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.
January 16, 2014 |
The day after handing the Lakers a 36-point drubbing downtown , the Los Angeles Clippers brought their style A game to a Jan. 11 party in Beverly Hills hosted by Clips center DeAndre Jordan and his stylist Paige Geran at Burberry's Wilshire Boulevard boutique. The event included a screening of the British brand's fall-winter 2014 menswear runway show (which had taken place in London three days earlier), cocktails and the opportunity for party-goers to pre-order made-to-order pieces from the runway collection on the spot from tablet-wielding Burberrians.
January 16, 2014 |
The five films nominated for the best documentary Oscar provide a compact overview of differing approaches to subject matter and storytelling The nominees include "The Act of Killing," "Cutie And The Boxer," "Dirty Wars," "The Square," and "20 Feet From Stardom. " "The Act of Killing" is a stylistically bold film from director Joshua Oppenheimer which told the story of genocide in Indonesia by re-enacting mass crimes as dramatic scenes. Oscars 2014: Complete list of nominees "I've been astonished by the readiness and even the hunger by audiences to embrace something new," said Oppenheimer.
January 13, 2014 |
Porsche is bringing back a classic 911 body style - the open-topped Targa - in the image of the original, with a metal-plated roll bar perched just behind the driver. The Targa debuted Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, with styling harking back to the original Targa, a fully removable roof segment and a wrap-around rear window. More recent Targas have looked much more modern, with a sliding glass roof, and more like the hardtop version of the car. PHOTOS: 2014 Porsche 911 Targa Porsche unveiled the first Targa in 1965 at the Frankfurt International Motor Show, calling it the world's first-ever “safety Cabriolet,” a compromise between a soft-top convertible and a fixed-roof car. The name Targa comes from the Targa Florio race series in Sicily, but has since become synomous with a removable hardtop.
January 11, 2014 |
HADDONFIELD, N.J. - A four-day traffic hell that trapped cars headed to one of the nation's busiest bridges, supposedly engineered by gleeful political operatives as payback: Deeply stupid, for sure. Unbelievably vindictive and petty. And, in its way, so quintessentially New Jersey. The George Washington Bridge scandal that has engulfed Gov. Chris Christie, bizarre as it is, also somehow stands as an example of the state's hardball political traditions. In the Garden State, political bosses have never gone out of style, corruption cases pile up more victims than the Sopranos, and elbow-to-the-face tactics are shrugged off by voters - as much a part of Jersey culture as boardwalk custard and stainless-steel diners.
January 11, 2014 |
A red-brick driveway leads to this Paul Revere Williams-designed Tudor set along the water of Toluca Lake. The elegant formal entry and the library, with its wood-beam ceiling and built-in bookcases, are in keeping with the architect's traditional style. Location: 9956 Toluca Lake Ave., Toluca Lake 91602 Asking price: $8 million Year built: 1938 House size: Five bedrooms, six bathrooms, 7,228 square feet Lot size: 1.02 acres Features: Dark wood flooring, recessed lighting, leaded windows, intricate molding, curved staircase, bar, wine cellar, covered patio, outdoor fireplace, gazebo, swimming pool, private dock About the area: In the first half of 2013, 84 single-family homes sold in the 91602 ZIP Code at a median price of $842,000, according to DataQuick.
January 3, 2014 |
"Chicago Fire" sparked NBC's prime-time lineup last season with its mix of adrenaline-driven action sequences and personal drama revolving around the truck-and-rescue squad of a fictional Chicago firehouse. Creator and executive producer Dick Wolf now wants to add heat to the fire with a spinoff, "Chicago P.D.," premiering Wednesday. Wolf and his fellow producers hope "Chicago Fire," still a solid performer in its second season, will fuel interest in "Chicago P.D.," which will feature an ensemble combining familiar faces from "Chicago Fire" with new characters.
December 31, 2013 |
Interspersed almost strangely among all the success is a handful of bad years in Lakers history, with 2013 near the top in unfulfilled promise. There wasn't much for Lakers fans to cheer, be it the calamitous Dwight Howard season that ended with Kobe Bryant's torn Achilles' tendon and a first-round playoff sweep in April, or this season's ridiculously ho-hum record with seemingly everybody injured. Nick Young has been a bundle of entertainment, though, a free-agent afterthought back in July who makes any game amusing for better, for worse, for whatever.
December 25, 2013 |
In the sports world, the NBA owns Christmas Day, with five games scheduled today. The first game begins at 9 a.m. Pacific time with the Chicago Bulls playing at the Brooklyn Nets and the last game will end about 10 p.m. when the Clippers and Warriors finish in Oakland. In middle of the five games are the Lakers and Miami Heat playing at Staples Center in a 2 p.m. start. The Oklahoma City Thunder visit the New York Knicks at 11:30 a.m. and the Houston Rockets travel across the state to play the San Antonio Spurs at 5 p.m. The Heat-Lakers and Thunder-Knicks games are on ABC while the other three are on ESPN.
December 23, 2013 |
Here's something that California doesn't need: a replay of Proposition 8 in slightly different form. But it may get one. Opponents of a new state law that expands the rights of transgender students say they have submitted enough signatures to place a measure on the ballot to repeal it. Recent spot counts by the secretary of state show they may not have reached the threshold. In our view, California would be better off if the petitions were found to be lacking. As with Proposition 8, which altered the California constitution to ban same-sex marriages, this proposal is based on fear of and intolerance toward people whose sexuality falls outside of traditionally accepted norms.