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Fight brewing between film studios and theater owners over length of movie trailers

Fight brewing between film studios and theater owners over length of movie trailers

Do you love watching movie trailers or are too lengthy? On average, movie trailers are about 2 minutes and 30 seconds long. If the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) has its way, previews will start clocking in at just 2 minutes. Theater owners say they’ve been getting an earful from viewers telling them that […]

New library set to open… with no books

New library set to open… with no books

St. Louis University’s Madrid Campus library offers books and electronic journals.; Credit: Saint Louis University/Flickr Say goodbye to the printed page and hello to a new library with no books. An all-digital “bookless” library is set to open this fall in Texas’ Bexar County. The library will look more like an Apple store and give […]

Yes, Prime Minister

Yes, Prime Minister

Yes, Prime Minster is based the original British show, Yes Minister What do the American and British governments have in common? Jonathan Lynn says one similarity is that they’re both based on the same principle: “if no one knows what you’re doing, no one knows what you’re doing wrong.” Lynn is the co-writer and director […]

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s former employers, Booz Allen Hamilton, are part of a growing intelligence-industrial complex (POLL)

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s former employers, Booz Allen Hamilton, are part of a growing intelligence-industrial complex (POLL)

; Credit: Michael Chavarria/Flickr After holding a series of technical jobs with the CIA, Edward Snowden began working with Booz Allen Hamilton, a private consulting firm in Virginia. According to a 2010 investigation by The Washington Post, Booz Allen is among the most prominent intelligence contractors for the government. They were contracted to do top-secret […]

The White House takes aim at “patent trolls"

The White House takes aim at “patent trolls"

US Register Of Copyright Office Maria Pallante speaks at World Creators Summit on June 4 in Washington, DC.; Credit: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for BMI The Obama administration has issued legislative recommendations in a growing debate in the world of high tech intellectual property. At the heart of the debate are “patent assertion entities” (PAE’s), […]

Filmweek: The Internship, The Purge, Rapture-Palooza and more

Filmweek: The Internship, The Purge, Rapture-Palooza and more

(L-R) Actor Owen Wilson, Lorraine Twohill, VP Marketing, Google, and actor Vince Vaughn are seen at “The Internship” Googler Premiere on May 30, 2013 in San Francisco, California.; Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for 20th Century Fo Larry and KPCC critics Tim Cogshell and Andy Klein review this week’s releases, including The Internship, The Purge, Rapture-Palooza […]

Presenting…Dustin Hoffman, Director

Presenting…Dustin Hoffman, Director

US actor and director Dustin Hoffman waves to the audience at the Japan premiere of ‘Quartet’ in Tokyo on April 8, 2013.; Credit: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images Actor and now director Dustin Hoffman joins AirTalk to discuss his new projects. This veteran actor took a shot at directing in his new movie, “Quartet,” a film about retired […]

Amazon.com grocery delivery coming to Los Angeles, report says

Amazon.com grocery delivery coming to Los Angeles, report says

A box from Amazon.com; Credit: Flickr/Aurelijus Valeiša The hyper-competitive grocery market in LA is expecting a major new player in the coming days. Reuters reports Amazon.com will offer grocery delivery to your doorstep, including fresh organic produce, meat and dairy. AmazonFresh, as its grocery section is called, has been testing in its hometown of Seattle […]

Ban fundraising for pols when legislature in session?

Ban fundraising for pols when legislature in session?

The California Capitol Building; Credit: David Paul Morris/Getty Images A heavyweight in California political circles is pitching a major reform idea. Dan Schnur, former chairman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, wants to see a ban on fundraising for lawmakers while the California legislature is in session. Schnur says  undue political influence is more […]

Fort Hood shooting suspect will represent himself in court

Fort Hood shooting suspect will represent himself in court

Soldiers salute at a remembrance service for the 13 victims killed in the Ft. Hood attacks in Killeen, Texas on November 5, 2010.; Credit: Ben Sklar/Getty Images A military judge has allowed Maj. Nidal Hasan to represent himself in court. Hasan is charged in a 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage that killed 13 people and […]