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Hadley Meares


Hadley Meares is a Los Angeles-based reporter focusing on culture, history and real estate. She is a frequent contributor to The Hollywood Reporter, Vanity Fair, LAist and Atlas Obscura. She graduated from Hollins University with a degree in Art and Film History.

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Cancellations Mount as the Fashion Industry Reacts to Global Conflict

Fall is traditionally the fashion world’s busiest season, but the devastating Israel-Hamas War has changed all that, with a slew of beauty and fashion events being canceled for the upcoming weeks. However, some insiders feel that the industry’s muted response has been a result of companies valuing profits in the increasingly important Middle Eastern market […]

Inside the New $38M L.A. Mansion Inspired by ‘Thunderball’ and ‘Ex Machina’

The spirit of James Bond has found an L.A. home. Perched above the Sunset Strip in Hollywood Hills West, The Californication House (previously known as Stanley 2) is the latest spec mansion developed, designed and curated by the team of Jason Somers and Branden and Rayni Williams, founders of Disco Volante. This lush modern mid-century […]

Inside The Hollywood Reporter’s Power Broker Awards Hosted by Mauricio Umansky

“You’ve transformed a room full of enemies into a room full of friends,” Aaron Kirman, of AKG | Christie’s International, quipped. He was surveying the scene at The Hollywood Reporter’s third annual L.A. Power Broker Awards, presented by The Society Group and hosted by The Agency’s Mauricio Umansky. This fairy-tale feeling of camaraderie hung in […]

The 35 Go-To L.A. Real Estate Brokers for Beyoncé, J. Lo and Other Hollywood Heavyweights

“We had a 13-year run of a robust market and are experiencing a necessary cycle change,” says Rayni Williams of The Beverly Hills Estates, reflecting on the 36 percent drop in luxury home sales that hit L.A. in the second quarter. Meanwhile, the median price of a home in Los Angeles hovered at $963,000, down 1 percent […]

Why Mark Wahlberg and the ‘CSI’ Creator Are Buying Into Vegas’ Luxury Real Estate Boom

“We are thankful for the Californians because you are helping our market,” says real estate agent Trish Nash, of Douglas Elliman. “What started all this was COVID. We started to see people make lifestyle changes and really take a look at what their living situation was. And we started to see this influx of buyers […]

Meet the Nepo Babies Who Are Buying $3 Million L.A. “Starter Homes”

Early homeownership long has been part of the American dream. But in Los Angeles, Hollywood nepo babies are often buying more than a modest one-story ranch. “Think of them as a starter home,” says Paul Lester, a partner at The Agency. “But a starter home in some other community somewhere in the States is a […]

Hollywood Therapists See Mental Health Effects of Dual Strikes

Anxiety. Anger. Frustration. As the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes roll on, folks in Hollywood are feeling it all. “The strikes are hard on everyone,” writer and producer Joe Henderson tells THR. “It’s a weird time because there’s a mix of feeling empowered to fight for what we deserve and believe in — and feeling powerless […]

Rosario Dawson Launches Rio Dawn Foundation (Exclusive)

As a child living in an abandoned tenement in New York’s East Village, Rosario Dawson saw goodness in the midst of extreme poverty. “People are really compassionate and really loving and really giving and show up,” she says. “I grew up with poor people helping poor people.” Throughout Dawson’s Hollywood career, she has melded this […]

The Mansion Tax Effect: Luxury Home Sales Stall in Los Angeles

In early 2023, L.A.’s luxury real estate market experienced a boom as deals were closed before the April 1 implementation of Los Angeles’ Measure ULA, known as the “mansion tax.” In the first quarter, the number of $5 million-plus homes sold increased by 35 percent, with Brentwood, Pacific Palisades and Hancock Park proving particularly active. Before the tax […]

Living (and Working) in Hostile States Like Florida and Tennessee While LGBTQ

On April 25, native Floridian Berry Ayers, aka Beneva Fruitville, joined with hundreds of her fellow drag performers for a Drag Queen’s March in Tallahassee, Florida. They were there to protest a plethora of hateful legislation targeting drag shows, trans-affirming medical care and bathroom usage. “It was just a show of resistance versus more trying […]

Birding Is Hollywood’s New Form of Meditation

“I was at the premiere of The Little Mermaid a couple of weeks back,” says Kean Almryde, a marketing manager at Disney. “Scuttle, the bird in the cartoon version, was a seagull. In the new movie, it’s a northern gannet. I’m like, ‘What’s that about?’ So I did a little bit of research. I made […]

Inside Day Two of the EMA Impact Summit with Lance Bass, Environmental Justice Advocate Mustafa Santiago Ali and More

Solution-based thinking was the name of the game on the second day of the annual Environmental Media Association Impact Summit, which featured sessions filled with searing insights and new ideas in the battle against climate change and environmental inequity. First up was The Hollywood Reporter’s deputy editor Degen Pener, in conversation with Mustafa Santiago Ali, […]