January 25, 2013 |
A federal appeals court has ruled that Mattel Inc. doesn't have to pay $172 million to MGA Entertainment Inc. to settle a trade secrets theft claim over Bratz dolls because a key claim should have been dismissed before trial. The ruling filed Thursday by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is the latest wrinkle in a bitter, protracted dispute between two Southland toy companies: El Segundo-based Mattel, the world's No. 1 toy maker and owner of the Barbie empire, and Van Nuys-based MGA, a little-known company until it introduced Bratz in 2001.
November 30, 2012
The Swedish firm OMM Design puts a sweet spin on a Russian tradition with retro-flavored zoo of nesting dolls. The smallest of the critters is barely an inch tall. They are joined by two other sets, one of nesting owls and another of pocket-sized people, some sporting excellent facial hair. But how could you resist such a friendly looking sea lion and optimistic lion? The nesting dolls are $28.50 for the set at Huset , 1316-1/2 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, (424) 268-4213. MORE PICKS: Gifts for the home MORE PICKS: Gifts for under $50
November 3, 2012 |
Life has left Fred Bradley , 81, weakened in a wheelchair. The small-time horse breeder from Frankfort, Ky., leaned back from his vantage point and smiled on Saturday at Santa Anita. "I'm not getting any better," Bradley concluded. "But I'm not getting any worse. " Groupie Doll, a 4-year-old filly Bradley and his trainer/son, William "Buff" Bradley , personally pulled to birth on their 320-acre farm, won the $1-million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint by 41/2 lengths in the most dominating individual performance of the nine Saturday Breeders' Cup races.
September 25, 2012 |
Furniture can often meld into the background the longer you have it around. In the case of my kitchen, one black bar table with four white chairs seemed like a good idea at one point. But now? Boring, boring, boring. Impressed with Kyle Schuneman's simple mods , I was looking for a way to change up this white bar chair. A punch of dip-dyed color - painting just the tips of the chair legs - seemed like it would do the trick and brighten the room. But why stop at explaining the step-by-step of my project?
September 18, 2012 |
When Claes Oldenburg was just getting started as an artist, he made small drawings of gigantic sculptures that he dreamed about installing in public places. Gluing these pictures to photographs of real parks and plazas let viewers imagine that they actually existed. Like all great works of Conceptual art, the magic happened in the mind's eye. At Richard Heller Gallery, Devin Troy Strother does something similar, but even more ambitious. In 69 terrifically generous pictures of people doing all sorts of things, the young artist acts as if he were bandleader, movie director, party host, master of ceremonies and king of the world.
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September 2, 2012 |
Twenty years ago, Charles Ray Walker saw green bamboo shoots sprouting along an industrial mosaic of steel, concrete and dirt by the Los Angeles River in Boyle Heights. When the property owner told the homeless Texan he could stay if he kept the wedge of land clean, Walker's mind exploded with possibilities. "It was like, 'What do you want to do? What do you want to change?' " he said. "To have the ability to have this property to do whatever I want, but to do it in a good way, it was like, 'Whoa!