Daily Brief: James Franco Speaks About Sexual Misconduct; New COVID Strategy

Beginning mid-January, the L.A. Phil, Center Theatre Group, and Music Center will require patrons to show proof of a COVID booster shot

» James Franco Admits to Sleeping With Students While Breaking Silence on Lawsuit Four years after being accused of sexual harassment and other misconduct by his former acting students, the actor broke his silence on the matter. “Look, I’ll admit I did sleep with students. I didn’t sleep with anybody in that particular class. But, over the course of my teaching, I did sleep with students and that was wrong,” Franco said. [The Hollywood Reporter]

» L.A. Phil, Center Theatre Group, and Music Center Will Soon Require Booster Shots for Entry Beginning January 17, 2022, the venues will require patrons to show proof of full vaccination against COVID and a booster shot in order to attend indoor performances and events. [Los Angeles Times]

» L.A. Sprints to Distribute Emergency Housing Vouchers to Homeless People Losing Their Hotel Rentals With L.A.’s hotel rental program ending in the New Year, city and county officials are rushing to issue housing vouchers to homeless people, but they face several hurdles. [Los Angeles Times]

» Governor Gavin Newsom Announces Strategy to Slow the Spread of COVID in California His plans include a booster mandate for health care workers, increased testing access for students, and extended hours at testing sites. [ABC7]

» High-Profile Retail Robberies and Home Burglaries Spark Demand for Bullet-Proof Cars, Rolex Replicas, and Safe Rooms Following several robberies and the fatal shooting of of 81-year-old philanthropist Jacqueline Avant (wife of legendary music exec Clarence Avant and mother-in-law to Netflix’s Ted Sarandos) during an attempted burglary at her Trousdale Estates home on Dec. 1, private security contractors say there’s been an uptick in requests for their services. [The Hollywood Reporter]


» Here Is Your Los Angeles Christmas Weekend Weather Forecast Angelenos should expect rainfall through the holiday weekend

» How Los Angeles Can Avoid COVID Hospital Surge ”Even if Omicron causes half the severe disease Delta does … it can still be a major threat for our hospital systems and our residents,” says Barbara Ferrer, L.A. County’s health director

» The Best Gifts for the Selfless Teacher In Your Life From plants and luxurious weighted blankets to specialized massages, we’ve got you covered on gifts to get your favorite educator


(Photo courtesy of Nünchi)

How Jelly Cakes Became One of the Most Instafamous Treats

About a year ago, Lexie Park made one of her Instagram-famous jelly cakes for a customer who wished to remain anonymous. Months later, Park saw who the cake was for: her creation—a wobbly, translucent periwinkle confection with letters spelling out “Sour”—ended up on the special-edition album cover for Olivia Rodrigo’s platinum debut Sour.

Park, a 32-year-old former fashion designer, started selling jelly cakes in 2020 under the name Nünchi. She now makes about 50 cakes per week, releasing reservations at the beginning of each month on Instagram. The gelatin-based treats, which start at $105 for a six-inch mini and come in various fruity flavors, sell out in a few hours for the entire month ahead. “It’s almost like this prized possession. Like ‘Oh, my gosh, I got a Nünchi cake!’ ” says Park.


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