A New Day on the Web in L.A.

A Letter From the Editor

At, we know you're pressed for time and that there's serious competition for your attention--especially in the world of entertainment coverage on the Web. So I'll cut to the chase.

Starting today at, you'll find the most original and vibrant show business reporting available anywhere. Every day we'll deliver a lively mix of stories from the Los Angeles Times' veteran Hollywood reporters, who'll take you behind the scenes of an industry bursting with characters and conflict. You'll also find several new features created exclusively for the Web:

  • The KinseyGram, a top-of-the-morning roundup of entertainment news from magazines, newspapers and websites. Compiled by our box-office guru R. Kinsey Lowe, The KinseyGram will give you links to stories along with sharp commentary.

  • Channel Island, a blog by television reporter Scott Collins. On screen and off, from overnight ratings to on-set strife, Collins will be your roving eye through the TV industry.

  • Spinoffs, a series of rotating, bite-sized features that offer a quirky yet insightful take on the news of the day. For example, to critique each weekend's new movie releases we've brought together our own "Focus Group"--a rapper, an evangelical minister, two teenagers and a soccer mom.

  • With the Oscars approaching, we hope you'll also drop by, our comprehensive awards show website. As the entertainment capital's hometown paper, we make it our business to know the business of Hollywood, whether it's the Academy Awards or a shake up at Paramount.

    Today, we're also introducing a new look for We've simplified the navigation and streamlined the design. Stay tuned. More changes are on the way as we evolve to meet your expectations and ours. Feel free to let us know what you think at feedback. Thanks for your time.

    Joel Sappell
    Executive Editor, Los Angeles Times Interactive