CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2012 |
San Fernando Councilwoman Maribel de la Torre was charged Friday with vandalism and battery of her former lover and fellow council member, the latest chapter in a City Hall soap opera that has residents of the small town fed up. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office filed the two misdemeanor charges against the 41-year-old councilwoman in the June 28 incident, which Mario Hernandez reported to San Fernando police. De la Torre allegedly attempted to strangle her then-colleague and smashed his laptop computer, according to authorities.
June 22, 2012 |
"Desperate Housewives"mastermind Marc Cherry has found a new employer for his ABC pilot "Devious Maids": Lifetime. The cable channel has ordered 13 episodes of the soap that are slated to roll out in 2013. It was originally developed for ABC and a contender for the fall season, but the network ultimately passed on it. The series centers on a group of five maids and the rich Beverly Hills families they tend to. The sudser is an adaptation of Mexican telenovela "Ellas son la Alegría del Hogar" from Televisa and will include Ana Ortiz ("Ugly Betty")
June 18, 2012 |
"Hollywood Heights," which premieres Monday on Nickelodeon, is an Americanization of the Mexican telenovela "Alcanzar una estrella" (Reach for a Star), and if it is not the first to be adapted for American television - there was "Ugly Betty," based on the much-franchised Colombian "Yo soy Betty, la fea" - it's the first to be made as a telenovela . Running week-nightly for 80 episodes, in the Nick at Nite block, it will be about five times as long as "Berlin Alexanderplatz.
June 17, 2012 |
Night after night, in households from Puebla to Pico Rivera, tens of millions of loyal viewers tune in to their Spanish-language telenovelas , gasping at the seductions and betrayals on tear-jerkers like "Abismo de Pasión" ("Abyss Of Passion"). Now network executives, desperate to capitalize on the addictive powers of the prime-time soap operas, are copying the formula with English-language versions, starring marquee names. In some cases, they're even borrowing the five-nights-a-week format.
June 11, 2012 |
- The first witness in Jerry Sandusky's trial testified Monday that the former Penn State University assistant football coach sexually abused him as a young teenager on campus and in hotels and later sent him "creepy love letters. " Identified in court papers as Victim 4, the witness said "soap battles" in the shower escalated into inappropriate touching and oral sex. Under cross-examination, he said he felt responsible for what happened to other boys because he didn't come forward earlier.
May 14, 2012 |
Even an A-list star like Johnny Depp was no match for"The Avengers" at the box office this past weekend, as the superhero adventure dominated ticket sales yet again and flew past $1 billion worldwide. After its $207.4-million debut broke the record for the biggest opening - not adjusting for inflation - "The Avengers" raked in an additional $103.2 million in its second weekend of domestic release, according to an estimate from distributor Walt Disney Pictures. The film featuring Marvel comic book characters such as the Hulk, Iron Man and Thor sucked the life out"Dark Shadows," leaving Depp's vampire comedy looking pallid with a lackluster $28.8-million start.
April 23, 2012 |
Oh, Canada, so near and yet so far. We share a language, albeit with different notions of how to pronounce "sorry" and "about"; we use your streets and your studios to stand in for America in our budget-conscious television shows, and your actors to represent Americans, and your film crews to record them. And yet your own television is something quite different. "The L.A. Complex," which premieres Tuesday on the CW, is a Canadian youth-soap from Martin Gero (a veteran of"Bored to Death")
April 22, 2012 |
CAIRO - When filmmaker and Egyptian democracy activist Amr Salama watched Hosni Mubarak's regime collapse in 2011, he couldn't have been more heartened. Salama had been making films for years and had found himself hamstrung by the government's censorship board. This was finally the opportunity he'd been waiting for. So shortly after the regime fell, Salama resubmitted a script that had been rejected under Mubarak - one whose story centered on tension between Cairo's majority Muslim population and its Coptic Christian minority.
April 22, 2012 |
Lather, rinse, repeat. We all do it — usually with a liquid shampoo. But a handful of manufacturers are getting rid of the plastic bottles and the liquid and offering shampoos in solid bars that look like traditional hand soap. Canadian cosmetic company Lush makes nine formulas of solid shampoos, as well as a solid conditioner. J.R. Liggett's, in New Hampshire, makes six. And countless artisan soap makers also are capitalizing on growing customer demand for a concentrated product that has all the performance of a regular shampoo but with less packaging and fewer chemicals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2012 |
Jonathan Frid, whose portrayal of charismatic vampire Barnabas Collins in the supernatural soap opera "Dark Shadows" turned the classically trained actor into a pop-culture star in the late 1960s, has died. He was 87. Frid died April 13 of natural causes at a hospital in his hometown of Hamilton, Canada, said Jim Pierson, a spokesman for Dan Curtis Productions, which produced"Dark Shadows. " The campy daytime soap was a year old and struggling in the ratings in 1967 when series creator Dan Curtis took his daughter's advice to "make it scarier.