September 18, 2012 |
Looking to capture young, tech-savvy Asian Americans, a Long Beach advertising agency turned East for inspiration. The firm, InterTrend Communications, came up with a Web series that blended elements of South Korean soap operas with a novel Japanese storytelling device that employed online social networks. The series, sponsored by AT&T Inc., quickly notched nearly 10 million views on YouTube and generated 4,700 suggestions from fans about how the story should unfold. The unusual interactive nature of the Web series, called "Away We Happened," could provide a template for advertising in the future.
August 29, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before asking for Stephen Strasburg's work schedule. The Skinny: Being single with no kids sure can make one feel left out of the political process. At least that was my takeaway from Ann Romney's speech. Wednesday's headlines include ESPN's new baseball deal, Eddie Murphy's plan to milk "Beverly Hills Cop" for one more payday and a look at Chinatown's long history as a key location for filmmakers. Daily Dose: Apparently New Orleans isn't the only place bracing for Hurricane Isaac.
August 21, 2012 |
A young couple is about to celebrate their one-year anniversary, but the girlfriend doesn't know it yet. When she shows up to see her boyfriend at work, under the guise that she's going to be an extra on a film set, he surprises her with a marriage proposal. The couple then watch their own private fireworks show. The scene, filmed recently on Dockweiler Beach in Playa del Rey, was for an upcoming episode for the third season of “Ultimate Surprises," a Web series for Yahoo that has filmed in such locations as the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona, Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach and Seabridge Park in Huntington Beach.
August 15, 2012 |
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 PriceisRight.com 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.
August 9, 2012 |
A rising star in Hollywood, Zachary Quinto may be best known for his dramatic turns in the TV shows "Heroes" and "American Horror Story" as well as recent movies like "Margin Call" and "Star Trek. " But in the short film "Before After" he shows something different to audiences in playing an overconfident matador, priest and clown in a series of hilarious vignettes. "I am not really known for my work in comedy, so it's great to be able to step outside the zone of expectation in a short film," he said.
July 21, 2012 |
Rob Corddry, 41, a former correspondent on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," is cresting what he calls his busiest year ever. In addition to creating and starring in the edgy Adult Swim comedy "Childrens Hospital," which has just received its first Emmy nod as it embarks on a fourth season on Aug. 9, he also appears in a flurry of upcoming films. Let's start with "Childrens Hospital. " What inspired that? I've read that you had only seen a couple of medical series when you created it. Yeah, I was a big fan of "St. Elsewhere"growing up. That's about it. I used to watch "Grey's Anatomy"over my wife's shoulder when I was on the computer.
June 9, 2012 |
It's logged more than 1 billion views on YouTube and is a genuine Internet sensation, even though all the characters are bickering, crudely animated fruits. But will TV audiences find "Annoying Orange" as appealing? Cartoon Network is about to find out Monday with its latest series, adapted from the enormously popular three-minute animated Web clips about a talking citrus with a high-pitched voice and a grating penchant for laughing at his own jokes. Annoyed critics have trashed "Orange" for humor that might not pass muster on a grade-school playground: Imagine"South Park"set in a kitchen, minus the ripped-from-the-headlines outrageousness.
July 19, 2011 |
Of all the "Friends" alumni, Lisa Kudrow has certainly had the most interesting career. In the seven years since the show ended, Kudrow had done film roles, a star turn in the fabulous and tragically short-lived series "The Comeback," and executive produced the American version of the popular British show "Who Do You Think You Are?" Three years ago, she even ventured into the brave new world of webisodes, with" Web Therapy," a semi-improvised series in which Fiona Wallice (Kudrow), Wharton grad turned "therapist," sees her patients via three-minute video chats.
July 11, 2011 |
Nine studio executives sat in a glass-enclosed conference room in Beverly Hills, discussing potential snowy locales for filming later this year. Utah was a viable option, advised the head of production. So, too, was upstate New York — in part because of tax credits. Over the course of the hourlong production meeting, the executives also received casting updates, discussed social media plans for one soon-to-debut series and mulled over a festival screening strategy for another project.
December 12, 2010 |
Supermodel Gisele Bündchen has been canonized in British newspaper the Independent as "the biggest star in fashion history. " So, since Bündchen (at age 30) already has the making-history thing nailed, she's focused on adding the future to her résumé ? specifically, the future of the environment. If you were to ask this 6-foot wonder what her favorite color is, without a doubt, she'd say green. Partnering with AOL and A Squared Entertainment, Bündchen has gone digital. She's appearing in cartoon form in the new AolKids.