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 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?
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October 20, 2013 |
An old surfing battle is resurfacing in Newport Beach. A city panel, the Blackball Working Group, will take the first step toward a possible review of surfing regulations at a public meeting Monday night. This has set off murmurings among surfers over one particular place: the Wedge. A storied spot at the end of the Balboa Peninsula, where the west harbor jetty extends from shore, the Wedge has set the stage for world-famous waves that have brought thrills to generations of surfers and spectators.
October 11, 2013 |
The 2013 edition of “A Very Special Christmas” albums benefiting the Special Olympics puts the focus on superstar names, with a roundup of holiday songs from John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Sting and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers among the collection's 11 tracks. The album, “A Very Special Christmas: Icon,” is to be released on Oct. 15, and also includes recordings from Jon Bon Jovi, Josh Groban, Rod Stewart, Sheryl Cro, Wham! and Carrie Underwood.
October 2, 2013 |
Rihanna, who has a new TV fashion-competition show called "Styled to Rock" slated to premiere on Oct. 25 on Bravo, is Glamour's November cover girl. She tells the magazine her style icons are Nicole Richie and Princess Diana, but her love for fashion all started with her mother. The magazine hits newsstands Oct. 8. [Glamour] Meanwhile, Miranda Kerr is the cover girl for Cosmopolitan. She says her life is more balanced now than ever, as she juggles her career, marriage to actor Orlando Bloom and tot Flynn.
October 2, 2013 |
NEW YORK - King Kong climbed it. A bomber crashed into it. Now the country's most iconic building is going public. The Empire State Building is set to make its debut Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange. And for $13 - about half the cost of a ticket to its famous observation deck - you can own a piece of the American landmark. When it was completed in 1931, the 102-story Art Deco landmark reigned as the tallest building in the world. An enduring symbol of Gotham's vertical prowess, it retained its status as the tallest skyscraper in New York City for four decades, until it was eclipsed by the old World Trade Center at the foot of Manhattan.
October 1, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Over a five-decade career, the French fashion designer Agnes B. has engaged in some colorful pursuits. She's opened stores from Asia to Europe, launched perfume and handbag lines and, in recent years, even dabbled in film by forming a producing collaboration with Harmony Korine that yielded "Spring Breakers. " But for all these disparate achievements, Agnes B. (also sometimes known as Agnes Trouble) had never directed a film. And she certainly hadn't directed a film about incest and child runaways.
September 29, 2013 |
There were 10 confirmed suicides from the Golden Gate Bridge in August. It was the most suicides in any month in the bridge's history. Monday, Tuesday, suicide. Thursday, Friday, suicide. Sunday, Monday, suicide. Over and over, a suicide every three days. The 10th was a 17-year-old girl from Marin County. This information doesn't come from the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. The district considers itself the official source of all information related to the bridge - except information on suicides.
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September 24, 2013 |
If proof was needed that opposites attract, the loves of Carolyn Cassady's life would more than make the case. The daughter of a biochemistry professor and an English teacher with strict, Victorian values, she grew up in the 1940s envisioning a traditional marriage with children and a steady husband to keep them in comfort. What she chose, however, was marriage to Neal Cassady, the fast-talking, hard-living, womanizing wanderer who would be immortalized as Dean Moriarty in "On the Road," Jack Kerouac's 1957 novel that celebrated nonconformity in a rigidly conformist era with its depictions of sexual freedom, drugs and other revelry on the open road.
September 20, 2013 |
When plans commenced in 1987 to build Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown L.A., architect Frank Gehry was a relatively youthful 58 years old. By the time the hall was completed, after a number of delays and setbacks - not to mention some acrimonious bickering among its key players - the architect had become a 74-year-old eminence grise . Gehry, now 84, recently sat down for a conversation at Disney Hall with Times music critic Mark Swed and...