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Johnny Galecki Buys Jason Statham Home — Go Inside

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Johnny Galecki Buys Jason Statham HomeI KNEW it! You nominate a guy for a Critics Choice Award, he starts feeling like a million bucks. Or $9.2 million bucks, to be exact, because that’s what he just paid Jason Statham for his gorgeous, 1929 Mediterranean mansion in the Outpost Estates area of the Hollywood Hills. I sat next to him at the Critics Choice TV Awards in June, and no one could have been sweeter or happier to be there, because it’s usually his Big Bang Theory co-star, Jim Parsons, who gets nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. I’m glad to see he’s enjoying the fruits of his oh-so distinguished labors.

Nuns vs Priests in Katy Perry Convent Clash

Katy Perry Convent Clash

What are a couple of poor nuns to do when they go up against their own archbishop and a major pop star? The courts will decide the victors of the Los Feliz convent: the nuns who purchased it have a sales contract with local restauranteur Dana Hollister, while the archdiocese, which oversees the property for the church, has an agreement with Katy Perry. A hearing is set for Thursday.

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE Review — A Rogue Nation of Spiffy Spies

mission impossible reviewIt isn’t often you witness a theater full of critics clapping, cheering and laughing out loud, but that’s exactly what happened at the all media screening of Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. That film is just so much fun and rife with heart stopping action that you can’t help but become immersed. And for all Tom Cruise’s odd behavior off screen, onscreen he is a real movie Star with a capital ‘S,’ and an action Hero with a capital ‘H.’

Haute Destination in Downtown LA — Roosevelt Apartments. Who Knew?

Roosevelt Apartments

My own sense of feeling At Home In Hollywood involves being able to get around quickly, sans traffic jams or Waze, in all the neighborhoods West to the mansions of Malibu, East to the studios of Burbank, North to Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia and South to Silicon Beach. Then, of course, there are the occasional forays out to Pasadena for the Showcase House of Design every year, and downtown for the occasional Laker’s game or cultural event– but the latter only if someone else drives. I confess dreading downtown L.A.’s crazy freeway on ramps and off ramps (one nicknamed “Suicide Alley”) and trying to maneuver all those one-way streets without winding up in a make-sure-your-doors-are-locked neighborhood.

BEST OF ENEMIES Review — Best of Docs

best of enemies reviewThere are so many documentaries out these days that seemingly serve no other purpose than to force an agenda down our throats. Few filmmakers dare to present both sides of an issue, and you come away feeling as if you’ve just been beaten over the head with a spiked propaganda stick, no matter how you originally felt about the issue. I was both delighted and fascinated when I watched Best of Frenemies, a striking documentary about the 1968 debates between William F. Buickley, Jr. and Gore Vidal. The film shows clips from those groundbreaking debates and paints both participants with the same startling, objective brush.

Bob Hope Estate Gets $11 Million Price Chop: It’s Now a Super Deal!

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We’ve heard of huge price reductions, but this one takes the cake. The Bob Hope estate went on the market for the first time in 2013 for $27.5 million and just this last January took a $4.5 million tumble to $23 million. But recently the price of this grand, iconic Toluca Lake spread was reduced almost in half, dropping down $11 million to a mere $12 million total. I’m thinking this could instigate a mini land rush.

Barry Weiss, the Bubble Car and Me at Auctions America

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I admit that I’m not really a car girl. When I tour celebrity homes, I’m usually more interested in the decor style of the garages than in the cars they house. But all that changed last weekend, when my hubby and I attended Auctions America’s California Auto Sale at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica. I originally went to see our buddy Barry Weiss, the silver-haired and savvy “Collector” on Storage Wars, auction off his famous 1955 Ford Beatnik Bubbletop Custom. But I soon became intrigued by some of the most remarkable autos to ever go on the block — some selling for millions of dollars.

PAPER TOWNS Review — More Like (Wet) Paper Towels

Paper Towns ReviewBy Lisa Johnson Mandell

In the beginning, teen coming of age drama Paper Towns has potential. Childhood friends find a dead body in their neighborhood. Fast forward to the friends’ senior year, and Margo (Cara Delevingne) climbs through Quentin’s (Nat Wolff) window, cajoling him to embark on a revenge mission against a number of classmates who done her wrong. You might think you’re in for a female Ferris Bueller type jaunt, until you discover that Margo’s revenge pranks are not all that original, clever or amusing. The next morning she disappears, and the rest of the film is about Quentin and his friends trying to find Margo, and, as you’ve probably guessed by now because no teen movie cliche is left unturned, in the process, they find themselves.

Celebs Flock to Conyers Farm, the Holmby Hills of the East Coast–Now You Can Too!

Conyers Farm Holmby Hills of the East Coast

If there’s one neighborhood in L.A. where the most impressive estates per capita are located, that would probably be Holmby Hills. Its East Coast counterpart would most likely be Conyers Farm in Greenwich, Connecticut. Glitterati such as Ron Howard, Tom Cruise, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake, Paula Zahn and sports figures Ivan Lendl and Allan Houston have all owned properties here, Howard recently selling his for $27.5 million. If you act fast, you might be able to live here as well, because there’s an amazing property available for only $10,975,000.

SOUTHPAW Review: Timing is Everything

Southpaw Review posterLet’s face it: boxing movies are all about the final big match. Everything that happens up to that point is there just to build tension. So ultimately, if that last match delivers suspense, excitement and impact, the film can be considered a success, right?

Well, not so much. While Southpaw is punctuated with brutally and effectively choreographed fight scenes and superb acting from Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker and Rachel McAdams, the script is so cliche and unbelievable that you feel these actors are wasted, and can’t help but wonder if they read the whole thing before they signed on.