October 29, 2012 |
Integrating products into plots of television shows is nothing new, but some series are taking it to levels that aren't always pretty and could alienate viewers. That was the case with last week's "New Girl" on Fox. In the episode, Jess (Zooey Deschanel) agrees to fill in for her model friend Cece (Hannah Simone), who is too hung over to properly ogle a new Ford. Jess, who is more of an earthy girl, gets made up and puts on some sky-high heels to prance around in. She struggles with that, of course, and hilarity is supposed to ensue.
November 22, 2013 |
Visual effects artists are planning to show their colors next week when President Obama visits DreamWorks Animation SKG. Hundreds of visual effects artists who work at the Glendale studio are expected to wear green T-shirts to draw attention to the plight of their industry when Obama visits the campus Tuesday as part of a fundraising trip to the West Coast. At least that's the plan of a group of visual effects workers who have been trying to combat the effect of tax breaks and foreign subsidies on California's beleaguered visual effects industry.
March 28, 2013 |
Like the sluggish box office, the jobs picture in Hollywood isn't looking pretty so far this year. Employment in the motion picture, television and sound recording category fell 7.3% to 114,700 jobs in January, compared with the same period a year ago, according to the latest figures from the state's Employment Development Department. In fact, the employment level in January was the lowest of any month since January 2001, when employment also stood at 106,300 jobs, according to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.
June 23, 1991 |
Three, two, one . . . Bill Walton on TV, Bill Walton on the radio, Bill Walton writing in the Sporting News, Bill Walton up close and trying to become personal with the Establishment. "Imagine this: Bill Walton--media mogul," CBS announcer Pat O'Brien said. "Good Lord, the 1990s have arrived." A tie has replaced the headband. The beard is gone, the hair is cut, the Deadhead wants to become a talking head. "This just proves," said John Wooden, former UCLA basketball coach, "you never know."
February 17, 1998 |
"Grace Under Fire" vaulted into prime time's Top 10 its first season and tied "Frasier" for the People's Choice Award as favorite new comedy series. Yet though the latter continues to amass accolades in its fifth year, the former exits ABC's schedule after tonight with barely a whimper. As recently as three years ago, "Grace" and its star, Brett Butler, appeared to be on top of the world, moored in the coveted berth after "Home Improvement."
October 19, 2003 |
These days, the TV business has the look of an old western: Four or five big guns own all of the land. Failed projects blow down Main Street like tumbleweeds. And nearly all of the producers in town have circled their wagons around studios that are tied to a major network. Only one maverick firm remains: Carsey-Werner-Mandabach.
January 5, 1997
MOVIES JOHN CALLEY President and chief operating officer of Sony Pictures Entertainment; 66 What he's done: Most recently Calley was part of the management team that revived a dormant United Artists Pictures with such box-office blockbusters as "The Birdcage" and "GoldenEye" and such critical favorites as "Leaving Las Vegas." Known for his intelligence and affability, Calley is widely regarded as one of the most respected and best liked executives in Hollywood.
February 21, 2013 |
Nielsen is rethinking how it measures television viewing. Responding to pressure from the television industry, the ratings company is making a bigger push to measure viewing in a way that reflects the different means by which television content is distributed and consumed in the digital age. The first step for Nielsen is to redefine what it considers a "television home. " Starting this fall, homes that receive content on their television through video-game consoles or through broadband connections will be included in its sample.
June 14, 1994 |
North Carolina death-row inmate David Lawson and talk show host Phil Donahue were waiting Monday to see whether the U.S. Supreme Court would allow the killer's execution to be shown on television. Lawson, 38, is scheduled to be put to death by cyanide gas at 2 a.m. EDT Wednesday; Donahue wants to videotape the event and televise it. Lawson has said he was suffering from depression when he broke into what he thought was empty house in 1980.