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May 22, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
The battle for control of the living room just became more fierce. Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday unveiled the Xbox One, a next-generation video game console that aspires to be more than just a plaything. Not only will the Xbox One deliver an amped-up game experience, but it also will let users watch live TV, rent a movie and listen to music. Viewers can use their voice and gestures to control the TV too. Want to change the channel? Just tell the Xbox One to turn on ESPN for a baseball game, check out a movie on HBO or launch an on-demand service such as Netflix.
December 13, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Without as much as a hint, Beyonce stealthily released her new album. As the West Coast was tucking into bed Thursday night, the singer rolled out one of the best-kept secrets in recent music history: The album she had spent the last year teasing was now available for purchase on iTunes. The self-titled set comes as a “visual album” featuring 14 new tracks and 17 music videos. It's currently available as an iTunes exclusive. Manufacturing of physical albums begins Thursday and a double disc CD/DVD will be available before the holidays, according to her label.  PHOTOS: Beyonce's Mrs. Carter tour Working with Jay Z, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, Drake, the Dream, Sia, Ryan Tedder, Miguel, Frank Ocean and Hit Boy, the singer churned out her most ambitious project to date, without ever actually saying she was putting out an album any time soon.
September 24, 2012 | By Susan King and Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times
With the presidential election just six weeks away, it was only fitting that politics took center stage at the 64th Emmy Awards . Showtime's political thriller "Homeland" made television history Sunday evening when it delivered the cable network's first dramatic series Emmy for the show about a Marine under suspicion of being an Al Qaeda operative. The freshman series won four Emmys. Besides the top prize, it also won in the drama categories for best actress for Claire Danes, best actor for Damien Lewis and for writing.
September 24, 2012 | By James Rainey
Sarah Palin will likely have more complaints to lodge about the biographical drama based on her vice presidential run, but the Hollywood community rendered its verdict Sunday night with multiple Emmy awards for “Game Change.” The HBO film won television's top award for miniseries or movie, as well as awards for writer Danny Strong , director Jay Roach and actress Julianne Moore , who portrayed the one-time Alaska governor....
March 9, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Supporters of Sarah Palin who fear HBO's "Game Change" will present a negative portrayal of the former Alaska governor will have their own viewing options this weekend. Palin's political action committee, SarahPAC, emailed supporters Friday to direct their attention away from HBO and instead to the Reelz Channel, which will have the cable television premiere of the pro-Palin documentary "The Undefeated" on Sunday night. "Please tune in to see the real Sarah Palin story," the email stated, without reference to HBO's depiction of Palin.
October 5, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
DENVER -- How President Obama's lackluster performance and Mitt Romney" forceful response at their first face-to-face confrontation will play among undecided voters is an open question, awaiting the next round of polling in the battleground states. But political observers say Wednesday night's showdown had a keen effect on both political parties. "It's hard to tell if it is a game changer at the level of ... undecided voters. It's clearly a game changer for the bases of both parties," said Floyd Ciruli, a Denver pollster.
September 24, 2012 | By Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times
HBO's "Game Change" won big at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday night, beating out History's ratings smash - and red-state favorite - "Hatfields & McCoys" to win the oustanding miniseries or movie prize. "Game Change," adapted from Mark Halperin and John Heilemann's bestselling account of the 2008 presidential election, picked up four prizes overall, including the Emmy for oustanding lead actress, which went to Julianne Moore for her portrayal of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
August 26, 2012 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
With the Democratic and Republican national conventions just days away, there's already suspense behind the camera: CNN is staring down one of the worst crises in its 32-year existence. The cable news network that dominated the political discussion during the 1990s has slumped to record ratings lows this year, with its prime-time audience plunging by more than 40% compared with four years ago (No. 1 Fox News and runner-up MSNBC have each posted double-digit increases). Critics are attacking the Time Warner-owned network's coverage as dull and rudderless.
December 7, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The final Saturday of the first Bowl Championship Series season in 1998 ended with shocking losses by Kansas State and UCLA that turned the BCS on its ear hole. Wild endings in St. Louis and Miami that day put Tennessee and Florida State in the first title game. It seemed only right that the final Saturday of the last BCS season should match that chaotic conclusion. Well, it certainly tried. In the end, though, somehow, it sort of broke cleanly. How?
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