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January 8, 2014 |
Los Angeles is a city facing economic decline, weighed down by poverty, strangled by traffic and suffering from a crisis of leadership, according to a report released Wednesday by a 13-member panel of influential civic leaders. The Los Angeles 2020 Commission offered a harsh assessment of government decision-making, warning that the nation's second-largest city is heading to a future where it can no longer afford to provide public services. Among a litany of problems highlighted in the report are underfunded retirement programs for City Hall employees, slower police and fire response times, and government spending that is growing faster than revenue.
November 28, 2013 |
Put down the leather ball. Pick up the crystal ball. The showdown Saturday between UCLA and USC will give spectators a glimpse of at least a dozen future NFL players, and maybe more. The rosters are packed with prospects, and, in a departure from recent years, there may be more Bruins than Trojans who will wind up playing on Sundays. In recent years, the NFL scales have tipped heavily in favor of USC, which boasts 85 draft picks since 2000, with 37 of those having been selected in the first or second rounds.
November 11, 2013 |
Good news for fans of the CW's three freshmen series from the fall: All three - "The Originals," "The Tomorrow People" and "Reign" - have been picked up for the entire season. In a statement, CW's president, Mark Pedowitz, said, "In just a few seasons, we have built a much stronger primetime schedule. Our on-air ratings are up year to year, and our digital viewing continues to grow exponentially. " The CW's total audience grew 9% over last season and saw a large increase in digital streaming viewership, with the three new series having 84% more digital streaming views than last seasons new shows.
October 11, 2013 |
Randy Moore's “Escape From Tomorrow” was the underground hit of the Sundance Film Festival in January, in large part because he shot it without permission at Disney theme parks. But when the movie - which follows a married father of two (Roy Abramsohn) as he slowly comes undone on a Disney family vacation - - hits theaters and VOD this weekend courtesy of upstart distributor PDA, it will look somewhat different than the cut that screened in Utah. About 14 minutes different, in fact.
October 10, 2013 |
Wednesday night is superhero night on the CW, apparently. In addition to the return of "Arrow," there's the premiere of the network's latest show about good-looking young people with special powers, "The Tomorrow People. " The series is a remake of the beloved British children's science fiction series that originally aired from 1973 to 1979 with reboots in England in 1992 and 2001. This is the first American version of the series, about people "breaking out" with newfound superpowers.
October 10, 2013 |
Disney World can be a nightmare for many visitors, but it's rarely a sexual hell. Yet in "Escape From Tomorrow," that's the experience of Jim White (Roy Abramsohn), a grouchy father of two who spends his last day in Mickey's playground stalking a pair of Parisian jailbait. They titter and "ooh la la" to his predatory delight. But Jim later awakens to find himself in bed with a bug-eyed, evil-stepmother type (Alison Lees-Taylor). Worse than the idea of sleeping with an age-appropriate woman - he compares his own thirtysomething wife (Elena Schuber)