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Richard Lewis' official cause of death confirmed days after comedian's passing

NEW YORK — Richard Lewis’ official cause of death has been confirmed just days after the comedian’s passing at the age of 76.

The “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star died as a result of cardiopulmonary arrest — also known as cardiac or circulatory arrest — at 9:22 p.m. on Feb. 27 at his home in Los Angeles, according to his death ...Read more

NYC fashion icon Iris Apfel dead at 102

NEW YORK — New York City interior designer, businesswoman and fashion icon Iris Apfel died Friday at her home in Palm Beach, Florida. She was 102 years old.

Representatives confirmed her passing but did not announce an official cause of death.

Born Iris Barrel on Aug. 29, 1921, the Astoria, Queens, native would later become known for her ...Read more

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'Pretty Little Liars' alum Ashley Benson reportedly welcomes first child

Pretty little mommy: Ashley Benson has reportedly given birth.

The "Pretty Little Liars" alum apparently confirmed the arrival of her first child Thursday in an Instagram story.

The image, which has since expired, revealed the newborn baby's tiny hand wrapped around a thumb. The 34-year-old captioned it with a pink heart emoji.

Benson did not...Read more

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What Hollywood streets are closing for the Oscars and when?

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood's biggest event of the year may be more than a week away, but already, like a slow-moving mudslide, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' Oscar ceremony is causing Tinseltown streets to be closed one by one to prepare for the awards show.

The Oscars are Sunday, March 10, at the Dolby Theater on Hollywood ...Read more

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Selma Blair splits with Creative Artists Agency following anti-Islamic comments

LOS ANGELES — "Cruel Intentions" star Selma Blair has split with several members of her team amid controversy surrounding an anti-Islamic comment she made on social media.

In addition to parting ways with Creative Artists Agency, Blair has ended her partnerships with her publicity team at Narrative PR and legal representatives at Gang, Tyre, ...Read more

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Comedian Taylor Tomlinson responds to Taylor Swift comparisons

Taylor Tomlinson, the newest late-night comedy star, can’t seem to put her finger on recent comments comparing her to Taylor Swift.

“I don’t know who’s doing that. There’s a couple of comments on Instagram. I’m not doing that,” the “After Midnight” host told ET. “I would never compare myself to Taylor Swift. I am garbage ...Read more

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Tom Sandoval invoked George Floyd when talking Scandoval. It was 'stupid and ignorant'

LOS ANGELES — Reality TV star Tom Sandoval, still facing the fallout from his "Vanderpump Rules" affair, responded to backlash over another recent controversy: comparing himself to George Floyd.

Sandoval, speaking to the New York Times last month, likened the media attention his cheating scandal (known among fans as "Scandoval") garnered last...Read more

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Richard Lewis remembered as tireless sobriety advocate for those seeking to escape alcoholism

Tributes that poured in for comedian Richard Lewis, who died late Tuesday at the age of 76, highlighted his comedic presence and stalwart friendship, but he played another major role in others’ lives as well — helping people get sober.

Lewis had been sober since the mid-1990s after ending up in the emergency room, feeling near death. He ...Read more

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Review: In art-world comedy 'Problemista,' it's all about surviving Tilda Swinton at her scariest

The sharpest movies about New York's art scene — including 1996's "Basquiat," starring future "American Fiction" grump Jeffrey Wright — capture something relentless about the city. Desperation isn't far from mind, nor the disparities of wealth and power between artists, critics and, up in the clouds, collectors and dealers. Maybe there's a ...Read more

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'Pawn Stars'' Rick Harrison's son Adam died of accidental overdose, officials confirm

Las Vegas officials reportedly revealed the cause of death for Adam Harrison, who died in January.

The Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner confirmed that Harrison, the son of "Pawn Stars" personality Rick Harrison, died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl and methamphetamine, TMZ reported on Thursday. One of the TV star's ...Read more

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Dave Bautista doesn't want to be a movie star, he wants to be an actor. He may be both

On screen he's the center of attention, a hulking mass with a bodybuilder's physique and an air of cool mystique surrounding him. He can play quiet and brooding or loud and boisterous, and either way it's difficult to take your eyes off of whatever he's doing when the camera's rolling.

But off screen, Dave Bautista says he's unassuming and even...Read more

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FAA investigates after Karol G's private plane makes emergency landing at LA airport

LOS ANGELES — A private plane carrying Colombian superstar Karol G made an emergency landing Thursday night at the Van Nuys Airport after the pilot reported an issue mid-flight.

"A twin-engine Gulfstream IV landed safely at Van Nuys Airport in California around 9 p.m. local time on Thursday, Feb. 29 after the pilot reported smoke in the ...Read more

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Shut your 'Liarmouth': Baltimore filmmaker John Waters quashes those rumors about his new movie

Liar, liar pants on fire?

The filmmaker John Waters issued a statement Wednesday quashing recent rumors about a film project being developed based on his 2022 novel, “Liarmouth: A Feel Bad Romance.”

In the past 24 hours, several news outlets picked up an unattributed article posted Tuesday on the online film website, World of Reel, stating...Read more

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In memoriam: Reasons to love Richard Lewis, and why he loved Chicago

CHICAGO — You have, no doubt, been made aware of the death of Richard Lewis.

The 76-year-old Brooklyn-born comic/actor/writer died Feb. 27 of a heart attack in his Los Angeles home. Almost immediately, remembrances from friends and fans created an internet avalanche and formal obituaries charted the course and provided the details of his ...Read more

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No surprise here: Taylor Swift, Beyoncé concert films boost AMC quarterly earnings

LOS ANGELES — Taylor Swift and Beyoncé became AMC's jumpsuit-clad saviors last year, helping the international theater chain continue to recover from the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, driving "literally all" its quarterly revenue increase.

While one crossed over from country music and the other is crossing over to country, the ...Read more

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'Dune: Part Two' cinematographer Greig Fraser likes shooting gritty worlds

Denis Villeneuve and Greig Fraser decided to start by going dark.

The director-cinematographer tandem from 2021 science fiction hit "Dune" were looking for an interesting way to begin its just-debuted sequel, "Dune: Part Two," that would put audiences back in novelist Frank Herbert's influential universe and specifically back on the desert ...Read more

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'The Regime' review: 'Veep' meets 'Succession,' but make it a European dictatorship

“The Regime,” starring Kate Winslet, is HBO’s latest prestige series and it never goes deeper than its elevator pitch: “Veep” meets “Succession,” but set inside an authoritarian government.

Those inspirations are literal. Creator Will Tracy might be better known as the co-writer of 2022’s “The Menu” but his credits also ...Read more

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'Dune' director Denis Villeneuve drew up storyboards for the film as a teenager

A string of production delays left "Dune: Part One" fans antsy for the film's sequel, which hit theaters on Friday. But director Denis Villeneuve himself waited more than 40 years for the project to come to fruition.

Villeneuve read Frank Herbert's 1965 novel "Dune" for the first time when he was around 13, he said on an episode of NPR's "...Read more

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Michael Phillips: In 'Days of Wine and Roses' composer Adam Guettel took on the challenge of putting alcoholism to music

Does addiction have a sound?

Popular culture and several of the world’s greatest jazz musicians, from Charlie Parker to Bill Evans and back, say yes. It does. Many, in fact.

Film composers have dramatized all kinds of notions, rarely great or truthful but certainly dramatic, about what a life-threatening bender might sound like for full ...Read more

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'Elsbeth' star Carrie Preston reflects on theater days, path to CBS procedural

MINNEAPOLIS — In "Elsbeth," the most delightful network drama in years, Carrie Preston revives her Emmy-winning character from "The Good Wife," a bubbly attorney who is not nearly as ditsy as she first appears. But long before the procedural, airing 10 p.m ET Thursdays on CBS, Preston was a theater actor who made a memorable stop in ...Read more