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'The Bear' unit production manager has 3 words for Chicago-made projects: Locations, locations, locations

CHICAGO — “Not necessarily realistic. But authentic.”

That’s one credo Carrie Holt de Lama, a veteran of the Chicago film industry, has learned through countless hours of driving around, with a location scout, a filmmaker or alone. Her mission: find a building, an intersection, a vantage point or a vacant lot that suits what a script ...Read more

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Kill your darlings: Music Box series invites filmmakers to show a new movie once, then destroy it forever

CHICAGO — On Tuesday night, at the Music Box Theatre in Lakeview, a most alarming affair unfolded in front of a near-full house of movie lovers: Local filmmakers, Chicago directors, each of some distinction, discussed the films they just completed, then, one by one, they destroyed those films. They showed the works first. They’re not nuts. ...Read more

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An AI nukes Hollywood in 'The Creator.' The movie's director has thoughts about that

It's tricky enough in today's IP-obsessed Hollywood to market an ambitious original science-fiction film. Throw in a historic strike and it becomes a whole lot harder.

For Gareth Edwards, who directed 2014's "Godzilla" and 2016's "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," selling his new sci-fi epic "The Creator" has been a lonely venture. His cast ...Read more

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Britney Spears' knife-dancing video sparks wellness check by Ventura County sheriff's deputy

LOS ANGELES — Britney Spears did more than just turn heads when she danced with two large kitchen knives for Instagram. Her social media video also set off a wellness check by Ventura County officials, the Los Angeles Times has confirmed.

The evaluation began when someone with personal ties to the singer expressed concern about her recent ...Read more

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Lizzo asks judge to dismiss dancers' harassment lawsuit, claims they violated their contracts

Lizzo wants a judge to throw out the lawsuit filed by her former backup dancers that accuses her of harassment.

Attorneys for the “Juice” singer filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit on Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Rolling Stone reported.

“Defendants deny generally and specifically each and every allegation contained in the ...Read more

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Guitarist Al Di Meola suffers severe heart attack onstage in Romania

Grammy Award-winning musician Al Di Meola is in stable condition after suffering a heart attack while performing in Bucharest, Romania, on Wednesday night.

Photographer Dragos Cristescu told The Associated Press that the 69-year-old guitarist grabbed his chest before experiencing difficulty walking offstage. Backing band members reportedly ...Read more

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New documentary seeks to ID victims of notorious '90s New York serial killer Joel Rifkin

NEW YORK — The upcoming A&E documentary “Cold Case Files: The Rifkin Murders” examines 1990s New York serial killer Joel Rifkin and a team attempting to discover two of his unidentified victims.

The special, which will air Saturday was produced by Peter Reiss, who first met Rifkin in 1998 after contacting him for a documentary he was ...Read more

Lil Tay seen in public for the first time in 5 years, 1 day after accusing dad of death hoax

Lil Tay made her first public appearance in five years, arriving to Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday, just one day after allegedly accusing her father of being the mastermind of her death hoax last month.

It was a curious scene at LAX as Tay appeared heavily covered in a hoodie, mask and sunglasses while surrounded by security, ...Read more

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After her Wells Fargo concert, SZA announced she will be bringing a free show to Philly soon

PHILADELPHIA — About 10 minutes after end credits rolled on the big screen of SZA’s sold-out show on Tuesday night, the artist ran back to the stage and announced she wants to do a free show in Philly.

“I did this free show thing in New York, right — I would love to do it here because you guys deserve that,” she said as the crowd ...Read more

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Wayne Brady reveals how coming out as pansexual will impact his dating life

Six weeks after coming out as pansexual, Wayne Brady is embracing his newfound freedom.

The Emmy Award-winning “Let’s Make A Deal” host is optimistic about how the revelation will impact his dating life.

“It would be hard for me to truly put myself 100% into a relationship when there’s this nagging doubt that I have not explored that...Read more

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Angelina Jolie says her younger, darker self may want to resurface

Angelina Jolie is opening up about her younger — darker — self and says that part of her may now be resurfacing.

The actor sat down with Vogue in an interview highlighting the forthcoming launch of her fashion line, Atelier Jolie, an endeavor that will marry her socially conscious values with her affinity for fashion. But the Oscar-winning ...Read more

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Michael Gambon, 'Harry Potter' star who played Dumbledore, dies at 82

Michael Gambon, best known to American audiences for starring as Albus Dumbledore in six “Harry Potter” films, has died. He was 82.

Gambon’s family announced the BAFTA winner’s death in a statement to PA news agency, as reported by CNN.

“We are devastated to announce the loss of Sir Michael Gambon,” said publicist Clair Dobbs. “...Read more

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Taylor Swift to attend Travis Kelce's next game Sunday at the New York Jets

NEW YORK — Fresh off an appearance at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium, Taylor Swift is expected to be supporting Travis Kelce again on Sunday night, this time at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, for his game against the New York Jets.

The venue is the same location that Swift rocked earlier this summer during her “Eras” ...Read more

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Patrick J. Adams was nostalgic for 'Suits.' Now he's sorry for posting photos that broke strike rules

It seems Patrick J. Adams, who played a super-savvy legal consultant on "Suits," overlooked some fine print about the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike.

On Wednesday, Adams wiped his Instagram page of throwback photos from his time on "Suits," days after sharing them with his followers. Adams said Wednesday that his posts took away from the ongoing ...Read more

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'It was a trauma': Now that the strike has ended, showrunners wonder how they begin moving forward

LOS ANGELES — Bruce Miller, longtime showrunner of "The Handmaid's Tale," was in the backyard of his Studio City home on Sunday, reviewing hypothetical workflow timelines for the sixth and final season of the dystopian drama when news broke that the Writers Guild of America and Hollywood studios had reached a tentative agreement to end a ...Read more

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Television Q&A: Will Stanley Tucci resume 'Searching for Italy'?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: Can you please tell me if Stanley Tucci will be doing any additional shows in his "Searching for Italy" series? His previous shows have been great!

A: Last year, CNN dropped the series hosted by the acclaimed actor and food lover after two seasons and a total of 14 episodes. (Those episodes are still...Read more


Review: 'The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar' is Wes Anderson at his sweetest

Every wonderful story, Wes Anderson surely believes, is the work of a wonderful storyteller — or, at the very least, a storyteller worthy of the viewer's time and the camera's attention. And so it's no surprise that "The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar," Anderson's brilliant new adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1977 tale of the same apt title, should...Read more

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The Jonas-Turner divorce is getting messier by the day. Here are the latest details

MIAMI — The Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner divorce has taken an even more icky and tumultuous turn.

The pop star, 34, filed to dissolve the four-year marriage in Miami-Dade County courts Sept. 5 and three weeks later, this split is looking anything but amicable.

The exes, who are no doubt racking up some serious legal bills, are now fighting ...Read more

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Britney Spears says she was 'copying Shakira' in knife-dancing video: 'Lighten up about the knives'

Britney Spears has addressed concerns about a video she recently posted of herself dancing with what appeared to be two large kitchen knives.

In a follow-up post, the pop musician explained Tuesday that she was "copying Shakira" — who just performed with knives at the Video Music Awards — and urged everyone to "lighten up about the knives."...Read more

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Layzie Bone vows update on Krayzie Bone's hospitalization: 'Your prayers are a beacon of hope'

Layzie Bone has addressed Krayzie Bone's hospitalization, while asking for privacy and thanking fans for their love and support.

"In this challenging moment, as the immediate and Bone thugs family rallies behind my brother, we humbly ask for a moment of privacy," Layzie Bone wrote on Instagram. "Our family is facing the unexpected ...Read more