July 23, 2013 |
After watching bobsledders, ski jumpers and snowboarders, spectators at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, will be able to take a thrill ride of their own at a theme park next to the Olympic village. The $300-million Sochi Adventure Park is to open in late 2013, just ahead of the Games, and continue as a year-round theme park after the Olympics end in February. Organizers envision repurposing the sporting venues, theme park, hotels, apartments and retail shops into a resort destination after the Olympics.
January 16, 2014 |
Challenges such as high food and labor costs and a shaky economy may be looming, but the National Restaurant Assn. says it's confident the industry has just kicked off its fifth straight year of sales growth. Eateries will pull in more than $683.4 billion in revenue in 2014, according to the trade group's projections Thursday. That's a 3.6% nominal increase and a 1.2% real boost year over year. The top five states for sales growth are Arizona, North Dakota, Texas, Florida and Colorado, according to the association.
October 4, 2013 |
This summer Harley-Davidson announced a new line of motorcycles and a plan to take the company in a new direction. The 2014 Street Glide Special is an example of the road ahead. This is an all-new variation on the 100-year-old American manufacturer's heralded “touring” line of Electra Glides and Street Kings, yanked into the 21st century by a bunch of high-tech additions. Among them are a dramatic new dashboard presentation that offers GPS navigation, AM-FM stereo, iPod plug-ins for your personal jukebox and a hands-free voice recognition system for your telephone calls.
February 19, 2014 |
Forget Barbie on the cover wrap of Sports Illustrated's 50th annual swimsuit issue. My personal bathing suit hero is 27-year-old Lena Dunham, who has done more to improve the self-esteem of young women in her scant career than the iconic plastic doll has ever done, despite a 55-year career that has seen her transformed from princess into pilot, police officer, paleontologist and presidential candidate. In last Sunday's episode of “Girls,” Dunham's delightfully transgressive HBO series about an annoying quartet of self-involved, post-college adultlets, Dunham spent most of the 30-minute show, set in a resort town on Long Island's North Fork, in a green string bikini.
January 9, 2014 |
Mindy Kaling may love her Elle magazine cover , but Internet critics have called foul on the close-up shot, accusing the magazine, again , of “fat-ism” for cropping her curvy body out of the image. Kaling's cover is one of four for Elle's “Women in TV” issue. The others , by contrast, feature full body shots of the mag's slimmer cover girls, Zooey Deschanel, Allison Williams and Amy Poehler. As the Gloss' Julia Sonenshein questions : “I don't entirely understand the intention behind releasing four covers that act as a set, but painting one subject specifically as the odd-man-out.” Elle defends the cover, telling E!
July 10, 2012 |
Lionsgate plans to make its next three "Hunger Games" movies an annual event every November from 2013 through 2015. The Santa Monica studio announced Tuesday that it will release "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" on Nov. 21, 2014, and "Mockingjay Part 2" on Nov. 20, 2015. The company has already scheduled the second picture, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," for Nov. 22, 2013. The news demonstrates how critical it has become for Hollywood studios to stake out the best release dates for their event movies as early as possible.