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Why Tech Startups Are Exiting Venice Beach

21 October 2014 9:33 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the Nov. 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. When Omaze founders Matt Pohlson and Ryan Cummins began looking for new office space in the spring for their fast-growing online charity fundraising platform, they were determined to stay in Venice. But an eight-month search turned up few viable options, and the company had reached near-critical mass with 30 employees packed into an 1,100-square-foot live/work loft, part of a Frank Gehry/Brian Murphy-designed compound formerly owned by Dennis Hopper. Now they are nearing a deal to move Omaze five miles

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- Natalie Jarvey, Jacquelyn Ryan

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J.J. Abrams Reveals X-Wing Fighter In Star Wars: Episode VII Set Video

21 July 2014 8:04 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

As the Star Wars franchise’s Force for Change campaign continues, Star Wars: Episode VII director J.J. Abrams has seen fit to release a video promoting the campaign and offering new opportunities to supporters – while hanging out by one of the X-Wing fighters we’re sure to see in the 2015 blockbuster. It’s a fun and exciting tease for the heavily guarded sequel, which may or may not have had plot details leaked out recently.

The official Twitter account for the Star Wars franchise did confirm that the rather dirty and beaten-up fighter in the video is an X-Wing, not a Z-95 as some assumed:

@CDCanimation It is in fact an Episode VII X-wing, not a Z-95.

Star Wars (@starwars) July 21, 2014

It’s exciting to see Abrams break away from his typical vow of secrecy just a little bit for such a great cause. The Force for Change campaign has »

- Isaac Feldberg

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