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August 12, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones tweeted Sunday that a fan in San Francisco threw a banana at him in the outfield during the Orioles' 10-2 win over the Giants that afternoon. Jones is African American. As points out , throwing a banana in the direction of a black player is considered a racist action and has occurred in other sports such as the NHL and European hockey. Giants senior director of media relations Jim Moorehead told the Baltimore Sun on Sunday night that the team hadn't received reports of such an incident but added that stadium security cameras would be reviewed on Monday.
August 7, 2013 | By Jane Engle
Travelers who fancy gooey desserts and Americana may want to add Latrobe, Pa., to their summer to-do lists. This city of fewer than 9,000 souls, about 40 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, is throwing a three-day bash to honor the banana split. Seems straightforward, right? Maybe not. Latrobe's Great American Banana Split Celebration will be Aug. 23-25 and will feature a flash mob, a 1950s-style sock hop, a banana-themed family fair, art exhibits and other fun. But it's more than an homage to an iconic concoction.
July 23, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Kate Middleton famously wore a blue Issa London wrap dress to announce her engagement to Prince William. That was in 2010. Fast-forward and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and her prince just took home a brand-new baby boy, destined, mostly likely, to rule Britain one day. And Issa is prepared to invade the U.S. (and other parts of the world) thanks to a capsule collection with Banana Republic that is destined to hit select stores and online retail on Aug. 8. The collection includes nearly 40 pieces of women's apparel and accessories inspired by Banana Republic's safari roots and exotic travel, combined wih Issa's figure-flattering, modern silhouettes.
July 10, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Luxury fashion designer L'Wren Scott is teaming with Banana Republic on a holiday clothing collection, the retailer announced Wednesday. Scott -- a.k.a. Mick Jagger's girlfriend -- is known for sophisticated, high-end design, and, although she collaborated on a makeup collection with Lancome a couple of years ago, this is the first time she's joined forces with a mass market fashion retailer. The collection, due out Dec. 5, is to include more than 50 pieces of apparel and accessories, including sequined dresses, jeweled cardigans, tailored jeans and pencil skirts.
July 2, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
If you looked up into the sky over the 101 Freeway last weekend, you might have noticed a massive, yellow, cylindrical aircraft hovering above the traffic. The floating orb was a blimp painted in the image of a minion - the gibberish-speaking henchmen from Universal Pictures' "Despicable Me 2. " Though "Despicable Me 2" has characters voiced by Steve Carell (reformed supervillain Gru), Kristen Wiig (love interest Lucy) and Miranda Cosgrove (Gru's adopted daughter Margo), the animated movie's indisputed stars are Gru's army of minions, whose simple design, high-pitched voices and penchant for mischief have made them a favorite of audiences - and the new movie's marketers.
May 29, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Velvet Underground settled a lawsuit with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts over the use of a banana design that appeared on the band's album cover, Bloomberg News reports. Velvet Underground sued the foundation last year when reports surfaced that the foundation planned to license the image to Apple for use on iPhone and iPad accessories. The terms of the settlement, which came Wednesday in a New York federal court, were not disclosed. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times In the lawsuit, the Velvet Underground claimed it held the trademark to the image and sought damages and an injunction to prevent the foundation from licensing the artwork, according to Reuters.
May 22, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
If you're an “Arrested Development” fan, you are probably already counting down the minutes until Sunday, when 15 new episodes of the beloved sitcom will premiere on Netflix, more than seven years after it was canceled by Fox. And if you're not, well, you're probably wondering why everyone suddenly seems mad for frozen bananas . Jason Bateman, who plays level-headed Michael Bluth on the series, has witnessed the feverish “Arrested Development”...
May 20, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
A replica of the Bluth's Original Frozen Banana stand in all its giant, yellow glory will finally make an appearance in the Los Angeles area today. Fans anticipating the return of "Arrested Development," which was canceled by Fox in 2006 but is coming back with a premiere May 26 on Netflix, will want to head down to 9300 Culver Boulevard (adjacent to Trader Joe's) from noon to 7 p.m. If you're looking to spot an actual cast member, Judy Greer, who plays Kitty Sanchez, is scheduled to be at the stand between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.  The banana stand, which has been making the rounds on a world tour that has included London and New York, sent fans in a tizzy last week when news broke that it may not be making a stop in Newport Beach, where the stand originates in the show.
May 20, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Just days before the new season of "Arrested Development" finally debuts on Netflix, the re-creation of the Bluth's Original Frozen Banana stand that cropped up in New York City last week is making its way to the West Coast. The frozen banana stand will be set up in downtown Culver City at 9300 Culver Blvd. on Monday from noon until 7 p.m. and will be handing out free frozen bananas to anyone willing to stand in line for one. To sweeten the deal, cast member Judy Greer will be on hand to help pass the bananas out from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m. The banana stands appeared in New York City last week during the network upfronts, at which NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox and the CW unveiled their new shows for advertisers and the media.
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