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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. […]

Malibu Triathlon Gets Green Light from Malibu City Council After Threat From Tidewater Goby

The Malibu Triathlon is on. The Malibu City Council voted to allow the triathlon to go ahead this weekend after the fate of the event was in question over permitting issues as a result of an altered course that was designed as a way to protect an endangered fish species that have taken residence in […]

Malibu Triathlon Runs Into Fishy Situation: Tidewater Goby Force Organizers to Alter Course

The Malibu Triathlon — a high-profile event scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 1 that in years past has hosted the likes of Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Lopez, Zac Efron, Max Greenfield and Mark Feuerstein — is in danger of being scrapped before it starts. Organizers recently sent out an email blast to competitors alerting them to a change in […]

Los Angeles Unified School District Cancels Classes Monday as Tropical Storm Hilary Hits Region

The Los Angeles Unified School District has canceled school Monday amid a tropical storm warning in the Southern California area. Superintendent Alberto Carvalho made the announcement Sunday afternoon in a live press conference covered by local TV news stations as heavy rainfall was hitting Southern California. “There is no way we can compromise the safety […]

Burbank Declares ‘Tim Burton Day’ With the Hometown Filmmaker Set to Return for Local Film Fest (Exclusive)

Tim Burton is coming home to Burbank. The Burbank City Council has declared that Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023, will be “Tim Burton Day” in recognition of the Batman, Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice filmmaker, who was born and raised in the city within Los Angeles County, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. That evening, the 64-year-old filmmaker […]

L.A. Mayor Karen Bass Says It’s “Critical” That AMPTP and WGA Negotiations Get “Resolved Immediately”

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass says she’s willing to “personally engage” with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the Writers Guild as they work to reach an agreement amid the ongoing strike. Bass released a statement on Friday committing herself to assist with the ongoing negotiation, as the effects of the impact […]

As Horses Co-Owner Elizabeth Johnson’s Abuse Claims Go Public, Will Aghajanian Files Lawsuit

The chef co-owners of Hollywood hotspot Horses are escalating their battle for control of the restaurant, with Will Aghajanian taking his wife Elizabeth Johnson to court. Aghajanian alleges in a complaint filed on Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court that Johnson is trying to oust him from their business after she cut him out of […]