Lifers: Martha Blanding has made history working at Disneyland

Stocks Rise as Fed Chair Says Light at the End of the Tunnel Remains Distant

Jerome Powell’s Senate testimony allayed worries that positive economic signs would lead the Fed to cut back on its stimulus policies.

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‘She’s All That’ Star Rachael Leigh Cook Signs with A3 Artists Agency

EXCLUSIVE: Rachael Leigh Cook, who starred Robert Iscove’s She’s All That in 1999, has signed with A3 Artists Agency.

The actress, who is also a producer, voice artist and model, kicked off her film career as Mary Anne in The Baby-Sitters Club in 1995. Not too soon after, she shared the screen with Freddie Prinze Jr. in Iscove’s teen romcom and acted alongside Paul Walker and Matthew Lillard. Cook’s additional film credits include Josie and The Pussycats and Get Carter.

On the TV side, Cook recently appeared in Criminal Minds, Robot Chicken, and Perception. She has also acted in Into the West, Psych and Titan Maxium.

Most recently Cook produced and appeared opposite Damon Wayans Jr. and Heather Graham in Netflix’s film Love, Guaranteed. Last year Cook also signed on to join Mirmax’s He’s All That, the gender role-flipped remake of the original comedy. She will play the mother to Addison Rae’s Padget Sawyer. Madison Pettis, Petyon Meyer, Isabella Crovetti, Annie Jacob and Myra Molloy co-star in the remake directed by Mark Waters.

She continues to be represented by Industry Entertainment

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Mortgage rates help spur Toll Brothers to profit

Most expensive homes on the market across the country

Kristina Partsinevelos with more on these million-dollar listings, including a $160 million home up for auction in Beverly Hills.

Toll Brothers Inc. reported higher profit and sales for the fiscal first quarter as low mortgage rates, tight housing inventory, favorable demographic trends and the pandemic helped boost homeownership demand.


The luxury homebuilder said net income was $96.5 million for the quarter ended Jan. 31, up from $56.9 million in the same period a year earlier. Earnings were 76 cents a share, compared with 41 cents a share a year ago. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected 46 cents a share in earnings.

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Toll Brothers generated $1.56 billion in revenue, a 17% increase from the year-ago quarter. Analysts were targeting $1.34 billion. Revenues from home sales, which represent a majority of its total revenue, rose 8.7% to $1.41 billion.

Contracted homes rose nearly 60% from a year earlier to 2,874 while the contract value increased 68% to $2.51 billion.

Homebuilding deliveries rose 10% to 1,777 from last year


Clive Davis Illness Forces Postponement Of His Annual Pre-Grammys Gala

Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy Awards gala that is a staple of the music awards season has been postponed until May while the famed producer recovers from Bell’s palsy, a temporary condition that causes paralysis in some muscles in the face.

The iconic producer and A&R man, who is 88, is said to be in good spirits and expected to make a full recovery, according to a Davis rep who spoke with Variety.

The Grammys had been scheduled for January 31 on CBS live from Los Angeles’ Staples Center, with Trevor Noah hosting an already scaled-back event. They now are set for March 14.

Despite the date shift, Davis kept his original night-before party date in January, which served as a benefit for MusiCares, the charitable arm of Grammy organizer The Recording Academy. The plan was to hold a second gala event March 13 as a benefit for the Grammy Museum. That will now be sometime in May.

Davis has hosted the pre-Grammys gala since the mid-1970s, a must-attend event that featured performances from the best in the music world.

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Tiger Woods 'lucky to be alive,' police say, after breaking his legs in a Tuesday morning crash

  • Tiger Woods is “lucky to be alive,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Tuesday.
  • Woods suffered two broken legs after a car crash Tuesday morning.
  • Firefighters found Woods conscious and stable, Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby told reporters.
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Tiger Woods was conscious when firefighters pulled him from an overturned vehicle on Tuesday, in stable condition but with “a very serious injury,” Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby told reporters.

Though his condition was bad, “he wasn’t so serious that he needed to be transported to the nearest hospital for immediate life-saving treatment,” Osby said.

Woods is currently being treated at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he underwent surgery after suffering two broken legs.

The renowned golfer is “lucky to be alive,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a press conference Tuesday.

Villanueva declined to speculate on the cause of the single-vehicle crash Tuesday morning in the wealthy neighborhood of Rancho Palos Verdes. He did say, however, “there was no evidence of impairment.”

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Lifers: Martha Blanding has made history working at Disneyland

Martha Blanding has been working at Disneyland in California for 47 years. At 20 years old, Martha was the resort's fourth ever African-American tour guide. Today, she is the senior manager of merchandise special events — and has no plans of slowing down anytime soon.

Learn more about Blanding's amazing story in the video above.