January 8, 2014 |
"Being Mary Jane," BET's first original scripted drama, scored impressively when its movie-length pilot aired last July, attracting more than 4 million viewers. But Tuesday's offical debut of the series fell off considerably from that initial outing. The launch of "Being Mary Jane" drew 3.3 million viewers in the first of two airings. An encore airing brought it 1.8 million viewers. "Being Mary Jane" stars Gabrielle Union as a successful TV personality at a cable news station whose personal and family life is somewhat of a mess.
January 7, 2014 |
Aereo, the start-up company that transmits local broadcast television signals via the Internet, said it has raised $34 million in a new round of financing that it will use to expand its service, which is currently available in 10 cities. Among Aereo's new backers is Gordy Crawford, a well-known figure in media circles who retired last year from Capital Research and Management, where he oversaw the firm's entertainment and media investments for decades. Crawford is very close to media mogul Barry Diller, whose company IAC is a key investor in Aereo.
January 3, 2014 |
"Being Mary Jane" is much more than just the latest entry on BET's prime-time lineup. It's a milestone. Debuting six months after its movie-length pilot attracted more than 4 million viewers, "Being Mary Jane," which premieres Tuesday starring Gabrielle Union as the popular host on a national cable news network, is the first original scripted drama developed for BET. Executives are calling "Being Mary Jane" a game changer for the network, which...
December 18, 2013 |
A year ago, activist investor Bill Ackman rocked Wall Street with a $1-billion bet that shares of Herbalife Ltd., the Los Angeles seller of weight-loss and nutrition products, would slide to zero. Herbalife was a "pyramid scheme," bound to be undone by regulators and destroyed, he told the Los Angeles Times and other media outlets Dec. 19. Herbalife shares plummeted 42% in the next five days, hitting a midday low of $24.24 on Christmas Eve. At the time, it seemed that 2013 would be difficult for Herbalife.
December 12, 2013 |
Imagine being days away from a huge payoff, but still knowing you will have to sit through an entire football game, hoping your team will win. Fourteen people out there are going through that now. When the opening odds for the BCS title were put on the board at the LVH hotel in Las Vegas in July, Auburn, which was coming off a 3-9 season and had a new coach, was listed at 1,000 to 1. Fourteen people, probably Auburn fans who support their team...
December 5, 2013 |
How will your favorite films fare with academy voters this year? Time for another consultation with the Oscar 8-Ball, which sees all. Well ... except for the ending of the original "Planet of the Apes. " ("You maniacs!") SAVING MR. BANKS You may rely on it: A movie about the magic of moviemaking? It worked for the last two best picture winners — "The Artist" and "Argo" (though the latter had the thriller elements too, not to mention Ben Affleck's awesome '70s beard) — so why not "Banks," a warmly sentimental, behind-the-scenes story about Walt Disney's attempt to persuade famously prickly British author P.L. Travers to sign away the screen rights to her beloved creation, Mary Poppins.
November 23, 2013 |
It's the holidays. The relatives are here, and you're tired of cooking and cleaning and then doing it all over again the next day. You need to get them out of the house - for brunch. Please, not a buffet. No mob scenes. You need a restaurant with a chef who has really thought about the meal that bridges breakfast and lunch. How about salmon slow-smoked over foraged "rabbit tobacco" or a sumptuous octopus hash with smashed fingerling potatoes? Maybe a classic omelet or shirred eggs? To start the meal, of course, you'll have a strong cup of coffee from a micro-roaster or perhaps a mimosa stained fuchsia with prickly pear fruit.
November 12, 2013 |
Thanksgiving travelers can expect higher airfare, hotel and rental car prices over last year, according to a Hotwire survey. But that won't keep Americans from spending an estimated $14 billion on Thanksgiving travel and $58 billion on Christmas travel. Compared with last year, hotel prices are up 3%, airfares are up 8% in the top U.S. markets, and rental car prices are up 7%. Still, the Hotwire survey by Harris Interactive says many of us will embark on what's called "obligatory" travel, that is, trips made because of holidays, weddings, birthdays, etc. "When it comes to air travel, Thanksgiving is one of the busiest holidays to fly, so even though we've seen an increase in capacity over summer and fall, flights will likely be packed," a statement from the online travel company says.
November 2, 2013 |
Phil Rawlins heads a group that is about to invest $112 million in a professional soccer team that will play in a state where the sport has failed five times before and in a league in which the vast majority of franchises have never made a profit. And no, Rawlins does not appear to be crazy. "We've done a lot of research on it, we've done a lot of due diligence on it," Rawlins, a transplanted Brit, says of his efforts to bring Major League Soccer's next expansion team to Orlando.
October 29, 2013 |
For gamblers, this weekend's Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita offer the most challenging but potentially the most lucrative betting opportunities of the year. "It's high risk but also high reward," Daily Racing Form national correspondent Jay Privman said. Last year, 10 of the 15 Breeders' Cup race winners paid $20.40 or more on a $2 bet, and there were four winners that returned $32.60 or higher. Typically, in the Breeders' Cup large fields are stocked with Grade I or Group I winners and that leaves the opportunity for surprises, especially if racing luck isn't on the side of the favorite.