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“Murder, Mayhem and Torture” Off the Sunset Strip: The Tragic Story of the Budding Director and His Dead Girlfriend

Before he was arrested in the brutal scalping death of the mother of his newborn daughter, promising scion Blake Leibel got caught up in a twisted love triangle and developed ties to the decadent poker scene depicted in 'Molly's? Game.' As he prepares to stand trial, those who knew Leibel best reveal what could have caused him to break so bad.

A Decomposing Body, 10 Duped Girlfriends and the Saga of the ‘Alien’ Con Man in Hollywood’s Backyard

Jeffrey Lash was a spy, a post-9/11 covert operative who seduced women in L.A.'s tony Pacific Palisades with tales of, yes, supernatural powers. But when police found him dead in his car with a $5 million gun stash near the homes of showbiz elite, a stranger-than-fiction tale emerged of abuse, lies, a mystery illness and a grifter with "more charisma than 10 Trumps."

At Home With George Clooney in Italy: Amal, the Twins, Politics and an Incendiary New Movie

On Lake Como with the 'Suburbicon' director and his family as he revels in a new life off-camera ("I'm a very good diaper guy"), swaps texts with Obama, reveals how he'll spend a $200 million tequila windfall and grapples with restlessness about art, race and justice that may hold clues to a career after Hollywood.

The Next Hef: Hugh’s 25-Year-Old Son Reveals Plan to Remake Playboy “For My Generation”

Cooper Hefner has assumed creative control at the brand his father launched 64 years ago as he brings nude images back to the magazine while lamenting the company's involvement in lowbrow licensing and reality TV: "Nudity hadn't been the problem — it was how it'd been presented."

Leah Remini Doubles Down on Anti-Scientology Crusade: I Want a Federal Investigation

The firebrand star revs up her war in season two of A&E's Emmy-nominated docuseries 'Aftermath' as she heads to New York to join Kevin James' CBS comedy amid a church counteroffensive: "It's been really trying."

Underestimate Donald Glover at Your Own Peril

The red-hot writer, producer, director, musician and now movie star takes a break from Lando duties on the Han Solo movie to dissect his extraordinary rise, 'Atlanta' Emmy hopes, his secret sit-down with Billy Dee Williams (in disguise) and how he plans to conquer Hollywood: "Convince them that you speak old white man."

The Mystery of L.A. Billboard Diva Angelyne’s Real Identity Is Finally Solved

“Would you be interested in a story on Angelyne’s true identity?” the man wrote last fall under a pseudonym, referring to the enigmatic L.A. billboard diva who has been a pop culture icon of self-creation and self-marketing since the early 1980s — and is now regarded as a forerunner to Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian and […]

How ‘Sharknado’ Casts Its C-Listers and Nearly Landed Trump as President

Months before he declared himself a candidate, Trump was set to play commander-in-chief in the schlocky Syfy film franchise that has lured everyone from Ann Coulter to Charo for cameos while regular Tara Reid makes a quarter of one male co-star's pay.

Two Dead on a Tom Cruise Movie Shoot: A Plane Crash in Colombia, Lawsuits and a Survivor Speaks Out

Was a tragedy during the production of Cruise's 'American Made' preventable? Conflicting accounts and a pilot in a "death pool" raise questions about safety and the filmmakers' role in it all: "Hollywood cut corners."

Woody Harrelson Gets Insanely Candid on Sex, Drugs, ‘Apes’ and Those Han Solo Firings

In his own words, the 'War for the Planet of the Apes' villain reveals a painful path from "anonymous and poor" to 'Cheers,' two Oscar noms, a stint in jail, a drunken foursome and lessons learned along the way: "I'm not George Clooney, but it's still a pretty amazing life."

The O.J. Witness Who Never Testified Fears His Parole: “You Never Know What Will Make Him Flip Out”

On the eve of the disgraced NFL star's possible release, Jill Shively recounts her fateful encounter on a Brentwood boulevard, the "horrible" spat with Marcia Clark and how her role in L.A.'s most notorious murder trial makes her nervous about the man who could soon walk free.

Billy Bush Breaks His Silence on Trump, the ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape, NBC and a Comeback Plan (Exclusive)

Seven months after the infamous "grab them by the pussy" recording got Bush fired (and nearly toppled Trump's White House run), the former 'Today' host goes public with what happened on that bus, the people who knew about the tape, how he broke the "awful" news to his daughters and his bold comeback move: "I plan to return to the job that I love."