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‘The Final Member’ Follows Ambitious Quest of Male Reproductive Organ Curator

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Directors: Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math Opening date: April 18 (limited) Why it matters: This simultaneously sidesplitting and taboo-bending documentary follows Icelandic Phallological Museum curator Siggi Hjartarson’s quest to complete the institution’s collection of mammalian male reproductive organs by adding just about the only exhibit it doesn’t yet have: Homo sapiens. Hjartarson finds himself juggling… Read more »

Scribe Allan Loeb Selling Home for a Song — and $2 Million [VIDEO]

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Screenwriter Allan Loeb, who’s set to pen Disney’s “Bob the Musical,” is writing the final act for the Hollywood Hills home he bought in 2008 at 2715 La Cuesta Drive. Located in Nichols Canyon, the 2,300-square-foot home, built in 1953, features three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and an outdoor space equipped with a heated pool, bar,… Read more »

New Memoir Remembers Legend Ethel Merman

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Everyone knows Mama Rose’s first line in 1959’s “Gypsy.” It’s “Count four before you start, Louise!” Or at least it was. But one day in rehearsal Ethel Merman crossed it out for the line everybody now knows: “Sing out, Louise!” That nugget is among the discoveries in the Merman memorabilia collected by Tony Cointreau, an… Read more »

New York’s Palace Hotel Offers Royal Treatment

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The New York Palace Hotel is looking better than ever following a $140 million, 18-month renovation project that modernized the iconic Midtown Manhattan fixture. The remodel boasts features like the exclusive, lavish accommodations of the Towers, a new lobby area and fresh dining and nightlife options. Eat: Chef Michel Richard includes bistro menus with prix… Read more »

Bandito Brothers Facility Boasts Wide-Open Spaces

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Just north of La Cienega and Jefferson Boulevards — where passengers disembarking from an elevated L.A. Metro line descend into a seeming no-man’s land of factories, warehouses and nondescript showrooms — Bandito Brothers’ production campus is hidden away on a 1.5-acre parcel. The driveway that leads to the entrance appears at first glance like an… Read more »

Colcoa: French-Language Showcase Reflects Recent Gallic Cinema

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That annual L.A. rite of spring known as the City of Lights, City of Angels (April 21-28) is back for its 18th year with a lineup of French-language films that just might eclipse all previous editions. Colcoa exec producer and artistic director Francois Truffart calls it the biggest program ever, both in terms of quality and quantity.

‘Scandal’ Finale: Shonda Rhimes Talks Harrison, Olivia’s Fates on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

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Warning: Mild spoilers ahead Shonda Rhimes doesn’t just want Gladiators to watch her hit ABC political drama “Scandal,” she wants them to be consumed by it. The exec producer appeared on a “Scandal”-themed “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Thursday night following the dizzying season three finale. Although tight-lipped about Harrison’s fate, she did tease fans about… Read more »

‘Scandal’ Sizzles, ‘Crazy Ones’ Fizzles in Finales Thursday

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ABC’s “Scandal” closed its season very strong on Thursday, delivering the show’s best-ever finale numbers and its second highest rating overall. Not so hot in its exit on the night was CBS rookie comedy “The Crazy Ones,” which didn’t help its renewal with a modest one-hour season finale. The strong finish to the night for… Read more »

Sharon Stone Seduces Jay Baruchel for ‘The Graduate’ Live Read

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Film Independent at LACMA closed out its season Thursday with a Live Read of “The Graduate.” Director Jason Reitman led the event. Before the Live Read began, Reitman made an announcement that someone very special was in the packed 600-seat Bing Theatre. It was none other than the original screenwriter of “The Graduate,” Buck Henry…. Read more »

Prince Makes Peace With Warner Music, Sets New Album and Reissues

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Adding an amiable epilogue to one of the most public contract disputes in the history of the music business, Prince and Warner Bros. Records have come to terms on a global licensing partnership. The wide-ranging deal grants the singer ownership of his master recordings, and allows Warners to digitally remaster and reissue Prince’s albums from… Read more »