April 2, 2013
Designers once had to land an HGTV television gig to emerge beyond the world of coffee-table books and shelter magazines. James Magni, however, may have created another channel for getting his design message to the masses: video. Like many other designers, Magni has come out with a book -- a monograph, as some like to say -- called "Magni Modernism" (Abrams, $60), released Tuesday. With a witty introduction by Mayer Rus, the book chronicles the L.A.-based designer's 25-year career -- 240 pages of Magni-fied homes, some local (Beverly Hills, Balboa Island)
March 30, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas - Simon Klose would like you to steal his movie. Stream it, download it, share it with someone in Croatia or Brazil and remix it with videos of kittens playing patty-cake, if that's your kind of thing. Klose, 37, is the director of the documentary "The Pirate Bay: Away From Keyboard," which follows the eccentric co-founders of the Swedish file-sharing network the Pirate Bay over four years, including their 2009 trial on copyright infringement charges. Shot like a thriller in the stark light of Stockholm, "TPB: AFK" pits its hoodie-clad young subjects, who created the world's largest piracy site and are part of a global anti-copyright movement, against large American media companies such as 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros.
March 29, 2013 |
Even television viewers accustomed to ad-skipping have doubtless caught the latest Target commercial promoting Justin Timberlake's third album, "The 20/20 Experience. " A new online video takes viewers behind the scenes, showing the candid -- by that we mean, excited to the point of tears -- reactions of the 20 JT fans drafted to perform his newly released single "Mirrors. " The amateur performers thought they were on stage to sing the song, but had no idea they would meet the pop music icon.
March 23, 2013 |
For activists, the video is not only an animal execution on tape, it's a public challenge. The clip, posted on YouTube, shows an employee of a southeastern New Mexico slaughterhouse - a business that is seeking federal approval to slaughter horses - shooting a colt between the eyes with a .45-caliber handgun after he taunts activists who have opposed reintroducing horse slaughter in the U.S. Then Tim Sappington walks away from the downed horse,...
March 20, 2013 |
YouTube, the world's dominant online video site, just got even bigger -- averaging 1 billion visitors every month. That's 1 in 7 people on the planet stopping by YouTube to watch viral videos such as the most recent phenomenon, the Harlem Shake. YouTube announced it had reached the milestone in a preview of the presentation it plans to make to advertisers May 1 in New York City, during the digital upfront. It hit 800 million monthly viewers in October 2011. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Robert Kyncl, global head of content partnerships for Google Inc.
March 12, 2013 |
Vimeo has launched an on-demand service that allows creators to sell their own works -- and keep 90% of the revenue after transaction costs. The online video platform showcased its new offering at the South By Southwest festival in Austin with a screening Tuesday of "It's Such a Beautiful Day," the latest project from Academy Award-nominated animator Don Hertzfeldt. Vimeo Chief Executive Kerry Trainor said the on-demand feature builds on...
March 9, 2013 |
He's baa-aack. Not long after his " Gangnam Style " video became the first on YouTube to be viewed 1 billion times, Psy revealed Friday that he's set to release a follow-up single on April 13. The Korean pop star made the announcement in -- what else? -- a YouTube clip in which he also said he'll perform a concert the same day at Seoul's World Cup Stadium. (Watch the video below.) Although "Gangnam Style" seems to have been supplanted to some degree by Baauer's "Harlem Shake," the viral hit is still doing relatively big business: On Saturday afternoon it sat at No. 51 on iTunes' singles chart (ahead of Adele's Oscar-boosted "Skyfall" and "Beauty and a Beat" by Justin Bieber)
March 1, 2013 |
You've seen the Harlem Shake on YouTube, but have you seen YouTube do the Harlem Shake? The popular online video service has added a fun Easter egg, which is a virtual hidden feature, to its website. Now, when users search for " Do the Harlem Shake " on YouTube, the site itself will do the viral dance. Much like the meme, which involves one person dancing alone until he or she is suddenly joined by everyone else on camera, the YouTube Easter egg starts with music suddenly playing on the website and the site's logo gyrating.
February 28, 2013 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Duncan Rule discovered "The Hunger Games" shortly after the novel came out four years ago. He recommended it to Eddie Mansius, his best friend since seventh grade. Eddie urged Nick Rhyne and Maddie Moore to read it. Maddie devoured the book, which meshes a teenage coming-of-age story with reality TV and war, in three days. "It was like I never wanted it to end," said Maddie, who went to YouTube and was disappointed to find a movie hadn't been made. She and her three friends, high school sophomores at the time, decided to make their own. Maddie played Katniss, the 16-year-old heroine who is forced to fight other children to the death for the entertainment of a vapid futuristic society.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2013 |
Some people despise Los Angeles. Others have a love-hate relationship. And then there's Justin Chart, 53, who loves his native city with all his aching heart. Nearly a year ago, Chart took his daughter to the Griffith Observatory, and they enjoyed a splendiferous day inside the museum. But the real show began when they stepped back outside and into the glorious vapor of the fading day. "The lights were coming on and I was looking over this panoramic view, thinking, 'My God, this is the most beautiful city I've ever seen,' and I've traveled all over the world.