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Viola Davis joins 'Hunger Games' prequel in 'cruel,' 'fearsome' role

We’re always hungering for more Viola Davis.

The Oscar winner, 57, is joining the “Hunger Games” prequel as the villainous head game-maker Dr. Volumnia Gaul in “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” based on the novel by the original trilogy’s scribe, Suzanne Collins, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Martin Scorsese, Timothee Chalamet movies added to New York Film Festival

NEW YORK — More star power is headed to the New York Film Festival.

A Martin Scorsese-directed documentary about singer-songwriter David Johansen and a movie about cannibalistic lovers headlined by Timothee Chalamet are among the latest additions to the festival’s lineup, organizers announced Tuesday.

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Director Wolfgang Petersen dies of cancer at 81

Director Wolfgang Petersen, known for films including “Air Force One” and “The Perfect Storm,” died Monday from pancreatic cancer at age 81.

The German-born Petersen was nominated for Oscars for best adapted screenplay and best director for 1981′s “Das Boot,” a World War II submarine drama. He made his English debut with “The ...Read more

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Why Florence Pugh and Zach Braff tried to keep their breakup a secret

Zach Braff and Florence Pugh ended their relationship earlier this year, the "Little Women" star has confirmed. And there's a reason we didn't know about it until now.

"We've been trying to do this separation without the world knowing, because it's been a relationship that everybody has an opinion on," Pugh told Harper's Bazaar in an interview ...Read more

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'Beast' star Leah Jeffries, 12, finds her career is on a hot streak

DETROIT — The preteen years may be tough but 12-year-old Leah Jeffries is navigating an even harsher world these days and doing it with confidence: Hollywood.

The Novi native’s career is on a roll with a steady list of credits, from TV shows to now movies. Jeffries, who landed her first role on Fox’s “Empire” when she was 5 and has ...Read more

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Barbie doll maker Mattel sues Rap Snacks over use of 'Barbie-Que' in Nicki Minaj potato chips

A Nicki Minaj-inspired brand of potato chips has hit a legal snag.

Rap Snacks is being sued by Barbie doll manufacturer Mattel over its newly launched “Barbie-Que Honey Truffle” chips.

Mattel Inc. filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court last week, alleging the popular snack brand infringed on its iconic Barbie-stylized trademark with ...Read more

New K-pop festival planned for Rose Bowl in October

LOS ANGELES — SoCal will get a second K-pop mega-festival this October.

KAMP, a new two-day K-pop festival that launched in Singapore in 2019, announced its L.A.-area debut on Tuesday. The fest, slated for Oct. 15 and 16 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, will bring established stars like Monsta X and Kai (of EXO and Super M), a long-awaited L.A. ...Read more

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Chris Pratt insisted on equal pay for 'Jurassic World' co-star Bryce Dallas Howard on spinoff projects

The pay gap between “Jurassic World” franchise stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard was positively prehistoric, but he stepped right into it to insist on pay equity where he could, Howard said in a recent interview.

The gap was bigger than the $2 million difference that had first been reported in 2018, Howard told Insider in a recent ...Read more

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Melissa Etheridge announces solo off-Broadway show

NEW YORK — Melissa Etheridge plans to be “the only one” to rock off-Broadway this fall.

The Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer-songwriter announced that she will take center stage for a theatrical-styled, solo show, titled “Melissa Etheridge Off Broadway: My Window — A Journey Through Life.”

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Facing an 'intense crisis,' Ezra Miller is seeking treatment for mental health issues

"The Flash" and "Fantastic Beasts" star Ezra Miller is seeking treatment for "complex mental health issues" amid mounting legal scandals dogging the actor.

"Having recently gone through a time of intense crisis, I now understand that I am suffering complex mental health issues and have begun ongoing treatment," Miller said Monday in a statement...Read more

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Ariana Grande fans accuse Nickelodeon of sexualizing the singer as a teen

Children's TV network Nickelodeon has come under fire in recent weeks for its alleged mistreatment of Jennette McCurdy, as well as her "Sam & Cat" co-star Ariana Grande.

Following the bombshell release of McCurdy's new memoir, "I'm Glad My Mom Died" — in which the author details the abuse she allegedly suffered while working for Nickelodeon �...Read more

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Anne Heche's ex-boyfriend praises viral post that cast Heche in a compassionate light

James Tupper is pushing back against the idea that his late ex-girlfriend Anne Heche was "crazy" after one of his former co-stars spoke up in Heche's defense.

On Friday, actor Emily Bergl wrote an impassioned Instagram post that went viral for shooting down the rampant assumption that Heche was mentally unstable.

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After Vegas and Paris, Affleck and Lopez will take their wedding party down South

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck aren't done with their wedding festivities just yet.

The newlyweds are reportedly heading South for their next celebration. On Monday, TMZ reported that Bennifer, as the couple is affectionately called, will host an exclusive party with their closest friends and family at Affleck's home in Riceboro, Georgia, this ...Read more

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What to stream: 'Sharp Stick' and the best of Lena Dunham beyond 'Girls'

Writer/director Lena Dunham’s latest film “Sharp Stick,” arrived on digital rental platforms Tuesday after bowing at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and playing in theaters this summer. It’s the first film that Dunham has written and directed since her breakout feature, “Tiny Furniture” catapulted her into the limelight in 2010. She ...Read more

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Movie review: 'Spin Me Round' a Euro trip comedy that fizzles out

Director Jeff Baena reunites his regular repertory players for “Spin Me Round,” another droll ensemble comedy that becomes an opportunity for genre experimentation and a trip to Italy, like his 2017 nunsploitation riff “The Little Hours.” “Spin Me Round” is co-written with his leading lady, Alison Brie, with whom he also wrote the ...Read more

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Adele says delaying her Las Vegas residency 'was the worst moment in my career'

Adele was initially ashamed of her abrupt decision to delay her Las Vegas residency, but now she proudly stands by it.

In January, the "Rolling in the Deep" hit-maker announced that she decided to postpone her residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. In tearful social media posts, she apologized to fans and admitted "my show ain't ready" ...Read more

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Michelle Branch files for divorce from Patrick Carney after arrest, cheating claim

Singer-songwriter Michelle Branch officially filed for divorce from Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney mere days after she accused him of cheating and was arrested for domestic assault.

According to court documents obtained Monday by the Los Angeles Times, Branch filed for divorce on Friday in Davidson County, Tennessee. The musicians have been ...Read more

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On his birthday, Nipsey Hussle gets a true LA honor: a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

LOS ANGELES — On Monday morning, a plane circled above Hollywood Boulevard trailing a banner that wished a happy birthday to Nipsey Hussle.

Below, a huge crowd of fans, artists and family members took over the fabled Los Angeles street to celebrate the late rapper receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on what would have been his 37th...Read more

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Bob Odenkirk opens up about that 'Better Call Saul' finale: 'I'm a little shattered'

Bob Odenkirk has always been keenly aware that "Better Call Saul," the prequel to "Breaking Bad" in which he plays shady attorney-in-the-making Saul Goodman, would end when it merged with that landmark drama.

The day arrived Monday with the series finale, titled "Saul Gone." Odenkirk is wrestling with his emotions as the curtain descends on the...Read more

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Bam Margera talks treatment, 'Jackass Forever' firing and the 'Free Bam' movement with Steve-O

PHILADELPHIA — After a year of substance-abuse treatment, Bam Margera has “never felt better,” the "Jackass" star and West Chester native said in his first interview appearance since starting his most recent journey to sobriety.

Margera recently appeared on an episode of fellow "Jackass" star Steve-O’s podcast, Steve-O’s Wild Ride, ...Read more