Daily Brief: O.J. Simpson is a Free Man, A24’s ‘Zola’ Tops Spirit Noms

Also, Lawrence G. Nassar abuse survivors have reached a $380 settlement, which is among the largest ever for a sexual abuse case

» How Hollywood is Dealing With the Impacts of Cancel Culture The Face magazine spoke to casting directors, an Oscar-winning executive producer, and other industry players about what happens when a film’s leading actors, such as Ansel Elgort (West Side Story) and Armie Hammer (Death On The Nile), have been “canceled” and the impact it has on everyone involved in a movie. [The Face]

» O.J. Simpson is Now a ‘Completely Free Man’ As Parole Ends in Nevada
Simpson, 74, had been on parole since October 2017 for a Las Vegas kidnapping and armed robbery, but was granted early from parole for good behavior. [Associated Press]

» A24’s Zola Tops 2022 Film Independent Spirit Nominations The dark comedy based on a viral Twitter thread about an exotic dancer’s road trip gone wrong earned seven nominations including Best Feature, Director, Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Female Lead, and Supporting Male. [Variety]

» L.A. Councilmembers Have Been Paying Extra for Police Coverage As the LAPD Struggles to Restore Ranks Since the start of this fiscal year, councilmembers have taken money out of their own council funds to pay for more than $1.5 million in extra LAPD overtime. [Los Angeles Times]

» Nassar Abuse Survivors to Receive $380 Million Settlement The hundreds of survivors of sexual abuse by Lawrence G. Nassar, the former team doctor of the national gymnastics team, will receive the settlement, which is among largest ever for a sexual abuse case. [New York Times]

» Tuesday’s Rain Storm Prompted Flood Rescues From the L.A. River, Force Evacuations As the storm drenched much of Southern California on Tuesday, firefighters rescued a man from the river and freed a number of residents who were trapped inside their homes by mudslides. [Los Angeles Times]


» Janice Min and Richard Rushfield Team Up for Ankler Expansion The former top editor of Hollywood Reporter will join Rushfield’s Ankler as co-owner and CEO, as well as Editor in Chief of the expanded entity

» Rapper Tory Lanez Ordered to Stand Trial in Megan Thee Stallion Shooting An L.A. County judge upheld assault and gun charges against Lanez, 29, who is accused of shooting Megan Thee Stallion in her feet

» Netflix’s ‘Don’t Look Up’ Has Much to Say on Climate Change And COVID “I think we get hit with sort of the thumping doomsday talk quite a bit,” filmmaker Adam Mckay says. ”Which, by the way, is totally legit when it comes to climate change. But I did think it was important that people be allowed to laugh and have some distance.”


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One of L.A.’s Oldest–And Once Fashionable–Neighborhoods Is Blowing Up Again

When it was first developed in the late 1800s, West Adams established itself as one of L.A.’s distinguished addresses. Delighting in its proximity to downtown, wealthy businessmen built grand Victorians and stately Craftsman houses on its wide streets. Then, in the 1940s, the demographics shifted as white residents headed west and notable African Americans such as Gone with the Wind Oscar winner Hattie MacDaniel moved in. Construction of the Santa Monica Freeway in the 1950s, though, ripped the thriving area in half and led affluent Black families to emigrate to Baldwin Hills and beyond. Decades of economic decline followed.

But in recent years, West Adams has seen a resurgence, thanks to its beauty, its central location, the expansion of the subway system, and, until recently, its somewhat reasonably priced homes (houses that listed for $600,000 just a few years ago are now $1 million-plus). The neighborhood’s gentrification has been cause for concern for decades, but some longtime locals embrace it.


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