Daily Brief: L.A. County Unveils Guidelines for Dropping Some Mask Mandates

Also, Amazon is raising the price of annual Prime memberships to $139 and Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy gala has been canceled

» L.A. County Unveils Guidelines for Dropping Some Mask Mandates Officials said Thursday that face coverings will no longer be required in certain outdoor settings once COVID hospitalizations decrease, and indoor mask regulations could be loosened after further improvements. [Los Angeles Times]

» Homeless Tents No Longer Crowd Venice Beach, but Residents are Still Unhappy Although city park rangers, sanitation crews, and police removed hundreds of tents and other handmade shelters from the boardwalk last summer, and outreach workers from St. Joseph Center persuaded more than 200 people to accept shelter, Venice residents say the city’s work isn’t complete as issues persist. [Los Angeles Times]

» Amazon is Raising the Price of Annual Prime Memberships to $139 Amazon announced that it would increase the price of Amazon Prime memberships from $119 to $139—the company’s first increase in four years. [The Hollywood Reporter]

» Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy Gala Postponed Until 2023 The Recording Academy and Clive Davis have postponed this year’s star-studded gala until 2023 due to “logistical obstacles caused by the ongoing pandemic.” [Variety]

» ‘Live Nation Were Asleep at the Wheel’: New Lawsuit Over Drakeo the Ruler’s Death A new lawsuit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of Drakeo the Ruler’s 5-year-old son accuses concert promoter Live Nation, among others, of negligence that contributed to Drakeo’s death at the Once Upon a Time in L.A. festival. [Los Angeles Times]



Roland Emmerich attends the Los Angeles premiere of “Moonfall” (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

‘Moonfall’ Director Called ‘Hypocrite’ After Attacking Star Wars, Marvel Movies

Just before director Roland Emmerich’s latest effort, Moonfall, hits theaters Friday, the man who brought us Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, and 1998’s Godzilla let it be known that he thinks the Star Wars franchise and the Marvel and DC Cinematic Universes are “ruining our industry” through their lack of originality. Sci-fi and action movie fans found that statement curious, coming from him.

On Wednesday, Den of Geek asked the White House Down helmer whether disaster films have changed much in recent years.

“Ah yes,” he replied. “Because naturally Marvel and DC Comics, and Star Wars, have pretty much taken over. It’s ruining our industry a little bit, because nobody does anything original anymore.”


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