Shush, already. That's the message the Federal Communications Commission is sending with new rules that force broadcast, cable and satellite companies to turn down the volume on blaring TV commercials.On Tuesday, the FCC passed a set of regulations that will prevent commercials from being louder than the shows around them. It's all part of the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (or CALM) Act, which President Obama signed into law last December. The rules go into effect a year from now. Companies that don't comply will face unspecified FCC action. Read More
A stunt for the TV show "MythBusters" sent an errant cannonball through a California family's house and into a parked minivan a few hundred feet away.Producers for the Discovery Channel show fired the cannonball Tuesday at the Alameda County Sheriff's Department bomb range behind the Santa Rita Jail when it misfired.Sheriff's spokesman J.D. Nelson told the Contra Costa Times that no one was injured and the home's residents didn't even wake up until the dust was settled — literally on top of them. Read More
A Los Angeles County sheriff's detective says Robert Wagner is not a suspect in the 1981 death of his wife, actress Natalie Wood.Lt. John Corina has told a press conference Friday that new information is substantial enough to take another look at the case.Wood's body was found floating off Santa Catalina Island as the couple were on a boating excursion. The death was ruled an accidental drowning.Corina was asked if Wagner is a suspect and the detective said no.
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The blogosphere is abuzz with news that MTV’s “Jersey Shore” “star” Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino was kicked out of a Las Vegas Apple Store on Monday for trying to cut in line to buy the new iPhone 4S. Read More
Debuting at 10 a.m. Saturday on the Cooking Channel is “Easy Chinese: San Francisco” featuring popular foodie Ching-He Huang, best known for the “Chinese Food Made Easy” series.The City is featured prominently in the new show, which highlights the distinctly original vibe of the Bay Area — everything from Chinatown’s vibrant and hidden culinary gems to home-cooked Chinese meals with original flair. Read More
Scooby-Doo and Shaggy look scared. Drawn in pencil on a large piece of crinkled newsprint paper, the cartoon characters cower in fear in the middle of a spooky library, surrounded by threatening villains. These icons of Saturday morning cartoon royalty are part of “Monsters in the Bookshelf,” a fun exhibit of work by children’s book illustrators and animators from a collective called Studio 5 at the University of San Francisco’s Thacher Gallery. Read More
Despite shifting from gang member to telemarketer to comedian and actor, D.L. Hughley, who opens a five-show run on Friday at Cobb’s, does not see himself as a role model. “No,” says the Los Angeles native and father of three, “but I do see myself as a person who lives out in the open. I have the kind of relationship with my children where they’ll know instantly whether I did something I’m accused of or didn’t.”Of his two-decade career, probably the most unusual résumé entry so far is a recent stint as host of “D.L. Hughley Breaks the News” on CNN. Read More
It’s official: Bravo’s “Flipping Out” is far out. The new round of the popular series returns Wednesday. Last season, the fourth of the series, showed a major spike in ratings.San Francisco native Sarah Berkman, comrade in arms to the show’s star, Jeff Lewis (Jeff Lewis Designs), credits the “cast’s” authenticity and how “real” this reality outing actually is.“It is nonscripted and extremely organic,” Berkman says — more than people might realize. Berkman is Lewis’ sister-in-law. Read More
"The Bold and the Beautiful" won drama series honors for the third consecutive year at the Daytime Emmys on Sunday night in a bittersweet ceremony that marked the impending daytime departures of two veteran soap operas along with Regis Philbin and talk show queen Oprah Winfrey.
Executive producer Bradley Bell accepted the trophy, saying, "It's over the top. We're so grateful."
Bell saluted his late father William Bell, who created "The Young and the Restless" and gave the younger Bell his start in the business. Read More
While many TV fans are lamenting the cancellation of some of their favorite shows, San Francisco residents can get an early peek at a new Fox show, “Alcatraz,” at their website. Read More