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October 6, 2009 | Amy Kaufman
As a camera zoomed in on his face, Jon Heder widened his eyes slowly, pretending to begin his character's transformation from man to zombie. "That's about as monster-like as you can get," director Tim O'Donnell said, watching the scene play back on a monitor and then leading the crew in a round of applause for Heder, who had finally wrapped the scene after numerous takes. On a warm July evening earlier this year, the setting at a warehouse in downtown Los Angeles had all the makings of a set for a feature film shoot.
February 13, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Former "Grey's Anatomy" star Isaiah Washington, who has three projects in the 22nd annual Pan African Film Festival running through this weekend, says the fatherly thread in his latest projects is no coincidence. The actor portrays a small-town father who guides a son struggling with his sexuality in "Blackbird," based on the novel by Larry Duplechan. That screening, on Sunday, follows an earlier showing of Washington's star turn in "Blue Caprice," which portrays a twisted father-son-like relationship between John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, the men behind the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks around Washington, D.C. For Washington's third project in the festival, he served as co-producer on Stacey Muhammad's Web series, "For Colored Boys," a spin on the popular 1975 poem-turned-film "For Colored Girls…" The series, screening at the festival Friday night, follows a father's yearning to reunite with his family after a lengthy incarceration.
October 31, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Kay D'Arcy didn't expect what Hollywood had in store for her. At an age when others have been relegated to playing invalids and dowagers, D'Arcy will appear as Agent 88, an assassin who keeps the deadly tools of her trade tucked into her hair bun. The octogenarian avenger dispenses evildoers with acrobatic moves that would impress Jackie Chan. In the opening episode of the Web series "Agent 88," D'Arcy demonstrates her martial arts skills in an encounter with thugs surrounding the bloodied body of their victim.
October 15, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actress Pamela Bowen, who stars in the 2012 Web series "Broken at Love," has kissed her Bel-Air house goodbye, selling it for $4.86 million. The traditional-style main house, a guesthouse and a swimming pool sit on a knoll with unobstructed 180-degree views extending from downtown to the Pacific. The main house features a media room, a study and a gym. There are five bedrooms, six bathrooms and about 4,300 square feet of living space. The gated house, which Bowen rebuilt in 2007, was purchased in 2003 for $2,435,000.
March 27, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
In offices that once housed Google, four computer geeks pursue their quest for a killer mobile app. Their technology incubator, with its angular, modern furniture and shared kitchen and conference rooms, would be recognizable to any Silicon Valley entrepreneur. But this start-up space was found in Silicon Beach. The Santa Monica offices provided the backdrop for "Betas," one of 14 series pilots put into production by Amazon Studios, the production arm of PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments The show, which will also film at a house in Encino and other locations around L.A., is the latest in a wave of digital productions that have taken off in recent years, as YouTube, Yahoo, AOL, Hulu and others have invested millions of dollars in developing original programming for the Web. Most of the new digital shows are produced locally.
January 31, 2013
The very funny Maria Bamford earned "Best of the Web" from and the Harvard Crimson for her web series, "The Maria Bamford Show. " She was also named one of Variety's "Top Ten Comics to Watch" and Comedy Central viewers voted her as one of their "Top Ten Favorite Comics. " See what all the buzz is about by catching her live. Hollywood Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sat. $20. (323) 651-2583;
August 15, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
After more than 40 continuous years on the air, "The Price Is Right" is ready for a major change. It's starting a search for its first ever male showcase model. That's right, men finally will have a chance to wear tight clothing and display floor waxes, pool tables and Jet Skis alongside women. The hunt for the show's first male model will take the form of a competition Web series that will run on and the show's YouTube channel in late September. As in the rest of the competition shows on the air, the contestants will have to participate in a series of modeling related challenges and in each episode one will be eliminated by the panel of judges.
February 27, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Ever feel the need to take off your top while forming a soyrizo loaf? Are you the kind of person who likes to take off their pants and get comfortable before baking a dairy-free cake? Do you prefer to eat your veggie lasagna without socks on? Then nude vegan cooking is for you. Three students named Greta, Jess and Luke from the United Kingdom  have started the blog (warning: It's not safe for work). It's exactly what it sounds like. According to the blog, "We like to cook naked, for ourselves, our friends and lovers out of our huge, messy shared house in Manchester.
September 25, 2013 | By David Ng
"Homeland," Showtime's critically acclaimed series set in the world of CIA operatives, is a serious and brooding drama about the fight against terrorism. Which of course makes it a natural fit for the musical stage. A new spoof of the Emmy Award-winning drama series has surfaced online, re-imagining it as a frothy Broadway production. The target of the parody isn't so much "Homeland" but Broadway's unstoppable (some might say artistically dubious) penchant for turning popular screen titles into bright, shiny musicals designed to inhale money.  PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage The spoof is the latest online lampoon from Above Average, a Web series created by "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels' production company Broadway Video.
October 1, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"The Walking Dead" returns in two weeks for its third season, but in a repeat of last year, the producers have released an online-only appetizer in the form of a four-part series of webisodes titled "Cold Storage. " The series reunites "Walking Dead" co-executive producer and makeup effects artist Greg Nicotero and writer John Esposito, who collaborated on the show's six-part Web series "Torn Apart" last fall. The new series features actors Josh Stewart and Daniel Roebuck (whom "Lost" fans will recognize as the ill-fated schoolteacher Arzt)
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