September 11, 2013 |
By cultural indications, the Netflix original series 'Orange Is the New Black' appears to be a hit. The prison comedy, based on Piper Kerman's autobiography about her 15-month incarceration in a federal correctional facility on a decade-old drug offense, has garnered extensive media coverage -- and a parody photo featuring the puppets from the Broadway musical "Avenue Q. " But the precise size of its audience remains cloaked in mystery --...
September 6, 2013 |
Joan Crawford once described Errol Flynn as "the most beautiful man who ever lived. " But that was when Flynn was the charming, dashing and devilishly handsome star of such Warner Bros. swashbucklers as 1935's "Captain Blood," 1938's "The Adventures of Robin Hood" and 1940's "The Sea Hawk. " By 1957, though, Flynn's hedonistic lifestyle of booze, drugs and young women - he was tried and acquitted in 1942 in the alleged statutory rape of two teenage girls - had caught up with him. He was a dissipated 48. And his personal life was in shambles, having recently separated from his third wife, actress Patrice Wymore.
September 6, 2013 |
The leader of a key Latino civil rights group said he's disappointed that former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took a job advising nutritional products company Herbalife Ltd., which has been accused of preying on Latinos. The Los Angeles company, battling allegations for more than eight months that it operates an illegal pyramid scheme, announced Thursday that it had signed Villaraigosa as a special advisor to chief executive Michael O. Johnson and its board of directors.
August 14, 2013 |
The prospects of finding a distributor for a $220,000 movie, produced mainly by college students at an obscure San Diego Catholic university, could hardly be worse. But about 60 students at John Paul the Great Catholic University who embarked on a quixotic class project two summers ago to make and release their own movie beat the odds. With the help of faculty members who had ties in Hollywood, the students recruited professional actors and crew members to help make their film.
July 30, 2013 |
Los Angeles nutritional products company Herbalife Ltd. is responding to criticism about its business model by changing the way it classifies its customers. From now on, those who buy Herbalife health and nutrition products for personal use will be called “members” instead of “distributors,” Michael O. Johnson, the company's chief executive officer, said during a conference call with analysts. The change comes eight months after hedge fund manager Bill Ackman called Herbalife a “pyramid scheme,” noting that most of its distributors lose money.
July 19, 2013 |
Wall Street investors have been standing behind Herbalife Ltd., but the Los Angeles nutritional products maker can't seem to shake questions about its controversial business model. Since hedge fund manager Bill Ackman accused the company in a report in December of operating a pyramid scheme, Herbalife repeatedly has asserted that its multilevel marketing engine is solid and clean. This week, Latino worker groups and public advocacy organizations met with officials from the Federal Trade Commission to ask for an investigation into Herbalife's operations, particularly its handling of its huge network of distributors.