September 21, 2013 |
Richard Nixon's helicopter once landed on the back lawn so the president could play a round at the nearby Lakeside Golf Club. Lucille Ball and Jack Benny drank and gossiped at the holiday parties in the living room. And the homeowner, Bob Hope, tried out punch lines on his kids in the dining room. For the first time since the long-lived entertainer built his home in a San Fernando Valley walnut grove in 1939, Hope's 5.16-acre Toluca Lake estate will go on the market Monday, at an asking price of $27.5 million.
July 19, 2013 |
Disturbing news this week for Barbie: Mattel reported that revenue from the doll fell 12% in the second quarter that ended June 30. That's Barbie's fourth straight quarterly sales slide. It's tough to be a middle-aged female entertainer, and Barbie, at 54, is no different. Over the years, she has tried to rebrand herself -- Dentist Barbie, Astronaut Barbie -- but she's still struggling to keep a strong fan base. Mutating into the meme of the moment doesn't seem to work for her. Becoming Hip Hop Barbie won't make her a cult figure again.
May 30, 2013 |
"The Kings of Summer" is a coming-of-age story that keeps its humor as dry as the sunbaked days of its particular teen rebellion. Consider that the primary father figure is the droll Nick Offerman of NBC's "Parks and Recreation. " His laconic style sets the tone for the film in which the adults are in a constant state of parental parody rather than panic. A vicious game of Monopoly, which may have single-handedly divided more families than any other board game in existence, sets off the escape story of the three tousled-hair kings - ably played by Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso and Moises Arias.
May 29, 2013 |
Barbie is totally over the 'bu -- at least she's acting that way. As part of a new marketing campaign, the peripatetic princess of pink is set to swing through 13 North American cities on a quest to, as the press materials state, find a new place to hang her teeny tiny hat. Fittingly, the first stop on the Barbie Mobile Tour will be at the Grove in Los Angeles on Saturday -- barely 31.5 miles from home. Among the activities on tap: creating Barbie fashions, face-painting (presumably yours and not Barbie's)
April 9, 2013 |
Malibu Barbie never had it so good. A Paul Smith rug, curtains sewn from Missoni fabric, LED sconces strung with Swarovski crystals, even a Mies van der Rohe Barcelona daybed cluttered with Rodeo Drive shopping bags - all small enough to fit in your pocket. These are but a few of the over-the-top luxuries decorating 10 couture play pads created for the 2013 Designer Dollhouse Showcase. The Los Angeles firm Richard Manion Architecture has constructed scale-model dream houses - Italianate, brownstone, beach house contemporary and other styles - that will be auctioned April 17 to benefit the UCLA Children's Discovery and Innovation Institute , part of Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA.
August 6, 2012 |
There's no question that the Internet has changed the way most people shop for homes. You can find houses online, take a virtual look around and plot their locations in relation to your kids' schools, the church of your choice or even your favorite coffeehouse. Now the Web is taking it up a notch with software that enables new-home buyers to build their dream house. You can pick our your favorite lot, choose from several models and customize the place to your heart's content, all while sitting at your computer.