November 16, 2012 |
Apparently Rihanna took the chorus of her new single "Diamonds" to heart -- her latest promotional gambit for her album "Unapologetic" is the shiniest, booziest thing in the friendly skies this week . The Barbados-born singer has chartered a private jet to schlep around 250 comrades, contest winners and media folks for seven stops on her "777" world tour of small clubs that includes stops in Mexico City, London and elsewhere. Though this just sounds like a dreary, Dickensian hell, the passengers are doing their best to fight through the pulverizing boredom of being plied with Armand de Brignac champagne, tequila shots and Courvoisier in the company of one of the world's most famous and beautiful pop stars while jetting to exotic locales.
November 14, 2012 |
Michael Jackson fans have been eagerly anticipating Randall Sullivan's "Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson," which went on sale Tuesday. It's the first deep-dive narrative by a veteran journalist covering the King of Pop's convoluted final years on earth. But then, too, the book's been getting a lot of bad press. In the last few weeks, various Jackson family members and celebrity sources have stepped forward to attack the author's claims in "Untouchable" with gusto.
August 16, 2012 |
"You've Been Trumped" sounds like a setup, a well-meaning contrivance with a preordained conclusion. It could have turned out that way, but the reality of this surprising - and surprisingly disturbing - documentary is much more eye-opening than that. As it happens, "You've Been Trumped" lives up to both interpretations of its title. It involves not only being bested, but being bested by the blustery Donald Trump, the shameless self-aggrandizer and real estate accumulator whose forays into northeast Scotland are the focus of the efforts of director, co-writer and cinematographer Anthony Baxter.
May 30, 2012 |
In a footnote to the long and often caustic Republican primary contest, Mitt Romney surpassed the number of delegates needed to clinch the presidential nomination Tuesday night by winning the Texas primary. The former Massachusetts governor, eager to challenge President Obama in what figures to be a close and expensive general election, hailed the milestone at a fundraiser in Las Vegas. "This was a big day, by the way, 1,144, we finally got there," Romney told donors who had raised as much as $250,000 each to attend the first event of the night with developer Donald Trump at his hotel just off the Strip.
April 27, 2012 |
With the No. 23 on his jersey, Michael Jordan became one of the greatest basketball players of all time, winning six NBA championships and five MVP awards. Now that number has taken on a whole new meaning. The Charlotte Bobcats, which are owned by Jordan, lost their 23rd consecutive game Thursday evening against New York, finishing the season with a record of 7-59 and the worst winning percentage in NBA history (.106). The record previously belonged to the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers, who were 9-73 (.110)
April 23, 2012 |
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are in Ecuador with the kids in the wake of their engagement news, but as usual it's something of a working vacation for Jolie, who last week was promoted from goodwill ambassador to special envoy in her continuing gig with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. It was destination Galapagos Islands for the six kids and their folks, with Mom making time to visit a refugee settlement as well. Over the weekend, Jolie met with Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino in the capital city, Quito, and also showed up at Providencia, a settlement in the rain forest near the banks of the San Miguel River, which forms Ecuador's border with Colombia.
April 5, 2012 |
A healthcare policy think tank founded by Newt Gingrich has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The Center for Health Transformation, an organization with offices in Washington, D.C., St. Louis and Atlanta, has filed the necessary paperwork in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Atlanta. The think tank was seen as a sign of Gingrich's clout in Washington. It is part of the vast empire of lucrative projects that he abandoned when he became a presidential candidate. The organization, which describes itself as "a high-impact collaboration of private and public sector leaders committed to creating a 21st century intelligent health system that saves lives and saves money for all Americans," had grossed nearly $55 million since 2001, according to its website.
March 21, 2012 |
Sears Holdings Corp. is slashing costs after losing $2.4 billion in the fourth quarter, including the closure of 120 of its department stores. But one expense remains sky-high: the cost of charter flights for Chief Executive Louis J. D'Ambrosio, who lives in Philadelphia and commutes to Sears' headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Ill. Sears spent $793,224 last year shuttling D'Ambrosio by private jet back and forth, according to its latest proxy...
February 28, 2012 |
Even though the Clippers fly on a private jet, the players remain anxious throughout their flights. When Caron Butler dozes off, he plants one of his long legs in the aisle as a booby trap to alert him if anyone is approaching. Blake Griffin sleeps with a blanket tied around his head. "I don't know how he [is] breathing under there," Reggie Evans said. What do the players fear? Clippers center DeAndre Jordan. Jordan co-founded a movement he calls "got 'em," in which he patrols the team plane searching for a teammate who has fallen asleep.