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How Jenny Lewis found happiness where she least expected it

LOS ANGELES — It turns out that Jenny Lewis — former child actor, widely respected songwriter, avatar of sophisticated L.A. cool — is a mall walker.

"I go down there and I get my steps in," she says, shrugging matter-of-factly. "I'm also a massage-at-the-mall person."

Lewis, whose talent and effortless charm have made her an object of ...Read more

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2023 Tony Awards predictions: Who will win vs. who should win

NEW YORK — It looks like this year’s Tony Awards will be a trifle tricky to predict.

The annual celebration of Broadway’s best shows is set to be unscripted due to a writers strike, promising a song-and-dance-heavy ceremony that could go off the rails in all the right — or wrong — ways.

Plus, it’s hard to say who will be taking ...Read more

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TV shows to watch: 'Never Have I Ever' throws a can't-miss graduation party

'Never Have I Ever'

Most teen comedies are squarely in the misfit's corner. Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) was always a little hard to root for. She majored in lying, cheating, betrayal and self-pity. Her shortcomings are still on display in the fourth and final season of this sitcom that challenged the norms in more ways than one. That's part of...Read more

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Jodie Comer, choked up by NY air quality, rallied for evening performance of 'Prima Facie'

Jodie Comer returned for a Wednesday evening performance of the Broadway show "Prima Facie" after exiting an earlier show due to poor air quality in New York City.

About 10 minutes into a matinee performance of the one-woman, 140-minute play, the show came to a halt as Comer said she was having a hard time breathing, "Prima Facie" said in a ...Read more

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Stephen McKinley Henderson, 73, is basking in gratitude this Tony Awards season

NEW YORK — Flowers are blooming for Stephen McKinley Henderson. For those in the know, the former Buffalo University professor is one of the greatest actors of his generation, but his career has been largely unsung until now.

With a role-rich career spanning five decades on and off stage, Henderson has finally achieved leading man recognition...Read more

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Neil Young announces West Coast solo tour

SAN DIEGO — Neil Young is set to kick off his first tour in four years, a July solo outing on the West Coast that appears likely to be a prelude to a more extensive national concert trek. The two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee plans to largely showcase songs he he has never performed before, along with some of his classics.

The tour ...Read more

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Review: 'The Crowded Room' is a crime thriller starring Tom Holland (no spoilers)

Let's talk about spoilers. Apart from the occasional plea to an audience, "Please do not reveal the shocking conclusion," as in punchline movies like "Sleuth" or "The Sixth Sense," spoilers were until relatively recently not a thing. These days, some viewers think nothing should ever be revealed about a show or film they haven't gotten around to...Read more

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Padma Lakshmi opens up about leaving 'Top Chef': It wasn't 'sustainable' anymore

"This was a really tough decision," said Padma Lakshmi, seconds before announcing the winner of "Top Chef: World All Stars" during Thursday's season finale.

The sentiment also applies to last week's bombshell news that the 20th season of Bravo's reality series would be the Emmy-nominated host and executive producer's last.

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'Funny Girl' star Lea Michele among live performers at 2023 Tony Awards, despite ineligibility

NEW YORK — “Funny Girl” star Lea Michele will perform Sunday at the 76th Annual Tony Awards, even though her star turn in the hit musical isn’t eligible for competition this year.

The current stars of the acclaimed revival, which has been running for more than a year, will share the same stage as casts of newly opened Tony-nominated ...Read more

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Mary McNamara: Ed Asner warned us about Hollywood's summer of labor unrest 40 years ago

LOS ANGELES — On Monday, more than a month into the writers strike, SAG-AFTRA members agreed that if the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers fails to offer them an acceptable new contract by June 30, they too will strike. Should that happen before the WGA and the AMPTP settle their differences, it would be the first time ...Read more

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Neal Justin: How 'Secrets & Sisterhood' avoids being carbon copy of the 'Kardashians'

The Sozahdahs have a lot in common with the Kardashians. They're fashion-savvy sisters enjoying the high life in Los Angeles with a habit of butting into each other's personal business and engaging in an endless cycle of bickering and bonding.

But there's a significant difference between them and Kim and company: Their lives are intrinsically ...Read more

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The 2023 Tony Awards were nearly canceled. Here's how to watch the ceremony

The 2023 Tony Awards will celebrate the 2022-23 Broadway season, the first full season after the COVID-19 pandemic darkened stages for 18 months. For a period of 72 hours last month, there was an industrywide worry that it wouldn't even happen at all.

With great relief to theatermakers and supporters, Broadway's biggest night will take place as...Read more

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The return of Vidiots could alter LA's moviegoing map for good

LOS ANGELES — When the Santa Monica video store Vidiots, which had become a local cultural institution, closed in February 2017, founders Patty Polinger and Cathy Tauber had their doubts as to whether the store would ever rebound. Opened in 1985, the beloved rental shop had a collection of more than 50,000 titles on various media formats that...Read more


Review: 'Based on a True Story' is a funny, clever sendup of true-crime obsession

It's podcasting or prison for an active serial killer in "Based on a True Story," Peacock's brisk, bingeable comedy now available to stream, which is set against America's obsession with true crime.

The Westside Ripper is terrorizing Los Angeles when Ava and Nathan Bartlett (Kaley Cuoco and Chris Messina), a Mar Vista couple who are struggling ...Read more

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My worst moment: Patricia Arquette, the temporary hair dye and a sweaty audition

In the Apple TV+ series “High Desert,” Patricia Arquette plays a walking disaster of a person who nevertheless has enough self-confidence to propel her life forward. That’s how she ends up working for a private investigator somewhere out in the California desert and putting whatever skills she has to use.

“She’s such a big hot mess ...Read more

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Filmmaker Celine Song talks about 'Past Lives' and how this gem of a movie addresses conflict differently

CHICAGO — “First time in Chicago!” Celine Song says, grinning, in between talking about her superb feature film debut as writer-director, “Past Lives.” We’re having coffee downtown, the morning after her film played the Chicago Critics Film Festival at the Music Box Theatre.

Also, “first time at the Music Box! That theater is so ...Read more

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Eating burgers and talking 'Love You Anyway' with Philly psychedelic soul singer Devon Gilfillian

PHILADELPHIA — Since moving to Music City a decade ago, Devon Gilfillian has been a Nashvillian.

But the songwriter and guitarist from Delaware County was back home on a recent afternoon, celebrating the release of his new album, "Love You Anyway."

The homecoming trip included promotional stops at WXPN-FM (88.5) and Main Street Music in ...Read more

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Bryan Cranston is retiring from acting in 2026 for wife Robin Dearden. 'She deserves it'

Bryan Cranston is planning his exit from Hollywood because he’s ready to spend some quality time with his wife, Robin Dearden.

Cranston revealed in a Thursday profile published by British GQ that he’d be stepping away from acting in 2026.

According to GQ, the Emmy-winning actor is planning to shut down his production company and sell his ...Read more

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Tom Holland taking a break from acting after latest project: 'The show did break me'

Even Spider-Man needs a break sometimes.

Tom Holland revealed in a new interview that he is "taking a year off" acting after his "difficult" experience making his latest project, "The Crowded Room."

The "Spider-Man: No Way Home" and "Uncharted" actor served as an executive producer on the Apple TV+ limited series, which premieres Friday and ...Read more

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LA actor with roles in 'Arrested Development,' 'Bob's Burgers' charged in Jan. 6 Capitol riot

A Los Angeles-based actor and comedian known for roles on “Bob’s Burger’s” and “Arrested Development” is facing charges for his alleged involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the United States Capitol, the Department of Justice said Wednesday.

Jay Johnston, 54, faces charges including civil disorder, entering or remaining in a ...Read more