March 3, 2014 |
During one of Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres' several crowd-involving comedy bits on Sunday, she solicited money from Brad Pitt, Harvey Weinstein and Lupita Nyong'o to tip the pizza delivery man she had summoned for snacks during the evening. Nyong'o reached into her clutch and handed DeGeneres a blue-and-white tube of Clarins HydraQuench lip balm, which has now caused a social media frenzy anchored by the hashtag #lupitaslipbalm. The hashtag began appearing next to others such as, #PharrellsHat and #Oscaritems just minutes after the night's supporting actress winner dropped the tube of balm into the "Happy" singer's hat. The tweets and GIFs made from the Oscar beauty moment have spawned through-the-roof sales for the French beauty brand.
February 25, 2014 |
The old line about people going broke bit by bit, then all at once, certainly seems to describe the life cycle of Mt. Gox, the bitcoin exchange firm that appears to be on the verge of extinction. As my colleague Chris O'Brien is reporting, the Tokyo-based firm has replaced its old home page, which used to offer its customers the ability to "trade with confidence," with a largely blank page bearing the notice that it has decided to "close all transactions for the time being. " The implication is that, if you had assets at Mt. Gox, they may not be there anymore.
February 18, 2014 |
Striking back at a proposed Idaho law that would ban undercover filming at farms, an animal rights group released video Tuesday of a dairy worker sexually abusing a cow. The graphic scene, recorded in 2012, was not initially released when Los Angeles-based Mercy for Animals pushed authorities to investigate animal abuse at Bettencourt Dairies in Idaho. The original video showed about two minutes of lashings, beatings and stompings suffered by cows. The dairy quickly fired five people after that video was released and installed surveillance cameras throughout its facility.
February 4, 2014 |
The recent spritz of rain notwithstanding, California is in the midst of what Gov. Jerry Brown called “perhaps the worst drought [the state] has ever seen.” And yet, despite the desperate state of affairs, every day the city of Los Angeles flushes hundreds of millions of gallons of potentially potable water out to sea. I'm talking about treated sewage. In 2000, Los Angeles actually completed a sewage reclamation plant capable of providing water to 120,000 homes - the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in Van Nuys.
December 23, 2013 |
A judge might impose a formal gag order in the murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez after his attorneys accused the state of allowing leaks they contend could jeopardize his right to a fair trial. At a hearing in Fall River (Mass.) Superior Court on Monday, defense attorney Michael Fee blamed prosecutors for out-of-court statements reported in the media that he says have tarnished the ex-player. "Mr. Hernandez is entitled to a fair trial," Fee told Judge Susan Garsh during the hourlong proceeding.
December 17, 2013 |
Every time I see Ron Burgundy, a.k.a. Will Ferrell, hawking Dodge Durangos on TV - which seems like a million times a day - what strikes me is how brilliant the "Anchorman" conceit is in small bits. The carefully manicured hair, the flashy suits, all just window dressing for that marvelously bloated ego, the absurd made irresistible in 60-second increments. That, I'd suggest, should be the recommended dosage. At nearly two hours, the nonsense of Ron and the news game, which Ferrell and co-writer and director Adam McKay skewered so effectively in 2004, is harder to sustain the second time around.