January 7, 2013 |
The TV newsmagazine "The Insider" was created nearly a decade ago on the premise that viewers couldn't get enough behind-the-scenes looks at television and film stars. That's still true, but these days, celebrity watchers don't need to turn on the TV to get their fix. Fans are awash in Hollywood gossip thanks to social media and the Internet. And in a connected world where reality star Kim Kardashian turned to her own blog to share news of her pregnancy, pop culture no longer waits for an evening TV time slot.
December 30, 2012 |
Body by Beckham Women weren't the only ones baring skin in ads this year. Fast fashion giant H&M debuted its first Super Bowl ad for the David Beckham Bodywear collection, starring the soccer star in his skivvies. During the London Summer Olympics, images from the campaign were projected onto the White Cliffs of Dover. (February, August) The '20s roar The fall 2012 runway collections were steeped in 1920s influences, from Ralph Lauren's "Great Gatsby"-inspired gowns to Tory Burch's sportswear inspired by 1920s Deauville, to Frida Giannini's Art Deco black-and-gold fringed flapper dresses at Gucci.
December 21, 2012 |
The Holy or the Broken Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley & the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah" Alan Light Atria: 272 pp., $25 There's a great scene in Penelope Spheeris' 1992 film "Wayne's World" - find it on YouTube under the title "May i help you riff" - in which an impatient guitar-store employee prevents Wayne from plucking out the opening arpeggios of "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin. Pointing with great urgency, the guy directs Wayne's attention to a sign hung on the store's wall: "NO STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN," it reads.
December 18, 2012 |
One of them recorded an iconic pop song about Santa Claus, and then died on Christmas Day. Another made certain that Ralphie got his coveted Red Ryder BB gun in the movie “A Christmas Story.” Still another was a modern-day incarnation of Kris Kringle walking through skid row in downtown Los Angeles and handing out money to startled down-and-outers. A number of notable figures with strong ties to Christmas have been featured in Los Angeles Times news obituaries in the last 25 years or so. Here is a quiz to test your knowledge of newsmakers with Christmas legacies.
November 27, 2012 |
The Xbox 360 not only outsold Nintendo 's new Wii U during Thanksgiving week, but also outsold the Wii U and the original Wii combined. Microsoft's video game console, which has been No. 1 in the U.S. since 2010, sold 750,000 units last week, the company said. Nintendo, by contrast, sold 400,000 Wii U's, a figure that was in part constrained by limited supply. The Japanese gaming giant also sold 300,000 units of the original Wii, which debuted in 2006. The Xbox 360 has climbed to the top of the sales charts and stayed there through a combination of must-have titles for hard-core gamers, such as the recently released "Halo 4," and digital entertainment options for a general audience, including streaming movies, television shows and music.
November 18, 2012 |
Susan Lacy, creator and executive producer of PBS' "American Masters" series, gives viewers a rare look at pop culture impresario David Geffen in her documentary "Inventing David Geffen," which premieres Tuesday. As the creator and executive producer of "American Masters," why did you choose to make the David Geffen doc? Because you don't make all of them. This is probably the eighth film I've directed. I do have final cut on all our films. After about 10 years of doing the series, I'd spent so much time in edit rooms, I said, finally just do one on your own. And I'm very interested in music.
November 8, 2012 |
Few cultural aficionados today recognize Raymond Scott's name. But if you've ever watched a Looney Tunes cartoon, or an episode of "The Ren & Stimpy Show," or "The Simpsons," you've likely heard some of his antic, polyrhythmically perverse, one-of-a-kind music. And if you're a musical-techno gear geek, you may use state-of-the-art sound-making and noise-processing equipment that Scott, a prolific inventor, helped pioneer in the days of reel-to-reel tape recorders and UNIVAC computers.
November 7, 2012 |
Daniel Mendelsohn is the prizewinning writer and cultural critic whose latest book, "Waiting for the Barbarians," is newly published by the New York Review of Books. Mendelsohn comes to the ALOUD series series at the Los Angeles Central Library on Thursday, where he'll be in conversation with Jonathan Lethem. He answered our questions about his essay collection and the state of criticism today via email. The criticism in your book covers both high culture (19th century German literature)
November 1, 2012
EVENTS At the Long Beach Comic and Horror Convention you'll mix and mingle with genre fans, celebrities and exhibitors and get a look at the year's best comic books and pop culture paraphernalia showcasing the work of an exceptional group of writers, artists, illustrators and creators. Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. 10 a.m. Sat. and Sun. Prices vary. http://www.longbeachcomiccon.com.
October 13, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama is leaning on two of America's favorites -- Bubba and the Boss -- for a little get-out-the-vote action next week in critical swing states. Bruce Springsteen will headline a free event Thursday in the Parma, Ohio, area, where he will be joined by Bill Clinton, before heading for a second show later that day in Ames, Iowa, the Obama campaign announced, as Obama turns to the power of pop culture to get voters to the polls. That same night, the president will make a return visit to "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart"; on Saturday, the campaign released a new TV ad with the unmistakable voice of actor Morgan Freeman.