January 11, 2014 |
They are the Dodger Dogs with all the trimmings, the triple cheeseburger with extra bacon, the filet mignon topped with melted butter. At next week's Detroit auto show, half a dozen automakers will be rolling out low-volume, high-performance or specialty vehicles meant to generate buzz for their brands. A Corvette Stingray not fast enough? The Corvette Z06 is on the way, likely with ludicrous levels of horsepower and torque. DETROIT AUTO SHOW: Big trucks, fast cars and more Subaru's WRX wannabe rally racer still too bland?
January 10, 2014 |
"Pretty Little Liars" star Troian Bellisario and costume designer Mandi Line turned up to celebrate the launch of the "Pretty Little Liars" collection by Aeropostale at the retailer's store in Times Square on Wednesday. Line persuaded Warner Bros. that there was consumer demand for a clothing collection tie-in with the show. The collection is in stores and on aeropostale.com now. [Fashionista] Actress Cameron Diaz has a new book out on health and beauty ("The Body Book"), but she wasn't always an expert.
January 10, 2014 |
If you're suffering Hollywood career doubts and need a little advice, there are worse people you could turn to than Christopher Nolan. That's the situation Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister found himself in several years ago when he debated making the high-concept science-fiction film "Transcendence" his directorial debut. Pfister had shot all but one of Nolan's movies and had worked closely with the helmer on his superhero tentpoles. But Pfister wasn't convinced that this script, with its big ideas and action pieces and a budget that would eventually approach $100 million, was the right fit for him. "I told Chris, 'I think it's a good project.
January 9, 2014 |
Magdalena Zyzak's delightful first novel, "The Ballad of Barnabas Pierkiel," has no noble characters, a good deal of mean-spirited behavior, and it all ends badly - in other words, it's a comedy. For those who think that religious fanaticism, racial hatred and Nazis are not fit subjects for humor, Zyzak mounts a spirited defense. "Prejudices and stupidities … in any time, in any people, serve as worthy targets for a bit of mockery," she writes. "This may be considered, in its modest way, a document of protest, as lightheartedness has become rather rare in this part of the world.
January 9, 2014 |
NBC's spinoff "Chicago P.D. " got a solid sampling by viewers Wednesday night as "The People's Choice Awards" and a returning "Modern Family" drew plenty of eyeballs. The police-centered "Chicago Fire" offshoot opened at 10 p.m. and drew 8.56 million viewers overall and a rating of 2.0 among key 18-49-year-olds, according to early numbers from Nielsen. That's a strong 18-49 number, compared with other dramas that bowed at 10 p.m. this season. Only NBC's "Blacklist" did better.
January 8, 2014 |
CBS is looking smart after the debut of its new sci-fi action series "Intelligence" on Tuesday. The premiere of the show, starring Josh Holloway of "Lost" as a super-agent with a chip in his brain, drew 16.6 million viewers, making it the most watched new series opener of the season, according to early numbers from Nielsen. "Intelligence" scored a rating of 2.4 in the key 18-49 demographic, which is 33% better than the premiere of "Golden Boy"...
January 6, 2014 |
The Czechs went old, Slovenia chose its only NHL player to lead its Olympic hockey debut, and Switzerland ensured its defense will be more solid than its famous cheese by selecting six NHL players for its Sochi roster. Those federations announced their 25-man rosters Monday, a few days after Team USA unveiled its picks. The remaining teams, including defending champion Canada, will announce their choices Tuesday. Jaromir Jagr , who will turn 42 during his fifth Olympics, 42-year-old former NHLer Petr Nedved and 37-year-old New Jersey forward Patrik Elias will skew the Czechs' average age high in a tournament that puts a premium on youth and speed.
January 6, 2014 |
The Kickstarter-backed film version of the cult-favorite teen TV series "Veronica Mars" has taken another step on its journey to theaters with the release of its first trailer, which finds star Kristen Bell up to her old sleuthing tricks in the seaside town of Neptune, Calif. Though the mystery series, which ran for three seasons on UPN and the CW, never found mainstream success and was canceled in 2007, it did attract an ardent core of fans who have since clamored for a movie. They got the chance to show they were serious back in March, when Bell and series creator Rob Thomas reunited to launch a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising $2 million to fund the film.
January 2, 2014 |
Ford Motor Co. will debut a solar-powered plug-in hybrid at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week. The C-Max Solar Energi Concept has solar panels on its roof that can charge the vehicle's battery. If the technology proves viable in testing this year, Ford thinks it is a way to free some rechargable vehicles from wall sockets. But there's a catch. The solar panels on top of the C-Max can capture only enough energy to charge up the battery to about one-eighth full - good for maybe three miles of electric-powered driving - during the day. PHOTOS: Ten cheapest cars that get 35 mpg or better “While solar panels have been making strides in terms of efficiency, even if we put them on the hood, you still couldn't recharge the battery enough,” said Mike Tinskey, Ford's director of vehicle electrification and vehicle infrastructure.
December 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Nearly four years after it was signed and after months of scrambling and uncertainty, President Obama's landmark bid to guarantee Americans health security takes full effect Wednesday as the Affordable Care Act begins delivering healthcare coverage to millions nationwide. Administration officials reported Sunday that about 1.1 million people had enrolled in health plans using the federal website, HealthCare.gov, the main entry point for coverage in 36 states. Nearly all the enrollments came in the last couple of weeks as the deadline approached for coverage that would take effect Jan. 1. Several hundred thousand people have enrolled on separate sites run by 14 states and the District of Columbia, with the largest figure coming from California, where more than 400,000 have signed up. An exact count nationwide is not yet available because not all states have tallied their figures, but the total appears to be about 2 million.