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April 10, 2014 |
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department acknowledged Thursday that its deputies mistakenly shot and killed a aspiring TV producer they thought was a stabbing suspect. In fact, John Winkler, 30, had gone to a neighbor's apartment Monday night on Palm Avenue in West Hollywood where a man was holding people hostage and tried to help. Winkler was shot when he rushed out of the apartment with another victim who had been trapped inside the apartment with a third victim and the suspect, sheriff's officials said in a statement.
March 14, 2014 |
Television producer and writer Jason Katims is known for tackling emotional stories. Even his new NBC comedy, "About a Boy," deals with bullying and depression. But family challenges are most apparent in his dramas, especially "Parenthood," finishing its fifth season on NBC, for which Katims sometimes draws on his own experiences. On "Parenthood," the character Max Braverman (played by Max Burkholder) is a child struggling with the autism spectrum disorder Asperger's syndrome. As the father of a son with this developmental disorder, what has it been like to tell that story?
February 17, 2014 |
After the coffee. Before remembering to record Jimmy Fallon tonight. The Skinny: I'm three episodes into "House of Cards. " Unlike other folks, I'm perfectly happy taking my time to get through it. Now if I had the rest of HBO's "True Detective" available to me it'd be another story. Today is a holiday for a lot of you so we'll make this fast. Our roundup includes a look at the holiday box office weekend. Also, more deep thoughts on Comcast's proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable.
January 31, 2014 |
On the eve of contract negotiations with the studios, the Writers Guild of America said employers are seeking big cuts in healthcare benefits and pay. The guild said opening proposals from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers contained $60 million in "rollbacks for writers," including cuts in the union's health and pension plans, as well as reductions in pay rates for screenplays and TV residuals. "Are you surprised? We were," Chip Johannessen and Billy Ray, co-chairs of the union's negotiating committee, wrote in a letter to members.
January 31, 2014 |
After the coffee. Before making my Super Bowl pick. The Skinny: I have not decided who to root for in Sunday's Super Bowl. It will literally be a game day decision. Send me who you think I should cheer on. Friday's roundup includes the weekend box office preview as well as stories on Rep. Henry Waxman's retirement, the upcoming Writers Guild contract talks and the debate over the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decision to strip a song of its Oscar nomination.
January 24, 2014 |
Studios say they will support efforts by the Writers Guild of America to ensure that screenwriters are paid on time. The Writers Guild of America, West announced this week that it was working with talent agents on a joint project to "address the chronic problem of late payment to screenwriters" to "change the culture of late pay that persists in Hollywood. " The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents the major film and television studios, expressed support Thursday for the union's so-called late-pay initiative.