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.
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.
July 22, 2007 |
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).
June 25, 2007 |
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.
April 24, 2009 |
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.
March 12, 2006 |
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."