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May 1, 2012

Spoofs take steam out of “Fifty Shades of Grey”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Spanking, sex and submission are raking in profits for erotic novel “Fifty Shades of Grey”, reinvigorating marriages and sparking anguished debates among feminists, but there has been one unintended result of the novel – laughter.

The best-selling book by British writer E.L. James that has taken pop culture by storm also has become ripe for spoofs and parodies, even as Hollywood is agog over who will play the leads in an upcoming movie.

Apr 20, 2012

At 25, maverick Fox TV enjoys hits, faces challenges

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Fox, the start-up broadcast network of 1987 that within a few years changed the face of U.S. television with edgy comedy and youth programming, has finally grown up.

Scoffed at from its start for setting itself up as a rival to the stodgy, old CBS, NBC and ABC, Fox celebrates 25 years on the air this Sunday with a two-hour special featuring cast reunions, re-runs, highlights and some major trumpet blowing.

Apr 17, 2012

Dark political satire “Veep” takes aim at Washington

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Selina Meyer is a U.S. vice president whose office has anti-suicide windows, whose boss never calls, and whose jaded press secretary pretends to have a dog (dubbed a ‘bull-shitzu’) so that he won’t have to stay late at work.

Sounds familiar? Armando Iannucci, the creator of HBO’s new satirical TV series “Veep”, hopes it all rings true because he knows Washington will be watching his cynical view of a political system where idealism has been trumped by compromise and endless damage control.

Apr 13, 2012

Seven years, six kids, Brad and Angelina agree to wed

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, one of the world’s best known couples, are engaged to marry, ending a fevered, seven-year celebrity media dance over whether they will ever say “I do.”

A spokeswoman for Pitt on Friday confirmed the pair had agreed to wed after Jolie was photographed in Los Angeles wearing a large diamond ring, designed by Pitt, on her engagement finger.

Apr 5, 2012

Disney Channel stars speak out against cyberbullying

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Even some young Disney Channel stars, as popular as they seem to be, have suffered at the hands of bullies, and now dozens of them are urging kids to stand up against bullying – not by lashing out, but by speaking up.

In a campaign launching on Thursday on Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney.com, actors like Billy Unger, Bridgit Mendler and Bella Thorne are urging 6 to 14-year-olds to treat each other better, both in the playground and online.

Apr 4, 2012

TV’s “Magic City” revels in glamour, grit of 1950s Miami

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Mitch Glazer once worked as a cabana boy in a Miami Beach hotel, his dad was an electrical engineer at the city’s grand hotels in the late 1950s, and he grew up listening to stories of the glamorous, and dubious, exploits of staff and clientele.

Now Glazer has recreated that era in “Magic City”, premiering on Friday on cable TV channel Starz, in the latest drama series set in the United States on the cusp of an era of social and political upheaval.

Mar 30, 2012

Smiles and a warning as Lindsay Lohan ends probation

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A smiling Lindsay Lohan was released on Thursday from almost five years of formal probation, and told by a Los Angeles judge to grow up and stop clubbing.

Actress Lohan, 25, who has made multiple trips to court, jail and rehab since a 2007 drunk driving and cocaine possession arrest, was praised for completing months of community service at a Los Angeles morgue and court-ordered psychotherapy.

Mar 29, 2012

Judge lifts Lohan probation, says stop clubbing

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Los Angeles judge on Thursday lifted formal probation for Lindsay Lohan, and told her to grow up and stop nightclubbing as she was released from the official supervision over her life since 2007.

Lohan, 25, who has made multiple trips to jail and rehab in the past four years, got good marks from Los Angeles Superior Court judge Stephanie Sautner for completing months of community service at a Los Angeles morgue and court-ordered psychotherapy sessions.

Mar 28, 2012

A Minute With: Jon Hamm on Don Draper and directing

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Jon Hamm insists he is nothing like Don Draper, the cool and mysterious advertising genius at the center of TV’s “Mad Men”.

But Hamm, 41, who struggled for years to make it in Hollywood, says playing the character on the critically-acclaimed show has been a dream job, and Sunday’s second episode of the long-delayed fifth season of “Mad Men” marks a milestone for the actor. It is his debut as a director.

Mar 22, 2012

Don Draper in “a different place” as ‘Mad Men’ returns

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The creator of stylish Emmy-winning drama “Mad Men” is full of anticipation. And also a teeny bit worried.

The 1960s advertising series returns to U.S. television screens on Sunday after a 17 month-absence stemming from a contract dispute between Weiner and cable channel AMC.

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      "I'm a British import to Los Angeles who still hasn't managed to lose the accent after 10 years. I cover all things celebrity -- Hollywood award shows, stars in trouble, U.S. television and California lifestyle. Before arriving in Los Angeles, I worked for Reuters in London and Italy, covering stories like the death of Princess Diana, the Italian Mafia, and the Good Friday Northern Ireland peace agreement."
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