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Is Will Smith Still The Same Megastar He Once Was? In Today’s Hollywood, Is Anyone?

Will Smith and Margot Robbie star in the film

March 10, 2015

By Josh Rottenberg Los Angeles Times (TNS) Will Smith is clearly not someone who is accustomed to failure. He had a hit hip-hop song on the radio when he was still in high school and has been wildly successful ever since. From the outset of his career, Smith’s trademark as a star has been his ...

Virtual Reality Isn’t Just For Video Games

Virtual Reality Isn't Just For Video Games

January 12, 2015

By Tracey Lien Los Angeles Times LAS VEGAS _When people think of virtual reality, they think games. Put on a helmet where VR systems are being demonstrated, and chances are you'll be immersed in a video game. Here you are in a spaceship cockpit. Now you're driving a race car. Oh, look, you're dodging...

Theme parks’ Halloween scare tactics becoming frightfully high-tech

John Murdy, executive producer of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood, with one of many werewolves during a tour of the mazes that are being set up around the theme of the horror movie

October 1, 2014

By Hugo Martín Los Angeles Times (MCT) To re-create a bloody scene from the 1981 horror flick “American Werewolf in London,” crews at Universal Studios Hollywood installed computer-controlled strobe lights behind the walls of a dark maze to simulate the flash of bullets. An actor wearing a rubber ...

A Tiresome ‘Utopia’: They Argue, They Make Rules, They Argue Some More On Fox’s New Reality Show

The pioneers, from left: Nikki Noce, Red Vanwinkle, Mike Quinn, Hex Vanisles, Dedeker Winston, Jonathan Lovelace, Dave Green, Amanda Scott, Josh Johnston, Rob Hospidor, Bella Chartrand, Bri Nyugen, Aaron Thomas, and Chris Tuorto enter UTOPIA and begin the birth of a brave new world. UTOPIA premiers on a special night, Sunday, Sept. 7 ( 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) before continuing in its regular time period, Tuesday, Sept. 9 ( 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), with six special broadcasts on Fridays ( 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), beginning Sept. 12 on FOX.

September 9, 2014

By Robert Lloyd Los Angeles Times (MCT) In “Utopia,” which is not an adaptation of Thomas More’s 1516 work of philosophical speculative fiction but a reality show from the creator of “Big Brother,” 15 people volunteer to live together for a year without indoor plumbing. As is the custom, th...

Saving the Mojave from the solar threat

Saving the Mojave from the solar threat

March 27, 2014

By Mark Butler Los Angeles Times (MCT) After nearly 38 years working for the National Park Service, I hung up my “flat hat” this month and retired as superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park. That means I can now speak out against pending proposals with the potential to harm our countr...

‘Dancing With the Stars’ New Cast Revealed

‘Dancing With the Stars’ New Cast Revealed

March 4, 2014

By Yvonne Villarreal Los Angeles Times (MCT) LOS ANGELES — The new crop of celebrity hoofers competing in Season 18 of “Dancing With the Stars” has been revealed. As has become tradition, the unveiling occurred Tuesday morning during “Good Morning America,” with the celebrity cast on...

Comcast Acquisition of Time Warner Cable Could Undermine CBS Deal

February 20, 2014

By Joe Flint Los Angeles Times (MCT) The new distribution contract CBS Corp. signed with Time Warner Cable Inc. last summer after a bitter fight could be a casualty of Comcast Corp.’s proposed acquisition of the pay-TV operator. According to people familiar with the deal, it does not i...

What Americans should fear in cyberspace

What Americans should fear in cyberspace

January 23, 2014

By P.W. Singer Los Angeles Times (MCT) A recent Pew poll found that Americans are more afraid of a cyber attack than they are of Iranian nuclear weapons, the rise of China or climate change. Such fears are not only out of proportion to risk; if they take hold, they could threaten the positiv...

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