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William Kidston, Three-Time Emmy-Winning Photographer, Dies at 68 

William Kidston, a three-time Emmy-winning photographer who worked in Hollywood for decades, died March 22 of prostate cancer at his home in Denver, publicist Roger Neal announced. He was 68. “He was a staple on many red carpets, beloved by publicists and stars alike,” Neal said. “He was always there when you needed him; you […]

L.A. Restaurant Sparks Debate With Its 4.5 Percent “Security Charge” for Customers

Downtown L.A. restaurant scene mainstay Perch has become a main character in the hospitality world’s ongoing surcharge discourse for its decision to make customers pay for security costs. It’s the latest twist on a broader trend that’s proven divisive among hospitality patrons: itemized fees beyond the food or drink order. What began with automatic service […]

Steven Spielberg Tapped for USC Medallion to Commemorate 30 Years of the Shoah Foundation

Steven Spielberg will soon have another accolade to add to his crowded mantelpiece. On March 25, the legendary filmmaker will be feted with USC’s University Medallion — the university’s highest honor, which has been presented on only three previous occasions — in recognition of 30 years of the Shoah Foundation. The Shoah Foundation is an organization […]

Santa Monica Pier’s Pacific Park Sells to Investment Group

One of Los Angeles’ most famous attractions is under new ownership. Santa Monica Pier’s Pacific Park, the amusement park on stilts that has been featured in films like Forrest Gump and Iron Man and in the opening titles of Three’s Company, has sold to SC Holdings. The investment firm, which specializes in sports, entertainment and […]

Tesla’s “Apocalypse-Proof” Cybertruck Involved in Accident Near Beverly Hills Hotel

The rough rollout that’s beset the long-awaited Tesla Cybertruck continued this week in Los Angeles after one of the sought-after vehicles was involved in an accident outside The Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunday night. In a social media post flagged to Tesla CEO Elon Musk on his other company’s platform, X (formerly known as Twitter), […]

Biden Attends Fundraiser and Talks Student Debt Relief During Los Angeles Visit

President Biden visited Los Angeles on Tuesday and Wednesday, attending a fundraiser in Beverly Hills and speaking about student loan forgiveness in Culver City. Biden attended a fundraiser Tuesday night at the home of Israeli-American businessman Haim Saban. However, Saban and his co-host, Casey Wasserman, were unable to attend the event as they both reportedly […]

Beverly Hills in Crisis as Judge Mandates New Affordable Housing: “People Are Furious” 

For inhabitants of the country’s most sought-after ZIP code, the unwelcome news came in December: In a move to pressure the city to zone for more affordable housing, a restrictive ruling by a Superior Court judge put a moratorium on Beverly Hills’ right to approve any new home additions or project proposals by residents pending […]

L.A.’s Graffiti Tower Sparks Broadside From Rick Caruso As Mayor’s Office Scrambles

It’s the 30-story elephant on the Los Angeles skyline — and seemingly no one, including Mayor Karen Bass, has decided what to do about it. The Oceanwide Plaza luxury development has stood next to Arena vacant and half-finished since 2019, when its Chinese developer, having already spent $1.1 billion on it, ran out of money.  […]

Killer Mike Speaks Out About Grammys Arrest, Cites “Over-Zealous” Security

Rapper Killer Mike has offered fresh details about his arrest at the 2024 Grammys and an investigation that led to a misdemeanor charge. The rapper was detained at Los Angeles’ Arena after winning three Grammys during the premiere ceremony, where the majority of the awards are handed out, which took place at the nearby […]

Space Shuttle Endeavour Lifted Into Launch Position at California Science Center

A jaw-dropping feat occurred Monday night and early Tuesday morning at the California Science Center: Space Shuttle Endeavour was lifted by a 450-foot crane into the site of the future Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center in downtown Los Angeles, which will be the permanent home of the retired orbiter that stands five stories tall, […]

Taylor Swift Searches Apparently Blocked by X Following AI Nudes

Searches for “Taylor Swift” on Saturday are drawing a blank space on Twitter/X, as the social network is no longer on showing any search results for the singer after a proliferation of pornographic AI nudes flooded the service earlier this week. The service also shows no results for “Taylor Swift nude” or “Taylor Swift AI” […]

Academy Museum Gala Honoring Oprah, Meryl Streep Raises Over $10M at Third Annual Event

The Academy Museum Gala returned for its third year on Sunday night, honoring Meryl Streep, Michael B. Jordan, Oprah Winfrey and Sofia Coppola among an A-list group of guests. The Los Angeles event — which was originally scheduled for Oct. 14 but was delayed until December following Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel — serves […]

Elon Musk Tours Israeli Kibbutz Attacked by Hamas Amid Antisemitic Backlash, X Advertiser Exodus

Elon Musk toured the kibbutz in southern Israel that was attacked on Oct. 7 by Hamas terrorists and launched the Israel-Hamas war. His visit comes in the wake of major advertisers, including Hollywood studios, abandoning his X social media platform after the tech mogul’s endorsed an antisemitic post. In a video released by Israel, Musk […]

Eddie Merrins, Bel-Air Golf Pro Who Taught the Game to Hollywood, Dies at 91

Eddie Merrins, the gentlemanly golf pro at the Bel-Air Country Club who taught the game to the likes of Bing Crosby, Ringo Starr, George C. Scott, Dean Martin, Celine Dion and Jack Nicholson, has died. He was 91. Merrins died Wednesday after a long illness, according to UCLA, where he coached for 14 years. His […]

How TMZ Became Hollywood’s Grim Reaper

On Oct. 28, TMZ was first to report Matthew Perry’s drowning death. The media outlet, which over the past two decades has become a byword for hard-edged celebrity coverage, cited law enforcement sources and ran a redacted audio clip it’d obtained of a dispatcher communicating with emergency personnel before running photos of the actor’s stricken parents […]

Hotel Workers Stage Noisy Protest Outside AFM Headquarters

Striking hotel workers staged a noisy protest Wednesday outside the Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica, the new home of the American Film Market. Around 100 workers, members of hospitality workers union Unite Here Local 11, crowded the sidewalk alongside Pico Blvd, protesting what they call unfair working conditions for their members, some 67 of whom […]