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South Los Angeles Community Group Loses Bid For Crenshaw Mall

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Shoppers exit the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA.

COVID-19 AMA: Variant Transmissibility, LAUSD To Require Weekly Testing, and More

Covid Update (7/30/21)

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Kimberly Shriner, Director of Infectious Disease and Prevention at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena.

Topics today include:

  • CDC warns that Delta variant as transmissible as chicken pox
  • Just vaccinating isn’t going to stop the transmission of Covid variants
  • Will boosters be necessary? Some area already getting them, albeit under the radar
  • All employees and students at LAUSD will have to be tested for Covid weekly

Why Scarlett Johansson Is Suing Disney Over The Streaming Release Of ‘Black Widow’

ScarJo Lawsuit (7/30/21)

Scarlett Johansson is suing the Walt Disney Co. over its streaming release of “Black Widow,” which she said breached her contract and deprived her of potential earnings.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the “Black Widow” star and executive producer said her contract guaranteed an exclusive theatrical release. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news of the lawsuit. Johansson’s potential earnings were tied to the box office performance of the film, which the company released simultaneously in theaters and on its streaming service Disney+ for a $30 rental. “In the months leading up to this lawsuit, Ms. Johansson gave Disney and Marvel every opportunity to right their wrong and make good on Marvel’s promise,” the lawsuit said. “Disney intentionally induced Marvel’s breach of the Agreement, without justification, in order to prevent Ms. Johansson from realizing the full benefit of her bargain with Marvel.” Disney said the lawsuit has “no merit whatsoever.” Today on AirTalk, Larry discusses with KPCC's John Horn about the significance of this lawsuit.

With files from the Associated Press

South Los Angeles Community Group Loses Bid For Crenshaw Mall

Crenshaw Mall (7/30/21)

Downtown Crenshaw Rising (DCR), a community group formed by South LA residents concerned with gentrification in the area, say their $115 million offer for the Crenshaw Mall property was passed over in favor of a bid from Harridge Development Group.
DCR had wanted to include affordable housing, a park, daycare facilities, recording studio and an entertainment production district with theater, as well as a hotel, restaurants and office spaces. The Harridge development, backed by Russian-American billionaire Leonard Blavatnik, will likely include a hotel, office spaces and restaurants.
Today on AirTalk, we hear more about the significance of the Crenshaw Mall as a center of community and commerce for the local African-American community. We’re joined by Aziza Schuler, a journalist at Spectrum News who has been covering this story, as well as Damien Goodmon, a founding member of Downtown Crenshaw Rising, the South LA community group that entered a bid to buy the Crenshaw Mall. How do you feel about the sale, and what is the significance of the mall to you? Give us a call at 866-893-5722.

FilmWeek: ‘Jungle Cruise,’ ‘Stillwater,’ ‘The Green Knight’ And More

FilmWeek Reviews (7/30/21)

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Amy Nicholson and Peter Rainer review this weekend’s new movie releases.

DURING COVID: Our FilmWeek critics have been curating personal lists of their favorite TV shows and movies to binge-watch during self-quarantine. You can see recommendations from each of the critics and where you can watch them here.

Director Tom McCarthy On Moral Ambiguity And Reassessing The Cinematic American Hero In ‘Stillwater’

Stillwater Interview (7/30/21)

KPCC’s John Horn talks with Director Tom McCarthy about his new drama “Stillwater,” which stars Matt Damon and Abigail Breslin.

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