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Lady Gaga Surprises Small Hollywood Venue With Frank Sinatra Songfest

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Lady Gaga’s first gig since she wowed the Academy Awards took place last week just a few blocks away from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, getting much less attention than the worldwide broadcast. The Black Rabbit Rose, a tiny venue on nearby Hudson Street that has a speakeasy vibe and usually hosts magic shows, saw a surprise Gaga performance of Frank Sinatra songs on Thursday night. "I'm here to ruin the party. I'm so sorry," Gaga said to the small audience. She then… Read

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USC Athletic Director Lynn Swann Won’t Resign In Wake Of College Bribe Scandals

University of Southern California athletic director Lynn Swann is facing calls to step down in the wake of a college admissions bribery scandal that has ensnared several people from his department, as well as actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. Swann said he first learned of the bribery problems on Friday from an early morning phone call.  The administrator on the line told him that senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel had been taken into custody in… Read

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‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Cast Has A 1960s Wish List For Season 3 – PaleyFest

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Season 3 of Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is being planned, it was revealed Friday night in the opening panel of PaleyFest LA, the annual television festival produced by The Paley Center for Media and held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The proceeds help fund the nonprofit’s cultural and educational resources in television, radio, and new media. If last night’s opening panel is any indication, Season 3 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel promises to be intriguing. The… Read

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‘Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels’ To Truly Film In L.A., Thanks To Tax Credits

Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels

Showtime's upcoming Los Angeles-set version of Penny Dreadful is actually going to film in the City of Angels, thanks to lucrative tax credits from the state of California. Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, which will star Daniel Zovatto, Natalie Dormer and Nathan Lane, has conditionally received $24.7 million as a relocating series under the Golden State's $330 million annual incentives program. That devilish sum is the most any small-screen project has ever been award… Read

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Art Institute Of California Closes, Stranding Students And Disappointing Alumni

The Art Institute of California in North Hollywood, a nationwide nonprofit trade school that has sent many alumni to below-the-line jobs in Hollywood, closed on Friday. Students were informed by email, many of them blindsided as they lined up to get transcripts at the campus building. The school is part of Argosy University, which filed an emergency notice with the US Department of Education on Wednesday to close 22 campuses across the nation. The North Hollywood school… Read

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Sid Sheinberg Dies: Former MCA/Universal President And COO Was Hollywood Giant

Sid Sheinberg

Sidney Sheinberg, who with Lew Wasserman built MCA Inc. and Universal Studios into Hollywood powers, died Thursday at age 84. His death was announced in an Instagram post by his son, producer-director Jon Sheinberg. No cause of death was immediately revealed. “We are all saddened by the passing of Sid Sheinberg and our thoughts are with his family and friends,” said a statement from Ron Meyer, NBCUniversal ‘s vice chairman. “He will be forever a part of Universal Studios'… Read

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Anti-CNN Billboard Appears Across From Network’s Hollywood Headquarters

A conservative group of street artists apparently are behind an anti-CNN billboard that appeared Friday in front of the news network’s headquarters. The guerilla message billboard was allegedly created by a group known as The Faction, slamming CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker and the network’s coverage of President Donald Trump’s summit in Hanoi with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The billboard’s message called CNN the “Communist News Network” and prominently… Read

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James Dahl Dies: Filmmaker For ‘The End Of The Tour’ Was 40

James Andrews Dahl, a filmmaker whose Modern Man Films produced the critically acclaimed biopic The End of the Tour about David Foster Wallace, died Feb. 13 at age 40 in West Hollywood. A memorial service will be held Monday, Feb. 18 at 1 PM at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park and Mortuary, 1218 Glendon Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Dahl’s honor to the Harry Ransom Center at The University of… Read

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Ex-‘The Blacklist’ EP Michael Watkins Sues Sony TV Over Alleged ‘Blackballing’ And Firing

(UPDATED with statement from Sony) A year after being suddenly cut loose from The Blacklist over alleged harassment of a crew member, the NBC series’ long-time director and executive producer Michael Watkins is aiming to give Sony TV, producers Woodbridge Productions and others a legal black eye. The move comes in a breach of implied contract and failure to conduct investigation complaint filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court by the TV vet. In the paperwork, attorneys… Read

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Amazon Tops Streamers For New TV Projects In 2018; Cali Hits Small Screen Record, Film L.A. Says

In the ever-shifting landscape of the Peak TV Era, some things stay the same and some things flip the script. A new report out today from Film L.A. has a bit of both with Amazon the top dog for new TV projects last year, production for digital networks up almost 80% over 2017 and the great state of California remaining the number #1 location for making small screen magic. Buoyed by several years of lucrative tax incentives, the Golden State also looks poised to hit an… Read

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‘Pennyworth’ Features A Different Take On Batman’s Loyal Butler Alfred – TCA

Pennyworth

When Batman's loyal butler Alfred Pennyworth has been portrayed in Hollywood, he's mostly a secondary character looking after his superhero charge. But in the new Epix drama Pennyworth, comic book fans will learn a lot more about the DC Comics character during the 10-episode, one-hour series debuting in June and starring Jack Bannon in the title role. The show appeared during Epix’s session Sunday at TCA. The story unfolds during the 1960s, when Pennyworth meets a young… Read

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44th Humanitas Prize Honors Films ‘On The Basis Of Sex’ And ‘Love Simon’, TV’s ‘God Friended Me’

Feature films On the Basis of Sex and Love Simon, along with TV series God Friended Me were among the big winners at the 44th annual Humanitas Prize ceremony tonight at the Beverly Hills Hotel. A surprise double award, for 30-Minute Television Comedy, went to Dear White People and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. The Humanitas prize was created to honor film and TV writers whose work inspires compassion, hope, and understanding in the human family. For the second year, all… Read