January 19, 2012 |
Concert giant AEG is teaming up with Ryan Seacrest, Mark Cuban and Hollywood powerhouse talent firm Creative Artists Agency to launch a pop culture and music cable channel that is expected to debut in June. Called AXS, the cable network primarily will carry live programming aimed at entertainment aficionados. It will include a heavy diet of music and concert coverage as well as lifestyle programming. Los Angeles-based AEG's downtown L.A. Live complex will serve as the network's on-air home.
January 18, 2012 |
A new music and entertainment cable channel is launching. Business entertainment reporter Joe Flint says concert promoter AEG is teaming up with Ryan Seacrest, Mark Cuban and Creative Artists Agency to start AXS, a pop culture and music cable channel that is expected to debut in June. The channel will specialize in live programming, especially music and concert coverage. Los Angeles-based AEG's downtown L.A. Live complex will serve as the network's on-air home. Seacrest won't be an on-air personality, Joe Flint says in his story today , but his production company will be involved.
October 27, 2011 |
In an often repeated 2001 segment from the syndicated radio program " This American Life ," people are asked which superpower they would prefer: flight or invisibility? On the show the choice becomes shorthand for two sides of human nature, and that kind of consideration of motive plays a role in "The Visible Man," a novel by pop culture critic Chuck Klosterman about one man's ability to disappear. Built out of a series of session transcripts and notes from Victoria Vick, an overmatched therapist in Austin, Texas, the book introduces her new client "Y__," an arrogant and generally unpleasant former scientist who uses a suit from an abandoned government project to become not entirely invisible, but unnoticeable.
October 7, 2011 |
Candles flickered outside Apple stores, where bouquets of flowers encircled photos of Steve Jobs. Thousands of online mourners replaced their Facebook photos with the black Apple logo. And tributes flooded in from world leaders and industry pillars, including Apple's most bitter rivals. The outpouring of sentiment -- the kind usually reserved for pop culture icons like John Lennon or Michael Jackson -- was unprecedented for a corporate executive. Why so much adoration for Jobs?
September 24, 2011 |
With the continued shrinkage of audiences for local TV, some news executives seem to grasp for viewers with a single imperative: "Just try something. " Make a newscast look or feel different and maybe people won't notice what's missing, like, say, a complete team of reporters, original stories and coverage that goes more than skin deep. The people at KTTV Fox 11 in Los Angeles appear to have adopted the philosophy in abundance with their latest offering — a 5 p.m. "news and talk program" that fairly vibrates with nervous energy, social-media feeds, pop culture stories, stilted newsroom vérité and heaps and heaps of opinion-making by the anchor-reporter hosts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2011 |
Richard Hamilton, a British Pop Art pioneer who was credited with coining the name for a movement marked by its ironic and iconic use of commercial and pop culture imagery, has died. He was 89. The Gagosian Gallery, which represents Hamilton, said the artist died Tuesday at an undisclosed location in Britain. It did not give the cause of death. A painter and printmaker born in London in 1922, Hamilton studied at the Royal Academy Schools and the Slade School of Fine Art. He made waves with a prescient 1956 collage — "Just What Is It That Makes Today's Homes So Different, So Appealing?"
August 5, 2011 |
Omar el Keish wanted to make a strong statement when he headed out with his wife and daughter recently for a revolutionary rally here in the de facto rebel capital. Keish decided to bring along a flag. It wasn't the ubiquitous Libyan rebel flag that flutters at every downtown rally. He chose the American flag — the Stars and Stripes — on a long, heavy pole. The 57-year-old airline pilot waved the big fluttering fabric with both arms, and rallygoers smiled and flashed the V for victory sign at the sight of Old Glory.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2011 |
Mason Keefe never used to come to Little Tokyo. The Burbank teenager's most prominent cultural influence was her mother's Texan background; Japan was a distant country. But two years ago, the 14-year-old's passion for comic books led to the discovery of Japanese manga, which fueled an obsession with Japan. Now she adores sushi. She studies Japanese. And she comes to Little Tokyo regularly — most recently this past weekend to check out Little Tokyo Design Week, a five-day festival showcasing Japan's cutting-edge design, technology and pop culture.
July 11, 2011 |
Disco music and movies are warmly embraced these days as part of pop culture nostalgia. The era, which began in the mid-'70s, encouraged a whole generation to dance and party — often to excess. And don't even mention the outrageous clothes. It was an era that ended abruptly; a year after the final disco-themed movies were released in 1980, the AIDS epidemic began and the fun was over. Most of the disco movies are considered campy cult faves, but 1977's "Saturday Night Fever" is a bona fide classic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2011 |
At the pulpit of an inner-city Chicago mosque, the tall blond imam begins preaching in his customary fashion, touching on the Los Angeles Lakers victory the night before, his own gang involvement as a teenager, a TV soap opera and then the Day of Judgment. "Yesterday we watched the best of seven.... Unfortunately we forget the big final; it's like that show 'One Life to Live,' " Imam Suhaib Webb says as sleepy boys and young men come to attention in the back rows. "There's no overtime, bro. " The sermon is typical of Webb, a charismatic Oklahoma-born convert to Islam with a growing following among American Muslims, especially the young.