September 15, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Clashes flared across Syria on Sunday, and mortar shells fell on Damascus, highlighting a violent and intractable reality: The nation's bloody civil war is no closer to resolution, despite a landmark U.S.-Russia deal designed to rid Syria of chemical armaments. Various officials, including U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, acknowledged that the chemical weapons accord, while significant, will probably do little in the short term to stop the killing, overwhelmingly the result of conventional weapons - bullets and artillery shells, bombs and rockets.
September 11, 2013 |
Before the coffee. After taking a moment to remember. The Skinny: No snarky small talk this morning. Just painful memories of a beautiful blue sky filled with smoke. Wednesday's headlines include a profile of Jeff Shell, the new head of NBCUniversal's movie unit. Also, Arsenio Hall gets off to a good start and "The Killing" gets killed again. Daily Dose: CBS and Time Warner Cable has made peace but tensions among broadcasters and pay-TV providers still linger.
September 11, 2013 |
As a teenager Jeff Shell was determined to earn a spot on the elite basketball team at West Los Angeles' University High School. Despite being considered a long shot, he spent hours in his backyard practicing his jump shot and working on his moves until he made the team. "It was a pretty impressive feat," said his younger brother, Dan Shell, a Fox Sports executive. FALL MOVIE SNEAKS 2013: Films, videos and photos Jeff Shell has again nabbed a high-profile assignment.
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September 9, 2013 |
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge made a tentative ruling Monday throwing out the case against two AEG executives who were promoting Michael Jackson's ill-fated “This Is It” comeback tour. Judge Yvette Palazuelos, however, left AEG Live, one of the nation's largest concert promoters, as a defendant in the case. Jackson's mother and three children are suing AEG Live, Chief Executive Randy Phillips and executive Paul Gongaware, saying they negligently hired and supervised Conrad Murray, the doctor who administered a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol to the singer to help with his insomnia.
September 9, 2013 |
NBCUniversal is shaking up the ranks of its movie studio, with longtime head Ron Meyer transitioning into a corporate advisory role. In a surprise move, Jeff Shell, a longtime Comcast Corp. television executive who spent the last two years in London, will succeed Meyer in a newly created position as chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group. As part of the shake-up, Adam Fogelson, chairman of Universal Pictures, was fired on Monday morning. Donna Langley, co-chairman of Universal Pictures, will become sole chairman and report to Shell.
August 29, 2013 |
You don't need to worry about walking on thin ice on Titan. The icy shell that encapsulates Saturn's largest moon is tougher and thicker than previously thought, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Like Earth's crust, Titan's icy surface floats atop a dense ocean. Earlier studies have suggested this outer layer is thin and flexible. But new data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft point to an extremely thick, rigid shell with massive underwater “roots.” While analyzing Cassini's latest gravity and topography measurements, astrophysicists at UC Santa Cruz and other institutions noticed something unusual.
August 28, 2013 |
This story has been updated. See details below. Ann Goldstein, a former senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, resigned as director of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Wednesday, intensifying speculation that she could be MOCA's next director. Since the departure in July of Jeffrey Deitch, Goldstein's name has been among those mentioned as a possible successor, given her history with the museum and her experience running a major art institution. A Los Angeles native, Goldstein began her museum career at MOCA, rising to senior curator over the course of 20 years.
August 22, 2013 |
Kelly Clarkson has buckled under the pressure of planning an extravagant wedding: She and fiance Brandon Blackstock have decided to elope instead. "We are so busy that we finally just came to terms the other night and were like, 'So, we change our minds and we want to elope.' We just got so overwhelmed by it -- all the decisions," the "American Idol" winner told People on Wednesday. Clarkson, 31, and Blackstock, manager to "The Voice" and country star Blake Shelton, have been dating since late 2011, and announced their engagement in December on Twitter.
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August 15, 2013 |
It's no secret Los Angeles Department of Water and Power employees are paid well. But a little-known clause in their union contract ensures they can work extra hours and collect even higher wages when private contractors are hired to help them get the job done. The so-called "outsourcing bonus" traces back to a single sentence inserted into the city-owned utility's labor contract nearly two decades ago. Intended partly to discourage use of private companies with lower labor costs, the contract provision requires DWP managers to offer overtime to any employee who could have performed tasks assigned to a contractor - such as engineering, construction or clerical work.
July 31, 2013 |
So what's it like in the hyper-exclusive Lexus Dugout Club, hobnobbing with Tommy Baseball and the agents from CAA? Well, Lasorda's a lot more fun than the talent agents, but that's setting the bar pretty low. Let's just say this: The Dugout Club isn't everybody's cup of high-priced tea. But should you get the chance, should some wealthy uncle gift you with a couple of tickets, you might consider going. In fact, call off your wedding. Reschedule that appendectomy. For the Dugout Club is baseball's Magic Kingdom.