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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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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.
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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.
They know something, those stars and celebs. They know how to live, how to party and celebrate in style—and they know where to do it. Stars have a sonar for good living and luxury. Which is not to say they own the patent on living well, or have the last word on it. If celebrity is not within reach, celebrity living is.
For nearly 80 years, the The Jumeirah Essex House sign has soared above the Manhattan skyline. Nowadays it’s one of New York’s A-list go-to luxury hotels. Sheryl Crow frequents. Angelina Jolie owns a penthouse there. A 90 million dollar reno in 2007 brought this classic gem into the 21st century. Located near Broadway, Carnegie Hall, Columbus Circle and Lincoln Center. Take New York Afternoon Tea in the Lobby Lounge or a steam bath at The Spa. Offers rooms with unobstructed views of Central Park.
Striking but mood-lit palatial rooms; three pools; and a prime ocean location make The Setai the best Miami offers. Performers from Jay-Z to Cat Power have laid down tracks at the Lenny Kravitz-designed on-site recording studio, and the hotel plays host to major fashion and entertainment events. Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Gisele, U2, and Madonna have stayed. Will Smith partied at The Setai with Trey Songz.
The Clift in San Francisco owes its dark and sexy design to Philippe Starck and draws a slick night-clubbing crowd to its famous Redwood Room bar. Notable patrons: Paris Hilton, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lucinda Williams, Parker Posey, and Lily Tomlin.
Caesars in Las Vegas is the hotel of choice for the ultimate high roller, Barack Obama. The President reposed more than once among the imperial statues at Caesars Palace during his presidential campaign. More recently, the Obama family rented a 22,000-square-foot suite with its own private pool while in town for a fundraiser. But Caesars boasts plenty of regular celebrity: its Pure Nightclub has staged a slew of B-lister birthday celebrations (Khloe Kardashian, Perez Hilton and Nicky Hilton).
Where else would the stars wind up, in the end, except Hollywood? Smack dab on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel was founded in the 1920s by Charlie Chaplin and Greta Garbo, but now hosts bad-boy parties (vide elite club Teddy’s). Jessica Biel threw Justin Timberlake a birthday bash there in 2009; Jay-Z and Beyonce partied there. Khloe Kardashian attended the 2009 Roosevelt Labor Day pool party. Jake Gyllenhaal, Jeremy Piven, Mischa Barton, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz and Orlando Bloom have been spotted skulking through its lobbies.
So whether you stay in the skyscraper hotels of Manhattan, or by the beach in Miami, you’ll never know when a celebrity may make an appearance. Keep your eyes peeled, and of course, make sure to share your stories and photos with us here.
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.