December 31, 2014 |
I START THIS year-end column the way I usually do: by proclaiming my dislike of best-of lists, which tend to reduce television criticism to numbers. Don't worry, though, there'll be a list. Just no numbers. Taking a page from colleague Gary Thompson , I'm alphabetizing my Top 10 TV shows this year: THE AMERICANS . FX, 10 p.m. Weds., returns Jan. 28. The stakes got higher than ever this past season for undercover Russian spies Philip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell)
December 17, 2014 |
With a growing body of innovative original productions, from House of Cards and Lilyhammer to Orange Is the New Black and Marco Polo , Netflix has proven it deserves a place in the vanguard of TV programming. Yet the streaming site's most buzzed-about offering this month isn't one of its own shows. It's the British import Black Mirror , a sci-fi anthology series whose six one-hour episodes have driven critics and sci-fi geeks to distraction with passionate praise.
December 4, 2014
P ANO Kalogeropoulos, 31, of Fairmount, is a photographer who founded Bokeh Fire, which considers itself the Netflix of camera lenses. The company offers a curated set of lenses for rent monthly. Bokeh owns all the lenses rented out on its website. Bokeh launched a $20,000, 30-day crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter on Nov. 13 that has so far raised more than $15,000. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Bokeh Fire? A: I moved here in 2013 after graduating from business school at Northwestern, where I started thinking about this.
November 16, 2014 |
October 4, 2014 |
Happy little tiny baby smidgen honey pumpkin! Mila Kunis bore a girl bairn Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai in L.A.! The dad: Ashton Kutcher , first guy she ever kissed (on That '70s Show ). No baby name announced yet. The two reunited after A-Kutch dumped spouse Demi Moore in 2012. Once the biggest mouth in social media, since Mila he has been decorously reserved re their private stuff. They're living in sin most vile, but are engaged. Movies dive into the stream!
September 26, 2014 |
Comcast Corp., seeking to counter sharp opposition from thousands of customers, consumer advocates, and competitors to its proposed $45.2 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc., once again urged the Federal Communications Commission to approve a deal that would cement Comcast's status as the nation's largest cable-TV and broadband Internet provider. In comments submitted late Tuesday to the FCC, Comcast said the acquisition offered a broad range of benefits both to the combined companies' 30-million-plus customers as well as "to individuals, businesses, institutions, and community organizations across the nation," despite criticism from many of the about 65,000 who voiced opinions to the agency before last month's deadline.
September 22, 2014 |
Fourteen years ago in a prior wave of telecom mergers, Justice Department officials determined that combining two of the nation's largest Internet portals, Excite@Home and Road Runner, posed a "gatekeeper" threat to fledgling Internet-based content companies. For a content company to reach American consumers over the Internet, they would have to go through the Excite@Home or Road Runner portals. This was too much market power concentrated in one company, and the Justice Department forced MediaOne Group Inc. to sell Road Runner before it could be acquired by AT&T.
August 28, 2014 |
Netflix Inc., Dish Network, and the Los Angeles County government are among organizations opposing Comcast Corp.'s proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc., based on documents filed right up to the midnight Monday deadline with the Federal Communications Commission. Reed Hastings, chief executive officer of the online streamer Netflix, had signaled that the company could oppose a combined Comcast/Time Warner Cable, which would provide more than one-third of U.S. consumers with high-speed Internet service.
August 1, 2014 |
* EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL. 12:45 p.m. Sunday, BlackStar Film Festival, International House. Tickets: $10. Info: blackstarfest.org. * THE KILLING. Season 4 on Netflix beginning today. LANDING SPIKE LEE as executive producer of his first film is only a piece of the good fortune of Darius Clark Monroe. An honor student who became a bank robber at 16 in an attempt to help his family, Monroe was sentenced to five years in prison, emerging with a determination to go to New York University to learn how to make movies.
June 20, 2014 |
PART OF A LAWSUIT against NBC Universal that claims the television network defamed gun-toting neighborhood-watch vigilante George Zimmerman in a 2012 broadcast was thrown out by a Florida judge yesterday, putting the entire litigation in jeopardy. Zimmerman's lawyers waited too long under Florida statute to ask NBC to retract what they claimed were libelous statements in a March 19, 2012, broadcast that they said made their client sound like a racist, Seminole County Circuit Judge Debra Nelson ruled.