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October 21, 2008 | Jocelyn Y. Stewart and Jocelyn Y. Stewart, Stewart is a former Times staff writer.
Rudy Ray Moore, the self-proclaimed "Godfather of Rap" who influenced generations of rappers and comedians with his rhyming style, braggadocio and profanity-laced routines, has died. He was 81. Moore, whose low-budget films were panned by critics in the 1970s but became cult classics decades later, died Sunday night in Toledo, Ohio, of complications from diabetes, his brother Gerald told the Associated Press.
February 7, 2006 | Greg Braxton
Fox's struggling "The Bernie Mac Show" marked its 100th episode Friday, but viewers did not join in the celebration. Despite increased promotion for the telecast, the comedy matched its lowest ratings of the season, drawing just over 3.2 million viewers. The sitcom, in its fifth season, scored the same level of viewers in its Dec. 2 episode. Once one of the highlights of the Fox schedule, the series was the lowest-ranked live-action prime-time network series from last season to be renewed.
July 11, 2003 | Greg Braxton
Screenplays for the movies "Antwone Fisher" and "Whale Rider" and an episode of the TV drama, "The Practice" were among the winners of 2003 Humanitas Awards, the annual movie and TV writing honors established by the late Father Ellwood "Bud" Kieser. The awards were presented Thursday at a luncheon in Universal City.
July 18, 2003
It's Fox's turn to grit its teeth and broadcast the Sept. 21 ceremony, which this year has the potential to be a virtual infomercial for HBO. But with major nominations for such key series as "24," "The Bernie Mac Show" and "American Idol," Fox Entertainment President Gail Berman is pleased. "This is the cherry on the cake of what we've been trying to do," Berman said. "We've been told by many in the industry that we're doing HBO-quality shows....
April 29, 2004 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
Fox Entertainment Group on Wednesday said the founder of its Fox Television Studios was leaving the company, clearing the way for the hiring of a former Walt Disney Co. executive. Fox is expected to announce that Angela Shapiro, former head of Disney's ABC Family cable channel and ABC's daytime division, would replace David Grant as president of Fox TV Studios, sources said. A company spokeswoman declined to comment.
September 30, 2003 | Greg Braxton
The Fox network on Monday announced several programming moves, including shifting its new drama "The O.C." from Thursdays to Wednesdays and delaying the new comedy "The Ortegas" until midseason. Network executives had previously planned for "The O.C." to air Thursdays at 9 p.m. when it returns to the prime-time schedule following the baseball playoffs. That would have pitted the youth-oriented drama against CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and NBC's "Will & Grace."
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