October 20, 2013 |
John Deasy, the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, can be impatient and stubborn, qualities we often admire in him. It takes a sense of urgency to get things moving in L.A.'s schools, as well as a willingness to stand against the forces that resist change. But it is important for the superintendent to pick his battles wisely, and he fell short on that score when he forged ahead on a $1-billion project to equip every student in L.A. Unified with an iPad. He expressed great confidence that the district had the answers to a number of important and easily foreseeable problems when, in fact, it didn't.
October 19, 2013 |
Acura made its name on upscale sedans and coupes, but its MDX crossover has quietly become the meal ticket for Honda's luxury division. Last year, the MDX made up about a third of Acura's sales in the U.S., and it has been the brand's biggest seller since 2010. So the automaker took the task of redesigning the upscale mid-size hauler quite seriously. It shows. The 2014 version is a ground-up reboot that balances luxury, utility, safety and value better than most of its peers.
October 9, 2013 |
The popular 1980s detective show "Remington Steele" is getting a modern-day make-over thanks to NBC, which is recasting the show as a half-hour comedy. The original series, which launched the career of Pierce Brosnan and also starred Stephanie Zimbalist, was an hour-long and also aired on NBC. It was part drama, part romantic comedy and part crime procedural. It was also hugely popular and is credited for launching other shows similar to it, including "Moonlighting. " Zimbalist played detective Laura Holt, who hires a con man played by Brosnan to assume the role of head of her detective agency under the moniker "Remington Steele.
October 8, 2013 |
Barely three months ago, Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo's Spanish-language radio career appeared to be derailed. He had lost his popular "Piolín por la Mañana" morning program amid allegations of sexual and emotional harassment by a male co-worker. In the days that followed, six other former co-workers alleged that they too had been harassed by Sotelo, setting off an ongoing legal skirmish. Although Sotelo repeatedly denied the accusations, he and his longtime employer, the powerful media conglomerate Univision Communications Inc., parted ways in July.
September 6, 2013 |
"Riddick" -- the third sci-fi film to star Vin Diesel as the interplanetary antihero of the same name -- arrives nine years after its predecessor, "The Chronicles of Riddick," and 13 years after the original, "Pitch Black. " Unfortunately for Diesel and series writer-director David Twohy, "Riddick" hasn't exactly returned to a hero's welcome. For every film critic who finds it a fun, gory slice of genre entertainment, there's another who finds it stale and one-dimensional. In the Los Angeles Times, for example, Michael Phillips calls "Riddick" "extremely violent, cleverly managed fun. " He explains, "This is not one of those Johnny-come-lately sequels preoccupied with getting a new audience up to speed on where the story was. It's about living in the moment, in the now, and killing in the now. " Diesel, Phillips says, "has discovered what it means to be a certain kind of movie star, working hard but not too, serving material that, here, does what it's supposed to do. " PHOTOS: Fall movie sneaks 2013 On the other hand, USA Today's Claudia Puig warns , "Move along, there's nothing to see and no one to root for in this murky franchise reboot.
July 25, 2013 |
The first episodes of BBC's long-running science fiction classic "Doctor Who" were low budget and troubled, but the show persisted thanks to producer Verity Lambert's passion and star William Hartnell's dedication to doing his best work in the role of the mysterious alien Doctor. It turns out, "An Adventure in Space and Time," a BBC America TV movie about the creation of the series, suffered from some of the same limitations the original did. "We didn't have a great budget," director Terry McDonough told the press at BBC America's TCA panel on Thursday morning.