Letter from the Editor

Some say that Southern California has no seasons, but that's not quite true. Yes, we're fortunate to have one of the world's best climates occasionally interspersed with rain, fire and the dreaded Santa Anas. We also have awards season. That zany time when all is celebrity and industry buzz. It's a heady, fun time when a little of the glitter rubs off on us plain folks.

In this issue, James Bartlett takes us backstage for a look at the first group to give out awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

More celebrity and Hollywood history are coming our way with the much-anticipated Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Originally planned for Hollywood, its nearby home adjacent to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is a perfect site. It will be opening in a little more than a year--a long awaited dream come true.

While you're browsing through this issue, be sure to read Lee Purcell's moving piece on why she loves Hollywood. She brings to it all that this place means to countless hopefuls who take the leap to come here. As we watch the many awards shows, we will hear stories such as this over and over.

Speaking of dreams coming true, Rachel Flanagan reports that with Netflix, Viacom and Fender Guitars establishing bastions in Hollywood, everything old can be new again. With the newly restored Columbia Square campus and Netflix occupying Hudson Pacific's spectacular new building as well as its historic Warner Bros. property at its Sunset Gower Studios location. Built on the shoulders of the Golden Era, there's no doubt Hollywood is back, bigger and better than ever.

And, if it's just to treat your love of vintage Hollywood (think Don the Beachcomber meets Casablanca), mixed with a new vibe, do yourself a favor and drop by LONO literally steps off the Walk of Fame near Cherokee for a fresh start to the New Year. It's a hidden gem. Shhhh... It won't be a secret for long.

It's a time to celebrate and make resolutions and a time to recall that in Hollywood dreams do come true. The envelope please. Happy New Year.

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