After producer Brett Ratner and host Eddie Murphy jump ship and Brian Grazer comes to the rescue as the new producer, veteran MC Billy Crystal gets on board to host the 2012 Oscars for his ninth time. [TMZ]
Authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a man near the Occupy Oakland encampment, no arrests, suspect information, and very few details have emerged despite all the surrounding Occupy activity and numerous news crews setting up for filming. [LATimes]
New changes to an L.A. ordinance expected to be signed by Mayor Villaraigosa would fine owners of dogs who bark incessantly up to $1000. [KABC]
Former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley, whose father moved the franchise from Brooklyn to L.A., claims to be working on forming an ownership group to take back the team and Dodger Stadium in an auction. [LATimes]
Today I check in on what happened at Occupy Oakland last night (teargas?! really!?), I watch Obama on Jay Leno, and I read about Bloomberg's super busy week. Plus, I learn how to raise a genius and find that French snobbery is in full effect this fall.
Paz de la Huerta strikes again! This time she caused a scene at an after party for Tower Heist when she accidentally (?) spilled a drink all over her friend who proceeded to have a meltdown and was so "inconsolable" over the tragedy that the waitstaff had to escort them out with bottles of water. Going to go out on a limb here and say alcohol was a key factor. [Post]
Things are getting really ugly (i.e. teargas, rubber bullets) between relentless Occupy Oakland protesters and police removing them from encampments outside City Hall. [LATimes]