CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 |
A New York parolee accused of fatally strangling a retired teacher in Hollywood may have come west after developing a network of pen pals, some that apparently grew from a shared fondness for the long-running soap opera "General Hospital. " Three months after he was released from prison after serving 20 years for murder, Scott Kratlian showed up in Hollywood and allegedly strangled one of his pen pals, 82-year-old Harry Major. The relationship between the convicted killer and the retired Hollywood High School teacher was probably one of many the inmate fostered over the years while imprisoned at Marcy Correctional Facility outside Syracuse, said another of Kratlian's pen pals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2014 |
A soap opera actress know for her roles in "One Life to Live" and "Guiding Light" was charged with assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly hurling a glass in a woman's face, prosecutors said Wednesday. Crystal Hunt, 28, allegedly threw a pint glass at a woman inside a West Hollywood bar on Dec. 13. Prosecutors allege the victim suffered cuts to her face as a result of Hunt's actions. Hunt pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the charge and is due back at the Airport courthouse Feb. 24. She played the character Lizzie Spaulding on "Guiding Light" from 2003 to 2005 and Stacey Marasco on "One Life to Live" from 2008 to 2012.
January 16, 2014 |
Actor-turned-first-time-director Bruce Ramsay recasts "Hamlet" as a soap opera, setting Shakespeare's tragedy in post-World War II London instead of medieval Denmark, eschewing any mention of the play's encroaching war with Norway and compressing several months into one fateful night. The result is a focused, if at times melodramatic, take on the play's beating heart. Ramsay also stars as the Prince of Denmark, although it's unclear whether his family is meant to be literal royalty or metaphorical aristocrats.
December 2, 2013 |
Producer Norman Lear had turned the family sitcom on its head in 1971 with his groundbreaking CBS comedy series "All in the Family. " Five years later, he revolutionized the soap opera with his weeknight satire "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," starring Louise Lasser as a suburban housewife living in the fictional town of Fernwood, Ohio, obsessed with Reader's Digest and consumerism. In fact, in the series' first episode, Mary's more concerned about the waxy yellow buildup on her kitchen floor than an entire family - plus their goats and chickens - having been murdered in her neighborhood.
November 14, 2013 |
Media company Viacom Inc.'s profit soared 24% in its fiscal fourth quarter, fueled by significantly higher TV ad sales and the Brad Pitt movie "World War Z. " Viacom shattered analysts' estimates for the quarter. Television advertising sales jumped 10% to $1.3 billion, thanks to higher ratings for the company's flagship networks Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central. For the quarter ended Sept. 30, Viacom reported net income of $804 million, or $1.68 per share, up from $650 million, or $1.26 per share, in the year-earlier period. Analysts had been expecting earnings of $1.44 a share.
November 13, 2013 |
It appears to be curtains again for "All My Children," the soap opera that ran four decades on ABC before being canceled, then resurrected as an Internet series. An actor on the series, Debbi Morgan, announced on Twitter that the show was "officially done" after one season on the Internet. "Thanks for the memories," Morgan tweeted late last week. Prospect Park, the production company behind the effort to keep the show alive, this week refused to discuss the situation or confirm Morgan's comment.