Archive: Hollywood area

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Yamashiro closure plan leaves weddings in disarray

yamashiro-inner-garden.jpg The old owner is still fighting eviction by the Chinese buyer of the Hollywood hillside landmark.

Filthy McNasty, LA club owner of lore

filthy-and-friends.jpg The original Filthy McNasty's occupied the Sunset Strip spot now the Viper Room. He also ran FM Station in the Valley.

Hollywood versus the freeway that carries its name

cahuenga_valley_parkway_postcard.jpg Lost LA's Nathan Masters curates a look at the urban carnage wrought by construction of the Hollywood Freeway in the 1950s.

Bookstore closing: Traveler's Bookcase on West 3rd

travelersbooks.jpg The proprietors of Traveler's Bookcase on West 3rd Street announced to customers via email that they are in the process of shutting down. The closing clearance sale begins today and...

Musso & Frank to open on Sunday nights

musso-and-frank-nbcla.jpg Only five hours for supper, but it's enough time for the hard-core Musso's types to run in for a martini and a steak.

Appreciating LA's ghost streets and shapes

la-ghost-streets.jpg Writer Geoff Manaugh has posted at BLDGBLOG his observation that from above, the shapes of blocks, yards and even specific homes reveal the existence of old streets we can't see anymore. And more.

Streetscape: Santa Monica Swap Meet

smblvd-swap-meet.jpg By Santa Monica, they mean Santa Monica Boulevard in East Hollywood.

New map puts active Hollywood fault right under Millennium site

hollywood-fault-map.jpg This news from the state geologist won't be good for the developers of the proposed Millennium Hollywood tower or their friends in City Hall.

Original, intact model of Garden of Allah located in the Valley*

garden-of-allah-model.jpg Alison Martino's Vintage LA community on Facebook has turned up another gem. It has been seen before, but check out the video.

Brad Pitt attacked on El Capitan red carpet

jolie-pitt-maleficient-carpet.jpg Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and at least some of their kids were at the premiere of the new Disney film "Maleficient" tonight at Hollywood's El Capitan theatre. A Ukranian man who has harassed other celebrities was arrested.

Calumet Photographic closes on Highland (and everywhere else)

calumet-photo.jpg Photographers are noting the abrupt closure today of Calumet's Hollywood store, along with the shutdown of all other American stores in the Chicago-based photo supply chain. An LA photog explains why it matters.

Parking wars on one street in the Hollywood Hills

Whitley-Heights-Signage.jpg Former LA Times reporter Hilary MacGregor describes quite amusingly the battle between her neighbors on Las Palmas Avenue in the Whitley Heights section of Hollywood, and the drivers who want to park there.

New state maps put Hollywood buildings on faults

hollywood-fault-map.jpg The California state geologist released revised earthquake fault maps today as required by state law — with possible big consequences for development in Hollywood and in the city of West Hollywood.

The Ronettes' 'Be My Baby' is 50 years old this month (video)*

ronettes-youtube-grab.jpg Brian Wilson calls "Be My Baby" the "greatest record ever produced. No one will ever top that one.” It came from Phil Spector's Wall of Sound studios in LA with girls from Spanish Harlem whose lives were never the same. The NYT weighs in.

Naming rights to Pantages Theatre are in play

pantages-inside.jpg For the first time in 83 years, one of Los Angeles' "rarest naming rights assets" is available. All media references to the Theatre will carry your brand name, the pitch promises investors.

Young marauders hit Hollywood, at least 14 detained *

hollywood_rampage_law.jpg Swarms of about 40 young men and women ran down Hollywood Boulevard Tuesday night, grabbing merchandise and attacking shop keepers and tourists. Police responded en masse but most of the youths got away. Video inside.

Two more towers planned for the heart of Hollywood

palladium-towers-curbed.jpg These new towers would be built on the parking lots around the Hollywood Palladium near Sunset and Vine. "Holy shit," says Curbed LA, "there have been rumors about some kind of development at the site of the Hollywood Palladium for ages now, but here they finally are, for real....two big-ass towers."

Open letter to 'the worst wax museum in America'

worst-wax-museum-vice.jpg "Dear Hollywood Wax Museum," says a story in Vice. "I recently visited your Los Angeles location and was exceptionally disappointed with what I saw...It was all of your waxworks. They look like something from the nightmares of a person who has been blind since birth and has no real concept of what human beings look like."

Michael Hastings, 33, journalist dies in LA crash

michael-hastings-rs.jpg "We are shocked and devastated by the news that Michael Hastings is gone," says Ben Smith, the editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed. "Michael was a great, fearless journalist with an incredible instinct for the story, and a gift for finding ways to make his readers care about anything he covered from wars to politicians."

Digital billboards go dark across town

venice-blvd-billboard-dark.jpg All the electronic billboards I usually see on the Westside were turned off today. The companies that operate 77 digital boards in the city of Los Angeles, Clear Channel and CBS Outdoor, were told by a judge to darken the signs by 5 p.m.

Beverly Center reopened after bomb scare, evacuation

beverly-center-night.jpg The shopping center at Beverly and La Cienega boulevards was evacuated early this afternoon after a man reported finding a suspicious briefcase in his car. The case was removed and detonated, and the center reopened about 5 p.m., according to media reports.

Cary Grant's signature from Earl Carroll Theatre

earl_carroll_cary_grant01.jpg A slab of concrete that is billed as bearing the signature of old-timey movie star Cary Grant from the wall of the legendary 1940s Hollywood nightspot is up for sale on eBay. Bidding starts at $5,000 — so it better be real.

Grauman's Chinese sells naming rights, but will anyone honor it? *

super-heroes-graumans.jpg I suspect Angelenos will still call it Grauman's Chinese. TCL Chinese Theatre just doesn't have that certain something.

Veteran LAPD cops accused of forcing women into sex

Thumbnail image for lapd-car-protect-serve.jpg Two Hollywood area narcotics officers have reportedly been implicated by four women. The accusations go back several years. The LAPD moved against the two officers on Thursday after one of the women filed a lawsuit.

Remember, LA is a silly-free city

silly-string-sign.jpg Signs are posted on Sunset Boulevard and elsewhere in Hollywood reminding Halloween revelers that even the possession of silly string is illegal in Los Angeles — but only on Halloween and only in Hollywood.

More sad notes to last week's Hollywood crash

saida-mendez-girls-laop.jpg Saida Méndez Bernardino, the 27-year-old mother who was killed with her daughters Hilda, 6, and Stephanie, 4, when their car was struck head-on on Highland Avenue at Willoughby, is survived by a 12-year-old daughter. Friends and Oaxacan community organizations are trying to raise money.

Driver who killed family on Highland had suspended license

highland-crash.jpg The LA Times says that Solomon Mathenge, who is 74 and lives in Lawndale, had his drivers license suspended for not showing up in court on a traffic ticket. His DMV record includes citations for speeding and talking on a cellphone. The mother and daughters who died have been identified.

Just like that, mom and two girls dead on Highland

I can just imagine the tragic news rippling through the day across several communities. Awful.

Canter's changes up the menu a little

canters-fairfax-sign.jpg Out are short ribs, canned salmon, a triple-decker sandwich with tongue, macaroni salad and peppered beef. In are panini wraps, more salads, more breakfast choices and a cocktail menu.

KTLA 5 copter makes emergency landing in Hollywood

ktla-copter-emergency.jpg Everyone got down safely, but there was a scary moment over Hollywood Monday afternoon. Helicopters for Channel 5 and Channel 2 were covering the report of a gunman in Hollywood when Stu Mundel, the pilot for KCBS' SKY2, noticed smoke spewing from the engine of KTLA's Sky5.

LA garage door painted to look like bookshelves

garage-door-books-crais-fb.jpg Author Robert Crais posts on Facebook: "Another reason I love LA is because people like this live here. They painted their garage door to look like book shelves."

Cinerama Dome to celebrate with original movies

cinerama-dome-lapl.jpg When the Cinerama Dome opened on Sunset Boulevard in 1963, it was the first new movie house built in Hollywood in three decades. Now part of Arclight Hollywood, the dome in late September will begin a week of classic Cinerama films, including the comedy that opened the place: "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World." Also on the bill are "How the West Was Won," "2001: A Space Odyssey" and assorted shorts.

Christopher Hawthorne considers Sunset Boulevard

sunset-junction-sign-100.jpgThe LA Times architecture critic's expanded essays based on walking the Los Angeles area's "iconic boulevards" took on Sunset this weekend. He previously visited Atlantic Boulevard.

Scientology reveals plans for Sunset Boulevard studio

kcet-studios-sunset.jpg KCET's longtime home near Sunset Junction, turned over to the Church of Scientology in April, will become the home of a religious broadcasting center to promote Scientology teachings over TV, radio and the Internet. No timetable was given.

Villaraigosa deputy Matt Szabo declares, resigns

matt-szabo-profile-pic.jpg Last night on Facebook, Mayor Villaraigosa's deputy chief of staff updated his profile photo and included a sly comment: "Hmmm...I feel like this pic makes me look like I'm running for office. Perhaps I should change it ... ;)" Today he let it be known that he has submitted his resignation to the mayor and will join the crowded race for the open City Council seat in the 13th district.

Red Car at Santa Monica and Fairfax

redcar-fairfaxatsm-melgar.jpg The knowledgeable Los Angeles history aficionados at the Vintage Los Angeles page on Facebook located this scene as the 1950s at Santa Monica Boulevard and Fairfax, known then as the Crescent Junction on the Pacific Electric rail network. Posted by Jerome Melgar.

LAO behind the scenes: Grauman's Chinese

Take a look backstage, in Sid Grauman's private VIP box and around the gorgeous auditorium of Hollywood's (and probably the world's) best-known movie palace. Public tours by the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation continue on Sunday morning.

Scarlett Johansson gets a star and Garcetti was there

scarlett-garcetti-vertical.jpg Councilman Eric Garcetti has given the people what they want before by posting to Facebook his inside-the-rope cellphone pics of celebrities receiving stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in his district. Today he caught a good view of the cameras watching actress Scarlett Johansson watch them.

Serial rapist who stopped in 2005 active again, LAPD says

teardrop-composites.jpg The so-called "teardrop rapist" appeared to stop in 2005 — at least no victims have come forth. Now DNA evidence ties the same criminal to a sexual assault last November around Adams and Normandie. Women should not walk alone at night, an official says. Video

Tow truck guy leads LAPD on two-hour chase

Starts in the Valley around Magnolia and Woodman, moves slowly and almost politely through Hollywood, Los Feliz and Atwater Village, then into the city of Glendale.

'20/20' drives down Sunset Boulevard, talks to celebs

lou-adler-abcgrab.jpg ABC devoted a two-hour "20/20" special edition this past weekend to Sunset Boulevard, "a curving slice of American romance running from the rough edges of East LA through the music of Hollywood, past the riches of Beverly Hills and ending at the Pacific Ocean." Well, not quite East LA, or even the Eastside, but hey it's the promotional side of national news — what do they know.

NYT poses the question: should LA New Yorkify?

times+square+srr.jpg Interesting exercise on the New York Times website, with six writers or experts from Los Angeles taking part.

3rd Street to remain closed at Fairfax all day *

The DWP, which is scrambling to repair a flurry of water main breaks it blames on work at the distant Lower Franklin Canyon reservoir, says that West 3rd Street will remain closed between Fairfax Avenue and Ogden Drive until 7 p.m.

Live from the Hollywood sign

hollywood-sign-oh-vdt.jpg Check out Veronique de Turenne's photographs from inside the gate at the Hollywood sign.

Radio Recorders, historic sound studio burns in Hollywood *

hollywood-fire.jpg Tonight's fire at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Orange Avenue wasn't just in another storefront. It's the former location of Radio Recorders, a legendary sound studio.

Paul McCartney gets a star in Hollywood

capitol+records+mccartney+gary.jpg Largest crowd for a Walk of Fame star ceremony that many could remember, outside the Capitol Records tower on Thursday. Photo by Gary Leonard.

Lana Del Rey fills up Amoeba Music

lana-del-rey-britvogue.jpg All those posters around town for Lana Del Rey worked. Pretty much everything she's doing seems to be working, including that bad turn on SNL.

Blast from the past: Ramones and LAPD *

lapd-ramones-palladium.jpg Los Angeles police outside a 1987 show by The Ramones and Black Flag at the Hollywood Palladium.

Let the redistricting fun begin

white+horse+inn+lao.jpg The secret City Council district maps were released publicly today, revealing whose ox is being gored. As she foreshadowed, Councilwoman Jan Perry is among the gored.

Why are L.A. skyscrapers so flat on top?

dtla-skyscrapers-flattop.jpg City code since 1974 has required helipads on top of tall buildings. (Luckily for the First Interstate Building, circa 1988.) Things could be different, though, if plans move ahead for skyscrapers along Hollywood Boulevard. Empire State Building anyone?

Angeli Caffe, thanks for the memories *

insalate-forte-he.jpg Lots of tweeting and checking-in online tonight from the final night at Angeli Caffe on Melrose Avenue. And a call for food trucks to come feed the staff.

The Music Box at the Henry Fonda closes its doors

It may come back, but for now The Music Box on Hollywood Boulevard has the feel of a former venue

Arson suspect, 24, now officially arrested *

The German native is 24 years old and suspected of setting as many as 53 fires, with property damage over $2 million.

Arson 'person of interest' stopped after more fires this morning *

A German man who several sources said "is believed to be the same person seen in a surveillance video released by police Sunday" was detained by a reserve sheriff's deputy this morning near Sunset and Fairfax.

At least two more car fires already tonight *

The new fires, inside the Hollywood and Highland parking structure and in a Hollywood home's carport, came as authorities deployed hundreds of extra firefighters, patrol cars, undercover officers and helicopters to fight the mysterious ongoing arson string.

John Atterberry, music executive shot at Sunset and Vine was 40

The music industry veteran who was shot in his Mercedes by Tyler Brehm in Friday's rampage in Hollywood died of his injuries this afternoon, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center announced.

Hollywood shooting notes

Top aide to Mayor Villaraigosa heard the shots and the screams, and a local photojournalist takes the money shot of the gunman lying wounded.

Video of shooter at Sunset and Vine

Twitter video from above shows the gunman in the Hollywood intersection and cars jamming on the brakes and making u-turns to escape. The gunman was later killed by police....

Too many people at Grove tree-lighting

Police and fire officials had to close off the Grove when the crowds got too big for the Christmas tree unveiling ans show, NBC 4 says.

Media mob: Shakira gets star

shakira-gets-star.jpg Recording star Shakira poses after receiving her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this morning.

End of an era: Rocket Video closing on La Brea

The La Brea Avenue video rental store will stop renting Saturday and put everything on sale. Doors close at the end of the September.

Buddy Holly day in L.A.

GlassesSign.jpg Today would have been the 75th birthday of the rock and roll pioneer who died at 22 in the 1959 plane crash that also killed Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson. At 11:30 a.m.outside the Capitol Records building, Holly's widow Maria Elena Holly will accept his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

NYC food blogger Adam Roberts is L.A. bound

adam-roberts-kitchen.jpg Adam Roberts began blogging about food in 2004, grew it into a part-time gig with The Food Network, and now calls himself a full-time food writer.

Man climbing tower at KTLA *

ktla-tower-man.jpg Police are at the Channel 5 studio on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.

Reporter threw up after witnessing subway killing

Todd Martens posts at Tumblr that it was pretty jarring to watch a dispute on the Red Line rapidly escalate to a fatal stabbing. His report of Friday night's incident,...

Bracing for Lady Gaga in Hollywood

It comes just a day after a near-riot broke out at the premiere of a documentary on the Electric Daisy Carnival.

Cops clash with rowdy crowd in front of Grauman's Chinese

hollywood.jpg Crowd had assembled outside the theater, which had been premiering a movie about the Electric Daisy Carnival festival.

Posted near Hollywood sign: 'Tourists go away'

tourists-go-away.jpg This warning has popped up just off the Mulholland Highway segment in upper Hollywoodland, east of the Lake Hollywood reservoir.

Bob Dylan at Hollywood Bowl, 1965 *

dylan-hwd-bowl.jpg The Hollywood Bowl is celebrating its 90th year by posting a Twitter-sized nugget from the archives on the web each day.

Ex-basketball phenom roams Hollywood streets

Lewis Brown played high school ball for Verbum Dei and starred for the UNLV team in Las Vegas. The 6-11 former center has been living on the streets of Los Angeles for ten years.

Capitol Records towers, the street view

capitol-records-towers.jpg Here's how the developer foresees the streetscape of Hollywood miraculously changing if approval is forthcoming for high-rise towers around the Capitol Records building on Vine Street.

LaBonge calls temple break-in a 'hate crime'

The Los Angeles Fire Department has posted four surveillance videos showing a Hollywood transient who broke into Temple Israel and apparently set a small fire in a second-floor classroom.

Hollywood's heiress with a heart

aileen-getty-zevweb.jpg Aileen Getty, a former heroin and cocaine addict with AIDS, has quietly donated millions to the homeless of Hollywood.

When you're an author, life sometimes imitates art

The caller, a grade school friend from 30 years ago, demanded $2,500 from the author of a new novel on homeless kids in Hollywood.

First novel arrives from Nancy Rommelmann

bad-mother-cover.jpg The LA Observed contributor's book, The Bad Mother, is set among street kids in Hollywood.

Runyon Canyon mystery mansion now on the national radar

solar-drive-graphic-nyt.jpg Runyon Canyon's mystery mansion gets some ink in the New York Times.

Hiking the stairways of old Hollywoodland

hollywoodlandhike-11.jpg Mark Frauenfelder went for a fun Saturday walking tour of the old Hollywoodland development in Beachwood Canyon.

Hollywood farmers market threatened again

The Los Angeles Film School wants to build a large new classroom building at the Ivar and Selma intersection where the Hollywood farmers market has operated on Sundays since 1991.

Lithgow is no John Cleese

john-lithgow.jpg Tony winner John Lithgow was mistaken for John Cleese this morning at a Hollywood photo lab, causing howls of disbelief in the room.

Kung Pao Kitty closing

kung-pao-kitty-patch.jpg Friday is the last day for the Hollywood Boulevard restaurant and bar that the new AOL Patch Hollywood says helped clean up a blighted stretch of the street.

Hollywood market gets 90 days, at least

The Hollywood Farmers Market can continue in its current location and size for 90 days while the market and L.A. Film School continue to negotiate. From the market's side, former Councilman Michael Woo has circulated an email detailing why a final agreement didn't get done.

LA Observed on KCRW: L.A. stories

My piece today commented on the observations of L.A. I've mentioned recently by a gifted migrant to the city, Christopher Isherwood, and by 50 native (or close to it) Angelenos in Los Angeles magazine.

Hollywood Farmers Market may lose its spot

It's a dispute with the L.A. Film School, say operators....

Band shuts down 101 freeway on purpose *

101-band-jam-ktla.jpg A truck parked across three lanes of the Hollywood Freeway near Sunset Boulevard and a band climbed up top to play a song, "Traffic Jam 101," that it says is about raising awareness of homeless children.

History in the pavement on Outpost Drive

Nice piece by writer Steve Oney on the memories evoked by the city covering the old concrete pavement of Outpost Drive, with its embedded paw prints of a long ago...

L.A. geography baffles the Times again *

lat-blaze-graphic.jpg The Times' website refers to a fire on Bronson Avenue in Hollywood as in "the Hancock Park area of the Hollywood Hills."

American Apparel invades Thai Town

thai-town-apparel.jpg The arrival of an American Apparel billboard, plus new bars and shops, in Hollywood's Thai Town district is being taken as a sign of the hipster apocalypse.

Another officer behaving badly on video

The YouTube video poster at Discarted is something of a photographer-activist, mostly in a good way, though you could read that as troublemaker too.

Hollywood star for Chris Berman? Take it backbackback

chris-berman-star.jpg Daily News sports columnist Tom Hoffarth was not amused to come across the installation activity on Hollywood Boulevard for ESPN's Chris Berman.

Hollywood sign-adjacent hill to be saved

Hugh Hefner helped put up the last chunk of money in the Trust for Public Land's campaign to buy and preserve acreage west of the Hollywood sign. Councilman Tom LaBonge will talk up the effort this evening on "Which Way, L.A.?" on KCRW.

Legal fight is on over Yamashiro's hill

yamashiro-front.jpg Three years ago, the family that owns the Hollywood property where Yamashiro and the Magic Castle sit put the 10 acres up for sale. They accepted an offer from Sean MacPherson, impresario behind the Maritime Hotel, Jones, Bar Lubitsch and other hip spots.

More Hollywood supergraphics coming down

The city attorney's office says 20 new cease-and-desist letters have gone out and that at least eight supergraphics have come down or will shortly.

Supergraphic arrest: $1 million bail?

A judge went along with City Attorney Carmen Trutanich's request for $1 million bail for a man charged with three misdemeanors for posting an illegal sign near the Oscars theater in Hollywood.

Jacqueline Montalvo, LAPD officer was 37

Montalvo, an 11-year-veteran of the LAPD's Hollywood division, was the officer who died in an off-duty crash in Diamond Bar on Thursday.

W Hotel opens in Hollywood

w-hollywood-curbed.jpg The first reviews of how it fits in the cityscape are mixed.

Columbia Square comes to planning commission

Plans to tear down the old CBS radio and television home at Sunset and Gower for a condo tower go to the city planning commission tomorrow. There are several old...

Street closures for Hollywood parade

Some streets are already closed for Sunday's Hollywood Christmas Parade, aka the parade that refused to die. Hollywood Boulevard from Orange Street to Highland Avenue and Orange from Hollywood Boulevard...

Angelyne sues city over missed fan mail

angelyneboardcrop.jpg The billboard one (and ex-candidate for governor) has filed what Matthew Belloni of The Hollywood Reporter calls "a hilarious, $500,000 breach of contract lawsuit against the Community Redevelopment Agency." Angelyne,...

W Hollywood begins hiring

The new hotel going up across from the Pantages opens its recruitment officer, or "Talent Center," this morning at 11. "Available positions range from Whatever/Whenever Agents to Style Supervisors, from...

Bukowski tours Hollywood & Western

Charles Bukowski narrates a tour of the Hollywood and Western area, highlighting his favorite bars, hangouts, hookers and dope-dealers. From "The Charles Bukowski Tapes" (1985), by Barbet Schroeder, via...

Showcase Theatre on La Brea closed

showcaseregent.jpg It hasn't been called the Showcase for awhile now, and many longtimers still think of the movie house on La Brea Avenue south of Melrose as the Gordon. Doesn't matter...

Save the pumpkin bread

pumpkinbread.jpg The nuns at Monastery of the Angels in Hollywood are famous for their loaves of pumpkin bread, but it seems they also know how to play the game in Los...
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