July 30, 2013 |
'Fashion Star' fizzles: NBC has canceled the reality fashion competition show "Fashion Star," according to the Hollywood Reporter. The series, which featured Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and menswear designer John Varvatos mentoring up-and-coming designers, had a two-season run. [Hollywood Reporter] Saks sold: Saks Inc., parent company of the Saks Fifth Avenue luxury department store chain, was snapped up by Canadian retail giant Hudson's Bay for $2.9 billion (including debt)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2013
Bebo Valdes Pianist and bandleader who fled Cuba Bebo Valdes, 94, a renowned Cuban pianist who recorded with Nat King Cole, was bandleader of Havana's Tropicana nightclub during its glittering heyday and was considered the last luminary from the golden age of Cuban music, died Friday of pneumonia in Sweden. His death was confirmed by the agent for his son Chucho Valdes, a well-known pianist in his own right. Valdes, who enjoyed a remarkable late-career resurgence after he was coaxed out of retirement in the 1990s, was a classically trained musician with a strong interest in American jazz.
January 8, 2013 |
When Eli Broad holds a public event, he seldom does it without the company of local politicians, cultural leaders and throngs of media professionals to underscore the influence that the Los Angeles billionaire and philanthropist exerts on the city's arts landscape. Broad presided over just such a ceremony Tuesday to mark a milestone in the construction of his namesake contemporary art museum, to be called the Broad, that is being built on Grand Avenue. It will feature works from the Broads' private art collection and will serve as headquarters of the Broad Art Foundation.
September 25, 2012 |
Southern California horse racing has chosen a fitting way to open up a crucial meeting. It named a race for Eddie Delahoussaye. Santa Anita will be back in business Friday, for a meeting highlighted by the first of two straight Breeders' Cups. Around here, the best way for the sport to separate itself from the muck that has stalled recent growth is to put on two more dazzling Breeders' Cups, as it did in 2008 and '09. There is no Zenyatta to carry the show this time, but putting a spotlight on Eddie D. on opening day is a smart and worthy gesture.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2012 |
Everyone hated Los Angeles in the 1970s. If you didn't, you were ashamed to admit it. When my friend and I came home from college in Berkeley to do what we saw as cool, noirish things - drive by the house where the Manson family murdered somebody, or sneak into Houdini's deserted mansion - we kept it quiet so we wouldn't be labeled "plastic. " I was reminded of this when "Chinatown"screened at the Hollywood Forever cemetery this summer. Three hours before the film started, hundreds of college and post-college kids toting sleeping bags and wicker hampers crammed onto the roped-off lawn in front of the cemetery gate to see Roman Polanski's 1974 L.A. noir epic.
January 6, 2012 |
Apparently "Hansen Natural" didn't have enough bite — the Corona beverage maker is changing its name to the more aggressive Monster Beverage Corp. Hansen makes a line of namesake juices as well as Admiral Iced Tea, Blue Sky energy drinks and Junior Juice. Its website features pastoral images of rolling hills and butterflies. The company that has cultivated a wholesome, feel-good image also owns the gritty Monster Energy drinks. The brand, which sponsors extreme sports events, features a neon-green triple-slash logo on beverage offerings such as Monster Rehab.