July 29, 2013 |
The Jackie Robinson biopic "42" scored the top spot on the DVD and Blu-ray sales chart in its first week in release. The film, starring Chadwick Boseman and Nicole Beharie, outpaced "Evil Dead," this year's remake of the tongue-in-cheek horror classic from 1981. "Identity Thief," the raunchy comedy with Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, was the No. 1 rental in its seventh week in release. Here are the top titles for the week that ended July 20 for sales and July 21 for rentals, according to Rentrak.
July 14, 2013 |
As much as I'd like to believe it - especially in these cases - the customer is not always right. In fact, sometimes the customer is downright dunderheaded, as I was in a couple of recent instances involving rental cars. Rookie mistakes both, and they cost me - in one case time, in another money. On a rainy Sunday morning last month, I returned a three-day rental car to the Des Moines airport. The rate was about $43 a day for a compact car. I had picked up the rental car at 9 a.m. Friday and had said on my reservation that I would return it at 10 a.m. Sunday.
July 5, 2013 |
Perhaps coach Adam Levine of “The Voice” got tired of being the landlord. The Maroon 5 frontman has sold his home in Hollywood Hills for $3.55 million in an off-market deal. The remodeled Mid-Century Modern-style home sits on a half-acre lot with a separate guest unit. Features include two interior fireplaces, a home theater, an exercise room, a security system, four bedrooms and four bathrooms. Walls of glass open to an outdoor fireplace, swimming pool and spa. Levine, 34, is the lead singer and guitarist for the Grammy-winning Maroon 5. He has worked with Kanye West, Natasha Bedingfield and 50 Cent, among others.
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June 26, 2013 |
Bike-sharing in Los Angeles has hit a roadblock. In spring 2012, Tustin company Bike Nation predicted the first phase of its L.A. bike-share program would be up and running by summer 2013. Soon after, officials said, as many as 4,000 bikes would be available to rent by the hour, the day or the week - similar to CitiBike, the program that launched in New York City last month to much fanfare. To make money, the company planned to sell advertising on the 400 sleek, silver rental kiosks that it would place around Los Angeles.
June 20, 2013 |
Truck rental company Ryder announced Thursday it would make 39 light- and medium-duty vehicles powered by compressed natural gas available for lease or rent in California. Because of their lighter frame, the Greenkraft and Navistar trucks powered by 6.0-liter GM engines will tap existing natural gas stations throughout the state. The more than 300 heavier-duty natural gas trucks in Ryder's existing fleet require stations specially equipped to handle large commercial tractor-trailers.
June 18, 2013 |
Gay couples have a harder time finding a place to rent together than straight couples, according to the first national housing study on the issue. Released Tuesday, the report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development found that same-sex couples received fewer responses from rental agents than heterosexual couples when responding to online advertisements. Gay male couples have it more difficult than lesbian couples, according to the research. “We need to continue our efforts to ensure that everyone is treated the same when it comes to finding a home to call their own, regardless of their sexual orientation,” Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan said in news release announcing the study.
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June 16, 2013 |
- They are two of the faces of this city's housing crisis. Cindy Zhao, 48, works two jobs to keep her dream of home ownership afloat. Like thousands here, she bought a flat in a tenancy-in-common - a share of a four-unit building that has left her family financially entangled with co-owners. The interest rate on their collective mortgage is more than double those available for solo loans, and if one fails to make a payment they all could face foreclosure. For years she and her husband have entered a lottery that allows 200 such units to be converted annually to condominiums.
June 10, 2013 |
The fifth season of HBO's vampire series "True Blood" maintained its spot atop the DVD and Blu-ray sales chart, while the action crime film "Gangster Squad" knocked off Tom Cruise's "Jack Reacher" to take the top spot in rentals. Here are the top titles for the week that ended June 1 for sales and June 2 for rentals, according to Rentrak. Top 10 DVD & Blu-ray sales 1. "True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season" | Warner Bros. | Week 2 2. "The Last Stand" | Lionsgate | Week 2 3. "Dark Skies" | Anchor Bay/Starz | Week 1 4. "Parker" | Sony | Week 2 5. "Beautiful Creatures" | Warner Bros.
May 21, 2013 |
A judge has ruled that Airbnb, the popular online service that allows homeowners and apartment dwellers to offer their residences as temporary rentals, is illegal in New York City. The decision from the city's Environmental Control Board found that New Yorkers offering their dwellings on the website violate a state regulation designed to dissuade landlords from operating their buildings as illegal hotels. The law, approved in 2010 and enacted in 2011, prohibits apartment occupants from renting out their spaces for less than 29 days.