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April 9, 2013
About 90 delegates from business and politics are traveling with Gov. Jerry Brown in China this week. Among them: Rusty Areias: Partner in influential consulting firm California Strategies. Married to a Democratic fundraiser. Jay Behmke : Managing director, Yao Family Wines, owned by former NBA star Yao Ming. Kofi Bonner: President, Lennar Urban San Francisco. Builder. Finalizing $1.7-billion deal with China Development Bank for two San Francisco developments.
August 31, 2008 | Geoff Boucher; Chris Lee; Mark Olsen; Rachel Abramowitz; Scott Timberg; Patrick Day; Kenneth Turan
The 25 best L.A. films of the last 25 years "Los ANGELES isn't a real city," people have said, "it just plays one on camera." It was a clever line once upon a time, but all that has changed. Los Angeles is the most complicated community in America -- make no mistake, it is a community -- and over the last 25 years, it has been both celebrated and savaged on the big screen with amazing efficacy. Damaged souls and flawless weather, canyon love and beach city menace, homeboys and credit card girls, freeways and fedoras, power lines and palm trees . . . again and again, moviegoers all over the world have sat in the dark and stared up at our Los Angeles, even if it was one populated by corrupt cops or a jabbering cartoon rabbit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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