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Essential California By the end of 2023, at least 65 notable restaurants had shut down in L.A. What does this mean for a city that wouldn't be complete without its robust restaurant scene?  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  May 23, 2024   View in browser By Defne Karabatur Good morning. It's Thursday, May 23 . Here's what you need to know to start your day. The L.A. restaurant industry is facing another harsh year as new legislation, inflation, higher wages and pandemic fallout are creating obstacles. EVs and hybrids are twice as likely to hit pedestrians as gas cars. 24 superb things to do around L.A. to kick off the summer of 2024. And here'

'White Men Can't Jump' director on 'the real L.A.'

Director Charles "Calmatic" Kidd II discusses the unique challenges of directing a reboot, how he modernized "White Men Can't Jump" and why the film is a love letter to his hometown.
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How a hometown director made 'White Men Can't Jump' a 'love letter' to 'the real L.A.' Click to view images

Calmatic has directed memorable music videos for Kendrick Lamar and Lil Nas X. This year, he made his film debut with "House Party" and "White Men Can't Jump."

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SAG-AFTRA seeks strike authorization even before talks with studios begin Click to view images

The move increases pressure on the major studios, which are in the midst of a standoff with Hollywood writers, who went on strike May 2.

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Review: Louis Leterrier and Jason Momoa add thrills to 'Fast X,' but series may be out of gas Click to view images

Though the 10th film delivers the usual "Fast & Furious" chases and crashes that fans want, series stalwarts such as Vin Diesel, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges and Sung Kang are left to drift.

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LACMA has transitioned to a de facto contemporary art museum. But not a very good one Click to view images

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art launched more than 60 years ago as an encyclopedic place to collect and explore global art history from the last 3,000 years. Now, history has largely been abandoned.

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Column: One of TV's most acclaimed shows took seven years off. It was planned all along Click to view images

"Happy Valley" creator Sally Wainwright and grown-up child star Rhys Connah explain the purposefully long wait for the series' third and final season.

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'I don't have much use for Hollywood': Johnny Depp slams industry that 'boycotted' him Click to view images

At the presser for Cannes opener "Jeanne du Barry," Depp had choice words for Hollywood, the press and his "tower of mashed potato" critics.

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Cleared of 'Rust' charges, Alec Baldwin joins film about 1970 Kent State shootings Click to view images

A month after being cleared of criminal charges in the "Rust" tragedy, Alec Baldwin has joined the cast of a movie about the Kent State shootings.

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