Entries in Los Angeles (15)


Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi Hunting for New Home

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi are in the market for a new house.

A real estate source tells E! Online that even though the couple purchased their current Beverly Hills home just last year for $17.4 million, they’re already looking for a new place.

It’s not the house itself that’s giving the couple problems. They apparently can’t deal with the constant stream of tourists that pass by the house. The source tells E!, "The tour buses are killing them. There is one on their street every couple of minutes."

Ellen and Portia own three homes in the Los Angeles area. Their home in Hidden Valley, California, was recently featured in Elle Home Décor and is currently on the market for $14.5 million. The talk show host told the magazine she often finds herself growing tired of her homes.

"I can only change the furniture so much and I get bored…then I need a new structure to work on," DeGeneres said.

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"The Taste" Judge Selling Tickets to Dine at New LA Restaurant

Hemera/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- A Los Angeles restaurant made headlines last month for shaming no-show reservations on Twitter, and a now a new upscale restaurant is trying a different tactic.

Ludo Lefebvre, who is a celebrity judge on ABC’s The Taste, is selling non-refundable $90 tickets to dine at his new Los Angeles spot, Trois Mec.

“It’s a tiny restaurant. It’s 24 seats and it’s really about having a business model that allows us to create the best experience for our guests,” Krissy Lefebvre, Ludo’s wife and business partner, told ABC News.

Lefebvre said the decision to operate on a ticket system allows the chefs to plan accordingly each night.

While the ticket system has been used by high-end restaurants in other cities, Lefebvre said she believes Trois Mec is the first in Los Angeles.

Last month, another Los Angeles restaurant, Red Medicine, made news when a managing partner named and shamed no-show reservations on Twitter.

“Hi Kyle Anderson (323), I hope you enjoyed your gf’s bday and the flowers that you didn’t bring when you no-showed for your 815 res. Thanks,” tweeted Noah Ellis, managing partner of Red Medicine, after the reservation didn’t show up on Saturday night.

“Also, big thanks to Carlos MacManus, Colin Rolfs, Allison Joyce, Sam Java, Daniella Brown, and Matt Lopez for no-showing btwn 730p-930p,” he continued. “All the nice guests who wonder why restaurants overbook and they sometimes have to wait for their res should thank people like those below.”

Ellis’ posts spurred a Twitter conversation on restaurant reservations, and most agreed with what he did.

“On Saturday, we lost numerous prime tables as no shows, which (besides hurting our business) really wasn’t fair to the guests who took a 6:15 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. reservation instead of the 7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. they wanted. I was frustrated,” Ellis told ABC News.

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Ben Affleck Accepts Top Award at Directors Guild Awards 

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Ben Affleck won the top award at the 65th Annual Directors Guild Awards in Los Angeles Saturday night, People Magazine reports.

Affleck accepted the award for outstanding directorial achievement for Argo after being snubbed by the Academy Awards earlier this month despite the film's rave reviews, the magazine reports.

The director was accompanied by wife Jennifer Garner throughout the evening, who he thanked "for being the best person in the world," according to People Magazine.

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Lindsay Lohan's Hit-and-Run Case Headed to LA's DA Office

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Lindsay Lohan's alleged hit-and-run while leaving a Hollywood nightclub in March will be examined by Los Angeles prosecutors. reports the L.A. police will send the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office for review.

To refresh your memory, Lindsay allegedly struck the manager of Hollywood's Hookah Lounge with her car while driving away from a nearby nightclub. She has publicly denied the allegation.

Sources who spoke to TMZ speculate that there isn't enough evidence to charge Lindsay, based on videos and interviews related to the incident.

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Jessica Simpson Gives Birth to Baby Girl

ABC/RANDY HOLMES(LOS ANGELES) -- Jessica Simpson welcomed her first child on Tuesday.  Simpson posted the announcement on her official website, writing "Eric and I are elated to announce the birth of our baby girl, Maxwell Drew Johnson.  9 lbs. 13 oz.  We are so grateful for all of the love, support and prayers we have received.  This has been the greatest experience of oour lives!"

Simpson checked into a Los Angeles hospital early Tuesday morning with several members of her family, reports, including her mom, sister, and fiance Eric Johnson's parents.

Simpson was outspoken about her pregnancy in the weeks leading up to her delivery.  Close to her due date, which was a week ago, the singer and reality star tweeted about a dream she had. "I just woke up from a dream that I wore a leopard caftan in the hospital," she wrote. "Fabulous!! Now I need to find one!"

Simpson was clearly ready to give birth, telling Jimmy Kimmel during a recent appearance on his late-night talk show that because her belly is weighing so heavily on her "hoo-ha," when her water breaks, it will be "like a fire hydrant."

Simpson stuck with her signature flashy style through her pregnancy, wearing six-inch heels and a snakeskin dress to her baby shower.

Simpson, 31, and Johnson, 32, eventually plan to wed. "I want him to be my husband so bad," Simpson told Jay Leno in March. "I do still want to wear the pretty gown, so I have to wait."

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Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux Choose L.A. Over NYC

Eric Charbonneau/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Jennifer Aniston says she and boyfriend Justin Theroux have given up trying to live in New York City and have retreated to Los Angeles, reports People.

The magazine reports Aniston recently told The Kyle and Jackie O Show in Australia that the couple tried living in the Big Apple but it felt like they were living "in a fishbowl.”

The former Friends star is quoted as saying, “Justin still has an apartment there…It was a little rough with the paparazzi. It didn’t feel like the New York I grew up in and knew.”

Jen also told the show that on a scale of one to ten, her happiness level right now is at a “10-plus.”

Aniston and Theroux can be seen together in the recently released movie Wanderlust.

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Mel Gibson Back in Court -- As a Prospective Juror

Mike Marsland/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Mel Gibson has been no stranger to courtrooms in recent years, but his visit to a Los Angeles courthouse Monday was simply to perform his civic duty as a prospective juror.

TMZ reports Gibson was spotted outside a jury assembly room talking on his cellphone and reading a script.  Sporting a baseball cap, a dark sports coat, button-up shirt and jeans, Gibson also chatted with fans and allowed photographs to be taken.

In March 2011, Gibson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor spousal battery in connection with an alleged altercation he had with then-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.  The two reached a settlement in August that called for Gibson to pay Grigorieva $750,000.

Earlier, in 2006, Gibson was arrested in a much-publicized DUI incident.

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Report: Rapper Heavy D Dead at 44

JIM RUYMEN/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Rapper Heavy D died Tuesday after being rushed to a Los Angeles hospital, ABC News affiliate KABC has confirmed. He was 44.

Heavy D, born Dwight Arrington Myers, was one of the most influential rappers of the 1990s. He was the leader of hip-hop trio Heavy D & the Boyz, which gained mainstream fame for the theme song for the TV show In Living Color. (The song was first “In Living Color,” Heavy D & the Boyz later recorded a new theme, “Cause That’s the Way You Livin’ When You’re in Living Color.”) Heavy D also rapped on Michael Jackson’s “Jam” and Janet Jackson’s “Alright.”

In recent years, Heavy D focused more on TV and movie appearances. He made a cameo in Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller’s new film, Tower Heist. Heavy D performed at October’s BET Awards, his first live performance in 15 years.

In pop culture, Heavy D is also remembered for his mention in the Notorious B.I.G.’s 1994 hit single “Juicy” in the line, “Salt’n'Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine.”

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Beckhams Step Out for First Family Outing with Newborn Daughter

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Victoria Beckham made her first public debut since giving birth to her fourth child, daughter Harper Seven.

E! Online reports Beckham strolled Los Angeles with husband David Beckham in a family outing just two months after giving birth.

The former Spice Girls singer donned shades, a pair of 6 inch heels, tight black leather pants and a black tank top, showing off her svelte post-baby body.

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'Grease' Actress Annette Charles Dies at 63

Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Annette Charles (born Annette Cardona), best known for her roll as Cha Cha DiGregorio in the movie-musical Grease, has passed away.

According to her representative, the 63-year-old died in her Los Angeles home due to complications from cancer.

Charles' passing marks the second person from Grease to die this year. At the end of May, Jeff Conaway died after falling into a coma and being taken off life support.

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