November 13, 2012 |
We're one week away from the “Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars” semifinals, and the stakes are higher than ever. This week, each of the remaining seven couples had to perform two whole dances: an individual ballroom dance with a military theme in honor of Veterans Day and a Latin trio performance with another professional or troupe member added to their group. If that wasn't pressure enough, all the stars knew they were facing a double elimination this week. Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani have had their best two weeks ever.
September 13, 2009 |
For the last few years, celebrity names have been landing on clothing labels almost as often as they land on Page Six. The perennially shirtless Matthew McConaughey launched J.K. Livin beachwear, octogenarian Cloris Leachman unspooled her flowy Clorisline and Donald Trump tied his name to neckties. Then, earlier this summer, fashion industry bible Women's Wear Daily declared that celebrity lines had lost their luster, citing Jennifer Lopez's Sweetface label, Heidi Montag's Heidiwood and Mandy Moore's Mblem T-shirt line as the most recent casualties.
May 15, 2013 |
Microsoft Corp. is partnering with Paramount Pictures on a promotional effort for the studio's "Star Trek Into Darkness. " It represents the biggest such undertaking ever for the software giant. The Redmond, Wash., company's campaign isn't short on whimsy: Bing, Microsoft's Internet search engine, was updated Tuesday to include the "Star Trek" language Klingon in its online translation service. But there also is strategic significance to the marketing venture, because it leverages so many Microsoft services, devices and platforms in a way not previously attempted by the company for a movie promotion.
March 13, 2014 |
If you've ever been to the TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Mann's, originally Grauman's), you've probably walked over the handprints and footprints of Hollywood stars imprinted in the concrete. They're a big tourist draw - you can see the stars' signatures and compare your hand size to that of the people you see on the big screen - but the very first one was an accident. According to our archives, the tradition was born after actress Norma Talmadge accompanied Sid Grauman - the theater magnate who was opening the now-famous landmark - and other Hollywood stars to the site of the theater when it was under construction in 1927.
May 10, 2013 |
The force is returning to Britain. Disney-owned Lucasfilm announced Friday that production of "Star Wars: Episode VII " will take place in the United Kingdom, the latest example of a high-profile Hollywood movie filming outside California. Another big Disney movie, Marvel Studios' current release "Iron Man 3," filmed in North Carolina. Britain provides rebates of up to 25%, making it an attractive destination for such big productions as the "Harry Potter" movies, "Clash of the Titans" and "Captain America: the First Avenger.
March 28, 2011
Charles McGraw The gravely voiced actor, who died in 1980 at age 66, played a hit man in the 1946 noir classic "The Killers" and went on to appear in such noir hits as 1950's "Armored Car Robbery, 1951's "Roadblock" and the 1952 classic "The Narrow Margin. " Audrey Totter Totter, now 92, made her film debut in 1945's "Main Street After Dark" and excelled in numerous film noirs, including Robert Montgomery's 1947 version of "Lady in the Lake" and "High Wall," which opens the "Noir City" festival.
August 11, 2012 |
The Perseid meteor shower is expected to result in a dazzling display of shooting stars this weekend. And NASA would like your help counting them. The nation's space agency has developed an app for Android and iPhones to help amateur sky-watchers "count meteors in a scientific way and report the results to us," according to Bill Cooke, head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. Tweet us your Perseid photos at #LATPerseid The Perseid meteor shower data collected by your smartphone can be used by Cooke's office to study and model the Perseid debris stream.