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

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

March 10, 2015


Filed under Movies

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 ...

AMC plotting a ‘Mad Men’ send-off to remember

AMC plotting a ‘Mad Men’ send-off to remember

March 10, 2015


Filed under Television

By Yvonne Villarreal Los Angeles Times (TNS) It should come as no surprise that “Mad Men,” a drama about a 1960s advertising firm, has designed what it hopes to be an unforgettable send-off campaign. The pioneering AMC series will launch its seventh and final season on April 5 — culminating i...

Google Plans To Launch Small Wireless Network

Google Plans To Launch Small Wireless Network

March 3, 2015


Filed under Technology

By Paresh Dave Los Angeles Times (TNS) A Google executive said Monday that the company plans to launch a cellphone network to introduce technology that it wants to see big carriers such as Verizon Wireless and AT&T adopt. Google expects to formally announce the service in the coming months, S...

‘Focus’ Is Expected To Top ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ ‘Lazarus Effect’

‘Focus’ Is Expected To Top ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ ‘Lazarus Effect’

March 3, 2015


Filed under Movies

By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Christian Grey has some competition at the domestic box office this weekend. Warner Bros.’ “Focus,” starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, is expected to push Universal Pictures’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” out of the top spot. The R-rat...

Will Smith Taking New Direction With Career

Will Smith Taking New Direction With Career

March 3, 2015


Filed under Entertainment

By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (TNS) WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — The failure of “After Earth” taught Will Smith a valuable lesson: One bad summer movie doesn’t mean the end of a career. Before “After Earth,” Smith was king of the summer movie blockbusters with mega hits in “Wild Wild Wes...

ABC gets real with ‘American Crime’

ABC gets real with ‘American Crime’

March 3, 2015


Filed under Television

By Neal Justin Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) LOS ANGELES – The two biggest freshman hits on TV this season, “Empire” and “How to Get Away With Murder,” are addictive but ridiculous soaps in which J.R. Ewing and Erica Kane would feel right at home. There’s nothing frivolous about ABC...

Patti LaBelle, Michael Sam in next ‘Dancing With the Stars’ lineupBy Patrick Kevin Day

Patti LaBelle, Michael Sam in next ‘Dancing With the Stars’ lineupBy Patrick Kevin Day

February 26, 2015


Filed under Television

Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Grammy Award-winner Patti LaBelle and Michael Sam, the NFL’s first openly gay draft pick, are two of the 11 celebrities announced Tuesday as part of the upcoming 20th season of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” LaBelle, whose singing career has spanned 5...

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Sinks 73 Percent In 2nd Weekend, Still Tops Box Office

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Sinks 73 Percent In 2nd Weekend, Still Tops Box Office

February 26, 2015


Filed under Movies

By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — “Fifty Shades of Grey” saw ticket sales drop 73 percent from its opening, but an estimated $23.2 million second-weekend gross was good enough to win the box office race and push the movie’s domestic haul so far to $130.1 million. Though...

TV Technology Yields Vast Wonderland

TV Technology Yields Vast Wonderland

February 24, 2015


Filed under Television

By Hal Boedeker Orlando Sentinel (TNS) Long derided as the boob tube, television has entered an unprecedented era when people want to watch it everywhere at their own pace. Technological breakthroughs, time-shifted viewing and increased competition have pushed content to new levels of quality. As th...

Town Paid Garth Brooks $1 million To Open Tour

Town Paid Garth Brooks $1 million To Open Tour

February 24, 2015


Filed under Entertainment, Music

By Stacy St. Clair Chicago Tribune (TNS)  CHICAGO — The town of Rosemont, Ill., paid country superstar Garth Brooks more than $1 million to launch his comeback tour last year at its Allstate Arena, records show, but officials say the village made twice that much. According to an agreement bet...

Spring Fashion Trends

Spring Fashion Trends

Elizabeth Cornett, Reporter

February 24, 2015


Filed under Style/Fashion

Coming back from market, 318 owner Marie is excited about the new spring trends. At market, black and white seemed to be the thing. Whether it is a pattern of black and white or white jeans with a black shirt, it will be the thing this spring. Another trend is neon and bold colors. Cool, fun shirts...

Wes Anderson Braces For Oscar’s Appraisal Of ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

Wes Anderson Braces For Oscar’s Appraisal Of ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

February 19, 2015


Filed under Movies

By Glenn Whipp Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — If you watched the Golden Globes last month, you might remember co-host Amy Poehler joking that Wes Anderson, a filmmaker known for his meticulous, fanciful style, had arrived at the ceremony on “a bike made of antique tuba parts.” The camera ...

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