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August 3, 2008 | David Ng, Times Staff Writer
A RUMPLED Jason Alexander looks out from the video window, his signature sheepish grin beaming across the Internet. The former "Seinfeld" star is about to pitch a new series of shows, but these titles sound nothing like sitcom material. The online video is the trailer for the upcoming season at Reprise Theatre Company, where Alexander is artistic director.
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February 7, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Annie and a Side of Fries" (YouTube). Just before she was a person with a TV show (Comedy Central's "Broad City," in which she co-stars with her longtime stage partner, Ilana Glazer, and which you should be watching ), Abbi Jacobson created this splendid, bittersweet Web series. Posted on YouTube in 10 episodes of two or three minutes apiece, it purports to be the video blog -- I will not say "vlog" -- of an 11-year-old girl, recorded on the weekends she spends with her divorced father.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In 2008, five years after the close of "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer," four years after the end of "Angel," and the year before "Dollhouse," their creator Joss Whedon took it upon himself to make a short series for the Web, the three-act musical tragicomedy, "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. " Widely available these four years online and on home video, it finally comes to television Tuesday, as Whedon may have hoped all along - it is conveniently about the length of an hour of television, with the commercials taken out - on the CW, the network that undoubtedly would have been the home of "Buffy" and "Angel" had it existed when those shows were on, or those shows existed now. But let me return from that parallel universe.
SPORTS
January 31, 2014 | By David Wharton
If you're looking for a different -- and slightly skewed -- perspective on the 2014 Sochi Olympics, a pair of American sliders might have just the thing. Skeleton racer John Daly and bobsledder Steve "Nitro" Langton have been posting short clips on YouTube as they prepare to compete in Russia. The roommates began their semi-regular video blog in May and have been using it to answer fan mail and riff on everything from fashion to the Louisiana Purchase. Daly plays the comic role.
WORLD
March 8, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
President Dmitry Medvedev urged Russians to keep "moving forward" in spite of economic hardship in a speech that marked his first full year in office. In a nine-minute address posted as a video blog on the Kremlin website, he acknowledged that the global economic crisis had derailed many of his plans. Russians have seen wages plummet, unemployment swell and the ruble lose a third of its value against the dollar in the first 12 months of Medvedev's presidency. "I want to really emphasize that we must continue moving forward in spite of all these hardships," Medvedev said.
SPORTS
January 31, 2014 | By David Wharton
If you're looking for a different -- and slightly skewed -- perspective on the 2014 Sochi Olympics, a pair of American sliders might have just the thing. Skeleton racer John Daly and bobsledder Steve "Nitro" Langton have been posting short clips on YouTube as they prepare to compete in Russia. The roommates began their semi-regular video blog in May and have been using it to answer fan mail and riff on everything from fashion to the Louisiana Purchase. Daly plays the comic role.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 24, 2006 | Gina Piccalo, Times Staff Writer
Amanda Congdon's fame, at least among Web-heads and media nerds, bloomed online last year with her snappy, three-minute daily news segments on Rocketboom.com, the New York-based indie video blog that dallies with the day's headlines. But Hollywood beckoned. So after a very public falling-out with the site's creator last summer, she packed up and headed to L.A.
NATIONAL
August 21, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
Casey Anthony's probation term is nearing its conclusion, which means she could soon be a free woman. When exactly? That information is being kept tightly under wraps because Anthony -- despite being acquitted in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee -- was widely loathed because of the murder trial. Ann Howard, a spokeswoman with the Florida Department of Corrections, told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday that she could not provide any information about Anthony's probation term.
NEWS
August 30, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Times Restaurant Critic
My friend Antonia is planning her first trip to Barcelona, Spain, and I've been trying to give her some advice on where to eat. It's been awhile since I've been there, so I know that not all my restaurant recommendations are up to date. When I was interviewing former Rustic Canyon chef Evan Funke recently, he mentioned he'd just been to Barcelona and sent me a list of his favorite places. Two of them I know well and remember fondly -- Pasadís del Pep  and Bar Pinotxo in the iconic La Boqueria market on the Ramblas.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2007 | Deborah Netburn, Times Staff Writer
WILLIAM SLEDD isn't your average YouTube star. His posts are funny, but he's not an aspiring comedian. He's not a stripper, although he has put up video of himself dancing in American Apparel underwear. And he's not an editing nerd, re-cutting scary movies into slapstick comedies. He's a gay 23-year-old manager at the Gap in Paducah, Ky., and he is YouTube's resident fashion advisor. His video blog, "Ask a Gay Man: Fashion Edition," has become the fourth-most subscribed-to blog on YouTube.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In 2008, five years after the close of "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer," four years after the end of "Angel," and the year before "Dollhouse," their creator Joss Whedon took it upon himself to make a short series for the Web, the three-act musical tragicomedy, "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. " Widely available these four years online and on home video, it finally comes to television Tuesday, as Whedon may have hoped all along - it is conveniently about the length of an hour of television, with the commercials taken out - on the CW, the network that undoubtedly would have been the home of "Buffy" and "Angel" had it existed when those shows were on, or those shows existed now. But let me return from that parallel universe.
NEWS
August 30, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Times Restaurant Critic
My friend Antonia is planning her first trip to Barcelona, Spain, and I've been trying to give her some advice on where to eat. It's been awhile since I've been there, so I know that not all my restaurant recommendations are up to date. When I was interviewing former Rustic Canyon chef Evan Funke recently, he mentioned he'd just been to Barcelona and sent me a list of his favorite places. Two of them I know well and remember fondly -- Pasadís del Pep  and Bar Pinotxo in the iconic La Boqueria market on the Ramblas.
NATIONAL
August 21, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
Casey Anthony's probation term is nearing its conclusion, which means she could soon be a free woman. When exactly? That information is being kept tightly under wraps because Anthony -- despite being acquitted in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee -- was widely loathed because of the murder trial. Ann Howard, a spokeswoman with the Florida Department of Corrections, told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday that she could not provide any information about Anthony's probation term.
FOOD
January 12, 2012 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
It's not often that you see a picture of an author swigging from a flask in a cookbook, but that's exactly what Evan George, one-half of the L.A.-based food blogging duo known as Hot Knives, is doing on the back cover of the pair's new vegetarian cookbook, "Salad Daze. " And wait a minute: What's his partner Alex Brown smoking in that picture anyway? It better be medicinal. Irreverence is key to why the Hot Knives boys, both 29, got a cookbook deal in the first place. Rather than going the safe and sane route of banking on an established chef for its first full-length cookbook, Mark Batty, the publisher, placed his bets on Hot Knives' underground following - as cultivated by their edgy video blog - of DIY punk rockers, scrappy beer lovers and hard-core farmers market foodies.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2010 | By Zachary Pincus-Roth, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Every week, Dane Boedigheimer drives to the Ralphs near his home in Riverside on a specific mission. One time he bought 10 kinds of apples. Another time he bought avocados and walnuts. He recently bought a cheese plate. Other shoppers probably don't realize that Boedigheimer is conducting a casting session for "The Annoying Orange," the YouTube channel he started a year ago. He voices the title character, an orange who badgers his guest star with insults like "you look fruity," until a knife slices the guest in two. These videos consistently get at least 3 million views.
SPORTS
August 28, 2009 | Chris Foster
UCLA football finds itself behind the technology curve, at least in Los Angeles. Whether the know-it-now world really needs up-to-the-nanosecond updates, or frivolous "tweets" on what a coach is doing -- having lunch with booster; eating poached salmon -- is open for debate. But what is clear is that UCLA is playing catch-up to USC on two fields -- the playing one and the Twitter/video blog one. Bruins Coach Rick Neuheisel seemed reluctant about Twitter at the Pacific 10 Conference media day, saying he was still studying the fad. And now?
FOOD
January 12, 2012 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
It's not often that you see a picture of an author swigging from a flask in a cookbook, but that's exactly what Evan George, one-half of the L.A.-based food blogging duo known as Hot Knives, is doing on the back cover of the pair's new vegetarian cookbook, "Salad Daze. " And wait a minute: What's his partner Alex Brown smoking in that picture anyway? It better be medicinal. Irreverence is key to why the Hot Knives boys, both 29, got a cookbook deal in the first place. Rather than going the safe and sane route of banking on an established chef for its first full-length cookbook, Mark Batty, the publisher, placed his bets on Hot Knives' underground following - as cultivated by their edgy video blog - of DIY punk rockers, scrappy beer lovers and hard-core farmers market foodies.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Annie and a Side of Fries" (YouTube). Just before she was a person with a TV show (Comedy Central's "Broad City," in which she co-stars with her longtime stage partner, Ilana Glazer, and which you should be watching ), Abbi Jacobson created this splendid, bittersweet Web series. Posted on YouTube in 10 episodes of two or three minutes apiece, it purports to be the video blog -- I will not say "vlog" -- of an 11-year-old girl, recorded on the weekends she spends with her divorced father.
WORLD
March 8, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
President Dmitry Medvedev urged Russians to keep "moving forward" in spite of economic hardship in a speech that marked his first full year in office. In a nine-minute address posted as a video blog on the Kremlin website, he acknowledged that the global economic crisis had derailed many of his plans. Russians have seen wages plummet, unemployment swell and the ruble lose a third of its value against the dollar in the first 12 months of Medvedev's presidency. "I want to really emphasize that we must continue moving forward in spite of all these hardships," Medvedev said.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 2008 | David Ng, Times Staff Writer
A RUMPLED Jason Alexander looks out from the video window, his signature sheepish grin beaming across the Internet. The former "Seinfeld" star is about to pitch a new series of shows, but these titles sound nothing like sitcom material. The online video is the trailer for the upcoming season at Reprise Theatre Company, where Alexander is artistic director.
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