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Kim Kadashian and Kanye West Buy Hidden Hills Estate

Since I’m not a big Kardashian fan, I wouldn’t even be reporting on this if I hadn’t done a feature on this gorgeous Hidden Hills spec home more than a year ago. It’s been sitting empty for a long time, just waiting for the right buyer. At one time, Rupert Murdock, when he was considering…

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Review: The Equalizer

I’ll say one thing for The Equalizer — it’s not as violent or as hard to watch as I thought it would be. I realize that’s not a ringing endorsement, but when you hear that Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua have teamed up again, as they did in the brutal Training Day, and you…

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Review: This is Where I Leave You

Finally! A film that I can recommend to both my septuagenarian mother and my teenage niece. This Is Where I Leave You is a warm, entertaining, dysfunctional family film that fits comfortably between the gross and outrageous slapstick of an Adam Sandler pic, and the overwrought, over-acted, self-important emotionalism of August, Osage County. I read…

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Review: Men, Women and Children

No one hits a home run every time he or she steps up to the plate, not even mighty writer/director Jason Reitman, who has brought us winners like Thank You for Smoking, Juno and Up in the Air. I think it’s safe to say that although he really tried to make a statement about our…

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We'll Miss Neil Patrick Harris Over in Sherman Oaks

It looks like singer/dancer/actor host Neil Patrick Harris and his family will be spending more time in their Harlem brownstone now, since they recently sold their traditional two-story home in the hills of Sherman Oaks. Long standing conventional wisdom about L.A.’s entertainment industry residents says that movie stars live south of Mulholland, and TV stars live north of Mulholland,…

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Shark Tank Gets a Spin-Off

Woo Hoo! My favorite reality show is getting a spin-off. That’s right, I dare use the words “favorite” and “reality show” in the same sentence. Shark Tank, where successful business “tycoons” bid or don’t bid to fund businesses that clever entrepreneurs present, is a breakout hit for ABC on Friday nights (not traditionally a successful…

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Review: A Walk Among the Tombstones

Ring Ring “Hello…” “Honey, it’s for you! It’s Liam Neeson. He says he will find you, and wants to negotiate a kidnapping…Like we haven’t heard that before.” Like we haven’t seen almost everything in A Walk Among the Tombstones before. I mean, really, how many times must we endure Neeson playing the former law enforcement officer…

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Review: Fort Bliss

I admit that military movies are not usually my thing. The ravages of war are just too severe for me—they almost always graphically depict hundreds of people getting blown up or shot, and no matter if they’re the “good” guys or the “bad” guys, I just can’t get over the fact that they’re somebody’s parents,…

Kesha Buys Bungalow Front Exterior

Kesha's Beach House Bliss

I’ve never paid much attention to pop star Kesha, but she recently closed a real estate deal that made me sit up and take notice. She bought a beautiful Spanish bungalow in Venice that is sweet, charming, and extremely well-designed. She did drop $1.65 million on it, which ain’t cheap (this is Venice, after all), but…

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A&E Ditches Grown Up Viewers

As odd as this sounds, basic cabler A&E, the network that brings you such television treasures as Hoarders, Epic Ink and Storage Wars, has just canceled its second most popular show, the Wyoming country detective drama Longmire. Why would the network make such a strange move after three successful seasons? Because, while Longmire averages 5.6…

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