October 16, 2013 |
The hive of awards season buzz already surrounding her performance in writer-director Spike Jonze romantic-dramedy “Her” has left Scarlett Johansson feeling “strange” rather than, say, proud or optimistic enough to call her stylist to reserve a red carpet gown. “I feel very disconnected from the awards process,” Johansson said from Paris, where she is shooting the thriller “Lucy” with writer-director Luc Besson. “I don't even know how it works. And I'm an academy member!
October 13, 2013
You can use this website to tap into the experiences of other travelers. A collection of hidden gems around the world awaits. Name: TripGems.com What it does: It's an online home for storing your memorable travel locations as well as sharing your favorite global secrets with others. What's hot: It's an easy-to-use tool that encourages users to share their destination hot spots - whether it's a great restaurant, park, museum, bar or other attraction. When you "add a place," it lets you search by location and then asks you to write a short comment about why you like it. Click on "Popular Places" - such as Amsterdam; Cape Town, South Africa; New York; or Auckland, New Zealand - to see how a city looks.
October 9, 2013 |
Now that the summer box-office proceeds have been tallied, with the hits ("Iron Man 3") and misses ("R.I.P.D") identified, social media measurement firm Fizziology has weighed in with the season's social media standouts. Fizziology has generated its summer "Fizz" list, culling tweets, posts and pics to come up with its own Top 10 list -- based on such criteria as "most fangirl buzz" or "biggest comeback. " "We wanted to recognize the movies that did well in social," said Fizziology operations chief Jen Handley.
September 29, 2013
This app lifts the veil on airport lounges the world over. Yes, access is available even to the not-so-elite. Name: LoungeBuddy Available for: iPhone and iPad Cost: Free What it does: Details everything there is to know about airport lounges, including day-use costs and amenities, as well as photos and reviews. Includes 600 lounges at the 60 busiest airports in the world. What's hot: This user-friendly app goes way beyond a general list of lounges.
September 25, 2013 |
NEW YORK - For years, the New York Film Festival was a quaint afterthought on the fall festival circuit, good for locals to catch up on prestige titles but devoid of much Hollywood fizz. Not anymore. The Lincoln Center event has become an increasingly important spot for big fall movies, both launching pad and bellwether for the frenzied months of Oscar-contending releases that follow. The 51st edition opens Friday with the Tom Hanks hijacking thriller "Captain Phillips," part of an ambitious Hollywood slate and an indication of a new festival bent.
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September 20, 2013 |
The body of stunt pilot David Riggs -- who gained notoriety for buzzing the Santa Monica Pier -- was discovered Friday by search-and-rescue teams diving in a lake in northeastern China where he had crashed earlier in the week, Chinese media said. The body of Studio City-based Riggs was recovered at 12:12 p.m. local time from Caihu Lake on the outskirts of Shenyang after a search that lasted nearly three days, World Now reported. Riggs, a controversial figure whose pilot's license was suspended, flew his plane into the lake Tuesday afternoon while performing a stunt in which the wheels of the aircraft grazed the surface to produce a skiing effect.
September 19, 2013 |
Here's a website that makes time-share resales easy. With just a few clicks, you can get a vacation for life, one week at a time. Name: Vacatia.com What it does: It's a user-friendly marketplace where you can buy and sell time shares. What's hot: Sometimes it seems as if time-share resale websites have a language all their own. Not here. If you're a newbie, click on the "Help" link for a "Buyer's Guide" and a glossary. I couldn't tear myself away from the "Deals" section.
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September 18, 2013 |
A pilot who twice lost his flying license for buzzing the Santa Monica Pier and illegally selling rides to the public was missing after he crashed his small plane in China, state news media reported. David G. Riggs was reportedly flying a Lancair 320, a high-performance single-engine aircraft made from a kit, when he struck the surface of a lake outside Shenyang, where he was planning to perform in an air show. An 18-year-old woman serving as his translator was killed in the crash, according to the Xinhua News Agency.
September 14, 2013 |
The booing stopped. The Coliseum was barely half full, but at least those sunny souls willing to venture into the darkness that has enveloped USC football did not lose their temper. The chants to fire the head coach stopped. Lane Kiffin gave a giant noogie to the fans by ordering a deep pass on the game's first snap - a play that was rarely repeated the rest of the afternoon - and fans fired back with only sarcastic cheers. A temporary truce was forged. That is the best that can be said for the Trojans' 35-7 victory over Boston College on Saturday.
September 8, 2013
Just when you thought flash sales were on their way out … think again! Name: TheLuxeNomad.com What it does: Offers flash-sale deals for luxury-minded hotels and resorts in the Asia-Pacific region and Europe. What's hot: Like many other flash-sale hotel websites, the pictures beckon. I particularly appreciated the slider wheel of photos with hotel information, prices and travel tips all right there. Info on local attractions, maps, tips and the "fine print" really helped me because I haven't been to many of these exotic locations.