| Apr 18, 2014
| 12:29 PM
New York City has a new film commissioner.
Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Cynthia Lopez as the new head of the city's Office of Media and Entertainment.
Lopez, formerly an executive vice president of PBS' award-winning "POV" (Point of View)...
| May 6, 2014
| 4:04 PM
Nothing could save Albert P. "Skip" Viragh Jr. from pancreatic cancer, but a $65 million gift from his foundation will help other patients suffering from that and other deadly cancers.
The money will be used to help pay for construction of a patient care...
| May 4, 2014
| 4:30 AM
When director Marc Webb spoke to the big crowd at the premiere of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" here, he didn't open by saluting the cast or welcoming the colorfully dressed fans at the Ziegfeld Theatre.
Instead, he gave thanks — to New York.
| Feb 27, 2014
| 1:47 PM
SACRAMENTO--Assemblyman Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) was at the White House on Thursday for the unveiling of President Obama's new program to help young men of color.
The initiative, called "My Brother's Keeper," brings together government agencies,...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 1:54 PM
Last week I wrote on how to rid Laguna of traffic and make downtown more livable. Most of it will take years to realize. But some of it — the most transformational ideas — can be done now. And cheaply.
Since I arrived in Laguna 15 years ago,...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 8:42 AM
A week after taking the unprecedented step of suspending three colleagues, the California state Senate erased the lawmakers’ names, press releases and archives from its websites. The Senate left in place bare-bones information for the districts of...
| Mar 2, 2014
| 9:30 AM
My congratulations to Bridget Kustin, founder of the Johns Hopkins University Human Rights Working Group, on her commentary ("JHU's academic 'freedom,' Feb. 25). It took courage to write that op-ed while still a student at Hopkins. While sincerely...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 2:30 PM
With no New York City film czar yet appointed some three months into Mayor Bill de Blasio's term, the local entertainment industry's backchannel lobbying has grown increasingly heated -- a mark of the growing apprehension of an industry that has not yet...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 7:00 PM
When promoting a big-budget summer film, there are plenty of stops at which movie stars are expected to shill their product. Actors hole up in fancy hotels for press junkets, trade banter with David Letterman and fly overseas to walk red carpets.
| Mar 4, 2014
| 5:48 PM
Los Angeles on Tuesday joined a growing list of cities that are treating e-cigarettes like traditional tobacco-based products, banning their use in parks, restaurants and in most workplaces.
The decision, which came after an impassioned and at times...
| Mar 29, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Yahoo has recruited Josh Wolk, entertainment editor for New York magazine's Vulture.com website, to head up showbiz coverage as exec editor.
Wolk replaces Scott Robson, who ankled as Yahoo's editor-in-chief of entertainment earlier this month after...