July 15, 2013 |
Walk inside Paula Smail's 600-square-foot apartment in Burbank and you'll be greeted by bold color and texture that strangely doesn't overwhelm. The textile designer has lived in New York, Paris, London and Johannesburg, and here, it shows. The one-bedroom apartment is decorated with South African curios, aboriginal art from Australia, Balinese sculpture and mementos from France, all combining to give the small space a modern vibe. PHOTOS: Paula Smail's apartment, full of color and pattern Her approach to decorating a small space, she says, is the same as decorating a larger space.
July 8, 2013 |
The spotlight is shining on the backup singers. Morgan Neville's documentary on the best backup talent in the business - including Darlene Love, Merry Clayton and Lisa Fischer - has connected with audiences in its limited release. Crossing the $1-million mark this Fourth of July weekend, "Twenty Feet From Stardom," now screening in 89 theaters, earned an additional $585,982 over the holiday time-frame to put its four-week total at $1.1 million....
July 5, 2013 |
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Aboard the submersible Antipodes, cruising 250 feet beneath the surface off Fort Lauderdale, scientists peered through violet water and saw exactly what they hoped not to see. About 15 lionfish - venomous, flamboyantly striped invaders from half a world away - swam around the starboard bow of a freighter that was sunk as an artificial reef. When the submersible drifted toward the wreck's stern, they counted 11 more. The dive last month was one of a series to gauge the extent of the infestation of the nonnative fish on the region's reefs, using a vessel donated by OceanGate, which operates submersibles for oil and gas exploration, scientific research, marine engineering and other uses.
July 4, 2013 |
A $50-million residential and retail complex has been completed at a busy downtown Santa Monica intersection by a local developer that specializes in building mini-apartments in urban centers. The five-story NMS @ Lincoln complex at the northwest corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Broadway has 97 units and stands next to a sister project of similar size called Luxe @ Broadway that opened last year. Both properties are made up of 375-square-foot apartments, which developer NMS Properties calls "micro units.
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July 3, 2013 |
A driver who hit a man crossing the street and dragged his body 75 feet was being sought Wednesday by L.A. County sheriff's investigators. The incident occurred about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday when a 65-year-old Compton resident was hit at Alameda and Oaks streets by a white sedan, possibly a Pontiac or Chevrolet, Sheriff's Department officials said. The man was dragged 75 feet before coming to a rest and was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity was being withheld by authorities until his family could be notified.
June 19, 2013 |
No one knows better than critics that the one-size-fits-all movie has yet to be made, but every once in a while something comes along that just about everyone is guaranteed to enjoy, and the irresistible documentary "20 Feet From Stardom" is one of those times. Veteran director Morgan Neville has made a moving and joyous behind-the-scenes film about the world of rock 'n' roll backup singers. It's a universe filled with big, bold personalities and the music they make: When you say names like Darlene Love, Merry Clayton and Lisa Fischer, you are conjuring entire universes of sound.
June 18, 2013 |
You've seen them but not noticed them. You've heard them but not listened to them. The new documentary "20 Feet From Stardom" shines a spotlight away from center stage over to the world of female backup singers. Directed by Morgan Neville, the film looks most specifically at the lives and careers of six women - Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Táta Vega, Claudia Lennear and Judith Hill - who span generations of music and have worked with a broad spectrum of artists including the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Phil Spector, Stevie Wonder, Sting and Ike and Tina Turner.
June 13, 2013 |
Their voices are powerful enough to tear you apart and put you back together again, and their stories will do the same. But when you call them backup singers, you better smile. That's because the performers in the infectious and irresistible "Twenty Feet From Stardom" are willing and able to outsing any solo act in sight and are not shy about letting you know it. "There is a power to what it is we do, but no one has acknowledged it," says singer Janice Pendarvis. No one until now. Veteran director Morgan Neville ("Troubadours")
June 4, 2013 |
The big screen is getting bigger - and bigger. The industry's largest theater chains are bulking up with extra-wide screens in the latest push by exhibitors to distinguish themselves from other forms of entertainment. This fall, the former Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood will unveil one of the largest screens in the country: a 94-foot-wide Imax screen that no doubt would have impressed showman Sid Grauman himself. PHOTOS: Billion-dollar movie club Not to be outdone, Cinemark Holdings Inc., the third-largest U.S. chain, plans to bring its own Extreme Digital Cinema brand to its new multiplex at the South Bay Pavilion in Carson, which will include a 72-foot-wide, wall-to-wall XD screen.
May 31, 2013 |
Starbucks is breaking up the love affair between smokers and their joe. The classic pairing of coffee and cigarettes will be no more at the java giant, which beginning June 1 will prohibit anyone up to 25 feet from a Starbucks store from lighting up. The Seattle giant already bans smoking inside its cafes. But spokeswoman Jaime Riley said the expanded rule stems from “a sense of responsibility to provide customers with a safe and healthy environment.” The new decree applies to all 7,000 company-owned stores within the U.S. and Canada, regardless of whether the cafes feature outdoor seating.