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Lynda Hirsh On This Week's TV Gossip

She is back -- not really. Patrika Darbo (Shirley, "The Bold and the Beautiful") is going to be zooming with niece Sally who has relocated from "The Bold and the Beautiful" to "The Young and the Restless." After leaving LA, Shirley headed to Texas and opened a doughnut shop. Darbo says she did not know her character was into Dunkin'. Darbo ...Read more

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Felix Silla, Cousin Itt on TV's 'The Addams Family,' dies at 84

Actor Felix Silla, who played the hairy Cousin Itt on TV’s “The Addams Family” and a robot on “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century,” died on Friday.

Silla, who had pancreatic cancer, was 84.

Gil Gerard, who starred as Buck Rogers on the TV series that aired from 1979-81, shared the news of Silla’s death on Twitter.

“Felix died just ...Read more

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Selena Day honors the late Tejano icon on what would have been her 50th birthday

If Selena Day wasn’t marked on your calendar already, now is the time to do so. The celebration honors the late singer Selena Quintanilla’s birthday; born April 16, 1971, she would have turned 50 on Friday.

Selena, as she was simply known, rose to fame in the early 1990s as a driving force in Tejano music, a male-dominated genre that she ...Read more

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Australian TV host Edwina Bartholomew causes stir for telling pregnant Meghan Markle to 'shut up'

The ripple effect of Meghan Markle’s March 7 bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview still has people buzzing Down Under.

Australian TV broadcaster Edwina Bartholomew received backlash for telling the embattled Duchess of Sussex to “shut up” during Wednesday’s episode of the morning show “Sunrise.”

The popular morning show host took ...Read more

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Viola Davis named Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year

Viola Davis has another prestigious honor to add to her growing list of accolades.

The Emmy, Golden Globe, Oscar and Tony Award winning actress has been named Woman of the Year by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

On Friday, the group, which has been doling out the honor since 1951, recognizing people in entertainment, ...Read more

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BBC reacts to criticism that Idris Elba's 'Luther' isn't 'authentic'

For the love of Luther!

A British broadcasting executive caused a bit of a kerfuffle for saying that Idris Elba’s leading character in the British crime series “Luther” wasn’t Black enough.

BBC diversity chief Miranda Wayland came under fire after she claimed the beloved detective chief inspector “doesn’t feel authentic” because ...Read more

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Hayley Hasselhoff, David Hasselhoff's daughter, becomes first plus-size cover model for Playboy in Europe

Like her famous pappy, Hayley Hasselhoff is huge in Germany.

The buxom daughter of pop culture icon David Hasselhoff is celebrating the fact she’s the first “curve model” to be featured on the cover of Playboy magazine’s German edition.

The 28-year-old actress and model revealed the sultry cover visuals — shot by legendary fashion ...Read more

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Lil Nas X answers kids' questions about what it means to come out of 'the closet'

Lil Nas X had a candid conversation with two of his youngest fans.

The Grammy Award-winning “Old Town Road” singer appeared on Wednesday’s episode of the kid-hosted YouTube series “Arts & Raps,” answering questions from child actor Dilan Patton and co-host Zaria Kelley.

As the three painted portraits, one of the most meaningful ...Read more

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Cardi B calls out 'blue check Republicans' on silence over Daunte Wright killing

Cardi B minced no words in calling out Republicans for their silence regarding the police killing of Daunte Wright and Caron Nazario’s near-fatal encounter with police in West Virginia.

In a profanity laced one-minute video clip, the Grammy Award-winning hip-hop superstar went on a tangent about the police-involved killing of a 20-year-old ...Read more

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Congrats on your vaccine appointment. But did you get Bad Bunny tickets?

How badly do you want Bad Bunny tickets?

That was the question Thursday as fans waited hours and spent hundreds of dollars for a chance to attend the Puerto Rican rapper‘s El Ultimo Tour del Mundo — named after his surprise 2020 album — in 2022. And that was just during the presale period, which started at noon on the West Coast.

As ...Read more

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Where to stream this year's Oscar contenders, from 'Nomadland' to 'Two Distant Strangers'

Everything about this year's Oscars is a little bit different, from the timing of the show to the types of movies nominated to the ceremony itself, which will unfold on April 25 in a live presentation we still don't know a whole lot about.

It's befitting of a year where Hollywood was turned upside down and inside out, where theaters were ...Read more

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Pete Davidson to star in Joey Ramone biopic for Netflix

“Saturday Night Live” and “King of Staten Island” star Pete Davidson will star and produce a Joey Ramone biopic for Netflix, the streaming service announced Thursday.

The film, “I Slept With Joey Ramone,” is based on a memoir of the same name by Mickey Leigh and will cover the life of the punk rocker from Queens, New York.

Born ...Read more

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Karla Peterson: Kate Winslet can't save HBO drama from sinking into cliche

Many smart people put a lot of work into "Mare of Easttown," a new crime drama debuting Sunday on HBO. There is Kate Winslet, giving it her clenched-jaw all as a conflicted detective investigating a murder in her small Pennsylvania town. There is creator Brad Ingelsby, packing the seven-episode limited series with dysfunctional families, fraught...Read more

Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'In the Heights' to open Tribeca Film Festival with screenings in all 5 NYC boroughs

NEW YORK — The Tribeca Film Festival will open its 2021 edition with the big-screen adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In the Heights,” festival organizers announced Friday.

The highly anticipated movie musical will officially premiere on June 9 at the United Palace in Upper Manhattan’s Washington Heights, the same neighborhood where...Read more

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Commentary: Jennifer Lopez deserves better than Alex Rodriguez

Acting. Singing. Dancing. Jennifer Lopez can do it all.

And she can do better when it comes to men.

The Bronx-born entertainment powerhouse is unattached again after she and Alex Rodriguez announced Thursday that they’ve ended their engagement — apparently for real this time.

The coupling of J-Lo and A-Rod was tabloid catnip. They were ...Read more

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Chrissy Teigen returns to Twitter three weeks after quitting: 'It feels terrible to silence yourself'

She’s back.

Chrissy Teigen returned to Twitter on Friday, just 23 days after announcing she was quitting the platform for good.

On March 24, the 35-year-old model and best-selling author told her nearly 14 million followers that she was done with the social networking service.

“It’s time for me to say goodbye. This no longer serves me ...Read more

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Joaquin Phoenix explains why 'Gunda' isn't vegan propaganda. It's 'just facts'

As he made his way through the pre-pandemic awards season last year, picking up trophies for his performance in "Joker," actor Joaquin Phoenix gave an increasingly powerful series of speeches.

Phoenix seemed to recognize the influence of the platform he was being given on some of the world's most celebrated stages, and he made the most of it ...Read more

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Review: Need a really good mystery to watch? HBO's new crime drama is just the ticket

In the well-wrought "Mare of Easttown," which begins Sunday on HBO, Kate Winslet plays Mare Sheehan, a police detective in a Pennsylvania small town dealing with the death of a teenage girl and the possibly related disappearance of another a year before. In some surely unintended way, it feels like a corrective to the glamorous, shallow, uptown ...Read more

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Prince: 5 years after his death, how the Purple One lives on

Here is how it works for this music critic: Album reviews are written in real time. Give the record three or four spins over two or three days and then publish your opinion, often the day the album comes out or shortly thereafter. Then move on.

At a daily newspaper, there are many tasks. New albums arrive every day. There are concerts to cover,...Read more

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Buzzy Cohen, former 'Jeopardy!' winner, to host game show's Tournament of Champions

“Jeopardy!” has named a buzzy new guest host.

Buzzy Cohen, a former winner of the question-and-answer game show, will host the Tournament of Champions event next month, producers announced Wednesday.

“Buzzy has been where each of these champions is, so we think it’ll be comforting for the contestants to see a familiar face behind the ...Read more