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May 26, 2015

Advertisers ditch TLC’s troubled ’19 Kids and Counting’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Four advertisers pulled out of TLC’s reality show “19 Kids and Counting,” putting pressure on the U.S. cable network to decide the fate of the top-rated program about a Christian family after reports that the eldest son had molested underage girls.

Retailers Walgreen Co (WALG34.SA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Payless Shoesource Inc, and hotel chain group Choice Hotels International Inc (CHH.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Tuesday followed the lead of General Mills Inc (GIS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in removing their ads from the program.

May 23, 2015

On L.A.’s Skid Row, a judge leads pack on run to recovery

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The five-mile run at dawn ends on a dystopian stretch, a street in Los Angeles’ Skid Row lined with homeless men and women waiting for a free breakfast.

The runners, in contrast, give off a healthy glow as they chat about the run and the challenges ahead. The squalor of Crocker Street is a stark reminder of how far they have come.

May 18, 2015

As ‘Mad Men’ concludes, creator ready to rest on laurels, stay offline

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – For “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, Monday is the day to begin “officially resting on my laurels” and staying off the Internet while he basks in the twilight of the television show that has occupied his life for the last eight years.

“This whole thing has exceeded all of my childhood dreams, honestly,” Weiner said at a Sunday night screening of the series finale in Los Angeles, surrounded by cast, crew and fans of the AMC drama about the dark advertising man, Don Draper, against the deep changes of 1960s America.

May 17, 2015

Octogenarian cobbler rescues the soles of Beverly Hills

, May 17 (Reuters) – Arturo Azinian
plucked a pair of Chanel pumps from a box full of shoes, unfazed
by the leather peeling off the interlocking Cs on the toes or
the tarnished metallic heels.

“These have a lot of miles on them, but they will be like
new, for about $70,” said Azinian, an 88-year-old Beverly Hills
cobbler famous for saving the fancy footwear of the elite in the
ritzy 90210 zip code.

May 15, 2015

B.B. King’s death strikes mournful chord for musicians, presidents

May 15 (Reuters) – Guitarist Eric Clapton remembered the
B.B. King album that inspired him as a young musician and
Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton recalled the thrill of
performing with the “King of Blues.”

Musicians, politicians and blues lovers around the world on
Friday expressed sorrow over the death of the blues legend on
Thursday night at the age of 89, and their gratitude for the
legacy he left.

May 13, 2015

On road to recovery, NFL’s Goodell tested by delicate ‘Deflategate’

By Steve Keating and Mary Milliken

(Reuters) – Back in December, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft crafted the strongest of endorsements for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after his mishandling of punishment in players’ domestic abuse cases undermined his authority.

Goodell is “the one person that understands what’s important, long-term interests of the game,” Kraft said.

May 7, 2015

Reese Witherspoon pursues polar opposite in comedy ‘Hot Pursuit’

LOS ANGELES, May 7 (Reuters) – If Reese Witherspoon showed
she can go raw and unglamorous in the drama “Wild,” in her new
comedy, the actress dons sensible shoes and big underwear to
play the uptight cop to Sofia Vergara’s voluptuous widow in
teetering heels.

“Hot Pursuit,” opening Friday in U.S. and Canadian theaters,
is a buddy comedy by women, about women, and mostly for women,
and it started when Witherspoon – wearing her producer’s hat -
saw the potential of a comic pairing with Vergara.

May 7, 2015

Fonda, Tomlin bare septuagenarian souls in ‘Grace and Frankie’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Tripping on muscle relaxants and peyote on the beach, two discarded wives portrayed by Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin work through their anger and heartbreak and then ask “now what?”

How an uptight Grace (Fonda) and a bohemian Frankie (Tomlin) bounce back from the indignity of abandonment by their husbands at an advanced age is the comic fodder for the new Netflix Inc series “Grace and Frankie” that debuts Friday with 13 episodes available for streaming.

Apr 27, 2015

Mayweather v Pacquiao packs a pricey pay-per-view punch

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Guadalupe Jaimes, a Chicago roofing supply salesman, calls the $100 pay-per-view price tag for a high-definition broadcast of Saturday’s boxing mega-match “ridiculous.”

It’s a price that he and millions more will pay to watch an undefeated Floyd Mayweather take on Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on Saturday in one of the year’s biggest sporting events.

Apr 27, 2015

Boxing-Mayweather v Pacquiao packs a pricey pay-per-view punch

LOS ANGELES, April 27 (Reuters) – Guadalupe Jaimes, a Chicago roofing supply salesman, calls the $100 pay-per-view price tag for a high-definition broadcast of Saturday’s boxing mega-match “ridiculous.”

It’s a price that he and millions more will pay to watch an undefeated Floyd Mayweather take on Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on Saturday in one of the year’s biggest sporting events.

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      "Mary Milliken is Entertainment and Lifestyle Editor for the Americas since July 2013, based in Los Angeles. In 15 years with Reuters, she been bureau chief in Washington DC, the West Coast and South America and has organized news teams covering everything from presidential elections to economic crises to natural disasters. She speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese."
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