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April 9, 2010
SERIES Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution: Your host has one week to teach 1,000 people how to cook in this new episode of the reality series (9 p.m. ABC). Gator 911: This new reality series documents the exploits of a Texas-based team of alligator experts (9 p.m. CMT). What Not to Wear: A self-professed nudist learns to dress for success on the season finale (9 p.m. TLC). Private Chefs of Beverly Hills: This new reality series looks at those who cook for the rich and famous (10 p.m. Food)
April 18, 2010
If you're nostalgic for warrior princesses, talk about "Xena: Warrior Princess." Long before Lucy Lawless was going topless in Starz' "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," she was just a warrior bent on overcoming her dark past and saving innocents to redeem herself in the campy '90s cult TV series. Want to relive that Spartan costume? The first season is now available on DVD. (Tuesday) If you want vampires that don't sparkle, talk about "American Vampire."
June 17, 2010
MT. EMMY: To scale the heights of the Emmys, wrap yourself in raves and pack lots of buzz. This week's altitude readings are by Greg Braxton, Maria Elena Fernandez, Martin Miller, Michael Ordoña and Yvonne Villarreal. PEAKING AGING GRACEFULLY: By grouping "Survivor" into heroes and villains, the show proved in its 20th season that aging is not a bad thing. Only its first season topped it in surprises and memorable moments. Could this be the year "The Amazing Race" gets beat?
March 23, 2010 | By Denise Martin and Joe Flint
There's no confusing Starz's "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" with Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." In the pay TV channel's adaptation of the tale of the rebel Roman slave, the battle cries from the Classical Age have, well, a distinctly 21st century ring ("My boot will meet your ass in the afterlife!"). The sexual intrigue seems lifted right out of a VH1 dating show (when a socialite decides to buy one of the gladiators-in-training, the men are ordered to drop their loincloths so she can make an informed choice)
January 3, 2012 | By Amy Dawes, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The pair of Golden Globe nominations for "Boss" — it got nods for top drama series and lead actor — is undoubtedly a shot in the arm for Starz, the pay-cable network on which the show appears. The network's motto is "the next big thing. " It has been striving to make headway with its original series, particularly since the arrival two years ago of Chief Executive Chris Albrecht, who was programming chief at HBO during the era of "The Sopranos," "Six Feet Under" and other landmark cable series.
The American Cinematheque's Alternative Screen showcase at the Egyptian presents tonight at 7:30 George Ratliff's "Hell House," which documents how the Trinity Assembly of God Pentecostal Church in Dallas has turned Halloween into an opportunity to terrify teens onto the path of righteousness. This is an authentic slice of Americana, a sometimes unintentionally amusing but overall disturbing conflation of primitive hellfire-and-damnation religious convictions and up-to-the minute technology.
With Oscar fever in the air, costume lovers will relish "Hollywood and the Academy Awards," an exhibit of contemporary and vintage movie costumes, plus several pairs of Marlene Dietrich's Size 6 1/2 rhinestone-heeled pumps and Fred Astaire's top hat. The costumes are on display at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in downtown Los Angeles through May 15.
September 10, 2007 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Not only did he have "It," Rudolph Valentino also possessed the "S" factor -- he was sexy, sensuous, smoldering and swarthy. The original "Latin Lover" and the screen's first superstar, the Italian-born actor still mesmerizes audiences 81 years after his untimely death of a perforated ulcer at the age of 31.
February 20, 1987 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
Come with us now to mythical Jamal, the place of "Death Before Dishonor" (citywide). It's a desert land, swimming in blood and sand--where a band of kill-crazy Arabs, advised by a German fashion model and her sidekick, are spreading a reign of incomprehensible terror. What a crew! The felonious Amin, the degenerate Zabib, the sadistic Said and their depraved leader, the jelly-bellied Jihad. Their perfidy is endless as the sands. They slaughter diplomats, blow up embassies and kidnap U.S.
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