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December 27, 2013 | By Steve Appleford
It was Bob Dylan who transformed Brad Elterman into a teenage paparazzo. That was in 1974, when the folk-rocker was set to headline the Fabulous Forum and Elterman was a Sherman Oaks high school kid who scored a ticket, front row center. He realized: "I better bring a camera. " Nothing would ever be the same. Elterman, now 56, remembers the songs, the crowd, the aroma of smoldering marijuana. He could afford only two rolls of film, but he chose his shots carefully and came home inspired.
December 11, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" on CBS turned more than a few heads Tuesday night, pushing the network up to a ratings win.  The one-hour 10 p.m. telecast drew 9.71 million viewers and a rating of 3.4 among key 18-to-49-year-olds, according to early numbers from Nielsen, making it the top-rated telecast among young adults on the major networks. Its rating in the demographic fell 6% from last year, though total viewership increased by 2%.  Leading up to the runway lingerie showcase were the two most-watched shows of the night, "NCIS" (18.8 million viewers)
December 10, 2013 | By Michael Muskal, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
In a strongly worded opinion that backed a robust interpretation of reporters' rights to protect confidential sources, New York state's highest court has ruled in favor of a Fox news reporter and said she does not have to appear in a Colorado court seeking her testimony in connection with the trial of James E. Holmes, accused in the mass shooting that left 12 dead in a suburban Denver movie theater. In 4-3 ruling released on Tuesday, the New York Court of Appeals held that the state's shield law protects New York-based reporter Jana Winter and rejected an effort by the Colorado courts to have her return to testify.
November 26, 2013 | By David Pagel
Alan Shields' second solo show in California (his first was in San Francisco in 1974) takes visitors back to a time when abstract painting was so uncool that the only people who pursued it were purists. Love of art for its own sake, and not as a path to fame or fortune, was the name of the game for painters like Shields (1944-2005), who went to great lengths to turn scraps of canvas, beads and thread into funky forms that flirted with the earthiness of folk art while wrestling with the functionality of craftsmanship and making a joke of tastefulness.
November 24, 2013 | By Cindy Chang
A man who tried to catch a woman as she plummeted 50 feet at the Oakland Coliseum saved her from certain death, an Alameda County sheriff's official said. The woman jumped from a third-floor seating area onto a second-floor concourse about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, said Sgt. J.D. Nelson. She was hospitalized in intensive care Sunday night, and the man who broke her fall was seriously injured, Nelson said. As fans filed out of the stadium after the Raiders' loss to the Tennessee Titans, the man and a friend looked up and saw the woman preparing to jump.
November 19, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Brooke Shields will publish a book about the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters with Dutton, the publisher announced Tuesday. The book does not yet have a title or release date. Shields was a child star raised by a single mom, Teri, who died last year. In a release about the book, Dutton explains, "Shields will share stories of both the highs and lows of being raised by a single mother who loved the world of show business and often was a media sensation all by herself.
November 19, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before drinking more coffee because I'm on no sleep! The Skinny: Last Monday, I was up late breaking news about New York Times reporter Brian Stelter going to CNN. Last night, I was up even later breaking news about the latest in the Nikki Finke-Jay Penske battle (see below). Hope I get to go back to breaking news about media instead of about media reporters I compete against! In today's roundup, ABC had high hopes for "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. " but after a strong start, the show has lost some luster.
November 19, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
When the highly anticipated "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. " premiered this fall on ABC, its ratings looked solid, if not downright heroic. Just as important, the network had reason to believe it had finally found a show that young men would watch and its own superhero franchise. Now it seems that the helicarrier is losing some power. The heavily marketed "S.H.I.E.L.D. " - Marvel's first foray into network television since Walt Disney Co. bought the comic book brand in 2009 - drew more than 12 million viewers to its original telecast, according to Nielsen.  FALL TV 2013: Watch the trailers That figure grew to 15.8 million in the next three days as people caught up via digital video recorders and video on demand.
November 18, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
California officials said three of the state's largest health insurers illegally denied speech and occupational therapy to patients, and regulators fined one of the companies, Health Net Inc., $300,000 for repeated violations. The state Department of Managed Health Care said Monday that it ordered Health Net, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California to stop denying medically necessary therapy in cases of developmental disabilities, autism and other medical conditions. The state said the three insurers will be required to reimburse patients who paid out of pocket for these improperly denied treatments.
November 15, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Of all the new fall shows, ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. " was the most anticipated and continues to be among the most closely monitored by critics, columnists and Industry bloggers. Many people who are not ABC executives want this show to succeed: Avengers fans, Joss Whedon fans, Clark Gregg fans and parents clinging to that quaint old notion of family viewing. I do too. To paraphrase the immortal Bonnie Tyler song, I need a hero. After years of emotionally crippled, morally conflicted, downward-spiraling and/or angrily brilliant men taking the lead in so many dramas big and small, American TV needs a hero who is neither super, reluctant nor anti.
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