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December 16, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Outgoing "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno and "Veep" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus are among the six new inductees to the Television Academy Hall of Fame who were announced Monday. The other inductees are super-prolific TV writer David E. Kelley, Dolby Laboratories founder Ray Dolby, 21st Century Fox and News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch and veteran TV executive Brandon Stoddard. All of the honorees have proved themselves to be resilient in the face of an ever-changing entertainment landscape.
December 14, 2013 | Sam Farmer
It's a strange week when Washington Coach Mike Shanahan is rolling the dice by taking out the healthy-enough Robert Griffin III, and Chicago Coach Marc Trestman is rolling the dice by putting in the healthy-enough Jay Cutler. If Cutler doesn't match or exceed what hot-handed successor Josh McCown has done, it looks like the end of the road for him in Chicago. As for Shanahan, who has shut down Griffin for the final three games of the season - citing all the punishing hits the quarterback has endured - the paved road in Washington ended some ways back.
December 12, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Angels acquired another pitcher on the final day of baseball's winter meetings, but not the veteran starter they would like to add to their rotation. Matt Garza remains high on their shopping list, but General Manager Jerry Dipoto said the Angels did not have an offer on the table to any free agent. That also would apply to Raul Ibanez, with whom the Angels have had discussions about filling their vacancy at designated hitter. The Angels added left-handed reliever Brian Moran.
December 12, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Apparently two wins over the surging Los Angeles Kings wasn't enough to prevent a management shakeup in Calgary. On a serious note, Jay Feaster's footing and job security in Calgary had been uncertain long before the season started and well in advance of Brian Burke's arrival on Sept. 5 as the team's new president of hockey operations. It took Burke a little more than three months to make the call and he dismissed the team's general manager, Feaster, and assistant GM John Weisbrod on Thursday morning.
December 10, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
What can a king do with his power? He can flex it, run from it, consolidate it, abuse it. Jay Z, the king of hip-hop, cycled through each of those options Monday night at Staples Center, where he brought his Magna Carter World Tour to a full house of loyal subjects. It's the swaggering road show behind “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” the studio album Jay Z released in July, initially through a smartphone app that guaranteed him sales of 1 million records before physical copies were even in stores.
December 6, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
For a short and breezy documentary narrated by Adam Sandler in which a group of famous comedians talk about themselves, "The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall" packs a surprisingly provocative punch. In these days of digital "stardom," when fame is tweet-fleeting and the goal too often seems more Simon Cowell-approved branding than original voice, the rigors of an old-fashioned comedy club seem historically artisanal, like candle-dipping at Colonial Williamsburg. In the post-"Seinfeld" years, stand-up comedy, once the province of the scruffy and outrageous, has become increasingly sleek and well fed. Ray Romano, Jay Leno, Bill Maher, Judd Apatow, Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David, the Wayans brothers, Sarah Silverman, Kathy Griffin, Jimmy Fallon - the people reminiscing here about the Improv are among the media elite, with studio deals and television shows, car collections and famous divorces.
December 4, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Jay Z and Beyonce are giving themselves the gift of health for the rapper's birthday. The musical power couple are challenging themselves to a 22-day vegan diet.  The "Magna Carter Holy Grail" rapper, who turned 44 on Wednesday, made the announcement on his Life + Times blog Tuesday, letting fans know that he and his wife are undergoing a major lifestyle change in an effort to become more spiritual. "Psychologists have said it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. On the 22nd day, you've found the way," he wrote . PHOTOS: Beyonce and Jay Z "On December 3rd, one day before my 44th birthday I will embark on a 22 Days challenge to go completely vegan, or as I prefer to call it, plant-based!
December 1, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Leave it to Alabama senior quarterback AJ McCarron to put everything in perspective. "Football is just a game," he said after Saturday's last-play loss to Auburn. "It's not life. " Leave it to senior Auburn administrator Jay Jacobs to boil the Southeastern Conference down to the ruthless, political blood sport that it is. Jacobs, the school's athletic director, told USA Today it would be a "disservice to the nation" if the SEC champion is left out of this season's Bowl Championship Series title game.
November 30, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores and Paloma Esquivel
Almost as soon as the baton blows began raining down on Kelly Thomas, the verdict from witnesses in a bustling Fullerton bus depot was clear. "They're freaking ruthless," said one man in video captured by a bystander. "That's enough," a woman called out. Now, two years later, an Orange County jury will be asked to render its own verdict on the incident that July night when a routine encounter between police and Thomas escalated into violence that left the mentally ill homeless man in a coma and dead five days later.
November 29, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Jay Z has met with Barneys New York officials to discuss an internal advisory council that is to be formed to deal with the isse of racial profiling, WWD reports. [WWD] John Galliano, fired as creative director at Dior in March 2011 for making anti-Semitic comments, won the right to have his wrongful termination lawsuit against his former employers heard in a French labor court. [WWD] The Duchess of Cambridge wore an Alice Temperley cocktail dress and Jimmy Choo heels to present an award Thursday night at an event for the SportsAid charity.
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