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Matt Groening, creator of "The Simpsons" and recent $500,000 donor to UCLA's School of Film, Theater and Television, will be honored Tuesday with star no. 2,459 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Groening's sidewalk homage to celestial gas will be located at 7021 Hollywood Blvd, not far from the star of his famous Springfield family.
The ceremony for the 12-time Emmy Award winner begins at 11:30 a.m. and will be hosted by Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Leron Gubler. Guest speakers Hank Azaria (aka: Moe, Chief Wiggum, many more) and Yeardley Smith (voice of Lisa Simpson) will also be at the event.
Groening moved to Los Angeles in 1977 and began channelling his city stress into Binky, a rabbit cartoon featured in his "Life In Hell" comics. James L. Brooks approached the cartoonist in 1987 about an animated short stint on "The Tracey Ullman Show."
Showbiz trade Variety will be settling its long-running lawsuit against O.C. punk band The Vandals.
The newspaper initially came after the group for their use of lettering on the 2004 "Hollywood Potato Chip" album cover, claiming it resembled their trademarked logo.
The band changed the cover and agreed to pay $50,000 and attorneys' fees if the artwork should ever resurface. In 2010, lawyers for Variety sued the band, claiming they had breached the deal when images appeared on various websites.
Joe Escalante, the Vandals' bassist/lawyer, told the Hollywood Reporter that this "crash course in federal court litigation" was the worst thing "that's ever happened to me, and to the band, and the hardest thing I've ever done."
Escalante claimed the band wasn't behind the website postings and openly spoke out against Variety's lawyers on the band's website:
Artist Whitney Houston performs onstage at the 37th Annual American Music Awards on Nov. 22, 2009 in Los Angeles.
At a press conference Monday morning, police talked about all the things they will not talk about regarding Whitney Houston, and confirmed few details in the investigation of her tragic death.
Beverly Hills Police Department spokesman Lt. Mark Rosen said many rumors were circulating, but that he did not know where they were originating.
At this time, said Rosen, they are not conducting a homicide or criminal investigation, but noted they were not ruling out anything.
He said authorities are proceeding with an active, sealed death investigation, calling it a coroner's case. Said Rosen, "We do not know the cause of death," asserting that the investigation is BHPD procedure based on Houston's age, not her "celebrity or notoriety."
He also confirmed she had been moved by the person or persons who found her, and not by Beverly Hilton hotel security or paramedics.
Dancer and actress Zina Freeley, known professionally as Zina Bethune, was killed in a possible hit-and-run accident early Sunday morning in Griffith Park.
The 66-year-old was struck by two vehicles on Forest Lawn Drive as she stopped to help an animal in distress.
Bethune reportedly parked her Lincoln Town Car on the side of the road and was approaching the animal when she was struck first by an eastbound vehicle, and thrown into the westbound lane where she was struck again, and dragged more than 600 ft. underneath the second car.
Authorities are searching for a vehicle that may have fled the scene.
A number of news outlets are reporting the accident as a hit-and-run, however the L.A. Times is saying that may not be the case according to Sgt. Jeffrey Siggers of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Traffic Division.
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Accumulated snow sits on trucks stranded because Interstate 5, the main route between Los Angeles, to the south, and Sacramento and San Francisco, remains closed due to snow on Jan. 24, 2008, in Frazier Park, California. The National Weather Service says to expect winter conditions near the Grapevine this week.
High temperatures in the valleys will be mostly in the low 60s as the first of this week’s two storms passes through. Bonnie Bartling of the National Weather Service said L.A. will receive small amounts of rain Monday and Wednesday.
“Any rain amounts could be anything from zero to a trace, maybe a quarter inch, unless in the interior areas we got a thunderstorm, might get a little more than a quarter inch,” she said.
But driving in the region north of L.A., including the Grapevine, could be a problem due to wind and approaching snow.
“Snow levels could get down to 3,000 feet at times, also the foothills in the Antelope Valley in Soledad Pass, so I would definitely be in tune for winter weather conditions. And then we’ll have some gusty winds so probably seem rather chilly,” she said.
Bartling is predicting another storm Wednesday, but skies should clear by the end of the week.