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March 15, 2014 |
Bob Thomas, a Los Angeles-based reporter and columnist who covered entertainment for the Associated Press for more than six decades, writing compelling, human and often humorous stories about Hollywood's glittering and glamorous, has died. He was 92. Thomas, who also wrote biographies of many of the stars and studio chiefs of Hollywood's Golden Age, including Joan Crawford, Fred Astaire, William Holden and Walt Disney, died Friday of age-related causes at his home in Encino, his daughter Nancy said.
March 10, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Aaron Levie, the 29-year-old chief executive of Box Inc., walked the red carpet at the Oscars this year in a dark suit and tie, pressed white shirt and his trademark neon blue sneakers. "I asked about the sneaker dress code," said Levie, who like many Silicon Valley entrepreneurs doesn't like anything slowing him down, least of all a pair of dress shoes. "Apparently it was not a problem. " It was the movie industry's biggest night and Levie didn't waste any time talking up cloud computing to Hollywood stars including Harrison Ford.
March 5, 2014 |
Beneath a sea of fake stars in a theater in Griffith Park, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ann Druyan and Seth MacFarlane premiered the first episode of their new series "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" on Tuesday night. The show is billed as a continuation of Carl Sagan's beloved mini-series "Cosmos: A Personal Journey. " That award-winning show first aired 34 years ago, and has since been seen 750 million times. Pretty amazing for a show about science. This time around it is Tyson, astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, who guides viewers on a journey through the Cosmos--what Sagan once defined as "all that is or ever was or ever will be. " The new series will premiere on several TV channels on Sunday.
March 4, 2014 |
Showtime entertainment chief David Nevins has been promoted to president of the pay-TV channel. Nevins, who as president of entertainment gave the green light to Showtime's successful dramas "Homeland" and "Ray Donovan," will now have oversight over the network's sports unit as well its marketing, creative and digital divisions. The promotion to the newly created position is part of a new contract Nevins signed with Showtime that runs through 2018. He will continue to report to Showtime Chairman and Chief Executive Matt Blank.
March 1, 2014 |
Tom Capizzi is going to Hollywood Sunday night for the 86th Academy Awards, but not in a limo or a tux. Instead, he will be protesting near the Dolby Theatre, hoisting a green sign saying "Chase Talent Not Subsidies. " Capizzi will be among hundreds of visual effects workers staging a pre-Oscar rally, hoping to bring attention to the plight of rank-and-file entertainment industry workers who have been hard hit by the flight of film and TV jobs to other states and countries offering rich incentives.
February 25, 2014 |
Universal Pictures has tapped Eddie Cunningham to be its president of worldwide home entertainment, and company veteran Craig Kornblau, who led the studio's domestic home entertainment operation, is departing after 16 years. With the move, Universal joins other major studios that have aleady transitioned to a management structure that unifies their home entertainment divisions under a global head. Cunningham, who is based in London and will relocate to Los Angeles, has served as president of Universal Pictures International Entertainment for eight years.
February 20, 2014 |
CBS' entertainment chief, Nina Tassler, has earned a bigger title -- chairman of CBS Entertainment -- and a new employment contract that will keep her at the network through 2017. Tassler will continue to be responsible for all of CBS' entertainment programming, including prime-time, daytime and late-night hours. She also will head program development for all genres, including comedy, drama, reality, mini-series and other TV specials. Tassler will oversee scheduling, research, advertising, promotions, publicity and business affairs for entertainment programming matters, but those division chiefs will continue to report CBS Corp.
February 12, 2014 |
Welcome to 2014, which is practically 2016, which in presidential politics means just one thing, with three controversial names: Hillary Rodham Clinton. Or, as her staff and many in the media refer to her: HRC. "HRC" is the title of a new book by political reporters Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes chronicling Clinton's term as secretary of State. The authors are clearly aiming to get out ahead (33 months ahead!) of the next presidential election, in which Clinton's candidacy has been all-but-guaranteed by supporters, detractors, the media and just about everyone but Hillary herself.
February 6, 2014 |
The entertainment industry in Los Angeles County has lost more than 9,000 jobs since 2007. The data comes from a report by Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. that measures the scope of California's entire "creative economy," which includes industries such as architecture, digital media and fashion along with entertainment. Creative industries contributed $273 billion to the California economy, accounting for nearly 8% of the gross state product in 2012. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll In Los Angeles County, entertainment alone accounted for 132,900 jobs in 2012, down nearly 6.6% over the previous five years. Within the industry, movie and video production -- which accounts for the bulk of entertainment employment -- posted the biggest decline, down by 7,800 jobs, or 7.2%, since 2007.
February 5, 2014 |
The red carpet was buzzing, and actress Riley Reid was trying to practice her acceptance speech. But a sheepish fan in a bow tie wanted a picture. Fellow performers wanted good-luck hugs and kisses. Reporters wanted interviews. Reid, 22, said she'd spoken with her mother before the show and they talked about what the actress might say if she won Female Performer of the Year. Her mom wanted a shout-out from the stage. After all, the actress had inherited one of her better-known attributes from her. Reid had promised she wouldn't forget her. "It's super-flattering and I would be super-happy if I won," Reid said.