June 11, 2012 |
No event in Los Angeles is too grand to be above a snotty skewering from a New York critic. Last month's historic production of "Don Giovanni" at the Walt Disney Concert Hall was no exception. There's a moment near the end where Mozart offers a sly reference to his earlier work. It apparently slipped by the crowd. "It was," the New York Times critic wrote, "an opera in-joke in search of an opera audience. " I was there that night, and I plead guilty. I missed it. But really, the appraisal of a culture comes down to a missed laugh line in the final minutes of a four-hour production?
April 20, 2012 |
The crooning, adolescent faces in boy bands One Direction and the Wanted continue to dazzle the world over, and while the Ministry has been busy with Brangelina engagements and such, we've decided to take notice. Both groups, of British-Irish origin, have deftly recruited their own screaming fans and triggered a nostalgia in those folks who that grew up with the Backstreet Boys, 'NSync and 98 Degrees. The cultural inclination is, naturally, to assume a massive feud exists between the two young groups (complete with physical confrontations )
April 6, 2012 |
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. Michael Jackson and Simon Cowell are hot. Elvis Presley, Larry King and Christina Aguilera -- not so much. At least those are the sentiments of tourists who requested views of celebrity homes from StarLine Tours, the largest tour bus company in Los Angeles. Based on such requests, the tour company Friday released its top 10 list of most requested celebrity homes for 2011 and the Holmby Hills mansion where the King of Pop died in 2009 was the most requested stop, followed by the Beverly Hills estate of former"American Idol"judge Cowell.
June 19, 2011 |
In Tuesday's Season 6 premiere of A&E's "Gene Simmons Family Jewels," an ongoing argument between the Kiss rocker and his longtime partner, Shannon Tweed, resurfaced, ending with her walking out the door with packed bags. In your season premiere, you and Shannon have a tense discussion about your faithfulness, or rather lack thereof. Every relationship has one of those discussions, what can I say? I worship the ground she walks on. We have two kids who are by most estimates the most charming — certainly in Hollywood — most well behaved, well-liked young people.
June 14, 2011 |
Sad news today at the Playboy Mansion: Playmate Crystal Harris is not marrying Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, according to Hefner himself. "The wedding is off. Crystal has had a change of heart," the would-be groom, 85, tweeted earlier today. Crystal, 25, may be doing her longevity a favor. Studies show that so-called May-December weddings, which typically involve a younger woman and a much older man, are more beneficial for the husband than the wife. Men benefit greatly from having a younger spouse, studies show -- their mortality rate can drop 11% if they're just seven to nine years older than their wives, compared with husbands who are the same age as their wives.
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April 24, 2011 |
After weeks of medical detective work, public health officials have moved much closer to solving the mystery illness that sickened more than 120 people at the Playboy Mansion in February. The bacterium that causes Legionnaires disease has been found in the mansion's grotto, the famed artificial cave that houses a whirlpool spa. The bacterium, Legionella pneumophila , is a suspect in the illnesses among attendees at a DomainFest fundraiser Feb. 3 at the mansion, in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles.