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Hamburger Hamlet Founder Harry Lewis Gone

from KSWT

Harry Lewis, founder of Hamburger Hamlet, dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Harry Lewis, founder of the Hamburger Hamlet chain whose regular customers included Ronald Reagan and Elizabeth Taylor, has died at age 93.

The Los Angeles Times ( ) reports Lewis died Sunday at a convalescent home in Beverly Hills. His son, Adam, tells the newspaper that his father was compulsively driven by attention to detail and would cook 30 hamburgers at once.

Lewis was an actor who appeared in the 1948 movie “Key Largo” before founding Hamburger Hamlet chain in 1950 with his future wife, Marilyn.

The restaurants were decorated with movie memorabilia and offered customized hamburgers long before the idea became trendy.

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Posted on June 11, 2013 by Editor

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11,000-square Feet Of Fame

from SPIN

Skrillex Is Building a Warhol-Inspired Bass Factory in Los Angeles’ Chinatown

by Philip Sherburne

11,000-square-foot OWSLA nest will give “in-the-box” producers their wings

After living in hotels for the past decade, Skrillex seems to be settling into his newfound digs in Los Angeles quite nicely. He recently posted a Vine video documenting his recently completed home studio, but that’s just the beginning. In a conversation with Summit Series’ Jeff Rosenthal at last month’s IMS Engage conference in Los Angeles, Sonny Moore revealed that he recently purchased an 11,000-square-foot building in Chinatown where he is building a studio for “in-the-box producers” like himself — that is, traveling laptoppers who could benefit from a high-tech home base for plugging in and jamming out.

But, rather than constructing an industry hit factory, his vision sounds a lot more like Warhol’s Factory — a multi-disciplinary creative hub where collision and collaboration are at the root of everything. “There’s nothing in L.A. that’s like that for our generation,” said Skrillex. “We have our own team and our label’s going to be in there, building an actual physical infrastructure. Up until a couple months ago my team was all over the world, and everything was by email, but I think people tend to forget that when everyone’s in the same room, everything goes 50 times faster. Ideas keep pouring out, and you get a lot more done. So [I’m] building a home for our culture and our scene and a place to even document it and show people what it is. Because it’s more than what most media thinks of electronic music — there’s so much more behind why it’s there, why it came out of nowhere.”

Early in the conversation, the full video of which was posted to the IMS website last week, Moore talks about his years spent navigating the vagaries of major-label contracts, first with From First to Last and then as Sonny Moore; he attributes much of Skrillex’ success to a DIY-inspired philosophy you might call “DIO” — Do It Ourselves

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Posted on May 9, 2013 by Editor

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Ray Harryhausen Gone

from USA Today

Hollywood effects wizard Ray Harryhausen dies at 92

The legendary filmmaker was best known for using stop-motion model animation in movies such as ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ and ‘Clash of the Titans.’

Way before movies like Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings inspired the imagination of film lovers everywhere, audiences were enraptured by the sword-wielding skeletons of Jason and the Argonauts, the great ape of Mighty Joe Young and the dinosaurs opposite Raquel Welch in One Million Years B.C.

The man responsible for all those and much more, Hollywood special-effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen, died Tuesday in London at the age of 92. His family announced his death via The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation Facebook page.

The legendary effects wizard’s influence was felt both in his sci-fi and fantasy movies as well as in the works of later filmmakers such as George Lucas and Peter Jackson. Beginning his career in the 1940s, Harryhausen became well known for using stop-motion model animation and having them interact with actors in a live-action world.

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Posted on May 8, 2013 by Editor

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Huell Howser and Tony Danza Eating Pink’s

from KCET

When Huell Howser Met Tony Danza


One of the great things about Huell Howser’s interviews is that he didn’t have them edited to death. You can actually watch a conversation unfold naturally instead seeing it chopped up into something that’s different from how it actually happened. The clip you see here — Huell’s 1981 interview with Tony Danza at Pink’s Hot Dogs — is also presented mostly unedited, to the point that you hear Danza let slip a swear word that probably wouldn’t have made the cut for CNN.

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Posted on March 24, 2013 by Editor

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Daily Variety Dead – Exex Across H’w’d Scrambling to Figure Out What To Do For The First Hour Of Each Day

from The LA Times

End of an era for Daily Variety

Lots of Hollywood honchos need to change their reading habits: The Tuesday edition is Daily Variety’s last.

Daily Variety is sold at a newsstand.

Daily Variety has been a print publication for almost 80 years. Above, a Studio City newsstand has issues for sale. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times / March 18, 2013)

By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times

Leslie Moonves has had the same morning routine for decades.

“The first thing I do after getting out of the shower is pick up Daily Variety and have a cup of coffee,” the CBS Corp. chief executive said. “It’s a 30-year habit.”

That habit is ending for Moonves and lots of other Hollywood power players, movie and television stars, producers and publicists and thousands of wannabes: Daily Variety is ceasing as a print publication after almost 80 years. Tuesday’s edition is its last.

The decision shows that Daily Variety has had to grapple with the forces reshaping the industry it covers. Just as the entertainment business has had to adapt to changing media consumption habits, so have the outlets that cover it.

“They’re getting out of the buggy whip business,” said Stan Rosenfield, a veteran Hollywood publicist whose client list includes George Clooney and Robert De Niro.

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Posted on March 19, 2013 by Editor

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from The LA Times

Art marriage may yield L.A. mega-museum

LACMA makes a preliminary offer for taking over MOCA. Eli Broad might need to OK any merger.

Eli Broad

Eli Broad, who is building a museum across from MOCA, agreed in 2008 to give the downtown Los Angeles institution a bailout valued at up to $30 million. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / January 8, 2013)

By Jori Finkel and Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has proposed acquiring the troubled Museum of Contemporary Art — a move that would combine the biggest art collection west of the Mississippi with one of the world’s most prestigious troves of contemporary art.

The acquisition could put to rest long-standing concerns over the financial viability of the Museum of Contemporary Art, or MOCA. But it also faces potential opposition from the region’s most influential art patron, billionaire Eli Broad.

In funding a 2008 MOCA bailout valued at up to $30 million, Broad won a stipulation that MOCA could not be acquired for 10 years by “any museum located within 100 miles of MOCA’s Grand Avenue facility,” excluding “educational institutions or museums affiliated with educational institutions.” Broad declined immediate comment Thursday.

PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times

The acquisition offer was made in a letter from the leaders of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, or LACMA, to the co-chairs of the MOCA board.

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Posted on March 7, 2013 by Editor

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Bret Easton Ouch V Kathryn Hot-elow

from E!

Bret Easton Ellis Rips Kathryn Bigelow in Sexist Rant: Zero Dark Thirty Director Overrated Because She’s “Hot”

Bret Easton Ellis, Kathryn Bigelow

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Bret Easton Ellis has never been one to hold back his opinions on Twitter (see: Paris HiltonMatt Bomer).

Now, he’s directing his 140-character vitriol at a most unlikely of targets: Zero Dark Thirtyhelmer Kathryn Bigelow.

The motormouthed author took to Twitter Wednesday night to slam the filmmaker—the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director—for her success mainly because of her gender.

Oh, yes: He went there.

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Posted on December 6, 2012 by Editor

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The Greatest Hip-Hop Album Ever

from LA Weekly

The Making of The Chronic

By Ben Westhoff

Dr. Dre’s seminal 1992 album, The Chronic, turns 20 next month. Though a sensation upon its release, the raw-but-melodic work’s legend has only grown in the ensuing decades, and today seemingly every MC-producer duo fancies itself the next Dre and Snoop Dogg. It has become the most influential rap work ever made, and perhaps even the greatest, as Jeff Weiss argues.

See also: *Top 20 Greatest L.A. Rap Albums
*The Chronic: The Greatest Album In Rap History

But it almost never happened. Despite the success Dre had experienced with N.W.A, he was entangled in contractual problems with his former crewmate Eazy-E’s label. For that reason, as well as Death Row’s dodgy reputation, The Chronic had a hard time finding release. It took the shepherding of renegade upstart Interscope Records, the financing of convicted drug kingpin Michael Harris and the steady hand of Suge Knight, an intimidating former defensive end, to give it life.

Xenon Pictures,Welcome to Death Row: The Rise and Fall of Death Row Records, tells the story of Knight’s infamous imprint, as well as the rise of Snoop and Tupac Shakur. Its producers — Jeff Scheftel, Leigh Savidge and Steve Housden — gained unprecedented access to Harris while he was behind bars. They also spoke with some 100 other figures associated with the label, from publicists and drug dealers to Chronic performers.

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Posted on December 1, 2012 by Editor

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Big Cool (and can run over any stupid Metro bus that pulls out in front of it)

from The LA Times

Shuttle treks across L.A., headed for its space

Shuttle tripLooking like a behemoth out of a Hollywood film, space shuttle Endeavour makes its way down Manchester Boulevard.(Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

By Kate Mather, Andrew Khouri and Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times

The space shuttle Endeavour arrived in Los Angeles last month with an air of majesty, soaring over ocean and mountains, swooping past the Hollywood sign and Disneyland, and dazzling crowds gazing up from the ground.

Endeavour lost a little of that grandeur Friday, towed by four trailers, inching down city streets from Los Angeles International Airport toward its new life as an exhibit at the California Science Center. But it was greeted with fanfare by large crowds who marveled at its sheer size against the city backdrop.

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Posted on October 12, 2012 by Editor

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World’s Greatest Lyricist Gone

from The LA Times

Celebrating iconic songwriter Hal David

Hal David, who helped pen iconic tunes like “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” and “(They Long to Be) Close to You” has died. He was 91.

By Gerrick D. Kennedy

Hal David
Lyricist Hal David died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Saturday of complications from a stroke.(Paul Buck / EPA / September 1, 2012)

Hal David, the lyricist of pop music standards such as “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” and “(They Long to Be) Close to You” has died. He was 91.

David and his longtime partner composer Burt Bacharach etched an indelible footprint on the American songbook when they penned dozens of top 40 hits.

WATCH: 10 iconic Hal David songs

The two crafted a slew of memorable singles in the 1960s and early 1970s for a range of artists including Dionne Warwick,the Carpenters, Dusty Springfield, Gene Pitney and Tom Jones.

Some of the standards in the Bacharach-David catalog include “Walk on By,” “Do You Know the Way to San Jose,” “I Say a Little Prayer” and “One Less Bell to Answer” – and dozens more that were hits on radio and on soundtracks to film and TV for decades.

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Posted on September 4, 2012 by Editor

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Steel Pulse Does Doheny Days

Posted on August 22, 2012 by Editor

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Sacks On Smack

from The New Yorker

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Posted on August 21, 2012 by Editor

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Holy Sh!t. Tony Scott Gone.

from TMZ

Director Tony Scott Commits Suicide – Jumps Off L.A. Bridge


Famed director Tony Scott — who directed “Top Gun” among many other major films — jumped to his death today off an L.A. bridge … this according to the L.A. County Coroner.According to the Coroner, 68-year-old Scott — Ridley Scott’s brother — jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning San Pedro and Terminal Island around 12:30pm.

U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Jennifer Osburn said a suicide note was found in Scott’s Toyota Prius, which was parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge.

Scott directed such films as “Top Gun,” “Beverly Hills Cop II,” “Enemy of the State,” and “The Taking of Pelham 123.”

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Posted on August 19, 2012 by Editor

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Richard Zanuck Gone

from Variety

Producer Richard Zanuck dies at 77

Oscar winner behind ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ also shaped ‘Jaws’ and six Tim Burton films


Richard Zanuck, the son of legendary 20th Century Fox mogul Darryl F. Zanuck who carved out his own career as the Oscar-winning producer of “Driving Miss Daisy,” the blockbuster “Jaws” and several Tim Burton films, including “Alice in Wonderland,” died Friday in Los Angeles from a heart attack. He was 77.

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Posted on July 13, 2012 by Editor

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One of the goals is to have people dancing in the museum.

from The New York Observer

Hot Stuff! Jeffrey Deitch on James Murphy’s ‘Fire in the Disco’ Show at L.A. MOCA

By Michael H. Miller

Mr. Murphy. (Courtesy PMC)The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles has scheduled an exhibition called “Fire in the Disco,” which will look at the history of disco and its impact on art, fashion and music. It will be co-curated by former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy and the museum hopes for it to open in time for the next programming season. Word of the show was first hinted at in a New York Times profile of Mr. Murphy last week that said he had been talking with MOCA’s director Jeffrey Deitch. Mr. Deitch confirmed the news on the phone with us Monday evening.

“There aren’t that many of these cultural movements that within a few years spread all around the world,” Mr. Deitch said of the exhibition’s subject. “Like Cubism, within a few years of its invention in Paris, it’s everywhere. And disco is sort of this unlikely candidate for this. It emerges in subcultures in lofts in downtown New York and basements in Paris, but it sweeps the world very quickly and encompasses fashion, film, art, and has great social impact in addition to its musical impact. It has a tremendous impact on gay liberation, on the connection between black, white, Hispanic. It became a universal language.”

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Posted on July 12, 2012 by Editor

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Terminator 5 – Creep Of The Crawlers

from The New York Times

Venice Beach Bodybuilders Fear Google Is Kicking Sand at Them

Monica Almeida/The New York Times

A painting for sale on the boardwalk in the Venice section of Los Angeles, where Google has set up offices and may lease more space. More Photos »


LOS ANGELES — This city’s boardwalk community of Venice has long celebrated its seediness, accepting — embracing, really — the kind of sensory assaults that would faze more conventional places: beachfront bodybuilders, ragamuffin street vendors, tattoo artists, Hare Krishna chanters, skateboarders, drug dealers, gangs, homeless encampments, rowdy tourists, film crews and, more recently, a colony of medical marijuana dispensaries.

But Venice might have met its match in what many see as its most unsettling threat yet: Google.

“As soon as I walked in, they said: ‘You heard about Google? Why don’t you have your staff look into this?’ ” former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who began his professional career as a bodybuilder here 44 years ago, said after he emerged from a throng of worried muscle-bound admirers at Gold’s Gym. “It’s this conspiracy theory: ‘Google is coming! They are going to take over and wipe out our bodybuilding.’ ”

In November, Google moved an army of sales and technology employees into 100,000 square feet in two Venice buildings. It is negotiating leases on another 100,000 square feet, according to real estate agents. That includes the 31,000-square-foot expanse that is Gold’s Gym, the very bodybuilding symbol of Venice, if not the universe, where Mr. Schwarzenegger stopped by the other morning.

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Posted on June 19, 2012 by Editor

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Rodney King Gone (Thanks, Rodney – though still we do not listen.)

from The LA Times

Rodney King was haunted by memories, daunted by pain

The 1991 beating by LAPD officers and years of drug and alcohol abuse left Rodney King unmoored. But he sought a new beginning.

By Kurt Streeter, Los Angeles Times

Rodney King
Rodney King was working hard to mend personal relationships that had frayed during two decades of instability and trouble. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times / October 3, 2008)

Rodney King spoke candidly of death. I recall a time last March when he and I were walking through his Rialto home. He looked at photos of the LAPD officers who’d beaten him. Without prompting, he opened up. “I’m just glad I survived what he did to me,” he said, speaking of one of the officers, Stacey Koon. He held his two fingers about a quarter-inch apart. “I was this close to death,” he said. “This close.”

He went on to say there were long moments that night in Lake View Terrace in 1991 when it felt as if he had, in fact, died. Moments when it seemed he was outside his body, looking down at a scene of horror below. King explained how, as boots and batons fell, as electricity from Tasers ripped through his body, he thought of what it was like for African slaves to withstanding whippings. The thought of what they went through helped him stay alive.

Make no mistake, that wasn’t the only time Rodney King could have died. He was extremely candid about his addiction to drugs and alcohol; about the damage he’d done to his body and how addiction could have cost him his life on several occasions. He felt lucky to have survived moments like the time in 2003 when he sped down a street in Rialto, high on PCP, and crashed into a tree.

He compared himself to a cat. “They’ve only got nine lives,” he said. “I don’t want to get to nine.”

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Posted on June 17, 2012 by Editor

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The Kings Kill The Devils

Posted on June 11, 2012 by Editor

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Posted on June 8, 2012 by Editor

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Porno Colosseo

from The LA Times

Porn video shot on Coliseum grounds

It’s unclear how the filmmaker got access to the taxpayer-owned stadium or permission to use its field lights.

By Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum field is the place where the USC Trojans play football, two Summer Olympics were staged, John F. Kennedy accepted the Democratic presidential nomination and Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass.

It was also a location for “The Gangbang Girl #32,” a hard-core pornographic movie that featured 40 minutes of group sex on the gridiron turf, The Times has learned.

The filming at the taxpayer-owned stadium was done at night, with the Coliseum‘s towering lights blazing and its rows of distinctive red and white seats framing many of the scenes. The video also shows the stadium’s signature tunnel, which the Trojan team charges through at the start of games, as well as a sliver of the iconic peristyle, the arched entrance to the Coliseum.

“I was just in awe that we were at the Coliseum,” said a star of the film, who goes by the name Mr. Marcus. “I’ve made movies for about 20 years and I’ve done a lot of things, but that one really stands out.… I mean, who gets to have sex on the Coliseum floor?”

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Posted on May 31, 2012 by Editor

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“between my cat and my pups, i’m about to f**n kill things”

from CBS Los Angeles

Hawk Snatches Shanna Moakler’s Dog From Her Calabasas Home

pooch.jpgCALABASAS (CBS) — Former Miss USA and Playboy model Shanna Moakler says one of her dogs is missing and another is under veterinary care after the animals were attacked by a hawk at her Calabasas home.

“A eagle attacked my 2 chi’s today, my girl pup is at the vet, my boy is missing, between my cat and my pups, i’m about to f**n kill things,” she tweeted Monday, but later referred to the animal as a hawk.

“Not gonna lie, feel like hunting hawks today… don’t feel bad about it either,” she tweeted Wednesday.

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Posted on April 26, 2012 by Editor

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THR: James Frey’s Full Fathom Five Taps Todd Cohen as Film & TV President

from The Hollywood Reporter

James Frey’s Full Fathom Five Taps Todd Cohen as Film & TV President

Cohen will oversee the company’s push into movies, TV and digital.

Full Fathom Five, the multi-platform intellectual property company founded by author James Frey,has tapped Todd Cohen as its president of film and television. He will head the company’s new Los Angeles office.

Cohen, who most recently served as vp of scripted television at Reveille, will oversee Full Fathom Five’s push into movies, TV and digital. According to the company, Cohen “will guide the company’s current projects through development and production as well as look to expand Full Fathom Five through partnerships with outside producers.“

At Reveille, Cohen worked on NBC’s The Office, Showtime’s The Tudors and ABC’s Ugly Betty. Cohen also developed, packaged and produced comedy, drama and unscripted programming for network and cable, as well as for digital platforms. He joined the company in 2004.

Full Fathom Five is best known for creating the hit book series I Am Number Four, which was adapted into a DreamWorks movie in 2011. The company is designed to be an IP generator and has already created over three dozen books, television shows, movies and video games. Several are already in development at CBS, HBO, 20th Century Fox and Sony.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Full Fathom Five taps Cohen: Ex-Reveille exec to lead film, TV efforts

DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD: James Frey’s Full Fathom Five Hires Todd Cohen As President Of Film And Television

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Posted on April 7, 2012 by Editor

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Studio Peckinpah To Be Razed and Replaced With Boring

from The Los Angeles Times

Storied West Hollywood studio buildings to be demolished

The studio lot, once owned by Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, has had many names and housed many productions over the years. Its new owner intends to raze and replace several buildings.

By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times

Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks worked there. So did Charlie ChaplinMarilyn Monroe,Elizabeth TaylorClark GableMarlon Brando and practically everyone else.

Soon, though, wrecking crews will be at work at the storied West Hollywood movie lot at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Formosa Avenue.

Once known as the Warner Hollywood Studio, it’s now called “The Lot.” Its new owner, CIM Group, intends to raze its aging wooden office buildings and sound-dubbing stages and replace them with glass-and-steel structures.

According to West Hollywood planning officials, the first phase of work involves the demolition of the studio’s Pickford Building — built in 1927 and remodeled in 1936 — and Goldwyn Building, which was built in 1932 and is used for sound editing.

Later phases will involve the removal of the studio’s Writers Building, Fairbanks Building and Editorial Building and a block-long row of production offices that line Santa Monica Boulevard. Replacement buildings will rise to six stories.

The redevelopment plans have riled many in the entertainment industry, particularly those who know the studio from past film shoots and television programs.

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Posted on March 26, 2012 by Editor

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There’s A Moon Over Terrywood Tonight

from the NY Daily News

Funky moon over Hollywood

Terry Richardson’s fete Friday night was the only Oscar weekend party we know of where a guest dropped his pants and mooned the red carpet, or where the host signed a fan’s breasts.


The opening of the fashion photographer’s solo art exhibition, “Terrywood,” brought out celebs, rappers, rockers, porn stars, models, gallerists and everyone in between. James Franco showed up in a trucker hat while Lindsay Lohan worked an “Alice in Wonderland”-on-Mars look in a pale green frock with purple squiggles. Paz de la Huerta and hotelier Vikram Chatwal mugged for cameras, and Chatwal hoisted the “Boardwalk Empire” star into his arms between smooches.

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Posted on February 27, 2012 by Editor

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from stupidDOPE

Terry Richardson – OHWOW “Terrywood” Exhibition

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OHWOW is a gallery, publisher, and creative community with gallery and retail locations in New York CityLos Angeles and Miami. The Los Angeles OHWOW gallery started out as a laundromat and now, has become a niche for the artistic and art patrons in the area.  Edgy pop fashion photographer Terry Richardson was born in NYC but was raised in Hollywood, California.  Coming in February 2012, Richardson will show tribute to the location with his “Terrywood” Exhibit.

We’re not privy as to what the exhibit will display on its February debut, but if Terry’s previous fashion photos are any indication the exhibition that is dedicated to Hollywood life should be one to see. Terrywood will show at the OHWOW gallery from February 24-March 31, 2012. OHWOW is located at 937 N. La Cienega Blvd – Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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Posted on February 24, 2012 by Editor

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No Bareback! No Peace!

from the Los Angeles Times

Porn industry may boogie out of L.A. over condom law

Producers weigh taking legal action or moving out of town when a Los Angeles measure requiring performers to wear condoms takes effect March 5.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation demonstrates last February near the L.A. site of an adult film awards show.(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times – February 21, 2012

For decades, the nation’s pornographic film industry found a happy, largely accepting home in Los Angeles.

Producers operated lucrative businesses in anonymous office parks in the San Fernando Valley. Available in the city were a steady supply of actors and film production talent as well as opulent mansions that often served as theatrical backdrops. By one estimate, at least 5% of on-location shoots were for adult films.

But this coexistence has been suddenly shaken by sweeping health regulations that, starting March 5, will require porn performers to wear condoms while on location.

It’s a debate that pits the desire to protect the health of porn actors against the freedom to make films that audiences want to see.

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Posted on February 21, 2012 by Editor

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Laemmle Sunset 5 Gone

from the LA Times

Laemmle Theatres to vacate Sunset 5; Sundance to take over lease

It’s the end of an era for a West Hollywood movie house that has been a mainstay of the independent cinema scene for the last 20 years.


Laemmle Theatres will stop operating the Sunset 5 at the end of the month after being unable to come to terms with the landlord on a new lease.

Robert Redford’s Sundance Cinemas will take over the five-screen complex Dec. 1 and will temporarily close it for renovations, with plans to reopen in late spring. This marks the entry of Westlake Village-based exhibitor into the Los Angeles area. Sundance Cinemas operates theaters in Madison, Wis., San Francisco and Houston.

Although the Sunset 5 will remain operational, the loss of Laemmle as its programmer marks a significant shift for the independent film business in the Los Angeles area. Filmmakers such as Catherine Hardwicke  (“Thirteen”), Bryan Singer (“The Usual Suspects”) and Bill Condon (“Gods and Monsters”) had their films premiere at the movie house on Sunset Boulevard near Crescent Heights.

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Posted on November 9, 2011 by Editor

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Hollywood Pioneer Sue Mengers Gone

from Vanity Fair

Sue Mengers

With a client list that included Ali MacGraw, Gene Hackman, and Barbra Streisand, Sue Mengers, the first superagent, ruled 1970s Hollywood with her brash, no-nonsense style. Herewith, the expert deal-maker dishes on insects, Paris Hilton, and sleeping.

Jack Nicholson

Which living person do you most admire? 
 My plumber.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? 
 There’s not enough paper …

What is the trait you most deplore in others? 
 Lack of humor.

What is your greatest extravagance? 

What is the quality you most like in a man? 
 That he breathes.

What is the quality you most like in a woman? 

What do you most value in your friends? 
 Utter devotion.

Who are your heroes in real life? 

How would you like to die? 
 I think I already have.

What is your motto? 
 “Tomorrow may not be another day.”

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Posted on October 16, 2011 by Editor

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340-ton, 21-foot-high solid granite boulder crawls 120 miles to Los Angeles

from The New York Times

How Do You Move a 340-Ton Artwork? Very Carefully

Monica Almeida/The New York Times

Published: October 7, 2011

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — It is just under 60 miles from the Stone Valley Quarry here — an expanse of dust, boulders, roaring bulldozers and cut granite hillsides — to the lush campus of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Museum Mile. Behind a pile of rocks the other afternoon, out of sight from the road, workers scurried around a 340-ton, 21-foot-high solid granite boulder, trussed with red steel girders, gleaming under the desert sun. If all goes well, this boulder will be hovering over a cut in the earth on the grounds of the museum, and be open for viewing, by the end of November.

The piece, known as “Levitated Mass,” by Michael Heizer, a California-born sculptor known for huge outdoor installations that make extensive use of earth and rock, is by any measure an ambitious and brash use of outdoor space. But more ambitious might be the logistics of moving Mr. Heizer’s rock, which was dynamited out of a hillside, from here to there. It is a trip that will take the boulder through the heart of one of the most congested urban centers in the country: nine nights at six miles an hour, through 120 miles of roads, highways, bridges, overpasses, overhead wires, alarmingly low-hanging traffic lights and sharp turns.

The effort, nearly five years in the planning (though Mr. Heizer has been making sketches of it as far back as the late 1960s), feels nothing short of a military movement: an incursion through a bewildering thicket of state, city and county regulations and a region with a notoriously difficult street grid. Even the matter of where to pull over each day is a challenge; this is not a Motel 6 kind of trip.

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Posted on October 9, 2011 by Editor

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Apocalyptic Porn Bunker

from CBS Los Angeles

LA Porn Studio Begins Construction On ‘Post-Apocalyptic’ Underground Bunker

ti5th LA Porn Studio Begins Construction On Post Apocalyptic Underground Bunker

San Fernando Valley-based porn studio Pink Visual said the bunker is envisioned as “far more than a mere bomb shelter or subterranean survivalist enclave”, complete with a digital studio, gun racks and a rotating hydraulic stage.
(courtesy Pink Visual) 

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A San Fernando Valley adult entertainment studio began construction this month on what it calls a “post-apocalyptic” underground bunker in anticipation of a global catastrophe rumored to take place in late 2012.A spokesman for Van Nuys-based Pink Visual said the bunker will be “far more than a mere bomb shelter or subterranean survivalist enclave” with amenities such as multiple fully-stocked bars, an enormous performing stage and a sophisticated content production studio.

“Our goal is nothing less than to survive the apocalypse to come in comfort and luxury,” said Pink Visual spokesman Quentin Boyer, “whether that catastrophe takes the form of fireballs flung earthward by an all-seeing deity, extended torrential rainfall, Biblical rapture, an earthquake-driven mega-tsunami, radioactive flesh-eating zombies, or some combination of the above.”

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Posted on September 19, 2011 by Editor

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ALBERT REYES: The Art of The Rattling Wall – August 13


The Art of The Rattling Wall

Please join PEN Center USA and Narrow Books at Synchronicity on August 13, 2011, at 7 p.m. for the opening of ALBERT REYES: THE ART OF THE RATTLING WALL. The Rattling Wall is a Los Angeles-based literary journal specializing in short fiction, travel essays, and poetry. ALBERT REYES: THE ART OF THE RATTLING WALL will feature the artwork that appears in the journal’s inaugural issue, as well as new work. The show will run from August 13-27, 2011.

Albert Reyes has a distinctive artistic approach inspired not only by street art, comic books, and American pop culture; but also by contemporary and classical “high art.” His drawings and illustrations incorporate everything from icons of corporate America to Hollywood stars, to mass media, to politics, to consumerism. Reyes has exhibited at the Pacific Design Center, Giant Robot (Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York), Black Market Gallery, Art Basel Miami Beach, and Shepard Fairey’s Subliminal Projects and Studio Number One galleries. His artwork has appeared in the New York Times: Year In Ideas, Swindle, Chicano Art Magazine, Giant Robot Magazine, and on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and CNN.

The Rattling Wall, Issue 1, includes work by Tod Goldberg, Libby Flores, Tony Hoagland, Joseph Mattson, Kyle G. Dargan, Eric Layer, Stacey Waite, Neal Pollack, Lou Mathews, Don Winslow, Matthew Zapruder, Alisa Slaughter, James Greer, Eloise Klein Healy, Blake Butler, Jessica Garrison, Allison Burnett, Samantha Dunn, Brando Skyhorse, and James Frey. The Rattling Wall is edited by Michelle Meyering.

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Posted on August 12, 2011 by Editor

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Sherwood Schwartz Gone

from the LA Times

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Posted on July 12, 2011 by Editor

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