December 14, 2012 |
Susan Sarandon and hotelier Andre Balazs sit side-by-side watching Pasadena's 16-year-old Olympic pingpong prodigy Erica Wu battle her opponent in a heated game of table tennis. Their eyes follow the tiny white ball, back and forth, back and forth. A breathless announcer in a tacky gold jacket tells the crowd, “It takes a royal couple like Andre and Susan to make this thing happen! I've never seen this in the history of table tennis!” Indeed, this is a rare moment for pingpong, which until a few years ago was associated with dank basements and cheap beer.
November 9, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Wednesday: Rapper and actor Heavy D, who helped shape rap music, has died at 44. ( Los Angeles Times ) Heavy D is reported to have seen a doctor about a cough just days before his death. ( Los Angeles Times ) Brett Ratner quits his Oscars producer gig after using an anti-gay slur. The academy is scrambling to find a replacement for the telecast. ( Los Angeles Times ) Michael Jackson's household items, including his deathbed, are going up for auction.
October 21, 2011 |
Hidden at the back of Bar Marmont , the Chateau Marmont's exclusive boîte , is a lavish private dining room drenched in crimson hues, with a vaulted ceiling papered with vintage ads, a large wooden table and chairs and an attractive smoking patio. Late on a recent Thursday, the drag queen Constance Cooper sits on this patio with style journalist Rose Apodaca and a few other friends, drinking a glass of white wine and playfully discussing the sorry state of the modern young party crowd.
May 26, 2002 |
The view of downtown Los Angeles from the vibrating waterbed perched on the roof of Andre Balazs' new hotel is stunning. Arco Plaza, the Citicorp Building, the Los Angeles Central Library's ceramic tile roof and Flower Street pedways all jostle for attention, as does the twisted tower atop the phone company building that looks like something straight out of a 1950s sci-fi B movie. "The whole thing is so Jetsons," says Balazs, marveling at the vista from the Astro Turfed outdoor bar area.
April 25, 1999
Morocco, North Africa I loved the severity of the landscape. The people are so warm and friendly. Get a guide because the cities, such as Fez, are very maze-like. Ours took us to a tannery and we saw men who step in chemicals and stamp on the hides to remove the hair. Discovery: In Marrakesh, go to a restaurant called Yacout. It's in a small palace in the center of the city and you enter through an unmarked door. The interior is all tiled and ornately decorated.
July 20, 1997
Chateau Marmont East? Well, the new Sunset Beach Inn on New York's Shelter Island (near the Hamptons) does have the same owner, Andre Balazs, as the Sunset Strip landmark hotel. He acquired and renovated an existing hotel and reopened it this month. Whether the intimate, 20-room inn will attract as many celebrities as the Chateau Marmont, remains to be seen. Whoever stays there will pay $125.35 to $299.75 per room, including taxes, depending on the season.