January 28, 2014 |
After the coffee. Before getting in State of the Union mode. The Skinny: I've watched the first two episodes of Fox's "The Following," and while the producers have done a good job coming up with compelling and creepy new characters, I'm not sure I'm up for another season of murder and mayhem. It's very draining. Tuesday's headlines include the latest twist in Charter's efforts to buy Time Warner Cable. Also, movie theater owners want shorter trailers and media pundits are busy analyzing Jay Leno's final interviews.
January 28, 2014 |
Magic Johnson torched his favorite team again, telling "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno on Monday night that the Lakers were in a bind largely because they had hired Coach Mike D'Antoni instead of Phil Jackson early last season. "He don't teach defense," Johnson said. "I can't stand to watch the Lakers play because the same play happens every single time on the Lakers - pick and roll and the guard goes all the way in for a layup. "What are we, 40-something games into the season?
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January 27, 2014 |
A Burbank pharmacy that dispensed painkillers and other narcotics to five young patients who later died of overdoses had its license revoked Monday after the state pharmacy board found that its employees failed to properly scrutinize prescriptions that contributed to patient deaths. The pharmacy, Jay Scott Drugs on Glenoaks Boulevard, catered to patients of doctors Bernard Bass and Massoud Bamdad, both of whom were later convicted of crimes in connection with their prescribing. Pharmacists are required by law to scrutinize prescriptions, size up customers and refuse to dispense a drug if they suspect a patient does not have a legitimate medical need for it. Many of Bass' patients were in their 20s and traveled more than 40 miles from their homes in Ventura County to see Bass in North Hollywood, and then another five miles to Jay Scott Drugs where they typically paid cash for a combination of prescription drugs favored by addicts.
January 16, 2014 |
New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia has signed with Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports, the agency announced Thursday. "Roc Nation Sports is excited to welcome CC Sabathia to the family!" the agency touted in a simple statement posted on its website underneath a photo of Sabathia and Jay Z apparently signing contracts. Sabathia joins former teammate Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners at Roc Nation Sports, as well as Oklahoma City All-Star forward Kevin Durant, New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz and New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith.
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January 13, 2014 |
Two former Fullerton police officers were found not guilty on all charges Monday afternoon in the death of Kelly Thomas, a schizophrenic man they beat into unconsciousness as he cried out for help on a summer night more than two years ago. The Orange County jury's swift verdict came after just two days of deliberations, ending a case that generated national debate about how police deal with the mentally ill and homeless. Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas staked his name on the prosecution, arguing the case himself in court.
January 9, 2014 |
The Washington Redskins have their new coach. According to multiple reports, the Redskins will announce Thursday that they have hired Jay Gruden, offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals, to replace the fired Mike Shanahan as head coach. Gruden is the younger brother of former Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden, now a “Monday Night Football” commentator. Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen worked with Jon Gruden in Oakland and Tampa Bay, and was with the Buccaneers when Jay was a defensive consultant there.
January 3, 2014 |
It looks as if the Jay Mohr-Alyssa Milano feud is really over, as the comedian on Friday apologized again for his "hurtful" comments about her weight and she graciously (and humorously) accepted. In a segment that Mohr said he has since removed from the podcast where it originated, the "Mohr Stories" host said that the "Mistresses" actress seemed "like she had a baby," made a crude comment about her "gut" and said that she looked like "was not wearing Spanx," according to reports . All this after the two attended NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series at Wynn Las Vegas on Dec. 6. Mohr hosted the event and Milano served as a presenter.
January 2, 2014 |
The Chicago Bears didn't wait long to answer one of the biggest questions of the NFL off-season. The Bears announced Thursday they had signed Jay Cutler to a seven-year contract extension, ending the speculation they might allow the strong-armed quarterback to become a free agent. Although Cutler played well under first-year Coach Marc Trestman, he missed six games because of injury. That opened the door for backup Josh McCown, who completed 66.5% of his passes with 13 touchdowns and one interception, leading to speculation the Bears might cut loose the expensive Cutler and use McCown as a bridge until they found a new, young quarterback to develop.
December 18, 2013 |
Jay Leno, CNN might want to stick a press card in your hat. With his gig on NBC's "Tonight Show" wrapping up early next year, the 63-year-old comic is thinking about his next move. And published reports say that CNN boss Jeff Zucker has recently visited Leno, possibly to discuss coming over to the cable news network. It would be a reunion of sorts, since Zucker was Leno's boss when he ran NBC Universal. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times A CNN spokeswoman did not immediately return an email requesting comment.
December 16, 2013 |
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.