December 7, 2011 |
First it was artificially tanned, party-crazed Italian Americans. Now it's mud-racing, squirrel-hunting Appalachians. MTV is again at odds with state film officials who refuse to subsidize the network's latest reality TV show with tax credits. West Virginia film officials have cited MTV's unflattering depiction of state culture in "Buck Wild. " The show, scheduled to start filming next spring in Charleston and Sissonville, follows a group of recent high school graduates living in rural West Virginia as they participate in homegrown activities such as mud-racing.
July 19, 2011
SERIES Aftermath With William Shatner: Daniel Ellsberg discusses his leaking of the Vietnam War-related documents known as the Pentagon Papers in this episode (7, 8 and 11 p.m. Biography). It's Worth What? Regular people ponder the prices of various and sundry items in this new game show hosted by Cedric the Entertainer (8 p.m. NBC). Ludo Bites America: Chef Ludo Lefebvre samples spicy favorites in Santa Fe, N.M., in the premiere episode of this food-themed travelogue (9 p.m. Sundance)
November 6, 2012
Re "Where the shore used to be," Nov. 4 The decade from 2001 to 2010 holds the record for the most Category 5 Atlantic hurricanes: eight. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of New Orleans and severely damaged other cities on the Gulf Coast. Now we have Sandy, which has caused tens of billions of dollars in damage in New York and New Jersey. Will this decade break the previous record? How many more hurricanes and tornadoes must occur before the governments of the world admit that "we have met the enemy, and he is us," as Pogo famously proclaimed?
August 4, 2011 |
Poor New Jersey. Long the butt of jokes and a source of nationwide scorn, the Garden State's reputation has taken countless beatings over the years. And thank you, "Jersey Shore," for doing nothing to elevate the maligned state's image. So it came as no surprise to see the reactions of fellow Angelenos when I stated our plans last August: a vacation in the seaside hamlet of Cape May, the southernmost town on the Jersey coast and America's first seashore resort. The responses ranged from pity to bewilderment to smirking, with only a few registering as enthusiastic understanding.
April 22, 2013 |
Marc Jacobs isn't one to shy away from fashion risks. The often iconoclastic superstar designer - who has become synonymous with a certain young, casually cool New York state of mind - helped usher in the controversial "heroin chic" look in the '90s and favors a combo of kilts and combat boots for his daily work uniform. But for Jacobs' debut film role in the indie drama "Disconnect," which arrived in theaters in limited release last Friday, the style maven was forced to step outside his comfort zone - in terms of both fashion and raw physicality.
March 27, 2011 |
The news that some of this year's SATs included an essay question about the merits of reality television recently led to an Internet-encouraged exchange of intellectual huffing and puffing the likes of which we haven't seen since William F. Buckley took on Gore Vidal. The question was either prejudiced ? Smart kids can't be expected to know anything about reality TV! ? dangerous ? Are we encouraging the youth of America to watch junk? ? or simply pandering, proof that the SATs are dumbing down along with the rest of the culture.
July 31, 2011
SUNDAY Cue the cello: It's a "Great White Invasion" and then "Jaws Comes Home" as Discovery Channel launches its annual "Shark Week. " And watch for "SNL's" Andy Samberg when he visits a "Shark City" off the coast of the Bahamas. (9 and 10 p.m.; 9 p.m. Thu.) We already miss the sadly canceled series "The Chicago Code. " But maybe we can make do with "Against the Wall," a new police drama that also takes place in the Windy City. Rachael Carpani, Treat Williams and Kathy Baker star.
September 30, 2011 |
How can a home television set cost $85,000? It's big. Bang & Olufsen's new BeoVision 4-85 plasma TV has an 85-inch screen, measured diagonally, which conveniently comes out to $1,000 an inch. But there is at least one other plasma TV of that size, and it costs far less. Panasonic's 85-inch model goes for about $40,000. B&O, known mainly for its high-end audio equipment, boasts other attributes for its BeoVision set, including a triangular speaker system that jets out from under the screen, 3-D capability and proprietary enhancements to picture quality.