December 20, 2012 |
French President Francois Hollande said Thursday that Algeria suffered under the "profoundly unjust and brutal system" of colonialism, but he stopped short of apologizing for French rule of the North African state. "I recognize here the suffering that colonization inflicted on the Algerian people," Hollande told Algerian lawmakers on the second day of his symbolically charged trip to the former French territory. As Algeria marks half a century of independence, politicians have pushed for a French apology for its repression during its 132-year rule and the bloody revolution that wrenched the country out of French control.
December 11, 2012 |
Mariette Hartley has been through drama before, with decades of experience in film, television and on local stages, beginning with a Los Angeles production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with Bert Lahr. But she experienced suspense unlike any other during rehearsals for "The Morini Strad" at the Colony Theatre in Burbank, where an ongoing budget crisis threatened to shut down the play before its opening night. A weak economy finally caught up with the nonprofit theater, a Burbank institution for the last 12 years after thriving for a quarter-century in Silver Lake.
November 28, 2012 |
Actress Katherine Heigl is selling her house in Los Feliz. Priced at $2.659 million, the Southern Colonial-style two-story features French doors, high ceilings and verandas. There are two fireplaces, four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and nearly 3,700 square feet of living space. The grounds include mature landscaping, a swimming pool and a spa. Heigl, 34, was a regular on "Grey's Anatomy" (2005-10). Her film work includes this year's "One for the Money," "Life as We Know It" (2010) and "The Ugly Truth" (2009)
November 27, 2012 |
“When one is young, one hears only the word 'great.' When one is less young, one hears only the word 'next.' ” So says the spiky centrifuge of “The Morini Strad” at the Colony Theatre. In its elegant West Coast premiere, Willy Holtzman's fact-based drama about virtuoso Erica Morini and the instrument she yearns to restore traces a moving reverie on classical mastery, the realities of aging and the cost of artistic ambition. Morini (1904-1995), considered by many observers to be the sine qua non of her profession, was a child prodigy who attacked the violin with a force that hitherto was the domain of male counterparts.
November 26, 2012 |
Actor-composer Alan Thicke has sold a compound in Toluca Lake for $3.525 million. The Spanish Colonial-style house, built in 1934, sits behind gates on a flat acre lot with a north-south lighted tennis court, an outdoor entertaining area and a swimming pool with a poolside kitchen and covered eating area. The living/media room has a carved wood-beam ceiling and a fireplace. The great room includes a bar and a fireplace. The master bedroom suite features a spa tub, a sauna, a balcony, a fireplace, a study and walk-in closets.
November 24, 2012 |
As the real estate industry ponders ways to cater to an aging population, one company has come up with an unusual amenity for senior housing: a professional theater. In fact, developers of an apartment complex catering to seniors with an artistic bent that has opened in North Hollywood think it may be the region's first pairing of housing and live theater. The $32-million NoHo Senior Arts Colony is intended for residents age 62 and over with interests in such artistic pursuits as singing, acting, photography and writing.
November 2, 2012 |
Tom Barrack's Colony Capital is taking a big step into foreclosures. The Santa Monica real estate investment firm won an auction by the federal government to purchase 970 foreclosed homes in California, Arizona and Nevada from mortgage titan Fannie Mae for $176 million. Barrack, owner of Colony Capital in Santa Monica, has had his name associated as a contender for several high-profile deals this year. He tried unsuccessfully to buy the Dodgers and he is considered a potential bidder for Anschutz Entertainment Group, better known as AEG, the Los Angeles sports and entertainment giant behind Staples Center and L.A. Live.
October 31, 2012 |
An estate in Beverly Hills that was once home to comedian Joe E. Brown is on the market at $6.89 million. Set apart from the street by walls and a gate, the 1930 Spanish Colonial Revival faces in on a courtyard with a fountain. Among original details are peg-and-groove oak floors, stenciled beam ceilings, colorful glazed tiles and wrought ironwork. The master suite features a sitting room and a balcony overlooking the inner courtyard. There are five bedrooms, five bathrooms and 7,157 square feet of living space.
October 29, 2012 |
The Colony Theatre in Burbank is facing the possibility of imminent closure if the company isn't able to resolve a budgetary shortfall, leaders announced over the weekend. They said the 37-year-old company has run out of money and needs to raise $49,000 in the next two weeks and $500,000 by the end of the calendar year in order to remain open. The Colony, which produces contemporary and classic plays and musicals, operates a 268-seat theater in the Burbank Town Center mall. In the past two years, the Colony has seen a significant drop in attendance, which has been "the root of all these problems," said Trent Steelman, the company's executive director, in an interview.
September 19, 2012 |
The Anschutz Co. expects its sports and entertainment empire to sell for at least $5 billion, two people familiar with the sale process told the Los Angeles Times. The so-called "bid books" for the AEG sale have not been distributed to potential investors, said the people, neither of whom was authorized to comment publicly. The book lists the assets for sale and provides confidential financial information about them. A sale is not expected to be completed until next year. Colony Capital, a Santa Monica-based real estate investment firm, is interested in exploring a bid for AEG, a person familiar with the process said Wednesday.