May 20, 2013 |
"The Goodwin Games" is family comedy debuting as a late midseason replacement with only a seven-episode order. So even at Fox, a network not known for hit comedies, hopes are not high. On the other hand, there is a lot of talk these days of rethinking the old models of American television, including making the standard network season (22 to 24 episodes) more like the cable model of 10 to 12. At this year's upfronts, where networks roll out their new fall lineups for advertisers in New York City, Fox discussed several "limited" or "event" series.
April 10, 2013 |
Scott London, a Los Angeles partner in one of the nation's largest accounting firms, says it began four years ago. By his account, a friend with money trouble was poking around for information on Herbalife Ltd. and Skechers USA Inc., two Los Angeles-area companies whose audits London personally oversaw. Soon, he says, he was passing inside tips on the companies that resulted in as much as $100,000 in profit for his buddy. In return, he says, he collected "about $25,000" in cash, was treated to fancy dinners and received a Rolex watch as a gift.
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March 29, 2013 |
Los Angeles County sheriff's officials launched an investigation Friday into a "stupid joke" a deputy from the agency's jailhouse intelligence unit allegedly played on two black colleagues, a department spokesman said. The deputy sent an email to the rest of his unit - including his boss - singling out the two black deputies, the spokesman confirmed. "Due to the recent tension between the black and Hispanics, I implemented a new unit," Deputy Mickey Manzo, who is not black, allegedly wrote.
March 28, 2013 |
CODY, Wyo.--Alan Simpson has spent the better part of two years flying around the country ticking people off, though that's putting it more politely than the former Wyoming senator does. Simpson is the Republican half of the Simpson-Bowles duo (Erskine being the Democrat) that produced a 2010 deficit reduction plan that gored just about every sacred cow in Washington before succumbing to a scarcely lamented death. He continues to campaign around the country for the controversial recipe of tax hikes, spending cuts and entitlement reforms.
February 28, 2013 |
"21 and Over" could celebrate that magical moment when the final barrier to adulthood falls by the wayside, as the act of legally buying alcohol instantly goes from forbidden to routine. However, the movie just uses the moment as a springboard to a cynical college-age "Hangover" redo with far, far fewer fully developed characters or inventive adventures. (And that's saying something.) Rascally chatterbox Miller (Miles Teller) and somewhat more together Casey (Skylar Astin) surprise their old friend Jeff Chang (Justin Chon)
February 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Democrats and Republicans don't agree on much these days, but there's consensus on one major issue: The automatic budget cuts set to kick in late Friday are just plain stupid. President Obama, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) all have used the same derogatory image - a meat ax - to describe how the federal government will hack $85 billion from its budget this year. The cuts, part of $1.2 trillion in reductions over the next decade, are across the board.
February 25, 2013 |
Tired of the sequester yet? The automatic cuts to federal spending don't start until Friday, and even then their effects will only be gradual. But Washington is already in a frenzy over a crisis that the two parties have brought on themselves with a scheme that was -- as I noted in my Sunday column -- designed to be stupid. The two parties' campaigns over the meaning of the sequester began in earnest over the weekend. Until now, most Americans haven't paid much attention.
February 15, 2013 |
If you followed #SOTU on Twitter while watching the State of the Union address on Tuesday, you may have been surprised by how many smart pundits -- conservative and liberal -- spent more time obsessing over President Obama's and House Speaker John A. Boehner's tie selection rather than the message delivered. Perhaps I'm in no position to judge. Half of the reason I tune in to award shows is for the celebrity fashion. But the State of the Union was not a red carpet event and Boehner did not, in fact, look like he was wearing a salmon around his neck.
February 8, 2013 |
At the British Zagat site, Malika Dalamal reports that Coq d'Argent , a restaurant in central London's the City, has added a £1,000 (about $1,565) chicken dish to its menu. What makes it so expensive? Why, le vin , of course, in this case, 2009 Trapet Le Chambertin Grand Cru, a Burgundy that retails in the U.S. for something like $330. Okay, so the markup is rather severe considering the wine is used as an ingredient in a dish and doesn't require fine glassware or decanting.
January 21, 2013 |
Know that bit they used to do on "Saturday Night Live," where they'd mention something completely idiotic someone had pulled off, followed by a disbelieving really? They need to bring it back for Dodgers infielder Justin Sellers, whose alleged escapade Saturday is of the head-shaking, you've-got-to-be-pulling-my-chain variety. Sellers, who had back surgery last season, was arrested in West Sacramento on Saturday on suspicion of reckless driving and evading police. The reckless driving occurred on an off-road motorcycle in a residential neighborhood, where Sellers was allegedly popping wheelies.