September 27, 2013 |
Veteran Hollywood executive Tom Sherak has a new role: Los Angeles film czar. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Thursday appointed Sherak to be his senior film advisor and help stem the flow of production that has taken a toll on the city's signature film and television business. Sherak, the former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will lead Garcetti's efforts to make L.A. more film friendly and persuade state lawmakers to do more to support the state's entertainment industry, the mayor said in a statement.
September 27, 2013 |
Nearly 3,000 miles already separate Casa Diablo from Newark City Hall. But this week, Cory Booker strove mightily to increase that distance. After word leaked out that the ambitious young Newark mayor had held a brief Twitter flirtation with a comely exotic dancer here, his Senate campaign in New Jersey issued a statement downplaying the incident. "The only mildly surprising thing about this story is the news that there's a vegan strip club in Portland," Booker's campaign said, indicating that the bachelor mayor knew neither Portland nor Casa Diablo, where one kind of flesh is happily embraced and another strictly prohibited.
September 23, 2013 |
It remains to be seen which teams will emerge as the best basketball teams in Southern California this coming season, but one thing is certain: St. John Bosco is going to have a fan following like few others just to watch junior Tyler Dorsey and senior Daniel Hamilton put on a show. Besides their dunking ability, each knows how to ignite his afterburners at a moment's notice, and fans will be left with that, "Wow" feeling during various moments of a game. Hamilton has committed to Connecticut.
September 23, 2013 |
Sue Naegle knows when to leave a party. The president of entertainment for HBO, which won 27 Emmy Awards Sunday night, is exiting the pay-TV juggernaut after five years. Naegle, who reported to Michael Lombardo, HBO's president of programming, will get a first-look deal at the network for a new production company she is setting up. Her role at HBO is not expected to be filled. HBO is not commenting on Naegle's departure, but an associate close to her with knowledge of the matter, who was not authorized to comment publicly, confirmed her exit.
September 22, 2013 |
Hollywood denizens have been partying all weekend leading up to Sunday's Emmy Awards ceremony. All the Rage has the skinny on a few of them in this and other reports. The event: Entertainment Weekly hosted one of the splashiest pre-Emmy bashes Friday, honoring the 2013 Emmy nominees and attracting TV luminaries. Familiar faces: Past and present Emmy nominees, stars of the new fall television season and industry figures - including Amber Riley and Kristin Chenoweth of “Glee"; Johnny Galecki, Kunal Nayyar, Kaley Cuoco and Melissa Rauch of “Big Bang Theory”; Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe of “American Horror Story”; Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet and Nolan Gould of “Modern Family”; Kieran Shipka, Jessica Paré and Harry Hamlin of “Mad Men”; Amanda Righetti of “The Mentalist”; Aasif Mandvi of “The Daily Show”; Nigel Lythgoe of “So You Think You Can Dance”; Marcia Gay Harden of “The Newsroom”; Jack McBrayer of “30 Rock” and Steven Bauer of “Ray Donovan.” The setting: Fig & Olive Restaurant in West Hollywood, teeming with TV stars in a mingling mood and offering a photo booth that allowed guests to tweet their shots.
September 19, 2013 |
In these IM and text-happy days, it's likely more people know what the letters OMG stand for than the meaning of GMO. But if filmmaker Jeremy Seifert has his way, that may change as a result of his lively, thought-provoking documentary "GMO OMG," which surveys the controversial, unreconciled presence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in most of our non-organic foods. It's a complex issue that writer-director Seifert attacks in a largely personal, loosey-goosey way. While the movie rarely feels like the definitive, well-honed dissection this critical subject demands, his lighter approach keeps a somewhat arcane topic more easily digestible, dare say entertaining.
September 19, 2013 |
Call it the summer of the showbiz IPO shakeout. Over the last several months, a handful of entertainment business companies either took key steps toward or away from initial public stock offerings. Among those companies are MGM Holdings Inc., SFX Entertainment Inc. and AMC Entertainment Inc. PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments The moves have come during a relatively robust period for going public, capped by Twitter's Sept. 12 announcement that it had filed for an initial public offering.
September 17, 2013 |
Despite the growth of Netflix, Amazon.com and other legal channels for watching entertainment online, the volume of pirated movies, TV shows, music, books and video games online continues to grow at a rapid pace. The amount of bandwidth used for copyright infringement in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific has grown nearly 160% from 2010 to 2012, accounting for 24% of total Internet bandwidth, according to a study from NetNames, the British brand protection firm. At the same time, the number of people engaged in copyright infringement has grown dramatically too. In January2013, 327 million unique users illegally sought copyrighted content, generating 14 billion page views on websites focused on piracy, up 10% from November 2011, according to the report.
September 11, 2013 |
"Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine: Two Kids From Brooklyn," currently ensconced at Walt Disney Concert Hall's Ira Gershwin Gallery through Feb. 23, is a treasure trove of lyric sheets, performance materials, scripts, correspondence, business papers, posters, videos and recordings chronicling the lives and careers of the legendary comic actor and his composer wife. The Disney Hall space, a satellite gallery of the Library of Congress, is open to anyone attending a performance or on a free docent-led tour or a self-guided audio tour of the building.
September 3, 2013 |
When Jeff Kwatinetz decided to turn the canceled ABC daytime dramas "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" into shows for the Internet, he accidentally cast himself into a real-life soap opera as both the hero and the villain. To revive the soaps, Kwatinetz and his entertainment company Prospect Park had to find financing, do battle with labor unions, trade legal salvos with Walt Disney Co., and fight the zealous soap opera fans who were supposed to be his most ardent supporters.