Beau Rosenwald — an obese Hollywood talent agent–turned-producer — was used to having his movies fail. He also was used to raking in millions of dollars via films starring a monkey.
This time, however, the failure was monumental.
After the studio killed his script, Beau found himse ... More >>
L.A. Weekly is determining the best L.A. novel ever by holding a tournament featuring 32 of our favorites in head-to-head matchups, until there's only one novel standing. Check out the complete set of brackets here: Best L.A. Novel Ever: The Tournament.
F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon and Eve ... More >>
This past Saturday, despite the threat and eventual onslaught of late-autumn rain, about 100 art-world players (tennis and otherwise) gathered at the posh and uber-private Los Angeles Tennis Club for the FRAME (French Regional American Museum Exchange) benefit tennis tournament, in an inspired partn ... More >>
When the actor Jim Fletcher talks about F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, it is with the same mixture of familiar intimacy, sublime awe and wary respect that an experienced Himalayan mountain guide might use to describe the shimmering icefalls and man-eating crevasses of that range's most famo ... More >>
OK, let's just get this out of the way: "Benincasa" is a pretty funny name for someone who's agoraphobic.
Sara Benincasa, who has gobs of credits as a comic, sex-chat show host and TV performer, signs her book on her bout with the anxiety disorder, Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom, tonigh ... More >>
If you live in any proximity to a middle school or teenage girl, you probably know all about The Hunger Games, the young adult dystopian trilogy by Suzanne Collins. You will also know that the movie comes out in March. What you might not know is that there is also a cookbook about the trilogy ... More >>
[Look for your weekly fix from the one and only Henry Rollins right here on West Coast Sound every Thursday, and come back tomorrow for the awesomely annotated playlist for his Saturday KCRW broadcast.]
Now that we have been released from the grips of August and go deeper into September, I a ... More >>
Pssst...wanna buy an expensive book? How about a guinea pig painting?
Bonhams & Butterfields is auctioning off some fine books and manuscripts this Sunday (9 a.m.). They've got a Beatrix Potter original watercolor of a super-cute guinea pig grooming himself. How much will this super-cutene ... More >>
Guzzle & NoshA typical evening at A Razor, A Shiny Knife
Every word out of Michael J. Cirino's mouth seems like a wisecrack, and that includes "and" and "the." Somehow, between anecdotes about chewing khat in North Africa and passages from The Great Gatsby, he manages to expound on the chemic ... More >>
Lauren Conrad, The Hills reality star-turned-fashion icon-turned-authoress, spoke with me on the phone yesterday about clothes and stuff. She'll be signing her new Style book tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m. at Barnes and Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles.
Do you have any favorite items in ... More >>