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The British comedian John Oliver introduced his fifth episode's explainer back in June 2014, joking that the Internet had vastly increased access to everything from cat pictures to “a case of coyote urine.” What followed was an acclaimed segment on net neutrality, that not only created significant buzz for his show but gave a bump to a political movement that scored its biggest victory to date on Thursday when the Federal Communications Commission bucked cable companies, the GOP, and its own previous stance, to ensure protections for Oliver’s beloved open-access Internet for millions of Americans.
Veronica Roth working on new series; 1st book due in 2017
Veronica Roth fans can start the countdown. “The Divergent” author, who grew up in Barrington, is set to write a new two-book series, HarperCollins Children’s Books told The Associated Press on Monday. The books currently are untitled, with the first one expected in 2017 and the next in 2018. Roth and her publisher offered few specifics, beyond saying the series is in “the vein of ‘Star Wars’” and will tell of a boy’s “unlikely alliance” with an enemy.
ABC drama looks at lives touched by a young man's murder
Premiering Thursday, March 5, the ABC drama “American Crime” covers a cross-section of lives tied to the home-invasion murder of a military veteran in Modesto, Calif., with Oscar winner Timothy Hutton (“Ordinary People”) and Emmy winner Felicity Huffman (“Desperate Housewives') leading the ensemble cast as the victim's long-estranged parents.
The Jewish roots of Leonard Nimoy and ‘live long and prosper’
Leonard Nimoy first saw what became the famous Vulcan salute, “live long and prosper,” as a child, long before “Star Trek” even existed. The placement of the hands comes from a childhood memory, of an Orthodox Jewish synagogue service in Boston.
Bryan Cranston becomes a producer of ‘Finding Neverland’
The upcoming Broadway musical "Finding Neverland" has found a new producer to join its ranks — Bryan Cranston. Lead producer Harvey Weinstein said Friday that the Tony Award-winning former "Breaking Bad" star had signed up after being enchanted by an early workshop.
Ron Onesti: When classic rock was “classical”
Posted Feb 27, 2015 9:47 AM
As a child, I grew up in an Italian household and more often than not, my mom would either turn on the PBS station on television or put a 33⅓ album on the hi fi (not Wi-Fi) of Puccini’s “Turandot,” “Madama Butterfly” or “Tosca.”
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full story »Ron Onesti: When classic rock was “classical”As a child, I grew up in an Italian household and more often than not, my mom would either turn on the PBS station on television or put a 33⅓ album on the hi fi (not Wi-Fi) of Puccini’s “Turandot,” “Madama Butterfly” or “Tosca.”
full story »Ron Onesti: Romance rock ’n’ roll styleAs an entertainment producer, a common question I get is: “What is the toughest part of your job?”
full story »Ron Onesti: That’s right, I had ‘Saturday Night Fever’People today know me pretty much as a rocker, but there was a fleeting moment when I was almost forced to “pick a team” — Disco or Rock.