Daily Brief: Peloton Trolls ‘And Just Like That…,’ Golden Globes Noms Amid Boycott

Also, Time magazine names Elon Musk, the wealthiest man in the world, as Person of the Year for 2021

» Peloton Fires Back at And Just Like That… With New Ad Following the premiere of the Sex and the City reboot, in which Carrie Bradshaw’s husband, Mr. Big (Chris Noth), shockingly dies from a heart attack shortly after taking a Peloton class, the high-end fitness equipment company released an ad featuring a very much alive Mr. Big and his Peleton instructor, to remind viewers that their products actually improve one’s health. [The Wrap]

» Gov. Gavin Newsom Calls for Gun Legislation to Model Ban on Texas Abortion Law Outraged by the U.S. Supreme Court decision to continue allowing private citizens to sue Texas abortion clinics, Newsom on Saturday called for lawmakers to make similar legislation that empowers citizens to do the same when it comes to restricted firearms. “If TX can ban abortion and endanger lives, CA can ban deadly weapons of war and save lives,” Newsom tweeted. [Los Angeles Times]

» Golden Globe Nominations Unveiled Despite Ongoing Boycott Amid the controversy surrounding the The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization has revealed its nominations for the early 2022 event. “This has been a year of change and reflection for the HFPA,” HFPA president Helen Hoehne said. “For the past eight months we have worked tirelessly as an organization to be better. We changed our rules, bylaws, added a new code of conduct and restructured our governance. We also have 21 new members. The largest and most diverse in our 79-year-old history. Not only have they brought in a fresh perspective but ideas that will help us continue to evolve.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

» Beverly Hills Firefighters Sue Over COVID Vaccine Mandate, Calling It An ‘Experimental Gene Modification’ Two firefighters filed a lawsuit Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court against the city of Beverly Hills, Councilman John Mirisch, Los Angeles County, and county health officer Muntu Davis, claiming that Davis and the city don’t have the authority to issue such an order. [Los Angeles Times]

» Elon Musk Named Time’s Person of the Year for 2021 Time magazine announced the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX as its choice on Monday. “Person of the Year is a marker of influence, and few individuals have had more influence than Musk on life on Earth, and potentially life off Earth too. In 2021, Musk emerged not just as the world’s richest person but also as perhaps the richest example of a massive shift in our society,” Time editor-in-chief and CEO Edward Felsenthal said in a statement explaining the decision. [ABC7]


» 8 Biggest Lessons From The Beatles ‘Get Back’ Series on Disney+ The series has drawn mixed reactions from critics and viewers alike, but it wasn’t a complete waste of time for the diehard fan

» Jaw-Dropping Excerpts From the Guilty Plea of the DWP’s Former Leader Department of Justice documents dig Into illegal activity by ex-General Manager David Wright

» Hollywood Brief: ‘Star Wars’ Finds Lead, Sundance’s Pandemic Punches Also, will it be a December to remember at the movies this year?


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Inside Author Susan Orlean’s Midcentury Modern Home

As the sun streams through a bank of tall casement windows, Susan Orlean enjoys a rare moment of repose. Clad in a black Commes des Garçons turtleneck, the acclaimed writer relaxes on one of two nubby, black-and-white midcentury couches in her living room.

“They came with the house,” she says when asked about the provenance of the furnishings. The house in question isn’t a humble abode near the Valley. It’s a four-bedroom, three-bath, 2,900-square-foot, multi-angled masterpiece that was built in 1946 by Austrian maverick Rudolph Schindler. Orlean and her husband, investor John Gillespie, bought the showpiece in 2017 and have been restoring it ever since.

“The workers and the Porta-Potty are still here,” she quips.


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