Photo: Variety Photo: Variety Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Variety The Swishers Sell $8.7 Million L.A. Mansion to ‘Power’ Creator Courtney Kemp 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Shortly before they picked up a $6 million estate in the mountains above Beverly Hills — within a guarded community famous for its high-profile residents — actor Joanna Garcia Swisher and her retired pro baseball player husband Nick Swisher quietly sold their former house in L.A.’s historic Windsor Square neighborhood. While the transaction was consummated off-market, records reveal the deal went down for $8.7 million, $700,000 more than the Swishers paid for the property about 2.5 years prior. The stately, century-old home’s new … [Read more...] about The Swishers Sell $8.7 Million L.A. Mansion to ‘Power’ Creator Courtney Kemp
REISTERSTOWN, MD — The owners of Ristorante Firenze have closed up shop. Now they are looking for someone to buy their business in Reisterstown, which comes with a 100-seat bar and restaurant as well as liquor license and outdoor beer garden. The owners of Ristorante Firenze, brothers Larry and Brian Leonardi, opened their eatery in Reisterstown in February 2015. After growing up in Little Italy as the grandchildren of Italian immigrants, they shared recipes passed down generations, with some Baltimore touches mixed in, such as crab bruschetta. Ristorante Firenze was nominated for Maryland's favorite new restaurant in 2016 in the Restaurant Association of Maryland's Stars of the Industry Awards competition. About four years after opening, the Leonardis penned a goodbye letter, which is featured on the homepage of the Ristorante Firenze website. Here is what it says: Arrivederci Reisterstown Effective immediately, Ristorante Firenze is closed for business. It has been our pleasure … [Read more...] about Ristorante Firenze Closes In Reisterstown
Turkish archeologists announced that they may have discovered the bones of St. Nicholas, the saint better known to the world as Santa Claus. The remains were unearthed beneath a 4th-century structure in Demre (ancient Myra), the traditional location of Nicholas’ birth. The discovery of St. Nicholas raises a whole host of unpleasant bedtime questions. If Santa is buried in Turkey, who has been delivering the presents? The discovery was made after digital analysis of the ground beneath the church. Archaeologists currently believe that the tomb has gone undisturbed since antiquity, but the mosaics on the floor make it difficult to excavate there. Cemril Karabayram, the head of Antalya’s Monument Authority, explained that specialists are unable to confirm the story until the floor of the church (which depicts scenes from the life of Nicholas of Myra) can be carefully removed. For locals of Demre, the inaccessibility of the tomb has some advantages. Until … [Read more...] about If Santa Is Buried in Turkey, Who Has Been Delivering the Presents?
PARIS—I was 19 when it rained and Marlon Brando told me he was at the end of his career, "making a fuck movie in Paris." It was November, largely grey and Bertolucci's crew had been sneaking around Passy in Paris' 16th arrondissement, filming Last Tango commando-style for a week, perhaps 10 days. They'd been spotted picking up exteriors: along the Seine, a shopping high street... A few days earlier, a classmate claimed to have seen Jean-Pierre Léaud running down rue de Passy. Another heard scenes were planned for some soon-to-be-demolished dance hall. On this particularly wet Wednesday morning, they hadn't yet been inside the large vacant apartment just downhill from the school I was nominally attending: the apartment where the film's obsessions play out. This Wednesday, there were klieg lights under wet canvas on the pedestrian bridge at Rue d'Alboni and a small white panel truck beside the Kennedy Eiffel Bar, the dingy corner café where I gave the odd English … [Read more...] about With Brando, Maria Schneider, and Bertolucci on the Scandalous Set of ‘Last Tango in Paris’