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Bernie West, a writer and producer on such TV shows as " All in the Family," "The Jeffersons" and "Three's Company" during a wide-ranging show business career, has died. He was 92. West died Thursday at his home in Beverly Hills of complications from...
Neal Gabler, a senior fellow at the Norman Lear Center at USC Annenberg, is the author of "Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality."Now is the summer of Hollywood's discontent. There are plenty of theories about why box office and attendance are down, and most have an element of truth. But the real reason may be a culturally momentous change. Over the last 10 years or so, being...
Martin Kaplan is associate dean of the USC Annenberg School and director of The Norman Lear Center (www.learcenter.org), which studies the impact of entertainment on society.The announcement last week that architect Frank O. Gehry has been asked to design a 40- to 50-story skyscraper, to be built in the space next to his Disney Hall as part of downtown Los Angeles' $1.8-billion Grand Avenue project, offers a new opportunity...
MARTIN KAPLAN is associate dean of the USC Annenberg School, where he directs the Norman Lear Center (learcenter.org).EVERYONE SAYS WE need a national debate on Iraq. Left, right, politicos, pundits, editorial writers, academics. If ever there was a universally held position, it's the belief that holding a national debate on Iraq is just the thing for what ails us in the...
Tags: Newt Gingrich, Jim Wallis, Iraq, Elections, Scarlett Johansson
Times Staff WriterWalt DISNEY'S ashes are buried in a Forest Lawn mausoleum, in a private garden. Standing nearby, in a patch of flowers, is a small white statue of Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid. The setting might strike some as a coincidence, since Disney's...
Zap2It.comSeth MacFarlane, the creative mastermind on "Family Guy," was one of the co-creators of FOX's companion series "American Dad," which premiered last year after the Super Bowl. The Smiths, the central family in "American Dad," have more than just...
By Mark Olsen, The Envelope"Little Miss Sunshine" was awarded the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award for Theatrical Motion Pictures Saturday night as part of the 2007 Producers Guild of America Awards. Presented by Tom Cruise in a ceremony at the Century Plaza Hotel, the...
Zap2It.com"Ugly Betty" is poised to become one of the potential beauties of the new television season. With actress Salma Hayek among its executive producers, ABC's adaptation of the Latin American telenovela "Yo Soy Betty La Fea" is nearing its premiere with some...
The feature films "Babel," "The Departed," "Dreamgirls," "Little Miss Sunshine" and "The Queen" were nominated Wednesday by the Producers Guild of America for the Darryl F. Zanuck producer of the year award. The producers' organization has been one of...
Zap2It.comMike Evans, 57, an actor best known for his role as Lionel Jefferson in the TV sitcoms "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons," died of throat cancer Dec. 14 at his mother's home in Twentynine Palms, his niece Dr. Chrystal Evans said. With writing...
Tags: Family, Comedy (genre), Television, Death, Los Angeles Times
TV/Radio WriterLooking back, it's easy to see how Frasier and Friends became TV icons. Television has no more valuable commodity than buzz, unless it is a time slot between two popular series. Friends and Frasier, which arrived a season apart and are departing a week...
Times Staff WriterJust in time for its 225th birthday, the document that led to the United States' creation is hitting the road for a nationwide tour aimed at inspiring political activism among America's youth. Standing before the Jefferson Memorial on Tuesday, television...
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