June 15, 2013 |
A powerful recurring motif in the varied works of Christopher Guest is the dummy. From early sketch comedy on "Saturday Night Live" through a series of mock documentaries, the looming figure is an essential part of the Guest aesthetic. It can be a truth-teller as on his new HBO series "Family Tree," where a sharp-witted monkey hand puppet accuses a bubble-brained wife of being "inflatable. " Or it can also be a flesh-and-blood dimwit such as Nigel Tufnel, the "This Is Spinal Tap" guitarist who boasts his special amp's volume goes to 11. It turns out the deep fascination with dummies may be embedded in the family DNA. Guest discovered, after receiving a treasure trove of family diaries, photographs and letters in 1996, that one of his forebears was a ventriloquist.
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June 7, 2013 |
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took over downtown's Grand Park on Friday night for a boisterous block party that was largely about celebrating him. On a giant podium erected on the steps of City Hall, a group of elected officials stood and praised Villaraigosa, who steps down this month after serving two terms as mayor. "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest called him a dear friend "who loves Los Angeles. " Former President Bill Clinton, a longtime political ally, said "he's a good-looking guy" who made the city safer and greener.
June 5, 2013 |
John Travolta crashed a wedding in Georgia last week and the photo evidence of the surprise guest is creating a stir online. But is it technically crashing if the bride and groom invited you? The couple reportedly bumped into the actor at a bar the night before and told him to stop by the nuptials. "My friend ran into John Travolta the night before his wedding, and he shows up the next day," a friend explained on Reddit ( via Yahoo). PHOTOS: Famous Scientologists And the pilot obliged.
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May 31, 2013 |
Before Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa leaves office at the end of June, he's throwing an epic party - with celebrities, an ex-president and a price tag of $265,000. The public event, billed as "The Ultimate L.A. Block Party," hits downtown's Grand Park on Friday night, June 7. Former President Bill Clinton is on the guest list and mariachi legend Pepe Aguilar is slated to perform. "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest will emcee. The party marks the culmination of this year's "Heritage Month" celebrations, which honor ethnic and other groups, but will also serve as a goodbye to Villaraigosa, who must leave office because he has served the maximum two terms.
May 29, 2013 |
When "Inside the Actors Studio" quietly made its debut in 1994, Bravo was a decade-plus-old, little-watched cable network that aired highbrow art films, opera and ballet. Nineteen years, 300 guests and 15 Emmy nominations later, the show, one of Bravo's first original series, remains the lone holdout in a lineup populated by Real Housewives, an earnest oasis on a top-10 cable network where guilty pleasures pay the bills. The long-running series celebrates its 250th episode Wednesday with a two-hour special featuring new interviews with Dave Chappelle, Katie Couric and Jennifer Lopez.
May 24, 2013 |
Thursday evening, viewers of "NBC Nightly News" got a familiar face they haven't seen much of in recent months. Ann Curry, the ousted former co-host of "Today," was the fill-in anchor for Brian Williams . Curry has been largely absent from TV screens since she was fired from her "Today" gig last summer. Though she chose to remain employed by NBC News after the ouster, she's only reported on a handful of stories. Though she was a regular fill-in anchor on "Nightly News" during her time on "Today," Thursday was the first time she's been there since her tearful "Today" departure.
May 24, 2013 |
Thrill seekers may anxiously await this summer's arrival of Sin City 's newest adventure, the VooDoo Skyline, coming to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino . The ride will send guests racing along a wire between the hotel's Masquerade and Ipanema towers at speeds of up to 33 miles an hour. While it's similar to a zipline, the attraction is electrically powered, so it doesn't rely on gravity. The ride can handle two passengers at a time. The 70-second roundtrip begins and ends at the resort's VooDoo Lounge, atop the 50-story Masquerade tower.
May 23, 2013 |
The sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, where rooms start at $1,525, is expanding the category of luxury accessories by providing all guests with a 24-karat gold iPad upon check-in. The hotel, part of the Jumeirah group of hotels and resorts, is often listed as the world's most luxurious hotel and already provides iMacs in each of its 202 suites. The iPads were manufactured by Gold & Co. London and designed exclusively for Burj Al Arab. Each one is engraved with the hotel's logo, as well as Jumeirah's motto “Stay Different.” Every tablet also comes loaded with interactive customer experience, or ICE , software that enables guests to use the 24-karat gold iPad as a virtual concierge to access information and hotel services.
May 22, 2013 |
"Homeland" in its upcoming season will feature a number of guest appearances from actors who have been in series as varied as "How I Met Your Mother" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. " The third season of the Emmy-winning drama, which stars Claire Danes, Damian Lewis and Mandy Patinkin, premieres Sept. 29, and opens during the aftermath of the horrific terrorist attack that decimated the U.S. intelligence apparatus and prompted a global manhunt for the world's most wanted terrorist, Nicholas Brody (Lewis)
May 22, 2013 |
Justin Bieber may sue guests who visit his home if they violate his non-disclosure agreement. It's all so very hospitable. The 19-year-old pop star is asking for $5 million in damages if guests violate a waiver he's having everyone who visits his Calabasas home sign, according to TMZ, which obtained a copy of the liability waiver and release form. So, basically, don't talk about the property or anything that goes on there ... ever. Before you jump on the "Bieber is an egomaniac" bandwagon, just know that documents like this are fairly common among celebrities.