CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2013 |
In the leafy Oakmont section of Brentwood, populated by Hollywood moguls, money men and a maestro, one house stands out for its relative modesty: the 1940 single-story traditional at No. 7 that was designed by famed Los Angeles architect Paul Revere Williams. This week the property was saved from demolition at the last moment when city building officials issued a stop-work order to crews who had already ripped wood siding from the front and taken sledgehammers to the roof. The city - which had issued permits for both the demolition of the existing 3,900-square-foot structure and for the construction of a new 23,000-square-foot house with five-car garage - had been alerted to the house's provenance by preservation-minded neighbors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 |
A Brentwood house designed by famed architect Paul R. Williams was saved from demolition at the last moment Wednesday when city building officials issued a stop-work order to crews who had already begun dismantling the structure. Disney Chief Executive Robert Iger, who lives nearby in a restored Williams house, was among neighbors who alerted the city to the imminent razing. Late Tuesday, the city's Office of Historic Resources informed the owner, Robert Hanasab, that it was initiating an application to designate the house as a local landmark, said Ken Bernstein, principal city planner and manager of the Historic Resources office.
November 1, 2013 |
Composer Robert Lopez was surfing YouTube recently when he came across a video of a music box playing "Let It Go," a stirring, radio-friendly empowerment anthem that he and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, wrote for the upcoming Walt Disney Animation movie "Frozen. " This is the second Disney feature film for the couple, who also helped write the music for 2011's "Winnie the Pooh. " But it's the first time their work has ended up in a pink box with twirling princesses - and in the lofty realm of Disney tunes that people can't seem to stop humming.
October 25, 2013 |
Disney princess-inspired gowns by Versace, Valentino, Missoni and Oscar de la Renta are now up for bid online in a Christie's benefit auction. Online bidding for the 10 "princess dresses," which started Oct. 18, is in advance of a live auction scheduled for Nov. 13, which will raise money for the London-based Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity . The dresses, which were originally part of a holiday 2012 Harrods window display,...
October 25, 2013 |
Netflix said it will become the exclusive subscription on-demand service providing Disney live-action and animated films in the Netherlands. Beginning next year, Netflix subscribers will have access to first-run films from Disney, Pixar and Marvel studios -- such as "The Avengers," "Monsters University" and "The Lone Ranger" -- to watch on their Internet-connected devices. The service already streams several Disney and Pixar movies, including "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" and "Ratatouille," classics like "Mary Poppins" and "Lady and the Tramp," as well as complete seasons of the ABC Studios' television show "Lost.
October 24, 2013 |
If you're craving the art and music of the late Walt Disney, you should go anywhere but the world premiere of the affectionate “When You Wish: The Story of Walt Disney” at UCLA's Freud Playhouse. There may be no other place on Earth so free of Disney iconography. This musical by writer, composer and lyricist Dean McClure portrays Walt (Tim Martin Gleason) as a dreamer who suffers setbacks but perseveres with the support of his business partner and brother, Roy (the dryly witty Andy Umberger, who also narrates)