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June 29, 2012 | By Joe Flint
On Monday, Mark Cuban's cable channel HD Net will become AXS TV. But for now, the only thing that will change is the name. AXS -- a partnership of Cuban, concert giant AEG, Ryan Seacrest and Creative Artists Agency -- is hoping to eventually become the CNN of entertainment and pop culture. Cuban apparently is in no rush to throw a half-baked product on the air. Although next week the switch will be flipped to turn the channel from HD Net into AXS, new programming isn't likely to appear for at least a few weeks, and when it does, it will be in small doses.
June 28, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Thanks to"Ted,"the riotous, ribald new RRR-rated comedy about a pot-smoking, sexually active, trash-talking stuffed bear, brown is the new blue. So be forewarned, stuff gets wanton, and fresh vegetables are involved. Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and a fouled-mouthed plush toy named Ted, voiced by the film's writer-director, Seth MacFarlane, comprise the warm and fuzzy love triangle at the center of the raucous rudeness. The story itself is about a boy and a bear in Boston who have refused to grow up, and the girlfriend who has run out of patience.
May 15, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
On Monday, shortly after delivering a speech to the graduating class of Barnard College extolling the role of women in public life, President Obama continued his theme with a visit to ABC's “The View.” His appearance will be broadcasted Tuesday. It was his fourth time on the show, his second as president. The ladies of “The View” like the president, and as it turns out, he's pretty good for them; in July 2010, the president helped the distaff gabfest earn its best ratings ever (6.59 million people watched the show, according to the network)
April 22, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - When filmmaker and Egyptian democracy activist Amr Salama watched Hosni Mubarak's regime collapse in 2011, he couldn't have been more heartened. Salama had been making films for years and had found himself hamstrung by the government's censorship board. This was finally the opportunity he'd been waiting for. So shortly after the regime fell, Salama resubmitted a script that had been rejected under Mubarak - one whose story centered on tension between Cairo's majority Muslim population and its Coptic Christian minority.
March 18, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter, Tribune Newspapers
Chomp: A Novel Carl Hiaasen Alfred A. Knopf: 304 pp., $16.99, ages 10 and up South Florida is known for many things: Alligators, orange groves and the writer who spins the area's most sensational attributes into even more sensational story lines, Carl Hiaasen. In his many bestsellers for adults and kids, Hiaasen has demonstrated a unique gift for wrapping real environmental issues into apocryphal, bust-a-gut books that parody pop culture - a talent he furthers in his most recent middle-school novel, "Chomp.
March 15, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
Joel McHale has the kind of face you might recognize without knowing where you've seen him. Before sitting down for an interview at a sidewalk café, McHale disappears inside and a middle-aged woman seated outdoors does a double-take, trying to peg him: He's on that show … on CBS … or is it NBC? When McHale later returns and plants himself in a nearby table, he acts exaggeratedly important. "Is this thing on?" he mutters into the tape recorder. " I need to promote this huge NBC show.
February 19, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The Simpsons of Springfield, U.S.A., will mark their 500th episode as a TV family Sunday. "The Simpsons," in its 23rd season on Fox, is already the longest-running cartoon, the longest-running situation comedy and the longest-running scripted prime-time series in the history of American television. There is something especially improbable about this particular household, with their goggle-eyes and cantilevered overbites and complexions betokening an advanced case of jaundice, claiming these crowns.
February 8, 2012 | By Ernest Hardy, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Diana Ross has never won a Grammy. Though nominated 12 times for her work with the Supremes and for her solo efforts, the singer behind pop classis such as "Baby Love" and "Upside Down" has never taken home the award. This Saturday, she will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Recording Academy along with Gil Scott-Heron, the Allman Brothers, Glen Campbell, George Jones, Antonio Carlos Jobim and the Memphis Horns, at an invitation-only ceremony the night before the Grammy telecast.
January 19, 2012 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
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 | By Pat Benson
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.
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