January 23, 2014 |
The stock of American Eagle Outfitters Inc. slumped Thursday in the wake of the abrupt resignation of the retailer's chief executive, Robert Hanson, who had held the post for almost two years. The teen apparel merchant said late Wednesday that Executive Chairman Jay L. Schottenstein, who was chief executive from March 1992 to December 2002, will temporarily fill the post. The company said it would start looking for a permanent replacement. Executive Creative Director Roger S. Markfield, who is also vice chairman, agreed to delay his planned retirement and continue in his roles, according to American Eagle.
January 19, 2014 |
Given the number of people you see on the street, head down, eyes focused on their phones, it's no surprise that more than half of American adults have a smartphone. We love to call, we love to text, we love to post to Facebook. But what we don't love, if we are traveling abroad, is an enormous post-vacation bill or, worse, being disconnected. Andy Abramson, whose role as chief executive of Comunicano, a marketing agency, keeps him on the road about two-thirds of the year, and Sebastian Harrison, president of Cellular Abroad, offer these 14 tips for staying tethered while you're away.
January 16, 2014 |
In a season when many favorites have shone through, Oscar voters held up their end, choosing some juggernauts for nominations Thursday morning. Still, there was more than a fair share of snubs and surprises. Here are the nine biggest: Philomania. After a quiet start, “Philomena" turns out to have surprising traction. Not only did Judi Dench score a nom for best actress, but the film earned screenplay, score and a best-pic slots as well. Leonardo DiCaprio's wrestle-friendly slip of the tongue Sunday didn't boost it, though -- ballots were closed several days earlier.
January 13, 2014 |
On a night when "American Hustle" cemented its status as an award-season front-runner, it was a number of lower-profile movies - including Spike Jonze's digital romance "Her" and the Italian drama "The Great Beauty" - that earned the designation of biggest surprises. Jonze won his first-ever Golden Globe over screenplay favorites "American Hustle" and "12 Years a Slave. " It was the only win for the film, and it seemed to bode well for it in the original screenplay Oscar category.
January 9, 2014 |
Writers prefer to be published by a traditional publisher over self-publishing. Go figure. More than 9,000 authors responded to questions about the publishing industry in a report to be issued next week. Of the writers surveyed, 57.8% said they'd rather go the traditional route with their next book than try self-publishing. These aren't just old-fashioned authors. That percentage includes writers who have been both self-published and traditionally published. What's more, the survey was conducted by Writers Digest and Digital Book World -- which certainly captures people interested in digital publishing.
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January 7, 2014 |
Sheriff Lee Baca's surprise decision to retire was met with shock and praise across Los Angeles County. Baca announced Tuesday he will step down at the end of the month. The move comes amid several scandals in the Sheriff's Department and an ongoing federal investigation into deputy abuse in the jails. County Supervisor Gloria Molina, who had been Baca's most vocal critic on the board, said of the sheriff's resignation: "It was very shocking and very surprising. It certainly caught me off guard.
January 3, 2014 |
In case you've been living on Mars and hadn't heard: Florida State junior tight end Nick O'Leary is the grandson of golf great Jack Nicklaus . "I mean, it's just like anything else," O'Leary said Friday. "Just he played golf for a living. " Yes, the same way Picasso just painted for a living. O'Leary, at 6 feet 3 and 248 pounds, is bigger than his granddad and has been a key player in the Seminoles' run to Monday night's Bowl Championship Series title game at the Rose Bowl.
January 3, 2014 |
Cindy Chupack has built a career chronicling single life as a writer for TV shows such as "Sex and the City," in relationship columns for Glamour and O magazine and in her collection of essays, "The Between Boyfriends Book. " Now she's turned her comedic gaze to the sometimes difficult subjects of marriage, domesticity and infertility with "The Longest Date: Life as a Wife" (Viking: 224 pp., $26.95). "My favorite line in the book would have to be 'Happily ever after is the epitome of lazy writing,'" Chupack says.
January 2, 2014 |
When the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. announced its nominations last month, the biggest surprise was that there were no surprises. There were no obvious, ratings-driven nods to celebrities, no left-field recognition to performances no one else found special. How will all this respectability play out when it awards the trophies? Here are our Golden Globes predictions. MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA The nominees: "12 Years a Slave," "Captain Phillips," "Gravity," "Philomena," "Rush" And the winner is: "Gravity.
December 29, 2013 |
KOLKATA, India - Rumors swept Kolkata this year that a runaway boy spent the night beside a 4,000-year-old Egyptian mummy in the Indian Museum, a building with a reputation for being haunted. The local media wrote it up, and a crowd, including some worried that the youngster had been besieged by ghosts, mobbed India's oldest museum demanding better security. With passions running high, authorities here in West Bengal state launched an investigation. "We checked all the closed-circuit TV cameras, gave them to the police," said Tanuja Ghosh, a museum geologist.