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September 4, 2010 |
It seems as though actress Scarlett Johansson had no sooner sold her old place in the Hollywood Hills than she and her husband, actor Ryan Reynolds, closed on a house in Los Feliz for $2.9 million. Built in the late '60s, the restored Buff & Hensman-designed Wong House has walls of glass looking out on the swimming pool, a walled garden off the master bedroom suite and views of downtown Los Angeles and the ocean. There are two bedrooms, three bathrooms and 2,835 square feet of living space.
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July 22, 2010 |
Buff Cobb, who hosted the pioneering television talk show "Mike and Buff" in the early 1950s with Mike Wallace, who was then her husband, died July 12, her family announced. She was believed to be 83. Cobb, a former actress and theatrical producer, died at a nursing home in Lebanon, N.H. She was appearing with Tallulah Bankhead in a touring production of "Private Lives" when Wallace, then a relatively young newsman, interviewed her in 1949. "She was an actress and a bit of a glamorous figure to me," Wallace later said.
May 23, 2010 |
It's something almost every woman over the age of 14 knows: Putting on a bathing suit isn't as simple as just putting on a bathing suit. Even the perfectly sculpted among us know there is a lot of prep that must be done when you're going to expose that much skin. Otherwise, you'll be huddling under a beach towel or staying up to your neck in the pool, afraid to come out of the water. So here's our guide to what you can and can't expect to fix and how you can stop the bathing suit terrors from winning this summer.
April 20, 2010 |
The civil fraud charges filed by government regulators last week against Goldman Sachs Group Inc. have put the investment bank and the Securities and Exchange Commission on opposite sides of a case that has all the makings of an epic legal showdown. But the adversaries share one thing in common — each is scrambling for its reputation. Goldman is trying to protect its standing among clients, who could be frightened away by any evidence that the company is cheating them.
March 21, 2010 |
The proud lieutenant commander of the Smithfield Light Infantry of the Sons of Confederate Veterans is John M. Booker, a burly retired veterinarian with a trove of Civil War books and an abiding fascination with all things Confederate. Since 2006, Booker has devoted himself to erecting a statue of Joseph E. Johnston, the last Confederate general to mount an effective fight against Union forces. Johnston ultimately surrendered to Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman after the pivotal Battle of Bentonville, fought in March 1865 on a site a few miles from Booker's white-columned Greek Revival home.
March 15, 2010 |
There are pivotal moments in politics that shape our view of the democratic process. For some, the election of President Obama was such an event. For other, more sadistic, types, perhaps it was when Richard M. Nixon resigned. For me, however, it's the story former Democratic Rep. Eric Massa told last week about an alleged encounter -- the White House denies it happened -- between the troubled pol and the president's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel. The way Massa tells it, he was scrubbing away in the showers of the congressional gym, "naked as a jaybird," when an equally nude Emanuel began "poking a finger" in his chest for not supporting the president's budget bill.
March 3, 2010
Hugh Hefner has a confession. "I think I opened the first Playboy Club because of 'Casablanca.' I wanted to have a place where people came to hang out as they did at Rick's," admits the pajama-clad founder of the Playboy empire. The Oscar-winning 1942 "Casablanca," starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman as the reunited lovers Rick and Ilsa, is the favorite film of Hefner, a serious movie buff. "It has everything -- not only Bogie's charismatic character, but lost love, redemption, patriotism, humor -- it had a great musical score.
February 27, 2010 |
It was supposed to be the patriotic holiday hit. "Confucius," the government-backed bio-epic about the ancient philosopher, was tailor-made to stir national pride over Chinese New Year. What they got instead was China's answer to "Ishtar" -- a box-office dud with the misfortune of having to compete against the Hollywood blockbuster "Avatar." "Confucius says: flop" read a headline in the Shanghai Daily. Even a historian who was invited to the film's prescreening to offer the project a shot of credibility gave the thumbs down, saying the movie was riddled with inaccuracies.
February 3, 2010 |
They are precisely the kinds of movies hardly ever nominated for the best-picture Oscar -- a tear-jerker sports film, a space-alien thriller and an animated feature with a flying house and talking dogs -- but the populist pleasures "The Blind Side," "District 9" and "Up" all made the final cut for the top Academy Award. Concerned that a steady stream of challenging, often little-seen art movies were dominating the Oscars and deflating TV ratings, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences doubled this year's best-picture race to 10 contestants, and the results Tuesday were exactly as intended: the inclusion of movies that have sold a boatload of tickets.
October 25, 2009
It's only fitting that Tombstone, Ariz., which gained fame for a shootout, has a rough-and-tough gunslinger grave site. Check out the political commentary on the epitaphs of Billy Clanton, Frank McLaury and Tom McLaury, killed as they battled Wyatt Earp and his posse at the O.K. Corral. Want a taste of headstone humor? Try this: "Here lies Lester Moore / Four slugs from a .44 / No Les / No more." And this one recalls George Johnson (wrongly sentenced to hang for buying a stolen horse)