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The best of the silver screen will assemble in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 24th for the 85th Annual Academy Awards. Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre plays host to this year’s events, with Seth MacFarlane hosting the star-studded event. This year’s collection of movies is particularly strong, with no clear favorite set to run away with all the hardware.
Sure, you might not be able to get into the Oscars themselves, but don’t worry — there’s much more to the Academy Awards than just the one televised event. Oscar Week features a number of award ceremonies, parties and other shindigs that celebrate everything Oscar producers can’t cram into the main ceremonies. It always draws a cool cross-section of stars, producers and much more.
You can bet L.A.’s dining and club scenes will be buzzing over the course of Oscar Week. It’s a great time to check out some of the city’s diverse culinary options — from mainstream to quaint hole-in-the-walls. After dinner, hit one of L.A.’s legendary nightclubs, where the chances are good you’ll be rubbing elbows with Oscar royalty.
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The biggest and best in the music world will converge on L.A.’s Staples Center on February 10th for the industry’s biggest awards ceremony — the 55th Grammy Awards. Musicians know how to party and the Grammys are always one of the year’s biggest and best awards shows in the entertainment industry. With performances by The Black Keys, Rihanna, Mumford & Sons, Taylor Swift and more, the Grammys are sure to be a night of first-class entertainment. There are often killer surprise guests as well as a number of off-the-cuff, unscripted surprises. Grab a bite to eat at one of the many area restaurants before the show, then check out the Grammy Museum, located across the street from the Staples Center. From the Hollywood Walk of Fame-ish bronze discs on the sidewalk to the artifacts inside, it’s a cool experience for any music lover. After the awards show, enjoy a night of cocktails and dancing at one of the area’s numerous nightclubs. Who knows — you may just run into a Grammy nominee or winner.
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Sure, celebrities suffer like the rest of us. They’re made of flesh and blood, like the rest of us. But when they’re not suffering, they’re enjoying life to the max. And just because you’re not a celebrity doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy life like one.
When Kim Kardashian married Kris Humphries, they moved into a penthouse suite at the Gansevoort Park Hotel—fit with K&K monogrammed towels, sheets, pillowcases, and Champagne—for good reason. While moving in might be unrealistic, Gansevoort has become the Park Avenue party hotel of choice. Uptown classic meets downtown cool at this striking 20-story edifice located on the corner of 29th and Park Avenue South. Bask in a heated rooftop pool with a tri-level infusion bar; take in the exhale spa or the Cutler salon, or indulge at the hip ristorante and lounge before hitting the town. Gansevoort Park Hotel 420 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016
What do President Barack Obama, the Dalai Lama, Elton John and Al Pacino have in common? They’ve all stayed at the Beverly Wilshire. Warren Beatty and John Lennon even lived there. An historic hotel located on the east side of South Rodeo Drive, the Beverly Wilshire has glamour in its DNA. Remember the movie Pretty Woman? Julia Roberts strutted her stuff through the Beverly Wilshire. Recently it served as a filming location for HBO’s Entourage series. These folks know. Beverly Wilshire rooms and suites feature chic interior design, marble bathrooms, private bars, and every amenity and comfort a celebrity or world leader could desire. A Four Seasons Hotel Beverly Wilshire 9500 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
A jet-setting tour would feel tame without a Vegas stop. The Bellagio’s oasis of gardens, tranquil pools, art and couture draws droves of stars and celebrities. Paradisal touches include a garden vista café, spas and poolside massages. Bellagio boasts two world class restaurants (Picasso & Le Cirque), the world’s finest pastry chef, Jean-Philippe Maury, and the largest chocolate fountain in the galaxy. Stroll along Via Bellagio and let the baubles awe you. Stop at the discreet Petrossian Bar for afternoon champagne and caviar. Later, suit up and strike a pose on the Cristal-fueled dance floor of The Bank. For a few rolls of the dice, hit the art deco cool of Casino Club Privé and cross your fingers.
June 14-24, 2012
In a city with more film festivals than you can count on two hands, the actual Los Angeles Film Festival has been preeminent, showcasing the world’s best independent features. Which is not to say the occasional smash-hit hasn’t come its way. The Devil Wears Prada made a splash here before setting the world on fire. The LA Film Festival endeavours to connect the movie-lovers to acclaimed filmmakers, film industry pros, and emerging talent in the heart of the entertainment capital of the world—Los Angeles.
Among the 2012 LA Film Festival’s lineup of sensational films, the much-anticipated Steve Carell apocalypse comedy Seeking a Friend for the End of the World will enjoy its world premiere during this year’s gala screenings. The Benh Zeitlin-directed Beasts of the Southern Wild and Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere will also run during the gala screenings.
Seeking for a Friend for the End of the World stars comic genius Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Adam Brody and others in what’s been described as “a humorous, moving and intimate journey against an epic backdrop of Earth’s final days.” The film is written and directed by screenwriter Lorene Scafaria, making her directorial debut.
Beasts of the Southern Wild, tells the story of a six-year-old girl on the brink of orphanhood in a utopian bayou community. Directed and co-written by Behn Zeitlin, the film, starring Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry, won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Middle of Nowhere, presents a portrait of a woman in search of herself, torn between two lovers and two worlds. The movie won writer/director Ava DuVernay a Best Director Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
The Festival features signature programs including the Filmmaker Retreat, Ford Amphitheater Outdoor Screenings, Poolside Chats, and more. The Festival also screens short films by high school students and has a section devoted to music videos.
Los Angeles Film Festival Film Independent 9911 W. Pico Boulevard. Los Angeles, CA 90035 Box Office & Information: 1-866-345-6337.
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After closing for two years for a thoughtful restoration to revive this iconic gem, 5 star Hotel Bel-Air‘s redesign now, more than ever, celebrates the surrounding landscape by seamlessly blending the indoor and outdoor experience. Nestled in the Bel-Air Estates neighborhood of Los Angeles, the Hotel Bel-Air is a sprawling oasis, only minutes from Century City, Beverly Hills and Westwood. Enjoy complimentary breakfast for two during your stay on us!
Ultra-chic and supremely unique, Mr. C Hotel Beverly Hills, a Cipriani Hotel, is a luxury boutique in the heart of beautiful Beverly Hills. Inspired by European traditions, the exquisitely landscaped courtyard garden features Californian citrus fruits, tropical foliage and fragrant English roses, all lending itself to the ambience of reminiscent of an Italian seaside villa. Enjoy a complimentary upgrade when you book with us!
At the iconic intersection of Hollywood and Vine lies The Redbury, the newest addition to the award-winning sbe Hotel Collection. Curated by Creative Director and renowned photographer, Matthew Rolston in collaboration with sbe Founder and CEO, Sam Nazarian, The Redbury Hotel offers an escape into a colorful and enchanting world of luxury. With a focus on creative, business, and leisure travelers with an admiration for the arts, music, fashion and entertainment, each guest flat offers a playful retro touches creating an inviting and welcoming atmosphere.
With the 2012 Oscars looming, many celebrities and entertainment elite have begun planning for their 2012 Oscars Gala, everything from attire to accommodations. For regular Oscar lovers and aficionados, now is not the time to dither if you want partake of the festivities and catch a glimpse of the stars lining the red carpet.
The 2012 Oscars will be held at the Kodak Theater on Sunday, February 26th and will be hosted by Billy Crystal. Many celebrities already live in Los Angeles, but out-of- towners will be booking into luxury hotels or lux furnished rentals. Some of the past celebrity favorites have been The Beverly Hilton, The Beverly Wilshire, and The Four Seasons Hotels. And while these choices may be out of reach for most folks, Los Angeles has no lack of economical alternatives.
While traditional hotels will be much in demand, more and more people opt for furnished accommodation in the Los Angeles area. With a population of nearly 20 million residents spread out over thousands of square miles, rental options can vary greatly. But if you’re coming to Los Angeles to enjoy not only the Oscars but also the many attractions the city has to offer, keep a few key areas on top of your list.
Known around the world as the Silver Screen capital, Hollywood is the obvious choice for total Oscar immersion. From the Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars, to the Mann Chinese Theater, the Hollywood Sign, the Griffith Park Observatory, Universal Studios Hollywood, and many more attractions, Hollywood is THE destination for nearly 46 million yearly visitors.
Malibu is also a prime destination. Some of the most stunning, pristine beaches in the Greater Los Angeles area grace this haven. Check out the Malibu surf, the Santa Monica pier, Venice and more, all just minutes away from this vacation mecca. You may bump into a few stars along the way.
The perfect place for a taste of the luxury lifestyle, Beverly Hills is the playground of celebrities and millionaires from across the globe. Featuring some of the world’s best fashion, shopping, dining and night life, Beverly Hills is, well Beverly Hills. Check out Rodeo Drive for a day of true indulgence, or take a drive through the manicured streets of Beverly HIlls. Dine at the famous Spago’s restaurant and pretend you’re rich and famous for an evening.
WHERE TO STAY: The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel was hosted the 1st Academy Awards in 1929 inside its Blossom Ballroom. Today, the Oscars are held at the Kodak Theatre, just down the road. However, this hotel is still the place for celebrity sightings and Oscar after-parties.
The Sunset Tower Hotel originally built in 1929, is a famous landmark luxury hotel on Sunset Strip. This 4.5 star hotel has continued to provide highly polished service, a glamorous atmosphere and Oscar-worthy amenities since the moment it first opened its doors. Former residents of this elegant Art Deco style building include the likes of Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor, to name just a few. Stay with us for complimentary wifi, spa credits, and continental breakfast for two.
Located in a neighborhood known worldwide for its mansions and superb restaurants, Montage Beverly Hills defines hotel luxury in Los Angeles with its balanced blend of Spanish, Italian and Moroccan aesthetics. And its restaurant, Scarpetta, defines exquisite dining, with modern takes on soulful Italian cuisine. Acclaimed Chef Scott Conant has assembled a menu that brings together adaptions of classical Italian dishes with the finest seasonal ingredients.
A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Chef Conant (who cut his teeth at L’Impero in New York) has appeared on The Today Show, Martha, and Bravo’s Top Chef. Under his guidance, Scarpetta has garnered glowing reviews, named one of the “Best New Restaurants in America” by Esquire magazine and nominated for “Best New Restaurant” by the James Beard Foundation. Los Angeles Magazine also listed it as one of the “Best New Restaurants” of 2010.
Adjacent to the picturesque Beverly Canon Gardens, and facing the Bouchon Bistro across a pocket park, Scarpetta’s al fresco setting augments the Mediterranean-inspired dining experience. Featuring specialities like duck & foie gras ravioli in marsala reduction, creamy polenta with fricassee of truﬄed mushrooms, and branzino with leeks & manila clams, Scarpetta strikes a perfect balance between earthy and refined. And, as you’d expect with any Italian kitchen, Scarpetta excels at pasta, offering elegant takes on regional classics.
Brunch at Scarpetta—which includes a shellfish station, cured meats, a pasta station, an egg station, waffles and pancakes from the griddle, a carving station, and a fruit station—is an eating experience not be missed. The ricotta lemon pancakes deserve to be memorialized. The compulsion to overindulge will test you. Award-winning Executive Pastry Chef Richard Ruskell (of Last Cake Standing fame) adds a dessert buffet presentation nothing short of genius—yuzu meringue tarts, coconut panna cotta, blueberry rice pudding, vanilla caramel budino . . .
The Montage • Beverly Hills 225 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
While Los Angeles may be better known for its traffic jams than for romance, the truth is, it can be one of the most romantic places on the planet. Whether you want to splurge or are looking for more budget-friendly options, Los Angeles offers everything from serene beach getaways to mountain retreats; from urban gardens to private sunset flights over the city; from champagne spa baths for two to sexy nightlife. If you can’t find something romantic to do in Los Angeles, you may not have it in you.
Take an air tour over Los Angeles in a Zeppelin in Airship Ventures’ Eureka and enjoy the amazing views from the large picture windows. The sunset flight defines romantic. And if the budget forbids a Zeppelin flight, a private Sunset Champagne Helicopter Flight is another option. Fly to a romantic dinner.
Disneyland? Why not. Embrace your inner Mickey or Minnie Mouse and romance will bloom at the “happiest place on earth.” The Los Angeles area also boasts an abundance of beautiful public gardens perfect for romantic strolls, from botanical mazes to meditative Japanese gardens. And what’s not to love about 80 miles of Los Angeles coastline for long, soul-sharing walks on the beach. If you’re really adventurous, book a charter complete with skipper, or if you’re a skilled sailor, rent a boat and pack a picnic for a day out on the water, or sail to Catalina for lunch.
For a full dose of romance, try one of Beverly Hills’ classic establishments. Nestled on a lush Malibu hillside, Geoffrey’s Malibu (27400 Pacific Coast Highway), has fantastic views of the Pacific coastline. Voted one of LA’s best proposal spots, you may want to pop the question here. Good for celebrity sighting too. Or be Fred Astaire to her Ginger Rogers when you dine and dance at the Art Deco Sky Room on top of the historic Breakers building in Long Beach (40 S Locust Avenue). From this height, you get a magical view of the LA basin with a snow-capped mountain backdrop.
And check out the California stars at Café at the End of the Universe (2800 East Observatory Road). This Wolfgang Puck café at the Griffith Observatory may have an industrial feel with exposed ceiling pipes and plastic tables and chairs, but the panoramic view from the Hollywood Sign to Downtown LA makes the soul glad. A nice prelude to holding hands later and star-gazing through the Observatory’s Zeiss telescope.
Where would one stay during this romantic getaway? Our hotel experts recommend newly renovated Hotel Bel-Air (breakfast is on us until Dec. 31st, 2012) or the ultra-chic Mr. C Beverly Hills (enjoy a complimentary upgrade).