September 23, 2013 |
The Bob Hope and Dolores Hope estate in Toluca Lake is for sale at $27.5 million. The compound is made up of four parcels totaling 5.15 acres of land and includes a 14,876 main house, a two-bedroom guesthouse, a two-bedroom staff quarters and offices. Built in 1939 for the Hopes, the original traditional house was designed by Robert Finkelhor. The Hopes hired John Elgin Woolf to remodel and update the house in the 1950s. Walls of glass in the living room overlook the grounds.
September 21, 2013 |
Richard Nixon's helicopter once landed on the back lawn so the president could play a round at the nearby Lakeside Golf Club. Lucille Ball and Jack Benny drank and gossiped at the holiday parties in the living room. And the homeowner, Bob Hope, tried out punch lines on his kids in the dining room. For the first time since the long-lived entertainer built his home in a San Fernando Valley walnut grove in 1939, Hope's 5.16-acre Toluca Lake estate will go on the market Monday, at an asking price of $27.5 million.
September 20, 2013 |
The new fall TV season doesn't roll out until next week, but NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt has already received a big vote of confidence from his bosses. NBCUniversal on Friday extended Greenblatt's employment contract through 2017 even though his current deal wasn't set to expire until the end of 2014. Greenblatt joined NBC in 2011. NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke has been high on Greenblatt's development for the upcoming TV season. Burke and executives at NBCUniversal parent Comcast Corp.
September 19, 2013 |
Bob Biggs, the founder of Slash Records, has listed his ranch in Tehachapi for sale at $2.25 million. The 80-acre spread centers on a three-level concrete home designed by Santa Monica architect Carl Day and built a decade ago. Features include three ground-level fireplaces, loft offices, a library/den, three bedrooms and three bathrooms in nearly 3,900 square feet of living space. A deck runs almost the length of the house. Exterior metal doors can be rolled down for fire protection.
September 19, 2013 |
Walt Whitman might have gotten a good laugh out of this. I know I did. I mention Whitman because of a recent incident at the rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike named after him, a place offering food that didn't exist in Whitman's time and a stream of vehicles that would have terrified the most American of our poets, a versifier who dreamed of our nation's lofty promises and luscious possibilities. One thing Whitman didn't dream about was how, more than a century after his death, a pit stop along a massive highway would affirm my pet peeve about the cultural and historical amnesia of Americans.
September 18, 2013 |
The home furnishings of Bob and Dolors Hope -- think Lucite tables and lamps, McGuire rattan chairs and other design finds from properties that included a John Lautner mansion in Palm Springs -- will be sold at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills from Friday and Saturday. PHOTO GALLERY: Bob and Dolores Hope auction highlights Hope's 1970s Lautner, which has been listed for $50 million , is contributing a wealth of 20th century classics to the auction, including a pair of acrylic table lamps by designer Karl Springer (estimated to sell for $2,000 to $3,000)
September 17, 2013 |
Bob Cantu, who served as interim head basketball coach at USC after Kevin O'Neill was fired last January but was let go at the end of the season when Andy Enfield was hired, is officially an assistant coach at the University of Texas at El Paso under another former Trojans coach, Tim Floyd. Cantu said Tuesday that he made contact with Floyd after another UTEP assistant, Greg Foster, left for a similar position with the Philadelphia 76ers. "When I heard Greg had left for the 76ers, I told Tim I was interested in the position," Cantu said.
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September 14, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - Court documents suggest that the city attorney's office plans a vigorous defense against the sexual harassment lawsuit that drove ex-Mayor Bob Filner from office. Filner "acted in good faith, without malice, and with a reasonable belief that his conduct was lawful, welcome and/or consensual at all times," according to a response filed by City Atty. Jan Goldsmith's office to the lawsuit filed by attorney Gloria Allred on behalf of Irene McCormack Jackson. Also, Jackson "failed to utilize and exhaust the city of San Diego's internal grievance and/or complaint procedures and remedies.
September 12, 2013 |
The Vietnam-era Southern family saga "Jayne Mansfield's Car," Billy Bob Thornton's first directorial outing in more than a decade, is old-fashioned big-cast melodrama, treated by its director as if it were a nostalgic heirloom. Written with Thornton's "One False Move" co-writer Tom Epperson, the movie even gets away with its classicist vibe for a good while too. Robert Duvall plays an small-town Alabama patriarch with three middle-aged sons (zoned-out loner Thornton, hard-headed Robert Patrick, anti-war hippie Kevin Bacon)
September 10, 2013 |
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Former U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley continues to work miracles in Egypt. Tuesday he guided his team to a 4-2 win over Guinea in a World Cup qualifying match played in an empty stadium in the Egyptian resort city of El-Gouna for security reasons. The win left Egypt as the only team in the world with a perfect record, having won six straight, in qualifying for Brazil 2014. The win also sends the Egyptians to the third and final round of African qualifying, a two-leg playoff against an as-yet unnamed opponent.