April 30, 1989 |
World Book & News Co., the 24-hour newsstand at 1652 N. Cahuenga Blvd. in Hollywood, a local landmark for over 50 years, has helped to inspire a new musical, "Hard Copy." Sam Harris of "Star Search" fame will star; he also wrote the book, lyrics and much of the music. The production, populated by a varied assortment of characters who meander into an all-night newsstand, previews May 4 and opens May 12 at the Coast Playhouse. Harris told us he gathered impressions from numerous newstands, but added, "I (particularly)
January 13, 1986 |
Magazine subscription promotions are coming thick and fast, all apparently offering different rates. But which is better: $1.09 an issue of Sports Illustrated for 54 weeks ("50% Savings") or 22 issues for four payments of $5.99 each ("$32.80 Off")? Who knows? "I took a six-month deal from Time, 50% off," one consumer says, "but now that you ask, I have no idea whether it was a good deal or not." It's a valid question.
May 2, 1989
Playboy Enterprises: The Chicago-based publishing and TV company said third-quarter net income dropped to $262,000 from $2.7 million a year ago. Revenue rose 7% to $40.7 million. The year-ago period included income from discontinued operations of $1.7 million as well as a $610,000 federal income tax refund. Playboy said profit in the publishing group was depressed by an adjustment due to soft sales of newsstand specials published in previous quarters. The company's video entertainment group reported a profit of more than $600,000 for the quarter, compared to an operating loss for the same period last year.
May 12, 1989 |
"See No Evil, Hear No Evil" (citywide) is an apt title for this brisk, ingenious and funny comedy that happily reunites Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder. Pryor's Wally is blind, and he is as proudly stubborn about acknowledging his disability as Wilder's Dave is about admitting that he is totally deaf. They skirmish mightily upon meeting each other, but Dave recognizes enough of himself in Wally to hire him as an assistant at his Manhattan lobby newsstand. Wally doesn't even have a chance to start work before he and his new boss are swept up in non-stop adventure.
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October 14, 1987 |
Some people in the East love to talk about how there's no intellectual life in Los Angeles. "Nobody reads there" is the derogatory refrain. Bernie Weisman, who's lived in both New York and Washington but who now lives in Northridge, knows better. And he ought to know. Bernie sells a lot of reading material. Weisman, 59, runs a newsstand--in fact, the largest newsstand west of the Mississippi--World Book and News, at the corner of Cahuenga and Hollywood boulevards, in the heart of Hollywood.
December 11, 2001 |
I was hanging out the other morning at my favorite newsstand, Current Events, in downtown Manhattan Beach, when a young man strode in with an unusual sense of purpose. He was handsome, when one took a second look, in a gentle way (the younger son, the future small-town banker with a heart). He had curly reddish hair and a square face with a wide, even mouth. He scanned the magazine rack, then turned to the counter with 10 copies of the Hollywood Reporter.