April 15, 2013 |
When the Kool-Aid Man next hurtles through some unsuspecting homeowner's wall, he'll look snazzier, more up-to-date, more “lifelike,” according to parent company Kraft Foods Group Inc. Which means that Kool-Aid Man -- a giant, anthropomorphic, red liquid-filled pitcher that's been around since 1954 -- will be “technologically advanced [and] CGI-generated” instead of the costumed character he once was, according to Kraft. The mascot for the drink mix brand is undergoing “a serious makeover with a brand-new modern look and distinctive voice” for an advertising campaign plugging the company's liquid mix. The product allows customers to add drops of sugar-free juice mix to water to create customized beverage blends.
October 23, 2013 |
It's like your grandmother wanting to get an R-rated glamor-shot makeover. Not only do you definitely not want to see her all tarted up in a push-up bra and marabou-trimmed satin mules, you have to run out of the room hollering over the sound of her voice whenever she so much as mentions it. Same thing, aviation-wise, when it comes to Burbank airport, since 2003 called Bob Hope Airport. Before that it was the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport, the neighborhood airport for the 818 area code and parts of the 626 and 323. Like your granny, it's 80-ish years old, and also like your granny, it has sacrificed uber-modernity for the sake of comfort and shabby charm, and that's the way we've liked it. At the Burbank airport, you don't expect first-class lounges with massages and lattes; you don't look for caviar snacks or Gucci boutiques.
January 7, 2012 |
The Hotel Normandie, a mid-Los Angeles inn with a checkered past, is on the way to becoming respectable again as its new owners labor to restore its Jazz Age charms. It's a testament to how fortunes have improved in one of the city's oldest neighborhoods that investors are eager to spend millions of dollars restoring a beaten down building with a modest pedigree. The squat brick structure at Normandie Avenue and 6th Street drew attention in 2010 when its then-owner vowed to turn it into a "pot-tel" catering to medical marijuana smokers.
HOME & GARDEN
December 12, 2009 |
Its exterior is classic California bungalow with beveled siding, wood-trimmed windows and a cheery gabled roof. But inside the Venice house, owners David and Jennifer Ritch live with clean lines, an open floor plan and modern furnishings. Can the two styles -- cottage and contemporary -- coexist? How can 1906 California architecture meld with the design preferences of its 2009 occupants? The Ritches asked themselves those questions when they decided not to demolish a 950-square-foot bungalow that the city of Los Angeles had already cited as a public eyesore.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2009 |
After 10 years of contentious discussions, the Los Angeles Harbor Commission is expected to vote today on a $1.2-billion project designed to transform the San Pedro waterfront into a vibrant commercial district. The action would bring to a close a master-planning process that some in the seaside community thought would never end. But the struggles over what should arise along 400 acres available for development are just getting started. The project calls for replacing the ailing Ports O' Call Village tourist spot with up to 300,000 square feet of new restaurants and shops and a 75,000-square-foot conference center.
March 22, 2013 |
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. Valley girl Dorfman (Sara Rue), a never-been-kissed accountant, pines over Jay (Johann Urb), a globe-trotting narcissist in this old-fashioned makeover movie set in Los Angeles' newly hipsterized downtown. When Jay accepts a weeklong assignment in Afghanistan, Dorfman squeals at the chance to house-sit his brand new loft. And unpack and decorate. And commute daily from the warehouse district to Encino. Everyone knows a Dorfman - a people-pleasing victim - and Brad Leong's comedy has some nicely miserable character beats watching Dorfman cower before her crush, her sleazebag brother (Jonathan Chase)
HOME & GARDEN
October 28, 2004
RE "Yes, That Is an Airstream in My Living Room" [Oct. 21]: I cannot imagine the anxiety writer Melissa Stephan had as they hammered away in her home. I often wonder during these types of makeover shows what happens if the residents really hate the changes. Laurie Wilcox Palm Desert
October 23, 2012 |
Nearly two months after an ownership change the long-anticipated restructuring of the Chivas USA front office began late Tuesday with the appointment of Jose David to the team's presidency and the naming of Jose Luis Real as supervisor of soccer operations. Real is a longtime confidant of Jorge Vergara who, along with his wife, Angelica Fuentes, owns the Mexican League team Chivas de Guadalajara. In August, Vergara and Fuentes also became sole owners of Chivas USA after buying out former partners Antonio and Lorenzo Cua. Following the ownership change Vergara and Fuentes instituted a media blackout, refusing to talk about their plans for the long-struggling team they helped to found.
March 5, 2013 |
Here we thought Gina was just self-absorbed and clueless. But she knows the score. It was makeover week, the week that "Biggest Loser" fans love second only to the finale, and every competitor got his or her due, kids included. While everyone looked swell, Sunny and Gina were standouts because of their great new 'dos. (Can we all agree that Ken Paves and Tim Gunn should handle makeovers forever and always?) The makeovers had a twist this season -- they were revealed at home, with friends and family, and came with a challenge.
June 26, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before listening to politicians babble. The Skinny: Tuesday's headlines include the plans to give the Forum a makeover to compete with the Staples Center, News Corp. considers splitting the company in two and an amusing look at how much writer Aaron Sorkin likes to repeat himself. Daily Dose: Adam Sandler's raunchy"That's My Boy" may have been a flop at the movie theater but not everyone has lost faith in him. FX has secured the basic cable rights for the movie.