September 11, 2012 |
My family and I marked the 10th anniversary of 9/11 last year with a ceremony at the Los Angeles Fire Academy. Our daughters marveled at the enormous fire engine ladders, lifted toward the sky to proudly display an American flag. The older one took pictures with my phone of a twisted piece of steel, a piece of the World Trade Center, pictures she would later share with her second-grade class. They listened, as best they could, to speeches by the mayor and other politicians. They stood at attention as a bagpiper played taps.
August 24, 2012 |
Facebook and Internet portals such as Google and Yahoo increasingly provide Americans their gateway for news, but the bulk of voters who catch up on current events daily turn to traditional sources, particularly local television stations, according to a nationwide poll. Traditional news sources on TV and in print also remain more trusted than the burgeoning alternative ecosystem of blogs, late-night comedy shows and social media outlets, the USC Annenberg/Los Angeles Times Poll on Politics and the Press found.
June 29, 2012 |
I didn't expect much from "Brand X," FX's new "talk show" starring British comedian Russell Brand, and yet I got even less. With his disheveled locks and quasi-bohemian dress, Brand is as much a personality as a performer, having managed to not only survive but leverage a medley of dysfunctions (including ADD, heroin addiction, alcoholism, bulimia, divorcing Katy Perry) to create an image of the bleary-eyed, often low-brow but sometimes surprisingly literate scapegrace. It's a character that has granted him a successful film career - "Get Him to the Greek,""Arthur"and, most recently, "Rock of Ages" - bestselling books, stand-up shows and awards hosting gigs.
December 22, 2011 |
"I got a phone call from a friend," Peter Sagal told me recently, remembering a day in 1997, "who said, 'I know these people who are putting together a new show on public radio. They're looking for funny people who read a lot of newspapers, and I thought of you.'" FOR THE RECORD: Peter Sagal: An earlier version of the photo caption on this article about Peter Sagal and "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" misspelled Carl Kasell's last name as Kassel. That was "Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me," the popular NPR current-events comedy panel show Sagal has hosted for nearly 14 years.
December 10, 2011 |
For 18 long months, it disappeared. In the time it takes Albert Pujols to go yard, it is back. With the power of a Dwight Howard dunk, the strength of an Arte Moreno check and the brightness of a Magic Johnson smile, the trademark buzz of Los Angeles sports has come home for the holidays. For more than a year after the Lakers' victory in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals, our sports community endured a hangover that left us aching and sprawled across a landscape filled with empty seats, empty jerseys, empty coaches' offices and empty promises.
November 21, 2011 |
A new survey of New Jersey voters comes to a provocative conclusion: Fox News viewers tend to be less informed about current events than those who don't watch any news at all. Fairleigh Dickinson University recently questioned 612 adults in New Jersey about how they get their news, offering as options traditional outlets like newspapers and local and national television news, or blogs, websites and even Comedy Central's "The Daily Show. " They then asked a series of factual questions about the major events of the last year, from the "Arab Spring" to the Republican race for president.