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February 15, 2014 |
Bill Davila, a first-generation Mexican American who worked his way up from sweeping floors at a Vons market to being president of the supermarket chain, knew that some executives in the industry were not sure how to pronounce his last name. Was it the Spanish DAH-vee-la or the Anglicized duh-VIL-a? Davila, who was also the genial spokesman for Vons in TV and radio commercials, was used to walking in both worlds. "I'll respond to either pronunciation," he said in a 1987 Los Angeles Times interview.
February 14, 2014 |
They started near high noon, two gunslingers and a sniper. They were ready, willing and hoping to be able to bring the enemy to its knees, the enemy being the hallowed and harrowing Riviera Country Club. They were Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose and Jim Furyk, a threesome of big-name golfers and a popular choice for the galleries on the second day of the Northern Trust Open. The attraction was obvious. Two of the players, Rose and Furyk, were major winners, each having a U.S. Open title in their resume.
February 7, 2014 |
If you're one of the impatient ones, and have to have a bottle of Brangelina's latest rosé from Provence right now, you'll have to jet over to London or France. That's right. The first bottles of 2013 Château Miraval Côtes de Provence rosé will be sold first in France and England. There's been a waiting list for the wine since last year and the people on it were notified by email that they could sign on Thursday and buy one case of six bottles each. Just in time for Valentine's Day. Go to the website and you'll be informed very politely, in French, that the reservation list for the first bottles of the 2013 vintage is now closed.
January 30, 2014 |
Driving to Silver Lake the other day to visit his father, Leonardo DiCaprio passed through the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Western Avenue, the neighborhood where he spent the first nine years of his life. Back then, DiCaprio says, he'd be in the car, riding to and from school, and see micro-skirted prostitutes on every corner. In the alleyway near his home, he'd occasionally notice people smoking crack and shooting heroin. "I try to tell my godson, who lives close to that area, what it was like, how there used to be a major prostitution ring on my street corner, crime and violence everywhere.
January 25, 2014 |
Donkeys who stare, salesmen who pester, filmmakers who prod, killers who smile and kids who run wild are just a few of the weird, wacky and wonderful ideas that drive the indefinable 66 that fill this year's shorts program at the Sundance Film Festival. With technology making it relatively inexpensive and easy to go from idea to execution, the outer edge of creative invention can often be found in short films. From my sampling of this year's lineup, the further out, the better. Take "Rat Pack Rat," from filmmaker Todd Rohal ("The Guatemalan Handshake")
January 18, 2014 |
Friday's front page (yes, the print version) had a touch of “The Day of the Locust” about it. Although the Nathanael West novel is about Hollywood, its biblical allusion to plagues and disaster works for Los Angeles as a whole. What other city has such epic natural disasters etched on the world's imagination? The photo above the fold looked like a painting of a city being menanced by a spooky but oddly beautiful cloud - smoke from the Colby fire, as the wildfire season starts way too soon.