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An NBC attorney attempted Friday to persuade federal appeals court judges in Pasadena to strike down the largest libel verdict against an American news organization--a $5.3-million judgment that the network defamed singer Wayne Newton in newscasts that linked him to organized crime figures. NBC lawyer Floyd Abrams said the stories were the product of aggressive reporting, not ill will, and should be protected by the First Amendment. But Newton's lawyer, Morton R.
April 27, 2014 | By Simon Mundy
  The plot of the South Korean television series "My Love From the Star" is farfetched, dealing with an alien who falls in love with a pop star. But the drama dominated a morning of debate for a Chinese Communist Party committee last month when delegates lamented the inability of homegrown offerings to match the show's runaway success in China. "The Korean drama craze … is resulting in a lack of confidence in our own culture," warned Xu Qinsong, a party official from Guangdong.
It's Monday night in the Borscht Belt, and a freak summer fog hangs over the Catskill Mountains, heavy as a potato pancake. In the nightclub of the old Granit Hotel, a pooped crowd of senior citizens waits for the King of Shtick to arrive. Suddenly, a four-piece band wakes them up with "Smile Though You're Heart Is Breaking," and Mal Z. Lawrence struts on stage like some wise guy at a bar mitzvah. "Food is a big thing here in the Catskills, isn't it?"
April 25, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - DMG Entertainment, the Beijing-based company that co-produced Hollywood films including "Iron Man 3" and "Transcendence," is in the process of going public on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. The move will see DMG enter the exchange through a reverse takeover with meat-processing company Sichuan Gaojin Foods. The deal still needs regulatory approval. According to DMG and Sichuan Gaojin, the deal values DMG at $970 million. That's three times the value of Gaojin at the end of 2013.
February 12, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
Three former "Saturday Night Live" comedians plus soft-rock Air Supply musicians will spice up the night at the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort in Cancun, Mexico , where expanded entertainment opportunities include a new nightclub named Noir and performances by internationally known entertainers. The all-inclusive mega-resort, which has hosted Shakira, Jon Secada, Enrique Iglesias and Usher, is to feature performances by "SNL" comics Jon Lovitz, Chris Katten and Tim Meadows on Saturday and Sunday.
May 1, 2012 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
The place is packed when singer Mark Giovi takes the stage as emcee of the Monday night open-mike at a little roadhouse on a dusty stretch a few miles west of the Strip. Fronting a tight backup band of drums, keyboards and tenor saxophone, the veteran showman's voice is piano-key smooth as he launches into two Ray Charles standards, "You Don't Know Me" and "Georgia on My Mind. " But there's something peculiar about the way the 43-year-old New Jersey native moves about the room: his mouth droops slightly, his left hand hangs limp, his left leg is somewhat stiff.
March 14, 2010 | By Richard Abowitz
After accidentally going to the wrong casino, Excalibur headliner Louie Anderson rushed over to the Suncoast to offer a short burst of his humor to the sellout crowd of more than 500. Backstage, Anderson said: "Vegas gets a bad rap for being shallow and not very community-minded. All the show business people in this town, we are all connected." Nearby, Monte Carlo headliner Lance Burton was polishing a glass to use as a prop as he prepared to take the stage (before rushing off to his own show)
April 5, 1993
Open letter to Gil Cates: Entertainers and others in the spotlight are constantly exploited for their celebrity, and they are always asked to appear and speak at public events for the benefit of others. Therefore, we find it surprising and hypocritical that Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon and Richard Gere are being criticized and censored for stating their beliefs in a concise and open manner. Whether one agrees or disagrees with the views expressed by Robbins, Sarandon or Gere, we'd like to remind Cates that the First Amendment also applies to entertainers.
June 8, 1985 | LISA TEASLEY, Teasley, a Calendar intern, is a graduate of UCLA. and
"Central Avenue during the '30s was in bloom with all the great black entertainers--like Duke Ellington, Lena Horne and Cab Calloway, at places like the Club Alabam, with all its big, beautiful stage shows," said Sammy Morrison, who played Sunshine Sammy in the first series of "Our Gang" comedies, speaking of the old Los Angeles. "When I pass by Central now, it hurts my heart to think about what it has been."
February 9, 1994 | MIMI KO
The City Council has agreed with residents and refused to grant an entertainment permit to Casa Carillo restaurant. Over the past two years, numerous residents have complained about noise, loitering, littering, public urination, graffiti and inadequate parking. They presented a petition signed by 143 people, urging the council to deny owner Jose Carillo's request for an entertainment permit. The permit would have allowed Carillo to hire bands to play dance music, as he did on weekends from 8 p.
April 21, 2014 | By August Brown
Yes, SZA is the first female artist signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, the vanguard L.A. hip-hop label behind Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q. But her album "Z" represents high ambitions for the label. It's a lean, dreamy and genre-destroying debut that steers the TDE ship into new waters. The 23-year-old, New Jersey-raised singer isn't an obvious signing for a label devoted to hard-won tales of redemption and introspection in South L.A. But she's a perfect complement to that catalog.
April 12, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
If you ask Ian Rush, Sunday's English Premier League match between first-place Liverpool and fast-closing Manchester City is about more than soccer supremacy. Oh, sure, it will be a clash of styles and philosophies, one that will push the winner closer to the Premier League title with less than a month left in the season. But to hear Rush tell it, it will also be a battle of the banks, one matching the haves against the have-mores. "Manchester City, you expect it because of the amount of money they pay for players," says Rush, Liverpool's all-time scoring leader and now an ambassador for the club.
April 10, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
A new report on spurring job growth in Los Angeles covers the bases, but leaves Hollywood out of the picture. The Los Angeles 2020 Commission report, titled "A Time for Action," was commissioned last year by City Council President Herb Wesson and offers various prescriptions to reverse a net decline in jobs over the last two decades. The recommendations include such ideas as promoting bioscience research, establishing a regional tourism authority and combining the ports of L.A. and Long Beach.
April 8, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Nick Stepka knew what gift would make his daughter's third birthday a hit, and it wasn't a toy or doll. He gave her a tablet - not a sleek new iPad or a hand-me-down Samsung, but one specifically designed and marketed for little ones. It even came with a purple protective casing and loaded with kids' apps and games. "Her eyes lit up when she opened it," said Stepka, 34, a Shakopee, Minn., father of three. "Everything else got put to the side. " That's exactly what tablet makers and companies that create children's entertainment were hoping for. PHOTOS: Top 10 gadgets we want to see this year Stepka's household is part of a growing group of consumers for whom traditional children's toys and games are not enough.
April 6, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
The cowboy rides away a winner, as veteran Texas singer George Strait collected the top honor for entertainer of the year Sunday at the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. The fan-voted award comes as Strait is in the midst of his Cowboy Rides Away farewell tour, after announcing last year his decision to quit touring. "Wow," the 61-year-old musician said as he was greeted by a standing ovation in the MGM Grand Garden Arena. "You know, I've always said I had the best fans in the world, and I heard this was a fan-voted thing, so I rest my case.
March 26, 2014
John Corrigan is the assistant managing editor for Arts and Entertainment, leading one of the Los Angeles Times' largest editorial departments in its coverage of film, television, culture, music, media and the fine arts. Corrigan has worked at The Times since 1999, serving as Business editor from 2009 to June 2012. He greatly expanded the Business section's online presence, adding daily video reports and building up its Tech Now and Money & Co. blogs. Corrigan directed several of The Times' most ambitious projects, including stories that won Loeb Awards in 2010 and 2012.
For George Strait, the fifth time is apparently the charm. After failing to cash in on four previous Country Music Assn. entertainer-of-the-year nominations, the shy, soft-spoken Texas singer was awarded the organization's highest honor Monday night during a nationally televised ceremony originating from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn. "I'm so excited," said Strait, who has had 19 No. 1 country hits since making his MCA Records debut in 1981. "I've wanted this for so long."
Somewhere in Los Angeles on Saturday, someone must have been talking about NAFTA, or the President's health plan, or violence in the Middle East.
March 19, 2014
Dr. Hans von Leden Treated voice ailments in entertainers, attorneys, ministers and politicians Dr. Hans von Leden, 95, an ear, nose and throat specialist who taught at UCLA and USC and treated voice disorders in singers, attorneys, teachers, politicians, pastors and other professionals, died March 5 at his home in Los Angeles, his family announced. No cause was given. Known as a go-to doctor for entertainers stricken with laryngitis, Von Leden traveled to Las Vegas, Reno and elsewhere on short notice to relieve a singer's or actor's symptoms.
March 17, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
Layoffs are underway at Sony Pictures Entertainment, the Sony Corp.-owned film and television studio that vowed late last year to significantly reduce its overhead. The cuts, which began Monday and will continue this week, include employees at divisions throughout the studio, according to a source with knowledge of the matter. The layoffs were felt at the studio's Culver City headquarters and at international offices. Among the divisions said to be deeply affected by the staff reductions is Sony Pictures Interactive, the studio's digital marketing arm.  "We are continuously evolving the business to make SPE more efficient and competitive," Sony Pictures spokesman Charles Sipkins said in a statement.  PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV At an investors conference in November, Sony Pictures executives outlined  $250 million in budget cuts that were already underway.
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