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ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
This is the first of a series on some of the top character actors in Hollywood. Over the years, Nick Searcy has played everything from a German shepherd in an off-Broadway musical rip-off of "Cats" called "Dogs" to astronaut Deke Slayton in the Emmy Award-winning 1998 HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon" to a drag queen who performs as Cher and Christina Aguilera in the 2007 sports comedy "The Comebacks. " It's all in a day's work for a character actor such as Searcy, who can change personas in a flash but always brings a down-home authenticity to all his roles.
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NEWS
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 NakedVeganCooking.com (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.
NEWS
February 27, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
A Japanese friend sent me a link to a video this morning. I rarely stop to look at something like that, but I'd hit a snarl in what I was working on, and clicked. It made me laugh and I very much needed it at that moment. It's a link to a Japanese cooking show on the web entitled--I kid you not--" Cooking with Dog " with your host Francis. In the lesson, you learn to make oyakodon , or chicken egg drop donburi . You could really learn to make the dish from the video, which includes English subtitles and a voiceover in English.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2013
The very funny Maria Bamford earned "Best of the Web" from Salon.com 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; http://www.hollywood.improv.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
Filmmakers Z.S. Grant and John Carr have spent the better part of the past year ricocheting around the country, capturing the stories of politically minded street artists for their documentary series, "Voice of Art. " Their eight-episode Web series - currently airing on rapper Pharrell Williams' YouTube channel, i am OTHER - is as cutting edge and iconoclastic as the neon bright cast of characters featured in it. Each 34-minute episode is...
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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)
BUSINESS
September 18, 2012 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
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.
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