Guy Adams is The Independent's Los Angeles correspondent. He lives in Malibu, and divides his time between the local beach and the Hollywood Hills. He headed out west in May 2008, and has being trying to make sense of the First City of Showbusiness ever since. You can track his every move at twitter.com/guyadams.
There ought to be a legal defence of crime passionnel for executives accused of fraud.
There’s a vast difference between the casual lies of mortgage brokers, the wilful negligence of mortgage lending firm bosses and the double-speak of mortgage derivate salesmen, and the other types of fraud that characterise the credit crisis. This second category, crimes [...]
If he hadn’t already put one book out with the title, the ten-year budget plan published by Barack Obama should have been called The Audacity of Hope.
It has taken a heroic set of assumptions about the sustainability and strength of the US economic recovery even to reach predictions for deficit reduction that look as modest [...]
So the BBC is to be free of Jonathan Ross. The corporation's best-paid presenter, on a salary package of £18m over three years, announced this morning that he would be quitting the organisation after 13 years service.
In a statement, he said: "Although I have had a wonderful time working for the BBC, and am very [...]
So what’s really going on between Sam Mendes and the producers of the new James Bond film?
The superstar director (above) is widely reported to be “in talks” to take the helm of the so-called “Bond 23” project, which will star his old mate Daniel Craig, is being co-written by Peter Morgan, and is due to [...]
"Lock him up" shouts a headline on the front page of today's Sun, a story backed up by a leader that claims "Muslim rabble-rouser Anjem Choudary MUST be stopped."
So why then is the paper's page seven coverage of the "Hate Preacher" based around an interview that Choudary conducted with the paper's online radio station SunTalk. The Sun [...]
When I wrote in the paper this morning about reaction to the new Conservative poster campaign and its use of a giant picture of David Cameron as the central message, I referred to a comment made by the Channel 4 News political editor Gary Gibbon, who said such a personality-led approach reminded him of the [...]
That caught your attention. Which is exactly the thinking of the Outdoor Advertising Association, which is using the 'Career Women Make Bad Mothers' slogan to convince the public of the power of poster ads.
So the controversial – some might say downright offensive – statement will be glued to the side of double-decker buses and across [...]
Hide behind the sofa now. Doctors are voicing their concern that Government plans to allow broadcasters to use product placement will put us at risk of being exposed to marketing for unhealthy foods and alcohol.
It seems the British Medical Association, which has written a letter of complaint to the Department of Culture, Media & Sport, [...]
When it comes to stopping Islamic extremists trying to blow up their underpants, America’s security agencies demonstrated this week that their fat-necked employees are about as much use as a chocolate teapot.
When it comes to persecuting journalists who manage to embarrass them, these gun-toting buffoons are, however, a ruthless force to be reckoned with. [...]
A few weeks back, I discovered that the Church of Scientology was using images of Sir Winston Churchill, together with quotations from his speeches on a selection of its fundraising and recruitment literature (read about it here).
The descendants of Britain’s wartime leader duly issued a cease-and-desist letter, instructing the endlessly-colourful organisation to stop trying to [...]