November 13, 2013 |
Online bingo game manager Adam Carpenter wants a dog, and his apartment landlord is ready to roll out the red carpet for the prospective pooch. In Marina del Rey and upscale neighborhoods nearby, the drive is on to attract sophisticated tenants like Carpenter who work in the technology, media and entertainment businesses flourishing on the Westside. Dog runs, smoke-free apartments, fire pits, Wi-Fi, fully equipped gyms and pools are just a few of the amenities tailored for the creative set. A new addition is a splashy complex of 12 buildings with 544 apartments at the marina.
November 10, 2013 |
Veteran TV director Michael Pressman got a surprising response when he asked students in his film directing class to describe their dream jobs. “Your job,” he said they told him recently. “We want to be the director in charge of a TV series.” Pressman, who has directed episodes of “Blue Bloods,” “Law & Order” and many other series, was stunned. This class, at New York's New School, focused on film. But the students weren't “dreaming of Oscar,” said Pressman, who has also directed several movies, including a “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” picture.
November 9, 2013 |
Television has a split image: one by day and another by night. In the daytime, blacks and other people of color are a prominent presence, hosting popular talk shows and playing juicy roles in soap operas. But at night, minorities are largely sidelined, with white performers holding most of the marquee roles. The industry's Jekyll-and-Hyde approach to diversity is underscored by the controversy engulfing NBC's "Saturday Night Live. " The sketch comedy series came under fire from within its own ranks and from outside observers who decried the show's long-standing lack of ethnic diversity.
November 8, 2013 |
Microsoft Corp., looking to build anticipation for the new Xbox One video game console, emphasized the entertainment features of the device. The struggling Seattle technology giant has been positioning the successor to its Xbox 360 as an all-in-one entertainment system that will enable users to quickly switch from playing games to watching television to listening to music - and back again - by using their voice. "One of the goals we have for Xbox One is for it to be the games and entertainment system for people in their homes," Xbox Marketing Director Jose Pinero said as he demonstrated the new features this week in Venice. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll The Xbox One - scheduled to come out Nov. 22 - seeks to improve on the cumbersome electronic program guides and remote controls that people use to make viewing selections with a new type of navigation. The Kinect controller recognizes a user when he or she enters the room, and it automatically fills the screen with that person's favorite channels, applications or games.
November 6, 2013 |
Country music has never been short on sentimentality, the emotion that carried veteran singer George Strait to his 18 th entertainer of the year honor at the 47 th annual CMA Awards in Nashville. Strait, who recently announced his retirement from touring and is currently out on his ";The Cowboy Rides Away"; farewell tour, topped fellow nominees Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift. “Oh, my gosh - never in a million years,” the 61-year-old Texan said after putting his hand to his chest.
November 6, 2013
Re "Getting in on the game," photo, Nov. 2 Three beautiful lads, two aged 7 and one 5, were the subject of one of the most disturbing pictures I have seen in my years of reading The Times. Adults had made the effort to get them to an open house at a veterinary hospital, and they sat next to a woman smiling at a brown lemur on her lap. The animal was interested in them, but the interest was not mutual. The boys were bent over a game on the tiny screen in front of them, a terrifying snapshot of our society today.