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Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford take on the world’s oldest profession

Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford take on the world’s oldest profession

In the movie Love Ranch, Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci play a married Nevada couple running one of the first legalized brothels in the country. But their lives are complicated when the husband enters a business endeavor to revive an Argentinean boxer's career. Directed by Mirren's husband Taylor Hackford, the film is based on the [...]

California congressmen debate jobs, immigration, financial reform, energy, mid-term election and… oh yes…jobs!

California congressmen debate jobs, immigration, financial reform, energy, mid-term election and… oh yes…jobs!

Throw in a little job creation, a dash of stimulus bills, and a sprinkle immigration battles, and what do you get? Quite a busy summer in Washington. Representatives Brad Sherman (D-CA) and John Campbell (R-CA) weigh in on some of the biggest things happening in Congress and across the country. Immigration may be the hot [...]

Pasadena Playhouse emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Pasadena Playhouse emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Stephen Eich, Pasadena Playhouse's executive director, issued a statement today saying the company had created a plan to save the theater from Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. Since it shut down its main stage in January, the Playhouse has been searching for ways to pay down its $2.3 million debt, mostly owed to subscribers, bankers and vendors. [...]

Kevin Starr’s “Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America’s Greatest Bridge”

Kevin Starr’s “Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America’s Greatest Bridge”

The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic symbol of the rise of the west coast and of the strength of the American worker. Built during the Great Depression, the Golden Gate Bridge became a California and United States landmark, but its rich history is widely unknown, as most people just recognize it on a postcard. [...]

Former stripper riffs on sports gambling and golden gloves in steamy new memoir

Former stripper riffs on sports gambling and golden gloves in steamy new memoir

Lay the Favorite is Beth Raymer’s new book about her years in the high-stakes gambling world of sports betting. In a period when gamblers no longer used local bookies and unregulated offshore sports booking exploded, Beth rose from an assistant in a Las Vegas betting office to become a trusted expert, seasoned enough to open [...]

Let them eat (trendy, pricey & savory?) cupcakes!

Let them eat (trendy, pricey & savory?) cupcakes!

Cupcakes mania is here! There are more cupcake shops popping up than bakeries, and it seems everyone has their favorite— Sprinkles, Susie Cakes, Crumbs, and Magnolia (the New York favorite soon to open in LA) to name a few. Oy vey! Is this trend over already? My pants are getting tighter just reading this. “No!” [...]

Almost over overdrafts

Almost over overdrafts

It looks like it’s a win for the people, kind of. New rules have been installed to control the fees that banks issue associated with overdrafts. But the downside is that the rules only apply to ATM withdrawals and one-time-only debit card purchases, not including monthly deductions for subscriptions or automatic payments. Overdrafts are a [...]

Can you fully disconnect while on vacation?

Can you fully disconnect while on vacation?

Summer’s here and maybe you’re able to get away for a week or a long weekend. While sitting poolside, do you find yourself tapping away on your laptop, surreptitiously checking emails? Or, can you stay completely away from work while you’re on vacation? If so, how do you do it? Read the Full Story at [...]

Niall Ferguson’s “High Financier: the lives and times of Siegmund Warburg”

Niall Ferguson’s “High Financier: the lives and times of Siegmund Warburg”

It might be a little controversial to say that Britain should have never joined WWI, even if it meant Germany would have won. But, then again, most of what the famed economic historian Niall Ferguson says is pretty controversial. Ferguson is the leading academic on counterfactual history, a new type of history that asks “what [...]

Peter Carey’s "Parrot and Olivier in America"

Peter Carey’s "Parrot and Olivier in America"

Two-time Booker Prize winning author, Peter Carey is back with a new novel set in early-nineteenth-century America. The book follows Olivier, a character based loosely on Alexis de Tocqueville, and Parrot, the motherless son of an English engraver, as they make their way to and through America. An unlikely friendship is forged between the two [...]