The do's and don'ts of quarantine auditions, according to casting directors

During the COVID-19 pandemic, actors have been forced to audition almost exclusively remotely via video chat and self-tapes, filmed from home and submitted online. The Los Angeles Times recently spoke with casting directors Zora DeHorter, Carla Hool and Julia Kim about the keys to a successful self-tape audition, as well as common mistakes to ...Read more

Zooming in: How the COVID-19 pandemic has changed Hollywood's audition process

LOS ANGELES - While auditioning for a family Christmas commercial in Los Angeles, actors Elizabeth Bemis and Gabriel Villanueva made a bold choice.

After hitting their marks and delivering their lines as a married couple, the pair leaned in for a quick peck on the lips. The sweet, unscripted moment lasted less than a second, but elicited quite ...Read more

Embrace the darkness: Antonio Campos and Sean Durkin on movies Hollywood doesn't want to make

Antonio Campos and Sean Durkin, along with Josh Mond, broke through a little over a decade ago with their Borderline Films collaboration, a company in which one of them would direct and the others would produce. The partnership resulted in a series of acclaimed independent films that were as polished as they were unnerving, including Campos' "...Read more

Actor Jessie Buckley makes a stop in 'Fargo' on her way to the top

Before Jessie Buckley could start chatting about her role as an evil Minnesotan in "Fargo," a fan stopped by to gush.

"She's got the best part," said Chris Rock, hugging his co-star in a Pasadena, California, hotel ballroom that was commandeered by the press two months before the pandemic would bring almost all TV production to a halt.

The 30-...Read more

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Sorry, no, Prince Harry and Meghan aren't doing a Netflix reality show

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, are getting heat for the mere whiff of reality-show rumors wafting from their massive Netflix deal.

The British tabloid The Sun reported Monday that the Sussexes would be partaking in some sort of reality series about their philanthropy - a project that would reportedly give the much-maligned "...Read more

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Chrissy Teigen hospitalized in 'scary' situation halfway through pregnancy

Chrissy Teigen has been hospitalized for excessive bleeding while pregnant with her third child.

On Sunday, the model and cookbook author offered an update from her hospital bed on her health, explaining that she has been on "super serious" bed rest for the last few weeks while experiencing complications halfway through her pregnancy.

"I'd get...Read more

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'$750': Hollywood reacts in disgust to Trump's tax returns

Gabrielle Union, Kumail Nanjiani, Jim Carrey, George Takei, Billy Eichner, Padma Lakshmi, Josh Gad, Ava DuVernay and other celebrities are holding President Donald Trump accountable on social media for tax avoidance after The New York Times reported that Trump paid just $750 in federal income tax in 2016 and 2017 - and no federal income tax ...Read more

Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara reportedly named new baby after late River Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix and fiancee Rooney Mara reportedly have welcomed their first child - a boy named after the actor's late brother, River Phoenix.

However, the private actors weren't the ones to reveal the news. It was Russian filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky who spilled the beans this weekend while promoting his film "Gunda" at the Zurich Film ...Read more

'Great British Baking Show' is the COVID-free TV comfort food we need right now

The West Coast is on fire. A reality-star president is nudging the country closer to a constitutional crisis on a near-daily basis. Schools are closed and millions remain out of work thanks to an unchecked pandemic. We've lost real-life heroes who fought for change in Hollywood and Washington. And the things we normally do to escape - movies, ...Read more

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Gloria Steinem asks what would RBG do, talks about biopic 'The Glorias'

The death last week of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has left another icon of gender equality, Gloria Steinem, thinking about the big picture of the 2020 presidential race.

"It's yet another reason to win the next election and to vote," says Steinem, the public face of the feminist movement for the last 50 years. "It's just one more...Read more

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'The Comey Rule's' Donald Trump is a menace, not a cartoon. Here's how they did it

Donald Trump doesn't really appear in Showtime's "The Comey Rule" until 13 minutes into the second episode. Before then, the camera only teases his entrance with shots of crowded rallies and political commentators on TV, and shadows his unmistakable silhouette around a Miss Universe pageant.

"I mean, could there be a more stark contrast between...Read more

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Stars remember LA's Comedy Store in Showtime documentary series

For 48 years, Los Angeles' Comedy Store has been the mecca for every comic who ever dreamed of making people laugh - from Richard Pryor to David Letterman to Jerry Seinfeld.

And writer-producer Mike Binder was one of them. Binder started out as a shaky 18-year-old pitching jokes in the smoke-filled room run by the infamous Mitzi Shore.

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David Zurawik: 'Blood on the Wall' — this is what great documentary storytelling looks like

"Blood on the Wall" challenges viewers from its very first frames to put their preconceptions aside.

The National Geographic documentary about the caravans of migrants from Central America opens cinematically in an Arizona motel room at night with young men bundling rolls of hundred dollar bills and then sealing them in plastic. When they get ...Read more

BTS announces new album slated for November release

K-pop stars BTS will drop their fifth full-length album, "BE (Deluxe Edition)," on Nov. 20, the band's label, Big Hit Entertainment, said on Sunday.

BTS contributed to the album's concept, composition and design so it "contains the most 'BTS' music," read the announcement. "It is an album that conveys consolation to fans and the world, starting...Read more

Patti Smith talks Jerry Garcia, R.E.M., cat litter and awakening from yesterday

Patti Smith has been an important part of the soundtrack of my life for decades.

So, I was thrilled when the opportunity to interview this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer finally came my way.

We spent the better part of an hour on the phone, chatting about everything from the Jerry Garcia and Michael Stipe to mopping the floor and other household ...Read more

'Star Wars' star John Boyega, other Hollywood stars know diversity needs to be more than a ticked box

As an industry, Hollywood has been saying the right things when it comes to improving diversity. But diversity alone isn't enough if the workplace remains a hostile environment for Black people and other people of color. Without meaningful cultural change, movie studios and TV networks are only engaging in surface-level efforts and giving the ...Read more

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Denzel Washington's son, John David, is becoming a star in his own right

While most of the world has been mastering sourdough bread or learning to knit, John David Washington has been COVIDing by promoting the year's biggest movie and making another one, entirely in secret.

Washington holed up in a swank room at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons hotel two weeks ago to do interviews for "Tenet," which was supposed to ...Read more

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Dwayne Johnson endorses Biden and Harris. Why the Rock's video shouldn't surprise us

After briefly flirting with the idea of a 2020 presidential run himself, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has officially endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris, his first time publicly backing a political candidate.

"Now this is something that I've certainly not done in the past, so I'm going to go big," he said in a video ...Read more

Around the Remote: "Fargo", "South Park", more

DON'T MISS: "Fargo" - The long wait is over. After a three-year hiatus, the critically acclaimed Midwestern anthology finally returns. This one stars Chris Rock, who plays Loy Cannon, the head of an African American crime family that, for now, has struck a fragile truce with an Italian syndicate in 1950 Kansas City. The period and setting may ...Read more

Lynda Hirsh On This Week's TV Gossip

Patience is not my strong suit. I stand in front of the microwave and scream, "Faster!" I jump in the swimming pool before checking to see if there is water in the pool. You can imagine what the last six months have been like in my world. It is also the same in everyone's world, and TV has not been spared.

Several primetime shows, such as "The ...Read more