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"Days of Our Lives"' Mike Horton (Roark Critchlow) is going to make a drive-through stop this week. Sixteen different actors have played him. As the grandson of Alice and Tom, he was a major player. Wesley Eure played him as a troubled teen; then Michael T. Weiss took over. Critchlow was the latest actor to take on the part. We last saw Mike ...Read more

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Nick Cannon welcomes 10th child, his 3rd with Brittany Bell, to his 'Fatherhood journey'

LOS ANGELES — Nick Cannon has welcomed another child, just two weeks after introducing baby girl Onyx Ice Cole Cannon.

On Friday, the “Masked Singer” host announced on Instagram the birth of his 10th child, a baby boy named Rise Messiah Cannon. The newborn is his third baby with model Brittany Bell.

“Another Blessing!!!,” Cannon said...Read more

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Trevor Noah's exit won't hurt just 'The Daily Show.' It'll hurt all of late night

LOS ANGELES — Late-night television and nightly political satire will miss "The Daily Show" host Trevor Noah, who announced Thursday that he's exiting the Comedy Central series after seven years behind the desk. The South African comedian brought "third world" perspective — his words — to a talk-show circuit populated with white American ...Read more

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Jack Johnson on music, longevity and channeling Led Zeppelin by blowing in beer bottles

SAN DIEGO — Many of Jack Johnson's songs are soft and lilting, but he credits being periodically fatalistic as a key to his now 21-year-long music career.

"I have to trick myself into thinking every album is my last one," said the professional surfer-turned-singer-songwriter.

"I find I write better when I'm not thinking about performing — ...Read more

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Diddy faces lawsuit from former nanny, calls allegations a 'meritless shakedown'

LOS ANGELES — Sean “Diddy” Combs is facing legal action from a former nanny who claims she was wrongfully terminated.

According to court documents obtained by The Times, the nanny claims to be the niece of Combs’ late romantic partner Kim Porter, who died in November 2018 at age 47 of pneumonia.

In the lawsuit filed Tuesday, the ...Read more

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'Hairspray' star Nikki Blonsky announces engagement to her partner

Nikki Blonsky took to social media Thursday to announce her engagement to her partner Hailey Jo Jenson.

“I’ve played plenty of characters in love in my life and it has been a blessing, but the greatest blessing in life is real love, true love and I am honored to finally feel unconditional love, and a love that is pure,” the award-winning ...Read more

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After a rich career, here's why Walter Hill is back in the saddle with 'Dead for a Dollar'

LOS ANGELES — With films such as “The Warriors,” “48 Hrs.,” “The Driver,” “Hard Times” and “Streets of Fire,” Walter Hill established a legacy as a master mechanic of genre storytelling, effortlessly mixing elements from different styles to create fresh, fascinating hybrids.

He has also returned often to the western, with ...Read more

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Comic Chris D'Elia hit with restraining order by woman he says he never met

LOS ANGELES —Embattled comedian Chris D’Elia has been hit with a temporary restraining order by a woman accusing him of threatening to release intimate, adult videos of her and making death threats against her.

The order, granted Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, was based on unlawful violence, a credible threat of violence, or ...Read more

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Coolio reprised his role for 'Futurama' revival before he died

LOS ANGELES — Late rapper Coolio will be featured in an upcoming episode of the “Futurama” reboot that he recorded weeks before his death.

The “Gangsta’s Paradise” emcee, who died Wednesday at 59, will reprise his role of Kwanzaa-bot, the subversive series’ Kwanzaa counterpart to its Santa Claus Robot and the Hanukkah Zombie. The ...Read more

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Review: Netflix and Kid Cudi have made a classic NY rom-com to kick off your fall

"Entergalactic," premiering Friday on Netflix, comes from Scott Mescudi, who makes records as Kid Cudi, under which moniker he's also releasing an album of the same name. Originally intended as a series, its episodes have been smushed together into a 90-minute movie marked by chapter headings. This feels right, given that it plays like a feature...Read more

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Review: Thou wilt have a perfectly OK time with the Bette-middling 'Hocus Pocus 2'

By one of those coincidences that leads me to suspect witchcraft — or perhaps just the more banal dark magic of social media — this week has renewed some heated online chatter about the dubious cultural legacies of two very different movies. One of them is James Cameron’s 3-D wonderment “Avatar” (2009), which recently returned to ...Read more

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Bruce Springsteen releasing soul music cover album in November

The Boss is getting a chance to do what he always wanted to do.

Bruce Springsteen has announced that his next album will be a collection of soul music covers that will pay homage to the old school. Titled “Only the Strong Survive,” the project will be released Nov. 11 on Columbia Records.

On the 15-track opus, the 73-year-old Rock & Roll ...Read more

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Michael Phillips: Here's the big reveal: Movie endings are hard to get right, and not just in 'Don't Worry Darling'

Near the end of last weekend’s most popular theatrical release, “Don’t Worry Darling,” the perfect 1950s homemaker played by Florence Pugh finally begins to piece together the insidious puzzle of her life. She’s living inside the confines of her marriage to a rising young executive (Harry Styles) as part of the larger, fastidiously ...Read more

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Genesis sells music for $300 million, report says

Genesis is selling its song catalog for a reported $300 million.

A deal is expected to be announced soon between the band and the Concord music group, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

That arrangement will reportedly see Genesis and its star Phil Collins part ways with their recordings and publishing rights. The agreement also ...Read more

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As emo nostalgia crests, Paramore returns, with a new sound and a healthy outlook

LOS ANGELES — Twenty years ago, if you told Paramore vocalist Hayley Williams that she'd become one of the most influential pop singers in America, she might have offered little more than a scowl. As a DayGlo-haired punk sprite, miraculously gifted with the lung capacity of a Southern church choir, she couldn't have seen it then — nor could ...Read more

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How The Cult's new music was inspired by a pre-pandemic festival

English rockers The Cult tapped into a simpler, pre-pandemic time to find inspiration for its latest album, “Under the Midnight Sun,” which will be released on Oct. 7.

It’s the band’s first new record since 2016’s “Hidden City,” and while it was primarily recorded during the pandemic, the roots of these songs go back decades.

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Sam Richardson talks 'Hocus Pocus 2,' hard work and becoming a Halloween costume

DETROIT — Sam Richardson has been climbing Hollywood's ladder for 10 years, but he knew he'd reached a new career plateau when people started dressing up as his characters for Halloween.

"I've had people dress up as Richard Splett before," says Richardson, on a Zoom call from Los Angeles earlier this week, referring to his character from HBO'...Read more

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Disney+ 'Growing Up' series features childhood best friends

PITTSBURGH — When an Avenger taps you for an important mission, you don't question it. You just assemble.

That's what Clark Summit natives Isabel Lam, 20, and Clare Della Valle, 21, did when they were contacted by the producers of "Growing Up," a Disney+ docuseries created by "Captain Marvel" star Brie Larson that highlights the stories of 10...Read more

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Demian Bichir isn't just lucky. Even Brad Pitt and George Clooney can't do what he can

LOS ANGELES — Demian Bichir firmly believes that being a good parent means doing whatever it takes to protect your child, setting a good example and never, ever breaking the rules.

The veteran Mexican actor shares that philosophy with Carlos Galindo, the undocumented immigrant he played in 2011's "A Better Life." His wrenching portrayal of ...Read more

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Trevor Noah will depart 'The Daily Show' after seven years as host: 'My time is up'

Trevor Noah’s time on “The Daily Show” is coming to a close, the Los Angeles Times has confirmed.

While taping the series on Thursday, Noah revealed to his audience that he will be departing the late-night series. He started his statement reflecting on his time on the late-night program, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year , ...Read more