March 5, 2013 |
The L.A. Times Festival of Books is on the horizon -- April 21-22, to be exact. In the coming weeks, we'll be talking to some of the authors who will be there; the first is bestselling novelist Lisa See. The author of "Dreams of Joy," "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan," "Peony in Love," "Shanghai Girls" and "On Gold Mountain" was born in Paris, brought up in Los Angeles, and writes about the intersection of American and Chinese cultures. Her latest novel, "Dreams of Joy," looks back at China's troubled Great Leap Forward of the 1950s.
January 29, 2013 |
— If Commissioner Roger Goodell is the quarterback at NFL headquarters, Eric Grubman is more like the running back, negotiating around, over and through obstacles while always trying to advance the ball. Grubman, the NFL's executive vice president of business operations, is the league's chief deal maker, a longtime Goldman Sachs investment banker who plays a crucial role in major transactions such as the sale of a team, the construction of a stadium, or the various relationships with league partners.
January 20, 2013 |
At 23, Giancarlo Stanton has 34- and 37-home-run seasons in his rearview mirror, and the promise of becoming the face of a franchise in front of him. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Miami Marlins slugger last week enjoyed one of the perks of stardom by being summoned to participate in promotional filming at Occidental College for 2K Sports' new Major League Baseball 2K13 video game, which will be on shelves for Xbox 360 on March 5. Stanton, a product of...
January 17, 2013 |
Last month, the Los Angeles Times sat down with Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett-Packard, to discuss her first 15 months on the job. The story from that interview ran earlier this month . The interview came just a few weeks after HP announced that it had uncovered a massive accounting fraud at Autonomy, the British software company it acquired in 2011. When the Autonomy acquisition was announced in August 2011, Leo Apotheker was still CEO and Whitman was on the HP board. The controversy over that deal and its hefty price tag, coupled with an announcement that HP was thinking about selling its PC business (known as the Personal Systems Group, or PSG)
January 13, 2013 |
Alice Cooper is best known for his distinct brand of rock 'n' roll, incorporating horror elements including guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood and boa constrictors into his shows. The Phoenix rocker, 64, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011, a nod to a career that produced hits such as "School's Out," "No More Mr. Nice Guy," "I'm Eighteen" and "You and Me. " Yet he's also a gifted golfer, a four handicap who after touring with Iron Maiden last year is entered in the pro-am competition at this week's Humana Challenge golf tournament headlined by Phil Mickelson in Palm Desert and La Quinta.
January 8, 2013
Howie Long turned 53 Sunday, marking his 20th year away from pro football while working in the Fox studios in Santa Monica on the network's pre- and postgame shows as an NFL studio analyst alongside Terry Bradshaw. Long, a Raiders defensive lineman from 1981-93 who entered the Hall of Fame in 2000, has a son, Chris, playing defensive line for the St. Louis Rams and another, Kyle, on the University of Oregon's offensive line. This weekend, Fox will broadcast two NFC semifinals, starting with the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, a rematch of a season opener won by the 49ers, 30-22.
December 24, 2012 |
Architect Ana Henton is founder of MASS Architecture Design Build and has designed award-winning restaurants, cafes and shops such as Lukshon in Culver City, Intelligentsia Venice, C + M at LACMA, Breadbar in Century City and Silverlake Wine. One of her next projects is the revival of the Helms Bakery by Sherry Yard and Sang Yoon in a 10,000-square-foot space in the Helms complex in Culver City. We caught up with Henton about...
December 24, 2012 |
For most of us, Christmas comes once a year. But for Sal Lizard, co-author of "Being Santa Claus: What I Learned about the True Meaning of Christmas"(Gotham, $20), Christmas exists 365 days of the year. At the age of 20, when Lizard's hair and beard abruptly began to turn completely white, he embraced it and took on a full-time career as Santa Claus. For the last two decades, Lizard has appeared as Santa in homes, offices, malls, parades, schools, hospitals, as well as in movies.
December 23, 2012 |
As the NFL heads to its final week of regular-season games, what better time to check in with Cris Collinsworth? The NBC analyst alongside play-by-play man Al Michaels on "Sunday Night Football," Collinsworth also is on Showtime's "Inside the NFL" panel. "This is all I do" each week, he said. "Watch and study football. " Yet, even with that expertise, Collinsworth, 53, says he was only 9-7 on last week's game picks. "You just have no idea," he said. "It's the flip of a coin. " That may be especially true in a wide-open playoff field.
December 17, 2012 |
Bryant Gumbel puts a bow on his 18th season hosting HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" on Tuesday night, with the show's annual round-table review. Driven by Gumbel's eye for human-interest stories that examine the role of games and sports in society, "Real Sports" has won 23 Sports Emmy Awards, 15 of them for "Outstanding Sports Journalism. " One of this year's nominees could be Gumbel catching up with the unwanted son of former NFL wide receiver Rae Carruth, a profile that revealed both the worst in human behavior (Carruth hired a hit man to shoot his pregnant girlfriend)