Hope Home. Cleveland’s own Bob Hope may have seemed old-school in his approach to comedy in his later years. But apparently his taste in homes embraced the new, even futuristic.
Hope’s home in Palm Springs is up for sale for $50 million, and the pictures of it reveal something out of The Jetsons. That’s not entirely surprising since the architect was John Lautner, a man renowned for modernist designs (one home is known as the Chemosphere) that have led to many of his buildings being used in movies and TV shows.
According to the website of Patrick Stewart Properties, which is doing the Hope real estate deal, the home is the largest private residence Lautner designed. “Situated at the top of Southridge the home overlooks the entire Coachella Valley with views to the Banning Pass to the North and Mount San Jacinto to the West,” the site says. “Designed by Lautner exclusively for the Hope Family, the home is approximately 23,000 square feet of incredibly and impeccably designed concrete, steel and glass structure with a vast curving roof of copper that matches the mountains behind it.”
Toptenrealesgtatedeals.com adds that the place “looks a bit like a volcano, and from above might be mistaken for a UFO!” It notes that the house includes “a spa with greenhouse wall, 6 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, indoor and outdoor pools, a pond, putting greens, and a tennis court.”
Patrickstewartproperties.com, includes an e-zine of stunning photos of the house along with this quote from Lautner: “The purpose of architecture is to create timeless, free, joyous spaces for all activities of life.”
Adam Baer, writing not long ago in Virginia Quarterly Review about the use of other Lautner spaces or copies of them in productions like Body Double, Lethal Weapon 2, Diamonds Are Forever and The Big Lebowski, said: “Lautner created spaces that invite us to be (or at least think) primal inside them, and therefore, in some sense, to act free, even play.”
You may begin to imagine Hope, taking a rare break from his workaholic ways, and embracing the joy in his surroundings.
Or you could just see him heading to the putting green.
Golden Change, CBS will keep itsnew series Golden Boy in the 10 p.m. Tuesday slot longer than expected. The series was supposed to get two tryouts in the time period, then move to Friday so Vegas could return to the Tuesday time. Instead, Vegas will move to Fridays on April 5, after the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is done.
Making this all even more fun, CBS said it would go ahead with the planned Friday telecast of Golden Boy on March 8 before the show settled back into its Tuesday spot.
More House Talk. Honorary Akron resident Corbin Bernsen can be found in the March issue of Country Living magazine, which looks at the home Bernsen, wife Amanda Pays and their four sons share in Studio City, Calif. It’s “surprisingly modest by celebrity standards,” the magazine says of the 3,500-square-foot ranch house. “How much space do you really need?” Bernsen says in the article. “It’s a comfortable home.”
It also appears to fit some of the Bernsen-Pays family values, including thrift (items from flea markets and garage sales) and openness. Although the latter sometimes moves close to TMI.
The house, Bernsen noted, does not have a lot of doors. “We don’t have curtains in our bedroom windows, either,” Pays replied.
“That’s why we have sex in the closet,” Bernsen joked.
Irony-Challenged. Jimromenesko.com has the tale of writer and Washington Post copy editor Bill Walsh, whose new book is Yes, I Could Care Less: How to Be a Language Snob Without Being a Jerk.
The title, of course, refers to people who say “could care less” when they mean “couldn’t care less.” But when Walsh decided to take advantage of a free-ad deal on LinkedIn, the ad was rejected.
The reason given: Poor grammar.
Walsh told the site that he didn’t push the issue since “I wasn’t all that intent on placing the ad in the first place.” In other words, he really couldn’t care less.
Network TV/Local Notes. Aziz Ansari, Tom on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, is coming to PlayhouseSquare’s Palace Theatre in Cleveland on May 12. Tickets start at $35 and are now on sale at the PlayhouseSquare Ticket Office, www.playhousesquare.org, or by calling 216-241-6000.
The main characters on Community, the NBC comedy co-starring Northeast Ohio’s own Yvette Nicole Brown, will appear in puppet form in an April episode. April. In the episode, according to NBC, the study group takes a wild balloon ride that crash-lands in the woods. As the group members talk about the experience, which has left them all feeling a little awkward with one another, Dean Pelton encourages them to use puppets to tell their stories.
Rich Heldenfels writes about popular culture for the Beacon Journal and Ohio.com, including in the HeldenFiles Online, www.ohio.com/blogs/heldenfiles. He is also on Facebook and Twitter with still more entertainment notes and peculiar commentary. You can contact him at 330-996-3582 or firstname.lastname@example.org.