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Tourism New Zealand is once again capitalizing on their connection to The Hobbit Trilogy with a new exhibit in Los Angeles.
Yesterday, they kicked off the campaign by unveiling the World's Largest Pop-Up Book in Beverly Hills. The "book" includes original set pieces and props used in The Hobbit : The Desolation of Smaug, which premieres in Hollywood tonight.
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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.
The SnowGlobe Music Festival is ready to ring in the New Year with performances by Snoop Lion, Tiesto, Kaskade, Zeds Dead, Treasure Fingers, and dozens more.
The fest will once again be held in the winter resort town of South Lake Tahoe, California from December 29th - 31st.
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.
We’re hardly claiming that we’re calling this spot as our own, but with so many things to check out in and around San Francisco it just might get overlooked. We took the time to get out to Marin County and drive along the coast, and we recommend that you do the same—even if you have to skip the city for a bit.
Plenty of people head north of the city to check out the old-growth Coast Redwood trees, and we too recommend a visit to Muir Woods National Monument. However, when you’re done walking among the giant trees—and have purchased a stuffed banana slug from the gift shop—don’t just head back just yet. Make sure you take the twisty, turny, and ten minute drive out to the Muir Beach Overlook.
The blue glasses hide the color of the oils, so you can just focus on the taste...
If you’re sick and tired of sipping and sampling award winning wine after award winning wine there’s another tasting opportunity for you to check out in Napa Valley. The region also produces some pretty nice olive oils, so why not take a break from the vineyard and head over to the olive mill at Round Pond Estate.
Go ahead and take them up on their Olive Mill Experience, the visit starts with a quick walk over to the field where the olive trees mix and mingle with the grapes, and you get to learn a little bit about the trees, their temperament, and everything else involved with the harvest. Just be sure to take the guide’s advice—olives fresh off the tree are terribly bitter—we needed to confirm this for ourselves, and will never forget that experience.
Anyway, the next stop takes you into the mill that is pretty darn impressive, especially considering some of the equipment that they ordered all the way from Italy. We just hope they had a discount on shipping, because that big granite rock responsible for squishing and squashing the olives has to weigh a couple of tons.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation is giving one five-year-old the chance to live out his dream of being a superhero, but they need volunteers in the Bay Area to help out.
On Nov. 15, San Francisco will be transformed into Gotham City so that Miles, who is fighting Leukemia, can become Batkid for the day. On Friday morning, the Gotham Police Chief (aka the San Francisco police department) will put out a call for help which is when Miles, along with a grownup sidekick, will jump into action.
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]