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Now Open: Chris O’Donnell’s Second Pizzana Spot

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Chris O'Donnell on His Restaurant Pizzana, Now Open in West Hollywood

Lesley Balla from the Hollywood Reporter sits down with the minds behind the extremely popular Pizzana to talk about their Michelin star rating, their new WeHo location and more.

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Anyone not willing to jump the 405 for a cacio e pepe pizza at Brentwood’s always-buzzing Pizzana is in luck: a second location of the pizzeria, owned by Sprinkles Cupcakes founders Candace and Charles Nelson and actor Chris O’Donnell and wife Caroline, recently opened in the heart of West Hollywood.

Since Pizzana first opened in 2017, chef Daniele Uditi’s perfect pies have garnered a near cult following (including Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Katie Lee, Steve Carrell and Usher) and a new Bib Gourmand designation from the Michelin Guide. Located in the former Ed’s Coffee Shop on Robertson Boulevard, with only 40 seats, there’s a good chance demand will be high at the new outpost, too.

What’s new: a few menu items, including smoked salmon-topped pizza (Uditi’s ode to Wolfgang Puck and Spago) and New York-style thin crust slices available to go only after 10 p.m. The place stays open until midnight most nights, too. And the covered patio alongside the building has already become a neighborhood favorite for quick lunches.

The Hollywood Reporter sat down with O’Donnell and Nelson to talk about the confluence of Hollywood and the food world, Michelin stars, cupcake wars and eating pizza until you sweat.

What do you think about what’s happening in Los Angeles in terms of food, dining and restaurants?

Nelson: It’s the most exciting time for food in L.A. The diversity of cuisines, the chefs coming here to open restaurants. That Michelin decided to come back to California. It’s just exploding, and we’re so happy to be a part of it.

O’Donnell: Traffic is so brutal, it’s amazing to me that people go to such great lengths to get to so many restaurants. I mean, it’s work. So there are a lot of places I haven’t been yet because it will take so long to get there. But when we do, we’re always happy to do it for a world-class meal. It’s better than having to get on a plane.

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Jay Leno Mocks Jussie Smollett and Lori Loughlin on ‘Real Time’ with Bill Maher

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Jay Leno Mocks Jussie Smollett and Lori Loughlin on 'Real Time' with Bill Maher

LOS ANGELES (TMZ) — Bill Maher is just the best, even from home!!! He had Jay Leno on Friday night on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” who took aim at Jussie Smollett and Lori Loughlin, and it was hilarious.

Bill asked Jay how the rich folks are faring in Bev Hills, and Jay was quick to answer. We’d tell you what was said, but the video is way funnier.

And Jay has an update on Olivia Jade, who could soon be donning a white smock … for humanity, of course. It’s really funny.

Speaking of Bill Maher, he’s doing his show from home, but it’s produced way better than most other shows. The locations are cool, and he intercuts shots of old TV audiences applauding his jokes. It’s hysterical.

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Mister Rogers Told Co-Star Don’t Come Out as Gay, and Marry a Woman

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Mister Rogers Told Co-Star Don't Come Out as Gay, and Marry a Woman

(TMZ) — “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” was no place for gay people … so says one of the stars.

Francois Clemmons, who played Officer Clemmons from 1968 – 1995, says in his new memoir, Fred Rogers got wind of the fact Clemmons was gay, pulled him aside and said, “Franc, you have talents and gifts that set you apart and above the crowd. Someone has informed us that you were seen at the local gay bar downtown. Now, I want you to know, Franc, that if you’re gay, it doesn’t matter to me at all.”

And, then the other shoe dropped … “Whatever you say and do is fine with me, but if you’re going to be on the show as an important member of the ‘Neighborhood,’ you can’t be out as gay.”

Clemmons told People Rogers told him secrecy was the only way … “You must do this Francois … because it threatens my dream,” adding, “I was destroyed. The man who was killing me had also saved me. He was my executioner and deliverer. But, at the same time, I knew that he would know how to comfort me.”

According to Clemmons, whose memoir is titled, “Officer Clemmons,” Rogers also told him the audience didn’t care who he was sleeping with … “especially if it’s a man.”

And, there’s more … according to Clemmons, Rogers urged him to marry a woman, and he obliged. Clemmons married La-Tanya Mae Sheridan. They divorced in 1974 and later Clemmons came out.

He says he forgives the legendary TV host … “Lord have mercy, yes. I forgive him. More than that, I understand. I relied on the fact that this was his dream. He had worked so hard for it. I knew Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was his whole life.”

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Residents of Whitley Ave Hold Dance Party From Windows, Balconies

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Residents of Hollywood apartment complex hold dance party from their windows, balconies

HOLLYWOOD (KABC) — Dancing is just one of the ways people are turning their self-isolation at home into opportunities to feel connected to those around them.

On Friday, residents of a Hollywood apartment complex on Whitley Avenue danced it out on their balconies as a DJ blasted some music for them. They’ve started the weekly singalong and dance fest featuring DJ Shammy Dee who plays from the rooftop of his apartment building.

Participants says the goal is to lift spirits and create a community bonding […]

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