Archive for August 7th, 2008

‘Spruce Goose’ Hangar For Sale…

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose hangar for sale


Spruce Goose hangar in 2007 (Annie Wells / Los Angeles Times)


The cavernous space where the mogul built his infamous seaplane is now used as a soundstage for movie and TV shoots. Real estate experts value it at more than $60 million.

By Roger Vincent
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer


August 7, 2008


A chunk of Howard Hughes’ Los Angeles is on the block: the cavernous hangar where the aviation mogul built his infamous Spruce Goose aircraft that flew only once — for about one minute — in 1947.  (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)


Mr. Blackwell Hospitalized…

Thursday, August 7th, 2008


Fashion critic Mr. Blackwell hospitalized in L.A.


August 7, 2008


LOS ANGELES (AP) – Acid-tongued fashion critic Mr. Blackwell has been hospitalized with a serious illness, his business partner said Thursday.


Blackwell, 85, has been in the hospital and unconscious since Tuesday, his partner, Robert Spencer, said from his home in Los Angeles. Spencer wouldn’t say what hospital was treating Blackwell or explain the nature of Blackwell’s illness.


Blackwell, whose first name is Richard, has for decades issued an annual worst-dressed list that is famous for its tongue-in-cheek cruelty.



Reality bites in Hollywood…

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

‘The Hills’ not a hit with Hollywood neighbors



A security guard strides toward the house on Orange Grove Avenue in Hollywood that is used by “The Hills” cast and production team. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)


Quiet street’s residents complain about filming at the home of the young women whose career and life struggles are the subjects of the MTV series. Show staffers say complaints are overblown.


By Bob Pool
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
August 6, 2008


Hollywood is learning that reality bites.


Residents of a quiet neighborhood between Sunset and Hollywood boulevards are in an uproar over the ongoing filming of a popular television reality show that they say has turned their lives upside down. 


The Hills producers and city officials allege that the neighborhood unrest is overblown — and has been fanned in part by a resident of the street who produces a competing TV reality show.  (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)