Never one to follow convention, it should come as no surprise to find out that Academy Award winning actor Jared Leto’s new home is the infamous Lookout Mountain Air Force Station, originally built in Laurel Canyon in the 1940’s as a military film studio for documenting U.S. nuclear development. Leto just paid $5 million for the 1.4 acre property, which was most recently leased for use as a questionable rehab center for the wealthy.
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Whether you want to distinguish yourself as a Patriot’s fan or are planning for a big event on Valentine’s Day, chances are you’re considering wearing something red in the near future, and are wondering what would be your best bet. No one wants to look like an overripe tomato or a droopy bag of AB positive, but the wrong red can do that to you. Thank heavens we have Jill Kirsh in our midst, the woman who is known worldwide as Hollywood’s Guru of Hue. She says that anyone can wear the rosiest of colors, it’s all a matter of the right red for you.
Anyone familiar with my taste in television knows how I love me some dark and dirty Ray Donovan on Showtime. A little like the Los Angeles version of The Sopranos, Liev Schreiber’s alpha male “fixer” is, not unlike Tony himself, the bad guy you just can’t bring yourself to hate, no matter how much havoc he wreaks on his family and whatever poor sap gets in his way. So I’m doing a little happy dance in anticipation, as the news sinks in that one of the sweetest and most underrated actresses in Hollywood, Katie Holmes joins Ray Donovan in the show’s third season.
As I’m sure you know by now, the Broadcast Film Critics Association (of which I am a not-so-humble member) announced the Critics Choice Awards winners last night, at a giant gala and show broadcast live by A&E from the Hollywood Palladium. While I was told I would be seated next to Lana Del Rey, who was nominated for her song from Big Eyes, girlfriend didn’t show up (still smarting, perhaps, from the undeserved spanking the Fashion Police gave her regarding her Golden Globes get-up.) So I had to make due with sitting next to Alexandre Desplat, the amazing French composer who received two Oscar nods this year, for The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Imitation Game. I could live with that.
I have the remarkable opportunity to see so many fabulous homes that I’m frequently asked, which ones are your favorites? Right up there on my top ten list has to be the remarkable Hacienda de La Paz in Rolling Hills on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. This 7.72 acre estate on prime land with overlooking the Pacific Ocean has a subterranean secret: 80 percent of the 50,000 square foot residence is underground.
By Staci Layne Wilson
A “blackhat” is a malicious computer hacker. A “whitehat” is the opposite. Since Chris Hemsworth plays versions of both in this new Michael Mann cyber-thriller, I guess he’s two shades of grey. And that about sums up all the nuance and texture this shallow, straightforward suspenser offers up.
Writing a Blackhat review isn’t easy, because it’s such a meh movie. Director Mann is known for Manhunter, Heat, Ali, and Collateral to name a few. I don’t think he’ll be remembered for the largely forgettable Blackhat, but the movie’s not all bad. It’s just a bit bland.
Anyone involved in the canine culture knows that it’s often much easier to accommodate and interact with four-legged friends than their two-legged counterparts. Pets show unreserved gratitude and unconditional love with nary a complaint. Humans not so much. That’s why I wouldn’t dream of opening up my Hollywood home to strangers who found me on a website and want to rent a room for the night. But having a sleepover with pre-screened pooches whose owners are discerning enough to deem me a worthy DogVacay host? Hell yes!
Although Selma is nominated for Best Motion Picture of the Year and Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman is nominated nine times, note that there is a unique lack of diversity in Oscar acting nominations. All 20 of those who received nods for best actor, actress, supporting actor and supporting actress, are, to use a sweeping term, white.
In case you haven’t heard, the nominees are as follows:
Performance by an actor in a leading role
- Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher”
- Bradley Cooper in “American Sniper”
- Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Imitation Game”
- Michael Keaton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
It’s no secret that Rhonda Byrne made a bundle off her self-help series based on the book and video called The Secret. Nor is it uncommon knowledge that she spent part of her fortune on a Montecito estate up in Montecito–that’s Oprah Winfrey territory–near Santa Barbara. Byrne bought the gorgeous Mediterranean estate, known as “Prima Luce,” for $18 million in 2007, but is now willing to part with it for a mere $23.5 million. We’re not sure whether the price increase is a reflection of the improvements she made, increasing real estate values, or the extra sparkle and star dust her devotees feel she might add.
By Staci Layne Wilson
One cookie that never crumbles – and always looks like a zillion bucks clad head-to-toe in luscious leopard or sparkling Swarovski – is the best love-to-hate-her TV beeyotch to saunter along since “Dynasty’s” Alexis Carrington: she is Cookie Lyon, played to pouty perfection by Taraji P. Henson.