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Why 'Dear Evan Hansen' is a sibling to Stephen Chbosky's 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower'

It doesn't take more than a glance to come up with a few obvious connections between "Dear Evan Hansen" and "The Perks of Being a Wallflower." Both are high school dramas about troubled teens trying to overcome social anxiety so they can make friends and find love. They also both began in one medium — a musical and a novel, respectively — ...Read more

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Model Linda Evangelista 'brutally disfigured' by fat-freezing procedure, she says

Linda Evangelista, whose face graced the covers of countless fashion magazines in the 1990s, said Wednesday that she had taken “a big step towards righting a wrong that I have suffered and have kept to myself for over five years.”

The supermodel says she’s a victim of a cosmetic procedure gone wrong, and she has filed a lawsuit.

“To my...Read more

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The founder gets a starring role in his own Irish American film festival this weekend

CHICAGO — When Mike Houlihan, that local whirlwind of creative energy as writer, actor and radio host, started the first Irish American film festival years ago, he did so in part to find a home for his own movie, a charming and humorous documentary that followed Houlihan and some members of his family as they traveled to Ireland to explore the...Read more


Netflix is somehow making a 'Tiger King 2′

Netflix is going back into the lion’s den.

After “Tiger King” captured the nation’s attention for a few weeks at the beginning of the pandemic, the streaming service is trying to reignite those conversations with “Tiger King 2.”

The hit “will return to Netflix for more madness and mayhem” sometime this year, the streaming ...Read more

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'The Wire' creator David Simon pulls upcoming HBO series out of Texas over abortion law

David Simon won’t force his cast and crew to step foot in Texas after the passage of a new law that “requires them to forgo civil liberties.”

The “Wire” creator has pulled an upcoming HBO series out of the state due to the new abortion law that makes procedures illegal after six weeks of pregnancy, before most women know they’re ...Read more

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30 years later, in search of the real impact of Nirvana's 'Nevermind'

Eric Martin insists he didn't hate Nirvana — even though he knew at the time he was supposed to.

As frontman of the Los Angeles hair-metal band Mr. Big, Martin had been fed a story that Nirvana's overnight success in the early 1990s came at the expense of the peacocking leather-and-denim types who'd dominated rock just a few years before.

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Andy Cohen to publish 'definitive' oral history book revealing inside story of 'The Real Housewives' franchise on Oct. 19

Believe it or not, there’s a lot more “Real Housewives” drama that is seen on television.

And now there’s a book about it.

On Wednesday, Andy Cohen Books, an imprint of Henry Holt, announced it will publish “Not All Diamonds and Rose: The Inside Story of The Real Housewives From the People Who Lived It,” written by entertainment ...Read more

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Television Q&A: What happened to CBS morning show co-host?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Where is Anthony Mason on the CBS morning show? Was he let go? What can we do to get him back?

A: A couple of weeks ago, CBS unveiled a “reimagined” weekday program, calling it “CBS Mornings” and having Gayle King, Tony Dokoupil and new addition Nate Burleson as the hosts. In that shuffle, ...Read more

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'A magic world': An oral history of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik'

LOS ANGELES — When the Red Hot Chili Peppers moved into a haunted Hollywood mansion in the spring of 1991 to make the album that would become known as “Blood Sugar Sex Magik,” the band, and pop music, was at a crossroads.

A young singer named Mariah Carey was ruling the album charts with her self-titled debut. Progressive metal band ...Read more

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Eddie Murphy signs 3-film deal with Amazon after 'Coming 2 America' success

He’ll be laughing all the way to the bank.

Eddie Murphy has signed a three-film deal with Amazon Studios, which will also give Amazon first-look rights to any original projects developed by Murphy.

The 60-year-old actor first teamed up with the tech giant for “Coming 2 America,” and the partnership clearly worked for both parties.

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Mexican TV personality known for her proposal to Tom Brady on the run after allegedly embezzling billions of pesos

A famous Mexican TV host is on the run from authorities in the country for allegedly embezzling nearly 3 billion pesos from Mexico’s Ministry of the Interior.

Ines Gomez Mont along with her lawyer husband Víctor Manuel Alvarez Puga embezzled the nearly $146 million from the Mexican government between 2016 and 2017, according to local media. ...Read more

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How Netflix's top secret Britney Spears documentary hopes to get her story right

Project Red.

For months, that's the code name Britney Spears fans have used to refer to a secretive documentary on the pop star believed to be in the works at Netflix. The rumor began after the performer began making vague Instagram references using the phrase, often posting red-themed images of colored clothing or flowers. Red, of course, ...Read more

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Director amps up gore and pace of George Romero classic in 'Night of the Animated Dead'

If you thought the original "Night of the Living Dead" was too slow and not gory enough, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has a movie for you.

"Night of the Animated Dead" is an almost shot-for-shot cartoon remake of George Romero's 1968 zombie classic that was released Tuesday via digital and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 5. It's a ...Read more

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AEW continues to soar with its island of 'misfit' wrestlers, including new stars Adam Cole and Ruby Soho

A few days after his WWE contract expired, Adam Cole was lying in bed at 1 a.m., trying to figure out what to do next.

The 32-year-old wrestler had two options: stay with World Wrestling Entertainment, where he’d spent the past four years as the longest-reigning NXT champion, or jump to All Elite Wrestling, an upstart promotion started by ...Read more

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Patricia Cardoso's 'Real Women Have Curves' was landmark Latina cinema, but Hollywood shut her out. Until now

LOS ANGELES — Patricia Cardoso's eyes brim with tears, and she says she might cry. Tucked inside a Zoom box against the backdrop of a white-walled office, she knits her brow, bites her lip and takes a deep breath before continuing with her story.

"I knew that movie was extraordinary," she says of her groundbreaking 2002 film, "Real Women Have...Read more

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Touring during pandemic is 'like walking a tightrope' as Judas Priest celebrates 50 years

A year later than planned, Judas Priest has finally embarked on its "50 Heavy Metal Years" tour. Let the headbanging commence.

Guitarist Richie Faulkner says the tour celebrates the band's history, its music, and its influence on music and on heavy metal.

"Half a century — that's pretty nutty," he says. "Fifty years — fans have been giving...Read more

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Melvin Van Peebles, groundbreaking filmmaker, actor and novelist, dies at 89

NEW YORK — The Godfather of Black Cinema has died.

Melvin Van Peebles, the groundbreaking filmmaker known for writing, co-producing, scoring, editing and starring in the 1971 film “Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song,” died Tuesday night at his home in Manhattan.

His family, The Criterion Collection and Janus Films confirmed his death in a...Read more

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Live from New York, it's... Kim Kardashian? 'SNL' unveils October lineups

Ladies and gentlemen... Kim Kardashian.

On Wednesday, “Saturday Night Live” unveiled its October lineup of hosts, including none other than reality-TV star and beauty mogul Kardashian, who will take the 30 Rock stage for the first time next month.

The “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” alum will make her “SNL” hosting debut Oct. 9 ...Read more

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Britney Spears expects conservatorship to end this fall, wants dad removed immediately

Britney Spears expects her 13-year conservatorship to end this fall and wants her father removed from the controversial arrangement immediately, her lawyer said in a court filing Wednesday.

Attorney Mathew Rosengart urged a Los Angeles County judge to replace Jamie Spears as the singer’s conservator by Sept. 29 and give the job to someone who...Read more


Weekend TV: 'The Simpsons' open 33rd season with a musical

'The Simpsons'

Everyone's favorite Springfield family has broken into song many times over the past three decades, but there's never been an all-musical episode. That changes with this season premiere in which the gang revamps a stage production that has more than a little in common with "Rent." The numbers, penned by the same team that ...Read more