August 23, 2013 |
The rites of late summer in Los Angeles include getting the kids ready to go back to school, counting down to college football season, and awaiting word from the most popular figure in Dodgers history. We cannot help on the first two fronts, but we bring good news on the third. Vin Scully is coming back. The Dodgers announced Friday that Scully, the finest broadcaster in baseball history, will return for a record 65th season in 2014. PHOTOS: 1988 Dodgers: Where are they now?
September 3, 2012 |
After Greg Harty rolls out of bed in his Sherman Oaks apartment, he grabs a cup of coffee and starts his work day at a desk in the corner of his living room. His assignment: Watch three episodes of "Modern Family. " As the hit sitcom plays, the aspiring screenwriter opens another window on his laptop and pulls up a spreadsheet. He begins picking labels - his employer, Netflix, calls them tags - to describe what he sees. The comedy: "quirky. " The humor: "light dark. " The tone: "humorous," "irreverent" and "heartfelt.
January 15, 2012 |
Once fleet and ephemeral, defined as much by time and season as strawberries or sweet corn once were, television is undergoing a similar transformation in genetics and packaging that is neatly summed up by the Netflix new original series "Lilyhammer. " That Netflix got into the original programming business was to be expected — eventually, you have to actually make something. That the entertainment company would premiere all eight of its episodes at once was in its own way not surprising either.
March 8, 2011 |
Everyone has by now heard about the manic, tough-talking Charlie Sheen, the sitcom actor who publicly insults his bosses and makes T-shirt-ready boasts of "winning" and having tiger blood. But former porn star Ginger Lynn says she got intimate with another side of TV's top-earning actor ? one that fans can now share for a price. "There's a side of him that I don't think many people hear about," Lynn said during an interview Friday. "Especially because right now, everyone's focusing on the negative.
January 6, 2011 |
When Mega Millions conducted its lottery drawing on Tuesday night, millions of "Lost" fans wondered, Haven't we seen those numbers before? On the television show, the character Hugo "Hurley" Reyes played the numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42 and ended up winning the $114-million jackpot. In real life, the lotto's selections for its $355-million prize ? 4, 8, 15, 25, 47 and the crucial "Mega ball," 42 ? included four of Hurley's numbers. According to the Mega Millions website, which reported receiving "unprecedented traffic" after the drawing, 41,763 people matched those four numbers, earning $150 apiece.
July 19, 2011 |
Of all the "Friends" alumni, Lisa Kudrow has certainly had the most interesting career. In the seven years since the show ended, Kudrow had done film roles, a star turn in the fabulous and tragically short-lived series "The Comeback," and executive produced the American version of the popular British show "Who Do You Think You Are?" Three years ago, she even ventured into the brave new world of webisodes, with" Web Therapy," a semi-improvised series in which Fiona Wallice (Kudrow), Wharton grad turned "therapist," sees her patients via three-minute video chats.
March 19, 2012
'Television: Out of the Box' Where: The Paley Center for Media, 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills When: Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays Cost: $10 for adults. Information: (310) 786-1000 or http://www.paley.org
December 25, 2009
Basics of over-the-air viewing Channels: For a list of broadcast channels available in your area, go to www.rabbitears.info, click on "searches" and put in your ZIP Code. Antennas: There are a variety of sizes and configurations; finding the right antenna may involve some trial and error. Also, to give your signal a boost, consider buying an "amplified" antenna that plugs into an electrical socket. Prices: They range from less than $5 for a small indoor unit to around $200 for a mountable outdoor device.
February 6, 2014 |
Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch has put away a cavalcade of criminals and ne'er-do-wells during his 20-plus years as an LAPD homicide detective, all the time sticking to his strict code of ethics and sense of justice. But while Bosch - the creation of acclaimed novelist Michael Connelly - has thrived on the page, he has largely been on creative lockdown in other mediums. After selling rights to the Bosch character to Paramount Pictures in the mid-1990s, Connelly, a former Los Angeles Times police reporter whose works have propelled him into the top ranks of contemporary fiction writers, held out hope that his popular literary franchise would eventually spark a cinematic series.