January 21, 2013 |
Katherine LaNasa plays a deliciously hard-edged, evil wife in the new TV series “Deception,” but at home in her Venice bungalow, she showcases a soft side influenced by her native New Orleans. “Being from New Orleans completely dominates my sense of style,” said the actress, who's also starring in “Jayne Mansfield's Car,” the forthcoming film directed by Billy Bob Thornton. “There is a drama and a funk to New Orleans. It's the last place people play it safe. They celebrate the vibrancy of life.” Following her divorce in 2010, LaNasa moved to the 950-square-foot bungalow to be near her son and his ill father, Dennis Hopper.
January 20, 2013 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Jan. 20 - 16, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES Tom Reed for Members Only: A tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Valerie Goodloe ("Gang Girl") (11 a.m. KSCI) The Carrie Diaries: Carrie's (AnnaSophia Robb) new relationship with Sebastian (Austin Butler) is not going smoothly in this new episode (8 p.m. KTLA). The Following: Kevin Bacon stars as a burned-out former FBI agent who is called back into action when the notorious serial killer (James Purefoy)
January 6, 2013 |
The cast of NBC's "Deception" has put the drama in the spotlight. The drama is one of only two network dramas that features an African American female in a lead role. But rather than embrace the groundbreaking emphasis, the producers appear to be more than a little uncomfortable with discussing the subject of race as it relates to the series. "Deception" stars Meagan Good as Joanna Locasto, a San Francisco narcotics detective who investigates a murder than has been linked to the Bowers, a powerful and wealthy family that once employed Joanna's mother as a maid.
January 6, 2013 |
In "Deception," a new mystery serial premiering Monday on NBC, Megan Goode plays Joanna Locasta, a San Francisco police detective recruited by the FBI - by her ex-partner/ex-boyfriend (Laz Alonso), specifically - to go undercover among the family of her former best friend, the victim of a suspicious drug overdose. The family, in whose house Joanna grew up - her mother was their maid - is, of course, rich and powerful and ridiculously dysfunctional. Not only that, but also, in the words of Joanna's FBI handler and ex-boyfriend, "They've been under investigation for stock manipulation for the last nine years," suggesting that the family is very clever, or that the authorities are very distracted.
December 16, 2012 |
Trying to sort through the NFL this season is a little like trying to shut down a deceptive read-option offense. Buy one fake pitch, and the real danger runs right past. The pitch: The New York Giants are rounding into Super Bowl form. Just look at their 52 points in a rout of New Orleans last week. The reality: Atlanta - fresh off a loss to three-win Carolina - handed the Giants a 34-0 shutout Sunday. "We love the haters, man," Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel said.
November 7, 2012 |
With less than a week until the release next Tuesday of his major-label debut, the Canadian R&B singer known as the Weeknd is giving listeners a preview of some of his new material. "Trilogy" will primarily collect songs from a series of free albums the Weeknd (born Abel Tesfaye) originally issued online in 2011. But it's also to contain three previously unreleased tracks, two of which -- "Twenty Eight" and "Valerie" -- are now available to stream in radio-rip form on a website overseen by the Weeknd's XO crew.
September 25, 2012 |
WASHINGTON — More than 3.5 million Discover credit card customers will share $200 million in refunds in the wake of a federal investigation that determined the bank tricked people into signing up for payment protection plans and other add-on services. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. found that Discover Financial Services telemarketers often talked faster when explaining fees and terms as they pitched the services, leading customers to think there was no additional fee, the regulators said Monday.
August 24, 2012 |
WASHINGTON — The ads promised that if you used the Ab Circle Pro machine just three minutes a day, you'd lose weight fast. But the Federal Trade Commission said the only thing that would get substantially lighter was your wallet. In the largest FTC settlement ever concerning an exercise machine, the Ab Circle Pro marketers have agreed to settle deceptive-advertising allegations by refunding up to $25 million to people who bought the device, the agency said. The Ab Circle Pro , which cost as much as $250, was marketed largely via infomercials and pitched by fitness model Jennifer Nicole Lee. Ads featuring the machine were shown 10,000 times nationwide, according to the FTC. Marketers said three minutes on the device, which allowed users to swivel on a fiberglass disk, was the equivalent of 100 sit-ups and would cause them to shed 10 pounds in two weeks, the agency said.
August 14, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO — Major biotech companies and manufacturers of household food products, including Campbell Soup, General Mills and Coca-Cola, have pumped almost $12 million into the campaign to defeat Proposition 37, the November statewide ballot initiative to require labels for genetically engineered crops and processed food products. Most of the funds were raised in recent weeks. New contributions on file with the California Secretary of State's office show that members of the Coalition Against the Deceptive Food Labeling Scheme contributed $9.98 million since the close of the Jan. 1 to June 30 reporting period.