November 22, 2009
Forget "17 Again." Talk about: "Me and Orson Welles" It's been easy to dismiss Zac Efron as a Disney-reared pretty boy, but his performance as a 1930s teenager hired to star in Orson Welles' production of "Julius Caesar" in this Richard Linklater period drama suggests his potential for far more than anything we've yet seen. (Friday) It is oh so worth talking about: "The Princess and the Frog" Can Randy Newman -- and a timely twist on the typically passive fairy-tale princess story -- return Disney's animated musicals to their former glory?
December 27, 2009 |
When it came to noteworthy trends, 2009 did not disappoint. We were bitten by the vampire craze, found comfort by returning to familiar brands such as Pendleton, Woolrich and Red Wing, and couldn't stop talking about what Michelle Obama was wearing. Men's designers went mad for "Mad Men"-style suits -- as dapper as Don Draper's, favoring shades of gray and old-school Prince of Wales checks. Women did the time warp too -- but stopped in 1985 with animal prints, accented shoulders and thigh-high boots.
September 9, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Friday: Bono kicks off the Toronto International Film Festival. ( Los Angeles Times ) Mel Gibson is developing a movie about a Jewish hero. ( Los Angeles Times ) Michael J. Fox's "Back to the Future Part II" Nike sneakers are coming to EBay to help fight Parkinson's disease. ( Los Angeles Times ) Movie review: "Contagion" makes the spread of a global pandemic seem more than plausible. ( Los Angeles Times )
July 20, 2009
Weekly roundup of the top five in each category: TELEVISION Prime-time shows, viewers 18 to 49 For the week that ended July 12: America's Got Talent (Wed.): NBC, 4.4 million viewers America's Got Talent (Tues.): NBC, 4.0 million Wipeout: ABC, 3.8 million So You Think You Can Dance (Wed.): Fox, 3.8 million So You Think You Can Dance (Thurs.): Fox, 3.8 million Prime-time viewership Average viewership for the season through July 12: CBS: 10.4 million viewers Fox: 8.4 million ABC: 7.8 million NBC: 7.0 million Univision: 3.8 million Source: Nielsen Media Research -- MUSIC Album sales For the week that ended July 12: BLACKsummers'night: Maxwell Hannah Montana 3: TV soundtrack Now That's What I Call Music, Vol. 31: Various Artists Nothing Personal: All Time Low The E.N.D.
November 24, 2009
NPR's Kasell to sign off Carl Kasell will finally get to sleep in. The veteran newscaster is retiring from National Public Radio's "Morning Edition." The 75-year-old Kasell has done the newscast during NPR's flagship morning program since its inception 30 years ago. NPR says he will give his last broadcast on Dec. 30. Kasell will remain the judge and scorekeeper of "Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me!," NPR's weekly news quiz show. A spokeswoman for NPR said that no one had been named to succeed Kasell on "Morning Edition."