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January 21, 2014 | By David Ng
Natascha McElhone will not be ignored. The British actress, who has played David Duchovny's on-and-off lover for six seasons on the Showtime comedy "Californication," will be taking on the role immortalized by Glenn Close in the upcoming London stage adaptation of the 1987 movie "Fatal Attraction. " The play, directed by the award-winning Trevor Nunn, is set to begin performances March 8 at London's Theatre Royal Haymarket.  PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage James Dearden, who wrote the movie's screenplay as well as the short film on which the movie was based, is authoring the new play.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2014 | By David Ng
Natascha McElhone will not be ignored. The British actress, who has played David Duchovny's on-and-off lover for six seasons on the Showtime comedy "Californication," will be taking on the role immortalized by Glenn Close in the upcoming London stage adaptation of the 1987 movie "Fatal Attraction. " The play, directed by the award-winning Trevor Nunn, is set to begin performances March 8 at London's Theatre Royal Haymarket.  PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage James Dearden, who wrote the movie's screenplay as well as the short film on which the movie was based, is authoring the new play.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2011 | By Josh Gajewski, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The producer had just sent the e-mail to Rob Lowe and was a little nervous. "Look, we wrote this crazy thing, I totally understand if you don't want to do it," he wrote the actor. Michael Schur and the writers of "Parks and Recreation" had come up with a promotional bit for the NBC comedy, on which Lowe is now a series regular. The script called for the 46-year-old actor to be a full-on diva; he'd arrive on set and, after being told that "Parks" had actually been on hiatus, would then launch into an expletive-filled rant about how his handsome face needed to be on television.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 7 -13, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       SUNDAY Yee-haw and amen! Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan host "The 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards" and Steve Harvey is master of ceremonies for "Celebration of Gospel 2013. " 8 p.m. CBS; 8 p.m. BET The ad men of "Mad Men" are back for a sixth season, but the bad men of "Shameless," "House of Lies" and "Californication" sign off for now with those series' respective season finales.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2009 | Josh Gajewski
Here are the ups and downs of being a teenage actress on a television show with strong adult themes: Your training at a prestigious ballet school has to be dropped, bad. But you get to spend your summers on the beach in California, good. You get to kiss the boy you've had a crush on because it gets written into the script, good. But this is your first kiss -- like, ever -- and so your first kiss will take place on camera, beneath a boom microphone and in front of the crew . . . along with your mom. Bad. You're on TV, cool.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2012 | By Laurens Beadle, Los Angeles Times
Actress-writer Diane Farr has listed her Spanish Revival-style house in West Hollywood at $899,000. The gated home, painted in bold colors, was built in 1927. Inside, the 1,712-square-foot house blends original details — 20-foot ceilings, arched doorways, tile, hardwood floors — with upgrades including skylights, custom bathroom sinks and high-end kitchen appliances. The living room features an original 15-foot-tall arched window. French doors in the dining room open onto a courtyard.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"House of Lies," which premieres Sunday, is a new series from Showtime about management consultants. The job is described as impossible to describe, but the general idea is that they're con artists who make troubled corporations dependent on their own company's advice. As legend-in-his-field Marty Kaan (Don Cheadle) puts it, the goal is to "make them think they can't live without us .... while we infect the host and bleed them dry. " Among other things, the show — based on a memoir by Marty Kihn, once head writer for VH1's "Pop-Up Videos" — seems to me a product of the knowledge that "Californication" can't last forever, and that it would be good for the network to have another male-targeted sex fantasy on hand when it goes.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2007 | Jenny Sundel
SHOWTIME premiered quirky comedies "Californication" and "Weeds" at the Cinerama Dome on Aug. 1. Mary-Kate Olsen walked the red carpet alongside her "Weeds" cast mate 2. Mary-Louise Parker, while Mary Jane made an appearance at the Garden of Eden-style after-party at Boulevard 3. Joints hung from the ceiling and bikini-clad models blew bubbles, as guests including 1. David Duchovny and his "Californication" costar Natasha McElhone, took it all in.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 2011
'It may have divided the critics, but in the ratings "Shameless" scored another win for Showtime's programming strategy of banking on antihero star vehicles. The drama, an Americanized version of a British series, stars William H. Macy as an abusive, substance-abusing father. It delivered 982,000 total viewers, according to the Nielsen Co. ? the pay-cable network's biggest drama premiere in seven years, since "Dead Like Me" scored 1.1 million. The show divided reviewers, with Los Angeles Times critic Mary McNamara finding it gritty and preachy, "never a good combination.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 7 -13, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       SUNDAY Yee-haw and amen! Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan host "The 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards" and Steve Harvey is master of ceremonies for "Celebration of Gospel 2013. " 8 p.m. CBS; 8 p.m. BET The ad men of "Mad Men" are back for a sixth season, but the bad men of "Shameless," "House of Lies" and "Californication" sign off for now with those series' respective season finales.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2012 | By Laurens Beadle, Los Angeles Times
Actress-writer Diane Farr has listed her Spanish Revival-style house in West Hollywood at $899,000. The gated home, painted in bold colors, was built in 1927. Inside, the 1,712-square-foot house blends original details — 20-foot ceilings, arched doorways, tile, hardwood floors — with upgrades including skylights, custom bathroom sinks and high-end kitchen appliances. The living room features an original 15-foot-tall arched window. French doors in the dining room open onto a courtyard.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"House of Lies," which premieres Sunday, is a new series from Showtime about management consultants. The job is described as impossible to describe, but the general idea is that they're con artists who make troubled corporations dependent on their own company's advice. As legend-in-his-field Marty Kaan (Don Cheadle) puts it, the goal is to "make them think they can't live without us .... while we infect the host and bleed them dry. " Among other things, the show — based on a memoir by Marty Kihn, once head writer for VH1's "Pop-Up Videos" — seems to me a product of the knowledge that "Californication" can't last forever, and that it would be good for the network to have another male-targeted sex fantasy on hand when it goes.
BUSINESS
March 24, 2011 | By Meg James and Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Netflix Inc. is increasingly feeling the sharp elbows of Hollywood. Already frozen out by HBO, the nation's largest premium cable channel, Netflix discovered this week that it soon would lose content from another premium service that until now had been an ally. Showtime Networks said Tuesday that when its existing agreement with Netflix expires this summer, it would no longer make episodes of its first-run series, including "Dexter" and "Californication," available to Netflix's online streaming service.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2011 | By Josh Gajewski, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The producer had just sent the e-mail to Rob Lowe and was a little nervous. "Look, we wrote this crazy thing, I totally understand if you don't want to do it," he wrote the actor. Michael Schur and the writers of "Parks and Recreation" had come up with a promotional bit for the NBC comedy, on which Lowe is now a series regular. The script called for the 46-year-old actor to be a full-on diva; he'd arrive on set and, after being told that "Parks" had actually been on hiatus, would then launch into an expletive-filled rant about how his handsome face needed to be on television.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 2011
'It may have divided the critics, but in the ratings "Shameless" scored another win for Showtime's programming strategy of banking on antihero star vehicles. The drama, an Americanized version of a British series, stars William H. Macy as an abusive, substance-abusing father. It delivered 982,000 total viewers, according to the Nielsen Co. ? the pay-cable network's biggest drama premiere in seven years, since "Dead Like Me" scored 1.1 million. The show divided reviewers, with Los Angeles Times critic Mary McNamara finding it gritty and preachy, "never a good combination.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2010 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
When Edie Falco won an Emmy for outstanding actress in a comedy for her role in "Nurse Jackie" earlier this year, she looked not only surprised, but also surprisingly irritated. Holding the statue at arms length, she said "Oh, this is just the most ridiculous thing that has ever, ever happened in the history of this lovely awards show. Thank you so much. I'm not funny. " Now, many awards winners make obligatory murmurs of self-deprecation, but Falco didn't sound humble so much as exasperated, as if the television academy had missed the point of her Jackie Peyton.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Showtime was sued Monday by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who said the cable television series "Californication" stole the title of their 1999 song and album by the same name. In addition, the Showtime series includes a character nicknamed "Dani California," which is also the title of one of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' songs, the four band members said in a complaint filed in L.A. Superior Court. The band asked for a court order barring Showtime's use of "Californication" and unspecified damages.
OPINION
July 6, 1986 | Kevin Starr, Kevin Starr, author of "Americans and the California Dream" and "Inventing the Dream: California Through the Progressive Era," is currently finishing a study of California during the Depression for Oxford University Press.
Conventional wisdom has it that Northern California is finished as a statewide force. At first glance, the current race between two Southern Californians for the governorship only reinforces this perception. Close analysis of the emerging political culture of California, however, reveals not a north/south dichotomy but a dialectic between the California Consensus and the California Alternative.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2009 | Josh Gajewski
Here are the ups and downs of being a teenage actress on a television show with strong adult themes: Your training at a prestigious ballet school has to be dropped, bad. But you get to spend your summers on the beach in California, good. You get to kiss the boy you've had a crush on because it gets written into the script, good. But this is your first kiss -- like, ever -- and so your first kiss will take place on camera, beneath a boom microphone and in front of the crew . . . along with your mom. Bad. You're on TV, cool.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Showtime was sued Monday by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who said the cable television series "Californication" stole the title of their 1999 song and album by the same name. In addition, the Showtime series includes a character nicknamed "Dani California," which is also the title of one of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' songs, the four band members said in a complaint filed in L.A. Superior Court. The band asked for a court order barring Showtime's use of "Californication" and unspecified damages.
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