January 11, 2013 |
When it comes to ABC's critically acclaimed drama "Nashville," ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee has an uncommon complaint for a network suit: "We don't have enough older women watching the show," Lee said this week during the Television Critics Assn. convention in Pasadena. "Nashville" has presented ABC with a knot. Created by Callie Khouri ("Thelma & Louise"), the Wednesday night drama about the cutthroat worlds of country music and local politics has not produced the level of viewer applause that the Walt Disney Co.-owned network had hoped.
December 28, 2012 |
Seated inside a cavernous auditorium in Charleston, S.C., just days before that state's presidential primary in January, I was feeling downright gleeful. Spread out before me was a vast, gaudy, multi-screen, red-white-and-blue stage set worthy of “American Idol.” A CNN producer was warming up a big crowd of well-dressed Republicans, coaching them about when to cheer, when to laugh and when to shut up as if they were rubes in a “Tonight Show” studio audience. Within moments, the candidates for the Republican nomination would be trooped out, one by one - each introduced as if he were in the starting lineup of the Lakers.
December 27, 2012 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - Unlike most women in Afghanistan, Sourya Saleh knows how to drive - but she's taken the wheel only with her brother beside her, out of respect for tradition. Her friend Masooma Hussaini is still learning. Both young women, though, are experts in a more demanding mode of travel: They've flown 204 hours each as pilots of military helicopters. The first female chopper pilots in Afghanistan since the Soviets trained a woman as a pilot in the 1980s, these two young Afghans are pioneers in a land where a resurgent Taliban is determined to deny girls the right to an education, and violence against women is on the rise.
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December 13, 2012 |
Girls at the Environmental Charter Middle School in Inglewood looked puzzled when Fahmia Al-Fotih described her former days as a teacher in Yemen. The students weren't curious so much about the visitor's hijab or the fact that she had taught more than 70 pupils in a small room. They were surprised that Al-Fotih still used chalkboards and that her female students don't have much of a voice in school. Al-Fotih and 19 others from a variety of countries were at the school recently to talk to the girls about topics that concern women around the world.
November 29, 2012 |
America is the Wild West of electronic dance music today, and the Swedish house duo Rebecca & Fiona are fascinated by its native fauna. “Coming to America from Sweden, it was so unusual to see that there's an 'EDM crowd' here with the face paint and the boots,” says Fiona FitzPatrick, on a ledge inside the Venice branch of the coffee shop Intelligentsia. “It's so different from Europe. We love the energy and respect it, but we were so startled by the EDM guys here - they're so beefy!
November 9, 2012 |
After just one episode, Bravo's new reality TV series on Silicon Valley has already gotten a lot of grief for how it portrays women in technology. Executive producer Randi Zuckerberg said she was aiming to get young women excited about becoming entrepreneurship and technology. Some people feel the show has missed that mark . But cast member Kim Taylor, 30, seems -- at least at the outset -- to be acting the part of female role model in tech (and less like the Silicon Valley version of "Real Housewives")
October 19, 2012 |
Third baseman Alex Rodriguez was the poster child for the Yankees' collapse in the American League Championship Series, though in terms of futility, he had tons of company. The team, after all, batted only .157 while being swept by the Tigers. Give A-Rod some credit. His .111 batting average in the playoffs was 55 points higher than that of second baseman Robinson Cano, who batted a nifty .056. But A-Rod, with $100 million left on his contract, became the focus of the fall and only increased the spotlight on himself when word leaked out that he had sent a couple of baseballs into the stands to try to get the phone numbers from two young women.
October 7, 2012 |
I was one of 46 women who, in 1970, sued Newsweek magazine for workplace gender discrimination. We were protesting a system in which all but one of the writers and editors were men and the women clipped newspaper stories, checked facts and did research - lower-paying jobs without much opportunity to move up. In our job interviews, we were told: "Women don't write at Newsweek. If you want to be a writer, go someplace else. " Which is exactly what Nora Ephron, Ellen Goodman, Jane Bryant Quinn and Susan Brownmiller did. They left.
September 28, 2012 |
For the growing fan base of period drama, the BBC's "Call the Midwife," which debuts Sunday on PBS, fits in chronologically and somewhat thematically between "Downton Abbey" and "Mad Men. " Set in London's very pre-revitalized East End during the late 1950s and based on the memoir of Jennifer Worth, it chronicles the adventures of a group of midwives working at the Nonnatus House, a nursing convent named for the early cesarean-surviving patron saint...
September 10, 2012 |
Michael Strahan is off to quite a start on "Live!” after officially becoming Kelly Ripa's permanent cohost on Sept. 4. In Strahan's first four days on the job, "Live!"