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May 4, 2013 | By Gina Piccalo
This story has been updated. See note below. Amanda Demme isn't who she used to be. And that's probably a good thing. Just ask her. She'll tell you she's been in hiding for six years, casting off the pretensions that came with life as a famous (and infamous) Hollywood impresario. "It was a great time," Demme said last week of that raucous era at the Roosevelt Hotel, when A-listers clamored to get into her parties. "But it was a time. Lost my mind. " PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times FOR THE RECORD: Amanda Demme: In the May 4 Calendar section, an article about photographer Amanda Demme said that Demme's work is being shown at the Venice gallery Oblivion.
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HOME & GARDEN
September 13, 2013 | Chris Erskine
Let's peel back the layers of L.A., the Big Onion - past the skin lotions, the spray tans, the unnecessary piercings, down so close that you can tickle this lovely city's soul. Wait, that's not a soul. That's another layer. Or maybe it's bulletproof long johns. I feel like Philip Marlowe sometimes. Just when I think I've found the essence of Los Angeles, I discover yet another veneer. A city without essence? Or pity. Keep peeling, pal. “This is what Rome was like just before it fell,” notes a Times photographer at this club.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2009
Francophone Fest 2009 Where: Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood When: 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. today Price: $20 in advance, $30 at the door Contact: www.fcclaoc.com; www.selaviproductions.com
ENTERTAINMENT
May 4, 2013 | By Gina Piccalo
This story has been updated. See note below. Amanda Demme isn't who she used to be. And that's probably a good thing. Just ask her. She'll tell you she's been in hiding for six years, casting off the pretensions that came with life as a famous (and infamous) Hollywood impresario. "It was a great time," Demme said last week of that raucous era at the Roosevelt Hotel, when A-listers clamored to get into her parties. "But it was a time. Lost my mind. " PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times FOR THE RECORD: Amanda Demme: In the May 4 Calendar section, an article about photographer Amanda Demme said that Demme's work is being shown at the Venice gallery Oblivion.
OPINION
January 6, 2002
My wife, 3-year-old daughter and I were first-time visitors to L.A. between Christmas and New Year's Day, specifically Hollywood and a one-day jaunt to Disneyland. Travel guides love to scare people about how complicated L.A. is, and how you'd better have a car or you're sunk. They call Hollywood Boulevard seedy and public transportation limited. I realize we didn't see much in just a few days, but what I saw and experienced was neither seedy nor limited, and not any more complicated than any other city.
OPINION
April 26, 1998
Robert A. Jones' concern about the nature of Hollywood's revitalization should be shared by all Angelenos ("Waiting for Life on the Boulevard," April 19). The charm and elegance of the old Hollywood came from the area's marvelous chateaux and Hollywood Boulevard's Art Deco and Spanish Colonial Revival architecture of the 1920s and '30s. Most of these buildings are still standing. Any large-scale development should complement or follow their designs. The garish Galaxy complex does not belong in this architectural milieu.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 2007 | DEBORAH NETBURN
You'll talk about: "The Simpsons Movie." If this movie is amazing you'll talk about it, if it's terrible you'll talk about it, and you'll see it either way. (Friday) You'll also talk about: HRH Prince. The latest Prince album is called "Planet Earth," and early reviews have been positive. Prince has been on his game lately with those concerts in Vegas, that amazing Super Bowl performance and that Roosevelt Hotel gig at $3,000-plus a seat. We're into it! (Tuesday).
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2009 | TINA DAUNT
There was a time when Hollywood thought of Africa as a kind of exotic backlot, but these days it's the venue for many of the causes about which activist members of the industry feel most deeply. Over the next two weeks, in fact, the continent is getting top billing on the town's social to-do list.
TRAVEL
March 12, 2006 | Jane Engle, Times Staff Writer
CHRIS WILLIAMS appreciates plush surroundings. In December, he and his wife, Alice, stayed in a $350-a-night Ritz-Carlton in Florida. "Marble everything," he said. But last month, the couple from Rome, Ga., decided on the Holiday Inn Express Hollywood, where room rates recently ran as little as $104 a night, for their five-day getaway to Los Angeles. "It's nice to live in luxury," said Williams, who supervises technicians at a cable-TV company. "But it's not feasible."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2007 | Ann Powers, Times Staff Writer
THERE are shows, and then there's the pop fantasy realized. Having Prince practically sit in your lap as he takes a guitar solo midway through his debut at the Roosevelt Hotel? As the credit-card commercials say: Priceless. Eyebrows have been raised over the exorbitant ticket prices for the artist's seven nights of shows, billed as "3121 Live," at the Hollywood hot spot -- $3,121.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2013
Teddy's at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Where: 7000 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. Hours: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays Price: No cover Info: (323) 466-7000; http://www.thompsonhotels.com
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
In Hollywood, nightclub years are like dog years. Teddy's, the tiny nightclub tucked into the far front corner of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, had been open and popular for an impressive seven years - retirement age for most clubs - before being shut down last year for a remodel. It's now in a soft-open phase, and if early attendance numbers and enthusiasm are any indication, it's as popular as ever. Surprisingly, Med Abrous, director of promotions and entertainment for Thompson Hotels, went out of his way to not change much during the eight months the club was shut down.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2012 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp. Chairman Sumner Redstone was etched in entertainment history Friday when he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The aging mogul's family members and some of Hollywood's most powerful executives were on hand to witness the tribute on Hollywood Boulevard, just outside the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, where the first Oscar ceremony was held. Viacom Chief Executive Philippe Dauman compared Redstone to Adolph Zukor, the visionary New York nickelodeon owner who became one of the first people to make big money in movies.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2011
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel opened in 1927, financed by such Hollywood luminaries as MGM studio head Louis B. Mayer and superstar couple Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. As soon as the hotel threw open its doors, it was the place to be seen in town. On May 16, 1929, the first Academy Awards ceremony was held in the hotel's fashionable Blossom Room. The winners had been announced to the press three months earlier. It was the only time the awards were held there.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2010 | By Mark Sachs, Los Angeles Times
Sir Richard Branson has taken time off from helming his global Virgin brand to help promote the fourth year of BritWeek, which highlights all manner of British connections with California. An impressive array of events in the Southland (and for the first time in San Francisco as well) can be found at http://www.britweek.org. And although the celebratory "week" began Saturday, not to fear — it actually runs through mid-May. Meanwhile, here's Sir Richard's L.A. Days & knights We like to stay at the Sunset Marquis.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 25, 2009 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Weren't we supposed to be partying with robots on Mars by 2010? While someone's working on that, L.A.'s finest night owls have prepared some stellar parties for us to celebrate the beginning of this new decade. Here are a few of the best. But before you read further, please note: Lineups and ticket prices are subject to change, so call ahead before heading out Thursday night. Twenty Ten: A Space Odyssey L.A. Center Studios The club kingpins at Dolce Group have teamed with the event producers at Pandora Nightlife to take over L.A. Center Studios, an 18,000-square-foot soundstage.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2010
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Where: 7000 Hollywood Blvd. When: Restaurant 25 Degrees, open 24-7; Bridge restaurant, open 5:30 p.m. daily; Tropicana Bar, open 7 to 2 a.m. Mon.-Sat., 10 to 2 a.m. Sun; Lobby Bar, open daily and nightly; Teddy's and Library Bar open nightly. Info: (323) 466-7000; http://www.thompsonhotels.com
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2009
Francophone Fest 2009 Where: Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood When: 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. today Price: $20 in advance, $30 at the door Contact: www.fcclaoc.com; www.selaviproductions.com
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