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‘Fifty Shades’ Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Finds R-rated Sweet Spot

‘Fifty Shades’ Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Finds R-rated Sweet Spot

January 12, 2015


Filed under Movies

By Rebecca Keegan Los Angeles Times (TNS) Sam Taylor-Johnson had been working in secrecy for months when she finally got an opportunity to play footage of her new film for a fresh-eyed viewer — Beyonce. The London-born director is making one of the most anticipated movies of 2015, an adaptation o...

Aereo Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Aereo Files For Bankruptcy Protection

January 11, 2015


Filed under Technology

By Tracey Lien Los Angeles Times (TNS) Aereo Inc., the online video streaming service backed by businessman and Television Hall of Fame member Barry Diller, filed for bankruptcy protection on Thursday night, five months after an unfavorable Supreme Court ruling. The service had allowed subscribers to wat...

Hulu Expands Original Content, Boasts 6 million Hulu Plus Subscribers

Hulu Expands Original Content, Boasts 6 million Hulu Plus Subscribers

July 30, 2014


Filed under Television

By Meredith Blake Los Angeles Times (MCT) NEW YORK — At its upfront presentation Wednesday in New York City, the online streaming service Hulu touted its aggressive expansion into original programming and its continued acquisition of top-rated network and cable series. These expansions come as the ...

Steve Capus, Former NBC News Chief, To Produce ‘CBS Evening News’

Steve Capus, Former NBC News Chief, To Produce ‘CBS Evening News’

May 6, 2014


Filed under Television

By Meg James Los Angeles Times (MCT) Steve Capus, who earned his stripes at NBC News as wingman for anchors Tom Brokaw and Brian Williams, soon will be piloting the cross-town rival “The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.” CBS News announced Tuesday it had hired Capus, former president of N...

Craig Ferguson leaving CBS’ ‘Late Late Show’ in December

Craig Ferguson leaving CBS’ ‘Late Late Show’ in December

April 29, 2014


Filed under Television

By Scott Collins Los Angeles Times (MCT) Craig Ferguson’s nights of dancing with the fake horse are numbered. The Scottish-born host of CBS’ “The Late Late Show” told his studio audience during Monday’s taping that he will leave in December when his current contract expires. “CBS and I ...

Death Toll Climbs To At Least 30 As Deadly Storms Move Through The South

Death Toll Climbs To At Least 30 As Deadly Storms Move Through The South

April 29, 2014


Filed under National, Outdoors

By Michael Muskal Los Angeles Times (MCT) After leaving a trail of death and destruction across at least six states, a series of violent storms that spawned dozens of tornadoes continued to move through the South on Tuesday morning. It was the third day of deadly weather to rip from the Midwest throu...

Stephen Colbert To Host CBS’ ‘Late Show’ After David Letterman Retires

Stephen Colbert To Host CBS’ ‘Late Show’ After David Letterman Retires

April 10, 2014


Filed under Television

By Ryan Faughnder Los Angeles Times (MCT) LOS ANGELES — Comedian Stephen Colbert will be the next host of “The Late Show.” CBS said Thursday that the “Colbert Report” star will take over hosting duties for the long-running late-night talk franchise when David Letterman retires i...

Barbara Walters Sets Retirement Date From ‘The View’

Barbara Walters Sets Retirement Date From ‘The View’

April 8, 2014


Filed under Television

By Meredith Blake Los Angeles Times (MCT) NEW YORK — Veteran TV journalist Barbara Walters will make her last scheduled appearance on “The View” on May 16, ABC announced Monday. The network will honor Walters’ five decades in broadcasting with a week-long celebration. “The View,” th...

Pharrell Williams Joins ‘The Voice’ As A Coach

Pharrell Williams Joins ‘The Voice’ As A Coach

April 1, 2014


Filed under Television

By Patrick Kevin Day Los Angeles Times (MCT) LOS ANGELES — Pharrell Williams will be joining the coaching lineup of NBC’s “The Voice” when that reality singing competition show returns in the fall. NBC made the announcement Monday, though the rest of the show’s seventh season coach...

More frigid misery on the way for much of the US

More frigid misery on the way for much of the US

March 4, 2014


Filed under Outdoors

By Michael Muskal Los Angeles Times (MCT) Spring is less than a month away, but be prepared to first pay the toll for its arrival with the return of the polar vortex. Frigid air will be back in much of the nation this week, with temperatures expected to plummet by more than 30 degrees in s...

TNT cancels Frank Darabont’s ‘Mob City’

TNT cancels Frank Darabont’s ‘Mob City’

February 11, 2014


Filed under Television

By Yvonne Villarreal Los Angeles Times (MCT) LOS ANGELES — Frank Darabont’s post-“Walking Dead” work life is off to a zombie-crawl, with TNT deciding to cancel his period noir drama “Mob City.” The series was billed a three-week television event, with two back-to-back episodes tryi...

Eating disorders plague teenage boys, too

Eating disorders plague teenage boys, too

January 30, 2014


Filed under Lifestyles

By Emily Alpert Los Angeles Times (MCT) LOS ANGELES — Bryan Piperno was just 9 years old when he began keeping his secret. The Simi Valley, Calif., youngster tossed out lunches or claimed he ate elsewhere. As he grew older, he started purging after eating. Even after his vomiting lande...

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