» 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]
TOP STORIES FROM L.A. MAG
» This Study of COVID Deaths Among Ethnic Groups May Surprise You While COVID deaths among Latino Californians decreased when vaccines became available, deaths among white residents increased significantly
» A Caruso Candidacy Could Lead to an Epic Mayoral Election Battle Cityside Column: The newly registered Democrat will find supporters–also encounter a lot of hostility on the campaign trail
» L.A.’s Minimum Wage to Increase to $16.04 in July The minimum wage will increase from $15 to $16.04 on July 1, officials announced Thursday
ONE MORE THING
‘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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