October 27, 2013 |
As one of the surviving members of the staff of the Warren Commission, which investigated and issued a report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, I am not looking forward to the coming weeks: Nov. 22 will mark the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death, and that means a new round of demonizing the Warren Commission and celebrating fallacious conspiracy theories. After Chief Justice Earl Warren hired me to work for the commission, he told me that "truth was our only client.
October 23, 2013 |
A thick, unrelenting heat permeated the Louisiana sets of "12 Years a Slave" - 100-degree-plus temperatures so intense they stifled breath. The moment a scene wrapped, cast and crew would take refuge in air-conditioned cars parked nearby. One member of the ensemble, however, stayed outdoors: Lupita Nyong'o, a 30-year-old newcomer who plays Patsey, the favorite slave of a sadistic plantation master. "In that kind of condition, we all wanted to find even the tiniest comfort we could get," recalled Chiwetel Ejiofor, the lead actor in the movie about a free Northerner who is abducted and sold into slavery in the South.
October 19, 2013 |
Standing in front of his congregation at One Church International, pastor Touré Roberts made an impassioned plea: Go see a Ja Rule movie this weekend. "I'm excited about this film," the preacher said. "It's almost like God is taking it viral. It comes out this Friday, and we gotta go. " In the middle of a Wednesday evening service at a theater-turned-church on La Brea Avenue, Roberts was hyping up "I'm in Love With a Church Girl," a faith-based film that just debuted in about 500 theaters.
October 17, 2013 |
Two rare or unprecedented sights to look for during the Clippers' upcoming season: • DeAndre Jordan's image on the cover of the team's media guide with franchise players and acknowledged leaders Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, a statement about what will be expected of the 25-year-old center in his sixth season. • DeAndre Jordan, in person, on the court during the fourth quarter of tight games. New Coach Doc Rivers' imprint is on both moves. On the first point, Rivers made it known he wants to promote a "big three" concept rather than focusing on All-Stars Griffin and Paul.
October 15, 2013 |
To promote its new song from platinum-selling country music artist Hunter Hayes and Grammy winner Jason Mraz on Tuesday, Warner Music Group didn't book its stars on "Good Morning America" or "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. " It made a video for YouTube. YouTube has elbowed out radio, MTV, Yahoo and Myspace as the leading way to reach young music listeners, and some of its personalities have emerged as tastemakers, serving much the same role as KROQ-FM's Kevin and Bean have. "For teens through age 24, YouTube is where people listen to the most music," said David Bakula, a senior vice president at audience measurement firm Nielsen.
October 7, 2013 |
New Samsung commercials featuring such characters as the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to Dick Tracy show off numerous telephone watches from popular TV shows to promote the company's new Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The Galaxy Gear is a $300 device by Samsung that launched this month in the U.S. The gadget looks like a wristwatch but has a touchscreen, a camera and can run apps as well as send text messages. And as Samsung likes to point out in its commercials, the Galaxy Gear can also be used to make and receive voice calls. PHOTOS: Top 11 hidden, cool features in Apple's iOS 7 In one of its new ads, the South Korean tech giant shows clips of popular TV show characters like George Jetson from "The Jetsons" and Michael Knight from "Knight Rider" talking into their wristwatches.