January 20, 2013 |
TEHRAN - A pair of thieves caught in the act on a video posted to YouTube were executed at dawn on a residential street Sunday by a method dating back beyond medieval times: hanging. The handcuffed men, convicted of the crime of moharebeh (waging war against God), were strung from twin cranes placed side by side in the upscale district. They were then hoisted aloft in front of a crowd of nearly 100 onlookers, with the crane operators, in effect, serving as executioners. Their sentence was widely viewed as a get-tough message from Iranian authorities alarmed about reports of escalating street thuggery amid an economic downturn driven by escalating international sanctions.
May 30, 2013 |
A video making the rounds on the Internet shows a squid-topped dish. Soy sauce is poured on the squid and it begins flinging its tentacles. It even looks like it might be making a run for it at one point. It can be disturbing when your dinner moves around. Now Discovery Networks has an explainer (video above), telling why the squid -- which is indeed dead -- moves and whether the animal is feeling any pain. Both the video and the explainer are decidedly unappetizing, yet a little fascinating too. Some of those who had seen the video, as the site notes, were disgusted by the apparent cruelty.
April 2, 2012 |
Oprah Winfrey's cable network is in trouble, entertainment business reporter Joe Flint says in this video. Created 15 months ago in partnership with cable television giant Discovery Communications, the Oprah Winfrey Network was expected to get off to a good start by tapping the 6 million fans who were watching Winfrey's talk show in syndication. Instead, OWN is averaging just 259,000 viewers in prime time, according to Nielsen. Winfrey said on "CBS This Morning" that the channel has been much harder to get off the ground than she expected, reporter Meg James writes today on our sister blog, Company Town.
January 18, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- United Airlines passengers may have been puzzled last week to watch a pre-flight video touting the company's new fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners even as doubts emerged about their safety. "This is the future of aviation," Jeff Smisek, United's chairman, president and chief executive, declares in the video, with a shiny new Dreamliner as his backdrop. "We're very proud to have a new aircraft joining the fleet," a flight attendant says in the video. Now that the Federal Aviation Administration and other airline regulators have grounded the aircraft because of concerns with the Dreamliners' lithium-ion batteries, United has stopped showing the video -- at least for now. "I confirm that we are not showing the videos onboard at the moment," United spokeswoman Mary Ryan said in an e-mail.
June 20, 2013 |
Marsha Collier was in the middle of an online chat a couple of weeks ago when her boyfriend, Curt Buthman, unexpectedly messaged her with a link. She clicked on it, opening an endlessly repeating six-second video plea, "Marsha, I love you so much. Will you marry me, please, please?" Collier had just been "Vined" through a new video-sharing application that's sprouted to worldwide popularity since launching nearly five months ago. Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have all become mediums for infusing age-old traditions, such as marriage proposals, with a modern twist.
November 15, 2013 |
Rihanna has been anything but subtle as of late. Between a fashion shoot at a mosque, posing with endangered species, visiting Thai sex shows and reportedly showering Texas strippers with thousands in cash (alongside Drake), hearing the words “new Rihanna video” certainly grabs your attention. Her last clip, for strip club anthem “Pour It Up,” was a gloriously tawdry, NSFW twerk fest. In her video for “What Now,” which she premiered on Friday, the pop star toned it down - sort of. Filmed in Thailand -- sometime between cuddling with an endangered slow loris and watching a Thai woman do unspeakable things with a bird and ping-pong balls -- the clip for the morose piano ballad largely shows her singing the song, emoting and not allowing her dark sadness from keeping her seductiveness at bay. Exclusive: Rihanna to receive 'Icon' honor at American Music Awards But this is a Rihanna video, and she didn't become the most-watched artist on Vevo/YouTube without offering some drama in her videos.
December 25, 2012 |
Merry Christmas, everyone! Here's a little skateboarding present courtesy of Thrasher magazine. Among the treats on the 2012 compilation video: --Trevor Colden with a lengthy front wheelie. --Dakota Servold grinding down a rail on a couple of flights of concrete stairs. --Paul Rodriguez sporting some stylish black-and-gold Nike shoes. --Silas Baxter Neal going old school with some blue suede Adidas Campus shoes (OK, I dig shoes). --More kick flips than you can possibly count.
August 23, 2012 |
Here is today's Consumer Confidential segment from KTLA. We talked about the latest findings from the Pew Research Center showing a shrinking of the middle class. Also on the agenda: A big fine for marketers of a TV exercise device, and a recall of Red Vines licorice.
August 19, 2011 |
Sarah Palin is out with a slickly produced video that captures her impromptu visit to the Iowa State Fair last week in the most positive light possible. And the release is certain to fire up yet another round of will-she-or-won't-she speculation about a presidential bid. Unlike "The Undefeated," the hagiographical film released this summer that was produced outside Palin's circle, the new spot, dubbed "Iowa Passion" is a product of Palin's political action committee, making it perhaps the biggest tease yet about a possible run. ( Watch video below .)
October 25, 2013 |
Your browser does not support iframes. For your viewing pleasure. The Dodgers are feeling rather thankful these days, which is sort of understandable for a team that led baseball in attendance and came within two victories of the National League pennant. Still, you have to at least acknowledge the effort. First the Dodgers took out full-age ads in The Times and other major local newspapers, and now they've put together a nearly 10-minute video to thank their fans.