September 26, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Can a group of Angelenos guide New York's most venerable film institution through a major crossroads? That's one of several questions facing the Film Society of Lincoln Center and its flagship New York Film Festival as longtime program director Richard Pena prepares to step down at the end of the year in a long-planned retirement. The festival kicks off its milestone 50th edition Friday with a black-tie world premiere of Ang Lee's awards hopeful “Life of Pi. " It continues over the following two weeks with several dozen of the fall's highest-profile titles, including world premieres for Robert Zemeckis' “Flight” and David Chase's “Not Fade Away.” The event will mark Pena's 25th festival, and organizers will walk a line between honoring him (Pena has been given one of two newly created tribute slots, along with Nicole Kidman)
August 14, 2012 |
Rep. Paul D. Ryan says he doesn't like government waste and he's probably got very few friends in show business, so when he found out several years ago what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was up to in Hollywood, he tried to pull the plug on one entertainment industry initiative. The CDC was one of the founders of Hollywood Health & Society, a program of the Norman Lear Center at USC. The program gives entertainment industry professionals free consultations on their television programs and movies so that any health-related plots reflect “accurate and timely information.” Over the past two years, Hollywood Health & Society has consulted on more than 380 story lines on shows such as “Grey's Anatomy,” “Private Practice” and “Sesame Street,” said the program's director, Sandra de Castro Buffington.
April 18, 2012 |
Riding wave after wave of pop hits that carried the station into more radios than any other in the market, Top 40 outlet KIIS-FM (102.7) dominated Los Angeles-Orange County ratings for most of the last three years. Now another station has finally started its own winning streak. After already claiming January and February, talk station KFI-AM (640) - home of commentators such as Bill Handel, John Kobylt, Ken Chiampou and Tim Conway Jr. - placed first in the March ratings, released Monday.
April 15, 2012 |
Renae Williams Niles is a name that stirs little recognition, but she is the most powerful person in dance in Los Angeles. It is her job, as director of programming, to select the companies and repertory for each season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center. But that description sells short her impact and influences in this city's dance life. Niles is highly regarded for her business acumen and knowledge of the art. Her unpretentiousness and sunny disposition have also won her fans.
December 31, 2011 |
Just because there's no Clinton versus Obama as in the 2008 presidential primaries, only a race among Republican hopefuls, doesn't mean the mostly conservative commentators on talk radio are holding their tongues this political season. "It's great for these stations, and the best part of it is, it's been a circus," said Jack Silver, program director at KABC-AM (790), local home of Sean Hannity and other talk stars. Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan and alleged sexual impropriety, Texas Gov. Rick Perry forgetting what federal departments he'd eliminate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney trying to make a $10,000 bet with Perry over his healthcare position — not to mention more substantive issues such as the economy and national defense: The race has provided plenty of fodder for discussion.
November 23, 2011 |
Now that the Pac-12 Conference has made its long-term deal with the devil, also known as television, expect more indignities ahead for the ticket-buying spectator. Case in point: The 7 p.m. Saturday start for the USC-UCLA football game. If you think for one moment that the athletic directors at the schools actually have a say in how their fans are accommodated for something like the marquee sports event of the year for each school, think again. Pat Haden, USC's athletic director: "I would like to play every game at 12:30 p.m. " Dan Guerrero, UCLA's athletic director: "If somebody gave me a wish list, I'd start every game at 12:30 or 1 p.m. " Good luck with that, Pat and Dan. The game Saturday at the Coliseum starts at dinner time because television said so. It is the puppeteer.