February 7, 2014 |
NBC didn't air the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs choir covering“Get Lucky” or T.a.T.u's defiantly gay-friendly performance. But Friday night's telecast of the opening ceremony for the 22nd Winter Olympics in Sochi was an enthralling, if occasionally odd, swirl of East and West, old and new, strange and familiar. It was also a showcase for the increasingly aggrieved political subtext that threatens to overshadow the Games. All early coverage has been couched repeatedly in pejorative - for Russia's anti-gay laws, the expense of the facilities and shoddiness of accommodations; for the arrogance of the president and the joylessness of the population.
January 28, 2014 |
Could Justin Bieber be pulling out the moving boxes and leaving Calabasas behind him like a rotten egg? Maybe. Maybe not. Celebrity-dish sites are citing unnamed sources, so take it with a grain of salt. With the trouble the 19-year-old pop star has seen in the quiet, upper-class community northwest of Los Angeles, it would be odd if moving didn't cross his mind a time or two. It may have crossed the minds of others too. The L.A. Times contacted Calabasas Mayor Fred Gaines on Tuesday.
January 27, 2014 |
JERUSALEM -- With the nine months initially allotted by U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks more than halfway spent and a rumored American plan nearing, a scrambling for a foothold appears underway. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, over the weekend, Kerry cautioned both sides of the consequences of failure. The demographic dynamic will make it impossible for Israel to remain Jewish and democratic, Kerry said, adding that “the status quo, my friends ... will not last forever.” As for the Palestinians, they will be no closer to sovereignty or controlling their own fate and economy, Kerry said.
January 26, 2014 |
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks arrived Sunday night for a week of Super Bowl preparations, and the third-year cornerback was greeted by a six-deep crowd of dozens of reporters during a news conference at the team hotel. "I'm a little surprised by it," Sherman said of the massive reception. "But they told me to expect a little bit after last week. " Sherman, who played at Compton Dominguez High and Stanford, then laughed heartily. Sherman, of course, became one of the Super Bowl's main story lines after tipping away a potential game-winning pass against the San Francisco 49ers and then punctuating the play with his postgame comments about 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree . Sherman's comments and the emotional way he delivered them sparked an intense weeklong debate across all media platforms.
January 19, 2014 |
This new app provides "real-time together experiences" for groups on the platform. Name: Spin: The New Together Available for: iPhone and iPad What it does: It's a real-time video-chat and photo-sharing app for iOS users. Up to 10 friends can chat on the same channel and watch YouTube videos, share pictures and even "write" or comment on their friends' photos. Cost: Free What's hot: Group chats are fun, but for me the real treat was seeing my friends' YouTube videos and Instagram photos.
January 18, 2014 |
ABC and the producers of "The Bachelor" have issued a statement in response to comments made Friday by "Bachelor" star Juan Pablo Galavis . The latter's words were "thoughtless and insensitive" reads the statement, which is attributed to ABC, the show's executive producers and its studio, Warner Horizon Television. The comments from the network come after Galavis indicated that a potential homosexual edition of "The Bachelor" would not be a "good example for kids to watch" on TV. Galavis went so far as to use the word "pervert" in explaining his stance.