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Emmys Security & L.A. Rush Hour Collide For Standstill Around Ceremony; Drones Deployed

UPDATE, 4:06 PM: Getting into the 70th Primetime Emmys today seemed easier than in past years, but actually getting to the big television ceremony at the Microsoft Theater is proving a real grind. Those traveling west in DTLA on Venice on Monday toward the parking lots near the Staples Center area found that the major boulevard was largely closed down between Hope St. and L.A. Live. Traffic officers tried to circumvent traffic down Washington, which created further… Read

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FFFest Brings Female Perspective On Filmmaking To Downtown Los Angeles

The all-female FFFest, the Female Filmmakers Festival, has set its inaugural lineup, highlighted by the world premiere of Maverick, directed by Cara Stricker. The three-day screening and talk series will celebrate accomplished female filmmakers and empower women who want to break into the industry. It will take place at The Downtown Independent in Los Angeles October 12-14 and hopes to provide guidance, resources, and community for women filmmakers aspiring to break into… Read

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Matthew Perry Gets Online Sympathy After Revealing Health Issue

An outpouring of sympathy has taken over Twitter, as Friends star Matthew Perry revealed in a tweet that he’s spent the last three months in a hosptal bed. Perry tweeted on Friday: “Three months in a hospital bed. Check.” Earlier information from his representative revealed he underwent surgery to repair a gastrointestinal perforation. He is 49 years old, and no updates on why the surgery required the extensive hospital stay was revealed. “He is grateful for the… Read

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Beyond Fest Sets Programming, Opening With Gaspar Noe’s ‘Climax’

The Beyond Fest genre film festival has announced the full programming slate for its Sept. 26-Oct. 9 run at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. The 2018 programming offers 46 features and 24 West Coast premieres, all screened as a fundraiser for the American Cinematheque non-profit. The festival opens with Gaspar Noe's Climax, starring Sofia Boutella, and closes with S. Craig Zahler’s crime-opus Dragged Across Concrete. A special highlight will be the triumphant return of T… Read

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LA Film Festival Selects David Raymond Thriller ‘Nomis’ For Closing Night

The Los Angeles Film Festival will close with the world premiere of first-time writer/director David Raymond’s psychological thriller Nomiswhich will screen on Sept. 28 at the Arclight Hollywood Cinerama Dome. The film focuses on a police trap for online predator Simon Stulls. They soon realize that the extent of his crimes go far beyond that of his own psychological trauma. Nothing quite makes sense – that is, until people involved in the case on both sides of the law… Read

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Disneyland To Sell Alcohol In New ‘Star Wars’ Attraction Cantina, A First

The happiest place on Earth will get a little happier for a lot of people starting next summer, as Disneyland has decided to sell liquor at the theme park for the first time in its history. Although the theme park already offers alcohol in its adjacent Disney California Adventure park (and in its exclusive private Club 33 at Disneyland itself), the public liquor sales mark a first in the park’s 63-year history. The initial rollout of liquor sales will take place at the… Read

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HGTV Greenlights Second Season For Jasmine Roth’s ‘Hidden Potential’

HGTV has given the go-ahead for a second season of host Jasmine Roth’s Hidden Potential, which updates generic homes in the Huntington Beach, Calif. area. Roth is the founder of Built Custom Homes, and had her show’s season order upgraded from 13 episodes to 17 in the second season. The focus remains the same: customizing the cookie-cutter bungalows and tract homes in the coastal area. A social media maven, Roth uses her Facebook and Instagram accounts to find new… Read

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Charter Firms Up Plans For Fall Launch Of Spectrum LA News Network

Entering a crowded field, Charter Communications plans to launch a news network this fall that will serve its 1.5 million Spectrum pay-TV subscribers in Southern California. Akin to the company’s New York 1, a mainstay of New York media since the 1990s, the new channel plans to cover the sprawling market 24 hours a day when it goes live in November. It will compete with broadcast network affiliates and other outlets which have had a head start of several decades. On the… Read

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Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter Has Sex Assault Charges Under Review By DA

A sexual assault allegation against Backtreet Boys singer Nick Carter by actress/singer Melissa Schuman is under review by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The charges were presented July 31 by the Santa Monica Police Department and stem from an incident that dates to 2003. Schuman publicly revealed the incident in a November online post. Carter, age 38, has denied the allegations. Schuman filed her police report in February, claiming the #MeToo movement… Read

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70th Emmy Awards – Television Academy Sets Category Dates For Show

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The Television Academy has announced which awards categories will be presented during the 70th Emmy Awards and each of the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremonies. The 70th Emmy Awards will be telecast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Monday, Sept. 17, 8:00-11:00 PM ET/5:00-8:00 PM PT) on NBC. Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost and Michael Che will co-host, and the telecast will be produced by Lorne Michaels (Saturday Night Live; The Tonight Show Starring… Read

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Viper Room Nightclub May Be Imperiled As Developer Buys Its WeHo Property

A parcel of Sunset Strip land that includes the famed Viper Room nightclub has been purchased by an Arizona developer, who claims they haven’t decided yet what to do with the property. The sale of the land, which stretches over 38,000 square feet from San Vicente Boulevard to Larrabee Street in West Hollywood, CA., closed on June 15 for a reported $80 million. In addition to the Viper Room, the parcel includes the Aahs costume store, Bar Code barber shop, the Liquor… Read

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‘Brady Bunch’ House For Sale – But May Be Torn Down

The iconic home that served as the exterior of TV’s Brady Bunch is up for sale. But among those eyeing the property are developers who may consider tearing it down. The house, located at 11222 Dilling Street in Studio City, CA., is listed for $1.85 million in the multiple listings service and just went on the market.  The listing calls the property “the second-most photographed home in the United States,” after the White House. The residence is two bedrooms with three… Read