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Late-night hosts return from the writers' strike: 'I missed my writers so much'

LOS ANGELES — The first TV series to go dark during the Hollywood writers' strike were also among the first to return to the air this week after the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers reached a tentative deal to end the monthslong work stoppage.

Late-night TV hosts Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, ...Read more


Movie review: 'The Royal Hotel' an unflinching look at service industry misogyny

Australian filmmaker Kitty Green has made a name for herself teasing out the complex relationship of gender, labor and industry. She started in documentary filmmaking with “Ukraine Is Not a Brothel,” and “Casting JonBenet,” but her narrative debut “The Assistant,” starring Julia Garner, made a splash in a post-Harvey Weinstein film ...Read more

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What to stream: New horror movies and more to ring in October

October means spooky season, which means there’s a new slate of streaming movies this week to set the mood — whatever mood might help you get into the Halloween mindset. Here’s a rundown of what to look forward to on your favorite streaming sites.

Launching on Prime Video on Friday, Oct. 6, is the totally fun horror comedy “Totally ...Read more

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Here are the finalists for the 2023 National Book Awards

Twenty-five titles have been shortlisted for the 2023 National Book Awards, the National Book Foundation announced Tuesday morning.

Narrowed down from last month's longlist, the finalists will compete across five genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature and young people's literature.

In the fiction category, Aaliyah Bilal's ...Read more

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Jada Pinkett Smith hopes for 'answers' and 'closure' after arrest in the murder of close friend Tupac Shakur

After the recent arrest of a suspect in the 1996 killing of Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas, Jada Pinkett Smith said she is hoping the criminal case will bring some clarity and finality to the mystery surrounding her friend’s death.

“Now I hope we can get some answers and have some closure,” Pinkett Smith wrote in her Instagram stories last ...Read more


Roger Corman saluted by fans at Beyond Fest: 'Simply, I love making motion pictures'

LOS ANGELES — Beyond Fest saluted producer Roger Corman on Saturday with a four-film marathon followed by a conversation with some of the directors who began their careers working for the now-legendary genre icon.

Speaking to the L.A. Times just moments before he stepped onstage at the Aero Theatre for an extended standing ovation, the 97-...Read more

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In 'Taylor Hawkins' backyard,' the Foo Fighters power through grief at Ohana festival

LOS ANGELES — "Tonight," Dave Grohl said, "we are in Taylor Hawkins' backyard."

The Foo Fighters frontman was about 90 minutes into his band's headlining set Sunday night at the Ohana festival in Dana Point, which meant that these Rock & Roll Hall of Famers had come to the moment in their show when they perform "Aurora," from their 1999 album...Read more

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New on DVD: Travel back to '90s with 'Transformers: Rise of the Beasts'

The seventh movie in the "Transformers" franchise tops the DVD releases for the week of Oct. 10

"Transformers: Rise of the Beasts": Set in 1994, two kids from Brooklyn team up with the Autobots and the Maximals to stop Unicron from destroying the planet.

"You know what’s not bad? 'Transformers: Rise of the Beasts,'" writes Chicago Tribune ...Read more


Killer manatee movie will be made in Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. — “Jaws” taught the world that it’s not safe to go back in the water.

Now, Tampa will be reminded of that ... by a manatee?

According to an application for a $100,000 Hillsborough County film incentive, the movie “No Wake Zone” will film for 13 days in the Tampa area throughout January and February. It is about a ...Read more

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The highest-grossing Halloween-season horror hits ... don't scare their way up the all-time list

With several (supposedly) scary movies atop the box-office charts right now or about to be released, it seems like that time of year, when all the big horror hits come out, right? Looking at the top-grossers of the genre ... not so much.

As September turned to October, “Saw X” slashed its way to an $18 million opening (about average for the...Read more

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Actress-turned-producer LaChanze reflects on the importance of having Black dealmakers on Broadway

NEW YORK — Nearly 40 years after her Broadway debut, LaChanze flipped the script by reinventing herself as one of the most sought-after theater producers in New York. Her name is attached to some of this year’s most buzzed-about shows: “Here Lies Love,” “Kimberly Akimbo” and “Jaja’s African Hair Braiding.”

In June, the Tony-...Read more

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Commentary: Concertgoers of all ages are ruder than ever. There's an easy fix

For years now, I’ve kicked around the idea of writing a column about concertgoing etiquette. But I’ve always resisted doing so, figuring that the people who really needed to read it never would.

Things changed this year. The concert industry not only made it out of the pandemic, it’s bigger than ever, with artists clamoring to get back on...Read more

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List of DVD release dates for Oct. 3 and beyond

Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change:


3: Talk to Me

3: Animal Crackers

3: Mob Land

3: NCIS: Hawai'i: Season Two

3: Prey

3: Don't Look Now

3: The Little Mermaid

3: The Lion King

3: Moana

3: Aladdin

10: Transformers: Rise of the Beasts

10: The Boogeyman

10: Strays

10: ...Read more

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Rapper Blueface sentenced to three years' probation for 2022 Las Vegas shooting

Los Angeles rapper Blueface will not serve any jail time for shooting a man in Las Vegas unless he violates probation.

In a Clark County courtroom, Judge Kathleen E. Delaney, sentenced the 26-year-old hip-hop star to a maximum of three years of probation. Monday's sentencing comes nearly a year after the rapper, whose real name is Johnathan ...Read more

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Mariah Carey announces 'Merry Christmas One And All!' tour

If all you wanted for Christmas was to see Mariah Carey live during the holidays, Santa has delivered.

The pop superstar is bringing her “Merry Christmas One And All!” tour to 13 places coast to coast, she announced Monday morning.

The tour will begin Nov. 15 in Highland, California, and conclude a week before Christmas at Madison Square ...Read more

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Stevie Nicks' $55 Barbie doll sells out first day of release

Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks is the latest celebrity to have one of the most iconic dolls to be made in her likeness. And, less than 24 hours after its release, Stevie Nicks Barbie has already sold out.

Nicks unveiled the doll during her Sunday night concert at New York City’s Madison Square Garden and it debuted on Mattel’s site ...Read more

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For Zelda Williams, SAG-AFTRA's battle against 'horrendous' AI is personal

Zelda Williams said she finds AI re-creations of her late father, Robin Williams, “personally disturbing.”

The “Dead of Summer” star took a stance against the use of artificial intelligence in a statement shared on her Instagram story over the weekend. Voicing support for the ongoing actors’ strike, Williams wrote she “witnessed for...Read more


Patrick J. Pespas, breakout star of HBO's 'Telemarketers,' reported missing

Patrick J. Pespas, the breakout star of the recent HBO docuseries “Telemarketers,” has been missing since Friday, according to one of the series’ co-directors.

On Saturday, Adam Bhala Lough, who helmed “Telemarketers” along with Sam Lipman-Stern, posted to X that Pespas has been missing since Friday. He is thought to be driving a ...Read more

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Gérard Depardieu writes public letter denying rape, harassment allegations

Gérard Depardieu publicly denied ever raping or sexually assaulting anyone in a letter published Monday by a French newspaper.

Depardieu, 74, was charged in 2020 with raping a young actress at his home. In a French news investigation three years later, 13 women described being sexually assaulted and harassed by Depardieu. None of those women ...Read more

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Aerosmith 2023 dates postponed after Steven Tyler suffers larynx fracture

ATLANTA — Steven Tyler suffered a serious larynx fracture that will require the rest of Aerosmith’s “Peace Out” farewell tour dates in 2023 to be pushed back into next year.

The scheduled State Farm Arena stop on Oct. 14 is among the concerts affected. New dates have not been set with the band saying it will announce them “as soon as ...Read more