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Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Columnist, Television

Did A Little Class Improve The Oscars?

Posted Mar. 22, 2014, 6:00 am

“Class: excellence or elegance, especially in dress, design, or behavior.” It is this definition I would like to apply to some recent developments in TV content, where lately I’m observing that a little class seems to be slowly creeping back into the thinking and execution of some of the stuff we watch on television.

Meet Father Gregory Boyle this Sunday, March 23.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Bergamot Station, Exhibits, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Non Profits

What's Hot: Enjoy An Afternoon With Father Gregory Boyle This Sunday

Posted Mar. 21, 2014, 7:46 am

William Turner Gallery presents An Afternoon with Father Gregory Boyle at 3 pm this Sunday. Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries.

Actor Rob Lowe attends the Get In Touch Foundation's 2014 Pretty In Pink Luncheon and Women of Strength Awards at the Casa del Mar Hotel on March 16 in Santa Monica.

News, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Actor Rob Lowe Hosts "Pretty In Pink" Luncheon In Santa Monica

Posted Mar. 18, 2014, 9:24 am

Award winning actor and bestselling author Rob Lowe hosted The Get In Touch Foundation's 2014 LA Pretty In Pink Luncheon and Women of Strength Awards in Santa Monica on Sunday.

Directing his first feature film, Jason Bateman plays Guy Trilby in “Bad Words,” a story about a grown man competing with young children in a national spelling bee.

Seven Days, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film

Jason Bateman Scores A Hit In First Directorial Project "Bad Words"

Posted Mar. 13, 2014, 8:21 am

We all know that Jason Bateman is a wonderfully versatile actor with a special comedic gift that he brings full throttle to his first directorial effort in “Bad Words.”

Seven Days, Beach, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film

Spirit Awards Crown “12 Years A Slave” At Santa Monica Beach Ceremony

Posted Mar. 7, 2014, 9:13 am

Hollywood may have the Academy Awards, but Santa Monica has the Spirit Awards each year the afternoon prior to the Oscars in a spiffy tent on the beach.

Broadway at the Broad will be held this Saturday, Feb. 22 at 5 pm.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Music, Celebrity, Broad Stage, Santa Monica

What's Hot: Broadway At The Broad To Feature “Will & Grace” Star Megan Mullally

Posted Feb. 21, 2014, 9:09 am

The Broad Stage in Santa Monica presents Broadway at the Broad featuring “Will & Grace” star Megan Mullally at 5 pm and 8 pm this Saturday. What's Hot: Broadway At The Broad To Feature “Will & Grace” Star Megan Mullally

Vera Farmiga and Andy Garcia star in the film “At Middleton.”

Seven Days, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film

"At Middleton" Star Vera Farmiga On The Demands As Mother, Wife & Actor

Posted Feb. 20, 2014, 8:10 am

Vera Farmiga is a familiar on-screen personality and has racked up a number of memorable roles in such films as “The Departed,” “Source Code,” “Goats,” “Safe House,” “The Conjuring,” and “Up in the Air,” which earned her both a BAFTA and Academy Award nominations for Actress in a Supporting Role.

Obituary, Celebrity, Santa Monica

Obituary: Shirley Temple Black Passes Away At 85

Posted Feb. 18, 2014, 9:13 am

Former child star Shirley Temple, who was born in Santa Monica, passed away Monday, Feb. 10 in her Northern California home. She was 85.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Columnist, Film

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Last Role Still Playing

Posted Feb. 15, 2014, 9:28 am

There’s no other way to cut it: The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman struck many at a personal level, because we’ve either struggled with our own substance “issues” or known someone who has. Or we’ve possibly also lost someone to the dark forces of abuse.

Jane Seymour guest stars on tonight's episode of 'Men at Work.' She is pictured alongside Danny Masterson who plays Milo.

Seven Days, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Television

Jane Seymour Pushes The Envelope In "Men At Work" Appearance

Posted Feb. 12, 2014, 9:23 am

The third season of "Men At Work" on TBS is almost complete, but do not expect it to lose any steam before the March 12 season finale.

Andy Garcia as George and Vera Farmiga as Edith in “At Middleton.”

Seven Days, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film

Andy Garcia Discusses His New Film "At Middleton"

Posted Feb. 11, 2014, 9:10 am

One of our national treasures, Andy Garcia is among one of Hollywood’s most respected and talented actors having starred in an array of successful films including, “The Untouchables,” “Stand and Deliver,” “Black Rain,” “Internal Affairs,” “The Godfather: Part III,” “When a Man Loves a Woman,” “For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Ocean’s Twelve,” “Ocean’s Thirteen,” “Smokin’ Aces,” “City Island” and “The Lost City,” which he co-wrote, directed, and had a starring role.

LA Times movie writer Glenn Whipp (left) interviews filmmaker David O. Russell at a previous Vidiots Foundation discussion and screening of the movie “Silver Linings Playbook.”

Seven Days, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film

Meet Award-Winning Director David O. Russell At Vidiots In Santa Monica On Sunday

Posted Feb. 8, 2014, 7:12 am

The Vidiots Foundation in Santa Monica will host award-winning director David O. Russell this Sunday night for a discussion and screening of clips from his most recent film "American Hustle."

Patrick Warburton, Eric Roberts, and Norby Walters at a previous Night of 100 Stars Oscar Gala event at the Beverly Hills Hotel.The Night of 100 Stars will celebrate its 24th year on Sunday, March 2.

Seven Days, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film, Beverly Hills

Night Of 100 Stars Oscar Viewing Party Approaches March 2

Posted Feb. 3, 2014, 9:20 am

What do Jeff Goldblum, Daniel Baldwin, Bo Derek, Tia Carrere, Richard Dreyfus, Julianna Margulies, and Lou Diamond Phillips have in common – besides being on the list of our favorite actors? They have all been invited guests to the Night of 100 Stars Oscar Gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Jason Alexander was among the celebrities on the 'Totem' red carpet on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

News, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Pier

Celebs Flock To Cirque Du Soleil's Red Carpet Premiere Of "Totem" In Santa Monica

Posted Jan. 22, 2014, 11:06 am

Cirque du Soleil's touring production of "Totem" rolled out the red carpet Tuesday night as it welcomed celebrities such as Neil Patrick Harris, Paris Hilton, and Jason Alexander.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards held in Santa Monica on Thursday, Jan. 16.

News, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film

Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Presented In Santa Monica On Thursday

Posted Jan. 18, 2014, 9:27 am

The Broadcast Film Critics Association announced the winners for the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards on Thursday night live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.

The 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards will be held tonight, Jan. 16 at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.

News, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film

Critics’ Choice Movie Awards To Be Held Today In Santa Monica; Airs At 8pm On CW

Posted Jan. 16, 2014, 7:59 am

The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony will be held today at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica starting at 5 pm.

'American Hustle' has 10 Academy Award nominations. Pictured is the cast of Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Jennifer Lawrence.

News, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film, Hollywood

"American Hustle," "Gravity," "12 Years A Slave" Lead Oscar Nominations

Posted Jan. 16, 2014, 7:34 am

The speculation is over for Oscar nominations with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences releasing its picks early Thursday morning.

Jon Voight and Santa Monica's Marie Paquim at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards held in Beverly Hills.

Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film, Beverly Hills

Golden Globes Shine Again - A Mix Of Fanfare & Fun

Posted Jan. 14, 2014, 9:01 am

Perhaps the most accessible show of the awards season, the 71st Annual Golden Globes did not disappoint Sunday night, as film and television stars, along with their supporters, friends, and fans all rubbed shoulders to celebrate last year’s accomplishments.

Joseph Ruskin.

News, Obituary, Celebrity, Santa Monica

Joseph Ruskin Passes Away In Santa Monica Aged 89

Posted Jan. 3, 2014, 8:50 am

One of Hollywood’s most prolific actors passed away of natural causes at Santa Monica-UCLA Hospital last month.

Ralph Fiennes as Charles Dickens with Felicity Jones as his mistress Nelly Ternan in "The Invisible Woman,"  which Fiennes also directed.

Seven Days, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film

Ralph Fiennes Talks About Charles Dickens & "The Invisible Woman"

Posted Dec. 19, 2013, 8:24 am

Ralph Fiennes exploded on screen in his mesmerizing performance as Amon Goeth, the psychotic Nazi commandant in Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List,” earning him multiple nominations and awards including BAFTA, New York Critics, London Film Critics, and the National Society of Film Critics, and was nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award.

Lou Ferrigno launched a 12-week fitness program in June to help people strike a balance between health and wellbeing.

News, Health, Celebrity, Fitness, Santa Monica

Santa Monica's Lou Ferrigno Offers 12-Week Fitness Program

Posted Dec. 16, 2013, 9:11 am

He once portrayed the Incredible Hulk on television, an emotional response to a fugitive scientist who morphed from a human being to a powerful beast. That was from 1978 to 1982. Today, Lou Ferrigno lives in Santa Monica and is making a living by helping people peacefully find health without spending a lot of green.

Honorees Robert Wagner, Ann-Margret, Roseann and Bill Patterson, and JWCI Chairman Patrick Wayne (son of John Wayne).

News, Health, Celebrity

ABCs Gala Benefits Santa Monica’s John Wayne Cancer Institute

Posted Nov. 30, 2013, 9:04 am

Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies, (ABCs), hosted its 24th annual, star-studded Talk of the Town black-tie gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Saturday, Nov. 23.

LA Clippers’ players (including Chris Paul, pictured), Clippers coaches and staff — with an assist from Ralphs/Food 4 Less staff and St. Joseph Center staff and volunteers — turned out to distribute more than 400 frozen turkeys with all the fixings as well as clothing and books to help make sure that St. Joseph Center clients have a happy Thanksgiving.

News, Venice, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Non Profits

LA Clippers, Chris Paul Host Thanksgiving Event In Venice

Posted Nov. 27, 2013, 9:02 am

The Los Angeles Clippers hosted its 25th annual Thanksgiving “Teamwork at the Table” event in Venice on Tuesday. The Clippers teamed up with Ralphs/Food 4 Less for the event at St. Joseph Center’s Bread and Roses Café at 204 Hampton Drive in Venice.

News, Venice, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Zsa Zsa Gabor, Husband Buy Thanksgiving Turkeys For Local Needy Families

Posted Nov. 24, 2013, 6:54 am

Zsa Zsa Gabor and her husband, Prince Frederic will purchase Thanksgiving turkeys for the Vera Davis McClendon Center in Venice and Frederic will distribute them to the needy families. This was where Zsa Zsa did her community service 24 years ago for slapping a cop.

Shania Twain takes fans on a journey of her life at her show currently on stage at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.

Celebrity, Travel, Santa Monica

Shania Twain Shows She’s Still The One In Las Vegas

Posted Nov. 21, 2013, 7:36 am

Shania Twain shows she’s still the one as she returns to live performances for the first time in almost a decade at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Las Vegas. She is currently half way through her two-year residency that began Dec. 1, 2012.

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