July 2, 2011 |
Boozy, boorish and self-besotted, the world-famous writer in Woody Allen's current hit film, "Midnight in Paris," is kind of a clown. And, as played by actor Corey Stoll, he's an instantly recognizable replica of the author of "The Sun Also Rises" and "The Old Man and the Sea. " He is, of course, Ernest Hemingway. Or rather, he's the Hemingway caricature handed down to posterity: a hard-drinking, womanizing, big-game trophy-hunting, fame-craving blowhard who pushed his obsession about writing in a lean, mean prose style to the point of self-parody.
June 14, 2012 |
Just in time for his recent marriage to actress Drew Barrymore, art consultant William Kopelman has sold his bachelor pad in West Hollywood for $885,000. Built in 2004, the two-bedroom, two-bathroom home had been featured five years ago in Elle Decor. The 1,548 square feet of loft space includes an upper level office looking down on the double-height living room, white high-gloss floors and lacquer cabinetry, a built-in bar that closes up inside a wall and large windows.
August 1, 2013 |
Whether you catch or miss the season opener of Bravo's “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles” on Aug. 7 you'll be way behind the real-life story. A partial recap from the news release: “As Josh Flagg finds a new enthusiasm for work, the pressures in his personal life begin to mount. Although Josh loves his bachelor pad in their L.A. high-rise, his partner Colton wants to start fresh and move into the comforts of a humble abode leaving Josh at a crossroads.” Spoiler: Flagg, who has been on the series since it started in 2006, closed this week on a Spanish-style home in Hollywood Hills West, paying $1.6 million.
August 9, 2013 |
Although talk show host and football analyst Michael Strahan was initially a reluctant seller, a $3-million gain in less than a year helped him overcome his hesitancy. Strahan and his fiancee, television personality Nicole Murphy, have sold their Bel-Air home for $11 million in an all-cash deal. The couple had planned to build their dream house on the 1-acre site, which they bought last year for $7.8 million. They had torn down most of the existing 1926 Mediterranean home.
February 21, 2014 |
Early last year, Scott Tannen and his wife, Missy Tannen , were shopping for sheets when they experienced firsthand the confusion that comes in trying to find quality sheets. “I just wanted a beautiful, soft set of white sheets,” Missy Tannen said. “Every display was full of nebulous buzzwords like 'thread count,' and the prices seemed really high. The longer I stared at the shelves, the more confused I became. I had no confidence that I would walk out of the store with something great.” Motivated by that shopping experience, the couple founded Boll & Branch in January in an effort to offer 100% organic cotton sheets directly to consumers from Chetna Organic, an Indian cooperative that supports sustainable farming and community development.
November 12, 2013 |
Megan Ellison, a film producer and the daughter of Oracle head Larry Ellison, has sold her three-house compound in Hollywood Hills West for close to $47 million. The first sale, which closed in the summer at $20.5 million, was of the 2010 Esquire magazine design house, described then as “the ultimate bachelor pad.” The four-bedroom, seven-bathroom contemporary was purchased by Megan Ellison in 2010 for $13.75 million. Then late last month the other two houses sold together for $26.25 million.
HOME & GARDEN
March 1, 2011 |
A Hollywood Hills party palace owned by English glamour photographer Richard Franklin is listed at $7.5 million. The renovated 1990 house has been rented long- and short-term to a string of entertainment figures including actor Fabio, hip-hop label Def Jam cofounder Russell Simmons and rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs. Designed as a bachelor pad and photo studio, the 6,500-square-foot home features a two-story disco, a theater with a floor-to-ceiling movie screen, a casino, a gym and an eagle's nest deck at the top of the house.
October 26, 2003 |
Go west, young man. There is a great, vast land out there across the mighty Mississippi and the heaven-scraping Rockies. Go all the way to California, that garden of Eden, a paradise to live in or see. Even if you ain't got that do-re-mi, the Golden State will provide. There's a bounty in the soil and gold in them thar hills.
August 3, 2000
* Theater. Actors' Gang's new, updated version of William F. Brown and Oscar Brand's political musical comedy, "How to Steal an Election," opens Aug. 12 at 8 p.m. at Actors' Gang Theater, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. It plays Thursdays through Sundays at 8 p.m. through Sept. 23. $15. (323) 465-0566, Ext. 3. * Theater.