Morning Brief: Amid Uproar, CBS Retools Reality Show ‘The Activist’

Also, Republican Kevin Faulconer mulls his political future, and more

» After receiving harsh feedback on social media, CBS is retooling its upcoming program The Activist, making it a documentary rather than a competition show. “[I]t has become apparent the format of the show as announced distracts from the vital work these incredible activists do in their communities every day. The push for global change is not a competition and requires a global effort,” CBS, Live Nation, and Global Citizen said in a statement. [The Hollywood Reporter]

» After a disappointing showing in the recall election, moderate Republican Kevin Faulconer has said he’ll be discussing next steps with family and supporters. Prior to Tuesday, the former San Diego mayor had said that he would run for governor in 2022 regardless of what happened in the recall, but those plans may be dashed. [KTLA]

» For the second time, the Los Angeles Unified school board voted down an ordinance Tuesday that would have allowed school police officers to be placed back on campuses. In February, school board members initially voted on the resolution to give principals and individual schools the authority to decide if they wanted a cop at their middle or high school, but now that it’s been rejected a second time, the item cannot be put to another vote for six months. [Los Angeles Daily News]

» Pope Francis said Wednesday that he doesn’t understand why people are refusing to get vaccinated against COVID. Speaking to reporters he said, “It’s a bit strange, because humanity has a history of friendship with vaccines,” pointing out that children have been getting vaccinated against other illnesses like polio, mumps, and measles, “and no one said anything.” [Vanity Fair]

» While dealing with other health concerns, talk show host Wendy Williams announced that she’s tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID. In order to give Williams time to “quarantine and fully recover,” the 13th season of the show will be postponed until October 4, according to a statement posted on The Wendy Williams Show’s Instagram account. [People]


» A Crushing Defeat Only Left Larry Elder Hungry for More Many California voters may be done with the leading recall challenger, but he’s made clear he isn’t done with California

» L.A. City Council Bans Protests Within 300 Feet of Private Homes Activists react to the more stringent rules that dictate where they can demonstrate

» Want to Go Out Drinking in L.A. County? It’s Time to Get Vaccinated A new health order coming down the pike is set to mandate proof of vax at bars, wineries, breweries, and more


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Blondie at the Licorice Pizza on Sunset in an undated photo (Photo by Donna Santisi/Redferns via Getty Images)

A Look Back at Licorice Pizza, the SoCal Record Store P.T. Anderson’s New Movie Is Named After

Drivers did a double take when pinball arcades, gas shortages, and a giant billboard for defunct rock station KMET appeared in the San Fernando Valley last fall. Director Paul Thomas Anderson turned back the clock to the 1970s for location filming out on the city streets, just like his buddy Quentin Tarantino did in Hollywood a few months earlier. Well, now PTA’s epic coming-of-age drama starring Bradley Cooper has a new title, Licorice Pizza, replacing the placeholder Soggy Bottom.

The new name comes from a long-gone chain of L.A. record shops founded in Long Beach by James Greenwood in 1969. By the time the Glendale-based chain was sold in 1985 there were 34 locations in Southern California, including Canoga Park, North Hollywood, Reseda, and the Sherman Oaks Galleria. Their logo, featuring a depression-era cook proud of her freshly baked record album, was plastered all over the streets of L.A.


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