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Chris Gardner

Senior Staff Writer

Why ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Creator Enlisted His Son to Score an Emotional Scene

The Queen’s Gambit, Netflix’s blockbuster limited series about an orphaned pill-popping chess prodigy, is not known for knee-slapping humor. But there’s a scene early in episode three…

UTA Signs TOGETHXR, New Media and Commerce Company Founded by Four Olympic Champions

UTA is getting together with professional athletes Alex Morgan, Chloe Kim, Simone Manuel and Sue Bird. The agency has signed the quartet’s media and commerce company TOGETHXR for…

Geffen Playhouse to Honor Ted Sarandos, Nicole Avant and Amanda Gorman at Backstage Gala

Geffen Playhouse is ready to put on a show. The Westwood-based theater has announced the details for its Aug. 7 gala, Backstage at the Geffen: Under the Stars, with a trio of honorees in <a href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/t/netflix/" id="auto-tag_netflix_1"…

Elton John Postpones Summer Holiday to Attend ‘Pose’ FYC Event

Elton John and partner David Furnish are typically found at this time of year at their summer home in Nice, France, but on June 5, they were center stage in a parking lot adjacent to the Rose Bowl…

‘Saved by the Bell’ Costume Designer on Creating a Trans High School Style Icon in Josie Totah

Fittings have not always been Josie Totah’s favorite. The 19-year-old actress, who came out as transgender in 2018, says that getting dressed to play characters who didn’t reflect her…

Book About Late Actor and Notorious Bad Guy Lawrence Tierney Set from Writer-Producer Burt Kearns

The life and wild times of the late Lawrence Tierney will soon be put on the page. Author, journalist and documentary producer Burt Kearns confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that he is…

Women in Film Reveals Participants for Inaugural Emerging Producers Program

Women in Film, Los Angeles has announced the roster for its inaugural Emerging Producers Program. The one-year course — open to women and nonbinary individuals who are early in their…

Lara Flynn Boyle Is Back on the Big Screen, But Don’t Call It a Comeback: “I Never Went Anywhere”

Lara Flynn Boyle may never see this article. She doesn’t have a computer and stays off social media. She’s not even sure how to look things up online. “Could not tell you how to Google,” she…

Veteran Advertising Executive Mike Densmore Joins UTA Marketing as Head of Growth and Innovation

Mike Densmore, a veteran advertising executive, has joined UTA Marketing in a newly created role as head of growth and innovation. Based in the agency’s New York office, Densmore will…

How a Brentwood School Landed Oprah Winfrey for Commencement

Brentwood’s Archer School for Girls had quite the headliner for its May 28 commencement program: Oprah Winfrey. The mogul appeared on a program that also included Grammy winner Brandi…

Amber Ruffin, Tina Fey and Tracee Ellis Ross Join Girls Inc. Virtual Film Festival

Girls Inc.’s inaugural film festival is filling out its program with the addition of Tina Fey, Tracee Ellis Ross, Hoda Kotb, Venus Williams, RWQuarantunes duo Richard and Demi Weitz, and…

Ellie Kemper on Debutante Ball With “Racist, Sexist” Past: “Ignorance Is No Excuse”

Ellie Kemper has responded to a viral Twitter controversy that linked the actress with a St. Louis debutante ball run by an organization with a racist past. “When I was 19 years old, I decided…