Lynda Hirsh On This Week's TV Gossip

It is a boy for Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy on "The Bold and the Beautiful"). He joins two brothers. The actor is taking a 10-week hiatus. Just before she left, we learned Finn's mother Li was nursing her comatose son. She has not told anyone he is alive. Some viewers are grumbling because that is what they do. It makes sense. She does not ...Read more

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Amber Heard didn't want Johnny Depp to pay $100 million. She wanted to send a message

Amber Heard isn’t really asking for the $100 million she sued Johnny Depp for. Her lawyer said Friday that they simply asked for that amount to send a message to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star after he asked for half that amount when he sued her for defamation.

That information came Friday in a Virginia courtroom as legal teams for ...Read more

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James Corden directs Harry Styles in a wacky, DIY music video in New York apartment

James Corden might have taken the title of the new Harry Styles album, "Harry's House," a little too seriously.

The late-night TV host and the global pop star took over an apartment in Brooklyn, New York, to shoot an impromptu music video for Styles' new single "Daylight."

The four women who live in the apartment — one clearly a Styles ...Read more


Ray Liotta's essential roles: 'Goodfellas,' 10 more key performances

He played psychopaths, gangsters, corrupt cops and guys you don't want to mess with. A lot of times in those roles, he was so convincing that you thought in real life, Ray Liotta must actually be crazy.

But that wasn't all he played. Liotta also played good guys, heroes, sensitive fathers, surgeons, athletes and lawyers. In "Operation Dumbo ...Read more

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After Texas shooting, 'Stranger Things' issued a trigger warning. 'Obi-Wan' did not

In the wake of this week's elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, Netflix has placed a trigger warning in the opening of the premiere episode of "Stranger Things 4."

The stark white text on a black background addresses similarities between the opening scene of the sci-fi series' Season 4 and Tuesday's mass shooting at Robb Elementary ...Read more

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Why Val Kilmer's brief cameo is the most powerful moment in 'Top Gun: Maverick'

Val Kilmer’s lone scene in “Top Gun: Maverick” is strikingly powerful — not only because it successfully projects decades of close friendship between his character, Tom “Iceman” Kazansky, and Tom Cruise’s, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, but because it also draws on the actor’s own experiences. The combination lays fertile ground ...Read more

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Is KAABOO festival returning to Del Mar, moving, or finished? Lawsuit against San Diego Padres may decide

SAN DIEGO — The saga of the dormant KAABOO music festival has taken a new twist, with lawsuits in San Diego and Delaware that pit the event’s new owners — whose identity appears to be shrouded in mystery — against the San Diego Padres.

The latest turn comes three years after KAABOO concluded its five-year run at the Del Mar Fairgrounds ...Read more

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Summer 2022 Movie Preview: 'Top Gun,' 'Jurassic World' and 'Thor' sequels headline the new releases

It’s the summer of sequels!

Much-anticipated new entries to the “Top Gun,” “Jurassic World” and “Thor” franchises headline a summer movie slate packed with likely blockbusters.

Add in origin tales for beloved “Despicable Me” and “Toy Story” characters, Jordan Peele’s latest mind-bending horror film and an Elvis Presley ...Read more

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Jennifer Lopez remembers Ray Liotta as 'a tough guy who was all mushy on the inside'

Jennifer Lopez paid tribute to late actor Ray Liotta, remembering her "Shades of Blue" co-star as "the epitome of a tough guy who was all mushy on the inside."

The 67-year-old "Goodfellas" star died Thursday in the Dominican Republic and was saluted by colleagues, co-stars and fans.

Lopez, 52, shared the small screen with Liotta for three ...Read more

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Alec Baldwin pays tribute as mom Carol dies at 92

Alec Baldwin shared a heartfelt tribute to his mother, who died Thursday at age 92.

The actor, one of six children and the oldest of four acting brothers, shared photos of his mother as a young woman and in her later years.

“Carol M. Baldwin, mother of actors Alec, Daniel, William and Stephen Baldwin and two daughters, Elizabeth and Jane, ...Read more

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Mary McNamara: 'Top Gun' casts Tom Cruise as the hero in the film and at the box office

In the roll-up to "Top Gun: Maverick," people keep saying Tom Cruise is the last real movie star and I don't get it.

How else would a reasonable person describe Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Will Smith (pre-slap), Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Sandra Bullock, Viola Davis, Hugh Jackman, Denzel Washington, Robert Downey Jr., Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer ...Read more


Aftershock Festival calls on Muse to fill Foo Fighters spot

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Muse, one of the best live acts on the planet, has been announced as a replacement headliner for the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento.

The English alt-rock trio, consisting of of vocalist-guitarist-keyboardist Matt Bellamy, bassist Chris Wolstenholme and drummer Dominic Howard, will headline on Oct. 9, the last day of the ...Read more


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"Trainspotting" director Danny Boyle returns to his favorite subject: boys being boys. In this case, the lads are the Sex Pistols, the punkiest of the punkers. Throughout the six-part series, Boyle and writer Craig Pearce ("Moulin Rouge!") throw so much at you at such a breakneck speed, you may suspect Johnny Rotten laced your snacks. ...Read more

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Obi-Wan Kenobi has a deep history. Before watching Disney+ series, here's what to know

For anybody familiar with "Star Wars," Obi-Wan Kenobi requires no introduction.

Debuting in 1977's "Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope," Obi-Wan (played by Alec Guinness) is a former general and Jedi master living in solitude on the remote desert planet of Tatooine. When farm boy Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) brings him a droid with a message ...Read more


Kevin Costner on 'Field of Dreams' scene: 'God gave us that stunt. Now God has Ray' Liotta

In a baseball fantasy film, one scene played out better than the actors’ wildest dreams.

As the world mourned the death of actor Ray Liotta on Thursday, his “Field of Dreams” co-star Kevin Costner shared video of a memorable scene that seemed to have come from a higher power.

The scene featured Costner’s farmer pitching to Liotta, as ...Read more


More than just 'Goodfellas,' Ray Liotta found range. Here are our favorite roles

Ray Liotta, who died overnight Thursday while filming in the Dominican Republic, will always be associated with his role in Martin Scorsese’s 1990 mob masterpiece “Goodfellas” (streaming on HBO Max). But even within that one part, the actor showed incredible range. As Henry Hill, who goes from cocky young street hood to a solid earner to a...Read more

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'Couples Therapy' review: Most reality TV stokes conflict, this Showtime series looks at what it means to do the opposite

After the second season of “Couples Therapy” aired on Showtime last year, a publicist hired by one of the couples reached out to offer an interview. “Couples Therapy” may be a high-minded nonfiction show but it falls into the reality TV space nonetheless and the publicist’s inquiry drove that home. The show depicts real therapy, on ...Read more

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Nina Metz: Hollywood won't save us from school shootings. Neither will cop shows

It’s not the job of any one TV show or film to persuade politicians to care about the people they serve.

That didn’t stop a viewer from reaching out to “Abbott Elementary” creator and star Quinta Brunson asking that she write a school shooting episode for her ABC sitcom: “Formulate an angle that would get our government to understand ...Read more

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Neal Justin: David Letterman should join the '60 Minutes' team

David Letterman may have given us more laughs than anyone in TV history. There's plenty of supporting evidence of it on his new YouTube channel, which is constantly being updated with classic clips from his past late-night shows, a treasure trove for those who believe Stupid Pet Tricks is three times funnier than watching Lucille Ball stuff ...Read more

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Kenny Loggins rides into the 'Danger Zone' once more (and he can still hit those high notes)

Kenny Loggins had already established himself as a pop star — first as half of the rootsy Loggins & Messina, then as a yacht-rocking solo act — by the time he became the unofficial king of the movie soundtrack in the early 1980s. There was “I’m Alright,” from “Caddyshack.” There was the title track from “Footloose.” And of ...Read more