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HBO Now Streaming Service Launches On Apple Products

HBO Now Streaming Service Launches On Apple Products

April 9, 2015


Filed under Television

By Meg James Los Angeles Times (TNS) The long-anticipated unbundling of cable TV packages has begun. HBO Now, the stand-alone streaming service, launched Tuesday morning on Apple products, HBO said. Separately, Cablevision’s Optimum Online customers also now have access to the subscription HBO service. The ...

Roku Now Tracks When Price Of Streaming A Movie Goes Down

Roku Now Tracks When Price Of Streaming A Movie Goes Down

April 7, 2015


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By Paresh Dave Los Angeles Times (TNS) Roku media players will now alert users when the price of a movie they’re interested in watching goes down. It’s one of several features announced Monday aimed at helping Roku keep pace with and distinguish itself from competitors such as Google Chromeca...

‘Furious 7’ Stunts Make A Believer Out Of Physics Expert

‘Furious 7’ Stunts Make A Believer Out Of Physics Expert

April 7, 2015


Filed under Movies

By Steven Zeitchik Los Angeles Times (TNS) NEW YORK — Matthew Kleban holds a doctorate in physics from Stanford, conducted postdoctorate research at Albert Einstein’s alma mater the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and is now part of the research group at NYU’s Center for Cosmology ...

Fox Will Revive ‘The X-Files’ As A Six-Episode Event Series

Fox Will Revive ‘The X-Files’ As A Six-Episode Event Series

March 24, 2015


Filed under Technology

By Stephen Battaglio Los Angeles Times (TNS) The truth is still out there. “The X-Files” will be back on Fox as a six-episode event series with its original stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, the network announced Tuesday. The short-run revival of one of TV’s most successful sci-fi se...

‘Community’ Is Back In Session — This Time On Yahoo Screen

‘Community’ Is Back In Session — This Time On Yahoo Screen

March 17, 2015


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By Robert Lloyd Los Angeles Times (TNS) When last we saw “Community” nearly a year ago, Greendale Community College had narrowly missed being sold to Subway, the sandwich people. Typically, it was a metaphor for the show itself, which had struggled to survive throughout the years; “Save Greendale...

Music Review: ‘Empire’ Soundtrack Falls Short Of Show

Music Review: ‘Empire’ Soundtrack Falls Short Of Show

March 17, 2015


Filed under Entertainment, Music

By Glenn Gamboa Newsday (TNS) The problem with “Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 1” (20th Century Fox/ Columbia) is one most soundtracks have: The focus isn’t on the music. These songs generally have to drive story lines, not album sales, so they may be great in the show, but not as...

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

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

March 10, 2015


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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...

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...

‘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...

Actor Rob Corddry Is Soaking Up The Attention After Jumping Back Into ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2′

Actor Rob Corddry Is Soaking Up The Attention After Jumping Back Into ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2′

February 24, 2015


Filed under Movies

By Josh Rottenberg Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES – On an unseasonably warm February afternoon, Rob Corddry sat in the back of a town car wending its way through the streets of Los Angeles. The actor, making the promotional rounds for his new comedy “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” was heading...

NBC News Anchor Brian Williams Suspended For Six Months

NBC News Anchor Brian Williams Suspended For Six Months

February 12, 2015


Filed under Television

By Stephen Battaglio Los Angeles Times (TNS) NEW YORK — “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams was suspended for six months without pay for exaggerating his role in a helicopter incident in Iraq, marking the first time a network news anchor has been stripped of his duties. The disciplinary ...

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