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September 26, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
With another comedy series Emmy in hand, "Modern Family" returned for a fifth season Wednesday as the night's highest-rated show, according to early numbers from Nielsen.  The season premiere of the ensemble comedy following the lives of a Southern California extended family drew 11.4 million viewers and a rating of 4.1 in the advertiser-desired 18-49 demographic, for which a ratings point equates to about 1.3 million people.  Still, the...
September 26, 2013 | By Paul Richter
UNITED NATIONS - The top diplomats of the United States and Iran on Thursday held their first substantive meeting since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, hoping that within six months they can come to terms on Iran's disputed nuclear ambitions and find a new foundation for their relationship after decades of antagonism. Secretary of State John F. Kerry sat down with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and diplomats from five other world powers on the sidelines of the United Nations' annual gathering to determine whether a new Iranian government and Washington "can continue to chart a way forward," a senior Obama administration official said before the meeting.
September 24, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 22 - 28, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     Revolution In the season premiere Neville and Jason (Giancarlo Esposito, JD Pardo) are searching for a lost loved one in a refugee camp. 8 p.m. NBC The Middle The entire family insists on accompanying Axl (Charlie McDermott) to college in the season premiere.
September 6, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
While rising to chief technology officer for Magellan Navigation in the 1990s, Anatole Lokshin pioneered the use of the global positioning system in everyday life, bringing the satellite-based technology to boats, cars and eventually cellphones. Now, running a startup with his son, the Huntington Beach inventor wants to latch sophisticated motion sensors onto surfboards, skateboards, snowboards and regular clothing. Data collected by Lokshin's sensors could separate pros from posers in sports that typically emphasize imprecise metrics such as style points.
July 27, 2013 | By Meg James
Underscoring the pitched battle to land television dramas, production of NBC's post-apocalyptic drama "Revolution" has moved halfway across the country to Austin, Texas. The first season of the J.J. Abrams-produced science fiction drama was shot in Wilmington, N.C. But this summer Warner Bros. relocated production of the hourlong show to the Lone Star state, which offers generous tax credits. NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt said Saturday that scenery and storytelling also factored into the decision to shift the show to Austin.
July 5, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali and Amro Hassan
CAIRO - Tens of thousands of supporters of Egypt's deposed Islamist president rallied across Cairo on Friday, hurling rocks and fireworks and clashing with security forces in the first major show of defiance against what they have termed an illegal military coup. As night fell over Cairo and military helicopters circled the capital, supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohamed Morsi battled on the bridges and overpasses leading to Tahrir Square, the heart of the protests that preceded Morsi's removal Wednesday.
July 4, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Egyptians despairing of Mohamed Morsi's Islamist imprint on society have prevailed in ousting the country's first freely elected president. Faced with a choice between chaos and a coup d'et at , the powerful military opted for the latter. Whether deposing Morsi leads to calm and a collaborative interim leadership remains to be seen. Prospects for taming the widespread unrest th at convulsed Egypt throughout Morsi's scant year in office seemed no better after the military's announcement th at Morsi was out than in the tumultuous weeks th at preceded it. Reports of Morsi under house arrest and dead-of-night roundups of senior Muslim Brotherhood figures hardly seemed conducive to peace and reconciliation between Egypt's polarized factions.
June 27, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The unexpected death of James Gandolfini, who was best known for his work on the series "The Sopranos," recently re-ignited the conversation over How Much Television has Changed, which has become so intense and widespread in the last few years that books are now being written about it. Last year, critic Alan Sepinwall self-published "The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers, and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever" to such attention it...
June 27, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
In the documentary "The Secret Disco Revolution," Canadian filmmaker Jamie Kastner positions the 1970s disco boom as being a clandestine vehicle for gay, female and racial liberation. Though this idea is not without a grounding in fact, the movie feels like a flakey, off-the-cuff blog post that somehow transmogrified itself into a feature-length documentary. Occasionally charming but mostly just slight, the film leans heavily on authors Alice Echols and Peter Shapiro, both of whom have written seriously about disco.
June 26, 2013 | By Robert Abele
Alex Winter's documentary "Downloaded" charts the rise and fall of Napster, the upstart file-sharing music-community hub that made founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker into either Information Age heroes or criminal masterminds, depending on how you see technology as a force for cultural openness. The movie prefers the hero moniker, presenting this '90s story as a rise-and-fall tragedy in which Napster - had it not been hampered by crippling lawsuits stemming from the recording industry's siege mentality about its business - could have become iTunes before iTunes.
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