April 23, 2013 |
Gary Sacks , the Clippers' vice president of basketball operations, wanted to put an end to speculation about Coach Vinny Del Negro's future. Sacks said that the organization supports Del Negro and that officials are happy with how the team has played. "Our head coach and his staff have done a terrific job here," Sacks told The Times on Monday night. "They deserve a huge amount of credit for the way the team has played and the way our roster has developed. " Del Negro is in the final year of his contract, leading to speculation that his future with the Clippers is uncertain.
April 11, 2013 |
BALTIMORE - The good staffers of Vice President Selina Meyer's office had been trying to put out a fire all afternoon when their slightly discombobulated leader, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, turned up on the set of HBO's "Veep. " Before she stepped into character, however, Louis-Dreyfus had a question. "Did you talk to the actors about the script changes?" she said to the show's creator and all-around head coach, Armando Iannucci, as he sat behind a monitor watching takes. He nodded.
April 5, 2013 |
If you are under 30, male and interested in sex, drugs or anything paired with the word "extreme," you are likely to be familiar with Vice - the magazine, proprietary websites, YouTube channel, ad agency, record label and now TV show. "Vice," which premieres Friday on HBO, is a half-hour, globe-trotting news program from the Brooklyn-based, multi-platform media company of the same name (35 offices in 18 countries). The company has been attacked - "chided" might be a better word - for the way its content is tailored for and sometimes by the companies that sponsor it. The HBO show became controversial, to overstate the case, when a trip to North Korea on the back of three Harlem Globetrotters and Dennis Rodman was seen as unfortunate or incompetent, given Rodman's flattering comments to Kim-Jong Un, just before the Young Leader went war crazy.
April 3, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before seeing if I can get Jay-Z as my agent. The Skinny: The video obtained by ESPN showing Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice abusing his players is tough to watch. But if you see it, look for an assistant handing Rice another basketball after he hurls the one in his hand at one of his players. Wonder what that job pays. Wednesday's stories include a look at Vice Media, Jimmy Fallon is getting a new deal and Jay-Z wants to play Jerry Maguire.
April 3, 2013 |
Big and beefy with a scraggly beard, Shane Smith looks more like an aging roadie than a thrill-seeking foreign correspondent or a budding media mogul. But Smith is both those things. Vice Media Group, the company Smith co-founded and is chief executive of, has gone from a single magazine aimed at tattooed teeny-boppers to a media empire with more than 30 offices around the globe, a large digital presence, a record label, an advertising agency and a book publisher. The closely held Vice is projected to hit nearly $200 million in revenue this year and has a valuation approaching $1 billion, according to people close to the company.
March 15, 2013 |
Despite the initial shock over alt-film provocateur Harmony Korine teaming up with squeaky-clean teen actresses Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson in "Spring Breakers," their collaboration makes some sense: Korine gets to channel and tweak the trio's mainstream celebrity, and the actresses get a chance to play edgy without hopefully tarnishing their reputations. The resulting film, which tells the story of a group of college girls who turn to robbery to fund their spring break revelry, is garnering mixed to positive reviews.