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Parties: “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” Premiere Photo Gallery

It was a wild night in Westwood on Monday, November 16, as the premiere of "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" swept into the Mann Village Theatre. Screaming fans started lining up days before in the hopes of getting a glimpse - or even a kiss! – from one of the stars of this sequel to "Twilight." And they were not disappointed, as teen heartthrobs Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart, and the rest of the "New Moon" stars all basked in the adulation, posing for pics, joking with the crowd, and even bestowing a smooch or two on their delighted fans. Our Christina Radish was there in the thick of it, and got some fantastic shots of the vampires, werewolves, and the humans who love them. The film opens everywhere Friday, November 20, 2009 (www.newmoonthemovie.com/). But you knew that already, didn't you? [...]

Parties: The Imbiber’s Ultimate Playmate Wine Tasting at Pourtal

When someone mentions Playboy Playmates, what is the first thing that comes to mind? If you thought of a selection of delicious wines, most people would think you were crazy. Not Dan Dunn, the country’s preeminent booze writer, who selected a flight of eight wines inspired by some of history’s most iconic Playmates. Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar (www.pourtal.com) in Santa Monica hosted a launch party to kick off the Playmate-inspired tasting tour on October 6, 2009. [...]

Parties: CHOCTOBERFEST at the Grove

It was a night of decadent indulgence at the Grove on Wednesday, October 7, 2009. CHOCTOBERFEST was a unique event that offered the opportunity to try multiple wines, beers, and gourmet chocolate treats. [...]

Parties: The Seventh Annual Malibu Wine Classic

It was blazing hot this year at the Seventh Annual Malibu Wine Classic, held on Saturday, August 29, 2009, at the Malibu Civic Center. Every year the Classic features an afternoon filled with top-notch wines and gourmet foods, this time showcasing more than 60 wineries from California's Central Coast (Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles, and Ventura counties) and tasty tidbits from many Malibu-based restaurants and beyond. [...]

Events: Teen Choice Awards 2009 – Exclusive Photo Gallery

They gave out 87 surfboards (the night's unwieldy trophy) at the Teen Choice Awards held on Sunday, August 9, at the Universal Studios Hollywood Ampitheatre, and aired on Fox Television on Monday, August 10. That meant that just about anyone who is anyone in the hearts of teenagers right now took home a prize. And of course, everything "Twilight" is front and center right now as anticipation builds toward the November release of "Twilight: New Moon," so it's no surprise that the first film grabbed 11 Teen Choice Awards, including Choice Movie Drama, Drama Actress for Kristen Stewart and Actor for Robert Pattinson. It was a scream fest, as the lucky few teens in the audience, out of the 83 million teens that voted for the awards, let their favorites know loud and clear just how much they love them. [...]

Parties: Sex, Sex, Sex with Ashton Kutcher at the “Spread” Premiere

Ashton Kutcher was surrounded on Monday night by women he’s had sex with, a bevy of beauties that included his wife Demi Moore and the three actresses that he beds in “Spread.” Of course, the sex is faux with Anne Heche, Sonia Rockwell, and gorgeous Margarita Levieva, but in the hard-R-rated movie that premiered at the Arclight Cinema, it sure looked real. [...]

Restaurants: Joe’s Pizza

Finding a good slice of pizza in Los Angeles is a difficult challenge. What makes a good slice? From the perspective of a native New Yorker, a thin crispy crust, sweet tangy sauce, and gooey, rich mozzarella cheese are the essentials. Joe’s Pizza really nails it. With New York City locations on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, and Kings Highway in Brooklyn operating since 1975, Joe Vitale has ventured west to show Los Angeles how to do pizza right. [...]

Parties: Mel and the Miz Christen Playhouse Hollywood

It seems that Mel Gibson should have recruited WWE superstar “Miz,” a.k.a. Mike Mizanin, at the opening night soiree for Playhouse Hollywood, a decadent little dive on Hollywood Boulevard, for Gibson got in hot water again with a paparazzi-style journalist at the bash. It sure rocked and rolled with the best of ‘em at the Wednesday night opening of the latest L. A. hotspot. [...]

Destinations: On the Trail of New Zealand’s Best Wine

When it comes to wine from New Zealand, most people think of only one varietal, and its corresponding wine region. That’s Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough district at the north end of the South Island, of course, which is justifiably renowned, it is true. But there’s much more to that island nation’s vast world of wine than that uniquely crisp and grassy quaff, a fact that is proven every November at the annual Air New Zealand Wine Awards. In 2008, the awards attracted over 1700 entries from New Zealand’s ten winegrowing regions, with the big winners coming not from the Marlborough, but from the Hawke’s Bay. [...]
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