There are some crazy-ass Lakers expectations floating around town. The last time expectations were this high, USC had a No. 1 pre-season ranking and Matt Barkley had a premature Heisman coronation. How's that working out for Trojans fans? No doubt the new-look Lakers will win a lot of games and go ... More >>
"Consumers said that's more than just interesting, it's like 'where have you been my whole life,'" Taco Bell's Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer Brian Niccol told Forbes recently, about the public's reaction to the Doritos Locos Taco. This taco concoction is exactly what you might think it is: ... More >>
In 2008, stand-up comic Katt Williams was riding high on the success of MTV's Wildin' Out, a couple movie roles, an HBO special and four national tours. His brand of comedy -- weed, pimp culture, black-vs.-whitey jokes, more weed -- had all but infiltrated hip-hop. But then Williams hit a productive ... More >>
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YouTubeTroy 'Escalade' Jackson.Troy "Escalade" Jackson, a prominent figure on the "streetball" circuit and brother of former Knicks player Mark Jackson, died in his sleep, reportedly at an L.A. hotel room during NBA All-Star Weekend. The cause of death was still under investigation. NBA lum ... More >>
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She's Jaw-Dropping, Eye-Opening, and, Well, Just Different.
In case you need reminding after all these years, Grace Jones isn't like us. If, halfway through her astounding show last night at the Hollywood Bowl, a flying saucer had descended from above and carried her away, few in the crowd would have been too surprised. Timothy NorrisGrace Jones took the s ... More >>
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