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Jennette McCurdy; Credit: Photo by Ryan Orange

Jennette McCurdy: Sam and Cat Star Isn't a Nick Kid Anymore

One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2014 issue. Check out our entire People 2014 issue. On a recent afternoon, between read-throughs at a Nickelodeon studio in Hollywood, Jennette McCurdy balances two worlds. The first: Her role on the kiddie sitcom Sam and Cat - she plays Sam......
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Another Honey Oil Lab Blows Up – This One, in Malibu

Proving that trying to extract high concentrations of THC from marijuana plants can be just as destructive as tweakers running meth labs, a man in Malibu blew up a rental home this week. The house at 1170 Encinal Canyon Road was no shack - it sat on 34 acres and......
Trejos Tacos artist's rendering; Credit: Courtesy of Spacecraft

How I Got Slimed by Nickelodeon

If you're Sandra Bullock, say, or Victoria Justice getting slimed at the Kids Choice Awards, you might be wearing an evening gown. But the rest of us mortals get a bodysuit - a plastic bodysuit. The slime technician explains the rules: "When it hits you, do not stand up. Do not......
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"Stop Telling Women to Smile" Invades L.A., Educates Cat Callers

Near the corner of Fifth and Main Street in downtown Los Angeles, a hip-hop videographer stands amid the Art Walk crowd Thursday and contemplates a dozen black-and-white sketches of women. Outraged women.  The messages below their faces intrigue him. "Women do not owe you their time or conversation." "Critiques on my body......
Brody Ryan; Credit: Ryan Orange

The #StarbucksDrakeHands Guy Speaks

Brody Ryan unzips his black Hugo Boss dress pants, musses his overgrown mohawk and swigs from a half-empty Champagne bottle. He sprawls shirtless on his living room couch and asks the makeshift camera crew, "Do I look messed up enough?" On this Saturday afternoon, the 30-year-old rapper (and graphic designer......