May 27, 2011 |
Americans don't seem bothered enough by the country's growing wealth divide to do much about it, according to a recent Harvard Business School survey. In part, that's probably because they vastly underestimate the gap, believing the top 20% own 59% of the nation's wealth when they actually own 84%. But there's another, less obvious reason for our passivity — the hope and glory pushed by an all-pervasive news, gossip and star-driven celebrity culture. The core of the American dream teaches us that the formula for achieving wealth involves hard work, determination and luck.
August 12, 2010 |
The purpose of "A Short History of Celebrity," Fred Inglis' brief, energetic, stimulating screed, is to tell us that, although we think we live in the age of celebrity, it's been quite a while in coming. When we think of enthralled fans and groupies, media accounts of scandalous behavior and all manner of transgression, we inevitably think of rock stars and tabloids, but the model for all this was set nearly 200 years ago with the defining figure of George Gordon, Lord Byron. When his lifestyle and his poetry combined, feeding off one another till he "awoke one morning and found myself famous," Lord Byron was indeed "a popular idol" — as were actors David Garrick and Edmund Kean before him and, earlier still, the much more sedate icon Samuel Johnson.
August 22, 2010 |
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.
March 12, 2013 |
More than a dozen celebrities and other high-profile people, including FLOTUS and the vice president, have had personal financial information hacked and posted on a public website - and on Tuesday the list was growing. Kim Kardashian, Mel Gibson, Ashton Kutcher, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Sarah Palin, Hulk Hogan, Donald Trump and Arnold Schwarzenegger are the celebrities whose names appeared on the site as of Tuesday morning. With them were former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, FBI Director Robert Mueller, U.S. Atty.
November 4, 2009 |
Mike Bresnahan covers the Lakers for The Times and ties up loose ends on the day of his self-designated "Lakers game of the week." The Lakers play tonight at Houston: I used to be a sports reporter. You know, write about games and players and teams. Now I don't even recognize myself anymore. I write the name "Khloe Kardashian" all the time, and I'll probably do more of the same for another budding Lakers romance, seeing how reserve guard Sasha Vujacic is dating tennis star Maria Sharapova.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2013 |
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.
June 20, 2010 |
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.
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.
March 26, 2012 |
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.
July 31, 2011 |
Macy's Herald Square is teeming with tweenage girls this muggy, late June afternoon. One of them, Miranda Santiago, has chosen to spend part of her vacation from Argentina camped outside the store, near a life-sized cardboard cutout of singer Justin Bieber promoting his just-released fragrance for women, Someday. Never mind that most of the "women" here today are in middle school. "I love him! I love him!" wails Santiago. "When I use the perfume, I feel him!" She and the others are vying to be among the first 325 to buy Bieber's $135 VIP gift set the following morning, which comes with a chance to meet Bieber at Macy's later in the week.