September 26, 2004
Back in 1950, life was simple. DuMont dominated the television universe with its majestically sprawling, aptly named Royal Sovereign. It boasted a 30-inch screen, the largest black-and-white picture tube ever produced. It was the best TV on the market. Period. Now there is no "best," just a bewildering variety of choices: Will that be projection? Front or rear? Will that be flat screen? Liquid crystal display or plasma? Or would you prefer a good old cathode-ray tube?
December 9, 2012 |
Pop star and singing competition judge Britney Spears has bought the Thousand Oaks home of former professional hockey player Russ Courtnall and his wife, actress Paris Vaughan. The property came on the market in August at $8.5 million and was withdrawn from the Multiple Listing Service within a month. A withdrawal is a tactic sometimes used to hide celebrity home purchases. The sales price was not disclosed. The Mediterranean-style house, built in 2010, is in the Lake Sherwood area.
July 25, 2013 |
It's back, and there's still some Shaq. The retired pro basketball great's former home on the Westside has come on the market at $9.495 million. Owned since 2004 by one of Japan's bestselling singer-songwriters, Kyosuke Himuro, the contemporary estate still pays homage to the onetime Laker. Gone are the red flowers in a bed of white forming Ss on either side of the steps to the front door. Redone is the home theater, which now has its walls lined with guitars. Retained is the tennis/basketball court, where “NBA MPV” is painted at one end and a Superman S at the other.
March 12, 2007 |
DVDs featuring new movies are coming out faster than ever. The average time between the premiere of a movie at the multiplex and its appearance on DVD shrank an additional 10 days last year, further unnerving theater owners who believe that the tightening window threatens their business. The revelation from a new study is likely to further shake exhibitors when it is formally unveiled this week by the National Assn. of Theatre Owners at the industry's annual ShoWest convention in Las Vegas.
August 29, 2013 |
Brad Turell, executive vice president of corporate communications at Paradigm Talent Agency, has listed his house in Sherman Oaks for sale at $3.295 million. Designed for entertaining, the 9,400-square-foot Mediterranean has been his family home for nearly a decade. The grand foyer serves as the entrance to the house, with dual marble staircases, a circular hand-painted ceiling and a 35-foot-tall ceiling. There are seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms, including a 1,000-square-foot master suite with a sitting room and a balcony overlooking the mosaic-bottom swimming pool.
July 5, 2013 |
Perhaps coach Adam Levine of “The Voice” got tired of being the landlord. The Maroon 5 frontman has sold his home in Hollywood Hills for $3.55 million in an off-market deal. The remodeled Mid-Century Modern-style home sits on a half-acre lot with a separate guest unit. Features include two interior fireplaces, a home theater, an exercise room, a security system, four bedrooms and four bathrooms. Walls of glass open to an outdoor fireplace, swimming pool and spa. Levine, 34, is the lead singer and guitarist for the Grammy-winning Maroon 5. He has worked with Kanye West, Natasha Bedingfield and 50 Cent, among others.
HOME & GARDEN
April 3, 1993 |
Today's electronic sound decoders take the Dolby stereo audio signal present on many laser discs and videotapes and split it into four separate channels of sound--left, center, right and surround--to produce an audio effect known as surround sound. When the separate channels of sound are routed to strategically located speakers, they can turn a living room into a home theater. According to Video Magazine, decoders can offer the most for your money in upgrading a home theater environment.
July 22, 2013 |
NBA analyst Kenny “the Jet” Smith and his wife, model-actress Gwendolyn Osborne, have put their stamp on a gated home in Encino and placed it on the market at $2.795 million. The more than half-acre contemporary French country estate, built in 1963, includes a main house, a guesthouse and a swimming pool. Among its features are vaulted ceilings, skylights, a sunroom, an office and a home theater. There are six bedrooms, eight bathrooms and 6,106 square feet of living space. Smith, 48, is a retired NBA player and now an NBA analyst on television.
December 21, 1990 |
Home theater systems are expensive but, contrary to popular opinion, they are not so costly that only the rich can afford them. Though it is possible to spend from $10,000 to $100,000 for a deluxe home theater, it is also possible to assemble one that's fairly impressive for only a few thousand dollars.