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December 10, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
Zack Greinke is a huge basketball fan. Magic Johnson is one of the Dodgers' owners. So did Johnson deliver a personal recruiting pitch for the Dodgers? As it turns out, no. Johnson expects to meet Greinke for the first time Tuesday, when the Dodgers hold an introductory news conference for the $147-million pitcher who did his own free-agent research. Johnson was not in town when Greinke, trying to decide with which team to sign, visited Dodger Stadium for a three-hour meeting with Dodgers President Stan Kasten and General Manager Ned Colletti.
October 5, 2008 | Amy Kaufman, Special to The Times
IN THE weeks leading up to her spring break earlier this year, Rachel Haas, then a high school senior, wasn't concerned with trying on new bikinis or misting herself with a spray tan. Instead, she was obsessively watching MTV's reality show "The Hills" and making a long list of every restaurant and nightclub that appeared on-screen that she wanted to visit on her trip to Los Angeles. Her ideal itinerary began with her and her friends venturing down the Sunset Strip to eat burgers at Ketchup, where they figured they had a shot of catching the cameras from "The Hills.
July 5, 2007 | Audrey Davidow, Special to The Times
NOT LONG after film producer Bo Zenga and entertainment reporter Zorianna Kit moved into their 6,000-square-foot Cape Cod-in-Hollywood, the production team for the HBO comedy series "Entourage" came calling. "They said, 'You're moving into Ari Gold's house, and we'd like it to keep it that way,' " Zenga says, relaxing in his screening room, a manly, woodpaneled space known to "Entourage" fans as Ari's study.
September 22, 2008 | Maria Elena Fernandez
Jeremy Piven raised eyebrows when he picked up the telecast's first trophy, for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy, and promptly dissed the chaotic Emmy telecast's opening by the show's five hosts -- Ryan Seacrest, Jeff Probst, Tom Bergeron, Howie Mandel and Heidi Klum. Backstage, he continued the rant. "I thought we were being punked as an audience," Piven said, as he swigged a flute of champagne. "I was confused. It was awkward. Like that moment in the movie 'The Producers,' there was 'Springtime for Hitler.
November 13, 1986 | From Associated Press
African singer and songwriter Fela Anikulapo Kuti and 46 members of his entourage were kicked off a commercial airliner here because they allegedly were smoking marijuana, officials said. Kuti and the members on his party were flying from Newark, N.J., to Seattle, when the plane stopped in Denver to pick up more passengers Monday.
June 17, 2007 | Jon Caramanica, Special to The Times
VINCENT CHASE wins because no one's ever told him he couldn't. He (like Adrian Grenier, who plays him) has piercing eyes, tousled hair, slightly pudgy cheeks and an easy gait. Ostensibly, he can act, but mostly he's a sort-of sexual idiot savant, unable to control or ignore his primal pull on women. Much like its protagonist, "Entourage" is easy and carefree and blithe.
The Scene: The invitees fanned out to all corners of the Sony Pictures lot Sunday afternoon, as nearly every screening room was pressed into service for the premiere of TriStar Pictures' "Jumanji," an effects-heavy action-adventure film starring Robin Williams. After the screenings, the crowd coalesced inside a giant tent decorated in a "M*A*S*H"-meets-"Congo" motif for the reception. The party also served as a benefit for the Los Angeles Children's Museum.
Tucked away in the basement-level shopping arcade of the Beverly Hills Hotel is Amir, a tiny men's store whose motto is "understated elegance." Maybe, but don't confuse understated with underpriced. At this store, owned by a single-named, 35-year-old, Iranian-born former fashion model, private-label tuxedos start at $2,600, leather jackets at $4,500. And a vicuna sports jacket sells for $40,000--a price tag sure to make some customers reconsider before reaching for their Platinum Card.
February 27, 1988 | ZAN STEWART
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. . . . The very name and the raucous, exciting, happy jazz the band plays conjure up images of New Orleans in the '20s. Funny thing is, Allan Jaffe, the man behind Preservation Hall, was a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. It was Jaffe who turned a series of informal jam sessions in a New Orleans art gallery into an ongoing, seven-days-a-week musical celebration.
January 30, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before the thunderstorms hit D.C. The Skinny: Yes, I'm in Washington now. I'm out of the New Orleans hotel with no window and in a basement on a couch. Isn't the life of the entertainment journalist glamorous? FX's latest drama "The Americans" premieres Wednesday night. I've seen the first two and it's worth checking out, especially if you want to see Keri Russell kick butt. Tuesday's headlines include some big changes at CNN, an "Entourage" movie gets the go-ahead and Walt Disney Co.'s "Epic Mickey" game is history.
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