April 4, 2013 |
Roger Ebert's last review published before he died Thursday was on Andrew Niccol's "The Host. " It makes you wish the final words of the beloved critic could have been spent on a film that was far better -- or far worse. The 70-year-old critic wrote a mere six paragraphs about the adaptation of the Stephenie Meyer bestseller, giving the film 2 1/2 stars. "The Host" centers on a tough-minded teenager, played by Saoirse Ronan, whose body is invaded by an alien soul, yet she retains her own identity.
July 22, 2013 |
Neil Patrick Harris is unsteady about stepping into "Hedwig's" heels. "I'm not a real draggy person," the actor told The Times during a recent video interview. "I love 'RuPaul's Drag [Race].' I watch it a ton, but I watch it like, 'I can't imagine how you would do it .'" Harris will soon get his chance: Producers announced in June that the four-time Tony host will return to Broadway in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," John Cameron Mitchell's tale of a transgender glam-rocker.
February 27, 2014 |
Jim Lange has died, and for some of us that conjures the image of a man with sideburns, a big, easy smile and a TV set dotted with a far-out floral design. Lange, original host of "The Dating Game," appeared in living rooms in the '60s with turtleneck, loud ties and that trademark line "And heeeeere they are!" Later, Lange hosted game shows including "$100,000 Name That Tune," "The New Newlywed Game," but it was "The Dating Game" that brought him fame. The show -- with its question-and-answer format -- was intended to titillate, but now it seems just endearingly goofy.
February 27, 2013 |
Fans of Alabama Chanin who are brave enough to attempt the firm's stunning reverse - appliqued style of handcrafted clothing and housewares themselves will be pleased to learn that founder Natalie Chanin will be in Los Angeles on March 16 to lead a one-day workshop. Participants choose from six Studio Style DIY Kits in advance: a set of six placemats, a shawl and matching hat, an apron with four tea towels, a baby blanket and onesie, a swing skirt, or a corset. Select your design, color and size preferences, and the DIY kit will be ready upon arrival.
November 5, 2013 |
There's a new power hosting duo in town. CBS has tapped "2 Broke Girls" stars Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs to emcee the People's Choice Awards in January. Tuesday's announcement marks a change for the awards show, which was hosted by "The Big Bang Theory's" Kaley Cuoco for the last two years. Hosting gigs these days typically go to series stars the network wants to showcase, and Dennings and Behrs fit the bill for CBS. The network is also probably hoping for a bit of Golden Globes-like magic as well, after co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have reinvigorated that awards show for NBC. PHOTOS: Leading ladies of the fall TV season CBS also revealed the nominees for the awards, which were based on a record 160 million online votes, according to the network.
October 16, 2012 |
Score another X for the Kardashian sisters! Kim Kardashian's fame was launched by an X-rated sex tape. Now sister Khloe Kardashian can add an X to her resume: She's just been named as a co-host of Fox's "The X-Factor. " Khloe Kardashian and former "Saved by the Bell" star Mario Lopez will join forces as the hosts of the Fox singing competition when live shows start airing in November. "The worst-kept secret in Hollywood is out," said "X Factor" creator Simon Cowell. "Mario and Khloe are our hosts ... and I couldn't be happier.
April 15, 2013 |
How you doin', Broadway? Daytime talk-show host Wendy Williams announced Monday that she'll join the cast of the Tony-winning revival of "Chicago.” Williams will step in as corrupt key-wielding Matron Mama Morton, currently played by Christine Pedi, for a seven-week run starting June 25 at the Ambassador Theatre. Williams showed off her footwork as a short-lived contestant on “Dancing With the Stars" (she was dismissed during Week 2), but viewers have yet to hear her sing.
December 3, 2012
When: 7:30. Where: Pauley Pavilion. On the air: TV - none; Radio - uclabruins.com. Records: UCLA 5-3, Cal State Marcos 7-3. Update: This is an exhibition game, so it won't count in either team's record, but it does provide UCLA a chance to iron out some kinks, largely its porous man-to-man defense. Cal State San Marcos is an NAIA independent program led by second-year Coach Jim Saia, who served as an assistant at UCLA from 1996 to 2003. - Baxter Holmes
August 2, 2013 |
Second time's a charm for Ellen DeGeneres, who announced she's returning to host the 2014 Oscars via her Twitter page Friday morning. “It's official: I'm hosting the #Oscars!” DeGeneres wrote. “I'd like to thank @TheAcademy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra.” The Emmy-winning syndicated talk show host of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” hosted the 79 th annual ceremony in 2007. PHOTOS: Oscar hosts throughout the years Oscars producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron trumpeted their longstanding ties to the popular comedian in a statement Friday.
August 20, 2012 |
More than nine months after Regis Philbin retired from the syndicated weekday talk show “Live!,” Kelly Ripa finally has a new co-host, the show announced Monday. But don't get too excited just yet: Viewers will have to wait until Sept. 4 to find out who got the coveted job. On Sept. 3, Ripa will kick off the new season of “Live!” by herself. The next day, the show will end months of frenzied speculation when Ripa's new partner finally joins her onstage. While we don't know yet who'll be sitting beside Ripa, the guests that morning will include “Homeland” actress Claire Danes and "American Idol's" Phillip Phillips.