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Explaining Hollywood: Your child wants to act. What do you need to know?

LOS ANGELES — The acting bug can bite at any age, but when it bites one of your kids, you might soon find yourself trying to navigate strange and potentially treacherous waters as you schlep your child to endless auditions, the occasional callback and, if your child is one of the chosen few, a string of paying gigs.

If you already have a ...Read more

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Explaining Hollywood: How to get a job as a gaffer

LOS ANGELES — To set the mood of a scene in a movie, TV show or video, filmmakers give the audience plenty of nonverbal clues — in the locale, the props, the soundtrack, even the camera angles. But one important and often subtle signal is sent through the way the scene is lighted, which often involves lamps, shades and filters even when the ...Read more

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'No matter what happens' in his trial with Heard, Johnny Depp says he spoke his truth

Johnny Depp has spoken his final words in his defamation court battle with ex-wife Amber Heard, saying in rebuttal testimony Wednesday that “no matter what happens” in the case, he’s satisfied that after six years of “carrying it on [his] back,” he got to share his truth.

“It’s insane to hear heinous accusations of violence, ...Read more

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Review: 'The Bob's Burgers Movie' feels a little undercooked as animated series jumps to big screen

We’re going to tip-toe way out on a limb here: The folks who will most enjoy “The Bob’s Burgers Movie” are the longtime fans of the TV series that has spawned it, “Bob’s Burgers.”

And there must be more of them than we’d realized, what with the Loren Bouchard-created animated comedy series remaining on the air since its debut on...Read more

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'Abbott Elementary' cast is 'sick' and 'heartbroken' after Texas school shooting

The cast of "Abbott Elementary" is "sick," "tired," "angry" and "heartbroken" after an elementary-school shooting left two teachers and 19 children dead Tuesday in Uvalde, Texas.

Quinta Brunson, Lisa Ann Walter and Sheryl Lee Ralph, who play elementary school teachers on the hit ABC sitcom, sounded off on social media after a gunman opened ...Read more

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Review: In 'Top Gun: Maverick' the danger zone has never felt so dangerous (and worth watching)

Let me be clear: I don't like 1986's "Top Gun." I think it's macho-military propaganda with a schmaltzy script and a semi-good beach volleyball scene.

So when I tell you the sequel, "Top Gun: Maverick," is worth seeing in a theater, you know I mean it. Yes, it's still a propagandistic fantasy — a dogfight simulator preloaded with an unnamed ...Read more

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Johnny Depp says Amber Heard's abuse claims are 'all false' as he returns to stand in defamation trial

Johnny Depp described ex-wife Amber Heard’s abuse allegations as “all false” as he returned to the witness stand Wednesday in his defamation trial.

“It’s insane to hear heinous accusations of violence, sexual violence, that she’s attributed to me, that she’s accused me of,” Depp said at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in ...Read more

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Ricky Gervais knew people would be mad about his new Netflix special. He did it anyway

Ricky Gervais knew people would be upset by the flood of anti-trans jokes in his latest Netflix special, “SuperNature.” And as far as he’s concerned, there’s nothing controversial about it at all.

In an interview with SiriusXM released Wednesday morning, Gervais said “everyone’s gonna complain about everything” in the new special,...Read more

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These TV shows and events have been pulled in the wake of Texas school shooting

Entertainment events — including the airing of TV shows — have been postponed or canceled out of respect for the victims of Tuesday’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, where a teenage gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School and killed 19 children and two adults in a single classroom.

The fatal tragedy spurred sweeping political ...Read more

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In testimony, Kate Moss quashes rumor that Johnny Depp pushed her down stairs

Kate Moss kept it short Wednesday while testifying at the Virginia defamation trial going on between former spouses Johnny Depp and Amber Heard: He didn’t do what that old rumor alleged he did.

“He never pushed me, kicked me or threw me down any stairs,” Moss said of Depp while appearing via live video from Gloucestershire, England.

The ...Read more

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At LA concert, Olivia Rodrigo calls for 'stricter gun control' after Texas shooting

LOS ANGELES — Olivia Rodrigo took a moment Tuesday during her concert in Los Angeles to address the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that killed two teachers and 19 children.

"I'm so devastated about the shooting that happened in Texas today," the singer-songwriter told the crowd at the Greek Theatre in Griffith Park, according to...Read more

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Selena Gomez calls for politicians to 'actually change the laws' after school shooting in her home state of Texas

Selena Gomez called for U.S. politicians to “actually change the laws” after at least 21 people were killed in a school shooting in her home state of Texas.

The shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on Wednesday left 19 children and two teachers dead, officials said.

“If children aren’t safe at school where are they safe?” ...Read more

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'The Ipcress File' review: The 1965 British spy thriller is adapted into a TV series -- but still set in the early '60s

Based on the 1965 Michael Caine espionage thriller of the same name, “The Ipcress File” on AMC+ (by way of ITV in the U.K.) keeps the Cold War action set in the early 1960s. Harry Palmer is a young Brit with clever instincts but not much spy experience, and he gets roped into a saga that involves a kidnapped nuclear scientist, pushy American...Read more

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Movie review: 'The Bob's Burgers Movie' a hilarious, heartfelt outing with Belcher family

The long-running, award-winning Fox animated series “Bob’s Burgers,” created by Loren Bouchard, is an unassuming Hollywood success story. Built in the same mold as the “The Simpsons” and “King of the Hill,” it’s no surprise that this irreverent, whip-smart and family-oriented animated comedy is such a success, both commercially ...Read more

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Matthew McConaughey grieves for Texas hometown after shooting: 'Action must be taken'

Actor Matthew McConaughey, who was born in Uvalde, Texas, spoke out Tuesday on an elementary school shooting in his hometown that killed two teachers and 19 children.

In a statement, McConaughey offered his condolences to the families affected by the tragedy and urged Americans to take action "so that no parent has to experience what parents in...Read more

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'We missed the shot': 'This Is Us' boss breaks down that deceptively simple finale

LOS ANGELES — It's a couple of days into filming the final episode of "This Is Us" — the present-day scenes, anyway — and the show is at its home base on the Paramount Studios lot in Los Angeles. Just outside Stage 30, which houses the interior of the swanky home Kevin Pearson (Justin Hartley) built adjacent to the family cabin, the show's...Read more

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Critics' guide on what to watch this weekend

'Stranger Things'

After a three-year hiatus, this beloved series still delivers plenty of jolts, including a terrifying opening scene that marks the return of Matthew Modine's evil doctor. (And, yes, Hopper is back, too!) But "Stranger" continues to be at its best when it takes a break from monster hunting to reflect on such real teenage ...Read more

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Kate Moss testifies in the Depp-Heard trial. Here's how she's connected to Depp

Kate Moss is the latest celebrity to be drawn into the protracted defamation trial between actor Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard. The former supermodel appeared in a Virginia courtroom on Wednesday to testify via video live from England.

The British model dated Depp in the 1990s and fueled countless headlines with him about their "...Read more

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In testimony, Kate Moss quashes old rumor that Johnny Depp pushed her down stairs

Kate Moss kept it short Wednesday while testifying at the Virginia defamation trial going on between former spouses Johnny Depp and Amber Heard: He didn’t do what that old rumor alleged he did.

“He never pushed me, kicked me or threw me down any stairs,” Moss said of Depp while appearing via live video from Gloucestershire, England.

The ...Read more

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Family guide to new movie releases

'TOP GUN: MAVERICK'

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action, and some strong language.

What it’s about: The long-awaited sequel to "Top Gun" finds Maverick returning to flight school to teach the new naval aviators a thing or two about flying.

The kid attractor factor: Older kids and teens may be drawn to the high-flying action ...Read more