Rose,” I didn't find myself experiencing much emotion. Maybe that's partly because I had a feeling this season would have a happy ending.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before the dentist and lots of pain and blood. The Skinny: On Saturday night, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes showed up in a dream. Last night it was CNN chief Jeff Zucker. Don't let anyone say I don't take my work home with me. Monday's headlines include the weekend box office report and a look at the ratings comeback of ABC's "The Bachelor. " Daily Dose: Graphic sex is no big deal on HBO's "Girls" but Sunday's episode was a bit over the top even for a TV show on pay cable.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
Tonight's "Women Tell All" episode was excruciating for me to watch. And no, that's not just because I had to listen to the women rehash drama none of us care about or see them all gang up on Tierra for 45 minutes. It is because I had to witness it all twice.  That's right, friends, I took a bullet for "Bachelor" nation and attended the taping of the "Women Tell All" a couple of weeks ago. And no, I didn't actually get to sit in the audience. Along with a handful of other journalists, I sat on a sound stage for six hours watching the drama unfold on a television monitor while snacking on Craft Services.
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