President Trump claimed on Twitter this morning that “many lawyers” want to represent him in the Russia case, and Twitter reacted with, well, a heavy dose of skepticism. I talk all day to top lawyers and law firms. What I have heard does not comport with the President’s tweet https://t.co/KTgjzyQ8zl — Alison Frankel (@AlisonFrankel) March 25, 2018 Dear @realDonaldTrump – to ensure accurate reporting, will you please share the names of these top lawyers/law firms wishing to represent you? Wachtell? Cravath? Gibson Dunn? Kirkland Ellis? Latham? Happy to make any correction needed. https://t.co/XIw7QEGGuK — Stephanie Ruhle (@SRuhle) March 25, 2018 If many lawyers want to represent Trump, then why did John Dowd just leave the case and why did Ted Olson, who was reportedly contacted about joining Trump’s legal team, decline the offer? pic.twitter.com/OFssakxFS2 — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 25, 2018 Mr President- lawyer … [Read more...] about Twitter Goes Off After Trump Claims ‘Many Lawyers’ Want to Represent Him: ‘Please Share the Names’
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It's a boom time for real estate brokers. Next to developers, no other industry has benefited more directly from Southern California's red-hot market. And for Los Angeles' top firms, the past 12 months have been a head-spinning time of record-breaking profits. In fact, pick nearly any well-known Hollywood-serving brokerage and you'll find the trappings of explosive growth, whether that's an expansion into new markets (The Agency taking on Malibu), a newly opened state-of-the-art headquarters (Hilton & Hyland's on Canon Drive) or a $1.8 billion evaluation (Compass).Not only are the top-performing agents becoming extremely wealthy, but a select few have become entertainment fixtures in their own right (Bravo's Million Dollar Listing, which stars Rodeo Realty's Josh Flagg and Douglas Elliman's Tracy Tutor Maltas, among others, just entered its 10th season). Adding to the backslapping cheer is the fact that less than a decade ago, many observers were predicting — some quite … [Read more...] about L.A. Real Estate: How to Spot a Shady Broker
Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were murdered. On February 11, 1997, a jury in a civil trial determined that O.J. Simpson was liable for their deaths, and that he must pay $33.5 million, which has reportedly more than doubled with interest since then. So why is it that Simpson’s lawyer, Malcolm LaVergne, continues to antagonize Goldman’s family, more than 20 years later.Earlier this month, the Goldmans’ attorney, David Cook, took legal action after Simpson was reported to have held a secret autograph session to make some money. The former football star’s earnings are supposed to be subject to seizure to pay off the massive judgment to the victims’ families, so when it appeared that he was trying to collect cash without reporting it, Cook sought a hearing to compel Simpson to reveal his assets and pay up. Somehow, though, the Goldmans are the bad guys, according to LaVergne.Cook’s actions prompted LaVergne to go on a tweet … [Read more...] about Why Does O.J. Simpson’s Lawyer Continue to Bash Goldmans on Twitter?
This story first appeared in the Jan. 18 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.In L.A., it's not just about belonging to the right gym but getting a prime spot in the most popular classes. "You are literally standing by when the classes come online," says Priscilla Cohen, exec producer at Jesse Dylan's Wondros production company, of the scramble to reserve a coveted machine at her favorite Pilates spot, Studio MDR (see below).The Hollywood Reporter polled a cross-section of the entertainment industry's fittest folk to find out which trainers are in demand these days. Turns out the teachers of the moment aren't yoga gurus but tough-love instructors of CrossFit (the trendy high-intensity mix of cardio, lifting and calisthenics), spinning, Pilates/barre and (yes, still) boot camp. STORY: 3 Industry Veterans Who Moonlight As Trainers Bootcamp Barry's Bootcamp: The West Hollywood group training program is an L.A. fitness standby, but … [Read more...] about THR’s Ultimate Fitness Guide: How to Get Healthy, The Hollywood Way
If you’re like most young-ish filmmakers, you grew up and matured in an open source world of Napster, YouTube and BitTorrent. Whether it was making mixtapes for your college girlfriend, or ripping CDs and DVDs with your film school pals, “appropriating media” might have been a way of life for you to consume and share your favorite songs, films and TV. You scoffed at FBI warnings on VHS tapes and mocked MPAA PSAs. You’ve mashed up, mixed up and just plain stolen your way through the early 21st century with nary a tinge of regret. Hell, we’re living in an open source world, man, and this is just one way to stick it to The Man!Until you started making movies yourself. And tried to sell them. Guess what, mister and miss? You are The Man now!For indie filmmakers, dealing with the world of piracy is a bit more complicated than it is for the big corporate studios. For a studio dealing with a torrented blockbuster on opening weekend, they know piracy is bad, and … [Read more...] about Stealing Thunder: How to Fight Piracy While Remaining Cool