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August 22, 2010 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A crowd rich in sports legends, Academy Award winners and recording stars packed the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza for the Harold Pump Foundation's anniversary celebration. The honorees at the Aug. 12 event were Denzel Washington, Hank Aaron, Muhammad Ali and Kansas businessman Joseph Brandmeyer. Morgan Freeman, Jamie Foxx, Snoop Dogg and Cedric the Entertainer teamed up to present Washington's award. "If I hadn't played God," Freeman said, "I'd be jealous of the fact that he got to play an angel," referring to the two-time Academy Award winner's role in "The Preacher's Wife.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2010 | By Chris Lee and Matt Donnelly, Los Angeles Times
Britney Spears wanted to slip into something more comfortable. For much of 2007, the pop diva had been on a jag of increasingly erratic behavior: shaving her head, attacking paparazzi with an umbrella, a stint in rehab. And at a party at the exclusive West Hollywood nightspot Winston's, Spears was acting out again. She downed some vodka, befriended a barmaid and convinced the woman to switch clothing with her in the club's restroom — all the way down to her undergarments.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2010 | By Jon Caramanica, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Love it! Beautiful! That's hot! Oh my God, that's amazing! There, do you feel special yet? Apparently, part of celebrity involves having a high tolerance for loudly yapped compliments while cameras are trained on you. On "Double Exposure" (Bravo, Tuesdays at 10 p.m.), which focuses on the behind-the-scenes lives of celebrity photographers Markus Klinko and Indrani, the praise rains down like automatic gunfire: It's hard not to feel the instinct to get out of the way. For eight years, this duo was romantically involved as well, but now it's a strictly professional relationship.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Police Department announced Thursday that it would take the unusual step of no longer issuing press releases or immediately confirming instances of celebrity "swatting," saying intense media coverage seems to be fueling more incidents. Cmdr. Andrew Smith, who oversees the LAPD Media Relations Section, said the procedural change was necessary because of concerns about the privacy of the victims as well as the belief that publicizing such incidents was emboldening copycats.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
Drawn by the seclusion and high-performing schools, actors, athletes and other A-listers have flocked to Calabasas and surrounding communities over the years. The city of 23,000 is built for privacy, far beyond the reach of any celebrity tour bus and unplotted by most star maps. About 40% of the homes are hidden behind guarded gates, and the priciest are protected behind a second set of gates opened only by car-mounted transponder. Regular residents and their celebrity neighbors, for the most part, have coexisted in peace - that is, until Justin Bieber came to town last year.
IMAGE
October 23, 2011 | By Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times
Celebrity clothing brands have become a ubiquitous force in fashion, but this wasn't always the case. A decade ago, attaching a famous name to a mass-market brand was still fairly rare and was seen by some as a last alternative when movie scripts and TV offers slowed down. But now it's not only acceptable, it's almost expected. Some celebrities are serious about fashion, such as designer-actresses Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, whose multiple lines include the Row and Elizabeth and James, and singer-actor Justin Timberlake, who has William Rast.
OPINION
August 9, 2003
Re "Schwarzenegger In, Feinstein Out," Aug. 7: Thinking of voting for Arnold Schwarzenegger? Talk to someone from Minnesota first. Much to most everyone's relief here, Jesse "The Body" Ventura is no longer governor. Four years ago, a low-turnout election produced a critical mass of people who thought it would be a "neat idea" to have an entertainment celebrity governor who would tell it like it is. What we got instead was a buffoon with a feather boa who knew absolutely nothing about running a state.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2012 | By James Rainey, Los Angeles Time
On the cover of the current GQ, a beaming Drake strides confidently toward the reader, fit and fearless in a $3,100 Gucci suit and $1,590 Tom Ford shoes. Inside, the 25-year-old rapper greets the magazine's reporter poolside at his "lady-fantasy" (her words) compound in the San Fernando Valley. Writer Claire Hoffman gets Drake to reveal cover-worthy morsels about his womanizing (prodigious, now purportedly regretted), his fragile paternal ties and his Internet-fueled entree into the music world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
For months, the story had intrigued Hollywood: Email accounts of celebrities were being hacked, and the perpetrator's motive remained a mystery. Some figured the hacker was planning to blackmail his victims. Others thought he might be trying to sell compromising information to the highest bidder. After a yearlong investigation, FBI officials Wednesday identified the man they said had broken into the email accounts of Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera, Mila Kunis and several dozen others.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 1987
Brown's survey of recordings by celebrities who are not celebrated as singers missed one of the best: Yul Brynner's 1967 Vanguard album "The Gypsy and I," in which Brynner's mahogany baritone mixes stunningly with his guitar work and that of his long-time music partner, Aliosha Dimitrievitch. I've had the album 20 years and still try to listen to it every week or so. I'd like to have read a little more about the cover-pictured albums by Jeff Chandler and Robert Mitchum. Chandler had a Vegas act for a while and, while Mitchum's calypso record may not be much, the one you pictured, "That Man Robert Mitchum Sings," covers Dean Martin territory almost as well as Dino.
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