March 11, 2013 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Closer Ryan Madson pitched off a mound for the first time in six weeks Monday, throwing 20 pitches in a short bullpen session. Madson said he threw only fastballs and at about half-speed. Madson, signed as a free agent in November, missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He will almost certainly start the season on the disabled list. "He looked good, really good," said catcher John Hester, who caught Madson on Monday. "The ball was coming out of his hand good.
March 6, 2013 |
Sam Mendes wasn't exactly quoting a James Bond title - “Never Say Never Again” - but it does appear that the filmmaker behind the highest-grossing 007 movie won't be back in the Bond director's chair any time soon. In an interview with the British film magazine Empire, Mendes said that although directing “Skyfall,” which grossed more than $1.1 billion worldwide, was “one of the best experiences of my professional life," he needed to focus on several previous commitments, including the upcoming plays “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “King Lear.” Mendes said he recently told Bond producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of his decision not to direct the 24th installment in the long-running spy series.
February 6, 2013 |
Porn star Ron Jeremy wants the world to know he's alive and well following two surgeries last week for an aneurysm near his heart. "Thank you ALL for the concern & well wishes," he told the Ministry through his rep on Wednesday. "I'm doing very well thanks to modern technology!" His rep said Jeremy is alert, cracking jokes and "touched and delighted" by the outpouring of support from fans. He's still in the ICU but is "awake and on the road to recovery, in spite of this ordeal," according to his Twitter feed.
January 22, 2013 |
Barbara Walters is on the road to recovery after taking a tumble at an inauguration party over the weekend. "Barbara went to Washington to cover the inauguration," Whoopi Goldberg, her co-host on "The View," said on the show Tuesday. "She missed a step and had a fall, which cut her upper temple. The doctors stitched her up, and she is doing fine, but they want her to take it easy. " The fall occurred Saturday when the ABC News veteran fell on a stair at the British ambassador's residence in Washington.
January 9, 2013 |
Ryan Gosling took his mom, Donna, to the world premiere of his new film, "Gangster Squad," at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Monday night. When she was asked on the red carpet who she was wearing, Mom came back with "Eva Mendes," having raided the closet of Ryan's girlfriend. [E!] Beyonce and Solange Knowles are talented and famous ... and nice enough to return borrowed clothes they've worn clean and pressed. Designer Rubin Singer, who dressed Beyonce for a New Year's Eve performance in Las Vegas, said the sisters are the only celebrities who "always dry clean and send clothes back in a box, with a handwritten thank you note.
December 4, 2012 |
A new report on Los Angeles' creative economy shows the entertainment industry emerging from its recession-induced slump, with modest job gains in 2011 hinting at the early stages of a recovery. The entertainment industry employed about 120,400 people in Los Angeles County last year -- off about 7% from the peak in 2006, but an improvement over 2010, according to the Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region released Tuesday. Motion picture and video production accounted for the greatest number of job losses in the entertainment sector from 2006 to 2011.