October 31, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before seeing what Disney will pay for the Morning Fix. The Skinny: Time Warner Cable better get those deals done with DirecTV and Cox Cable for its new Lakers channel soon. A few more games like Tuesday night's and it will be a tough sell. Wednesday's headlines include Walt Disney Co.'s big deal for Lucas Films; Sony is cutting back on the number of movies it makes and former Disney executive Rich Ross has landed a new gig. Daily Dose: The ink isn't even dry on the Disney - Lucas Films deal (see below)
February 6, 2013 |
Al Gore hails from Tennessee, but when he comes to California next week, he'll be coming back to his spiritual home. In 2000, Californians gave him a double-digit lead - 1.3 million votes - over George W. Bush for president. His documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," won an Oscar. California's GOP governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, signed the nation's most groundbreaking greenhouse-gases law. Californians buy the Prius; the rest of the country buys Ford trucks. Gore arrives amid the hoo-hah over the half-billion-dollar sale of Current TV to Al Jazeera, and touting a hefty new book magisterially titled "The Future.
September 27, 2012
Get ready for some Honey Boo Boo holidays. The TLC network said Wednesday that it has ordered Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas specials focusing on its 7-year-old breakout star, Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson. The series aired its 10th and final episode of its debut season on Wednesday. The show centers around Thompson, her mother, June Shannon, and their rural Georgia family and has been a breakout hit for the cable network. TLC has also ordered additional episodes of the series to air next spring.
January 3, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before figuring out if it's too late for law school. The Skinny: I worked last Sunday and I'll be working this Sunday. Doesn't the industry know it's football time? Some things should be sacred! Thursday's headlines include Al Jazeera's acquisition of Current TV and a look at why Dish Network may not be the funnest place in the world to work. Daily Dose: Several top women golfers on the LPGA tour are from South Korea, and pay-TV distributors are making it easier for Koreans in Southern California to get the Golf Channel.
July 16, 1987 |
The Federal Communications Commission voted today to freeze allotments of television channels in Los Angeles and 29 other major metropolitan areas while it studies whether the current TV technical standards, most written in 1941, are outdated. The freeze, which also affects construction permit applications, took effect today. It will not apply to changes by existing stations or applications already on file.
August 9, 2012 |
Al Gore is riding to the rescue of his TV network -- just in time for the big political conventions. Earlier this year, Current, the upstart outlet the Nobel laureate and former vice president co-founded, got a black eye when it fired commentator Keith Olbermann, partly over disagreements about how the network was covering the primaries. Olbermann lashed back against his former bosses with a lawsuit that's still pending. This week, Current revealed that none other than Gore himself will host the network's coverage of the Republican National Convention later this month, when Mitt Romney is expected to be crowned the official GOP nominee.
December 30, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Friday. Saturday night will be Dick Clark's 40th New Year's Eve special. ( CBS ) Die-hard film fans are still turning out to the multiplex on opening weekend, but casual moviegoers are getting scarcer. ( Los Angeles Times ) Kelly Clarkson stepped in it when she voiced her support for GOP candidate Ron Paul on Twitter. ( Los Angeles Times ) Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are charming everyone with their YouTube clip performing "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?"
July 17, 1987 |
The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to freeze allotments of television channels in 30 major metropolitan areas while it studies whether the current TV technical standards are outdated. The freeze, which also affects construction permit applications, went into effect at 5:30 p.m. (EDT) Thursday. It will not apply to changes by existing stations or applications already on file.
March 6, 2012
Seven months after dropping a movie project based on the board game "Ouija" over concerns about its proposed budget of about $150 million, Universal Pictures is again planning to make the picture — but at a much reduced cost. The studio on Monday announced it was going to target the film for release in 2013 but did not say when it planned to begin production. People familiar with the matter but not authorized to speak publicly said the new "Ouija," which will be produced by Jason Blum ("Paranormal Activity")