December 19, 2013 |
How does a man who turned his back on the world of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll in a quest to be closer to God feel about being welcomed into an institution whose very name celebrates the culture of fame? “Even though it's taken time, I've always been an optimist,” said the 65-year-old musician born Steven Georgiou, formerly known as Cat Stevens and who now uses the single name Yusuf. “I was brought up on the view that if you wait patiently till the end of the story, the good people will live happily ever after.
September 10, 2013 |
Larry Ellison, prince of Silicon Valley, is richer than God. But even Ellison can't always get what he wants. In 2010, Ellison's Oracle Team USA won the America's Cup, the 162-year-old yacht race that pits big personalities and big pocketbooks against wind, currents and radical boat design. The victory gave him the right to set the rules for where and how the next cup would unfold. He chose San Francisco Bay as the location, and set specs for the boats: They would be seven-ton catamarans, 72 feet long, with 13-story carbon-fiber fixed "wingsails.
July 17, 2013 |
If recent history is any guide, there may be an exodus of top executives at Turner Broadcasting in the wake of a shake-up there. Time Warner said Wednesday that Phil Kent would step down at the end of the year as chief executive of Turner Broadcasting, the parent of powerful cable networks CNN, TNT, TBS and Cartoon. Replacing Kent is John Martin, currently the chief financial officer of Turner parent Time Warner Inc. Unlike Kent, Martin will not be based at Turner's Atlanta headquarters but instead will remain primarily in New York.
July 11, 2013 |
Political scientist Louis Brownlow once famously lauded Franklin D. Roosevelt's advisors' "passion for anonymity. " Gone are the days. Today's Washington operatives more closely resemble Norma Desmond in "Sunset Blvd. " - characters consumed by their own stardom, however pretend, always "ready for my close-up. " These are the personalities and the city Mark Leibovich describes in "This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral - Plus Plenty of Valet Parking! - in America's Gilded Capital. " "This Town," he writes, is a place where "self-pimping has become the prevailing social and business imperative," where "self becomes fused with brands" and where, quoting the late White House spokesman Tony Snow, "no one takes friendship too personally.
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July 10, 2013 |
Last month, as they ate lunch outside a fancy London restaurant, world famous art collector Charles Saatchi physically roughed up his wife, the TV chef Nigella Lawson. Unaware that a paparazzo was snapping away , Saatchi squeezed Lawson's windpipe four times and shoved his finger up her nostril. Lawson, teary and fearful, dabbed at her eyes. Saatchi stalked out and got in their car, as she followed, sobbing. Tabloids on both sides of the Atlantic went crazy. "Arti Choke," blared the inimitable New York Post.
June 30, 2013 |
Staples Center held a hell of a hip-hop concert Saturday night, one that through nearly four hours delivered some of Southern California's most accomplished rappers both young and older, as well as a singer on the cusp of superstardom. The concert was part of cable station BET's new BET Experience weekend of shows that culminates Sunday evening with its annual music awards, and the stage of the sold-out arena held L.A. MCs Schoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg, as well as South Bay-born vocalist Miguel.