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.
August 22, 2012 |
It's been nine months since Regis Philbin retired from the "Live with Regis and Kelly" show and Kelly Ripa is finally getting a new co-host. Ex NFL player Michael Strahan has signed on as Ripa's new partner and is slated to appear on the show Sept. 4. [USA Today] Rumors are swirling around that Niki Minaj may join Mariah Carey as a judge on the next season of "American Idol. " Minaj is known for her bold fashion choices and colored hair and could definitely give the show a boost, sartorially.
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.
September 4, 2012 |
Cable news anchors yell at guests all the time. Guys like Bill O'Reilly, Chris Matthews and Lawrence O'Donnell lose their cool on a regular basis. But there's something about the clip of MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry yelling at guest financial expert Monica Mehta on a program on Saturday that's touching a nerve with viewers. The context was a panel discussion touched off by the book "Why Americans Hate Welfare" by Princeton professor Martin Gilens. In the book, Gilens asserts that the public distaste for welfare is a direct offshoot of the 20-year-old efforts of the media to link welfare to black people.
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.
June 14, 2013 |
Laying aside years of bad blood that has at times threatened to spill into open warfare, the mayors of San Francisco and New York City agreed Friday afternoon to a digital detente that will include co-hosting a technology summit this year. Known humbly as the Bloomberg Technology Summit, the conference will bring together tech leaders, politicians and other assorted Internet types (cats?) to discuss how the cities can grow their tech economies while also tapping those same ideas to solve the host of social, economic and cultural problems plaguing both metropolises.
February 27, 2014 |
Thank you, Jimmy Fallon, for giving the late-night ratings race the kick in the pants it needed. Not even two weeks into his new "Tonight Show" gig, Fallon has dominated viewing in a way that few expected. On Thursday, NBC released Nielsen data that showed Fallon's "Tonight" on NBC gathered 10.4 million total viewers during its first week, including people who watched on their DVRs up to three days after the original broadcast. That makes it the biggest overall audience for the program since the last week that Johnny Carson hosted, in May 1992.
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.