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Under current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, 13 of California’s 58 counties moved today into “high” levels of Covid and are supposed to require masks in indoor public spaces. They include some of the state’s most populous counties, like Santa Clara and Sacramento as well as some of its smallest, like Del Norte
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With the Hollywood Arclight already closed, now comes another blow to Los Angeles’ specialty cinema scene: The 12-screen Landmark Pico is closing at month’s end after 15 years, the chain said today. Landmark Theatres’ flagship venue, which has been a destination for countless Academy screenings since 2007 in addition to Deadline’s Screening Series over the
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The Los Angeles Police Department’s Juvenile Division, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has announced the arrest of actor Joseph Gatt on an outstanding felony warrant for Contact with a Minor for Sexual Offense under the California Penal Code. Gatt, 50, had supporting parts in 2011’s Thor, Star Trek Into Darkness and Dumbo. On the
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In another 48 hours, we’ll know if it worked—the Oscar show’s Audience Replacement Therapy. Almost inevitably, total viewers for Sunday night’s Academy Awards telecast on ABC will rise from last year’s pathetic 10.4 million. The bar is very low, and other recent awards shows—the Emmys, SAG, Critics Choice—have all caught a bounce.  For the Oscars
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Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn said today that the county will relax its indoor mask-wearing requirement this week, allowing vaccinated people to remove masks in indoor spaces where people are checked for proof of vaccination. She says the change could take effect by Friday. “This puts us significantly closer to aligning with the State,”
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Earlier today, California officials announced the state would allow vaccinated residents to be unmasked in most indoor public spaces beginning next week. Local jurisdictions are allowed to be more stringent with their requirements, however, and it looks like Los Angeles County will be forging its own path on masks. Not long after the state announcement,
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Onetime Real Housewives of Orange County cast member Elizabeth Lyn Vargas was identified as the person held captive for hours in her own home by a 33-year-old felon who, according to Newport Beach police, was “actively threatening the life of the victim.” Ryan Matthew Geraghty of Los Angeles was being held without bail on suspicion
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One day after Governor Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and were called out for posing for maskless photos inside SoFi Stadium, a Los Angeles County Supervisor today called for state and local health officials to reevaluate Covid mask mandates, saying it should be up to the individual to decide when to wear
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A tentative agreement has been reached for a new film and TV contract covering Hollywood’s Teamsters Local 399 and the Basic Crafts. The agreement was reached this evening, and the unions’ bargaining committee is unanimously recommending it for ratification. The deal, which covers union work in 13 Western states, must now be ratified by the
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On Saturday, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported 72 new deaths from Covid-19, along with 39,117 new positive cases. The number of deaths and confirmed cases reported today may reflect delays in weekend reporting. But today’s tallies bring the County to a total of 28,417 deaths and 2,467,797 positive cases. There have
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On Saturday, Los Angeles County passed the milestone of 28,000 Covid-related deaths, reporting 66 new deaths, as well as 41,765 new positive cases. Today’s death count is the highest  the Department of Public Health has reported in a single day since April 2, 2021, with daily deaths having increased fourfold in the course of the
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2ND UPDATE, 1:45 PM: There will be a winter’s ball on Hollywood Boulevard after all. Performances of Hamilton at the Pantages Theatre will resume on February 9 after being dark since Christmas, but Broadway in Hollywood said today that the show’s vexed run must end March 20. Hamilton performances originally were set to begin in March 2020, just
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