July 9, 2013 |
On Monday, many who follow Hollywood - this space included - took a look at the fallout from “The Lone Ranger” on the film's principals, which include Disney and Johnny Depp. It was followed up by many on Tuesday with further analysis - something this paper also did, as I and my stalwart colleague Dawn Chmielewski examined where the studio of Mickey Mouse and Buzz Lightyear goes from here. But there's a separate, larger question inherent to the “Lone Ranger” conversation having to do with blockbusters and moviemaking generally.
June 27, 2013 |
Paula Deen awoke to more bad news Thursday: Target and a Danish pharmaceutical company are curtailing their financial relationships with the celebrity cook. Target Corp. said Thursday it will phase out its Paula Deen-branded cookware and other items, according to the Associated Press: "Once the merchandise is sold out, we will not be replenishing inventory," Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder said. Meanwhile, a statement released Thursday morning by a Danish pharmaceutical company that markets medication for Type 2 diabetes said: "Novo Nordisk and Paula Deen have mutually agreed to suspend our patient education activities for now, while she takes time to focus her attention where it is needed.
June 26, 2013 |
Celebuchef Paula Deen broke down in tears on the "Today" show Wednesday morning, insisting that she is not a racist and that "evil" forces have been spreading harmful, hurtful lies about her. Deen said the public has been misled about her alleged use of a racial slur. Headlines in recent days left the impression that the slur is a common part of her vocabulary, but she hasn't uttered the word in 30 years, Deen said, not since she recalled being a young woman held up at gunpoint.
June 19, 2013 |
The Chinatown House in Rancho Cucamonga -- one of the last vestiges of the Inland Empire city's Chinese American history -- has been named to the list of America's most endangered historic places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The two-story building, which dates back to the early 20th century, is among 11 structures and other venues to make the trust's 2013 list. The building had recently been threatened with demolition by the city of Rancho Cucamonga and the Cucamonga Valley Water District, which owns the property.
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June 17, 2013 |
Two men from the Inland Empire face charges of pimping and pandering two women after being arrested by undercover police in Santa Ana, prosecutors said. Raphael Jared Scally and Darryl Da Keis Gillard, both 27, have each been charged with two felony counts of pimping and two felony counts of pandering, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office. Prosecutors said the two men could face enhanced sentencing, if convicted, because both were on bail in another felony case -- a 2010 residential burglary case -- when the recent crime occurred.
June 9, 2013 |
Actor Michael Shannon's recent high-profile run of villains turns to Superman's nemesis, General Zod, in Warner Bros.' "Man of Steel," opening June 14. Shannon, 38, lives in Brooklyn with actress Kate Arrington and their daughter, Sylvia. Do you consider General Zod a bad guy? No, I don't consider him a bad guy. He's a general just trying to do his job. Ask any general what their purpose in life is and it's to defend whatever people they happened to be aligned with. He's aligned with Krypton.
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June 3, 2013 |
Alleging mismanagement, conflicts of interest and violations of a key agreement, Inland Empire officials Monday sued the city of Los Angeles in their effort to regain ownership of LA/Ontario International Airport, where the number of passengers has declined 40% since 2007. The lawsuit seeks a return of the struggling airport to the city of Ontario and cancellation of a 1967 agreement that transferred the facility's operation to Los Angeles on the condition that it do its best to attract airline service.
May 12, 2013 |
Gregg Renfrew wants to change the way people live, starting with their cosmetics. Sitting in her light-filled office in Santa Monica, Renfrew rattles off the statistics she finds most alarming when it comes to some of the lotions, sprays and powders we apply to our bodies on a daily basis. "Did you know that there has not been a federal law passed since 1938 governing the cosmetics industry? And there are close to 12,000 ingredients used in all personal care products, from toothpaste to shampoo, lipstick to lotion, 80% of which have never been tested for safety on human health.
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May 2, 2013 |
Terry Doebler woke up choking from the smoke. Doebler, 80, and her 82-year-old husband, Paul - retired New York transplants living in the Camarillo Springs neighborhood of Ventura County - had seen brushfires before in their 15 years there, but this was the first time a blaze forced them to evacuate. "I opened the front door and the whole mountain was on fire," Paul Doebler said. The Doeblers were among hundreds of residents in several Ventura County communities who fled their homes Thursday to escape a fast-moving brush fire that burned 8,000 acres and threatened thousands of homes.
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April 16, 2013 |
When John Galardi saw a man hosing down the parking lot of a modest Mexican restaurant in Pasadena, he asked for work. Galardi was young and broke, a college student freshly arrived from Missouri and looking for anything to help him scrape by. It turned out that he asked the right man. Glen Bell Jr. was a young up-and-comer who liked the spark he saw in Galardi and mentored him for a few years while starting his eponymous chain, Taco Bell....