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Los Angeles Clippers Forward Sam Dekker Embroiled In ‘White Culture’ Online Debate

A debate over white culture between Los Angeles Clipper forward Sam Dekker and Bronson Koenig, a former University of Wisconsin teammate, has caused an uproar on Twitter. The problem started when Koenig, who is part white and Native American, tweeted out an article that questioned white people’s culture. Dekker rose to the bait, tweeting back, “Don’t put it in my face that being a white guy is something I’m supposed to be ashamed of. I’m proud of who I am and so should… Read

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Tom Hanks Takes Over During Medical Emergency, Captivates ‘Henry IV’ Theater Crowd

All great actors can improvise. So when an emergency medical situation befell an audience member during Tom Hanks’s performance of Shakespeare’s Henry IV on Wednesday night at the Japanese Garden on the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration campus, it was time for a little magic. The two-time Oscar winner leaped into action, staying in character during the medical emergency, which resulted in an ambulance taking the stricken patron away. "No intermission brew for you!"… Read

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Jimmy Kimmel and Ted Cruz Trade Barbs In Advance Of Charity Basketball Test

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The NBA season is now over. But one of the more interesting games of the year is on the horizon, and the war of words surrounding it is heating up. Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel and former presidential candidate and Texas Senator Ted Cruz will be playing a charity basketball game June 16.  The one-on-one contest pits Cruz, a former varsity player in high school, against Kimmel, who played the clarinet. The challenge originated when Kimmel mocked Cruz for his appearance at… Read

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Saturn Awards To Honor Top Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Executives

Producer Jason Blum, Berlanti Productions executive producer Sarah Schechter, director Guillermo del Toro, director/producer Jake Kasdan, and director Don Mancini will receive special awards from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films at the 44th annual Saturn Awards, it was announced today. The event takes place in Burbank on June 27 and honors the best and brightest in science fiction, fantsy and horror motion pictures and television. This year's show… Read

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‘Jurassic Park’ Ride To Close At Universal Studios Hollywood In September

Dinosaurs roamed the earth for millions of years. But the Jurassic Park ride at Universal Studios Hollywood won’t be so fortunate. After a 22-year run, the ride will close Sept. 3, ending the reign of one of the park’s earliest thrill attractions. That’s the bad news for dinosaur fans. The good news is that an updated dinosaur-themed attraction, called the Jurassic World Ride, will be installed in its place. Park officials are mum on just what to expect from this new… Read

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Fox Dedicates The Steven Bochco Building To Famed TV Producer

The Fox building where the late producer Steven Bocho made television magic with such hit shows as Doogie Howser, M.D. and NYPD Blue has been dedicated to his name. It will henceforth be known as the Steven Bochco Building, with a plaque bearing his trademark signature greeting visitors at its entrance. On hand to celebrate the dedication were a collection of stars that made those shows sizzle, including Dennis Franz and Kim Delaney of NYPD Blue; Jimmy Smits, Corbin… Read

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Michelle Obama Won’t Run For President, But Still Working Hard On Issues

There won’t be an Obama Act II in the White House. At least, not in the immediate future, as Michelle Obama related today at the 2018 United State of Women Summit at the Shrine Auditorum in Los Angeles. The two-day gathering featured panels, breakouts, exhibits and discussions focused on empowering women and helping to change the conditions that limit full social, economic and workplace opportunity for them. Obama’s well-received appearance capped the first conference day… Read

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KCETLink Rejoins PBS, Agrees To Merge With SoCal Flagship Outlet KOCE

KCETLink Media Group (KCET) and PBS SoCal (KOCE), the flagship PBS outlet for Southern California, have agreed to merge the companies. The name of the new organization will be announced with the closing of the merger, which is expected to be completed in the first half of 2018. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other unspecified but “customary” closing conditions, according to the announcement. The union unites outlets with a reach of 18 million… Read

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UCLA Entertainment Symposium Tackles Paramount Issues With COO

Paramount Pictures COO Andrew Gumpert said it was a bad cold — not cold feet –that led Paramount chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos to bow out as Saturday's keynote speaker at the 42nd Annual UCLA Entertainment Symposium at the university's Freud Playhouse. Gumpert joked that Gianopulos Friday evening call to his right-hand man did nothing to make him feel more confident about taking on questions about the direction of the troubled studio from Ken Ziffren, co-founder and… Read

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George Lucas’ L.A. Museum Breaks Ground For 2021 Completion

The official groundbreaking is underway for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which will celebrate the art of visual storytelling in painting, illustration, comic art, photography, film, animation and digital art. Construction is commencing immediately and is anticipated to be completed by late 2021. Co-Founders George Lucas and Mellody Hobson, along with the Museum's Board of Directors, joined Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark… Read

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L.A. Entertainment Employment Soars In New Media And Digital Management

Employment for a jobs category that includes promoters, agents and managers has spurred major employment growth in the Los Angeles entertainment industry, according to a new report. The Center for a Competitive Workforce issued the report on Friday. It claimed entertainment industry employment grew 19.6% from 2007 to 2016, far outstripping the four percent growth across all industries during the same period. The Center for a Competitive Workforce is a partnership between… Read

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LA Weekly New Owners Apologize For Transition Snafus, Name Interim Editor

Amid threats of a boycott and anger over their secretive and awkward transition, the new owners of the LA Weekly have sent out an apology statement to the readership. “We have made numerous missteps in the transition of new leadership at L.A. Weekly,” said the letter from Semanal Media’s Brian Calle and David Welch, who have spearheaded what can only be described as a ham-handed first few weeks of owning the alternative publication. “We acknowledge it. We own it. We… Read