Daily Brief: Term Latinx Is Epic Fail According to New Poll; RIP Staples Center

Plus, new chilling details in the case of California couple who likely died trying to save baby

» Survey Says! Latinx term is a losing proposition for Democrats.
According to a new nationwide poll, Hispanic voters are just not that into being referred to as Latinx. Of those queried, only 2 percent refer to themselves as Latinx, while “Hispanic” is the most favored term by a whopping 68 percent and rounding out the poll is the 21 percent who prefer “Latino” or “Latina.” [Politico]

» Man Suspected of Fatally Shooting Jacqueline Avant, Wife of Clarence Avant, Charged With Murder.
Aariel Maynor, 29, of Los Angeles has been charged with one count each of murder, attempted murder and felon with a firearm, as well as two counts of residential burglary with person present, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday. [The Hollywood Reporter]

» RIP Staples Center, Welcome the Birth of Crypto.com Center.
The official transformation is underway as crews began work in Downtown LA to remove all Staples signage and replace with Crypto.com. [ABC7]

» California couple found dead after likely trying to save baby.
New report offers some answers on the tragic deaths of a California family this last August. John Gerrish, his wife Ellen Chung, their 1-year-old daughter, Miju, as well as their dog were all found dead on a hiking trail near Hite’s Cove in the Sierra National Forest. San Francisco Chronicle obtained 77 pages detailing “disastrous choices” leading to the tragedies.  [Fox News]

» CNN Mess: Network boss protected Chris Cuomo then flip-flopped.
A huge hole just got blown into CNN’s primetime lineup. Jeff Zucker fired Chris Cuomo over the weekend after reportedly protecting him at first. The ousting comes on the heels of Cuomo being “suspended indefinitely” after evidence came to light that he was much more involved in brother Andrew Cuomo’s sexual harassment case than originally thought.
[Wall Street Journal]

» Gabriel ‘Fluffy’ Iglesias makes Los Angeles history.
Iglesias announced that he will become the first comedian ever to perform at Dodgers Stadium. [KTLA]


» The Curious Case of Amazon Rainforest Oil Found in L.A. Gasoline
A new report reveals some 70 million barrels were exported from the Amazon to the U.S. last year

» Peter Jackson’s ‘Get Real’ Misses the Greatest Parts of Beatles’ Story
Policy changes made during COVID lockdown have resulted in more drunken, disorderly and belligerent behavior from flyers.

» Congressman Adam Schiff Endorses Karen Bass for Mayor of Los Angeles
House intelligence chair and party rainmaker adds to her momentum.


Hollywood Brief: A Spielberg Exit Strategy? COVID and the Movies 

Steven Spielberg speaks during the New York premiere of West Side Story on November 29, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for 20th Century Studios)

Does Steven Spielberg Have His Eye on the Exits?

Steven Spielberg was the toast of the town this week following the world premiere of West Side Story, which earned rave reviews from previously skeptical critics. Meanwhile, the director has already wrapped his next film, The Fabelmans, which is based on his own childhood. Those are two dream projects for Spielberg, which begs the question — where does the iconic filmmaker go from here? And is it crazy to think that he could pull a Jerry Seinfeld and bow out a little early, but still on top of his game? Or is “retirement” a forbidden word in Hollywood?

Before we dive into this hypothetical scenario, I want to make it clear that this isn’t a rumor I’ve heard, and I have no anecdotal evidence to support this line of thinking. If any evidence does exist, it’s to the contrary, as Spielberg has previously said that he wouldn’t retire until his pal Clint Eastwood did, and last I checked, the 91-year-old Eastwood was still directing himself in movies. Now, I’m the last person who would question Spielberg’s passion for filmmaking, but there’s a part of me that doesn’t really see him doing this to his dying day. This is a man for whom family is very, very important, and I expect the director to spend his twilight years enjoying the fruits of his labor with his loved ones rather than grinding it out on another set.


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