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Catfish Sliders and Mint Juleps in West Hollywood

19 Mar
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As the blue skies of summer stealthily approach—hey, March is close enough—your thoughts naturally turn to all things barbecue.

You’re not alone: the famed Venice Beach institution known as Baby Blues BBQ is quietly opening up a new West Hollywood spot on Friday, and they’re bringing their Guinness-soaked ribs with them. (Translation: won’t stay quiet for long.)

Think of the grub as authentically inauthentic—meaning, they proudly mix things up in the kitchen rather than focusing on one particular region. Of course, if you’ve lost a few good shirts to the founding Venice spot, you know that already—but this new outpost has a giant kitchen complete with deep fryer, so in addition to your old favorites, here you’ll find Fried Green Tomatoes and Hush Puppies.

Grab a stool to the left at the full bar (another improvement) for a Mint Julep, and order her a rum-heavy Sweet Tea. (It’s in a pint glass, but she can handle it.) You can choose your own sliders, everything from pulled pork to brisket to shrimp to catfish—but if you’re thinking meat platter and slaw, you’ll probably want to get yourself a table by the windows.

It’s just like a backyard, without the backyard.

What Happened to Peace, Love & Soul?

19 Oct

LOS ANGELES – Don Cornelius, the former host of the television show “Soul Train,” was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, police said Saturday.

Police were called to his Hollywood Hills home late Friday after someone reported a domestic dispute, Officer Sam Park said.

The 72-year-old producer was taken to jail, where he was booked for investigation of felony domestic violence, Park said. He was released on $50,000 bail and ordered to appear in court next month.

Park said he did not know whom Cornelius was suspected of assaulting.

A call to Cornelius’ production office was not immediately returned.

Cornelius started “Soul Train” in 1970 to showcase black music and culture, introducing television audiences to such legendary artists as Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and Barry White. The series spawned a franchise that includes the Soul Train Music Awards, the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards and the Soul Train Christmas Starfest.

New Memoir from Tony Curtis

13 Oct

“All my life I had one dream and that was to be in the movies.”

He was the Golden Boy of the Golden Age. A prince of the silver screen. Dashing and debonair, Tony Curtis arrived on the scene in a blaze of bright lights and celluloid. His good looks, smooth charm, and natural talent earned him fame, women, and adulation—Elvis copied his look and the Beatles put him on their Sgt. Pepper album cover. But the Hollywood life of his dreams brought both invincible highs and debilitating lows. Now, in his captivating, no-holds-barred autobiography, Tony Curtis shares the agony and ecstasy of a private life in the public eye.

No simple tell-all, American Prince chronicles Hollywood during its heyday. Curtis revisits his immense body of work—including the unforgettable classics Houdini, Spartacus, and Some Like It Hot—and regales readers with stories of his associations with Frank Sinatra, Laurence Olivier, director Billy Wilder, and film industry heavyweight Lew Wasserman, as well as paramours Natalie Wood and Marilyn Monroe, among others.

As forthright as he is enthralling, Tony Curtis offers intimate glimpses into his succession of failed marriages (and the one that has endured), his destructive drug addiction, and his passion as a painter. Written with humor and grace, American Prince is a testament to the power of living the life of one’s dreams.

Here’s a clip from my fave Curtis pic, “The Sweet Smell of Success.”

“Sweet Bird of Youth” by Tennessee Williams

13 Oct

I watched this film for the first time today. A notch below “Streetcar named Desire” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” but still very good. Great cast including Paul Newman, the always feisty Ed Begley, and a very young Rip Torn. The film is set in St. Cloud, FL … with lots of palm trees as backdrop for all the drama.

Check this film out — we think you’ll find it time well spent.

We Will Miss You, Paul Newman

27 Sep

What a class act … there will never be another Paul Newman.

The following passage appeared on the Newman’s Own web site:

For 25 years, we at Newman’s Own have had a front row seat to watch Paul’s entrepreneurial brilliance, humor, and compassion at work helping those in need. Our company motto, “Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good,” was Paul’s vision for Newman’s Own and it is a philosophy we are proud to continue. Paul occasionally referred to Newman’s Own as the “joke that got out of control” and would express astonishment at its success. Despite this humorous approach, Paul was committed to the company’s business and to providing top-notch quality – he brought all-natural food products to a wide audience long before it was fashionable. And he was one of the greatest recyclers, giving back to charity all the money he earned from the sale of Newman’s Own products. www.newmansown.com

Paul’s trademark smile and sense of humor are very evident in this rare screen test with the legendary James Dean for the movie that would become “East of Eden.”

I had many favorite Newman flicks … too many to mention here. Loved Cool Hand Luke and The Hustler. Hud was a sleeper. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was classic. The Sting was great too. But the best of all was Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Just like in the movies, Paul went out with both guns blazing …

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