March 7, 2014 |
In trying to keep up with the Kardashian's real estate dealings, The Times has confirmed that reality show stars Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick have purchased the Calabasas home of retired pro football player Keyshawn Johnson. The house was listed at $8.495 million and the sales price has not yet appeared in the public record. The couple have their old home in Calabasas for sale at $3.499 million. Their new home is more than twice as big as the old one at 11,746 square feet.
March 6, 2014 |
Damien Chazelle's “Whiplash” was the toast of this year's Sundance Film Festival, sweeping top prizes that set it up for a potentially nifty commercial and awards run when it hits theaters later this year. Now its writer-director, first-timer Damian Chazelle, is looking to capitalize on the heat with a new project, titled “La La Land,” according to a person familiar with the project who asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about it publicly. Described as a romantic musical set in L.A., the script centers on an aspiring actress and jazz musician who fall in love but see their relationship tested by the high-stress environment of the city's arts and entertainment community.
March 4, 2014 |
In what is being billed as the first investment by a Chinese firm in a Hollywood talent agency, Beijing-based Bison Capital Holdings has acquired a stake in Century City-based Resolution, the company announced Tuesday. Resolution, a talent and literary agency, is headed by Jeff Berg, the former chairman and chief executive of International Creative Management, who left that company in October 2012 after a bruising power struggle. Privately held investment firm Bison is headed by Peixin Xu, who also is an independent director of Bona Film Group Ltd., a China-based film distributor.
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March 3, 2014 |
The two California Department of Fish and Wildlife scientists charged with doing environmental work on the proposed Newhall Ranch development had a daunting task. They were to help review whether and how the largest residential development ever approved in Los Angeles County - 20,000 homes stretching across a bucolic valley - could be built without undue harm to the environment, protected species and Southern California's last major wild river, the Santa Clara. The project was controversial and dizzyingly complicated.
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February 25, 2014 |
A Los Angeles City Council committee took a first step Tuesday toward banning hydraulic fracturing and other disputed practices tied to oil extraction, winning cheers and applause from a packed auditorium. "Fracking and other unconventional drilling is happening here in Los Angeles, and without the oversight and review to keep our neighborhoods safe," Councilman Mike Bonin told the Planning and Land Use Management Committee. The panel decided to pass the matter along to the council after hearing from dozens of supporters. “We can't allow the safety of our neighborhoods that we represent to be jeopardized by dangerous drilling,” Bonin said.
February 19, 2014 |
Federal officials have announced the approval of two solar projects on public land in California and Nevada. The projects are expected to generate about 550 megawatts of renewable energy, or enough to power about 170,000 homes, the Interior Department said in a statement Wednesday. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the two projects are among 50 such utility-scale renewable proposals that have been approved by the department since 2009. PHOTOS: Richest and poorest cities in America The Stateline Solar Farm Project will be built in San Bernardino County about two miles south of the Nevada border.
February 17, 2014 |
The little town of Dixon, Ill., has two claims to fame. First, it's the self-proclaimed Petunia Capital of Illinois. And second, it's the boyhood home of Ronald Reagan, 40th president of the United States. Presidents (and petunias) are no doubt good for tourism, which is probably why the town has decided to erect another bronze statue - its third - to Reagan. This one is planned for Lowell Park, just north of the Dixon Correctional Center, the state's largest medium security facility.
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February 15, 2014 |
Artist Nancy Holt's best-known work, "Sun Tunnels," is outdoors, huge and open to the public - but only a relatively small number of people have seen it in person. It sits on 40 acres of land she bought in a desolate part of the Great Basin Desert in northwest Utah, accessible only by dirt roads with no buildings in sight. There sit four massive concrete tubes, each weighing 22 tons and towering more than 9 feet tall. The tubes are precisely oriented to frame not only landscapes in the distance but also the ever-changing patterns of the sun and stars in the sky. By limiting what someone in a vast open space can see, Holt meant to make the universe more personal.
February 14, 2014 |
Models Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge and Chrissy Teigen have landed the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition's 50th anniversary cover. The annual cove r, shot by photographer James Macari, was revealed Thursday on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" with a splashy display outside Kimmel's studio on Hollywood Boulevard and features the three models topless with their bikini bottom-clad backsides to the camera. They're also knee deep in aqua-blue water in the Cook Islands, but who cares about that, right?
February 14, 2014 |
One of the rich elements of "The Lego Movie" is its sense of place. For a fictional land, it has plenty of echoes of the real world. With a populace kept numb by plastic pop music, contrived reality TV and fast-food giveaways -- and a general sense that business interests trump nearly everything else -- the world dear Emmet and his friends occupy in the Phil Lord-Chris Miller picture has more than a little in common with modern-day America....