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Coming soon to a living room near you: one of the world's largest rear-projection televisions. The oversized box--the latest innovation by LCD-based projection manufacturer Prolux Corp. of San Juan Capistrano--stands more than 7 feet tall with a screen that stretches 96 inches diagonally. That means the next time the Lakers play, a life-sized Shaq could be stomping across the living room wall. All this for just under $15,000.
April 27, 2014 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 27 - May 3, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES Outnumbered A panel of commentators - one man, four women - discusses the issues of the day in this new series. 9 a.m. Fox News Channel Dancing With the Stars "Livin' La Vida Loca" singer Ricky Martin serves as a guest judge on the reality competition. 8 p.m. ABC Mike & Molly Susan Sarandon reprises her role as Molly's (Melissa McCarthy)
November 20, 2011 | By Troy Wolverton
Televisions, computer monitors and smartphones display only a fraction of the colors the human eye can see. But thanks to a new technology developed by a Silicon Valley nanotechnology company, they may soon get a lot more colorful. Nanosys, which works with materials up to 100,000 times thinner than a human hair, has crafted a thin film laden with minuscule particles that can be placed inside a display to dramatically boost the color range it can show. "Around 30% of what the eye can actually perceive in the real world, your TV can reproduce faithfully," said Jason Hartlove, chief executive of the Palo Alto company.
April 26, 2014 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 27 - May 3, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SUNDAY Tweens and pre-tweens can get an eyeful and an earful of their favorite performers at the "2014 Radio Disney Music Awards. " 8 p.m. Disney Channel Mariel Hemingway, granddaughter of literary lion Ernest Hemingway, tells of her famous family's troubled history in "Running From Crazy.
December 24, 2013 | By Leah Ollman
Signing a liability waiver and putting on disposable shoe covers are requisite preliminaries to viewing Wolf Vostell's installation at the Box. They act as a kind of spectator foreplay, setting the mood for something risky, visceral, vulnerable. Even if we don't quite know what, something is clearly at stake here. Booties on and future claims waived, visitors enter a large room through a chain-link gate. The enclosure is a cage and also a graveyard of sorts. Roughly 40 old, boxy television sets are aligned in a loose maze.
May 21, 1992 | Associated Press
More than 200 people across the country called a consumer hot line this week with reports of television sets that exploded or caught fire. The country's consumer safety institute set up the line Monday after receiving reports that 10 sets had gone up in smoke since January.
February 16, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
A man in Washington state made sure a pair of burglars wouldn't get away with his three flat-screen televisions -- he moved their getaway car. Patrick Rosario was in the basement of his Bellevue home Tuesday when he heard the burglars upstairs. The Seattle Times says the 32-year-old Rosario, who had been laid off from his job as a Washington Mutual manager, called 911 as he sneaked out of the house. He saw a white van sitting in front of his house with the motor running and the keys in the ignition, and he got in and drove it to a friend's house.
Mitsubishi Consumer Electronics America, which in September moved its headquarters to Irvine from Georgia, has dropped its line of run-of-the-mill color televisions and now concentrates solely on large-screen, projection TVs. Although the mammoth televisions, with screens ranging from a manageable 50 inches to a block-out-the-sun 80 inches, make up only 1% of the 25 million televisions sold in the U.S. annually, their average price tag of $2,000 makes them a lucrative niche.
October 21, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Fox Home Entertainment Worldwide President Mike Dunn used a Consumer Electronics Industry forum Monday in Los Angeles to advocate for closer cooperation between Hollywood and device makers on the coming generation of media players that deliver video in ultra-high definition. Dunn proposed a next-generation Blu-ray player he dubbed a "digital bridge," which he said would carry the two industries forward over the next decade, as manufacturers introduce "4K" televisions and players that deliver four times the resolution of current high-definition TVs and Blu-ray discs.
June 2, 2011 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Clarice Taylor, an actress best known for portraying the self-possessed Grandmother Huxtable on the hit television sitcom "The Cosby Show," died Monday. She was 93. Taylor died of congestive heart failure at her home in Englewood., N.J., said Ulysses Carter, her public relations representative. Bill Cosby said she was "perfect" as the mother of his character, Cliff Huxtable, on the NBC series that aired from 1984 to 1992 except she looked "young enough to play my sister. " "She did stand-up comedy.
April 25, 2014 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 27 - May 3, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES True Life "The Benjamins" are brothers, both diagnosed with autism but making a bid for greater self reliance, in this special episode of the docu-series. 7 p.m. MTV My Cat From Hell The unscripted series about ferocious felines and the owners who've come to fear them returns with new episodes.
April 25, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Moone Boy" (Hulu). Tall and shaggy Chris O'Dowd, whom you may have seen in "The IT Crowd," "Bridesmaids," "Girls" or Christopher Guest's dear departed "Family Tree" -- or even possibly on Broadway, where he is now playing opposite James Franco in a revival of "Of Mice and Men" -- is back with a second season of his delightful Irish-made, Hulu-hosted series, "Moone Boy. " Written with Nick Vincent Murphy, it is a memory piece -- the year as we...
April 24, 2014 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 20 - 26, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES Last Man Standing The sitcom starring Tim Allen and Nancy Travis ends another season. 8 p.m. ABC Great Performances Choreographer Matthew Bourne offers his own take on the Tchaikovsky classic "Sleeping Beauty. " 9 p.m. KOCE The Writers' Room This new episode looks at small-screen adaptations of such comic books and graphic novels as "Superman" and "The Walking Dead.
April 24, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
"American Idol" rose in the ratings Wednesday according to early numbers from Nielsen, orchestrating a weeknight win for Fox.  The veteran singing contest, Fox's only program for the night, earned a 2.1 average rating among key 18-to-49-year-old viewers, up 11% from a week ago.  The second-place network among young adults, ABC, was the one with the highest-rated show in the key demo: "Modern Family. " The sitcom scored a 3.4 in 18-to-49, up slightly from its most recent episode, while "The Middle" and "Suburgatory" each fell a bit. The new comedy "Mixology" rose 25% to a 1.5.  CBS' "Survivor" was the night's most-watched show, with 9.3 million viewers overall and a 2.2 in 18-to-49, down 4%.  NBC showed only reruns.  ALSO: William Hurt pulls out of 'Midnight Rider' 'Last Comic Standing' editors return to work FX Network brews up sponsorship deal with MillerCoors Twitter: @rfaughnder MORE ON LOCATION: People and places behind what's onscreen PHOTOS: Biggest box office flops of 2013 PHOTOS: Celebrity production companies  
April 24, 2014 | Mary McNamara
Very few shows could pull off a homage to the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman without seeming exploitative, sensational or culturally carnivorous. Only one could do it in the middle of an episode dealing with a bunch of missing anthrax and Garret Dillahunt as a dairy farmer. Two years ago, when CBS premiered the crime-procedural "Elementary," the decision to make Sherlock Holmes (played by Jonny Lee Miller) a modern-day recovering addict seemed equally canny and risky. Holmes is indeed literature's most famous and enduring druggie - in Nicholas Meyer's "Seven-Percent Solution" none other than Sigmund Freud helped him kick the coke habit.
April 24, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar said in a statement that he has been removed as color analyst for Cleveland's preseason games because of slurred speech. He says his removal "stems from my slurred speech impairment, which is a direct result of the many concussions I received while playing in the NFL. " Kosar is being replaced by Solomon Wilcots, the Browns announced Wednesday. Kosar called that decision "unfortunate," adding that doing the preseason games was "truly one of the remaining joys in my life.
Robert Cummings, the perennially youthful bachelor photographer of the 1950s television series "The Bob Cummings Show," died Sunday at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills. Cummings, 80, died of kidney failure and complications of pneumonia, hospital spokeswoman Louella Benson said. The actor, who also was in advanced stages of Parkinson's Disease, was admitted to the hospital Nov. 18.
Roxie Roker, the elegant and beautiful actress best known for her role as Helen Willis on the long-running hit CBS television series "The Jeffersons," has died. She was 66. Roker died Saturday in Los Angeles, her publicist, Cynthia Snyder, said this week. The cause of death was not revealed. The actress, also known for her community work, had moved to Hollywood in 1975 when Norman Lear cast her in "The Jeffersons" as part of the upstairs interracial couple.
April 23, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
NBC's new comedy "About A Boy" rose week-to-week in the ratings, even with a diminished showing from its big lead-in, "The Voice. "  According to early numbers from Nielsen, "About A Boy" earned a rating of 1.9 among key 18-to-49-year-old viewers, up 6% from the last episode, marking the second week in a row that the show has grown. Singing contest "The Voice," Tuesday night's highest-rated show, fell 10% to a 2.7, its lowest ever, not counting specials. "Growing Up Fisher" was flat at a 1.5. NBC was the top network, turning in an average of 1.8 in the 18-49 demographic, where a ratings point equals about 1.3 million viewers.  PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV CBS showed only reruns but was still the most-watched network, averaging 9.4 million viewers, versus NBC's 7.3 million.  On ABC, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
April 23, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
New code found within Apple's software seems to indicate the tech giant will be bringing its Siri voice assistant to the next version of the Apple TV, a report Wednesday said. That may mean that Apple will compete against the new $99 Amazon Fire TV for customers on the high-end of the video-streaming market. The Amazon Fire TV was announced and released earlier this month. It can stream audio and video from services such as Netflix and Pandora the same way other gadgets in this market do. But unlike many of its rivals, the Fire TV also comes with voice search and the ability to play video games.
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