March 12, 2010 |
It was inevitable after the popular and critical success of their 2001 World War II miniseries "Band of Brothers," which told the story of the drive to conquer Hitler and Mussolini, that executive producers Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg would return to finish the job. "The Pacific," which tells the story of the war against Japan, is here -- it begins Sunday on HBO -- and is its forerunner's equal in emotive strength, weird poetry and technical bravura;...
December 18, 2011 |
In the beginning was the television set, and everything that was called television came through it from out of the air, antenna to antenna. Then the pictures began to arrive by cable and satellite, and that was television too. And then the Internet rolled in, with its viral clips and webisodes, and a growing number of new gadgets vied to do what your TV did - your telephone, your tablet, your Roku or your Xbox, each with its own new opportunity....
March 5, 2013 |
Remember that long-running television series set in the fictitious Tuscany Valley (a.k.a. Napa Valley) years ago? Quite the soap opera, "Falcon Crest " ran from 1981 to 1990 and starred Jane Wyman, Robert Foxworth, Lorenzo Lamas and the old Spring Mountain Vineyar d . This was just when America was discovering its fascination with the wine country lifestyle. Now that the Chinese interest in wine is growing, it was only a matter of time before someone had the bright idea to make a television series about it. According to Jayne Stars (Hong Kong celebrity news in English)
March 13, 2010 |
Western civilization comes just a littler closer to its final collapse Sunday with the premiere of "Pretty Wild," the latest hot-chicks reality series from E!, already home to "The Girls Next Door," "Kendra" and "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." At some point in its development this would have been sold as the story of a former (but still hot) Playboy model and her three hot daughters, but it has since become the story of a former Playboy model, one of whose hot daughters is an alleged member of the so-called Bling Ring, the gang of junior sneak thieves who lifted some $3 million of stuff from the homes of younger-set Hollywood celebrities in 2008 and 2009.
October 21, 2013 |
Over the course of five books, A.S. King has established herself as a singular voice in today's young adult literature. She brings vivid life to realistic kids working through raw deals, from the death of a friend in Printz honor winner "Please Ignore Vera Dietz," to a girl coming to terms with her sexuality in the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner "Ask the Passengers. " (Her pirate-flavored debut, "The Dust of 100 Dogs," is an exception, yet it establishes the magical realism that colors her work.)
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April 3, 2010 |
John Forsythe, the suave actor with the silvery hair and mellifluous voice who was familiar to millions for his roles on the popular television series "Bachelor Father," "Charlie's Angels" and "Dynasty," died Thursday. He was 92. Forsythe, who had heart bypass surgery in 1979 and was hospitalized for colon cancer in 2006, died at his home in the Santa Barbara County town of Santa Ynez from complications of pneumonia, publicist Harlan Boll said. Skilled at both comedy and drama, the actor began his long career on Broadway, where he stepped in for Henry Fonda in "Mister Roberts" and later originated the lead role in the hit comedy "Teahouse of the August Moon."
August 16, 2001 |
Plasma monitor televisions, which feature spectacular picture quality and are so thin you can hang them on a wall like a piece of art, are appropriately named. They will bleed your wallet. The prices for plasma display panel, or PDP, TVs range from about $7,500 for a 42-inch model to about $15,000 for a 50-inch model equipped for high-definition digital television. PDP TVs are offered by Sony, Hitachi, NEC, Panasonic, Sharp and others. The non-plasma alternatives are much cheaper.
May 15, 2011 |
Watch a few episodes of your typical prison documentary series — MSNBC's "Lockup," say — and there are certain things you're almost guaranteed to see: shanks handcrafted from common jailhouse items. Inmates hurling feces at ticked-off guards. Facial tattoos. What you're not likely to see are inmates talking about their feelings or working on their problems through anger management. Most of all, you're not going to see a lot of women. Until now. Female inmates are infiltrating the prison show genre, and with them has come a marked emphasis on rehabilitation and transformation.
October 18, 2007 |
Best Buy Co., the largest U.S. consumer-electronics retailer, stopped selling analog televisions this month in advance of the transition to digital broadcasts in 2009. The Richfield, Minn., company is the first national retailer to pull analog TVs from its shelves. It said it would stock digital-TV converter boxes starting in 2008. Best Buy is trying to fend off Wal-Mart Stores Inc.