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.
June 5, 2014 |
* ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. Season 2 premieres Friday, Netflix. * JENNIFER FALLS. 10:30 tonight, TV Land. NETFLIX didn't invent binge-watching, but with the prison drama "Orange Is the New Black" it did give us something to make the bingeing worth it. Not just because it was so good, which it was, but because making 13 episodes available at once allowed "Orange" to transform itself from a show about the incarceration of one formerly...
April 7, 2014 |
I walk daily at a mall. It's warmer in winter, cooler in summer, and the shoppers and ever-changing store windows are a welcome distraction from the exercise. But every week, or so it seems, there are fewer shoppers and more empty windows. Not far away from the moribund mall our neighborhood movie theater was recently converted into an auto dealership. Though only 14 years old, the amenities-laden multiplex proved to be a poor competitor for Netflix and a 21st-century den. Retail stores and theaters are no match for the combination of indolence and the Internet.
March 13, 2014 |
Wednesday is the birthday of the World Wide Web. It's 25, a generation old. Together with the Internet, on which it works, it's the most ambiguous invention in human history. The Web/Internet is Shiva: god of creation, god of destruction. It has birthed a world once unimaginable. Robert Thompson, professor of television and popular culture at Syracuse University, says everyone has "the power to access and use others' information, and to produce our own, and send it around the world.
February 26, 2014 |
The Internet is designed to look simple. You watch Netflix , you search Google , you buy on Amazon . You pay Comcast or Verizon to make it run. The complex, typically invisible arrangements that actually connect Websites to users were suddenly exposed over the weekend: Netflix, whose movie downloads account for up to a third of hourly Internet traffic - and which had been complaining that its shows were downloading slower and...