January 4, 2013 |
The International Consumer Electronics Show next week may be facing questions about its relevance in an Internet world that makes new things seem old in minutes, but it is still the foremost gathering for all things gadgety and geeky. The annual trade show in Las Vegas has a rich past showcasing such groundbreaking devices as the VCR, the CD player, the camcorder, high-definition television and the Blu-ray disc. "It was the singular most important technology event of the year," said Zack Zalon, a longtime show attendee and managing partner at the digital product design firm Wilshire Axon in Westwood.
August 24, 2012 |
1. Kobe Bryant, Lakers: An easy No. 1 based on his Lakers reign and strength of personality. 2. Matt Barkley, USC football: Sports Illustrated cover boy poised to be the top player in America's top sport. 3. Dwight Howard, Lakers: With Steve Nash, brings the Lakers a Dream Team aura. 4. David Beckham, Galaxy: Defines star power; in most cities, he's probably No. 1. 5. Matt Kemp, Dodgers: Immense talent in a hip-hoppy package; bonus points for celebrity dating. 6. Albert Pujols, Angels: One of the greatest to ever play the game; but is he big enough for L.A.?
July 10, 2012 |
Hey, Kardashians! Make room for the Jonas Brothers and Tim Tebow.E! Entertainment is getting a makeover. Since it launched more than two decades ago, the sassy, celebrity-obsessed cable channel has basked in the glow of Hollywood glitz. For the last five years it has specialized in the high-profile exploits of Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and their mom, Kris. Now the channel that once featured a reality show about tabloid train wreck Anna Nicole Smith is widening its lens and trying to leave its trashy elements behind.
August 20, 2011 |
Jim Thome and the Hall of Fame. If you think the two don't go together, you're not alone. But you're also wrong. Not that he would hold that against you because Thome — with apologies to the Angels' Torii Hunter — is perhaps the nicest and most sincere man in baseball. And has been for 21 seasons. Walk through a ballpark with Thome before the gates open and you'll see him greet the security guards and ushers by name. Sit near the dugout during games and you'll hear him call out to the season-ticket holders.
May 10, 2011 |
A bit of the old Jack Valenti pizazz is back at Hollywood's outpost in the nation's capital, thanks to a new silver-haired frontman. More than six years after the legendary lobbyist stepped down, the Motion Picture Assn. of America is reviving his tried-and-true methods of tapping entertainment industry glitz to help the major movie studios make their case to Washington's power brokers. The strategy was on display the night before the recent White House Correspondents Assn.
March 28, 2010 |
"Welcome to Hollywood!" said the man in black who opened my car door. "Welcome to Hollywood!" said the woman in black who checked me in. Even the bellboy in black welcomed me to Hollywood. I hadn't warbled my way into the "American Idol" finals. I was merely spending a night at the W Hollywood, which opened a month ago near Hollywood and Vine. The W doesn't want you to forget you're in Hollywood — the Hollywood of myth, glitz and glamour, not this still-seedy part of town.