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ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Do you like dreamy indie-rock bands? Fireworks? Extremely confusing (but visually stunning) music videos? Today is your day, friend. New clips from Phoenix and Beach House are making the online rounds, and though we haven't really a clue what either one of them is about -- both revolve around what appear to be elaborate sporting-event spectacles -- each is a treat to behold. First up: Phoenix's video for "Entertainment," the lovely lead single from the French band's upcoming "Bankrupt!
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2013 | By Susan Stone
BERLIN -- Forbidden from making films, Iranian director Jafar Panahi is struggling with the restriction, says his longtime collaborator. “It's difficult to work, but not being able to work is even more difficult, and especially at the height of your career,” said Kamboziya Partovi, who co-directed and starred in “Closed Curtain,” Panahi's new work that premiered Tuesday at the Berlinale. Panahi remains in Iran, prohibited from traveling or making movies, according to a sentence imposed on him in late 2010 for his involvement in election protests the previous year.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
 On Tuesday night at the Berlin Film Festival, the Iranian director Jafar Panahi will debut his new movie “Closed Curtain.” Panahi himself won't be there to present it, of course; he remains under house arrest in Iran, and the premiere is scheduled to be anchored by Kamboziya Partovi, Panahi's actor and co-director. Since being sentenced to a 20-year filmmaking and publicity ban in late 2010, Panahi has been downright prolific. While many bans tend to have a paradoxically healthy effect on filmmaking, in Panahi's case it's been something of an IV injection.
BUSINESS
November 7, 2012 | By Lauren Beale
Joining the ranks of those whose home prices were pummeled during the housing bust is Sharon Stone. The actress just sold her palatial place in the 90210 ZIP Code for 40% less than she paid for it. The "Basic Instinct" star bought the secluded five acres in 2006 for $10.995 million, then spent much of the last six years with the contemporary Mediterranean on the market for sale or lease until she unloaded it this week for $6.575 million. Among other celebrities hacking away at their asking prices are Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, whose Malibu beach house is now listed at $9.95 million - nearly 33% less than it was last summer.
BUSINESS
October 29, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Michael Strahan, who has been doing swimmingly on daytime TV since he replaced Regis Philbin as "Live!" co-host, has one less place near the water now. His town house in Hermosa Beach has sold for $1.725 million. The former NFL superstar and Fox football analyst had listed the custom walk-street home in August at $1.849 million. A block from the beach, the 2,560-square-foot two-story house features dual living rooms, an elevator, a rooftop deck, two master bedroom suites, another bedroom and four bathrooms.
BUSINESS
October 8, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Whether or not a $6.5-million offer was music to "Glee" co-creator and writer Ryan Murphy's ears, he has let his Malibu beach house go for that amount. Murphy bought the contemporary Mediterranean last year for $6,562,500. Entered through a courtyard with a koi pond, the nearly 2,100-square-foot view home along the ocean includes two fireplaces, three en suite bedrooms and a powder room. The beachfront deck features a cabana, a spa, an outdoor shower and a fire pit. Murphy, 46, co-created "American Horror Story" (2011-present)
BUSINESS
September 8, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Being super-rich just isn't what it used to be. As the summer leasing scene in Malibu wraps up, real estate experts report that for homeowners the rental season smelled worse than a red tide at morning. "It was a disastrous leasing season," said Michael Gardner, an agent with Prudential Malibu Realty. "The renters needed to save money, and the lessors needed to make money. " Of course, a bad deal for a homeowner means a good deal for someone looking for temporary refuge by the beach.
BUSINESS
June 24, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actor-comedian Jim Carrey has listed his place in gated Malibu Colony at $13.95 million. The two-story contemporary beach house features an open plan living room, family room, dining room and kitchen that lead to an ocean-facing deck. There are fireplaces in the living room and master bedroom for a total of five bedrooms, 51/2 bathrooms and 2,866 square feet of living space. A spa sits on the rooftop deck. Carrey, 50, has starred in such films as the "Ace Ventura" movies, "The Truman Show" (1998)
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