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Lynda Hirsh Soap Opera Summaries For This Week

"THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL": Steffy confides to her doctor that she's in agonizing pain. Flo tells an anxious Sally that Wyatt will decide her fate. Steffy regains consciousness only to realize how severely she's been injured. Sally passes out after unveiling her true intentions and feelings to Wyatt. Thomas returns home and learns that Steffy ...Read more

Lynda Hirsh On This Week's TV Gossip

"General Hospital's" Kelly Monaco (Sam) was happy when the show started taping last week. Her joy was short-lived. The studio was under very stringent virus protocol. Monaco had trouble putting on her mask. She was sent home and put on 14-day quarantine. According to her mom, she has had three negative tests. Her fans, not to mention her co-...Read more

Jussie Smollett lawyers say accidental recording between witness and lawyer points to conspiracy

CHICAGO -- Chicago police investigating the Jussie Smollett case apparently inadvertently taped 37 seconds of a private conversation between a key witness and his lawyer last year -- a tape that has since made it into the hands of Smollett's defense team, which says it helps prove the actor's innocence.

The video of conversation between ...Read more

'Perry Mason' director Tim Van Patten may be the most important visionary in entertainment

For a time, it appeared that Tim Van Patten's most significant contribution to television would be playing a baller named Salami. Instead, the former "White Shadow" star has become HBO's most successful director -- and arguably the greatest visionary in TV and film.

"When I see director Tim Van Patten's name on a show, I know I'm about to see ...Read more

Amy Seimetz and Kris Rey on friendship and filmmaking

It's always nice when friends go through things at the same time. So it seemed when Amy Seimetz's "She Dies Tomorrow" and Kris Rey's "I Used to Go Here" were each scheduled to premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival in March. Then the event was canceled and both filmmakers found themselves in post-COVID limbo. Now their films, ...Read more

Netflix filmed her surprise divorce. Now she's ready to 'rip off the Band-Aid'

Chrishell Stause has been counting down to the third season of Netflix's "Selling Sunset."

"I have been having crushing anxiety about this," she told the LA Times. "I've been waiting for the show to come out for so long, and to look back on it is really painful because it was an extremely difficult time in my life. And people are going to make ...Read more

Review: Mark Rylance brings nuance to the stolid anti-colonialist epic 'Waiting for the Barbarians'

Mark Rylance is one of the great chameleons of the stage; his recent film work, remarkable in its own right, has hewed to a narrower path. That may be an odd thing to say about an actor whose characters include a jaded Soviet spy, a Steve Jobsian tech visionary and the BFG, but it's true nonetheless: In each of these roles, whether wearing ...Read more

Review: 'Made in Italy' finds Liam Neeson painted into a corner

With a gorgeous location, pretty people and familiar story, "Made in Italy" is too gentle to make an impression.

Jack (Micheal Richardson) is an English 20-something faced with losing his connection to an art gallery through divorce. He enlists his somewhat-famous painter father Robert (Liam Neeson) to renovate a grand house they own in Tuscany...Read more

Review: Journalists with attitude star in 'Creem: America's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine'

To anyone starting out in music journalism around 2000, "Almost Famous" -- director Cameron Crowe's warm-and-fuzzy remembrance of his adventures as a teenage Rolling Stone writer -- felt about as old-timey as that year's other big music-historical fantasy, "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

Twenty years later, a new documentary about Rolling Stone's ...Read more

Lizzo signs TV deal with Amazon Studios in 'dream come true'

She has lit up awards shows and concert stages, soared up various Billboard charts, starred in commercials. She even appeared on the silver screen in "Hustlers" with J.Lo.

Are you ready for Lizzo, TV star?

The Grammy-grabbing, Minneapolis-launched superstar, who was named Time magazine's entertainer of the year for 2019, has signed a first-...Read more

Mick Jagger art-world thriller asks if moviegoers are ready to return to theaters

As you decide whether you're ready to return to the multiplex, "The Burnt Orange Heresy," perhaps the first new movie in theaters in months, offers a few things to get excited about.

The sleekly perverted art-world thriller was crafted by Scott B. Smith, for starters. He wrote two dandy novels ("A Simple Plan," which became a made-in-Minnesota ...Read more

In a world of virtual sets, that movie or TV show, like 'The Mandalorian,' might not be where you think — or anywhere at all

The pandemic shut down major Hollywood productions in March and five months later it is still unclear when most TV and film projects will start back up again.

In Chicago, right now is typically when the three NBC shows from Dick Wolf ("Chicago Fire," "Chicago Med" and "Chicago P.D.") begin work on the new season. That's obviously been delayed. ...Read more

Calif. student social experiment goes terribly wrong in 'Invisible Line'

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The subject was the Nazi regime.

Yet, a classroom full of students at the old Cubberley High School in Palo Alto in 1967 were having a hard time understanding how German people could have possibly accepted and endorsed the horrific plans and actions of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis leading up to and during World War II.

So, ...Read more

Luke Bryan: 'There'll always be people who say I ruined country music'

This wasn't Luke Bryan's first rodeo.

"Am I too backlit? Hold on," the country star said the other day as he picked up a video call at his home in Nashville. Dressed in a golf shirt and ball cap, sunglasses dangling from a cord around his neck, he stood and moved to a different part of the window-lined room.

"The problem is, if I do it this ...Read more

'She Dies Tomorrow' is latest in a string of films that find humans battling contagion

Fear and uncertainty are as familiar in 2020 as Zoom meetings and social distancing. Still, you have to stay positive, establish a healthy routine and find ways to cope with what can feel like existential dread.

That's what makes an early scene from "She Dies Tomorrow," available on streaming platforms and video on demand, so scary. During a ...Read more

'I haven't had a job since March 13': How costume designers are coping with COVID-19

LOS ANGELES -- It's about five months into the pandemic, and no one is dressing for the screen. This goes for both the tiny, gridded screen of your WFH videoconference (admit it, you're still wearing sweatpants), as well as the TV and movie screens of Hollywood where production abruptly halted back in mid-March as part of California's effort to ...Read more

Shark Week 2020: 8 fin-credible specials we want to see

Much of our summer has been a great big bummer, thanks to the pandemic. But at least we still have Shark Week.

Yes, one of TV's biggest annual events -- the oceanic Super Bowl, if you will -- returns to the Discovery Channel on Sunday and continues through Aug. 16. With more than 20 hours of programming on the docket, Discovery is promising "...Read more

MTV unveils Keke Palmer as host of this year's virtual VMAs

Actress, recording artist and TV star Keke Palmer is officially hosting the 2020 Video Music Awards later this month.

MTV announced Thursday the "Hustlers" performer will emcee this year's virtual ceremony, which will feature performances from BTS, Doja Cat and J Balvin -- plus some new awards specifically recognizing live sets and music videos...Read more

Alyssa Milano details debilitating coronavirus symptoms: 'I thought I was dying'

Actress Alyssa Milano says she has tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, despite twice testing negative for the virus itself when she was sick.

On Wednesday, the "Charmed" alum shared her coronavirus story in a lengthy Instagram post detailing her myriad symptoms, which included a loss of smell, trouble breathing, drastic weight loss, "...Read more

Is Shia LaBeouf in 'brownface'? Cholo role raises question of who gets to adopt whose culture

LOS ANGELES -- The trailer contains many of the markers of a modern Los Angeles gangster flick and box office hit: guns, lovely Latinas, thumping music and attractive dudes in the dopest cars riding around the flatlands of L.A. as they lay down the law of the streets.

Almost all the actors are brown-skinned Latinos, except for one. At the ...Read more