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April 13, 2013 |
In the beginning, it was about losing a few pounds. Hans Svanoe, 64, would leave his house in Encino at 5:30 a.m. and walk for an hour before driving over the hill to Century City, where he works as a butler. A what? "A corporate executive butler," said Svanoe, who caters to the domestic needs of media mogul Haim Saban and his business partner, Adam Chesnoff, when they're at the office. Before that, the Norwegian-born Svanoe was a domestic for Milton Berle, who once responded to a Svanoe quip by saying: "I'll tell the jokes around here.
March 4, 2013 |
Kim Fowley came out of a Hollywood that doesn't exist anymore, the Hollywood of Kenneth Anger and Ed Wood. Best known for cooking up the Runaways, he began to work in the music business in the late 1950s and since then has turned up in more places than Woody Allen's Zelig, producing for Gene Vincent, writing with Warren Zevon and introducing John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band when they performed in Toronto in 1969. Fowley turned 73 in 2012, and by his own admission has been suffering from bladder cancer, so it's no surprise that he might choose this moment to look back.
December 13, 2012 |
The world is in a heap of trouble -- make that heaps: giant, toxic mountains of garbage that endanger our oceans, marine life, the atmosphere and humanity in general -- without an end in sight. That is, unless citizens, industry and governments get deadly serious about such solutions as mass recycling, composting, plastics reduction and more. Such is the global crisis that's vividly, relentlessly detailed in the vital documentary "Trashed," starring dulcet-voiced zero waste advocate, actor Jeremy Irons.
November 6, 2012 |
In the last week or so, an intense kerfuffle broke out over the poll-prognosticator Nate Silver and his blog at the New York Times, FiveThirtyEight . Silver, a statistician, has been predicting a decisive Obama victory for a very long time, based on his very complicated statistical model, which very, very few of his fans or detractors understand. On any given day, Silver might announce that - given the new polling data - "the model" now finds that the president has an 86.3% chance of winning.
October 25, 2012 |
CAIRO - Trucks haul garbage away, but by nightfall trash bags seem to breed across boulevards and alleys, rising like a foul tide until men and boys, hands quick as birds, scavenge for tin foil flashing in the rising sun. Trash tumbles and blows, sits in clumps, blocks traffic, smothers canals, tangles in trees and gives this overcrowded city the fly-buzz hum of something not quite right. There is much wrong in Egypt these days, but few things are as irritating and noxious as piles of rotting waste.
October 18, 2012 |
The 16th annual Hollywood Film Festival (of which the Los Angeles Times is a sponsor) screens Friday through Sunday at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood. It opens with "Garbage," directed by Phil Voken, about two trashmen who find Cuba Gooding Jr.'s Oscar in their collections. Other films in the festival include "Caroline and Jackie," with Marguerite Moreau; "I Will Follow You in the Dark," starring Mischa Barton; Bernard Rose's "Two Jacks," with Danny and Jack Huston; "Hello Herman," starring Norman Reedus of "The Walking Dead"; and the documentary "Bound by Flesh," directed by Leslie Zemeckis, the wife of Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis.