January 11, 2014 |
A red-brick driveway leads to this Paul Revere Williams-designed Tudor set along the water of Toluca Lake. The elegant formal entry and the library, with its wood-beam ceiling and built-in bookcases, are in keeping with the architect's traditional style. Location: 9956 Toluca Lake Ave., Toluca Lake 91602 Asking price: $8 million Year built: 1938 House size: Five bedrooms, six bathrooms, 7,228 square feet Lot size: 1.02 acres Features: Dark wood flooring, recessed lighting, leaded windows, intricate molding, curved staircase, bar, wine cellar, covered patio, outdoor fireplace, gazebo, swimming pool, private dock About the area: In the first half of 2013, 84 single-family homes sold in the 91602 ZIP Code at a median price of $842,000, according to DataQuick.
January 11, 2014 |
NEW YORK - It's hard to break from the past. Even under the Chinese Cultural Revolution, which sought to smash the "Four Olds" of customs, culture, habits and ideas, the tradition of calligraphy was held in reverence, as it had been for centuries. Chairman Mao's own calligraphy served as nameplate for the powerful newspaper the People's Daily. "Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China," at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through April 6, ambitiously seeks to tie past with present through the work of 35 artists.
January 10, 2014 |
The Museum of Contemporary Art, which recently launched its Art + Comedy programming initiative , isn't the only museum turning to humor. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as part of its Film Independent at LACMA series, will screen the first two episodes of the new season of Comedy Central's “Kroll Show” on Friday night. The sketch-based show was created by writer-actor-comedian Nick Kroll, the 2013 Breakout Star of the Year at Montreal's Just for Laughs comedy festival.
January 9, 2014 |
"A New York Heartbeat" didn't find its way to the screen as quickly as the underlying play-on-words it suggests. The independent film, which was shot on location in Pittsburgh in 2010, is a gangland tale set in 1950s New York, and began turning up at smaller film festivals last year. The long delay speaks to one of the challenges of being an indie filmmaker, notes writer-director Tjardus Greidanus, who is Dutch Canadian. Finding the time to stitch together the film was a big hurdle, and he is still looking for a distribution deal. "For indie filmmakers, it's now a do-it-yourself world," Greidanus said.
January 8, 2014 |
From mighty Canada with its 11 returning gold medalists to humble hopefuls Latvia and Norway, the remaining entrants in the Sochi Olympic hockey tournament announced their rosters Tuesday, triggering vigorous debate in hockey rinks around the world. Kings defenseman Drew Doughty's second straight selection for Canada was automatic, but forward Jeff Carter was a mild surprise. The Kings will have six Olympians, with host Russia choosing defenseman Slava Voynov, and the previous picks of center Anze Kopitar for Slovenia and goaltender Jonathan Quick and forward Dustin Brown by Team USA. "Any time you get to represent Canada and put on that jersey, it's the biggest honor ever, really," Doughty said.
January 7, 2014 |
With the high school baseball season just weeks away, JSerra is hosting a talent-laden tournament Jan. 18-19-20 that features lots of top teams. The host Lions must think they have plenty of pitching, because they're playing four games on Jan. 18: vs. Harvard-Westlake in a doubleheader starting at 9 a.m., followed by games against Saugus at 3 p.m. and Loyola at 6 p.m. Aliso Niguel, Santa Margarita, Capistrano Valley, Mission Viejo, Anaheim Canyon, San Clemente and El Toro are also hosting games.
January 4, 2014 |
To glimpse the future of consumer electronics, get a grip on the world's first Internet-connected tennis racket. With tiny sensors embedded in the handle, the racket measures a player's strokes, topspin and just about everything else that happens when the ball is struck. All that information is instantly relayed via a wireless Bluetooth connection to a smartphone app. The player can later view and analyze it on the Web. "It's going to be a huge change for the tennis player," said Thomas Otton, director of communications for Babolat, the French tennis company that invented the original cow-gut racket strings 140 years ago. "They are going to have access to all kinds of information and data that will help them progress much faster and have more fun. It's a true revolution.
January 2, 2014 |
It may not be factual, but it's truthful. It's an argument that wouldn't survive in a court of law and would spark derision in a presidential debate. But when it comes to movies, it's vital guidance, especially when so many of 2013's Oscar-contending films are being researched for their accuracy. It suggests that certain liberties can help create a compelling drama, as long as they don't torpedo the story's essential authenticity. I first heard the factual versus truthful parallel from director Danny Boyle, who had just adapted Aron Ralston's memoir, "Between a Rock and a Hard Place," for the 2010 movie "127 Hours.
December 30, 2013 |
Some critics are calling 2013 the best movie year in a decade. And although critical darlings don't always produce profits, it will also be the highest-grossing year on record - barely. After a shaky spring and a summer of high-profile hits and misses, the box office is projected to reach $10.9 billion this year, up slightly from last year's record of $10.8 billion. That's partly the result of a fourth-quarter surge of awards contenders that are also popular with moviegoers, among them the space saga "Gravity," the antebellum drama "12 Years a Slave" and the disco-era romp "American Hustle.