Jay Penske is the 39-year-old son of auto racing billionaire Roger Penske, and his wife Elaine is a supermodel. Last year, they bought an abandoned church in Venice. They made plans to turn it into a private mansion, which has caused a big fight that’s inflamed racial tensions and divided the neighborhood.
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USC's AI interface, Ellie.
Credit: USC Institute for Creative Technologies.
Gale Lucas, Institute for Creative Technologies
In the #MeToo era, actors shooting nude and sex scenes come with very specific legal protections. But that doesn’t stop actors from feeling vulnerable -- particularly women -- on a big set of mostly male onlookers. It doesn’t always stop the producers and directors from trying to exploit that power once filming has started.
Tatiana Siegel, Hollywood Reporter
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