NEW YORK - Robert Rodriguez helped ignite an independent film movement in the 1990s with "El Mariachi," shot for a mere $7,000, before moving on to blockbuster fare such as "Sin City" and the "Spy Kids" franchise. Now the restless filmmaker, 45, is trying to revolutionize the small screen with the recently launched cable network El Rey, aimed at a young, English-speaking Latino audience. It's available on Time Warner and DirecTV, among other outlets.
Q: I really enjoy ABC's "Castle" and wonder if you could provide more information about the young lady that plays Rick Castle's daughter, Alexis. I think she's a very good actress and wonder why I haven't seen her before.
CHICAGO - Bill Plante's journey from his Chicago upbringing to his current and longstanding post as CBS News White House correspondent has been, in many senses, a conventional one for reporters of a certain age. Plante, now 76, got into radio young - at 17, he recalls, in Evanston, Ill., and then with WNIB-FM in Chicago - transitioned to television and then to the network. While covering some of the major events of the last half-century, he's earned a reputation for humility, hard work and a certain old-fashioned sense of the role of, as he puts it, "an actual, everyday, working reporter."
New York City real estate mogul Donald Trump is set to head upstate for a Republican Party event.
LOS ANGELES - Adult Swim appears to be inviting controversy with its latest live-action offering, the just-greenlit half-hour series "Black Jesus."
Media mogul Ted Turner says he's bouncing back from surgery and is looking forward to getting back to business as usual.
LOS ANGELES - An average of 3.5 million viewers tuned in for Sunday's season finale of "True Detective," the HBO crime anthology starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, according to Nielsen.
Former pitcher John Smoltz will work as an analyst for Fox's Major League Baseball telecasts.
HBO says its streaming service is running again, although disappointingly late for many anxious fans of the "True Detective" series.
Actress Mariska Hargitay, who portrays a police detective on television, on Monday pledged her support for a real-life crime-fighting effort: quicker testing for a backlog of thousands of rape kits in the Detroit area and across Michigan.
PASADENA, Calif. - Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez says the secret to success is failure. The man who made his first movie at 24 for $7,000 has never stopped moving in spite of setbacks. "When I do a seminar on filmmaking I tell people the biggest mistake you can make is to fear failure," he says, perched on the edge of a desk chair in a meeting room here.
In the past year, Netflix, with its online, all-at-once D.C. thriller "House of Cards," has jolted the medium we used to know as "television."
A daily look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Monday:
Life doesn't slow down for Dianna Williams, a dance coach who operates a studio in Jackson. From holding tryouts for her dance teams to working the daily grind of training and mentoring her dancers, it's a full plate for the owner of Dollhouse Dance Factory.
Investigators pursue 'every angle' on missing Boeing 777 as search fails to find any trace
William "Wild Bill" Guarnere, one of the World War II veterans whose exploits were dramatized in the TV miniseries "Band of Brothers," has died. He was 90
The newest Utah polygamous family featured in a reality TV show says sharing their story with a wide audience has been liberating.
There's some good TV coming up, but I'm afraid that after the freshman season of HBO's truly great "True Detective" ends, I'll be too depressed to watch any of it. Here's what caught my eye on television this week:
The Fox TV network says President Barack Obama will introduce the debut episode of the science series "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey."