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JJ Abrams (Briefly) Faces off With Mentalist Vinny DePonto During ‘Mindplay’ Opening Night

Geffen Playhouse hosted a few notable names inside the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater on opening night of Vinny DePonto’s Mindplay. The show, described as “a love letter to the imperfect mind,” is a participatory experience that works when audience members jot down “something that’s recently been weighing on your mind,” like a fear, regret, memory, […]

Charles Shyer on New Film ‘Noel Diary,’ How Nancy Meyers “100 Percent” Helped Him Cast Justin Hartley

Charles Shyer is back. The Oscar-nominated screenwriter turned filmmaker has returned to the director’s chair with his first film in years just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, Netflix’s The Noel Diary starring Justin Hartley and Barrett Doss. Based on the book by Richard Paul Evans, Hartley toplines as a best-selling author who returns home […]

Nicole Kidman to Receive AFI Life Achievement Award

Nicole Kidman has an important date on her calendar for 2023. The Oscar-winning actress and producer has been selected to receive the 49th AFI Life Achievement Award during a gala ceremony at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on June 10. In making the announcement, the American Film Institute noted that she becomes the first Australian actor to […]

Behind JoJo Siwa’s ‘Rocketman’-Inspired Look at Elton John’s Dodger Stadium Farewell Concert

Minutes before 8 p.m., JoJo Siwa emerged from a VIP area inside Dodger Stadium to take her seat for Elton John’s final North American tour stop ever. But before the 19-year-old could sit down, she was approached by hordes of enthusiastic concert-goers eager to snap pics of Siwa’s ensemble. The entertainer was decked out in […]

A Helicopter, 28 Cameras and an 11 p.m. Curfew: Ben Winston on How Producers Pulled Off Elton John’s Dodger Stadium Live Stream

Elton John took a final bow in North America on Sunday night, closing out three shows at Dodger Stadium, inside the same venue that hosted his superstar-making turn in 1975. To capture the historic night, Disney+ presented its first-ever global live stream with Elton John Live: Farewell from Dodger Stadium, directed by Paul Dugdale and […]

Chuck Lorre Revisited Charlie Sheen Drama on ‘Two and a Half Men’ With New Sitcom Pitch

“The following is a true story. Except for cutting the boring shit and making up a bunch of stuff, this really happened.” So opens Sex, Drugs and a Sitcom, a wild TV pilot script written by überproducer Chuck Lorre about the tumultuous time he spent steering the ship at Two and a Half Men. The […]

Elton John Takes Final Bow at Dodger Stadium With Dua Lipa, Brandi Carlile, Fireworks and a Message to His Fans: “Be Kind to Each Other”

The year was 1975. Elton John, backed by a barrage of No. 1 albums and hit singles, hit Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles for back-to-back sold-out shows. The concerts became legendary in pre-viral times, thanks to an electric set from John, then 28, who tickled the ivories and roared into the microphone while dressed in […]

How Messhall Kitchen Staffers Mounted the Restaurant’s First Film Festival With No Budgets, Overnight Shoots and Talented Regulars

Los Feliz gastropub Messhall Kitchen has a new (and Hollywood-approved) item on its menu this November: a film festival. It’s one that couldn’t happen anywhere else. The fest features eight short films, all of which were produced and filmed entirely at Messhall over an eight week period, accomplished by talent that is either on staff […]

Trent Reznor on Desire to Bail on Twitter After Elon Musk Takeover: “We Don’t Need the Arrogance of the Billionaire Class”

“Embarrassment,” offers Trent Reznor when asked for his take on Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover. The Nine Inch Nails frontman and Oscar-winning composer (with longtime partner Atticus Ross) has a sizable 1.6 million following, even if he doesn’t tweet all that much. Nonetheless, he’s ready to say goodbye for good. “I’m about to depart. We don’t […]

Luca Guadagnino Says ‘Bones and All’ Star Michael Stuhlbarg Asked 100 Questions in Prep to Play a Cannibal

Michael Stuhlbarg says his first gig working for Luca Guadagnino, on 2017’s Call Me by Your Name, was “so buoyant, magical, fun, moving and really singular” that when the Italian auteur came calling with another part, it was an instant yes. Like Call Me by Your Name, the new film, cannibalism-themed love story Bones and […]

Keanu Reeves, Billie Eilish and Tom Holland Among Stars Confirmed for Venture Into Cures Fundraiser

EB Research Partnership (EBRP) has rallied a slew of stars to appear during the third annual Venture Into Cures, an online fundraiser scheduled for Nov. 20. The event will feature appearances by (in alphabetical order) Jonathan Brown, Dana Carvey, Billie Eilish, Will Ferrell, Finneas, Jack Harlow, Tom Holland, Joe Jonas, Kermit the Frog, Macklemore, Lamorne Morris, Chris Pratt, Keanu Reeves, Olivia Rodrigo, Molly Shannon, Hannah Simone, David […]

Kal Penn on How Connection From Raunchy Comedy ‘Van Wilder’ Led to Part in Disney’s ‘The Santa Clauses’

After back-to-back turns in haunting projects like American Horror Story and Smile, Kal Penn hits the small screen in the family friendly holiday series The Santa Clauses opposite Tim Allen. In the (now streaming) Disney+ series, the entertainment industry vet plays a frustrated entrepreneur who is juggling ambitious business goals with the demands of being […]