November 21, 2013 |
The Recording Academy will present its prestigious Salute to Industry Icons award to Universal Music Group Chairman and Chief Executive Lucian Grainge in recognition of his contributions to the music business. A pre-Grammy gala will be held Jan. 25 at the Beverly Hilton to honor Grainge, who has advanced the work of such major acts as ABBA, Jay Z, Elton John, Eminem, Metallica, Katy Perry, Rihanna, U2 and Amy Winehouse over the span of his more than three-decade-long career. (The 56th Grammy awards themselves will take place Jan. 26.)
November 16, 2013 |
He didn't win a race in 2013. He didn't lead a lap in Saturday's Nationwide Series-ending Ford EcoBoost 300. Yet Austin Dillon still drove granddad Richard Childress' iconic No. 3 Chevrolet to a championship. Dillon overcame a poor-handling car early and benefitted from a late 12-lap caution to finish 12th, four spots behind pole-sitter and championship contender Sam Hornish Jr. at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Hornish, who began the race eight points behind Dillon, ran in the top five for most of the 200 laps.
November 14, 2013 |
Veteran costume designer Ruth Carter had her hands full with her latest feature film, "Lee Daniels' The Butler. " In it, she tackled eight tumultuous decades of U.S. political and social history - and changing fashions - filled with dozens of national figures (including LBJ, JFK and Jackie O) and had to factor in an equally daunting number of celebrities in the cast: Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Oprah Winfrey and, of course, Forest Whitaker in the lead role, among them. Carter says her focus had to be stout, and she ignored the shine of the 24-karat celebrities who surrounded her, on film and in her fitting rooms.
November 12, 2013 |
Finally, an opening date for Walter Manzke's République , the French restaurant going into the iconic Campanile space. It will start serving the general public Nov. 25. But there will be a soft-opening period for a few lucky diners before that -- much to Manzke's surprise. Things had been quiet on the République front until this morning, when the restaurant revealed that an Open Table glitch over the weekend had allowed potential diners to make a reservation for this coming weekend. That's well before the highly praised chef -- formerly at Patina, Bastide and Church and State -- had intended to start serving.
November 12, 2013 |
Google has released a new version of its Chrome Beta Web browser that tells users which of the websites they've opened is emitting sound. The new feature uses a small speaker icon that displays to the left of the small "X" users click on to close a tab. As soon as audio starts playing the icon appears, and it goes away when audio stops. "Have you ever shuffled through your tabs to figure out where that sound or music is coming from? We hear you!" Google said in a blog post . "With today's latest Chrome Beta release, you can now visually scan your tabs for a speaker icon to quickly find the offender.
November 6, 2013 |
While Blockbuster's announcement that it will close its remaining retail stores may cause little weeping among those who long ago moved on to streaming and other types of those, you know, technology things, there's something a little sad about this final reminder that the video store has gone the way of the milk man and Nicolas Cage's career. Back in the day, there was something appealing, if not quite romantic, about browsing video store shelves late at night, spotting that new find because an overeducated/underemployed store staffer recommended it, or perhaps coming across that old Andy Garcia movie that reminds you of why you broke up with her in the first place.
November 5, 2013 |
$250,000 buys a lot exotic curb candy. This kind of cash will net a nice Lamborghini Gallardo. Perhaps an Aston Martin DB9 Volante. A Ferrari 458 Italia is even possible. Or, $250,000 can buy a hand-built pickup truck with gobs more exclusivity than these three, and a cloak of anonymity they don't offer. Icon, the Chatsworth-based shop known for custom replica Broncos, FJ Cruisers and CJ-style Jeeps, unveiled such a truck Tuesday at the 2013 SEMA show in Las Vegas. PHOTOS: Icon's new Thriftmaster pickup Dubbed the Thriftmaster, the truck is a modern -- and powerful -- interpretation of a postwar icon.
October 30, 2013 |
Four years after his death, Michael Jackson has shown no signs of slowing down. In the last year, the late king of pop has earned $160 million, making him Forbes' top-earning dead celebrity . The Cirque du Soleil spectacles “Immortal” and “One” -- both anchored by Jackson's ubiquitous discography -- are currently dazzling audiences, and his hits have been repackaged in numerous compilations. But it's the way Jackson's music has been used to bolster posthumous projects that has drawn the ire of one of his most well-known collaborators and sparked a multimillion-dollar lawsuit.
October 30, 2013 |
Earlier this week, I saw Michael Polish's film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's 1962 novel “Big Sur,” which opens Friday. The book is one of my favorites: dark, brooding, the flip side of the Beat road legend, a story of isolation and spiritual despair. In it, we confront Kerouac's alter ego, Jack Duluoz, as he tries to reconnect with himself at a quiet cabin in Bixby Canyon. But he is already too far gone in his dissolution (Kerouac died in 1969, at age 47, of an esophageal hemorrhage, what his biographer Gerald Nicosia described as a “classic drunkard's death”)
October 23, 2013 |
Live by the tweet, die by the Twitter sword. That's Jofi Joseph's fate. But he's not the first - and he certainly won't be the last - to perish from the wounds of 140-character cuts. Joseph, most recently a director in the nonproliferation section of the White House's national security staff, was fired after being unmasked as the lamebrain behind the Twitter handle @natsecwonk. And just what irked his bosses? Perhaps tweets like this one, saved by the website the Daily Beast, which smartly anticipated writing the tweeter's Twitter obit someday: “I'm a fan of Obama, but his continuing reliance and dependence upon a vacuous cipher like Valerie Jarrett concerns me.” “Was Huma Abedin wearing beer goggles the night she met Anthony Wiener?