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Novalis

April 17, 2012

“The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist.” Read the original post: Novalis

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Sunset Bridge Utility Work to Cause More Street Closures

February 13, 2012

A portion of Sunset Boulevard and Church Lane will be closed nightly for a month starting Wednesday due to utility work on the Sunset Bridge, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Details for street closures are as follows: Start Date:  Wednesday, Jan. 4 Work/Full Closure Hours:  10 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly Work Days:  Monday through Friday Duration:  Four weeks Streets that will be closed overnight are as follows: Sunset Boulevard between Barrington Avenue and Veteran Avenue Church Lane north of Sunset Boulevard to the southbound 405 Freeway ramps Church Lane south of Sunset Boulevard to Kiel Street Northbound 405 ramps at Sunset Boulevard Southbound 405 ramp at eastbound Sunset Boulevard Metro officials said the Sunset Bridge will remain open during the day but that it may close as early as 7 p.m. Detours due to the overnight utility work will be as follows: Westbound Sunset Boulevard Traffic:  Detoured to southbound Veteran Avenue to westbound Wilshire Boulevard, to northbound Barrington Avenue and back to Sunset Boulevard. Eastbound Sunset Boulevard Traffic:  Detoured to southbound Barrington Avenue, to eastbound Wilshire Boulevard, to northbound Veteran Avenue and back to Sunset Boulevard. Church Lane Traffic:  Detoured to Sepulveda Boulevard. Local access for residents will be maintained and emergency responders will have access to the area. In addition, pedestrians will be rerouted to a safe area. According to Metro, crews will also be doing utility relocation work on Sepulveda Boulevard between Montana Avenue and Moraga Drive beginning Wednesday. Officials say the work will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily for 20 days. Metro did not indicate that there would be any closures due to the utility work on Sepulveda Boulevard. However, a press release warned of unusual drilling noise in the area. Closures and construction  are subject to weather conditions. For the latest information, visit the Metro website . Be sure to follow Beverly Hills Patch on  Twitter  and “Like” us on  Facebook . View original post here: Sunset Bridge Utility Work to Cause More Street Closures

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Oprah Dedicated To Turning OWN Around

January 31, 2012

LOS ANGELES — Oprah Winfrey earned the rare opportunity to convert her media charisma into a monogramed TV channel. Now she’s the one tasked with rescuing OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, after a disappointing first year. It’s a high-stakes, potentially ego-shattering challenge that could make the strongest woman or man flinch. But win or lose, Winfrey says she relishes the fight to turn OWN’s fortunes around. “Yes, some mistakes were made. Who hasn’t made mistakes? The real beauty is you can say, `I learned from that,’” Winfrey said. “I don’t worry about failure. I worry about, `Did I do all I could do?’” The cable channel, which marks its first year Jan. 1, is trying for a fresh start after executive turnover and missteps that proved OWN lacked a solid foundation on which to build, this despite a Discovery Communications investment of a reported $250 million and counting. Viewers snubbed the lineup that skimped on programming and, surprisingly, what should have been OWN’s unique weapon of choice: Winfrey herself, whose limited on-air presence will be boosted Sunday with a new weekly series, “Oprah’s Next Chapter.” OWN has failed to improve on, or in some instances even match, the modest ratings and small audience earned by the low-profile Discovery Health channel it replaced. “I would absolutely say it is and was not where I want it to be for year one,” Winfrey said. “My focus up until (last) May was doing what I do best, which is `The Oprah Winfrey Show,’ and giving that my full attention” until its conclusion. But Winfrey, who said management team errors in planning and execution could serve as a cautionary tale (“I was never interested in writing a book. … THIS could be a book”), rejects the idea that a single year’s performance will determine OWN’s ultimate fate. Or hers. “Somebody was talking to me in that kind of saddened, `How are you?’ tone, and I was thinking, `I’m fine,’” said Winfrey, 57, who ruled as the queen of daytime TV until she ended her talk show after 25 years and turned her attention to the channel. “I realized the reason people have this tone is they’re reading all the press (about OWN), so you see me and wonder if I can still walk. … I am a determined and committed woman. I don’t give up. I’m just getting started,” she said in a recent interview. One bonus of being Oprah: She has received pep talks from other media movers and shakers. “Everybody has told me – Ted Turner has told me, Barry Diller has told me, Lorne Michaels has told me, David Geffen has told me – anybody who’s ever worked with a channel, who’s ever done anything, has said it takes three to five years,” she said, adding, “You have to do the work. … You do not have to pay attention to the criticism.” Year two for OWN will reflect executive changes made last July, when Winfrey expanded her role at the channel by adding the roles of chief executive and chief creative officer to her position as chairman. Discovery Communications COO Peter Liguori had filled in as interim head after OWN CEO Christina Norman was dismissed in the wake of poor ratings. Although the channel’s ownership is split evenly between Discovery and Winfrey’s Chicago-based production company, Harpo Inc., it is Discovery’s money that’s on the line. With more scheduling consistency, movies, original series with and without Winfrey, and “a lot more Oprah in general,” Discovery is “a lot more confident that we’re heading in the right direction,” said company spokesman David Leavy. Sheri Salata and Erik Logan, two veteran Harpo executives, were brought on board to share the title of OWN president, with Logan moving from Chicago to OWN’s Los Angeles headquarters. Logan said he clearly understands the hard work in establishing any cable channel, and this one in particular. “One of the greatest gifts and challenges is to have her name on the door,” Logan said of his top boss. “Everything you do garners a high level of scrutiny and attention. … We don’t run from that.” The initially slight programming lineup is being beefed up, most notably with “Oprah’s Next Chapter.” The weekly series debuts 9 p.m.-11 p.m. EST Sunday with Winfrey’s visit to the New Hampshire home of Steven Tyler. “Next Chapter” turns the once studio-bound Winfrey into a globe-trotting interviewer who drops into the home of a Hasidic Jewish family in New York, George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch in California and cook Paula Deen’s Georgia estate. There is also a trip with Sean Penn to Haiti, fire-walking with Tony Robbins and a planned India trip with Deepak Chopra. The injection of Winfrey on-screen, not just in the executive suite, is sorely needed, suggested one industry analyst. “The biggest mistake they made is, if it’s the Oprah Winfrey Network, where’s Oprah?” said Bill Carroll of media buying firm Katz Media. He compared OWN’s Winfrey vacuum to programming the Court TV channel without courtroom shows or the Major League Baseball channel without games: “After a while, viewers stop going,” Carroll said. OWN has averaged about 136,000 viewers a day, a drop of 8 percent from what Discovery Health drew in 2010, although it’s up slightly in total viewers in prime time and has seen an 8 percent increase among women ages 25 to 54, part of the channel’s hoped-for demographic. Popular shows include “The Judds,” which ran for six episodes in April and May; “Our America With Lisa Ling”; and the reality series “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s,” which attracted a strong African-American audience (prompting media reports that OWN intended to skew toward black viewers, an assertion that Discovery and Winfrey deny. “It doesn’t mean we’re going to turn into the `Roots’ channel,” Winfrey said, wryly.) Winfrey also is on-air with “Oprah’s Lifeclass,” which draws on her talk-show archives, and “Oprah’s Master Class,” a series of high-achiever biography specials. But, she said, she never “was supposed to carry the channel on my back, and it never was supposed to be about me being on the air as much as possible.” Instead, O magazine, with Winfrey as monthly cover girl and articles reflecting her better-life philosophy, is the intended model. She attributes the channel’s rough start to a more basic error: The lack of a “library” of programming for the many hours of airtime not filled by original shows, compounded by overconfidence about her market value in general. “I don’t understand what anybody was thinking. You’re going on the air, you’ve got four shows. What do you think you’re going to do by Tuesday? Did they think people were going to turn on the channel just because it had my name on it?” she said, sounding almost eager to cast doubt on her drawing power. “People didn’t turn on `The Oprah Winfrey Show’ because my name was on it. It was absolutely topic driven every day,” she said. Such modest expressions aside, Winfrey’s involvement clearly is key to the channel’s success. She’s glad to make the commitment, she said. As her longtime boyfriend Stedman Graham told her, she’d be bored silly today if she’d taken any lengthy break after ending her daytime show. Discovery is also in it for “the long term,” said spokesman Leavy, citing the three to five years that other cable channels have needed to develop audience-grabbing hits and firmly establish themselves. He declined to specify what Discovery has spent so far on the venture, calling media estimates high. But he pointed to long-term advertising contracts with major companies including Procter & Gamble, and hopes of new carriage fees from cable providers that have been airing the channel for free. Viewership that has been lower than expected, however, has meant “make goods” in ad time for sponsors. Winfrey, who describes herself as obsessed by ratings for the first time in her career, said she’s giving OWN “everything I’ve got. I’ve spent more energy doing this than anything I’ve ever done in my whole life.” With good reason. “I walked in today (to OWN’s offices) and felt uplifted to see my name on the door, Oprah Winfrey Network,” she said. “Just to … be able to sit in a room with a team of people presenting you with ideas – what a gift that is.” It has also made OWN her ultimate responsibility. “Every third week, someone new was in charge, and now she’s in charge. From where I sit, this is going to be her success or her failure,” said analyst Carroll. Winfrey claims to have an unlikely sounding Plan B if the channel falls short. “If this doesn’t work out, I’m going to go into organic farming in Maui. And I’m not kidding.” ___ Online: ___ EDITOR’S NOTE – Lynn Elber is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. She can be reached at lelber(at)ap.org. Follow this link: Oprah Dedicated To Turning OWN Around

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Brad Pitt Gets Two Honors, Becoming Oscar Man To Beat?

January 26, 2012

He may have limped to the stage with a cane on Saturday night, but Brad Pitt is standing atop the pile so far this award season. Pitt, who hurt his ACL while carrying his daughter Vivienne down a ski slope, accepted the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the Palm Springs Film Fest on Saturday, taking the honor for his work in “Moneyball” and “The Tree of Life.” Earlier in the day, he was named Best Actor by the National Film Critics Association, making it a double gold day for the 47-year old superstar. The awards are just the latest in his slew of victories this year. Alternating between honors for his work in Terrence Malick’s experimental “Tree of Life” and his own passion project, the small market baseball film “Moneyball,” Pitt has been nominated by nearly every festival festival jury and critics society in the lead up to the Golden Globes and Oscars. He took home Best Actor from the New York Film Critics Circle for both parts and earned the nod from the Boston Film Critics for “Moneyball.” He’s also received nominations for Best Actor for “Moneyball” from the Golden Globes, SAG, the Satellite Awards, the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards and the San Diego Film Critics Society Awards. For “Tree of Life,” he’s earned Best Supporting Actor noms from the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards and the Online Film Critics Society Awards. In Palm Springs on Saturday, Pitt charmed the audience of his peers and cracked jokes like a man both at ease and very grateful for his big year. “Like so many of you here, I have not seen ‘Tree of Life’ yet but I hear we are really good,” he joked. “But this is especially sweet beacaue both of these films were arduous labors of love and if it wasn’t for the dedication of a few brave souls, they could have easily fallen into that black hole of great projects that never worked.” He gave nods to “[Producer] Amy Pascal, Sean Penn, Seymour Hoffman and my lover Jonah Hill, and Jessica Chastain, whom you have honored here tonight. Seven films this year and five next year. Usually an actress has to work in the porn industry to have that kind of success. It’s impressive.” So, what does this mean for the rest of award season? Certainly, the Palm Springs Award was less of a competition than a nice honor, but the Film Critics Association was certainly hard-won. Next Sunday, Pitt will go up against his friend George Clooney, Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling and Leonardo DiCaprio for the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama, and though “Moneyball” wasn’t a breakaway hit, neither were “The Descendants,” “Shame,” “The Ides of March” or “J. Edgar.” Will the very Euro-centric HFPA be charmed by globe trotting Brad, and want to give him his first Globe since his win for “12 Monkeys” 16 years ago? And if so, will that put him in the driver’s seat for his first Oscar? Hard to tell quite yet. But for now, Pitt, limp or not, is certainly leading the pack. Read more: Brad Pitt Gets Two Honors, Becoming Oscar Man To Beat?

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Police Seek Killer in Body Parts Case

January 21, 2012

Los Angeles police detectives are searching for the killer of a man whose remains were found in Bronson Canyon Park near the Hollywood sign earlier this week.  The victim has been identified as Hervey Medellin, 66, according to the L.A. County Coroner’s Office. A former Mexicana Airlines employee, Medellin had left the company and lived in the Hollywood area for some time, according to media reports. Medellin’s head was found at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday on the 3200 block of Canyon Drive. A pair of dog walkers discovered the head after it fell out of a plastic bag that two of their dogs were playing with. Authorities located Medellin’s hands and feet while searching the area Wednesday. They do not believe the body parts had been there long. An earlier theory that the case was connected to the discovery of a human torso in Arizona has been discounted. Investigators had estimated that the victim was between 40 and 60 years old. The head reportedly had gray hair. The search for more body parts continued Thursday but no other human remains were found. By Friday the park was reopened to the public.  Police said a search warrant was served at a Hollywood apartment Thursday in connection with the case. No one has been arrested, Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Richard French said. At least one person has been questioned and detectives are looking to talk to at least one other man, according to media reports. “Detectives are continuing to make investigative progress on the case, and will release more details and developments when they can,” French said. Anyone with information on the case is urged to call 877-LAPD-24-7. All tips can be made anonymously. This report was compiled with information from City News Service. Be sure to follow  Beverly Hills  Patch on  Twitter  and “Like” us on  Facebook . Read more from the original source: Police Seek Killer in Body Parts Case

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Stonewall Democratic Club Endorses Osborn

January 21, 2012

Torie Osborn ‘s campaign to win the newly created 50th Assembly District , which includes Beverly Hills, continued to gain support this week with an endorsement from the West Hollywood-based Stonewall Democratic Club . The political veteran has already received backing from the Santa Monica Democratic Club ,  Malibu Democratic Club  and the  Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley . Osborn garnered 74 percent of the Stonewall Democratic Club vote, besting South Bay Assemblywoman  Betsy Butler  nearly 3-1. Of the 209 votes cast at the club’s annual endorsement meeting on Wednesday, Osborn won 154 to 55. “Stonewall is delighted to throw our full and enthusiastic support behind Torie Osborn,” Stonewall Democratic Club President Stephen David Simon said. “From her response to AIDS while running the Gay and Lesbian Center to her work for tax reform with California Calls , Torie sees the big picture and knows how to transform crisis into lasting progressive change.” The Stonewall Democratic Club was founded in 1975 as a means of uniting the LGBT community and its straight allies within the Democratic Party. “As someone who spent so much of my life working for equality in the feminist and LGBT movements, and for social justice across all communities, this endorsement means so much to me,” Osborn said. “I am honored and humbled by their support.” Prior to the vote, club members heard testimonials on behalf of the candidates. Former state Senator Sheila Kuehl described Osborn as “the real thing,” a longtime LGBT activist whose work spanned the district, from the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center to the Liberty Hill Foundation. Be sure to follow  Beverly Hills  Patch on  Twitter  and “Like” us on  Facebook . See the original post here: Stonewall Democratic Club Endorses Osborn

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Bike Lane Installation Underway on Main Street in Venice

January 21, 2012
Bike Lane Installation Underway on Main Street in Venice

Main Street in Venice is going on a “road diet” and today crews began the work of removing one car lane in each direction to make room for new bike lanes. The new bike lanes will run between Winward Circle and Marine Street at the Santa Monica border. more › See the original post: Bike Lane Installation Underway on Main Street in Venice

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Woman with a Double Vagina Rejects $1 Million Offer to Star in Local Porn Production

January 21, 2012
Woman with a Double Vagina Rejects $1 Million Offer to Star in Local Porn Production

The woman who has been on British television this week talking about how she has two vaginas has (not surprisingly) rejected a $1 million offer from a local porn honcho. Steven Hirsch, the president of the adult video company Vivid Entertainment, wrote her a letter saying, “You are obviously an extraordinary woman and I would like to make you an offer to star in an upcoming Vivid production.” more › Read the original: Woman with a Double Vagina Rejects $1 Million Offer to Star in Local Porn Production

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TV Junkie: Hulu’s New Shows + Weekend Edition

January 21, 2012
TV Junkie: Hulu’s New Shows + Weekend Edition

Hulu unveiled a slate of new shows and a new season of Morgan Spurlock’s “A Day In The Life” last weekend. Will these shows help keep Hulu relevant or do they need to keep negotiating to get more TV reruns? — All this and the TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan weekend edition. more › See original here: TV Junkie: Hulu’s New Shows + Weekend Edition

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‘Person Of Interest’ Detained In LA Car Arson Case

January 2, 2012

LOS ANGELES — Twelve more suspected arson fires broke out early Monday in the Los Angeles area, and a “person of interest” was taken into custody for questioning in connection with the dozens of suspicious car fires that have hit the city since last week. The developments came a day after police distributed DVDs featuring footage of a man, between 20 and 30 years old with a receding hairline and a shoulder-length ponytail, whom they described as a person of interest. He was seen on grainy surveillance video Saturday after emerging on foot from inside an underground parking structure on Hollywood Boulevard where a car fire was reported. Fire department spokesman Capt. Jaime Moore said he couldn’t say whether the person of interest detained early Monday was the man seen on the video footage. “It’s still too early to say whether or not this person has any direct correlation with the number of fires that we’ve been responding to this evening,” Moore said. No arrests had been made. Early Monday, firefighters battled 12 suspected arson fires at carports and garages. Ten occurred in Los Angeles and two were in West Hollywood, Moore said. They broke out shortly after 1:30 a.m. Moore said authorities believe the latest fires were connected to the earlier ones. The number of suspicious fires now stands at 55, he said. Detectives spent Sunday analyzing security video camera footage and following up on other leads after a half dozen more vehicles were set on fire on New Year’s Eve. The outbreak of arson fires has left a trail of smoldering debris in Hollywood, West Hollywood, North Hollywood and the Fairfax district of Los Angeles since Thursday. Most of those fires were set in parked cars. In several cases, flames have jumped to carports and apartment units. A reward of $60,000 has been offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist. Detectives served a search warrant at a home in the San Fernando Valley, Det. Gus Villanueva said Sunday. Several interviews were conducted, but no arrests were made. “They are working on hundreds of clues, interviewing dozens of witnesses, picking up countless pieces of evidence,” police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said of the detectives. Authorities haven’t said how the car fires were sparked or what was collected at the crime scenes. They were unsure if the rash of fires were the work of one arsonist or multiple people or copycats. There have been no injuries. Extra patrols were out in force on New Year’s Eve. One of Saturday’s attacks occurred at the Hollywood and Highland entertainment complex, a popular tourist destination and hotspot for holiday revelers. Firefighters responded to a report of a small car fire in a parking structure that was out by the time they arrived. Firefighters routinely are called to put out burning cars, but this recent spate has been unusual because of the frequency and location of the fires. Crews have been responding to other emergencies despite the focus on solving the fire arsons, fire spokesman Erik Scott said. Police urged residents to check their cars for any signs of tampering and take simple precautions such as locking their cars, keeping garage and carport lights on at night and reporting suspicious activity. “We are not going to rest,” Los Angeles Fire Department assistant chief Pat Butler said Sunday at a joint police-fire news conference. “We are going to work tirelessly.” Police officials were working with Sheriff’s Department detectives, city and county fire investigators and members of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Read more here: ‘Person Of Interest’ Detained In LA Car Arson Case

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