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BUSINESS
July 22, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
His hot young company just surpassed 500 million users. He's about to be portrayed in a major Hollywood film. Yet nothing says you've hit the big time like being asked to voice yourself on "The Simpsons." Mark Zuckerberg, the 26-year-old phenom behind the world's most popular social networking site Facebook, will play himself as a guest voice on the iconic Fox television show this fall. In the episode, "Loan-A Lisa," Lisa decides to help fund Nelson's new bike company.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2010 | By T.L. Stanley, Special to the Los Angeles Times
There's a meta moment coming in Monday night's episode of "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" where 19-year-old Bristol Palin talks about being the mother of a toddler. The brief guest appearance came naturally — the acting part, well, that's another matter — because it mirrors her own life. "It was right up my alley," said Palin, daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. "I was pregnant the same time as the character, Amy, on the show, so I kind of felt like we went through the experience together."
BUSINESS
June 22, 2010 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Time
As Disney Channel prepared to launch the cartoon series "Phineas and Ferb," one top company executive thought the hard, geometric shapes of the characters' heads represented too radical a departure from Disney's round-faced animation tradition. But talk of forcing the creators to soften the edges of Phineas' isosceles dome to make him and the other angular characters less jarring was quelled. "I said 'no,' " said Disney Channel Entertainment President Gary Marsh. "This is what I love about this show.
NEWS
June 3, 2010 | By Christy Grosz, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Considering the controversy over last year's nominee-expanding rule changes, it's no wonder the TV academy's modifications for the 2010 Emmy Awards seem less dramatic. But just as last year's nips and tucks demonstrated the organization's commitment to maintaining a fair process, this year's adjustments show that the Emmys can change alongside the business that they honor. "There's a general critical consensus and industry consensus that prime-time TV has moved into an extraordinary new era," says John Leverence, the TV academy's senior vice president of awards, who has overseen the process since 1980.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 19, 2010
SERIES Delta Divers: This new documentary series follows commercial divers plying their trade in the Gulf of Mexico (6 and 9 p.m. National Geographic). The Good Guys: Fox offers a sneak peek at the pilot episode of this buddy-cop show starring Bradley Whitford and Colin Hanks (8 p.m. Fox). Secrets of the Dead: The bloody, brutal Battle of Stalingrad during WWII is revisited in this new episode (8 p.m. KCET). The Middle: Octogenarian "It Girl" Betty White guest stars on the sitcom's season finale (8:30 p.m. ABC)
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