April 24, 2014 |
Fandango, the Los Angeles-based online ticketing service owned by NBCUniversal, said it signed a deal to acquire Movieclips, an operator of film-related channels on YouTube. The acquisition will enable Fandango to significantly expand its audience reach with broader product offerings in video, content and movie discovery, the company said Thursday. Financial terms were not disclosed. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll The Movieclips network, operated by Venice-based Zefr Inc., consists of 25 YouTube channels with a catalog of 45,000 curated film clips, trailers, and original video productions.
April 21, 2014 |
Last week I sent a text message to a friend. A Hollywood business meeting I had high hopes for had been suddenly "postponed. " "Everybody canceled except me," I texted. She texted back, "Haha. " What's so funny about it, I wondered? Where's the haha in my disappointment? My text was more sad than funny; her text steamed me. Dismissed twice . "Haha" and its partner, "LOL," are texting's go-to replies, a vaguely complimentary, vaguely condescending way to acknowledge a text has been received.
April 21, 2014 |
With open enrollment for Obamacare wrapped up, insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross stayed ahead of the pack in California sign-ups and widened its lead over rival Blue Shield of California. Anthem signed up 425,058 people through April 15, or 30.5% of Covered California's exchange market under the Affordable Care Act, new data show. Anthem is a unit of Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc., the nation's second-largest health insurer. San Francisco insurer Blue Shield of California trails Anthem with a 27.3% share, or 381,457 enrollees.
April 18, 2014 |
Valerie Harper is positively radiant these days. There's a sparkle in her eyes and a genuine warmth in her smile. Why not? She's defied the odds. Early last year, Harper was told she had three months to live. Harper, a non-smoker who had a cancerous tumor removed from her lung in 2009, has a rare form of lung cancer that had spread to areas around her brain. "I was supposed to be dead a year ago," said Harper, 74. "We are all terminal, let's face it. I did the shock and grief.
April 16, 2014 |
Chris Johnson has gone from the Tennessee Titans to the onetime New York Titans. The former 2,000-yard running back signed a two-year deal with the New York Jets on Wednesday, according to multiple reports, potentially adding punch to an offense ranked 25 th in total yards last season. The Jets were the only team Johnson visited after being released by the Titans almost two weeks ago. Johnson, 28, is coming off a down season in which he averaged a career-low 3.9 yards per carry and didn't have a run longer than 30 yards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2014 |
Announcing that rapper Jay Z's popular Made in America music festival is coming to downtown, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday that the event will "shine a spotlight" on Grand Park, the city's up-and-coming Civic Center gathering spot. But what was billed as a coup for a reemerging Central City is also prompting debate about the idea and future of a refurbished and increasingly lively public venue that cascades from the edge of the Music Center to the steps of City Hall. The open space, expanded to 12 acres and relaunched in 2012, hosted free Fourth of July fireworks and a New Year's Eve party, events that each drew tens of thousands of visitors.