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Why #MeToo Hasn’t Transformed the Stand-Up Scene

Stand-up comedian Mona Shaikh’s voice still quavers as she recalls what happened after her set in August 2018 at the Foxfire Room in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Valley Village. A prominent actor who also had performed that night wouldn’t let up after she declined his pass at her. Shaikh, uninterested, noted it was getting […]

Will Ferrell Just Wants to Entertain You (and Himself)

I’ve yet to turn on my recorder and Will Ferrell is already apologizing. He’s rusty, he says, as he pours us both coffee. It’s been a while since he sat for a lengthy interview, the kind that requires him to reflect on his career and his place in a fast-changing business. And he’s not so […]

Ted’s Big Stand: Will Chappelle Support Haunt Netflix Co-CEO?

As the furor over Dave Chappelle’s Netflix special The Closer — widely criticized as transphobic — roils the industry weeks after its Oct. 5 premiere, the town’s opinions remain mixed on Netflix chief Ted Sarandos’ insensitive but forcefully artist-first handling of the situation. While a number of LGBTQ+ stars and allies took to Twitter to […]

Groundbreaker Garrett Morris on Battling Racism on ‘SNL,’ Overcoming Addiction and Why Dave Chappelle Is a “Comic Genius”

Garrett Morris faced lots of resistance as part of Saturday Night Live's original cast, but he credits producer Lorne Michaels for having his back, praises Richard Pryor and Dave Chappelle as comic geniuses and, when it comes to comedy, thinks everyone just needs to relax By Seth Abramovitch

After ‘Rust’ Shooting, Hollywood Pushes for Gun Ban — And Some Push Back

Theatergoers screamed and ducked when 1903’s The Great Train Robbery showed a sinister outlaw aiming a revolver straight at the camera and firing point-blank at the audience. The fourth wall-breaking shock shot would become one of the most iconic moments in cinema history, and the film was credited with launching the first hit genre: the […]

‘Rust’ Tragedy: Was an Inexperienced Producing Team to Blame?

In May 2020, Alec Baldwin and writer-director Joel Souza unveiled an upcoming collaboration, the period Western Rust, a month before sellers would get a crack at the film at the first-ever virtual Cannes Film Market. Powerhouse agency CAA was handling domestic rights, while Cannes regular Highland Film Group was on board to spearhead international sales. […]

Guns, Ammo, Accountability: Hollywood Munitions Experts Grapple With ‘Rust’ Tragedy

Firearms safety guidelines are clear and longstanding in Hollywood, where guns have been employed on the big screen since the silent film era: Live ammunition is never to be used nor brought onto any studio lot or stage. Blanks can kill. Treat all firearms as though they are loaded. But following the tragedy on the […]

Hollywood Battle Lines Emerge in Simmering Vaccine War

In August, a high-profile actor was on the set of a film when he came down with COVID-19 and was hospitalized. The star, known to the cast and crew as being dismissive of vaccines and masks, was said to be unvaccinated. The film shut down for three weeks, but not before more than a dozen […]

Bob Iger’s Long Goodbye

In June, Disney’s board and top management flew to the company’s Aulani resort in Hawaii for their annual retreat. It was executive chairman Bob Iger’s last official appearance at such a gathering. With retirement looming — former theme parks and resorts chief Bob Chapek had already taken the reins as CEO in February 2020 — […]

Martinis and Red Meat With Kieran Culkin: The ‘Succession’ Star on Childhood, Co-Stars and Fame

“My mom would do it this fast all the time,” says Kieran Culkin, sprinting through exhibits at New York’s American Museum of Natural History — a Cro-Magnon family, some bighorn sheep, was that a giant millipede? — as I scramble to keep up. “She would come in here with seven kids, throw a quarter into […]

Scarlett Johansson, Disney Settle Explosive ‘Black Widow’ Lawsuit

Scarlett Johansson and Disney have settled a breach of contract lawsuit over the star’s Black Widow payday, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “I am happy to have resolved our differences with Disney,” stated Johansson. “I’m incredibly proud of the work we’ve done together over the years and have greatly […]

Critic’s Notebook: How the Britney Spears Documentaries Reveal an American Obsession

A couple of new investigative projects about the pop singer make clear that when it comes to the nation’s fascination with her life, little has changed.