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    1. June 20, 2014

      A bathroom standing joke

      An online commentator called “Bingo688” has called me the biggest name-dropper of all, but only a “bronze” medal winner...

    2. August 15, 2013

      A history of LA’s loopy dreamers

      From the hopeful thousands who trekked west during the Gold Rush of 1849 to pioneers such as Howard Hughes, Walt Disney and...

    1. July 12, 2013

      Google invests in YouTube studio in LA

      In a vast, hangar-sized studio in Los Angeles once owned by the billionaire industrialist Howard Hughes, two women dressed...

    2. October 26, 2012

      Lunch with the FT: Brad Grey

      I arrive early at the Polo Lounge in the Beverly Hills Hotel, where I am due to meet Brad Grey, chairman of Paramount...

    3. September 21, 2012

      Postcard from ... Beverly Hills

      When the Beverly Hills Hotel opened in 1912, there was no Beverly Hills. Set halfway between downtown Los Angeles and the...

    4. December 12, 2011

      No cares when you have cash in hand

      From Mr Neil Shillito. Sir, Lucy Kellaway’s column “Money’s too tight to mention if you have lots of it” (December 5)...

    5. November 5, 2011

      The return of a Hollywood legend

      Six weeks before her death in 1962, Marilyn Monroe, a frequent guest at Los Angeles’ secluded Hotel Bel-Air, posed there for...

    6. September 27, 2011

      ‘Citizen Kane’ studio goes up for sale

      The Culver Studios, where a mocked-up Atlanta burned to the ground in Gone With The Wind, will go up for sale this week with...

    7. January 24, 2011

      Titanic Thompson

      Titanic Thompson: The Man Who Bet on Everything, by Kevin Cook, Picador, RRP£12.99, 256 pages Alongside the gangster and the...

    8. November 26, 2010

      When the mob ruled Vegas

      A loving and devoted father, generous to a fault, devilishly handsome and a genius with numbers” is how Millicent Rosen, 79,...

    9. January 30, 2010

      Voice of disaffected youth who withdrew from the world

      Seldom has a man who wrote so few words attracted so many as J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author who died on Thursday at his...

    10. January 29, 2010

      The reclusive voice of disaffected youth

      Seldom has a man who wrote so few words attracted so many as J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author who died on Thursday at his...

    11. November 2, 2009

      The Lacuna

      The Lacuna By Barbara Kingsolver Faber £18.99, 528 pages FT Bookshop price: £15.19 The Lacuna is an intriguing title, bound...

    12. October 30, 2009

      Outside Edge: When presidential siblings go rogue

      It has been a bad week for presidential sibling loyalty. Juanita, sister of Cuba’s Fidel and Raoul Castro, revealed she was...

    13. August 8, 2009

      Raising the stakes

      The beach at Freeport In its 1950s and 1960s heyday, Grand Bahama was a fashionable island escape, a rival to Cuba for...

    14. April 4, 2009

      Did I Leave The Gas On?

      History's best-known sufferer of obsessive compulsive disorder was Howard Hughes. After inheriting a successful engineering...

    15. April 3, 2009

      Is there a bit of OCD in us all?

      The obsessive compulsive disorder suffered by Howard Hughes began in the 1930s when he became preoccupied with peas and...

    16. September 20, 2008

      DVD releases

      King of New York Abel Ferrara, 1990 Arrow Films Abel Ferrara's gangster fable, long a cult favourite, gets a lavish...

    17. August 16, 2008

      'Dirty' jobs man who became the eyes of Howard Hughes

      Robert Maheu was usually described as the "right-hand man" or the "public face" of billionaire Howard Hughes. Yet, during...

    18. August 15, 2008

      ‘Dirty’ jobs man who was Howard Hughes’ adviser

      Robert Maheu was usually described as the “right-hand man” or the “public face” of billionaire Howard Hughes. Yet, during...

    19. April 19, 2008

      FILM - Karl French

      The Shawshank Redemption (Channel 4 Saturday 9.05pm), based on the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank...

    20. April 12, 2008

      Developers circle site of Hollywood's iconic sign

      With its panoramic views of the Pacific ocean, downtown Los Angeles to the south and the San Fernando valley to the north,...

    21. April 11, 2008

      Developers circle site of iconic Hollywood sign

      With its panoramic views of the Pacific ocean, downtown Los Angeles to the south and the San Fernando valley to the north,...

    22. February 23, 2008

      DVD RELEASES

      Hoax Lasse Hallström, 2007 Momentum Author Clifford Irving was down on his luck in the early 1970s when he had an inspired...

    23. October 31, 2007

      Bic struggles to shave into Gillette's market leadership

      The late Baron Marcel Bich was a remarkable entrepreneur. From an empty factory he bought at the end of the last war in a...

    24. October 30, 2007

      Bic struggles to shave into Gillette’s market leadership

      The late Baron Marcel Bich was a remarkable entrepreneur. From an empty factory he bought at the end of the last war in a...

    25. August 11, 2007

      Films on Release

      The Walker Paul Schrader 108 mins (15) Writer-director Paul Schrader has a busy alter ego. Carter Page III (Woody Harrelson)...

    26. August 8, 2007

      Transparency: the new democracy

      The nice venture capitalists in Silicon Valley are always looking for “the next big thing”. While we will have to wait for...

    27. August 4, 2007

      The Hoax

      He almost got away with it. Convincing the money-men he had the inside insights on a famous subject, he signed the deal,...

    28. August 1, 2007

      The bluster behind the bluff

      He almost got away with it. Convincing the money-men he had the insights on a famous subject, he signed the deal, went off...

    29. June 16, 2007

      Kate: The Woman Who Was Katharine Hepburn

      Kate: The Woman Who Was Katharine Hepburn by William Mann Faber £9.99, 621 pages FT bookshop price: £7.99 "Rewriting...

    30. January 17, 2007

      La Belle Hélène, Opéra national du Rhin, Colmar, France

      We first see Helen in rehearsal, a temple priestess like Dorothy Lamour in The Road to Bali. Then she changes into a...

    31. December 15, 2006

      ‘You get used to space and light’

      Marisa Peer, 45, is a hypnotherapist with private practices in London and Los Angeles, counting famous actors, rock stars,...

    32. November 8, 2006

      X2

      Mutants with special powers fly around your living room from 9.00pm. With a news break at 10.30pm, X2 (ITV) will take you...

    33. June 30, 2006

      FILM - NIGEL ANDREWS

      In Only Angels Have Wings (Sky Cinema 1 12.05pm) Cary Grant runs an Andean freight airline with luck and wry machismo. This...

    34. April 1, 2006

      'It'sa religious-western-horror-porno-comedy'

      It's hard to think of a single film in which Tommy Lee Jones stands still. He hit the ground moving as an actor and is...

    35. March 30, 2006

      Written on the Wind

      Douglas Sirk rides again in Channel 4's lunchtime season devoted to the Hollywood weepie master. Written on the Wind...

    36. March 27, 2006

      Fund makes a cut from the silver screen

      The marriage of hedge funds and Hollywood is crossing the Atlantic, as two upstarts have formed an investment fund for high...

    37. March 17, 2006

      Film

      Nigel Andrews There'll always be an England while there is an E.M. Forster novel left to film. (Any bidders for The Longest...

    38. February 13, 2006

      FILM

      TCM 9.00pm Hannah and Her Sisters Alongside Crimes and Misdemeanors, this tale of the intertwined emotional, romantic and...

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