it happens to the best of us, Maru
OMG MARU IN A PLASTIC BOX. you can see all his fat rolls.
UPDATED 10/14: Greater Los Angeles has got something for every filmmaker and every film. Even a derelict old mall in which to go searching for a missing person? Yes, we've got that, in the form of the abandoned and crumbling Hawthorne Plaza, which co-stars in the box-office hit Gone Girl. We've taken a tour before, with the great Tom Explores Los Angeles series, and now a photographer going by HumanSockPuppet (naturally) on Reddit has posted a terrifically eerie photo set (via LAist). Closed since 1999, the Hawthorne shopping mall has had plenty of time to be tagged up and damaged by the elements enough to where it looks like the kind of place where some foul play might go down.
The Gone Girl trailer has a few quick shots where eagled-eyed viewers might be able to pick out Hawthorne Plaza, which has had a lot of screen time over the years—it's appeared in Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Minority Report, The Green Hornet. Oddly enough, Gone Girl's exterior mall shots were taken at an old Panorama City Montgomery Ward, says Los Angeles magazine.
· Abandoned mall, the FULL album [Reddit]
· L.A. Plays the Midwest (and New York) in Gone Girl [Los Angeles]
· Watch: Exploring the Spooky Abandoned Hawthorne Mall [Curbed LA]
I won't believe it until I see the first game played.
Perhaps we've figured out why LA Live owner AEG keeps limping along with its half-buried plans to build an NFL stadium in South Park: sources in the NFL are now saying the league "will send one or two teams back to Los Angeles within the next 12 to 24 months," according to NBC Sports. But AEG might want to check themselves—radio show 101ESPN (via Epoch Times) hears that the St. Louis Rams are definitely moving to Los Angeles and will announce the news after the Super Bowl in February. Rams owner Stan Kroenke recently bought a 60-acre site in Inglewood that could make for a fine NFL stadium, so that story is buyable. But! The NFL is also trying to get Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis to sell his team (possibly to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison!), which could create a path for the Raiders to move into AEG's Downtown stadium. Ok, still with us?
The NBC report says a football team would probably announce its intention to move "in the 2015 or 2016 offseason, with arrangements to play at the Rose Bowl or the L.A. Coliseum pending the construction of a new stadium." Besides South Park and Inglewood, Chavez Ravine (home of Dodger Stadium) is also in the mix, as well as "a couple of locations that have not yet been publicly disclosed." (That lame Industry stadium plan "is not regarded as a viable destination.) And besides the Rams and the Raiders, the San Diego Chargers are on the short-list of teams that could move (back) to LA. The Chargers played in LA briefly in 1960; the Rams and the Raiders both left exactly 20 years ago.
All the new NFL-to-LA buzz arrives just as outrage crescendoes over reports about the widespread and horrible brain damage suffered by players and the possibly disingenuous handling of player Ray Rice's spousal abuse case.
· NFL believes it's 12-24 months away from a return to L.A. [NBC Sports]
· St. Louis Rams Rumors: Relocation to Los Angeles is a Done Deal, Will be Announced After Super Bowl [Epoch Times]
· LA Might Drag Out Dead Attempt to Get NFL to Downtown [Curbed LA]
· Confirmed: The Owner of the St. Louis Rams Just Bought a Potential NFL Stadium Site in Inglewood [Curbed LA]
for you DWTS fans, of which there appear to be many.
Minnie Mouse stopped by to wish him luck in his pursuit of the mirrorball trophy as a season 19 contender on “Dancing with the Stars.” It is even rumored that Minnie and Alfonso were seen doing a few steps from “The Carlton!”
‘Dancing With The Stars’ Contender Alfonso Ribeiro Celebrates Halloween Time at Disneyland Park by George Savvas: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
oh man we could have cat videos projected onto a cake.
Remember a while back when Disney was making waves in tech circles for, well, food reasons?
At that time, several tech outlets were all abuzz with the news that Disney had filed a patent application for an “interactive cake”. We did a post about what seemed like a fun adventure with food, since we couldn’t figure out how we’d approach interacting with a cake (other than eating it with wild abandon, of course), we studied the pics and did our best to imagine the end result.
Well, this week, Disney has finally let the cat out of the bag as it introduced Disney Wedding Cake Projection Cake Mapping at its Fairytale Weddings Expo.
And it actually looks pretty cool.
Basically, Disney has taken technology that looks similar to what it uses in its nightly slideshows at Magic Kingdom and Disneyland, and reduced it in size. The video sequence is then projected on the blank slate of a wedding cake.
Couples still have the option to customize the inside of the cake with delicious fillings and flavors. The video is customizable as well, with the aim to tell a couple’s unique story.
Want to see the effect in action? Check out these videos
for a cool demonstration of the technology! The first one is a Disney-made promo of the system. The second is from someone who saw the technology at a recent expo.
Currently, guests who would like to add Cake Mapping to their wedding festivities will need to book their special day at the Walt Disney World Resort, and opt for a Wishes Collection wedding.
It will be interesting to see how Disney applies the technology in the future, and if Cake Mapping will be the Next Big Thing for big celebrations. I’m wondering how we might be able to Cake Map my next Butterfinger Cupcake.
Does Cake Mapping bring additional WOW factor to a Disney wedding, do you think? Let us know your thoughts in comments below!
I could see people taking up all the parking with the hopes of selling the spaces. The owner of the office building across the street bought like 6 junker cars and parked them in front of our office every morning so food trucks couldn't park there. It was pretty mean spirited.
An app called MonkeyParking, which lets drivers auction off their public parking spaces as they leave, was booted out of San Francisco earlier this year and thought it would find refuge in Los Angeles. Nope! The LA City Council's Transportation Committee voted Wednesday to draft an ordinance banning people from selling and buying public parking spaces (another app called Haystack also enables the practice). What about other cities in the region? Nope! MonkeyParking has applied for a business license in Santa Monica and advertised itself as available in Beverly Hills, but Santa Monica will vote next week to potentially ban the sale of public parking spaces and Beverly Hills passed a ban earlier this week, says the Daily News.
Obviously, wherever these app-based services pop up, they're met with disgust and incredulity from government officials who can't believe people are trying to sell parking spots that they don't own. Transportation Committee member Mike Bonin described it as "the stealing economy masquerading as the sharing economy ... Not all technology is progress," while a Santa Monica parking commissioner has called the companies "immoral" and "unlawful." Aside from their at-best-shady legality, apps present many opportunities for abuse; drivers have been known to squat, "waiting in the space until it is sold."
The next step is for the City Council to vote on the potential ban. If they approve the ordinance, MonkeyParking will have to move on to another town, and they won't even be able to auction off their spot. Meanwhile, Angelenos will just have to make do with the existing city-runprograms like ExpressPark, along with the private apps that'll help drivers find and pay for parking in a legal, non-competitive way.
· Selling parking spaces? Los Angeles moves to outlaw auction apps [LADN]
· Probably Illegal Parking App Will Let Drivers Auction Off Public Spaces in Santa Monica [Curbed LA]
A good week for old houses in hancock park.
Spicing up the market today is Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #403, aka the Hiram Higgins Mansion. Designed by the illustrious John C. Austin—whose other projects include Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles's second City Hall, and the Shrine Auditorium—the Queen Anne-style residence was originally erected on Wilshire Boulevard back in 1902 for Chicago grain merchant Hiram Higgins. Unfortunately, Mr. Higgins only got to enjoy the house for a short time, passing away in it in 1906. Less than twenty years later, the 9,918-square-foot house was cut into three sections, lifted onto trucks, and rolled to its current location in Windsor Square.
According to the LA Conservancy's page on the house, "the owner held a party in one of the moving sections, attended by the mayor of Los Angeles." However, the party soon came to an end, thanks to the Great Depression, and the house fell into disrepair.
Fortunately, after "a half century of neglect," a couple named Perry and Peggy Hirsch stepped in to rescue and restore the property, which was declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1988. The eight-bedroom, four-bath house has been seen in numerous films, ads, and TV shows, including a Halloween episode of Beverly Hills, 90210; the horror movie Willard; and the 1991 The Addams Family film, but is now retired and up for sale for the first time in three decades. Features include incredible wood paneling, high ceilings, hardwood floors, pocket doors, multiple fireplaces, leaded windows, beaucoup built-ins, a wine cellar, an updated "gourmet kitchen with stone counters & Wolf and SubZero appliances," and two guesthouses. Sited on a .43-acre lot, it's asking $6.5 million.637 S. Lucerne Blvd. [Official Site]
actually pretty juicy.
let us live in this historic mansion that appears to have no air conditioning, but it DOES have servants quarters.
Hold on to your monocles and your pince-nez—a serious time capsule has just hit the market. Located at the corner of South Windsor Boulevard and West Sixth Street, this Italian Renaissance Revival was designed by the architecture firm of Sumner Hunt and Silas Burns for banking exec Milton Getz back in 1914. (Although the residence measures 9,367 square feet, evidently it was too cramped for Mr. Getz, who subsequently commissioned architect Gordon Kaufmann to build the 29-bedroom, 40-bathroom estate now known as the Beverly House and up for sale for $135 million.) Along with eight bedrooms and four baths, the three-story Windsor Square house features a two-story entrance, 11-foot ceilings, elaborate moldings, wainscoting, extensive wood paneling, carved bannisters, a marble fireplace, grand chandeliers, vintage fixtures, pocket doors, and French windows, and comes with a two-bedroom guesthouse, a pool, spa, and rose garden. Sited on a .61-acre lot, it's asking $4.9 million.
· 601 S. Windsor Boulevard [Official Site]
oh for crying out loud...
dude is now getting free trips out of this instant ramen blog.
Tonight at 11pm, we leave for the airport! I didn’t expect how our first leg to Taipei would go north then south. One thing I just realized is that body of water at the top left. When I was a kid, I had a map on the wall of my room. I would look at it and found that body of water fascinating – just the name – The Sea Of Okhotsk. It sounded so strange and so far away. I never expected I would be that close to it; really quite amazing to me.
In past interviews I’ve done, I have told newspapers that my way of traveling was through the noodle. I would find a pack from an exotic country far away and feel like I was going on a little adventure. I never though that the daily noodle ritual would take me to those kinds of places someday.
We want to thank our hosts at Sky Thomas Foods, makers of MyKuali products for this opportunity to meet them, tour their factory and learn about Malaysia! This is really amazing and we are truly in awe of their kindness. See you soon!
By the power of Greyskull! You may want to take an extra-deep breath before proceeding, 'cause it's probably about to be taken away. Built at the dawn of the go-go '80s, this singular abode sits atop its own promontory in Glendale's College Hills neighborhood. Behind the elaborately carved walls of the "custom neoclassical estate," you'll find six bedrooms, four glittery-disco baths, an art gallery, several quarries worth of marble, and columns, columns, and more columns. Per the listing, the 4,444-square-foot house also boasts "historical statues and carvings throughout," a sauna, a swimming pool, and "forever views." The .57-acre property has yo-yo-ed on and off the market regularly for the past decade, asking as much as $9 million. But the seller now appears to be getting serious, re-listing it this week with a pricetag of $1.995 million.
950 AVON OAK Terrace [Redfin]
ugh ugh ugh
it is really hard to get sunscreen off of stuff. I just imagine there was residue in there.
I KNOW SOMEONE WHO DID THIS they went to the cricket with one of those big 2L pump bottles of sunblock that they filled with vodka and just dispensed drinks all day
the last shot!
brb returning my dress
It’s time to “Let It Go” … down the aisle! We’ve teamed up with Alfred Angelo to create an Elsa-inspired bridal gown as part of the 2015 Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings by Alfred Angelo bridal collection – and I couldn’t wait to share a sneak peek with you!
This high-fashion, conceptual sketch is an interpretation of Elsa’s signature “Snow Queen” dress featured in Disney’s “Frozen.” The ice blue softly flared sheath gown has been dramatically beaded to glisten like sunlight on fresh fallen snow and boasts a sweetheart neckline and dramatic Watteau train (a classic style that drapes from the shoulders to the floor). The gown will be available starting January 2015 at Alfred Angelo stores nationwide and specialty retailers worldwide.
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Unveils Elsa-Inspired Wedding Dress by Korri McFann: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
It's all happening! After wishing and hoping for Los Angeles to score its very own cat café, the Kickstarter's founder Carlos Wong is ready to reveal his first tease of the feline-focused project via a pop-up in DTLA.
As reported by LA Weekly and confirmed on the official Catfe Facebook page, Wong is partnering with Chinatown BID and no-kill shelter Best Friends LA to bring the café to Chinatown's Far East Plaza from October 2 through 5. The pop-up, which serves as the Kickstarter's second round of funding, will run from 4 to 9pm daily and is set to feature "cats for petting (and adopting, but only if you're over 18)" as well as "costumed maids" and butlers. Music will be provided by Lolita Dark.
Bonus: The final day of the temporary showcase aligns with CicLavia, inviting all cyclists to ride right into the cuteness.
· California's First Cat Café Is Coming to Chinatown in October [LA Weekly]
· OMG: LA May Finally Get Its Own Cat Cafe [Racked]
· Get Excited Meow: LA's Catfe Could Be Coming to Little Tokyo [Racked]
Our kitten was on the Tonight Show. So proud of her.
The any plates remind me of our last house.
If you want to click through for photos from the atlantic story you may agree we have a new nominee for This Fucking Guy.
If you're ever in Austin and have some trash to dispose of, you'd better be careful where you throw it. Choose wrong and you might just toss your litter in Jeff Wilson's home. That's right, the University College dean is currently living full-time in a 36 sq ft green metal dumpster and guess what? He says he has a "better life than I had before."
I want this but I don't know if I can justify the cost right now.
If you want to get your hands on the Barbie Lagerfeld doll inspired by Karl Lagerfeld, you better move fast. Set to go on sale on September 29th during Paris Fashion Week, the Lagerfeld doll will only have 999 limited-edition models produced at $200 a piece. The doll will be available at select Karl Lagerfeld boutiques, Colette in Paris, Net-a-Porter and The Barbie Collection. A new image revealed by WWD features the designer posing with the doll who is shown “looking up” to him.
Something magical happens when you put food between two pieces of bread with the appropriate spreads and condiments. Make the Earl of Sandwich proud: Wow us with a grilled cheese, BLT, or a not-so-classic PB&J.
Head to the contest page to enter! Photo by James Ransom
we would just have to move to Orange.
Designed by the architecture team of A. Quincy Jones and Frederick Emmons and built by prolific mid-century developer Joseph Eichler, this house in Orange has been upgraded "without marginalizing the integrity of the classic-vintage design." So even though the kitchen has flashy new appliances, it also still has the original 1960 cabinets. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom house has 1,639 square feet and new "water-wise" landscaping in the front and back, giving the outdoor spaces a nice beachy feel. "[T]he best-sorted 1584 model to come up for sale in years," the retro residence is asking $750,000.
what a lovely book that will be. yikes.
This is actually an amazing deal if you have to dye your hair every month or you have dark hair but want to be blonde. Also if you live nearby and want a blowout all the time.
The corner of Melrose and Kings Road is about to get even hotter. In addition to scoring a Rebecca Minkoff boutique (stay tuned for opening date), the hub will soon be home to Society—our city's first membership salon. Founded by former Sally Hershberger stylist Sam DiVine and industry guru Ashley Kight, the premiere beauty studio will be unveiled at 8327 Melrose Avenue this Wednesday, September 10.
In addition to offering a la carte services and treatments, Society hosts three membership tiers that are billed on a monthly basis: The Social (unlimited blowouts at $80/month), The Standard (unlimited blowouts, haircuts and single process color at $120/month) and The Signature (unlimited blowouts, haircuts, single process color, highlights and low lights at $180/month). There's also a men's package called The Sophisticate that hooks up unlimited haircuts for an affordable $60/month.
Society will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm. To attend Wednesday's grand opening, email RSVP@societysalons.com. (Bonus: partygoers will all receive a complimentary blowout certificate that's valid within 14 days.)
· Society [Official Site]
· Mapped! LA's 38 Best Beauty Boutiques, Salons and Spas [Racked]
· Rebecca Minkoff is Taking Over Ed Hardy's Old Shop on Melrose [Racked]
"They have to make it up to me cause all they got me for the wedding was the $800 sheets."