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Danny McBride never set out to do comedy – and 6 other things you might not know about the ‘Alien: Covenant’ star

Danny McBride has a special flair for playing obnoxious loudmouths — the kind of outwardly cocky yet inwardly tragic jerks that he’s brought indelibly to life in films like “The Foot Fist Way,” “Pineapple Express,” “This Is the End” and the HBO series “Eastbound & Down” and “Vice Principals.”

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Robin Williams comedy chair named at USC School of Cinematic Arts

When Robin Williams was young, he told his father of his dream of being an actor and comedian. Decades later, while accepting the Academy Award for his turn in “Good Will Hunting,” he recalled his dad’s somewhat skeptical response: “ ‘Wonderful. Just have a backup profession, like welding.’ ”

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Robin Williams would have found USC comedy chair ‘fascinating and confusing,’ family says

For a long time, comedy has generally been considered too frivolous for the hallowed halls of academia — the stuff of clubs, not classrooms. But the University of Southern California is determined to shift that attitude, and now comedy legend Robin Williams will be a part of the change.

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Academy president talks about bringing back Jimmy Kimmel in 2018 and coming to terms with chaotic Oscars snafu

This year’s Oscars may have ended with the best-picture snafu heard ’round the world, but in Hollywood the show must always go on — and next year’s Academy Awards will go on with the same key players back on board.

On Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC announced that...

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Actor Michael Parks, known for ‘Twin Peaks’ and his work with Quentin Tarantino, dies at 77

Michael Parks, a veteran character actor and singer who enjoyed a late-career resurgence on the series “Twin Peaks” and as a go-to for directors such as Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith, died Tuesday at 77.

Parks’ agent confirmed his death. No cause was given.

Smith, who cast...

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Director James Gunn talks mom rock and why Led Zeppelin missed the cut for his ‘Guardians 2’ mix

If you were looking for the ultimate exemplar of early-’70s soft rock, you could hardly do better than the 1972 song “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” by the largely forgotten 1½-hit wonder Looking Glass.

With its infectious earworm of a melody, its background doo-doo-doos and its goofily heart-on-sleeve...

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Director James Gunn talks mom rock and why Led Zeppelin missed the cut for his ‘Guardians 2’ awesome mix

If you were looking for the ultimate exemplar of early-’70s soft rock, you could hardly do better than the 1972 song “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” by the largely forgotten 1½-hit wonder Looking Glass.

With its infectious earworm of a melody, its background doo-doo-doos and its goofily heart-on-sleeve...

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Why ‘Sleight’s’ J.D. Dillard could become the next indie filmmaker to vault to Hollywood’s big leagues

For years, as he was banging it out as an aspiring writer-director, J.D. Dillard would fantasize about someday watching his first feature film with an audience at the same theater outside of Philadelphia that he’d gone to as a kid.

Now that long-dreamed-of day has finally come as Dillard’s directorial...

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ director Taika Waititi reveals his comic cameo: an 8-foot-tall warrior named Korg

As anyone who’s watched the trailer for “Thor: Ragnarok” can readily see — and judging by its record-breaking view count that’s a whole lot of people – director Taika Waititi is injecting a healthy dose of his skewed sense of humor into the Marvel superhero film, which hits theaters Nov. 3.

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