November 6, 2013 |
Often witty, sometimes righteous, and occasionally furious, the blog Jezebel has been a high-profile platform for a new generation of feminists since 2007. Part of the Gawker media blog empire, Jezebel put feminist critiques of our still-very-critique-able culture smack into the center of the mainstream. Now it has moved into print, with "The Book of Jezebel. " The book's editor and website's founding editor Anna Holmes, who did her time working at glossy, non-feminist magazines before beginning Jezebel, will be at Barnes & Noble at the Grove on Wednesday night with current editor Jessica Coen and contributors Jill Soloway, Ann Friedman and Amanda Hess to talk about the book.
October 30, 2013 |
The home of Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity may be getting less love from Republicans, according to a new study. The Fox News Channel has dropped off the list of the top 10 best-perceived brands among Republicans, said research firm YouGov , which interviewed more than 200,000 people over eight weeks, and filtered their responses by party affiliation. This comes after the network has topped the YouGov list for the last three years, the only prior years in which the company has conducted this survey.
October 19, 2013 |
As fashion returns to luxury, Los Angeles-based shoe brands are upping the ante on how cool and creative high-end footwear can be. Notably, this fall, women's shoe line Palter DeLiso is relaunching as an L.A.-based, modern take on the original brand that was created in New York in 1927. Taz Saunders and Lauren Bruksch acquired the brand after a long search for classic, vintage-inspired footwear to appear in a fashion spread that Saunders, the line's designer as well as a photographer, was shooting.
October 17, 2013 |
For her first stint in the director's chair, "Juno" screenwriter Diablo Cody has concocted a modern-day "Alice Through the Looking Glass," with none of the danger or wit. "Paradise" follows a home-schooled, Jesus-loving Montana lass who loses her faith and heads to Sin City to experience the corrupting power of real life. The not-so-wild ride is essentially sappy, however much of Cody's self-consciously barbed dialogue its characters are forced to utter. As the symbolically named Lamb, Julianne Hough is sweetly intent on a firsthand encounter with "your basic abominations.
October 13, 2013 |
Although he was born in Southern Italy, Salvatore Ferragamo owes a lot to Southern California. He came to Los Angeles in 1923 as a young man in his 20s, first designing shoes for films such as "The Ten Commandments," then opening the Hollywood Boot Shop at Hollywood Boulevard and Las Palmas. There, he built the foundation for today's global luxury brand by becoming cobbler to the stars. Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, Joan Crawford, Gloria Swanson and Audrey Hepburn were clients. He even studied anatomy at the University of Southern California to learn how to make his shoes more comfortable, before returning to Italy in 1927 and settling in Florence, where he focused on developing visionary designs such as the cage and the wedge heels.
October 9, 2013 |
In Southern California's outer orbit, a dusty highway drive away from the L.A.'s health-obsessed celebrities and hipsters, a massive $70-million factory is preparing to churn out 140,000 gallons of premium juice a week. The 264,000-square-foot Rancho Cucamonga facility is owned by Starbucks Corp., best known for its coffee-on-every-corner network of cafes. The Seattle java giant is watching juice shops crowd into major cities and command $10 a bottle even in a feeble economy. Now it's angling for a bigger sip of the $1.6-billion fresh juice craze, shifting production of its Evolution Fresh juice brand to the new factory Wednesday.
October 7, 2013 |
Russell Brand has bought a home in Hollywood Hills West for $2.224 million. The restored 1926 traditional-style house was designed by Roy Selden Price, an architect known for his period revival work. A somewhat modest entry opens to 4,800 square feet of interior space with arched doorways, an office, a home theater with two tiers of seating, five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms. A dramatic arched-ceiling living room features a fireplace. Balconies and decks sit off the multi-story dwelling providing room for outdoor dining, a bar and a lounge area and taking in city and canyon views.
September 30, 2013 |
Coca-Cola fizzled in 2013, falling two spots from its ranking as the world's most valuable brand, according to a closely watched report released Monday. Coca-Cola was replaced by Apple in the 2013 report by Interbrand, a brand consulting company owned by the Omnicom Group . The report ranks companies based on a factors including financial performance and brand loyalty. The global report ranks companies that have a presence on at least three major continents. In its latest rankings, Interbrand estimated the worth of Apple's brand to be $98.3 billion, up 28% from the year before. The introduction to Apple's description reads like a gushing tech review: "Every so often, a company changes our lives, not just with its products, but also with its ethos," the report begins.
September 28, 2013 |
The Dodgers had heard the stories. Everyone in baseball had. Stories that said Hanley Ramirez was a diva. Or a malcontent. How he could play brilliantly one day then just go through the motions the next. The Dodgers thought they knew one other thing: that Ramirez could flat-out hit. So 14 months ago they rolled the dice, sending two top pitching prospects to the Miami Marlins to acquire Ramirez, who had $38 million left on his contract. Their faith will be rewarded Thursday when the Dodgers begin postseason play for the first time in four seasons.
September 27, 2013 |
Stephen Merchant, the tall fellow sometimes found near Ricky Gervais (he co-wrote and co-directed "The Office" and "Extras," and costarred in the latter), has put himself out front in his own HBO series. Created with Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (writers for the American "The Office"), it is called "Hello Ladies," and it is funny and disturbing in exactly the manner and proportions one would expect from his earlier works. Merchant plays Stuart, a Web designer living in Los Angeles in circumstances that suggest this Web design is a career worth investigating.