January 19, 2014 |
After taking a timeout during the last recession, builders are at work across downtown Los Angeles erecting new apartments, stores and hotels - and there are plans in the works for much more. One of the largest concrete pours in local history will take place next month to lay the foundation of the Wilshire Grand hotel-office skyscraper, which will tower 73 stories over the city. A luxury apartment complex being built on Grand Avenue will house a Whole Foods Market. Chinatown has major new apartment complexes coming, and the hip Ace Hotel just opened its doors in a freshly restored 1920s high-rise on Broadway.
January 26, 2012 |
Three years after a controversial decision to close Hollywood's best-known nursing home, the Motion Picture & Television Fund has reversed course and said it would immediately begin admitting new residents to the historic Woodland Hills facility. The decision marks a victory for residents and their families who waged a highly public campaign to fight the fund's decision in January 2009 to close the facility, known as the Motion Picture Home, and an adjoining hospital. It also revives a time-honored charity — created in 1921 by United Artists studio founders Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith and others — that has been home to Hollywood luminaries such as actors Johnny Weismuller and Hattie McDaniel and film director Stanley Kramer, whose credits include "High Noon.
August 19, 1986 |
"Sinbad the Sailor." RKO. $29.95 ($19.95 until Sept. 1). The movies began exploiting Douglas Fairbanks Jr.'s family ties when he was 13, and though capable in sophisticated parts he was repeatedly drawn back to swashbuckling. This title role most resembled the characters his father played, and though not as acrobatic as Douglas Sr., his Sinbad exudes great energy, humor and charm.
September 29, 1993
Marjorie Trumbull, 82, known for her celebrity radio interviews from the top of San Francisco's Mark Hopkins Hotel. Mrs. Trumbull, a pioneering interviewer in the electronic media, earned fame in the 1940s for her interviews on KSFO. She later appeared on television station KRON's "Exclusively Yours" and was a bimonthly regular on the NBC "Home" show. Over 20 years, she once estimated, she interviewed 35,000 people including then-Vice President Richard M.
April 11, 2011
The landscape of Hollywood Boulevard is constantly evolving. But one constant is Musso & Frank Grill at 6667 Hollywood Blvd. Named for the original owners, Joseph Musso and Frank Toulet, the grill opened in 1919 and is Hollywood's oldest restaurant. During the golden age of Hollywood, the restaurant attracted such writers as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Raymond Chandler, William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway. There's even a legend that silent film superstars Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino and Douglas Fairbanks raced horses down the boulevard and the losers picked up the tab at the restaurant.