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9 Apr
Here's the story of ‘the most famous argument’ in reality-TV history.

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In 1992, during the first season of “The Real World," cast members Kevin Powell and Julie Gentry got into a heated argument about racism and white privilege.

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Some of his roommates — and many viewers at the time — accused him of being overly confrontational.

But viewed in 2021, the era of Black Lives Matter, Powell’s words seem more prescient than anything. latimes.com/entertainment-…
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9 Apr
The show @WynonnaEarp was meaningful for the representation of queer women on TV.

@tracycbrown explains
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Even in the context of TV’s long history of offing LGBTQ characters, the numbers were grim: according to a 2016 tally by @glaad, more than 25 queer women died on scripted TV and streaming shows in that year alone.
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It is #WynonnaEarp’s treatment of the relationship between Waverly Earp and Nicole Haugh has made the show so groundbreaking and meaningful, particularly to LGBTQ viewers
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9 Apr
“Straight out of a Black Mirror episode."

After receiving heavy criticism, an app has canceled plans for a new feature based on George Floyd.

Here's what went down: latimes.com/entertainment-…
A press release from the augmented-reality app CrimeDoor said it was inviting users to experience the “iconic final moments” of Floyd and other prominent figures. latimes.com/entertainment-…
But amid mounting criticism, CrimeDoor nixed plans for the feature.

CrimeDoor "decided that crime was too sensitive and the timing did not feel right,” a spokesperson said.

A rep has also said the release was a “very early and unapproved draft”
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8 Apr
Khloé Kardashian has responded to the whole controversy around a photo floating around her on social media
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After frantically trying to get the unfiltered photo of herself taken down online, Kardashian posted a video of herself along with a message:
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“In truth, the pressure, constant ridicule and judgment my entire life to be perfect and meet other’s [sic] standards of how I should look has been too much to bear,” she wrote. “‘Khloé is the fat sister.’ ‘Khloé is the ugly sister.’"
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8 Apr
Amanda Gorman discussed appearing during the Super Bowl despite criticisms the NFL has faced over its handling of race latimes.com/entertainment-…
Shortly after the Biden-Harris inauguration, Gorman was invited to write and recite an original poem for the event.

“It’s always complicated," she said. “I said yes, not even for the money." latimes.com/entertainment-…
“I made so little money doing that shoot. I did it because of what I thought it would mean for poetry in the country, to have poetry performed, for the first time in history” latimes.com/entertainment-…
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8 Apr
Benson (@Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (@Chris_Meloni) are a compelling duo.

Here's the secret to their criminally great chemistry latimes.com/entertainment-…
"Meloni and Hargitay had a glorious energy: a will-they/won’t-they scenario complicated by a million tiny, beautiful, human clashes," Carmen Maria Machado writes. latimes.com/entertainment-…
Individually, they are compelling.

"Benson is strong and tender and empathetic with traumas old and new," and Stabler, the "defender of the weak with a notoriously short fuse."
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7 Apr
DMX’s manager gave a new update on the rapper's health: latimes.com/entertainment-…
After suffering a heart attack last week, DMX remains hospitalized and in a coma in New York.

According to the musician’s manager, DMX is set to undergo tests Wednesday to determine the functionality of his brain. latimes.com/entertainment-…
As of Tuesday night, the hitmaker was still on life support after reports that he was in a “vegetative state.”

His manager also addressed some of the "inaccurate information" being reported
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7 Apr
Vaccine passports have been a controversial topic.

Here's Trevor Noah's take: latimes.com/entertainment-…
“First of all, this is not ‘the end of human liberty in the West,’” Noah said, quoting one vaccine passport skeptic verbatim. “That happened in 2001, when they shut down [free music site] Napster." latimes.com/entertainment-…
“Welcome to the world of vaccine passports, which I think are a great and simple way to show that you’re immune from corona,” Noah said. “I mean, I’ve just been going around yelling, ‘I’ve been shot!’" latimes.com/entertainment-…
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7 Apr
Sharon Osbourne has revealed text messages she sent to Sheryl Underwood after the tense moment on "The Talk" latimes.com/entertainment-…
“Sheryl, My heart is heavy and I’m deeply saddened by the events that transpired on Wednesday. I don’t want to lose my true friend over this," Osbourne wrote.
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"Im sorry for telling you to f— off during the break, I’m sorry for accusing you of fake crying while we were live on air and I’m sorry for losing my temper with you," she wrote.

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6 Apr
A segment about dancing on "The Tonight Show" (@FallonTonight) sparked a backlash.

But host Jimmy Fallon addressed it in a beautiful way: latimes.com/entertainment-…
A week after his now-infamous dance medley with social media star Addison Rae, Fallon invited the choreographers who came up with the moves to perform latimes.com/entertainment-…
The group included Keara Wilson, who was behind the dance to @theestallion's “Savage," which the rapper re-created herself.

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6 Apr
Singer and actress Cher apologized this weekend for a controversial statement she made about the late George Floyd. latimes.com/entertainment-…
The “Believe” hitmaker walked back a social post suggesting that she could have prevented the killing of Floyd, who died in police custody after former officer Derek Chauvin pinned his knee on Floyd’s neck latimes.com/entertainment-…
“Was talking with Mom & She Said ‘I Watched Trial Of Policeman Who Killed George Floyd, & Cried,’” the since-deleted post read. “I Said ‘Mom, I Know This Is Gonna Sound CRAZY, But.. I Kept Thinking .....Maybe If I’d Been There,...I Could’ve Helped.” latimes.com/entertainment-… Image
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27 Mar
Sharon Osbourne is leaving "The Talk," CBS announced Friday afternoon.

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CBS addressed the tense conversation that sparked controversy:

“The events of the March 10 broadcast were upsetting to everyone involved, including the audience watching at home,” the network said (con't)

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“We concluded that Sharon’s behavior toward her co-hosts during the March 10 episode did not align with our values for a respectful workplace," the statement said.

CBS also addressed some allegations Osbourne made about behind the scenes happenings: latimes.com/entertainment-…
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26 Mar
Here's how stars of the beloved sitcom #ArrestedDevelopment remembered Jessica Walter, aka “Mama Bluth” latimes.com/entertainment-…
Will Arnett shared a beautiful story about her.

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See Jessica Walter's best GIFs as Lucille Bluth 😆 latimes.com/entertainment-…
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25 Mar
Chrissy Teigen has talked more about her decision to leave Twitter. latimes.com/entertainment-…
Teigen announced Wednesday to 13M+ followers that she was done tweeting.

"The platform no longer serves me as positively as it does negatively, so with that I bid you adieu," she wrote in a new update Thursday.
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She also made a clarification about her departure:

“It’s not the platform. It’s not the ‘bullying’. And it’s not the trolls. The trolls I can deal with, although it weighs on you,” she wrote.
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24 Mar
Popular YouTube star David Dobrik is facing a controversy over allegations against one of his former collaborators.

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Dobrik's former collaborator Durte Dom (whose real name is Dominykas Zeglaitis), was recently accused of raping a woman while filming a 2018 video.

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Zeglaitis did not respond to a request for comment. Last Tuesday, Dobrik briefly responded to the matter in a video: “I’ve been really disappointed by some of my friends."

His response, which you can see here in full, did not go over well: latimes.com/entertainment-…
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24 Mar
Writer-producer Jensen Karp (@JensenKarp) says he found cinnamon-coated shrimp tails in his cereal.

General Mills denies it is real. The saga is epic.

Here are some details you may have missed, via @TheCDZ: latimes.com/entertainment-…
First of all, Karp is credited as a producer or executive producer on shows including Nickelodeon’s “Unleashed” and TBS/TNT’s “Drop the Mic.”

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Another interesting fact about Karp: in his tween years Karp was a battle rapper. For real. Yes, there's a link: latimes.com/entertainment-…
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23 Mar
Kylie Jenner explained herself after the backlash she received for a recent message to her followers. latimes.com/entertainment-…
Jenner recently asked followers to pitch in to cover a celebrity makeup artist’s medical expenses, along with the message, “may God watch over you and protect you."

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The gesture from the reality star rubbed some fans the wrong way.

Jenner donated $5,000 to the cause. But people brought up another number:
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23 Mar
Meghan McCain has apologized after @iamjohnoliver called her out for previously supporting Trump's rhetoric
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“STOP ASIAN HATE” she posted on social media Wednesday, after 8 people were killed in the Atlanta area.

But for Oliver, McCain’s actions rang hollow. latimes.com/entertainment-…
On @LastWeekTonight, Oliver played a 2020 clip from “The View,” in which McCain said she had no problem with Trump calling COVID, the “China virus.”

As we explain, Oliver made his feelings about McCain pretty clear: latimes.com/entertainment-…
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22 Mar
Now that #OscarNoms are out, awards consultants are busy fine-tuning their pitches for the final push to the #AcademyAwards.

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A month ahead of an #Oscars ceremony that promises to be different from any in memory, our @GlennWhipp and @JustinCChang reflected on the three muscular dramas that split most of the top prizes on March 25, 2001 latimes.com/entertainment-…
While we patiently (or... not so patiently 😬) await this year's #Oscars ceremony, our critics have been thinking about winners 20 years ago.

Which of these was your favorite film? (And read what they had to say) 🎬 latimes.com/entertainment-…
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18 Mar
Los Angeles Police are investigating Armie Hammer after a woman reported she was sexually assaulted by the actor.

(Warning: This story discusses sexual assault)
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On Feb. 3, sex crimes detectives in the LAPD’s West Bureau took a report from a woman who said she was attacked by Hammer
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A source confirms the report was made by the same woman who alleged in a Wednesday press conference that she was “violently raped” by Hammer latimes.com/entertainment-…
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18 Mar
Sharon Osbourne had a tense moment with Sheryl Underwood on "The Talk."

Now, @sherylunderwood is giving her side.

Via @TheCDZ
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“I thought I was talking with colleagues, and I thought we were having a great conversation,” Underwood said on her podcast.

“It didn’t go so great, part of it.” latimes.com/entertainment-…
Underwood addressed Osbourne’s outburst: “The vibe for me was, this was already forgiven and over as soon as it was said"

She offered more context for the incident: latimes.com/entertainment-…
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