L.A. Preps for Carmageddon, Backlash to Netflix’s Price Hike, and the Death of a TV Legend

Adriana Diaz

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Carmageddon is nearly upon us (cue scary music). The 53-hour shutdown of L.A.'s heavily trafficked 405 freeway, in order to demolish an overpass bridge, starts Friday. To help prepare the city, L.A. police asked celebs like Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, and Kim Kardashian to tweet to their millions of followers to avoid the 405. Local media pitched in, too, by creating @BeatCarmageddon on Twitter and partnering with Waze, an app that provides real-time traffic updates from drivers on the road. Businesses along the 405 are trying to lure people out of hiding by offering Carmageddon-themed deals like the California Wine Expo's 40.5 percent discount (get it, 405?) on bar tabs this weekend. Some L.A. residents have joked that this weekend's Carmageddon isn't due to roadwork, as many believe. Billboards around the city that read "IT ALL ENDS 7.15" may point to the real cause -- the U.S. release of Harry Potter this Friday. One thing's for sure: Harry Potter fans in the City of Angels probably wish they could "apparate" to movie theaters (instead of driving) for this weekend's opening.

When Netflix announced a 60 percent price hike for its DVD and streaming service yesterday, a tidal wave of backlash flooded social media. Netflix's Facebook post about the news has already received more than 28,000 comments (most of them angry) in less than a day. The number of Facebook responses may be even higher as some claim Netflix deleted as many as 500 comments yesterday. Anti-Netflix groups have already sprouted on Facebook and gained thousands of members overnight. "Dear Netflix" is trending on Twitter because hundreds of "Dear John" style tweets are being sent from Netflix users about their impending breakup with the movie company. Here's my favorite: "Dear Netflix ...i'm breaking up with you. it's over. it's not me, it's you."

Sherwood Schwartz, the mastermind behind "Gilligan's Island" and "The Brady Bunch," two of the most successful sitcoms in TV history, died yesterday at 94 years of age. Fans have come out in droves on Twitter and Facebook to thank the man who had shaped so many of their childhood memories. On Twitter, "Saturday Night Live" head writer Seth Myers wrote, "RIP Sherwood Schwartz. If it wasn't for him, I would have spent a lot more time outside as a kid." Florence Henderson, who played Carol on "The Brady Bunch" tweeted, "Sherwood had a wonderful family who loved and respected him. I know his BB family felt the same way. He will be greatly missed."

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