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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 […]

Jim Berk to Head Simon Wiesenthal Center, Succeeding Rabbi Marvin Hier (Exclusive)

Jim Berk, a veteran executive who formerly served as CEO of Participant Media and currently serves as chairman and CEO of Goodman Media Partners, will become the CEO of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in 2024, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. SWC’s board of trustees has chosen Berk to succeed Rabbi Marvin Hier, the charismatic two-time […]

Hollywood’s Latest Accessory: Military-Grade Security

Like the rest of the world, Hollywood is rattled and on high alert following the Oct. 7 Hamas attack that killed at least 1,400 people and saw the abduction of hundreds of hostages into Gaza. In its wake, attention has turned to beefing up security among Hollywood’s Jewish community.  “We’ve had a sharp increase in requests […]

Suspicious Fire Destroys Oscars Florist Mark’s Garden in Sherman Oaks

Mark’s Garden — a high-end florist best known for its celebrity clientele and as the official floral arrangements and decor provider of the Academy Awards’ Governors Ball for nearly three decades — was destroyed in a fire Tuesday night. The Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed the blaze in an alert issued late last night, citing the cause […]

Shari Redstone Emotionally Speaks About Israel, Antisemitism and Racism at Gathering of Jewish and Black Hollywood Power Players

Paramount Global chair and National Amusements president Shari Redstone is one of the most powerful people in Hollywood. She is also an observant Jew and a supporter of Israel who has been reeling over the days since Oct. 7, when Hamas terrorists attacked the Jewish state, she told The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday in a […]

Sterlin Harjo and Jhane Myers Among Honorees at IllumiNative’s First Indigenous House: LA (Exclusive)

IllumiNative is honoring Native American leaders and artists at the inaugural Los Angeles edition of its Indigenous House. Reservation Dogs showrunner Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Muscogee Creek) and Prey producer Jhane Myers (Comanche/Blackfeet) are among the recipients of the first Native Power Builder Awards, alongside NDN Collective director of policy and advocacy Jade Begay (Diné/Tesuque Pueblo), U.S. […]