October 9, 2012 |
Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores and his wife, Holly, have listed their house in gated Mulholland Estates at $10.75 million. Although the Multiple Listing Service considers the community in the 90210 ZIP Code to be the Beverly Hills Post Office area, The Times' Mapping L.A. database shows the mansion sits within Sherman Oaks. The Mediterranean, custom built in 1992, features a family room with exposed beams, a paneled library, two bars, five fireplaces, a screening room, six bedrooms and eight bathrooms in 11,107 square feet.
September 26, 2012 |
Who's more qualified to analyze a presidential debate than someone who's actually participated in one? This appears to be the thinking at Current TV. On Wednesday the fledgling cable news network announced that former vice president and Current TV founder Al Gore would lead coverage and analysis of the upcoming presidential debates, the first of which is scheduled for Oct. 3. Gore will be joined by Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who...
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August 14, 2012 |
I arrived at the Gore Vidal tribute at Musso & Frank and was directed to Alan Selka, a Brit resplendent in paisley print dinner jacket, tie and waistcoat - yes, a waistcoat. "Sort of," said Selka, when I asked if he had come to the Hollywood landmark to celebrate the American novelist, playwright, political essayist and screenwriter, who died July 31 at his Hollywood Hills home at age 86. Selka, longtime butler to a Hollywood executive whom I agreed not to name, explained that he'd been introduced to Vidal by Ali MacGraw in the back of a limousine.
August 9, 2012 |
Al Gore is riding to the rescue of his TV network -- just in time for the big political conventions. Earlier this year, Current, the upstart outlet the Nobel laureate and former vice president co-founded, got a black eye when it fired commentator Keith Olbermann, partly over disagreements about how the network was covering the primaries. Olbermann lashed back against his former bosses with a lawsuit that's still pending. This week, Current revealed that none other than Gore himself will host the network's coverage of the Republican National Convention later this month, when Mitt Romney is expected to be crowned the official GOP nominee.
August 7, 2012 |
Writer Gore Vidal died last week at the age of 86, an occasion marked by an outpouring of appreciation. He was a canary in a coal mine , a connoisseur of empires , a cultural icon who made waves . That's nowhere near all: those are thoughts only from staff writers here at the Los Angeles Times. Others, too, have thought of ways to remember the author, who stirred sensibilities writing about homosexuality and intersexuality, shared his critiques of government and war, and wrote plays, screenplays and massive historical novels that landed on bestseller lists.
August 2, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week of July 29 - Aug. 4 in PDF format This week's TV Movies CBS This Morning David Alan Grier; Randi Weingarten. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Reports from the Olympics. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America Ne-Yo performs; Jessica Biel. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Good Day L.A. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV Live With Kelly Amy Adams; Vanessa L. Williams; Nick Lachey.
August 1, 2012 |
Gore Vidal, who died Tuesday night at age 86, was a fixture on the American cultural landscape for so long that it seems hard to imagine our literature without him. From 1946, when his first novel, "Williwaw," became one of the first to evoke World War II in fiction, through the publication of his final memoir, "Snapshots in History's Glare," in 2009, Vidal was ubiquitous: a writer and a social critic, a talk show guest and raconteur. A product of the American aristocracy - his grandfather was Oklahoma Sen. Thomas Gore - Vidal wrote literary fiction and potboilers, worked in Hollywood (most notably on MGM's 1959 production of "Ben-Hur")
August 1, 2012 |
Gore Vidal, who died Tuesday at 86, was a cultural icon who occupied a uniquely wide-ranging position in American letters. An essayist, novelist, playwright, screenwriter and occasional actor, Vidal was a prolific polymath whose diverse output was united by an acerbic and politically engaged intelligence. Vidal's career as a playwright is notable primarily for his satire "The Best Man. " The play, which depicts the machinations behind a fictional presidential convention, was revived last season on Broadway, with a cast that included James Earl Jones, Candice Bergen and John Larroquette.
August 1, 2012 |
Gore Vidal was best known as an author, pundit and raconteur. But the writer, who died Tuesday at 86, also had time for movies - both writing for and appearing in them. His screenwriting career took more than a few notable turns. Most famously was 1979's “Caligula,” the explicit look at the tyrannical and hedonistic Roman emperor. Wild sex scenes prompted gasps through the film world, as did the drama behind the scenes -- after disagreements with the directors and others on the film, Vidal had only limited control over the final product, as the movie was re-cut (with additional sex scenes)
August 1, 2012 |
Gore Vidal, who died on Tuesday at age 86, was known primarily as a man of letters, writing numerous novels, essays, plays and screenplays throughout his long career. But his way with words extended beyond the page and into the realm of TV talk, where he made several notable appearances in his younger years. In 1968, Vidal covered the Democratic and Republican national conventions for ABC alongside conservative writer William F. Buckley. The two men were political opposites and their personalities clashed to the point where Vidal instructed Buckley to "shut up a minute" and referred to him as a "crypto-Nazi.