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Chuck Lorre on “Crowning Moment” With Eponymous Family Clinic

The superproducer and philanthropist now has a building named after him in Venice, California, even if "it's weird and embarrassing."

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Chuck Lorre on “Crowning Moment” With Eponymous Family Clinic

When Chuck Lorre and his Chuck Lorre Family Foundation gifted the Venice Family Clinic a $7 million donation in early 2022 for its modernization update at 604 Rose Ave., the super producer said when renovations were complete, the clinic would continue to be “an oasis of hope for generations to come.” The results of the […]

Kathryn Newton Is Golfing Her Way Through the SAG-AFTRA Strike

Kathryn Newton, who recently made her Marvel debut in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, has a fallback plan teed up should the SAG-AFTRA strike drag on indefinitely. The 26-year-old actress is also an accomplished golfer who helped her Notre Dame High School team win three championships. Though she turned down an opportunity to play for […]

How Robert Forster Surprised New Restaurant Owners When His Favorite Diner Closed

In an interview for the 10th anniversary of West Hollywood seafood hotspot Connie and Ted’s, James Beard Award-winning chef and owner Michael Cimarusti served up a heartwarming anecdote about the late Robert Forster. When the restaurant opened in 2013, it replaced the beloved diner Silver Spoon, a favorite hang for working actors. “We did get […]

Filmmaker Charlie Kaufman on Hollywood: “The Business Is in a Very, Very Bad Place”

Filmmakers Charlie Kaufman and Boots Riley joined Ed Solomon on Aug.?28 for the ninth installment of Word by Word, the weekly Zoom workshop for aspiring screenwriters. Presented by The Black List and raising funds for the Union Solidarity Coalition, the Entertainment Community Fund and the Hollywood Support Staff Relief Fund amid Hollywood’s dual strikes, the […]

Writers Guild Scribe Apologizes for “Epically Horrible” Joke Gone Wrong Using Lynching Image

The comments under a post in a private WGA Facebook group were made public after one of the administrators flagged a meme as “epically horrible, racist, self-martyring” while the comedy writer in question claims he was just trying to get a laugh about suicide.? The situation unfolded on Aug. 9 when a writer posted, “Happy […]

ALS Association Reports Surge in Donations, Web Traffic After Death of Sandra Bullock’s Partner

Hollywood insiders were shocked to learn of the death of photographer Bryan Randall, the longtime partner of Sandra Bullock who died Aug.?5 at age 57 following a battle with ALS. “Bryan chose early to keep his journey with ALS private, and those of us who cared for him did our best to honor his request,” […]

Writer-Director Will McFadden on Why He Used ChatGPT to Create Musical

The lights went down inside Santa Monica’s Morgan-Wixson Theatre on Aug.?13 ahead of the sixth and final 10-minute play of the evening program at the Brisk Festival. An artificial intelligence robot, played by Tom Szymanski, walked to center stage outfitted in a gray bodysuit, shiny helmet, sneakers covered in red web lighting and an oversized […]

Power Lawyer Doug Mark on Second Field Named for Late Son: “Tommy Was All About the Spirit of Play”

A second field dedicated to power lawyer Doug Mark’s late son is set to open Aug. 22. The latest Tommy’s Field installment will be unveiled at Vista Del Mar as part of a collaboration with Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services. Located in the center of Vista’s 18-acre campus in West L.A., the multipurpose […]

How Striking Writers and Actors Can Secure Free Pet Food

A Glendale health food store and a pet-focused nonprofit are teaming to provide a financial assist for writers and actors who are struggling to cover their expenses, including feeding their critters. Off the Leash Modern Pet Provisions — an independent and owner-operated healthy pet food supply shop run by Matt Emrick — and betterTogether Forever, […]

Tiffany Haddish on Homeless Dating Show: “Everyone Deserves to Be Loved”

In June, Hearst Media Production Group announced a development deal with Tiffany Haddish and her She Ready banner to produce two unscripted series. One would center on psychotherapist, author and lecturer Elliott Connie (The Solution Focused Brief Therapy Diamond) and the other would investigate successful women who have engaged in romantic, long-term relationships with homeless […]

Sasheer Zamata’s Stand-Up Special Screening Featured Tarot Readings, Aura Photographs and Period Cups

With an August 1 full moon shining down on Silverlake haunt Tenants of the Trees, Sasheer Zamata took the microphone and offered a brief introduction of the night’s main event. “This is the second stand-up special I’ve ever had, the first one I’ve produced and I’m just very excited for y’all to see it,” the […]

Irish Pub Owner Re-creates ‘Banshees’ Bar Using Film’s Set Pieces

Immersive cinema experiences are big business these days, with fans being invited, briefly, into the reconstructed worlds of Stranger Things, James Bond and other major titles. But few would put Martin McDonagh’s melancholic Irish comedy The Banshees of Inisherin as next in line.? Enter Luke Mee, who has painstakingly rebuilt JJ Devine’s —?the traditional pub […]

Italian Restaurant Nerano Welcomes Beloved Toscana Veteran as New Maitre D’

When Nerano in Beverly Hills needed a new ma?tre d’, owners drafted a familiar face from parent company Toscana Restaurant Group. Francesco Greco assumed the post earlier this summer, marking a return to the family after having served in a similar position at Toscana in Brentwood for 15 years before departing for a new chapter […]

How One Dual Striker’s Custom Hats Are Raising Money for Picketers

As a member of WGA and SAG-AFTRA, actor, writer and producer Katie O’Brien (TV Land’s Teachers, Disney+’s The Santa Clauses) is double striking. But she’s found a way to fill her time while also supporting fellow picketers. O’Brien is selling custom hats (with a suggested donation of $25 a hat) with catchy slogans — “It’s […]

Breaking Bread While Screening ‘The Bear’ in London

The SAG-AFTRA strike may mean that most promotional activity is strictly off the menu, but The Bear found a fitting — and filling — way to showcase its second season, serving up a four-course meal for select media during a special screening in London on July 18. Organized by Disney+ (where the hit show streams in […]

World Harvest Food Bank Offering Free Groceries to Striking Writers and Actors

Drew Carey’s generous gesture of goodwill is spreading. Not long after SAG unanimously voted to join the WGA on the picket lines —?bringing Hollywood to a halt with the first dual strike since 1960 — veteran SAG member (and Pulitzer Prize finalist) Kristina Wong thought of the Price Is Right host, as Carey had pledged […]