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July 8, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Centerfold-turned-anti-vaccine-crusader Jenny McCarthy is in talks to join “The View” as a co-host, according to a report in Us Weekly . McCarthy, 40, has been a frequent guest co-host on the long-running daytime talk show and is rumored to be on deck to replace Joy Behar when she leaves next month . According to an unnamed source in the magazine article, McCarthy, whose anemically rated talk show “The Jenny McCarthy Show” launched...
June 25, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Los Angeles designer Jenni Kayne  knows how to live in style. She celebrated a decade of her fashion label Thursday night with a bash that brought together family, friends, fashion and art. The event was held at the new Kayne, Griffin, Corcoran Gallery on South La Brea, co-owned by Jenni's sister Maggie Kayne. Guests got to enjoy private time in the gallery's exhibition “James Turrell: Sooner Than Later, Roden Crater,” including taking in the “Skyspace” situated over a conference table and reclining chairs, and the kaleidoscopic two-person “Perceptual Cell” light show in a pod. (Kayne Griffin Corcoran and the Kayne Foundation are major sponsors of the blockbuster James Turrell restrospective at LACMA.
June 13, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli have finalized their divorce, officially ending their 11-year marriage. The "Twilight Saga" and "Nurse Jackie" actor filed for divorce in March 2012, with Garth following suit soon after. Fifteen days earlier, the couple had announced that they planned to separate. "While we have decided to end our marriage, we both share the same deep love and devotion to our children," Facinelli and Garth said in a joint statement at the time. "We remain dedicated to raising our beautiful daughters together.
June 7, 2013 | By Alexander Nazaryan, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Back in 2007, Elliott Holt was the recipient of a curse: New York Magazine deemed the young writer one of its "Stars of Tomorrow. " In Manhattan's claustrophobic literary world, expectations were immediately raised and daggers surely sharpened. Holt's debut novel, "You Are One of Them," has finally arrived, and it turns out to be an odd hybrid of bildungsroman and thriller, borrowing as much from the coming-of-age stories of Judy Blume as it does from the spy novels of John le Carré.
May 11, 2013 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
The high-heeled ostrich-skin boots belonged to an ambitious and gifted young singer, one of many similar pairs she owned in the days before she could afford designer labels. The silky couture evening gown was a totem of that same woman's meteoric rise to success as a multi-platforming artist. She wore it during a sold-out performance at Staples Center in 2011. And the Spanish-language Bible was a Christmas gift from her parents, Pedro and Ramona, who inscribed it with these words: "Make sure you carry this Bible with you everywhere you go. The Lord will bless you .... " PHOTOS: Jenni Rivera - Reactions to the tragic crash Jenni Rivera normally took it with her always, said Athena Jaharis, assistant registrar at the Grammy Museum, which on Sunday will open "Jenni Rivera: La Gran Señora," a new exhibition dedicated to the Mexican American singer-songwriter, actor and entertainment entrepreneur.
April 18, 2013 | By Amy Nicholson
Rapper Filly Brown (Gina Rodriguez) is tomboyish and politicized, spitting lines like "Do you even see the Latinos serving you Chinese?" over a flamenco-inspired beat. She's the sound of Los Angeles - and so too is her eponymous movie "Filly Brown," which even gives a key role to local Power 106 DJ Khool-Aid and her weekly syndicated Latin hip-hop show, "Pocos Pero Locos. " Fifteen months after its Sundance Film Festival premiere, this heartfelt drama from director-producers Youssef Delara and Michael D. Olmos is finally reaching theaters.
April 13, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
When it came to mass recognition in the United States, the late Latin music star Jenni Rivera used to say she wasn't Coca-Cola, and maybe she wasn't Pepsi either. But she wasn't going to let anyone tell her she wasn't at least akin to Fanta. The sentiment - more colorfully expressed in Rivera's words according to friend and manager Pete Salgado during a recent interview in Studio City - may partly explain why the Mexican regional superstar floated under the radar of most non-Spanish-language outlets before her death last year.
April 11, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
The life and career of Jenni Rivera, the bestselling banda and norteña singer and multi-platforming media personality who was killed last December in a plane crash, will be explored in the exhibition "Jenni Rivera, La Gran Señora," opening May 12 at the Grammy Museum in downtown L.A. The exhibition will examine Rivera's legacy as the “Diva of Banda” who sold more than 20 million albums worldwide. Rivera also starred in her own reality TV series, "I Love Jenni," on mun2, Telemundo's bilingual, bicultural cable network.
March 28, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times
Muriel Spark understood better than most novelists the peculiar fascination of hermetic worlds. She set "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" in a Scottish girls day school, "The Abbess of Crewe" in a convent run like the C.I.A. and her last novel, "The Finishing School," at a Swiss academy of questionable ethics. Jenny Davidson, a comparative literature professor at Columbia University and fiction writer, has inspired Sparkian comparisons with her new novel, "The Magic Circle," which focuses on a strange subset society all its own - the brainy bubble of Columbia University's Morningside Heights neighborhood.
February 19, 2013
Some final words from the late Mexican American singer and TV star Jenni Rivera will be out this summer. Atria Books announced Monday it's publishing a memoir by the multimillion-selling artist, who died in a plane crash in December at age 43. "Unbreakable," coming out simultaneously in English and Spanish, is scheduled for July and has been authorized by Rivera's family. Rivera had worked on "Unbreakable" for several years and completed it before her death, Atria spokesman Paul Olsewski said.
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