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Seth Abramovitch

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Ellen Burstyn Reveals Why She Finally Said Yes to an ‘Exorcist’ Sequel

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Actors Studio — the legendary New York (and later Los Angeles) workshop co-founded by Elia Kazan in 1947 where Marlon Brando, James Dean, Paul Newman and scores of other acting heavyweights perfected their craft — the Academy Museum is hosting a series of Sunday screenings. It kicked off […]

Hollywood Flashback: In 1981, ‘Roar’ Pitted Lions Against Humans Without CGI

In Universal’s Beast, out Aug. 19, Idris Elba is hunted by a ferocious lion. That creature is entirely computer-generated. But in 1981’s Roar, the beasts mauling Tippi Hedren, daughter Melanie Griffith (then 19) and the rest of the cast were real. Often cited as the most dangerous film production of all time, Roar began in […]

Salman Rushdie Attack Witnesses: “There Were Many Screams of Terror”

An attack on author Salman Rushdie, 75, stabbed multiple times at a speaking engagement at the Chautauqua Institution in Western New York, has shocked the world. A suspect, New Jersey resident Hadi Matar, was taken into custody and has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder in the second degree, among other charges. The Booker Prize-winning writer […]

Hollywood Flashback: 1997’s ‘Air Bud’ Proved Golden Retrievers Can Jump

Air Bud — the Disney film about a dog who could play basketball (and which starred Buddy, a golden retriever that could indeed launch the ball into the net with his nose) — first dribbled its way into our hearts 25 years ago. The idea for Air Bud had been hatched by Canadian brothers Robert […]

Ebon Moss-Bachrach on the Emotion of ‘The Bear’: “I Look in Jeremy Allen White’s Eyes and He’s in Pain”

If 2022 can lay claim to “a show of the summer,” it would likely be FX on Hulu’s The Bear. Created by Ramy executive producer Christopher Storer, the buzzy food-world dramedy is set inside The Original Beef of Chicagoland, a debt-ridden sandwich shop left to James Beard Award-winning chef Carmy Berzatto (Shameless‘ Jeremy Allen White) by his late […]

Jak Knight Cause of Death Revealed

A cause of death for Jak Knight, a rising stand-up and TV comedy writer whose death at 28 shocked Hollywood, has been determined by the Los Angeles County medical examiner-coroner. Knight was discovered at an embankment in L.A. on July 14 at 8:33 p.m., a spokesperson for the coroner’s officer tells The Hollywood Reporter. He […]

Fred and Kim Goldman on Scars of O.J. Simpson Trial, Hollywood’s True-Crime Obsession

It has been nearly three decades since Fred Goldman and daughter Kim Goldman were transformed almost overnight into reluctant celebrities amid almost inconceivable grief for Ron Goldman — their son and brother, respectively. Ron was a 25-year-old tennis instructor and waiter who was murdered, along with Nicole Brown Simpson, outside her Brentwood home on July […]

Hollywood Flashback: Natasha Lyonne Made Her TV Debut on ‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse’

For a Saturday morning children’s show, the number of rising stars who passed through Pee-wee’s Playhouse is a marvel ­— and indicative of just how developed an eye Paul Reubens had for spotting emerging talent. There was Laurence Fishburne as Cowboy Curtis; Phil Hartman as Captain Carl; S. Epatha Merkerson as Reba the Mail Lady; […]

Kate Berlant and John Early: How an Awkward ‘Three’s Company’ Reunion Inspired Their Comedy

Comedians, actors and best friends Kate Berlant and John Early have been making beautifully weird comedy together for a little over a decade. On June 24, they bring their most ambitious sketch project yet to Peacock. Would It Kill You to Laugh? gives the duo a full hour to mine for awkward laughs while exploring some very […]

Hollywood Flashback: ‘Mannix’ Star Gail Fisher Made Emmys History in 1970

Why Gail Fisher is not more widely celebrated in the annals of Hollywood history is a mystery not even Joe Mannix could solve. Fisher was only the third Black actress to appear in a prominent, nonservant role on weekly broadcast TV, after Diahann Carroll of Julia and Nichelle Nichols of Star Trek. And she was […]

The Top 25 Drama Schools in the World

Where to look for the next onscreen talent, from New Haven to Australia.

Who Killed Mae West’s No. 1 Fan?

Late in 1971, a shaggy, 23-year-old college student and aspiring screenwriter was toiling away at his master’s thesis at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Born Feb. 2, 1948, in Waukegan, Illinois, David Ray Johnson displayed nothing particularly remarkable at first glance. He stood about 5-foot-7, had long brown hair and a thick mustache, and […]