June 21, 2013 |
Hoping Hollywood star power will help sell smartphones, HTC has reportedly signed actor Robert Downey Jr. to a two-year, $12-million deal. The "Iron Man" and "Avengers" star will be at the forefront of the Taiwanese phone maker's fight against Samsung and Apple to remain relevant in the smartphone market, according to Bloomberg. PHOTOS: Tech giants' new headquarters In the last few years, Downey has attracted massive audiences to his films, including the "Sherlock Holmes" movies, and this week Disney announced Downey will appear in two more "Avengers" movies, meaning his star power should stay strong.
May 24, 2013 |
Steven Soderbergh's "Behind the Candelabra" was preceded by so much fuss over the casting of Michael Douglas as bedazzled pianist icon Liberace and Matt Damon as the entertainer's young lover Scott Thorson, that you'd have thought the duo did something other than act for a living. Yes, biopics are hard, and Liberace was quite a character. That elfin face and sweet whine of a voice appear so at odds with his carefully controlled career. And certainly not every actor can convincingly rock sequined pants and an ermine cape.
May 17, 2013 |
If viewers are losing interest in broadcast TV, what can lure them back? Executives hope they have an answer: stars. Lifting the curtain on their 2013-14 schedules at the "upfronts" in New York this week, the networks behaved like smartphone-toting fans crashing a red carpet. Stars they craved, and stars they got: There was James Spader, the former "Boston Legal" headliner tapped for NBC's crime thriller "The Blacklist. " Greg Kinnear plays a troubled lawyer on Fox's midseason drama "Rake.
May 12, 2013 |
There are few designers working today who have had as big an influence on fashion as Giorgio Armani. Founding his company in Milan in 1975, he modernized the suit, giving it a relaxed, soft silhouette, and created a daytime uniform of power and success that defined men's and women's style for two decades. He banished the ugly red-carpet excesses of the 1980s and introduced a modern way of dressing beginning in 1990, when his sleek Oscar-night designs for Michelle Pfeiffer and Jodie Foster transformed Hollywood from tacky to tasteful overnight.
April 28, 2013 |
Reggie Theus played in the NBA for more than a decade, covered the league as a broadcaster and coached the Sacramento Kings. So postseason drama at Staples Center draws his attention. "I've been a Lakers fan since I was a kid," said Theus, who starred at Inglewood High in the mid-1970s, "and I know a lot of guys on the Clippers. " But Theus has no time to be immersed in the playoffs. For the last three weeks, Cal State Northridge's new coach has been busy on campus or on the road recruiting, laying the groundwork to turn around a program.
March 30, 2013 |
There is enough star power in the Angels lineup to illuminate the Big A message board for months, the marquee shining with three megawatt names - Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton. Trout is just 21, but with his dynamic blend of speed, power and defense, he is already established as one of the best players in the game. Pujols has been a big producer for years, and Hamilton is a five-tool threat who, during hot streaks, might be the most dangerous hitter in baseball. The trio has combined for four most valuable player awards, two rookies of the year, 15 All-Star game selections, two batting titles and 10 Silver Slugger awards - and is the primary reason the Angels are considered World Series contenders.