July 23, 2006 |
Ben Goldhirsh is zipped into his wetsuit, at the wheel of a cluttered old Ford. He pulls into the parking lot at Topanga Beach, kills the ignition and checks the surf. "Do you know Biggie's 10 Crack Commandments?" he asks. (That's the Notorious B.I.G.) "Interestingly enough, a lot of the life lessons my dad tried to pass on to me bear a striking similarity to Biggie's 10 Crack Commandments." He laughs, a little uncomfortably. "Rule No. 1 is never let anyone know how much money you have."
March 15, 2006 |
WITH ALL THE heat Rob Reiner has been getting for his universal preschool ballot initiative, I hate to pile on. After all, as a Toyota minivan Democrat and mother of two, I'm in favor of more preschool. Just don't tell me it's "universal" until your family joins ours in the vast whirling cosmos of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Given the way that affluent families already eschew L.A.
August 27, 2005
I am having a hard time deciding if the story written by Mary McNamara on rich kid David Ellison, the son of Oracle CEO and founder Larry Ellison, was one of the worst or one of the funniest I have read in a long time ["A Wing and a Player," Aug. 24]. With sentences such as, "Though he has the subtle sheen money often brings -- a combination of excellent orthodontia, high thread counts, and quality products for hair and skin," and "with the rangy, hands-shoved-in-his-pockets good looks of a Ralph Lauren model," I had no trouble picturing McNamara swooning with her heart pounding as she typed up this story.
September 28, 2004 |
When Fox debuted "The O.C.," its wildly popular teen soap about beautiful rich kids in Orange County, critics found it so banal and shallow that the guy from the Washington Post yearned for "the cold comforts of a sleazy-minded reality show." Who says nobody listens to critics?
April 2, 2004 |
Through the doors of "The Big House" (ABC, premiering at 8:30 tonight) walks Kevin Hart, a rich kid from Malibu who moves in with poorer relations in Philadelphia after his father is jailed for embezzlement. He must learn to get along with less, in the company of more. From this inauspicious premise -- no more original for being, as Hart has described it, "kinda autobiographical" -- something not bad emerges, in large part because the talented players seem to be enjoying themselves immensely.
February 15, 2004 |
Money -- lots of money -- almost ruined Robert Gray. His grandmother, whose family owned much of the land that became Beverly Hills, left him $5 million when he was 18 years old. Before that, Gray was a typical hardworking high school student and had been accepted to engineering school. But Grandma's life-altering bequest spelled the end of his desire to work hard to get ahead, he said. Gray quit college twice and left jobs whenever things got tough.
April 18, 2003 |
Anyone with a passing acquaintance with the offspring of celebrities and industry figures, or their wealthy friends and associates, can attest to the painful accuracy of Catherine Jelski's bleakly perceptive "The Young Unknowns," inspired by the stage play "Magic Afternoon" by Wolfgang Bauer. (Neither title quite fits.) It is a harrowing experience, anchored by the solid portrayal by young Devon Gummersall.
February 9, 1997 |
When people started comparing Guy Oseary to Sammy Glick soon after Oseary began his fast-track rise at Madonna's Maverick Records, Oseary thought Glick was a real-life show-biz wheeler-dealer he just hadn't met yet. It wasn't until his friend Ben Stiller mentioned last year that he was writing a movie script from the Budd Schulberg novel that produced the ruthlessly ambitious Glick, "What Makes Sammy Run?," that Oseary realized Glick was fictional.
April 11, 1994 |
In an office unusually Spartan for one of Hong Kong's business elite, Richard Li calls out to his secretary to bring him a pen. "I'm in transition . . . moving from one office into another," explains Li, who last year turned down an offer from his father, billionaire Li Kashing, to be managing director of Hutchison Whampoa Ltd., the flagship conglomerate of the family empire. Instead, he accepted a lesser position in the family firm and set up his own company, Pacific Century Group.