"Having a Moment" is a new weekly feature that spotlights the people and trends we all seem to be talking about.
The year is 1937, and a plane equipped with all of the latest equipment — relying on both radio and celestial navigation and flown by one of the most famous aviators in the world — goes missing in the Pacific Ocean.
This is the story of Amelia Earhart, whose untimely death 80 years ago continues to spawn obsessive theories as to what really happened to her.
The galaxy far, far away got a little bit closer Thursday night in Anaheim when the Walt Disney Co. provided the first-ever look at its upcoming "Star Wars"-themed attraction, or "Star Wars land," as it's being referred to by fans.
The attraction is under construction at Disneyland in Anaheim and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla. Each will have two anchor attractions: one that will allow guests to pilot the Millennium Falcon, and another that puts visitors in the center of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance.
John Bernecker, a stuntman on AMC's "The Walking Dead," has died from injuries suffered on the show's set in Georgia. He was 33.
After the Wednesday afternoon fall, Bernecker was flown to the Atlanta Medical Center, where he died at 6:30 p.m., Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk told The Times on Friday.
Variety reported that Bernecker fell more than 20 feet from a balcony onto a concrete floor, suffering a head injury, and immediately was transported by helicopter to the hospital. An assistant director told police the stuntman missed a safety cushion "just by inches" and tried to stop his fall "by grabbing onto the railing with both hands" right after he began falling, TMZ reported Friday.
Will Rubin decided to celebrate his journey into adolescence the way any 13-year-old would: by throwing an elaborate, Jimmy Kimmel-themed bar mitzvah. The party was complete with an ice sculpture of Guillermo's head and a video monologue from Kimmel himself in which the host threatened to sue for damages.
On Thursday, the precocious teenager from Media, Penn., returned the favor by appearing on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" via satellite.
Will explained that Kimmel's show has captivated his interest for the past six months or so. A funny thing for a middle-schooler to be obsessed with, maybe, but it almost certainly made for a better party than his previous interest in cleaning — yes, cleaning — would have.
There's always a stigma attached to those terms -- character actor, supporting player. It bothers every actor, whether they admit it or not. I guess I've always resented the fact that you have your humanity taken away by only playing a sidekick role. Look at Smiley Burnette -- he never got a girl in those Gene Autry movies. That would have never happened!
On Friday, the newly renovated Ford Theatres will swing open its doors after a multiyear, $72.2-million makeover. The 97-year-old outdoor amphitheater in the Hollywood Hills will hold a ribbon-cutting and civic dedication ceremony.
Artists featured in the Ford’s summer season are scheduled to be there, including members of the dance troupe Viver Brasil, along with Los Angeles County officials such as 3rd District Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.
Former county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, for whom the Ford’s new dining terrace is named (“The Zev”), also is set to attend.
If there was ever a shred of doubt about Kesha's fierce autonomy, she stomps it out with "Woman," the funky new single off her upcoming album, "Rainbow."
The track, which dropped Thursday morning, touts a markedly self-empowered Kesha, who dubbed it "an anthem to yell about being self-sufficient and strong."
"I buy my own things/ I pay my own bills/ These diamond rings, my automobiles/ Everything I got I bought it/ Boys can't buy my love," she sings on the chorus over a bouncy piano line and hand-clap beat.
Steve Whitmire, the puppeteer entrusted with Kermit the Frog after the death of Muppets creator Jim Henson, says he was cut by Disney last October.
"I feel that I am at the top of my game, and I want all of you who love the Muppets to know that I would never consider abandoning Kermit or any of the others," Whitmire wrote Tuesday in his inaugural blog post, "because to do so would be to forsake the assignment entrusted to me by Jim Henson, my friend and mentor, but even more, my hero."
Whitmire joined the Muppets team in 1978, at age 19, and worked to realize Henson's vision with people such as Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt and Dave Goelz.