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Entertainment industry treading water after 6 months of coronavirus restrictions

Entertainment happens in gathering places, which is what officials are trying to discourage to combat the novel coronavirus. When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in March, few people could have imagined a world without places to go for entertainment: no amusement parks, no multiplexes for movies, no theaters or festival grounds for concerts, no casinos. But not only did all those venues close, most haven’t reopened. And as we head into fall, no one knows when they will come back. They are part o...
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Actor Danny Masterson appears in court on charges he raped 3 women

LOS ANGELES — Actor Danny Masterson — who is charged with raping three women at his Hollywood Hills home between 2001 and 2003 — made his first appearance Friday in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom but did not enter a plea. The 44-year-old actor known for appearing on “That ’70s Show” and “The Ranch” was ordered to return to court Oct. 19 for arraignment. Masterson was charged June 16 with three counts of forcible rape. He could face up to 45 years to life in state prison if convicted as charged...
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Actor Danny Masterson’s lawyer denies and denounces rape charges

By ANDREW DALTON | AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES — “That ’70s Show” actor Danny Masterson, charged with raping three women, made his first appearance Friday in a Los Angeles courtroom, where his attorney declared his innocence and denounced the charges against him as “politicized.” Masterson, 44, who has been free on bail since his June arrest, stood in court in a blue suit and face mask next to attorneys Tom Mesereau and Sharon Appelbaum, as the three women sat in the gallery. Masterson d...
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There’s horror at the drive-in as Beyond Fest brings genre movie celebration to Montclair

Beyond Fest, which bills itself as the most-attended genre film festival in the nation, will take place as scheduled this year. Though instead of indoor cinemas, all of the movies will be screened at the Mission Tiki Drive-In in Montclair, organizers announced Friday. And really, given the mix of horror, suspense and similar fare, what better place to watch this mix of world or U.S. premieres and retrospectives of classically creepy films than the drive-in? “We covet the theatrical experience ab...
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The real story of how the violent, drug-fueled ‘Goodfellas’ became a gangster classic

Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas” is not just an iconic gangster movie; it’s an all-time classic and a pop-culture touchstone that’s packed with one memorable scene after another, whether it’s that minutes-long shot tracking Ray Liotta’s Henry Hill and Lorraine Bracco’s Karen Hill through the bowels of the Copacabana club or Joe Pesci’s terrifying Tommy DeVito asking ominously if Henry thinks he’s “funny like a clown.” It’s also a film that Glenn Kenny, a veteran film journalist, has re-watched reg...
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Emmy Awards 2020: Predictions for what could be a very awkward show

Considering that the Emmy Awards will go virtual for the first time — and that winners will accept their prizes from their homes — maybe our annual batch of predictions should focus more on how the telecast will unfold, than who will prevail. For example: Just how many awkward flubs are going to plague host Jimmy Kimmel? Will the WiFi cut out, and if so, when? Who will have the best Zoom backgrounds? Related Articles The two rom-coms that inspired Geraldine Viswanathan’s ‘Bro...
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The two rom-coms that inspired Geraldine Viswanathan’s ‘Broken Hearts Gallery’ performance

Geraldine Viswanathan fell in love when she read the screenplay for “The Broken Hearts Gallery.” Not with Max or Nick, the male love interests in the romantic comedy the Australian actress had been offered, but with Lucy Gulliver, the character she’d play. “I just wanted to be her/be her best friend,” Viswanathan says. “I thought she was just so unapologetically herself. “And she wears her heart on her sleeve, and that’s a really brave thing to do, and inspires the people around her to be their ...
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Kevin Hart will fill Jerry Lewis’ shoes to bring back MDA telethon

By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr. | AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES — Kevin Hart will host the return of a popular telethon once spearheaded by the late Jerry Lewis to fight muscular dystrophy. The Muscular Dystrophy Association announced Wednesday that Hart will host the MDA Kevin Hart Kids Telethon. The two-hour, star-studded virtual fundraiser event will air Oct. 24. Celebrity guests will include Michael B. Jordan, Eva Longoria, Jack Black, Usain Bolt, Josh Gad and Jillian Mercado, who was diagnose...
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How Fantasy Springs Resort Casino helped make an action movie during the coronavirus

When director Christian Sesma and producer Mike Hatton started working on their Coachella Valley-centric film “Pay Dirt,” Fantasy Springs Resort Casino turned out to be the perfect to play the film’s casino — so good that Sesma said he and Hatton would be back. The director and producer doubled down on the Indio area resort with their new film “Take Back,” but this time the casino went from a starring role to a big location behind-the-scenes. Fantasy Springs housed the cast and crew and hosted p...
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The QFilm Festival could be changed forever by COVID and that may be a good thing

Actors and directors aren’t coming to town to speak before their films at the long-running QFilm Festival in Long Beach. And the energetic and joyfully raucous crowd of film fans also won’t be in the theaters since the novel coronavirus pandemic means that the film festival, like many other events, can’t happen the way it has for decades. But while the festival will happen online this year, the event may forever be changed by this pandemic, and for organizers that’s not necessarily a bad thing. ...
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This former Doctor Who takes on ‘Game of Thrones’ star Maisie Williams in home invasion thriller

Sylvester McCoy was so delighted by the nefarious side of his character in the darkly comedic thriller “The Owners” that he could scarcely wait to slip free of his mild-mannered facade when the shoot began. “I wanted to get to the nasty part really quickly,” McCoy says by phone from his home “up a mountain in a medieval village” in France recently. “But Julius (Berg), the director, kept saying, ‘Hold back, not yet.’” In “The Owners,” the 77-year-old McCoy plays Dr. Huggins, an elderly practition...
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Why Phineas and Ferb’s creators brought the brothers back in ‘Candace Against The Universe’

Disney Channel’s animated hit “Phineas and Ferb” had occupied the lives of co-creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh for most of a decade when the pair decided in 2015 that the seemingly endless summer vacation would finally conclude for the two oddly-shaped adventure-seeking step-brothers. “We asked Disney if they’d allow us to do a finale, and they said, ‘Umm, OK, but don’t kill off any of the characters,’” Povenmire says. “We’d already come up with a first draft of that,” Marsh jokes....
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‘Tiger King’ zoo closes after animal treatment investigation

WYNNEWOOD, Okla. — The Oklahoma zoo featured in Netflix’s “Tiger King” documentary has closed after federal authorities investigated it for alleged maltreatment of animals and suspended its license. The Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park closed to the public after the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday suspended the exhibitor license for owner Jeff Lowe for 21 days. The zoo, previously run by Joseph Maldonado-Passage —also known as Joe Exotic— became famous after being featured in Netfli...
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6 ways San Dimas rules in ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure’

When actors Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves popped onscreen to address , it made perfect sense to anyone who’d ever seen “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.” After all, as William “Bill” S. Preston, Esq. and Ted “Theodore” Logan in that 1989 movie, they were fictional students at that very real school. And the fact that they weren’t actually in San Dimas for the ceremonies was even more fitting, given that for all the San Dimas references in the Bill & Ted canon, the closest the filmmakers and prod...
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Britney Spears is sort of on board with #FreeBritney, and she wants one thing to change

LOS ANGELES — Britney Spears is asking a California court to remove her father, Jamie Spears, who has long handled the decision-making in both her personal and professional life, as her sole court-appointed conservator. The pop star’s attorney requested that Jodi Montgomery, the temporary, licensed professional conservator overseeing her protracted case since September, be named permanent conservator of Spears’ personal affairs, according to court documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times. “We...
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How the pill-popping superhero story ‘Project Power’ found its star Dominique Fishback

On the long flight from New York City to Los Angeles for the final round of auditions for a leading role in the new Netflix sci-fi thriller “Project Power,” Dominique Fishback and her wallet parted company. She’s on her way to one of the biggest auditions of her life — a chemistry test with the movie’s star Jamie Foxx — and she lands in L.A. with no cash, credit card, or ID. Still, the session seemed to go so well that Fishback she was able to joke about her misfortune at its finish. Dominiq...
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Frida Cinema hosting drive-in series of horror and cult classics with Tustin’s Mess Hall

Frida Cinema, the Santa Ana-based independent movie house, has teamed up with Tustin’s Mess Hall, a new chef-driven food market, to present cult and horror classics drive-in style every Tuesday night starting Aug. 18. The series kicks off with Richard Kelly’s psychological thriller “Donnie Darko” starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Screenings start 8 p.m. on the fourth level of the parking structure between Flight Way and Airship adjacent to Mess Hall at Flight, 1705 Flight Way, in Tustin. Tickets are $25...
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FBI raids YouTube star Jake Paul’s Calabasas home

CALABASAS — A federal warrant was served Wednesday at YouTube star Jake Paul’s home in Calabasas. The warrant was being served in connection with an ongoing investigation, said Laura Eimiller of the FBI’s Los Angeles office. No arrests are planned, Eimiller said. Further details were not being released because the warrant is under seal, she said. It was unclear if Paul was at the location when FBI agents served the warrant, according to TMZ, which first reported the story. After the raid, “a sma...
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50 years on, the wild story of ‘Creem: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine’ gets told

Rock journalist Jaan Uhelszki laughs as she describes a friend’s skepticism about life and work at Creem magazine during its glory days in the ’70s. “He keeps telling me, ‘All you Creem people romanticize it, you always make it seem like it was much better than it was,’” Uhelszki says. “I say, ‘No, it really was that good.’” With the release of the new documentary “Creem: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine” on Friday, Aug. 7, Uhelszki — who co-wrote the film with director Scott Crawford and c...
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Immigration, wildfires, drug cartels: 3 powerhouse new documentaries you need to see

In Netflix’s new documentary series “Immigration Nation,” the filmmakers won unprecedented access to the inner workings of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, showing how ICE agents do their jobs as well as the toll of their work on immigrant and refugee families. The Ron Howard-directed “Rebuilding Paradise” from National Geographic Documentary Films tracks the devastating impact of the Camp Fire on Paradise, California as its residents struggle to recover over the year that followed that...
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‘Clueless’ turns 25: The fun, fashion and mystery of the missing plaid outfit

Actress Alicia Silverstone had 60 costume changes in the 1995 comedy “Clueless,” but it was a yellow plaid suit from Dolce & Gabbana that helped make her character Cher iconic. Costume designer Mona May put that look — and all the others — together for writer-director Amy Heckerling. So, given the fashion statement it made, surely she’s kept tabs on the outfit over the years since “Clueless” arrived? As if! “If you tell me where it is, I’ll give you a million dollars,” May says, laughing, during...
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Body is found in Lake Piru search for ‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera

LOS ANGELES — A body was found Monday at a Ventura County lake during the search for “Glee” star Naya Rivera, authorities said. The body was discovered five days after the 33-year-old Rivera disappeared on Lake Piru, where her son was found July 8 alone a few hours later on a boat the two had rented, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said. Authorities would not immediately say if the person found was Rivera but said the day after she disappeared that they believed she drowned in the lake north...
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There’s a ‘The Sandlot’ reunion and Dodger Justin Turner is hosting

“The Sandlot” hadn’t even opened yet in April 1993 when Patrick Renna got his first inkling that people might end up liking this little baseball-themed coming-of-age story. “I was in the Glendale, California public library when the trailer of the movie came out and someone stopped me and said, ‘You’re from that movie that’s about to come out, “The Sandlot!”‘” says Renna, who made his movie debut as Hamilton “Ham” Porter. “And when that happened, I went, ‘Whoa, that’s weird,’” he says. “Like, I’m...
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Kelly Preston, actress and wife of John Travolta, dies at 57

LOS ANGELES — Actress Kelly Preston, whose credits included the films “Twins” and “Jerry Maguire,” died Sunday, her husband John Travolta said. She was 57. Travolta confirmed his wife’s death in an Instagram post late Sunday. He said she died after a two-year battle with breast cancer. “It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer,” Travolta said of his wife of 28 years. “She fought a courageous fight with the love a...
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Here is what really scares ‘Belzebuth’ actor Tobin Bell

Actor Tobin Bell isn’t afraid to face demons, but he doesn’t like it. The 77-year-old is best known for portraying John Kramer/Jigsaw, the antagonist of the “Saw” horror film franchise. But in one of his latest movies, he’s dealing with religion, demonology and law enforcement in Mexico to help put a stop to a series of terrorist attacks against children in the Spanish-English language horror film, “Belzebuth.” The film is available via AMC’s Shudder streaming service and was released On Demand ...
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Meet the new ‘Batwoman’ — she’s Javicia Leslie

“Batwoman” will have a new look when the superhero drama series returns for its second season next winter on The CW. The network, along with Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions, announced on Wednesday that Javicia Leslie will take on the iconic cape and cowl in the series. With her casting, Leslie becomes the first Black actress to portray Batwoman in a live-action television or film production. “I am extremely proud to be the first Black actress to play the iconic role of Batwoman ...
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Here’s why Netflix’s ‘The Old Guard’ is groundbreaking

The new Netflix adaptation of “The Old Guard” graphic novel might be the most radical superhero movie made so far. Sure, the plot doesn’t immediately signal this: The story follows four immortal soldiers who for centuries have fought the good fight for humanity, and just as they take on a new recruit they come under fresh attack from powerful forces. But look a little closer: The team’s commander is a woman, Andromache of Scythia — Andy, for short — played by Charlize Theron. And the newly recru...
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‘Showbiz Kids’ director Alex Winter interviews former child stars about trials and traumas of the business

The idea of making a documentary about child entertainers was something director Alex Winter says he thought about often but always set aside over the past decade. “I came up as a child actor,” he says by phone from his South Pasadena home recently. “I’ve worked with a lot of child actors as a director over the years. And it occurred to me that I had never really seen the story told, in an intimate way, from the subjects themselves. “Especially in a non-tabloid way, where it’s really a more expa...
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When Tom Hanks needed a director for his WWII naval drama ‘Greyhound,’ Aaron Schneider got the call

Aaron Schneider was working as a cinematographer but wanted to become a director.  He started by winning an Oscar in 2003 for his short film, “ Two Soldiers .” But it took six years before his feature debut, “ Get Low” — and another 11 years before his second. But it’s a good one: He returns at the helm for “ Greyhound,” a World War II drama written by and starring Tom Hanks.  Hanks plays a navy officer on his first mission as captain; his destroyer must escort an Allied convoy ...
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Spaghetti Western movie composer Ennio Morricone dead at 91

By FRANCES D’EMILIO | Associated Press ROME — Ennio Morricone, the Oscar-winning Italian composer who created the coyote-howl theme for the iconic Spaghetti Western “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and often haunting soundtracks for such classic Hollywood gangster movies as “The Untouchables” and the epic “Once Upon A Time In America,” died Monday. He was 91. Morricone’s longtime lawyer, Giorgio Assumma, said “the Maestro,” as he was known, died in a Rome hospital of complications following surg...
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