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Federal agency to investigate fatal Tesla crash in Newport Beach

Federal authorities are investigating whether a Tesla involved in a crash that left three people dead and three others injured last week in Newport...

Disney debuts ‘Pride Collection,’ boosts LGBTQ+ support

For years, Walt Disney Co. has courted LGBTQ+ visitors to its theme parks, selling rainbow-colored souvenirs and hosting groups that organize annual “Gay Days”...

Hiltzik: A list of Trump’s disastrous business deals

Donald Trump’s business history has been so filled with disastrous ventures that it’s been hard to keep track of them all.No longer. Digital World...
Business & Finance

Hiltzik: How does Elon Musk get away with breaking the law?

In his takeover adventure with Twitter, it seems more likely than not that Elon Musk has broken the law. In some respects, his lawbreaking...

‘The Valet’ review: Eugenio Derbez’s Hulu rom-com clicks

“The Valet” starts with a “fake lovers” premise routine in rom-coms, but this Hulu original film doesn’t park in the wide-open spot. The funny,...

Armie Hammer’s alleged sex crimes are focus of new series

A new true-crime special coming to ID and Discovery+ will take a deeper look at not just Armie Hammer‘s alleged sex crimes, but also...
Business & Finance

Alexander Skarsgard asks $2.6 million for Manhattan penthouse

Alexander Skarsgard, the Swedish actor who starred in “True Blood” and the recent film “The Northman,” is shopping around his Manhattan penthouse of five...
Business & Finance

Hiltzik: Ignore the arguments against canceling student debt

The debate over the cancellation of student debt has been going on for so long in America that reiterating the arguments pro and con...
Business & Finance

The hidden costs behind the cash advance app Dave

Brendan Goad is just the kind of customer Dave Inc. is looking for. Digitally savvy, trying to turn around his finances and, most important,...

Former academy president’s firm offers to buy Golden Globes

Pacific Coast Entertainment, a group led by former Motion Picture Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, this week made a multimillion-dollar bid to buy the...

Public Storage heir wants $127.5 million for Malibu compound

Tamara Gustavson — daughter of B. Wayne Hughes, the late self-storage titan who donated a record $400 million to USC — is asking $127.5...

Billionaire Ron Burkle chases record $29 million for Bob Hope’s Toluca Lake estate

Four years after buying Bob Hope’s longtime estate in Toluca Lake and restoring it to its former glory, billionaire businessman Ron Burkle is shopping...
Business & Finance

Will social media companies ban great replacement theory?

The Buffalo, N.Y., mass shooting that claimed 10 lives Saturday was an event shaped by, and for, internet platforms, including message boards and streaming...

Hiltzik: Mark Berman dies awaiting verdict in FDA stem cell suit

For years, California cosmetic surgeon Mark Berman was a leader of that corner of the healthcare world pushing unproven and unapproved stem cell treatments...
Real Estate

COVID eviction bans are ending, but some renter protections remain

Rental housing in Southern California has long been a landlord’s market, with the demand for homes greatly exceeding the supply. That’s true today to...

Cannes Film Festival: The 12 movies we can’t wait to see

CANNES, France — The image gracing this year’s 75th anniversary Cannes Film Festival poster comes from “The Truman Show,” specifically that climactic moment...

California law requiring women on corporate boards struck down

A California law that required companies primarily based in the state to have women on their corporate boards has been ruled unconstitutional by a...

Chance Kornuth seeks $3.5 million for Las Vegas mansion

Poker pro Chance Kornuth is testing his luck in the Nevada desert, listing his home overlooking the Las Vegas Strip for $3.5 million.That’s more...

‘Rust’ producers plan to finish movie after investigation

Several months after Alec Baldwin accidentally shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins while on the set of “Rust,” one of the film’s producers...
Business & Finance

Villa, sold last year for $51 million, asks $120 million

When biotech entrepreneur Roy Eddleman bought Villa Firenze at auction for $51 million, real estate sources considered it a steal — considering that the...

Sam Raimi breaks down ‘Doctor Strange’ Illuminati scene

Warning: This story contains spoilers for “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” For spoiler-free coverage, check out our review and story about the...

Must-see films at 2022 UCLA Festival of Preservation

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.No, unlike Al Pacino in “The Godfather III,” I’m not a distraught Mafioso...
Real Estate

Vacation rental wildfire risk: What you need to know

Planning an idyllic vacation with your friends might include booking a vacation rental on a Malibu hillside with ocean views or surrounded by pines...

Indian action blockbuster ‘RRR’ roars back to theaters

For movie fans in the know, there is life before “RRR,” and there’s life after “RRR.” The three-hour-plus, Indian historical action blockbuster set...
Real Estate

Column: A tax on high-end real estate sales is gaining steam

The modest South Pasadena house went on the market at just under $1.2 million and sold for a hair above $2.5 million, and when...

Why are crypto markets crashing? What about luna? We explain

The cryptocurrency market is seeing one of its worst selloffs since a market rally in 2020, sparking panic among investors and raising questions about...
Autos

States push EPA on California vehicle emission standards

The attorneys general of 17 states have asked a federal appeals court to reconsider an Environmental Protection Agency decision allowing California to set its...

‘Pleasure’ review: Interrogating the male gaze through a porn lens

The final shot of “Pleasure,” Ninja Thyberg’s bold and provocative feature about Bella Cherry (Sofia Kappel), a young adult film actress navigating the porn...

Pop singer Engelbert Humperdinck’s Bel-Air house for sale

Engelbert Humperdinck, the British pop singer who’s been releasing music since the 1960s, is shopping around his Mediterranean-style mansion in the hills of Bel-Air...

Fred Ward, actor in ‘The Right Stuff,’ ‘Tremors,’ dies at 79

Fred Ward, the rough-hewn character actor known for his work in “The Right Stuff” and “Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins,” died Sunday at age...

Starbucks stores in Long Beach, Lakewood vote to join union

Workers at two Southern California Starbucks locations, one in Lakewood and one in Long Beach, voted to join a union Friday, bringing the total...
Business & Finance

Elon Musk’s ‘on hold’ Twitter deal: Another broken promise?

Elon Musk may not be delivering on the Twitter acquisition he promised after all.It’s not the first time he’s fallen short, backed out or...

‘On the Count of Three’ review: Jerrod Carmichael, triple-threat

Comedian Jerrod Carmichael is officially a triple threat. The writer and performer can now add director to his bio, making his feature directorial debut...

Jerrod Carmichael on coming out, depression and the pandemic

Comedian, actor and filmmaker Jerrod Carmichael makes his directorial debut with “On The Count Of Three.”(Kayla James / For The Times) ...

Dating apps cater to South Asians searching for love

Most swiping for love on a dating app know the drill.Strategically pen an inviting self-description. Select filters — age, geographic proximity — for potential...

‘Firestarter’ review: No match for the Stephen King novel

Though Stephen King is renowned as a horror writer, his novels and stories are really about American life, with elements drawn from history, politics,...

‘Montana Story’ review: Family restoration in the heartland

Under an ominous sky, two estranged siblings struggle to reconcile in “Montana Story,” the latest drama from writing and directing duo Scott McGehee and...

‘Operation Mincemeat’ true story explained: Fact vs. fiction

London — The Allied victory in World War II hinged on many complex factors, but one of the most unlikely turning points involved the dead body...

Classic movies in SoCal: ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘Friday the 13th’

Find a flick with our weekly curated list of classic movies, cult favorites, film festivals, etc., playing at theaters, drive-ins and pop-ups and/or streaming...

Terranea Resort to pay $1.5 million to settle workers’ dispute

The upscale Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes agreed Thursday to pay $1.52 million to settle allegations that it violated labor laws by failing...

Inflation will boost California’s minimum wage to $15.50

SACRAMENTO — California’s minimum wage for all employers will rise to $15.50 an hour in January, advisors to Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday, the first time...

‘Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story’ review: A taste of NOLA

Taking only 90 minutes to celebrate 50 years of countless bands making every kind of music in a legendary atmosphere of communal...

Hiltzik: The stench from Trump’s Cabinet lingers

The Trump administration may be gone from Washington, but the acrid stench of corruption lives on. Case in point: An allegation that former Interior...

‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ crew on bringing the story to life

Nine years since his most recent film and 15 since his last in the superhero genre, Marvel’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”...
Business & Finance

Ellen DeGeneres quietly flips a Midcentury gem for $8.8 million

Less than a year after buying a Midcentury home in Beverly Crest for $8.5 million, prolific house-flippers Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have...

Review: Tom Cruise flies high — again — in the exhilarating ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

“If you think, you’re dead.” That’s one of Tom Cruise’s more memorable lines from “Top Gun,” a cautionary reminder that when your engine flames...

Hiltzik: Bitcoin, NFTs, meme stocks — they’re all crashing

The finance world, which is constantly on the lookout for rules and laws it can break in the interest of making more money, may...

Amid crypto crash, investors struggle with trading addiction

Sabrina Byrne bought bitcoin for the first time in January and quickly became hooked. Soon the 26-year-old was canceling social plans and staying up...

Landmark Theatres: Flagship Pico movie theaters are closing

Specialty cinema chain Landmark Theatres is shutting down its flagship Westside location on Pico Boulevard after 15 years, in the latest major blow to...

Two Starbucks stores in California unionize in Santa Cruz

Workers at two Starbucks stores in Santa Cruz have unionized, becoming the first stores in California to join the ballooning ranks of the coffee...

‘Doctor Strange’ actor guilty of sexually abusing minor

“Doctor Strange” actor Zara Phythian and her husband, Victor Marke, were found guilty on Wednesday in Nottingham Crown Court of sexually abusing a child,...

‘The Innocents’ review: Children’s trauma leads to horror

The babes in the woods of Eskil Vogt’s “The Innocents” are some of the scariest kids you’ll see on a movie screen this year....

Column: Disney’s unpaid artists – Los Angeles Times

Given its immense appetite for entertainment content to keep its movie and television pipelines filled, you would think that Walt Disney Co. would...

Republicans threaten Disney over Mickey Mouse copyright

It all began with a mouse, and now that big-eared rodent is in the middle of a turf war between conservatives and one of...

Academy member on trial for child molestation draws scrutiny

Jeffrey Cooper, a renowned architect and acoustic engineer, carved out a prestigious place in the Hollywood firmament. Over the years he designed movie...

Podcast: The fight to use Mickey Mouse

Listen to this episode of The Times: Apple Podcasts Spotify Stitcher Google Podcasts Mickey Mouse has...

James Hong makes history with Hollywood Walk of Fame star

James Hong, the ubiquitous veteran character actor who found a champion in “Lost” star Daniel Dae Kim, accepted his fan-funded star on Hollywood’s Walk...

James Cromwell protested a Starbucks fee with hand and glue

Actor and activist James Cromwell temporarily shut down a Manhattan Starbucks on Tuesday by protesting the coffee company’s upcharge on dairy-milk alternatives.And he...

Alex Trebek’s Studio City mansion sells for $6.45 million

Alex Trebek’s Studio City estate — which the late “Jeopardy!” host owned for three decades until his death in 2020 — has changed hands...

Elon Musk says he would reverse Donald Trump Twitter ban

Elon Musk said he would allow President Trump to return to Twitter if the Tesla chief executive takes ownership of the company, reversing the...

At two local IHOPs, Ramadan halal specials were a big hit

Mohammad Ashraf, owner of an IHOP franchise in Fullerton, watched with amazement what happened during Ramadan this year.Cars often double-parked in front of the...
Business & Finance

How to get free broadband internet in Southern California

Lower-income Americans now have more options for free high-speed internet access, including at least eight providers that serve Southern California, the White House announced...
Business & Finance

Southland air regulators threaten to sue EPA over smog

With smoggy Southern California poised to miss a critical clean air goal next year, local regulators are now threatening to sue the Environmental Protection...
Business & Finance

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen has a new mission

Frances Haugen was cooking dinner one Friday evening when her phone rang. On the other end of the line was the White House.Could Haugen...
Business & Finance

Adam Levine sells Pacific Palisades estate for $51 million

Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine quickly found a buyer in Pacific Palisades, selling his prized compound for $51 million. It’s Southern California’s third-priciest home...

Cedars-Sinai workers begin five-day strike over wages

Nearly a thousand workers at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center started a weeklong strike on Monday, demanding higher pay and better working conditions amid negotiations...

‘Avatar 2’ teaser trailer: Fans rejoice after a long wait

After more than a decade of broken promises and production delays, audiences’ first look at “Avatar 2" is finally here.Disney’s 20th Century Studios released...

A socialite’s glamorous Beverly Hills house for sale

Pat Montandon — L.A. socialite, ex-wife of billionaire butter baron Al Wilsey, and author of books such as “How to Be a Party Girl”...

‘League of Legends’ giant Riot Games grows Los Angeles base

A pleasantly arresting aroma of coffee and bourbon envelops visitors long before they walk into Bilgewater Brew. The coffeehouse has cheery baristas and a...

‘Doctor Strange’: Marvel epic dominates at the box office

“Multiverse” has taken over the multiplex.Disney and Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” has scored the biggest theatrical opening of the...

Will homes again rise in Laguna Niguel landslide zone?

In 1998, after a winter of heavy rains, the hill below Via Estoril collapsed.Several homes slid down, others were destroyed, and the condominiums below...

America Chavez brings Latina and LGBTQ representation to MCU

With her witty humor, charm and fake-it-till-you-make-it confidence, the character of America Chavez in the latest “Doctor Strange” franchise film is already stealing hearts...

Lady Gaga takes flight in ‘Top Gun’ music video ‘Hold My Hand’

“Hold My Hand” took flight Friday when Lady Gaga shared the music video for the new single for the long-anticipated “Top Gun” sequel.The Oscar-...

‘Doctor Strange 2’ credits scene: Yes, Charlize Theron is Clea

Warning: This article contains spoilers for the credits scenes in Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” and is intended for those...

Angel Stadium deal: 80% less affordable housing by ballpark

In order to preserve the Angel Stadium land sale, the city of Anaheim made a deal last week. Angels owner Arte Moreno agreed to...

‘Doctor Strange 2’ Illuminati members and origins, explained

This story contains spoilers for “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” For spoiler-free coverage, check out our review and story about the movie’s...

Review: ‘Spring Awakening,’ The Takedown’ and more movies to watch

Long before Omar Sy became a Netflix superstar with the international hit TV series “Lupin,” he starred in the popular 2012 action-comedy “On the...

‘Vortex’ and ‘Lux Aeterna’ review: New chaos from Gaspar Noé

The Argentina-born French director Gaspar Noé often is described as a polarizing filmmaker, but never before has he had two movies in American theaters...

Why ‘Doctor Strange 2’ introducing America Chavez matters

The expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Multiverse continues with “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.”Both a sequel to 2016’s “Doctor Strange” and the...

Feds move to seize $63-million L.A. mansion linked to Armenian corruption scandal

For sale: a French chateau-style mansion in one of Los Angeles’ most exclusive neighborhoods, Holmby Hills, complete with 11 bedrooms, 27 bathrooms and an...

‘Doctor Strange 2’ explained: From the third eye to Illuminati

Spoiler warning: The following article discusses both major and minor plot details of “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” and is intended to...

Things to do, movies, LA, OC: ‘Star Trek II,’ Mother’s Day

Find a flick with our weekly curated list of classic movies, cult favorites, film festivals, etc., playing at theaters, drive-ins and pop-ups and/or streaming...

‘Hit the Road’ review: A heartfelt tale of familial sacrifice

Iranian cinema in all its poetic humanity is on lovely display in Panah Panahi’s feature debut “Hit the Road,” a charmingly offbeat, meaningful journey...

‘Happening’ review: Must-see French abortion drama

“I’ll manage.” We hear those words a lot from Anne (Anamaria Vartolomei), the quietly determined 23-year-old who grounds every scene of the tense, harrowing...

‘Happening’ reveals dangers, trauma of illegal abortion

The new film “Happening” is set in 1963 and yet it suddenly feels like a possible window into the future. Directed by Audrey Diwan,...

First-time home buyer? California gives 0% down payment loan

Low-income Californians looking to buy a home have a new tool at their disposal: an interest-free loan to use toward their down payment which,...

Furniture mogul Gary Friedman get $24 million for half-built mansion in Beverly Crest

Gary Friedman, chief executive of the high-end furniture retailer RH, just quietly sold his half-built home in Beverly Crest for $24 million.The off-market deal...

How ‘The Offer’ star Matthew Goode got Robert Evans right

Matthew Goode stars as Paramount Pictures chief Robert Evans in “The Offer.”(Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times) Even in the cocaine-and-creativity-fueled...

Long Beach to dispose of Queen Mary lifeboats; bidding fails

The city of Long Beach plans to dispose of 19 lifeboats from the Queen Mary after a bidding process to identify preservationists and historical...

‘Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen’ review: A delight

The documentary “Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen” is as wondrous, buoyant and heartwarming as the film it celebrates. This compact but richly detailed...

Hiltzik: The Supreme Court needs term limits

The Supreme Court’s now-confirmed intention of overturning the half-century-old protection for abortion rights in Roe vs. Wade is energizing the debate over how to...

‘Doctor Strange 2’ leaves ‘WandaVision’ fans ‘heartbroken’

What is “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” if not “WandaVision” persevering?Marvel fans longing for a second season of “WandaVision” can take solace...

Fed makes biggest rate hike since 2000 to combat inflation

WASHINGTON — For the first time in 22 years, the Federal Reserve on Wednesday pushed up interest rates by a full half-percentage point — a significant...

How the Asian (North) American mom went mainstream in movies

Early on in the Pixar animated fantasy “Turning Red,” 13-year-old Mei Lee is subjected to a ghastly public humiliation when her mother, Ming...

Los Angeles’ Magic Castle tries to move past scandal

Change has come to the Magic Castle after a scandalous stretch — and guests will notice it moments after they enter the storied venue....
Business & Finance

Cryptography pioneer Silvio Micali on where crypto is headed

Some 40 years ago, Silvio Micali and his colleague Shafi Goldwasser wanted to figure out how to play poker together on their phones. They...

Column: Silent majority of Americans who support abortion rights just learned the danger of...

Here we go again.While the planet sizzles and Russia invades Eastern Europe, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to claim hundreds of lives every day...

‘Shahs of Sunset’ star asks $32 million for Lee Iacocca’s Bel-Air mansion

In Bel-Air, the longtime home of late automobile titan Lee Iacocca is on the market for $32 million just two years after it traded...

Miya Cech on ‘Marvelous’ breakout, directing and diversity

After landing her first TV role on “Hawaii Five-O” and a string of roles in other scripted shows, Miya Cech makes her first...

Hiltzik: Business faces change in the abortion landscape

Last year, corporate America remained mostly silent as Texas launched a pitiless attack on abortion rights, a trend that spread rapidly to other red...

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