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Those looking to head out of town have a new option when it comes to the long-term parking lot, as FlightCar has recently started up shop over at Los Angeles International Airport. In case you don’t remember the deal with FlightCar—basically you rent out your car to others instead of just leaving the car in the parking lot. Someone gets the wheels they need, you don’t have to pay for parking, and you even make a little money on the deal.
The peer-to-peer car sharing system hasn’t really gone gangbusters as of yet, but the head honcho at FlightCar—he’s 19 years old—reports that the company has roughly 3,700 listings for the not really rental cars. We guess we would be a little concerned letting someone else take our wheels out for a spin, but at the same time the insurance, the liability, and other guarantees do provide some kind of warm and fuzzy feeling. Overall we think the idea is kind of awesome, and yet again we're jealous that we didn't think of this first.
Instead of holding a lottery for red carpet tickets as they've done in the past, this year the Academy Awards will harness the power of social media to find The Oscars' biggest Fans.
December 2nd, 2013 will mark the beginning of Academy Fan Appreciation Week. During that week the folks behind Hollywood's highest honor will reach out to their biggest fans on social media and offer them a pair of tickets to the 2014 Oscars Fan Experience. Fan experience tickets will include a coveted seat along the red carpet on Oscar day.
The AFI Fest has just passed its halfway mark but there are still of plenty of red-carpet galas, special screenings, and conversations left to check out.
The American Film Institute's annual festival is taking place in Los Angeles through Nov. 14 and will feature screenings of Nebraska, Lone Survivor, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and Inside Llewyn Davis this week.
Not even an A-Lister like James Franco could avoid the delays at LAX on Friday.
While the airport shooting was being investigated no planes were allowed to disembark, which meant hundreds of passengers were stuck on the tarmac for hours.
Unfortunately for Franco, he numbered among those.
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The emergency situation of Friday at Los Angeles International Airport is thankfully over, but while the police continue their investigation into the gunman who entered Terminal 3 and shot TSA agents (killing one), the airport itself returns to mostly normal operations.
For travelers with upcoming flights into or out of LAX, here's the latest answers on what's up at the airport:
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Update: 5pm EST: The latest findings report that the gunman is not a TSA employee, and may have been a ticketed passenger harboring anti-government feelings, who targeted the TSA staff. As for airport operations, LAX is still under a ground stop and all travelers with tickets into/out of LAX are encouraged to check with their airlines and consider alternate dates of travel, or routing through other airports. Bottom line: be flexible and be patient.
Update: 3:30pm EST: Virgin America has issued a statement confirming the events of this morning and expressing their concern for passengers. It has now been clarified that the suspect is in custody and is in critical condition, but alive. Vehicles heading to LAX (if they make it there) and to other LA-area airports should expect to be fully searched. JetBlue's flights to LAX will instead fly to Long Beach (LGB),
Update: 2:20pm EST: The gunman was an off-duty TSA agent. He has been killed my law enforcement, and is not simply in custody as earlier thought, according to NBC News.
Update: 1:55pm EST: It being reported that the police are confirming one death, a TSA agent shot and killed. Another TSA agent was shot and wounded, and has been transported to the hospital.
All LAX terminals are being evacuated (with no definite destination for the evacuated passengers). The 105 and 405 freeway ramps leading into LAX are closed. LAX is on a ground stop, with no flights departing and all arriving flights being held on the tarmac.
The weapon is rumored to be an AR-15 rifle.
BREAKING 1:15pm EST: There have been gunshots at LAX Airport, with a few people injured and a gunman in custody.
Facts are still fuzzy. According to the AP, "Witness Brian Keech said he heard "about a dozen gunshots." Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said emergency crews have responded to a multi-patient incident. The incident was reported after 9:30 a.m. PST"
Gwyneth Paltrow once again reminded us that when you're rich you don't have to worry about squandering those precious frequent-flyer miles.
Gwyneth was spotted looking exhausted at LAX yesterday after flying to London and back just for a party.
So what could be so important that it was worth 20 + hours of round trip flight time? Apparently a launch party for The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet - or any party - at The Arts Club. We'd love to tell you more about the members-only club, but they are so secretive that most of their website is actually password protected.
Gwyn reportedly moved back to Los Angeles from London this year to be closer to her mother. After a few more back-and-forth trips like this one she might start to regret that decision.
[Photo: Daily Mail]
Over the weekend the rich and the famous got into the Halloween spirit at four of Los Angeles' biggest costume parties.
Glee star Matthew Morrison hosted his fourth annual masquerade soiree at the Hollywood hotspot Warwick. Dozens of Matthew's celebrity friends came out for the bash at the warehouse-turned-nightclub, including Chris Colfer (dressed as a "sexy" R2D2), Chace Crawford (in a police uniform), Revenge actress Christa B. Allen, and Chord Overstreet (wearing a beard as Jax from Sons of Anarchy).
Leave it to Rob Zombie to combine three horror attractions and an epic music festival and create a "Great American Nightmare."
The horror attraction will feature three haunted houses, based on Zombie’s own movies, Lords Of Salem: Total Black Out, The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D, and Haunt Of 1,000 Corpses.. Each will be "shocking and sometimes disturbing" and will offer "a three-dimensional experience with animatronics and effects, a maze that is the ultimate definition of claustrophobia and fear, sudden chills and startling thrills, and salaciou shumor that will make one scream with fright and laughter."
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It’s been a bit of time since we first found out about Silvercar and its plan to take the rental car industry by storm with one car option—the silver Audi A4s. We guess things have been going pretty, as the company has expanded since starting things out of Dallas-Ft. Worth. Following its arrival on the scene, Silvercar has starting doing its thing in Austin, Houston, and Dallas-Love Field, and towards the end of the summer it finally made its way out west—to San Francisco.
Up next is another California destination, as the plan is to start offering up vehicles in Los Angeles at LAX on November 4. Reservations are already available, so if you’re hitting the area for business or pleasure you might want to give them a try.
Again the way it works with Silvercar is that you’ll download the app beforehand, as that’s what you need to pretty much to do the rental car thing. From your mobile device you can book your car, change your reservation, and pick up your very own silver Audi A4. That’s right—you open the doors to the car and climb inside after unlocking it with your phone. Even better is that lots of stuff is included with your rental car like turn-by-turn directions, WiFi right from the vehicle, and satellite radio.
At this point we get it—everybody loves food trucks—as everywhere and everyone seems to be getting in on the mobile restaurant craze. We’ve seen food trucks make appearances in cell phone lots and waiting areas at the airport, and even airports have launched their own on-the-go eats. However, now things have gone a little too far, as Los Angeles International Airport is getting their own food truck right inside of the terminal.
It’s not a real food truck, as one business is planning to pretty much set up a fake food truck within Terminal 4. It’ll be like a food truck facade, and everything will be prepared inside and served from the side of the “vehicle.”
The Do Good Bus likes to keep its Los Angeles' volunteers on their toes.
Like many organizations, DGB gives everyday people the opportunity to spend a few hours helping out a good cause, with a twist. Each volunteer trip is different and the locations are kept secret. It's also not unusual for riders to be treated to live music, samplings of a local brew, or other entertainment along the way to keep things interesting.