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November 13, 2013 | By David Horsey
In a review of the 945 top-grossing films since 1950, researchers for the American Academy of Pediatrics found that movies rated PG-13 have become progressively more violent, with gunplay tripling since 1985. In fact, today's PG-13 movies are more violent than most R-rated films, the study shows. A lot of the mayhem is cartoon violence - quite literally, since many of the movies are based on comic book characters. But those characters are not what they used to be. Back in 1966 when Batman was conceived for TV, for example, the caped crusader would throw a punch and the word “pow” would explode on the screen.
November 1, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
The shooting at the Los Angeles International Airport halted production of AMC's popular TV show "Mad Men" on Friday.  A spokeswoman for AMC declined to comment,  but crew members confirmed that authorities told the production to shut down when it was filming at the airport. “We are filming at LAX. Gun fire. Locked down. Evacuating!” Dustin Woods, a grip on the show, wrote on Twitter Friday afternoon. The tweet was first reported by the website Franklin Avenue. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll In a later tweet, Woods added: “We are at Terminal 4 AA when LAPD came in with guns drawn said get back inside active shooter on site.” Separately, Science Channel and Discovery Channel issued a statement saying Grant Imahara and Tory Belleci, stars of the TV show "Mythbusters," were in Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport at the time of the shooting incident.
October 28, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
Medical experts realized long ago that there's no point in guessing how low Dr. Mehmet Oz will sink in pushing patent cures, fad diets and unproven health "miracles" on his Oprah-produced TV show. But his appearance this weekend in an NFL promotional campaign looks like some sort of a milestone. The 30-second spot , which we viewed during Sunday's Denver-Washington game, is part of the league's "Together We Make Football" ad campaign, which aims to show how marvelously the sport is integrated into our daily lives.
October 17, 2013
The documentary "Birth of the Living Dead" is a nifty little tribute to that granddaddy of the modern zombie movie, George A. Romero's "Night of the Living Dead. " Writer-director-editor Rob Kuhns (he also produced with wife, Esther Cassidy) enjoyably recounts how, in 1967, Romero and an assortment of Pittsburgh locals shot a micro-budget chiller that would unexpectedly change the face of horror films. The shocking "Night," which Romero shot, edited, co-wrote and directed, spawned an endless parade of zombie pictures - including numerous made by Romero himself - along with comic books, video games and TV shows such as current hit "The Walking Dead.
October 16, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
And so the three-headed holiday season begins, with "Toy Story of Terror," a Halloween special wrought from the well-known Pixar-ahem-Disney franchise -- a franchise, it hurts my brain to realize, that is nearly 20 years old. It premieres Wednesday at 8 p.m. on ABC, another region of the Magic Empire. No expense, horses or gigabytes have been spared in the making for its being merely a TV show -- though I assume all the relevant codes reside on a supercomputer somewhere, waiting to bring the characters somewhat economically back to life.
October 10, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Times Television Critic
"Toy Story of Terror" (ABC, Wednesday). And so the three-headed holiday season begins, with a Halloween special wrought from the "Toy Story" franchise -- a franchise, it hurts my brain to realize, that is nearly 20 years old. No expense, horses or gigabytes have been spared for its being merely a TV show. (I do assume all the relevant codes reside on a supercomputer somewhere, waiting to bring these characters economically back to life.) Tom and Tim and Joan and Don and Wally and Timothy and Kristen (Hanks, Allen, Cusack, Rickles, Shawn, Dalton and Schaal, that is)
October 10, 2013 | By Meg James
Comcast Corp. Chief Executive Brian Roberts has made a mission out of perfecting a new-generation remote control to help customers seamlessly find TV programs they want to watch. Now, Roberts is turning to Twitter to help him do just that. Comcast and Twitter on Wednesday announced they are teaming up to try to capitalize on the hundreds of thousands of conversations about TV shows that unfold each day on the popular micro-blogging site. The two companies have struck a strategic partnership to introduce a feature designed by Comcast engineers called "See It" that will connect consumers with TV shows.
October 7, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"Grey's Anatomy" star Ellen Pompeo talked to the New York Post last week on the occasion of the ABC medical drama's 200th episode, which will air Thursday, and gave some very frank comments about the two of the show's highest-profile cast departures, Katherine Heigl and Isaiah Washington. Heigl's departure from the show in 2010 came after several tumultuous seasons, including withdrawing her name from Emmy consideration in 2008 after she found the material she was being given lacking.
October 4, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
It had to happen: "Voice" and "Survivor" producer Mark Burnett is teaming up with Richard Branson for the ultimate unscripted TV show in which average Americans compete for a chance to go into outer space. NBC on Thursday announced an exclusive deal with the pair for "Space Race," a show it's hyping as a "groundbreaking, elimination competition series. " Winners score a ride on Branson's Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, which made successful test flights this year in its quest to take commercial passengers into space.
October 4, 2013 | By Rachel Miller
Adapted from Melissa de la Cruz's bestselling novel, "Witches of East End" follows the lives of a mother and her two daughters. The supernatural drama series from Lifetime, premiering Oct. 6, stars Julia Ormond, Madchen Amick, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Rachel Boston and Eric Winter. Here is a Q&A with Julia Ormond and Madchen Amick. How closely does the TV show follow the novel's plot? What is different? Julia: It's fairly close; however, there are a bunch of aspects that are different too. For example, Wendy, who is played by Madchen, is a character who is brought in; she didn't exist in the novel at all. The novel is really just used as a springboard for the show.
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