June 3, 2013 |
With her beach blond hair, cheeky tan lines and chic shades, Malibu Barbie has been a style icon for many a young girl, including this one. Now, more than 40 years after she first hit the pop culture wave, Malibu Barbie is getting a makeover, from Los Angeles designer Trina Turk . And this time, she's wearing a bikini! Starting today, the Malibu Barbie by Trina Turk doll ($50) and collection will be available at Trina Turk stores, TrinaTurk.com and BarbieCollector.com . The mythical Malibu icon is the perfect canvas for Turk's cheerful 1960s and '70s-inspired SoCal aesthetic.
May 25, 2013 |
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - Sisters Lauren Scott and Patrice Fambrini stood near the check-in desk of Curry Village, a quaint collection of tents and cabins in Yosemite National Park, and considered the merits of their lodgings. Last year, three people died and six more became ill after staying at the campground - infected by a rare, mysterious and usually dangerous rodent-borne illness known as hantavirus. "The way these were constructed created a habitat for the mice to be there," Fambrini said nervously.
May 24, 2013 |
A gruesome photo gallery of men and women impaled by arrows, augers and pipes is gone from the Ripley's Believe It or Not museum in Hollywood. And don't expect to see any displays of medieval chastity belts or tongs used to torture victims of the Spanish Inquisition. These and other macabre oddities have been replaced by such exhibits as a painting of Marilyn Monroe made entirely of candy, a mounted two-headed calf and the world's smallest drivable car. It's all part of a new family-friendly look at 33 Ripley's Believe It or Not museums around the world.
May 21, 2013 |
The Department of Water and Power has been taking it in the shorts during the mayoral campaign -- some casual visitor might assume that the DWP is on the ballot. Wendy Greuel's single biggest source of campaign support has been nearly $1.5 million from DWP workers and union members, some of whom are getting six-figure salaries and nice juicy raises that their brethren in City Hall down the hill can only dream of. And Eric Garcetti's campaign and supporters have not been shy about making this a campaign issue.
May 17, 2013 |
Count Jon Stewart among the many thousands of parents and moviegoers unimpressed by Disney's controversial makeover of “Brave” heroine Merida . In case you missed it, last weekend Merida was officially inducted into Disney's “princess collection ,” meaning that her image, like that of Ariel, Belle and Cinderella before her, will now appear on a slew of merchandise aimed at young girls. The problem is that her image will look noticably different than in the hit Pixar film, which celebrated Merida's independent spirit: Like a quirky starlet who's submitted to the pressures of Hollywood by cutting carbs and hiring a stylist, the “princess” version of Merida sports tamer hair, a low-cut neckline, and a narrower waistline.
May 16, 2013 |
Diddy's rather confusing Twitter announcement that he'll be appearing as a series regular on the wildly popular British aristocracy drama "Downton Abbey" has manifested itself as a mediocre Funny or Die video. And aren't we all a little relieved? We're guessing the Dowager Countess is. The music mogul, whose real name is Sean Combs, teased about his casting on Twitter for days, even changing his background image to the aristocratic logo and profile photo to Highclere Castle, where the fictional Downton is shot.
May 1, 2013 |
Television is an unusually fluid art. Because a TV series exists in time, over time, change and revision are in its blood. It's as if painters went back to work on their paintings after they were hung in museums. Series of films or books based on repeating characters also evolve - Sean Connery, meet Daniel Craig - but their progress is relatively glacial. TV series are fruit flies by comparison, mutating not just from season to season but week to week. The inauspiciously titled "Family Tools," which premieres Wednesday on ABC, is based on a middling British series called "White Van Man. " On the basis of its pilot episode, taken alone, I might have warned you to be out of the house Wednesday night in case you might see it even by accident.
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.
April 9, 2013 |
Are you a recent college graduate with a big pile of loans? Are you at mid-career and finding your paycheck doesn't match your spending? Have you inherited a bunch of money and want to make sure you don't blow it? Have you retired but are worried that your savings won't last? Whatever your situation, a financial tuneup can't hurt. The Los Angeles Times' Business section is looking for people to feature in a series of money makeover stories, which bring a reader together with a professional advisor.
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April 2, 2013 |
Over in one corner is a replica of the Wright Brothers' 1903 Flyer, the world's first piloted powered aircraft. Elsewhere in the former Santa Monica Airport hangar are a 1929 Lockheed Vega and a 1939 Howard DGA-15. But the newest feature at Santa Monica's Museum of Flying takes aim at the future of airline service - what is coming in the next few months to nearby Los Angeles International Airport, and also what airports everywhere could look like 150 years from now. A detailed, 24-foot scale model of the $1.5-billion makeover of LAX's Tom Bradley International Terminal will be displayed at the museum through Aug. 25 as part of an exhibition called Now Boarding: Fentress Airports + The Architecture of Flight.