Ronan Farrow, The Hollywood Prince Who Torched The Castle

Ronan Farrow is dressed in a black tuxedo jacket and blue silk pajama bottoms. Showing a bit of stubble, his blond hair mussed, he's holding court at the bar at Mama Lion, a sleek supper club in L.A.'s Koreatown. It's a Saturday in early December, and Farrow is among the guests of honor at a joint birthday party with his friends Shannon Woodward — the Westworld actress and Katy Perry pal — and Juliet Liu, a fellow Yale alum and the executive assistant to Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley.

The theme is "black tie and pajamas." Farrow, who lives in New York, won't turn 30 for a few days, but he's in L.A. running down sources for his next New Yorker piece. (He won't reveal the topic.) And the trip — during which he stayed with Jon Lovett, the former Obama speechwriter and comedic co-host of the popular political podcast Pod Save America — allowed him to "have a small thing with close friends — a rare glimmer of a social life," he says.

Just a few miles away, on the other side of the Santa Monica Freeway, a far less intimate event is unfolding: Disney's world premiere for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Held at the 6,300-seat Shrine Auditorium, it is the quintessential budget-busting Hollywood spectacle that for decades has served to lard on this town's veneer of glamour and prosperity. The irony is more than topographical. It was Farrow — the golden-haired progeny of Hollywood royals Woody Allen and Mia Farrow — who took a journalistic sledgehammer to this industry's meticulously tended facade when he (along with reporters from The New York Times) revealed decades of sexual predation by now-disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein. His Oct. 10 exposé for The New Yorker upended the town's historic casting-couch culture and spurred a wave of disclosures that have toppled powerful men in Hollywood, the media and politics.

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