February 26, 2013 |
In my story Tuesday about TED , one of the speakers I interviewed in advance of her talk was Nilofer Merchant, a Silicon Valley corporate strategist. On Tuesday, Merchant had her big moment on the stage to give her three-minute talk. The topic: "Sitting is the smoking of our generation. " "What you're doing right now, this very moment, is killing you," she told the thousands of TED attendees seated in the Long Beach Convention Center. "Sitting is so incredibly prevalent, we don't even question it. Sitting has become the smoking of our generation.
January 28, 2013 |
Tommy Lee Jones had the flu and didn't show up to the Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday night. He should have tanked up on Emergen-C and made the trip. Jones won the male actor in a supporting role prize for playing an abolitionist lawmaker in “Lincoln,” allowing the oft-terse actor to somehow be even less loquacious. In a show with few notable stage moments, perhaps the most conspicuous speech was the one Jones didn't give. The absence made for an awkward moment near the top of the SAG Awards, and it wasn't the only eyebrow-raiser of the TBS broadcast.
December 5, 2012 |
The Moment sounds like a name someone in a movie would make up for a hotel. But it's the real name of a small boutique hotel scheduled to open early next year that's part of that new Hollywood that keeps springing up from old haunts. The Moment , which is scheduled to open Feb. 1, is an old hotel that's been gutted and remade into a small hotel with 39 rooms and one suite. (If you go there now, you'll still see construction fencing, a spokesman tells me by email.) It used to be the unremarkable Sunset Inn & Suites at 7370 Sunset Blvd., across the street from the Hollywood Guitar Center.
October 30, 2012 |
Santa Anita's Great Race Place, with lots of workers and media on hand Monday, was abuzz. Down the street a couple of blocks, having lunch and itching to get to this weekend's Breeders' Cup, jockey Mike Smith was aglow. "Boy, I'm mounted well," he said. They will run six Breeders' Cup races Friday and nine more Saturday, with a total purse of $25.5 million. Like the money, story lines will be in abundance. Smith is best positioned to be a main character. It isn't just that he will ride in eight races, or that any of several rides could produce a treasured jockey record.
September 2, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - As the Democratic National Convention prepares to open, Antonio Villaraigosa, chairman of the gathering, is in a frenzy. He is surveying preparations at the Time Warner Cable Arena, doing a string of media interviews with reporters from around the nation, and hosting gatherings like Saturday's private dinner at the hip Osso restaurant, where young Democratic activists clamored for photographs with the Los Angeles mayor and top...
July 17, 2012 |
NASA has less than three weeks before the space agency tries to land the Curiosity rover on Mars, but there's still time for problems. Just as scientists attempt to pinpoint a landing on alien soil from millions and millions of miles away, a wrench has been thrown in the works. This was the plan: Have the Odyssey spacecraft, now making its way around the Red Planet, sync up with sister spacecraft the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The craft would align above the landing site, just as the rover was making its tricky landing in Mars' Gale Crater.