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Behind Hollywood's Closed Doors, A-List Stars Are Playing Dungeons & Dragons

hollywoodreporter.com — Vin Diesel plays it. So do Dwayne Johnson, Drew Barrymore, Stephen Colbert, Mike Myers and Jon Favreau, among other bold-faced names. Some even built their careers by playing it. "I played compulsively for years," admits D.B. Weiss, the 45-year-old Game of Thrones showrunner, who says infatuation with Dungeons & Dragons during his teenage years in Chicago was the perfect preparation for his current job.

George Takei Reacts to Gay Sulu News: 'I Think It's Really Unfortunate'

yahoo.com — In the summer of 1968, George Takei attended a pool party at the Hollywood Hills home of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. The actor, then 31 and famous for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise, swam up to his boss and "had a conversation with him, a very private one.

New Yorker Cover Artist Kadir Nelson on Police Killings: 'These Young Men Are Real People'

hollywoodreporter.com — by Seth Abramovitch This was supposed to be an unbelievably joyful week for Kadir Nelson. The L.A.-based artist, 42, was the subject of a glowing profile on CBS Sunday Morning, which likened his lush paintings of African-American subjects in idealized settings to the works of Norman Rockwell and N.C. Wyeth.

George Takei Reacts to Gay Sulu News: "I Think It's Really Unfortunate"

hollywoodreporter.com — In the summer of 1968, George Takei attended a pool party at the Hollywood Hills home of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. The actor, then 31 and famous for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise, swam up to his boss and "had a conversation with him, a very private one.

The World According to Zoey Tur: An Interview with the Breakout Star of 'O.J.: Made in America'

hollywoodreporter.com — The trans helicopter pilot who captured one of the most shocking moments in the O.J. Simpson case on video holds nothing back as she weighs in on "bigoted, fascist" Donald Trump, "poor soul" Caitlyn Jenner and her NBC News-star daughter, Katy Tur, who's shunned her for years: "It's not that she's transphobic.

Nancy Grace Leaving HLN (Exclusive)

hollywoodreporter.com — Nancy Grace, who parlayed her stint as a successful prosecutor into a two-decade career as one of cable's most recognizable and controversial figures, will depart HLN, her TV home for the past 12 years, when her current contract expires in October.

'Foxcatcher' Director Bennett Miller Lightens Up With Toilet Paper Ad Campaign

yahoo.com — After earning an Oscar nomination for his work on the grim John E. du Pont biopic Foxcatcher, director Bennett Miller finds himself gravitating toward softer material. So soft, in fact, that it offers three silky layers of quilted comfort. Miller has directed a series of commercials for Quilted Northern toilet paper.

Matt Damon, Rooney Mara Lead All-Star Plea to Stop Brutal Dog Slaughter in China

hollywoodreporter.com — It begins with Joaquin Phoenix peering into the camera, his sea-green eyes filled with tears. A similarly distressed Matt Damon appears next, followed by Rooney Mara, even more ashen than usual. What has rendered Hollywood's biggest stars so distraught?

DTLA to Santa Monica: Car vs. Train (vs. Bike)

hollywoodreporter.com — Exactly four weeks ago, the first train between Los Angeles and Santa Monica clattered westward, potentially changing the landscape of transportation in a city that long has been defined by the car (and the traffic jam). But is the new Metro Expo line actually the fastest way to get from skyline to shoreline?

DTLA to Santa Monica: Train Races Car Bike Across Los Angeles

hollywoodreporter.com — Exactly four weeks ago, the first train between Los Angeles and Santa Monica clattered westward, potentially changing the landscape of transportation in a city that long has been defined by the car (and the traffic jam). But is the new Metro Expo line actually the fastest way to get from skyline to shoreline?
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Jul 23, 2016

The Tower of Terror's long reign of terror is over! Death to Rod Serling! Long live the Resistance!


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