| Dec 9, 2014
| 10:14 AM
I was the first Los Angeles Times reporter to interview Sam Zell after he bought the newspaper's parent company, Tribune, in 2007. During our interview at the executive jet terminal at LAX, he was blunt, crude and profane. He started the meeting with an...
| May 19, 2010
| 12:38 PM
Facebook users' outrage over the site's attempt to make more of their information public seems to be getting more intense by the day.
Privacy groups and four U.S. Senators filed complaints with the Federal Trade Commission. Media pundits and others...
| Apr 24, 2010
| 7:37 PM
A Florida woman, taking a break from work, logged into Facebook and saw a message from an ex-boyfriend that would forever change the life of a woman living 1,000 miles away.
"I have a friend named Beth who needs a kidney donor. If you have type-O blood,...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 5:22 PM
Martha Stewart did it. So did Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon, Roger Goodell, Carson Daly, the New England Patriots, Ethel Kennedy, Mark Zuckerberg, Knightro the UCF mascot and probably someone you know.
They accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge, a...
| Feb 24, 2011
Man, I wish I'd gotten this assignment two years ago.
The task of matching Oscar-nominated films to appropriate restaurants is challenge enough, but it's even harder these days, thanks to the Academy's esteem-building decision to expand the number of...
| Aug 7, 2012
Women break down in romantic comedies all the time. They just rarely do so to the point of looking unattractive, says Rashida Jones.
“She always looks good, her hair looks good and her apartment’s pretty. It’s like, there’s things...
| May 23, 2012
| 7:52 AM
GM Unfriending Facebook
Facebook’s IPO may have set records last week, but General Motors isn’t impressed, as they’ve decided to discontinue advertising on the social network. Mark Zuckerberg shouldn’t take the decision...
| Mar 21, 2013
| 1:56 PM
A new book suggests that ambitious women should "lean in" to achieve success.
What do we mean by "an ambitious woman"? What defines "achieving success"? Most important, what is "a new book"?
OK, I know the answer to that one: A new book is where we...
| Mar 26, 2012
| 8:04 PM
The New Black Panthers and Geraldo Rivera have something in common.
They're both nuts.
And they both show how the rhetoric surrounding the Trayvon Martin case can veer off the path of impassioned but reasonable discussion and onto a one-way street to...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 2:33 PM
Let us consider for a moment the Hollywood performance that never gets nominated for awards but can be just as indelible as any Oscar-winning role. I'm referring to the celebrity interview that goes viral.
Typically interviews that are done during a...
| Feb 7, 2013
A sly one, "Side Effects" is a movie in which the main character's pharmacological state of mind is never entirely certain.
In such a role it's critical to have someone who can keep an audience guessing as to the state of that mind, moment to moment....